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Patient Stories

Adam & Amanda Brown

Adam & Amanda Brown - when they experienced several medical emergencies in a two-year period, they finally found a hospital's emergency room that responded to their needs quickly, efficiently and professionally. » Read more


Amanda Stanberg, Abbie West

They say twins have a special connection. These sisters have done nearly everything together—they have worked all of the same jobs and have gone through every single class and nursing clinical rotation together. Amanda Stanberg, RN, BSN, and Abbie West, RN, BSN, are so close, in fact, that their careers have brought them to practice nursing at the same hospital. » Read more


Amy Alexander

Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Amy Alexander's life changed forever when she was driving south on a highway near Louisburg, Kan., and another driver heading the wrong direction hit her head-on. Alexander said she didn’t know how bad her injuries from the February 5, 2015, crash were until she reached Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center. » Read more


Betty Morton

Betty Morton battled osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition of the joints, for several years. Morton headed straight to Research Medical Center’s Joint Camp where she participated in the prehabilitation program in preparation for her hip replacement. “The prehab program was great and Joint Camp was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the back and neck massage. The staff took good care of me.” » Read more


Bill Vandermeer

When Bill Vandermeer shattered both of his heels after falling nearly 25 feet from a ladder, his professional hockey career should have been over. "It's a career ending injury," said Matt Hess, director of Sports Medicine and Wellness at Centerpoint Medical Center. "There's not a documented case of someone returning to professional sports after such an injury." » Read more


Blake Brownlee

"I was watching the quality of my life slowly erode," said Blake Brownlee, a 41-year-old police officer. As time went on, it became more and more difficult for him to remain active without experiencing hip pain the next day. After meeting with Dr. Robert M. Drisko, Brownlee learned that he had bone spurs and In-Stage Osteoarthritis in both hips. » Read more


Brian Sterling

I’ve lost 120lbs in 6 months. I’m now able to enjoy doing things with my wife and kids that I couldn’t before. » Read more


Brittlyn Lee

A horrible crash nearly killed Brittlyn Lee, but the urgent care from First Responders and nurses and physicians at Overland Park Regional Medical Center saved her life. Lee was injured in a car wreck on November 7, 2014, as her car was run off the road and struck a pole. Lee was rushed to Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center where she had several surgeries to her left leg, left arm and pelvis. She needed three surgeries to remove glass from her lungs and throat. Lee was in a coma and needed a feeding tube and tracheotomy. » Read more


Carolyn Clemons

Carolyn Clemons still remembers the day she injured her left knee about 15 years ago. “I was playing in a parent-child soccer game and trying to avoid falling on a child. Instead, I twisted my knee and ended up injuring myself,” she says. » Read more


Carolyn Herman

Recently, my husband was admitted to Belton Regional Medical Center for complications due to congestive heart failure. From the time he was admitted to the emergency room until he was discharged, he received excellent care from Dr. David Williams, nurses and all of the staff. » Read more


Carolyn Neff, Anne Marie Stein

It’s not unusual for career choices to run in families. Carolyn Neff, an RN whose daughter is also an RN, and this in itself isn’t unusual. However, this mother and daughter do more than share the same profession. They work together—in the same hospital, on the same unit. Neff and her daughter, Anne Marie Stein, are both nurses at the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. » Read more


Casey Fleischmann

Casey Fleischmann had to go to Hawaii to learn firsthand that midwives aren’t anything like the images she had conjured up. “Midwives are hip, modern, cool,” Fleischmann, who is married to a career Army man, says. “It has nothing to do with giving birth in a bathtub in your living room and everything to do with a personalized birth plan.” » Read more


Charles

Charles, a 77-year-old from Lenexa, Kansas had emergency gallbladder surgery on Christmas Eve 2014. After the surgery, his physician noticed a suspicious spot on his lung during a routine CT scan. Charles, who never smoked and has been in good health, was sent home with three months of blood thinner, as the spots were thought to be a blood clot. When the spots did not go away, Charles was sent by his primary care physician to Daniel Balmaceda, MD, pulmonologist at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where a biopsy was recommended which determined the spot to be adenocarcinoma of the lung. » Read more


