The news from Vinalhaven
This week I was thinking about what folks are talking about, and really, folks talk about other folks. They talk about who’s doing what, where they went, who they went with, and all that gossipy-type stuff. Some of it is worth repeating, some not, and some I’m surely not privy to. Two people that folks are talking about though, the new dentist and the new Island Fellow, I do know something about.
Some islanders may remember Peter Levandoski who was here on Vinalhaven as an Island Fellow working with the Island Community Medical Services from 2007-2009. After leaving here in 2009, he attended Boston University Dental School and graduated in May 2013. He is now working with Dr. Catherine Bunin-Stevenson, DMD here at ICMS Dental, and at Wiscasset Dental in Wiscasset. I asked him how his Fellow work was connected to dentistry. Dr. Levandoski said, “I knew that I wanted to be a dentist before I moved out to VH. Working with the doctors out here, as well as the whole team at ICMS really shaped my idea of what I want a dental practice to be. The whole team is dedicated to the patient’s whole health, which is something that I really wanted to be a part of.”
Peter’s now living in Portland and coming to Vinalhaven every two weeks but hoping to come out at least one day a week in the near future. In a way it’s interesting that he found Vinalhaven at all considering he’s from Philadelphia and attended Davidson College just outside of Charlotte, N.C. before he came to our island. When he’s not doing dental work he says he enjoys being outside, hiking, skiing, and playing golf as well as spending time with his friends and family. If you see Peter around, or Dr. Levandoski as I guess we should get used to calling him, welcome him back to town.
Also new at ICMS and at the ARC is Kelsey Byrd who is an Island Institute Fellow and AmeriCorps volunteer who is starting to settle into island life and work with both organizations. She’s from San Jose in Northern California but went to school on the New Hampshire, Vermont border at Dartmouth College. I asked her how she found Vinalhaven. She replied, “I enjoyed living in a small, rural town during college so I was looking for jobs in rural areas focused on health. I saw this job posting on a career website and thought it looked like a great opportunity.” Some of her many goals for her position are to “promote wellness in the community and create opportunities for people to live a healthier life. I would love to see people in the community support each other in living a balanced life.” In doing this she’s looking forward to working with and learning from the folks at the ARC and ICMS and acknowledges the great ideas that so many people have here about promoting wellness in the community.
As with Peter, I thought people might want to know what Kelsey enjoys doing outside of work and is looking forward to about the island. Kelsey said, “I really enjoy the miles and miles of trails on the island and the ocean view around every turn. It is a beautiful place. I am looking forward to becoming part of the community and learning some new skills I never thought I would need to know.” Surely Kelsey will find friends through work and also through her love of sports, as she describes herself as a sports fanatic and enjoys playing, watching and talking about all sports, but especially the island favorite, basketball. You might also see her outside hiking, running or biking. If you see her around, please say hello and welcome her to town, and if you have ideas for her work, just let her know, she’s eager to learn from folks and feels that community members are her greatest resource.
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