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

Giant hope for Junior

A mother's instinct, a top-notch medical team and music therapists guide a little boy through neurological troubles.

Patient Story

‘This is a miracle’

Lou Coleman suffered worsening symptoms of Parkinson’s for years—and then doctors offered a life-changing treatment.

Patient Story

‘We celebrate every milestone’

For a Michigan couple eager to help their son, genetics research is lighting the path ahead.

Patient Story

‘A gift from God’

Rick Freehafer coped with essential tremor most of his life. Then he learned about a procedure—and a team—that could set things right.

Patient Story

The road home

After a long rehabilitation from pancreas and kidney troubles, a Michigan man is eager for a return to normal.

Patient Story

‘I can do this’

A Michigan teen's confidence and composure helped her navigate the long road to kidney transplant.

Patient Story

Faith in healing

After a long, hard-fought battle with COVID-19, a 69-year-old Michigan man is on the mend.

Patient Story

‘You are amazing’

Rick Eding learned he had a failing heart in his early 30s. And now, exactly 3,676 days after a procedure to restore his quality of life, he’s unstoppable.

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.