Charlotte Warren

From the moment she started caring for babies in 1975, Charlotte Warren, RN, never considered another nursing specialty. In the span of her 40+ year career, clearly much has changed in the NICU field. » Read more


Christina McGinnis

Christina McGinnis doesn’t consider herself an avid sports fan, but she does have a personal definition of a teammate. So when McGinnis was diagnosed with Stage 1b breast cancer on November 4, 2010, she knew her oncologist needed to be the type of doctor to suit up and show up. » Read more


Dale Flanagan

“I’ve got a lot of living to do.” - That’s a direct quote from 71-year-old Dale Flanagan, a Kansas City resident who has a renewed outlook on life following a health scare on April 6, 2010. Flanagan loved to eat greasy fried foods such as chicken, French fries and cheeseburgers. The salt shaker was a regular dining companion, and Flanagan slathered butter on rolls, baked potatoes and toast. He didn’t stop to think of the consequences his diet choices might have on his health. » Read more


Dan Kremer

Easy & life changing. I’ve lost 151 pounds in 5 months. » Read more


Denise Lewis-Dillard

Denise Lewis-Dillard, 45, is known to be an articulate, matter-of-fact woman. So a strategic decision she made at the beginning of her motorcycle ride was typical—except this would be a life-saving decision. » Read more


Don Creek

Don Creek's work as a self-employed backhoe operator work is extremely physical, requiring him to climb in and out of his equipment. So when his left hip began bothering him nearly two years ago, he pushed through the pain until he decided to have Jeffrey Salin, D.O., an orthopaedic surgeon at Research Medical Center, perform a hip replacement. » Read more


Don Spears

Captain Don Spears, a Belton police officer, and his wife scheduled an unusual activity on a mutual day off last December. “Melinda and I went in together for cardio scans,” says Don. “She was having some effects from anxiety and I knew I needed a scan based on my family history of heart disease.” » Read more


Donna Arbuckle

Lee’s Summit resident Donna Arbuckle and her husband, Gary, routinely walk their chocolate cocker spaniel, Maisy, past Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The acute-care hospital is a short two-block jaunt from their home, and Arbuckle likes the fact that top-notch medical resources are readily accessible in her neighborhood. Last December, right before Christmas, Arbuckle experienced firsthand the patient-first care that is the hospital’s trademark. » Read more


Dora Pennington

The family dog mauled Pennington, 54, of Buckner, Mo., on the morning of Nov. 16, 2015, causing significant injury and profuse bleeding to her left leg. When First Responders transferred her to the Centerpoint Medical Center Level II Trauma Center, Pennington was hypothermic from fighting the dog for hours, had bite injuries covering her extremities and was in hemorrhagic shock. » Read more


Gary

Gary, a 61-year-old from Spring Hill, Kansas, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on September 5, 2014. Gary has been fighting his cancer, which has now metastasized to his brain, alongside Drs. Stilwill and Koffman, board-certified oncologists at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. » Read more


Glen Moore

Like many of us, Glen Moore took his hands for granted. They were there when he needed them—whether it was operating a large drill press at his manufacturing job, working on cars, creating one of his wooden wishing wells for family and friends, or playing video games on his PlayStation. The 56-year-old Grandview resident didn't think much about his hands until one February morning when he was injured on the job. » Read more


Heather Turner

Heather Turner was stuck in a rut and she couldn't get out. After giving birth to three children, undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, the stress of having a husband serving in Iraq and poor diet choices combined with lack of exercise, the Leavenworth woman was overweight and frustrated. » Read more


Hector Sanchez

The day after Thanksgiving in 2015, Hector Sanchez was continuing his workout routine. “I was doing sit ups on the incline bench and that was the last thing I remember,” Sanchez says. The 59-year-old marathon runner thought he was in excellent shape. He had just ran seven miles on Thanksgiving Day and has ran more than 30 marathons in his lifetime. » Read more


