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... & More Vallarta Medical Matters Conference Speakers

February 13, 2017

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, the US Consular Agency and Marriott CasaMagna Resort are proud to be hosting some very distinguished physicians as featured speakers at this year's Medical Matters.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Puerto Vallarta's 7th Annual Medical Matters Conference, a no charge community health care event featuring options for the Banderas Bay Community regarding day to day well-being and emergency health care needs, is being held today, February 13, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Marriott CasaMagna Resort.

This year's event features so many of Puerto Vallarta's distinguished physicians speaking on such a wide variety of health-related topics, that we've run out of time to give them all the attention they deserve, but here's a quick rundown of the speakers that were not covered in the "Vallarta Medical Matters Conference Speakers - Part 1," and "Vallarta Medical Matters Conference Speakers - Part 2" articles published last week.

Vallarta Medical Matters Conference Speakers - Parts 3 & 4

Dr. Miguel Saldaņa
"Beauty and the Breast"
Salon VI-VIII - 12:00 Noon

Dr. Saldaņa is a graduate of the School of Medicine at the National Politechnical Institute in Mexico City, and did his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Centro Medico Nacional "Manuel Avila Camacho" at IMSS in Puebla. He is board certified by the Consejo Mexicano de Cirugia Plastica, Estetica y Reconstructiva and is an active member in the Mexican Association of Asthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has performed thousands of successful surgeries and has the skill, artistry and background making him one of the leading plastic surgeons in Mexico. Dr. Saldaņa places a primary emphasis on close, personal communication with all of his patients, believing the quality of the results begins with the quality of the relationship between patient and physician. This year, Dr. Saldaņa will be speaking on breast surgery - from implants to reductions. We look forward to him speaking because there are many who are "considering" this!

Dr. Alejandro Rios
"We Be-Lung Together" Lung Disease and Current Treatments
Salon VI-VIII - 1:00 pm

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Dr. Rios attended several schools in the United States (including Illinois, Nebraska, Baylor College of Medicine) with his specialties in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. He has been the director of the Intensive Care Units at Hospital San Javier Marina and San Javier Riviera since 2008 until the present. The bottom line is that he is THE top specialist in the area for anything to do with lungs from asthma to COPD to respiratory failure. Anyone that knows Dr. Rios knows he is an avid golfer and surfer and is one of the busiest physicians in the area. His topic on current treatments in lung disease will be intriguing!

Dr. Octavio Lomeli
"Oral Health Enemies"
Salon VI-VIII - 2:00 pm

Dr. Adrian Octavio Lomeli was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta. He attended dental school at the University of Guadalajara, CIERO Institute in Mexico City and the MELZ Institute in Cuernavaca. He did his social service in Puerto Vallarta in the Centro de Salud. He has his Master's Degree in Dentistry. He often has small groups of dentist come to Puerto Vallarta from all points around the world, to study with him, learning his methods of dental implants. When asked what he enjoys best about his practice, he says "The joy obtained after being able to help patients with long-term issues including pain, TMJ dysfunction, to restore the mouth function through implants and crowns and to bring a beautiful smile to our patients is what I love about my job." Dr. Lomeli enjoys horses, martial arts, music and his ranch. Dr. Lomeli will be speaking on what enemies regarding oral health care we need to beware of, something certainly very important!

Dra Nashielli Torres-Espinoza
"It's All About the Face"
Salon VI-VIII - 3:00 pm

Dra. Nashielli studied medicine at the University Autonoma of Guadalajara with a specialty general surgery at University Hospital. She completed studies with the sub-specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Jalisco Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She also completed schooling in Cornell Hospital in New York, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York, Shriner's Burn Center in Galveston, Texas. She also donates her time and skills to a cleft palate program in Guadalajara. Though she does all types of plastic surgery, when asked what is her favorite type to do, she said facial surgery. She is thrilled when a patient sees the wonderful (but subtle) transformation in their face which changes their entire outlook on life. Dra. Nashielli will speak on facial surgeries, the varieties from a full face lift to a small eye touch up. If you are even the little bit interested this is the one to attend!

Dr. Habid Becerra
"No More Living with Incontinence: Current Trends in Treatment"
Salon Mexico-Cozumel - 10:00 am

Dr. Becerra was born in Morelia, Mexico. He attended school at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo. General surgery was completed at Hospital Regional VGF in Guadalajara and then a urology specialty at the same hospital. He did his training for percutaneous renal surgery in Durango and then on to study urodynamics and pelvic floor medicine in Guadalajara. He obtained the 3rd highest score nation-wide as chief resident! He likes to read, cook and do mixed martial arts. He says his favorite part of the job is learning new "stuff"! Dr. Becerra is fairly new with our medical team and we are thrilled to have him and especially with his specialty in "pelvic floor problems" including incontinence which though embarrassing, is a very real problem for many. His talk will be applicable to so many!

