Author:

Zinta Aistars

Zinta Aistars is a bilingual writer in English and Latvian. She has three books published in the Latvian language and is currently at work on a fourth, this time in English. Zinta is a regularly contributing writer for many local and regional publications. She is the host and producer of the weekly radio show, Art Beat, at WMUK 102.1 FM, the NPR affiliate station in Southwest Michigan. Zinta is a former employee of Spectrum Health, working in marketing and communications as a writer and editor, and she is pleased to continue writing health care stories since becoming a full-time freelance writer.

Posts from Zinta Aistars

Patient Story

Back on course

An avid golfer is enjoying life again after opting for prolapse surgery.

Patient Story

Winning for others

Helping others is often the best medicine. Rehab patients know this firsthand—they're using game points to feed families in need.

Patient Story

The amazing brothers Blain

Daxton, 2, and Sawyer, 4, battle a rare genetic disease with a team of specialists and the calming power of music.

Patient Story

Finding answers and hope

Genetic testing helps the family of a Michigan boy dig deeper into his unique health challenges.

Patient Story

An offering of hope

After a longtime battle against a rare disorder of the esophagus, Maggie Campbell underwent a life-altering surgery.

Patient Story

Helping Gabby thrive

Genetic testing that pinpointed a rare disorder helped a Michigan couple give their daughter the tools she needs to blossom.

Patient Story

The perfect picture of in-home care

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping him at home, George Grzybowski turned to in-home imaging services—and it turned out to be a life-saver.

Patient Story

‘An investment in yourself’

A Michigan phlebotomist made the leap with bariatric surgery—and she's now down almost 100 pounds.

Patient Story

In the arms of angels

When a gas explosion at her island cabin left Lisa Sears with severe burns and broken bones, a team of specialists and her faith guided her recovery.

‘It’s a marathon’

During the COVID-19 pandemic, school and health leaders work to meet student needs while keeping safety top of mind.

Caring for the caregiver

While tending loved ones is a blessing, make sure to reserve energy for your own well-being. A psychotherapist shares her top tips for how to find the balance.

Heroes at the door

To put patients at ease, hospital team members have honed the perfect blend of helpful and friendly.