Helen Matson

"I am now going through rehab at Centerpoint and can say that the quality of nursing did not end with the Heart Unit, but continues on into the Rehab Department. My doctors Rachel Sosland and Terry Gallion are the best in my eyes. I thank God for giving them the desire and drive to become the doctors they are." Helen Matson » Read more


Hillard Rogers

Hillard Rogers is a two-time survivor of prostate cancer. He was first diagnosed at the age of 69 following a routine physical. He made an appointment to see John Sheldon, MD, a radiation oncologist at Research Medical Center. » Read more


Isaac Perkins

Isaac Perkins is like any active 10 year-old boy. He enjoys sports, including soccer and basketball; adventures with friends; video games; and exploring the world around him. When Isaac took a nasty spill while bike-riding with a friend on Feb. 7, 2009, Todd remembers pulling into the family’s subdivision after work that afternoon and receiving a phone call from a frantic neighbor. “Isaac and her son were maneuvering their bikes down a hill and lost control,” says Todd. “His friend and his bike crashed down on top of Isaac, slamming him into the concrete.” » Read more


Jack Hyder

A Parkinson’s disease patient and his spouse were willing to wait two years and drive 60 miles for the one doctor they felt could best control his symptoms. “We feel truly blessed that he is our doctor,” says Shari Hyder, of Muhammad M. Nashatizadeh, MD, a neurologist with the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “We know he cares. He listens, he looks at problems as they come up and he finds a way to addresses them.” » Read more


James Seeley

James Seeley considers himself one lucky man. The 66-year-old went to Centerpoint Medical Center's Emergency Department on March 24, 2008 with excruciating pain. He was immediately admitted for gallbladder surgery but during a routine exam prior to the procedure Joseph Evans, MD detected a heart murmur. Dr. Evans brought in cardiologist David Akin, MD to consult on James's case. » Read more


Jeanne Hopkins

Jeanne Hopkins has relied on Belton Regional Medical Center and her primary care physician, Gary Gustafson, DO, for a quarter of a century. Jeanne has her yearly mammograms and regular bone density tests conducted at the facility's state-of-the-art imaging department and her husband, Richard, also uses Dr. Gustafson and the hospital for various medical needs. » Read more


Jennifer Bettis

Jennifer Bettis says Thanksgiving 2010 will forever have a special meaning for her and husband, Jay. “We’ll always have gratitude for our first child,” says Jennifer, who is due on November 26. “And for Dr. Starks.” The 35-year-old internal auditor says she believes Gregory Starks, MD, of Midwest Women’s Healthcare, PC, is a miracle worker of sorts. » Read more


Jennifer Fastner

Jennifer Fastner - underwent brain surgery for epileptic seizures she had experienced since she was seven days old. Treated unsuccessfully throughout her life with every medication available for epilepsy, Jennifer was growing weary of the 30- to 40-second seizures, which began to increase in frequency last summer - Jennifer was having two to four weekly. It was apparent the seizures were becoming resistant to medication. » Read more


Jerrie Stutheit

Jerrie Stutheit is a mother of three and grandmother of seven who was diagnosed with a large brain tumor. Jerrie had an appointment with Geoffrey Blatt, MD, a neurosurgeon at Research Medical Center.“Dr. Blatt explained the type of tumor I had and was confident that I would have positive results. I trusted him immediately.” » Read more


Jerry Keithline

42-year-old Kansas City resident, Jerry Keithline, experienced get-your-attention symptoms in October 2001: increased heart rate, chest pains, coughing and night sweats. True to his positive nature, Jerry thought it might be the side effects of common bronchitis or a bad chest cold. » Read more


Jessica Headlee

On April 7, 2015, around 9pm, 36-year-old Jessica Headlee felt unexpectedly fatigued. By 10pm, she started having left-sided chest pain, nausea, and sweating. Jessica’s significant other called 911. EMS arrived moments later to find that Jessica’s heart had gone into a fatal arrhythmia. EMS initiated CPR and shocked her back into rhythm. After Jessica regained a pulse, the EKG indicated that this otherwise healthy young woman was having a heart attack. » Read more


Joe Giangrosso

For nearly seven years, Joe Giangrosso was too tired to do much of anything despite spending 17 hours a day in bed. He was no longer able to work on a regular basis or enjoy the things he used to love. He was simply too tired. What he found out was astonishing. » Read more