Dr. Roberto Gutierrez
"Diabetes: New Technologies in Treatment"
Salon Mexico-Cozumel - 11:00 am

Dr. Gutierrez was born in Zacatecas and moved to Guadalajara at a young age. He did his medical training at the University of Guadalajara, specializing in internal medicine and then on to do a residency in endocrinology. He has a degree in Diabetes. He moved here recently (about a year ago). He walked into my office, introduced himself as an endocrinologist and I immediately said "HALLELUJAH - I have been waiting for you!" The rest is history as he is fast becoming a very popular physician with our diabetic and thyroid disease patients. He says the favorite part of his job is when the patient learns something new and that also, sometimes the hormones can be like "magic" once treatment has started. With Diabetes being one of the number one diseases throughout the world, we look forward to hearing Dr. Gutierrez's talk.

Dr. Hector Escoto
"Spider Veins - Unattractive But Treatable"
Salon Mexico-Cozumel - 12:00 noon

Born in San Juan de Lagos, a small town near Guadalajara, Dr. Hector Escoto attended school at the University of Guadalajara and performed his specialty in Cardithoracic and Vascular surgery at Hospital Civil in Guadalajara. He says that he choose Cardithoracic surgery because he always found the vascular and chest the most interesting. He moved to Puerto Vallarta in 2005. His main focus is to always make sure that he provides the very best medical attention to his patients and keeping updated in the newest medical treatments and surgical procedures. He says "There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy face on a patient when they have recovered their health." Spider veins are really unattractive and though not life-threatening, they could lead to further problems. They are annoying and ugly. Let's hear what Dr. Escoto has to say about how to treat them!

Dr. Felipe Martinez
"Addictions and Substance Abuse - the True Challenge in Pain Management"
Salon Mexico-Cozumel - 1:00 pm

Dr. Martinez is from Guadalajara. He attended the Hospital General Occidente specializing in adult and pediatric anesthesia and then went on for further specialty in transplant and cardiac anesthesia. Not only he is he a wonderfully funny man, he looks at a patient in pain as a whole person, not just someone who has pain. He enjoys movies, golf, comic books and wrestling along with wrestling with his two little boys. When I asked him what is the best part about his job, he said that it is "when they wake up from anesthesia and they ask "is it over?" and he says yes, it's over, how do you feel? And they smile and say they feel ok." Obviously there is a fine line between handling pain management and not having the person become addicted or become a substance abuser. Dr. Felipe will cover this very interesting topic at Medical Matters.

Jean Martin, Psycho-Therapist
"Lack of Forgiveness - the Effect on Your Body"
Salon Mexico/Cozumel - 2:00 pm

Jean has a Masters Degree in Gestalt Therapy. She attended school at the University of Guadalajara, the University of IberoAmerica, Leon Campus as well as several specialized institutes in locations throughout Mexico. She has a private practice here specializing in individuals, couples, families and groups. She has done a wide variety of workshops and speakers programs on healing through forgiveness, the Mayan Path to a better life, rediscover yourself and many more. Jean is bi-cultural which is a huge plus. When I refer a patient to Jean, I always say "you will like her because she thinks outside of the box." Her topic about forgiving and effect on one's body sounds "spot on" and should prove to be very enlightening. We look forward to it!

Dr. Rodrigo Gonzalez
"New Technologies in Cataract Treatment"
Salon Mexico/Cozumel - 3:00 pm

Dr. Rodrigo Gonzales attended all of his medical schooling in Guadalajara. He performed advance eye surgeries at the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara. To date, he has performed more than 2,000 eye surgeries, specializing in cataract surgeries. He also did a specialty in gastroenterology and liver disease. He and his wife (who is an OB/GYN) have a new baby and moved to the area approximately three years ago. We are happy to have them! Cataract surgery is, though a fairly simple surgery, a very meticulous one. Many people are looking for alternatives to have cataract surgery. We look forward to hearing Dr. Rodrigo talk about these new technologies in treatment.

Note: We suggest that you visit each speaker at their exhibit to ask questions and obtain further information, not at the talk. This is so we can continue to run on time.

No pre-registration or reservations are required for the talks, just look for the Medical Matters Volunteers, who will direct you to the various salons.

For a detailed description on more speakers and their topics, please see this page of