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.

Zinta Aistars

Posts from Zinta Aistars

Heroes at the door

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

‘We can do this’

As COVID-19 cases rise, experts share their best recommendations to help your family stay healthy and well.

Patient Story

Mending a heart

Born with a complex heart defect, Andrew Christensen grew up wondering what kind of future awaited him. Thirty years later, he has plans.

Patient Story

‘Easy breathing’

Following a grim diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, George Welte's age didn't keep him from getting a life-saving lung transplant.

Patient Story

Cross-train for joint health

Patty Hager's road to fitness hit a speed bump when she twisted her knee. With surgery in the rearview, she's on the mend—and wiser for it.

Patient Story

‘The experience of a lifetime’

Bariatric surgery helped Maria Palomares tackle longstanding weight problems—but she found real change comes from within.

Patient Story

From patient to nurse technician

Christopher Love forged an indomitable spirit in his teenage fight against a rare type of cancer. The experience changed his life—and it's now shaping his career.

Patient Story

‘I needed someone on my team’

When Jacqueline Weeber felt menopause overtaking her life, she tried to tackle it alone. Success came only when she sought help.

Patient Story

‘I wish I’d done this years ago’

James Root overcame his longstanding aversion to weight-loss surgery and regains the active life he'd missed out on for nearly two decades.

Patient Story

Randy’s game plan

A powerful team approach—patient, doctor, dietitian—helped Randy Remenap get his diabetes and weight gain under control.

Patient Story

Back in control

Joetta Harris felt helpless battling her worsening health amid the rigors of life. A pair of specialists from a free community health program helped her find a new path.

Patient Story

‘I feel like me again’

Having a women's health specialist look at the whole picture made all the difference for this 46-year-old.

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