John Kistler

John Kistler suffered a stroke in August 2013 following a surgery where he received five heart bypasses. The stroke caused physical injuries, including blurred vision. “Thirty-one days later I was discharged from Research Medical Center, able to walk and eat and armed with several assignments from my doctors.” » Read more


Jonathan Huntington

Jonathan Huntington is used to taking advice from his mother, Kathy Huntington, a Belton Regional Medical Center employee. When Jonathan suffered a serious broken leg last Fourth of July, he was all ears when she recommended he seek medical treatment at Belton Regional Medical Center for an injured leg. » Read more


Julie Clifton

At 24 weeks in her pregnancy, Julie Clifton delivered Murphy Willingham, Jr. by caesarean section at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was immediately put into the care of the hospital’s Level IIIb NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). He had a heart murmur and respiratory issues and would later develop pneumonia and an infection. » Read more


Kathy Huntington

Kathy Huntington has had multiple health issues requiring imaging, surgery, ICU care, and outpatient therapy. When she needed to have her left knee replaced in 2006 she decided to have the orthopedic procedure done at Belton Regional Medical Center with John A. Gillen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. » Read more


Kayla Goff

Kayla Goff woke up at 2 a.m. with shooting pains that were stabbing down the left side of her chest and back “My mind was racing,” Goff said. “I thought maybe I pulled something while juggling breast-pump, and baby, and pillows.” Three hours later, Goff’s doctor advised her to go to the emergency room to check for a possible blood clot. » Read more


Kaylene Kern

For Kaylene Kern, the birth of her second child represented much more than a memorable moment. Charlie Kern arrived exactly one minute after midnight on January 1, 2015, and his status as Kansas City’s 2015 New Year baby was reported on the news. But for Kern, 33, the newborn signified a very personal narrative—one of an empowered mother who advocated for the midwife birthing experience she wanted, and received. » Read more


Kendall Moore

Kendall Moore, with a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung and severe head trauma, spent 13 days in a coma in the ICU at Centerpoint Medical Center as family and friends prayed for her survival. Doctors say she suffered severe brain shearing, a traumatic injury where damage to the brain occurs over a widespread area. It is one of the most devastating brain injuries and one of the leading causes of death in people with traumatic brain injury. » Read more


Kim Hadley

After trying to conceive for on our own for four years we found ourselves in a dark and lonely spot. Dr. Starks knew exactly what tests to order to give me a correct diagnosis. Brandi designed the protocols, and although my body was difficult and it took four different protocols she never gave up on us! » Read more


Kristi & Jason Fine

When asked to define the rollercoaster of emotions they experienced when their daughter was born prematurely, Kristi and Jason Fine use words such as “scary” and “overwhelming”. But the couple is quick to liberally pepper their accounting of their time with their tiny baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with descriptions ranging from “gratitude,” and “comfort”. The Fine’s second child, a girl named Charli, was born four weeks premature on October 24, 2009. » Read more


Laura Kellogg

Laura Kellogg had learned to live with migraine headaches. For more than 20 years – since the age of seven – they struck like clockwork once, sometimes, twice a month. And when they did, Laura retreated to her dark and quiet bedroom to lie down and simply wait out the excruciating head pain and its accompanying nausea and vomiting. Her migraines were painful and draining, but something she had learned to accept. » Read more


Lawrence Bolton

Lawrence Bolton is the epitome of a genuine family man. His wife of 60 years, JoAnn, is his rock; his three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren are his pride and joy. He enjoys building model airplanes, mosaic woodworking, celebrating birthdays and holidays, and spending what the 82-year-old Grandview resident calls “good old-fashioned quality time” with his family. So when Lawrence learned he had Stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February 2010 after a visit to the doctor for stomach pains, the retired airline engine overhaul supervisor’s immediate thoughts turned to his family. » Read more


Len Lutz

“During a health scare, the things you love most are what you’re afraid of losing,” says Len Lutz. “Thanks to Research Medical Center and the quick action of my doctors, I’m back enjoying my family, music and friends.” » Read more


