Tidbits – September 2019

September events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Coffee Connection, September 10; Military Recognition Breakfast, September 11; Pink Bag Luncheon, September 12; and Business Connection After Hours, September 26. For registration and additional information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Dr. James C. Tinsley, of Lighthouse Direct Primary Care, has opened offices at 703 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite B-4. Tinsley is the only Direct Primary Care (DPC) physician on the Virginia Peninsula. DPC is a new concept in healthcare where patient and doctor confer with no third-party involvement. Tinsley can be reached at 757-586-3050 or visit the website at Lighthousedpc.com.

Jenn Abrams, LPC, ATR-BC (Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist) has opened Phoenix Counseling, a new practice specializing in individual and family therapy with children, teens and young adults. The practice is located at 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite C-6. A lifelong native of Newport News, Abrams brings more than two decades of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She works with individuals and families who are struggling with difficulties, including trauma, acute stress, grief and loss, depression, self-esteem and anxiety. Sessions are individualized to foster optimal healing and growth. Abrams can be reached at 757-876-7194.

The Rotary Club of Oyster Point will host its 7th annual Oyster Bash at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 4, at Tradition Brewing Company. All proceeds from the event will go to charitable projects that benefit the lives of children, with the primary beneficiary being Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula. For information or auction/raffle donations, contact Ed Maroney at epmaroney@gmail.com.

Recipients of the 2019 Sullivan Award presented by Virginia Living Museum include (left to right): Jennifer Turlington, sales director, for creating opportunities and guest experiences and serving as a tourism ambassador for Newport News; Patrycja Lawryniuk, aquarium curator, for creating a new Shark Zone; Jackie Fitzgibbons, program manager, for creating a collaborative retail division, creating a first aid and CPR program and building relationships with the scouting community; Deanna Moore, education associate, for creating the museum’s award-winning Envirothon team and supporting the advancement of animal welfare and environmental programming; and Heather McElligott, human resources manager, for advancing hiring and onboarding procedures and facilitating a staff wage survey. The Sullivan Award is named after Bob Sullivan, former executive director, and is the museum’s highest staff honor, recognizing leadership and mission dedication.

Abbitt Realty and Abbitt Management teamed up during the Abbitt Summer Kickoff to support the Virginia Peninsula FoodBank at the Virginia Living Museum in May. Food donations from the two companies were matched in dollars by the Abbitt Family Foundation, raising enough food and funds to provide 26,734 meals to the Hampton Roads community.

Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) has expanded primary care services with the addition of multiple family medicine physicians. Three family medicine physicians have joined on the Southside as well as two family medicine physicians in Newport News and Williamsburg. Dr. Sinclair B. McCracken, a board certified family medicine physician and certified functional medicine practitioner, joined TPMG in Newport News under her newly renamed practice, TPMG Thimble Shoals Family Medicine. With nearly 20 years in private practice, Dr. McCracken earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and went on to complete her family practice residency at Riverside Medical Center.

John E. Brady, MD, of Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) Village Group, has been named board chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). ABFM is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors whose mission is to improve the health of the public by assuring that any family physician holding certification has met rigorous standards. ABFM is the third-largest board of the American Board of Medical Specialists.


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