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Dec. 5 rehab lecture focusing on how to feed a picky eater

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Portage Health Rehab is hosting its next lecture series event, titled “How to Feed a Picky Eater,” on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Portage Health Rehab inside of the University Center clinic on Michigan Tech’s campus.

Picky Eater Rehab Lecture“This lecture is perfect for parents who are having trouble getting their children to eat a variety of foods,” said Elizabeth Martin, MA, CCC-SLP. “Along with offering solutions for parents with picky eaters in their family, we will also discuss typical feeding and swallowing development.”

Monica Aho, PT, PCS, will join Martin at the presentation. The two specialize in pediatric rehab.

“There’s a wide range of solutions,” Aho said. “Some kids only eat one kind of food over and over, some are frightened to try anything different and some have physical impairments that make certain foods more difficult. We’ll discuss solutions for all of these problems and more.”

After the presentation, there will be opportunities for free consultations with Martin and Aho regarding your specific situation.

Learn more about the Portage Health Rehab Lecture Series at, and RSVP to this event on Facebook to receive a free gift at the event.

Express Care welcomes two new providers

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Maria Ortega, F-NP, and Beki Asti, F-NP, have joined the staff at Portage Health Express Care, providing walk-in healthcare services to the community.

Express CareOrtega is working as a full-time locum at the clinic, and has more than nine years of experience in outpatient settings. Ortega completed her post-graduate studies at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.

Asti will work limited shifts at Portage Health Express Care. She also works at Copper Country Mental Health. Asti attended Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, and has worked as a nurse or nurse practitioner in California, Wisconsin, Colorado and Massachusetts prior to moving to the Copper Country in April of this year.

Both providers are board certified as family nurse practitioners. Learn more about Express Care by visiting

Portage Health Hospice presents “Medicare’s Best Kept Secret”

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Learn about a treatment choice that provides medications and medical equipment, on-call nurse availability 24 hours a day seven days a week all at no cost to you or your loved one, and in the comfort of your own home.

Attend one of two presentations by Portage Health Hospice on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at GardenView Assisted Living & Memory Care in Calumet, or on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at The Bluffs Senior Community in Houghton.

“Hospice is never an easy choice,” said Marianne Berghefer, hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator. “Our goal is to help our patients control their terminal illness. No one can control when they die, but with hospice, we work with patients and families to control how.”

Both presentations are free to the public, and will include light refreshments. Any questions should be directed to Berghefer at (906) 483-1160. Learn more about Portage Health Hospice at

Free Zumba classes offered Saturday at Fitness Center

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The Portage Health Fitness Center is welcoming in the community to try Zumba for free on Saturday, with newly hired Zumba instructor Cindy Crabtree.

Free Zumba DayClasses are being offered at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Nov. 9. Space is limited. Call (906) 483-1149 to reserve your spot.

“This is a great opportunity for people in our community to come out and try one of the most popular fitness classes we offer,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “It’s also a chance to meet Cindy, a highly motivated and high spirited new instructor at the fitness center.”

Cindy joined the Portage Health team in October as a licensed Zumba instructor. She is also an aqua Zumba instructor, and beach body coach who is working towards becoming a certified personal trainer.

For more information on the fitness center, visit


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