Lillian Mack Shakur

Lillian Mack Shakur’s nemesis was heart disease, which had plagued her since 2003 when she underwent bypass surgery following a heart attack. Though she didn’t have a family history of heart disease, Lillian was one of the thousands of women annually diagnosed with this so-called “silent killer. “ » Read more


Lindsay Tiehen

Poignant memories from the two months that Charlotte and Jack Tiehen lived in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Level IIIb NICU will no doubt stay with mom Lindsay Tiehen forever. » Read more


Lisa Butler

Imagine waking up in a hospital’s ICU with casts on, IVs dripping, machines humming and absolutely no recollection of the incident that led to this acute predicament. That’s exactly what 34-year-old Overland Park resident Lisa Butler experienced in late July 2009. On July 18, she was the passenger on a motorcycle traveling 65 miles per hour on Highway K-7 when the motorcycle was sideswiped by a car. The collision’s immense force sent the young woman flying from the bike, causing her to hit the pavement, lose her shoes and consciousness. » Read more


Lori Moody, Dani Hoops

Facebook is a great place to give someone a shout-out for providing support during an emotional time. That’s what Dani Hoops was looking to do when she tracked down Lori Moody, a NICU nurse at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, online. » Read more


Lou Ann Carmean

Lou Ann Carmean started seeing Dr. Hux two years ago after experiencing profound left shoulder pain. A routine MRI showed a severe problem in her neck as a result of medication she took for bone marrow cancer. Following a seven-hour surgery, a week’s hospital stay at Centerpoint Medical Center and several weeks of inpatient rehabilitation, Carmean went home just in time to celebrate her 78th birthday. » Read more


Marilyn Coleman

Marilyn Coleman - the 62-year-old is now cancer-free and thinks her victory over the disease is largely due to the CyberKnife® treatments she had at Menorah Medical Center. CyberKnife is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body. It delivers beams of high-dose radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy and as the Coleman's found out, is a beacon of hope for cancer patients. » Read more


Marlene Krakow

Local philanthropist and cancer survivor, Marlene Krakow, shares her story of healing, courtesy of 435SouthMag.com. She was treated for cancer by Bradley Koffman, MD, a radiation oncologist and medical director of the CyberKnife Center at Menorah Medical Center. » Read more


Mia Lyons

Mia Lyons, a Kansas City resident whose positive attitude is a way of life, was diagnosed in 2007 with a benign brain tumor called a meningioma. The second most primary tumor of the central nervous system, meningiomas are slow-growing, occur more frequently in women than men and are usually benign. » Read more


Paige Thomas

When 2-year-old Paige Thomas fell and broke her clavicle, her mom thought they'd have to leave Independence to find an ER that cared for children. "I decided to call Centerpoint, just in case," said Maggie Thomas, Paige's mom. Centerpoint Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center that cares for patients of all ages – including children. » Read more


Patrick Hamilton

Patrick Hamilton doesn’t know how it happened. One minute he was cruising on his new dirt bike, and the next minute he was cruising to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. “Nobody saw me crash, but apparently I was lying face down in the mud,” says Hamilton who is a well-known attorney in the Kansas City area. “There was nothing wrong with my bike or protective equipment, so it was probably just a weird turn in the air.” » Read more


Peggy Hayson

It was July 2008 and Peggy Hayson’s cancer story started as it does for many women—after a shower, when they notice something that doesn’t look quite right. In Peggy's instance her mammogram was five years overdue so she made an appointment at Lafayette Regional Health Center. » Read more


Ralph and Justin Moriarty

Although 71-year-old Ralph Moriarty and his 37-year-old son, Justin, built a strong relationship over the decades by doing the expected father-son guy stuff, they also forged an unbreakable bond with the unexpected: a kidney transplant. » Read more


Rita Garcia

Rita Garcia, known for her brilliant smile and bubbly disposition, was alarmed when she detected a small drop of blood in her urine the morning before her annual physical. Following a biopsy, Rita was told by her doctor that she had uterine cancer. » Read more


Robert Ganson

Robert Ganson had been feeling bad for about a week and saw his physician on July 9, 2014, with chief complaint of coughing with productive green sputum, ear ache, muscle aches, chills and a documented temperature of 101 degrees. He was tested for the flu and given a prescription for Azithromycin. He then developed a sharp knifelike pain in the left chest radiating into the left shoulder that had been waxing and waning for 2 days lasting up to 30 minutes at a time. » Read more


Ryan and Ashley Allen

The Allen's journey with Research Medical Center began with a phone call from Karen. My wife and I had gone through infertility at two different facilities dealing with many doctors and nurses. Karen set the bar extremely high in our opinion, After briefly speaking with her on the phone, we immediately felt she was someone we could trust. » Read more


Savannah Bush

On August 13th, 2015, Savannah, her 7-year-old daughter Baylee, and 6-week-old son Bodee were traveling down 50 Highway westbound on their way to Hobby Lobby in Lee’s Summit. Savannah reports that an SUV pulled out in front of her crossing over from 50 Highway eastbound to turn onto Milton Thompson road. The SUV did not yield and even though Savannah slammed on her brakes, she was unable to stop in time and she and her children t-boned the SUV at 60 mph. » Read more


Scott

"I just wanted to tell all of you that I have not forgotten the precious gift that was given to me seven years ago and I thank God for the donor, donor's family and you all for answering the call! I know that you took a chance on me and I wanted to let you know that I have always kept my part of the deal by living a happy and responsible life." » Read more


Sharon Fadler Frankel

Sharon Fadler Frankel - the 54-year-old Leawood resident experienced sporadic, mild chest discomfort for almost four weeks. "The episodes would last just a couple of minutes and then disappear," says Sharon. With no personal or family heart disease history and no prior symptoms, a heart attack was the last thing on my mind. » Read more


Sherry Brisbin

When Pleasant Hill, Mo., resident Sherry Brisbin found a lump in her breast during a routine self-examination in March, she felt a painful and tender history repeating itself. Brisbin's mother, Frances Fern, died of breast cancer at age 55, and her sister, now a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed when she was 39 years old. » Read more


Skyler Hulse

While warming up for practice Skyler Hulse started having severe pain in his side while catching the football. After a short conversation with his athletic trainer, a decision was made to take Skyler to his family physician who diagnosed him with appendicitis. He was then admitted to Centerpoint Medical Center where he was evaluated by Dr. Jonathan Patterson, a general surgeon, who confirmed the diagnosis. » Read more


Stephan Butler

When 56-year-old Stephan Butler experienced a series of mini-strokes in May 2010, he sought help from a doctor he had formerly coached on the football field. Having coached this doctor as a high school student in the 1990s, Butler knew losing wasn’t part of the young man’s game plan. » Read more


Tracey

Tracey, a former Pro Figure competitor/bodybuilder, was doing her usual morning stretches when she noticed a lump at the base of her right breast, just days before her annual mammogram. At her appointment in March of 2014, Tracey’s radiologist ordered an ultrasound and a subsequent biopsy which revealed invasive ductal carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. » Read more


Vince Boggia

Vince Boggia moved to the Kansas City area in October 2007 from Huntsville, Ala., and considers his first experience at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) as one of an instant and collaborative partnership. Vince has a family history of heart disease. His father succumbed to a heart attack at 57 years old, Vince’s exact age when he visited Gregory Chambon, MD, his physician at College Park Family Care Center. » Read more


Wyatt Robinson

At 39 weeks pregnant, Stacey Robinson was induced. “Everything was going just as planned until I hit seven or eight centimeters,” she says. “The baby’s heart rate started to drop consistently and I was having trouble pushing.” Stacey needed to have an emergency C-section. When Wyatt entered the world, he wasn’t breathing. » Read more


Yvette Stuckey

“Everyone has been wonderful here in the NICU,” shares Yvette Stuckey, NICU mom. “The nurses are so helpful and caring. My baby was born three months early and she is doing great! I would recommend Research Medical Center for moms whether they are high-risk or not. I very much approve of their services.” » Read more