St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat’s Dr. Kalpana DePasquale Launches TV Segment

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale

Recognize that face and voice on this morning’s First Coast Living on WTLV-TV? That was St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale. She recently launched Health Tips with Dr. DePasquale, a new regular segment of the show that will air through November.

In each 5-minute segment airing on Fridays, Dr. DePasquale will share health and wellness tips covering an array of topics including dealing with allergies, children’s health and beauty tips. Throughout June, she’ll discuss men’s ear, nose and throat, sinus and allergy issues and talk about cosmetic treatments and procedures that men increasingly are choosing for a more youthful appearance. If you’re already thinking about Father’s Day gift ideas for your husband or dad, tune in to learn about Dr. DePasquale’s proprietary line of Avanti Rx botanical skin care, moisturizing and sun protection products.

First Coast Living is a magazine style show that features local community events, businesses and personalities and airs weekdays 11 a.m.-noon. Dr. DePasquale’s upcoming segments are slated for June 12 and 19. Visit the St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat website regularly to find out what she’ll talk about next. And if you miss a segment, catch up on the First Coast Living website.

 

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale Donates Time, Funds to Provide Kenyan Children with Clean Personal Hygiene Facilities

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale donated funds and helped plant trees at the site of Kenya's Ikumari School.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale donated funds and helped plant trees at the site of Kenya’s Ikumari School.

As founder and lead physician of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, Dr. Kalpana DePasquale certainly understands the importance of personal hygiene to one’s overall health. But in some places around the globe, access to that most basic need is severely limited.

One such place is the Nyeri district in the central province of Africa’s Kenya, home to the Ikumari School. Most of the hundreds of boys and girls attending this school belong to the Kikuyu tribe and are responsible for agricultural work in the region. Yet, they have limited or no access to personal hygiene facilities. Thanks to a generous donation of time and funds by Dr. DePasquale and other supporters, that soon will change. Along with family and a group of international friends, she recently travelled to the Nyeri district with a financial gift that will allow the Ikumari School to build an ablution block, a public restroom and washing facility.

Facilitated by Pack for a Purpose, a Raleigh, NC-based nonprofit dedicated to positively impacting communities worldwide by assisting travelers who want to make meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit, Dr. DePasquale’s trip took the group into the Aberdare National Park in the central highlands west of Mount Kenya where the school is located. There, they were greeted by dozens of children who had traveled long distances to read poems and perform traditional dances in appreciation of the contributions.

“We experienced a life-changing travel safari in the region with visits to the village and students at the school who live in the wild with giraffes, impalas, warthogs, buffalo, elephants, exotic birds and more,” said Dr. DePasquale. “As an American physician, I wanted to contribute more to the children than the typical school, sports and medical supplies provided.”

On behalf of her family and her St. Augustine practice, Dr. DePasquale contributed $500 towards the new bathroom and hygiene facilities to replace the outdoor plumbing currently in use. Plus, the Pack for a Purpose group donated close to 300 pounds of school supplies, clothing, shoes and recreational balls for sports. Dr. DePasquale, her family and travel companions also planted trees on the grounds of the school and plan to add to their donations, plus make a second visit to see how the children flourish.

Dr. DePasquale added that most of the students with whom her group visited had torn clothes and lived under impoverished circumstances. Some walk 15 kilometers to and from school each day.

“It was touching to see the dedication of the teachers and students toward their education. They were appreciative for the ability to be able to learn despite the less than ideal circumstances they were presented with,” she said. “We left there with a feeling of gratitude for the simple things we take for granted like clean water, a clean environment, and the ability to receive an education.”

 

SAENT Founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to Lecture on Treating Chronic Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Oct. 15

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale will lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty October 15 in St. Augustine, FL.

Are you a patient who suffers from chronic sinusitis, or a caregiver who treats someone with the ailment? You’ll want to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15 when Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, will share information on treating the condition with Balloon Sinuplasty™.

Dr. DePasquale will host an outreach program and interactive lecture to educate patients and the community about professional otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care, and her specialization in Balloon Sinuplasty™. The minimally-invasive procedure involves inserting a small tube into the nasal cavity to find a blockage, then inserting and inflating a smaller catheter to open the passageway. The endoscopic procedure accomplishes the same results as traditional surgery without requiring an incision.

Patients with chronic sinusitis “can suffer from reduced quality of life and reduced productivity and they may also experience pain and discomfort in and around the face due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages,” said Dr. DePasquale. “A myriad of treatments are available to treat the malady, but Balloon Sinuplasty can save our patients time, money and relief from pain due to surgery.”

Dr. DePasquale is one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure and serves as a faculty member annually at The Sinus Forum, a conference-style event that brings together otolaryngologists from across the nation.

The event begins at 6 pm and will be held in the Osceola Conference Room at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. in St. Augustine. The talk is free and open to the public, and attendees will enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call 904.461.6060, or visit our websites at www.avantimedspa.net and www.saent.net.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat Sponsors Davidson Cares

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is a proud sponsor of Davidson Cares, a fundraising program benefiting local schools.

St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat is a proud sponsor of Davidson Cares, a fundraising program benefiting local schools.

The health of a community depends on multiple factors – among them, a rich education for its youngest members. That’s why St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat founder Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is excited to sponsor Davidson  Cares, a successful corporate giving program that benefits several St. Augustine Schools.

Davidson Cares raises funds to support and enhance educational programs in the World Golf Village Area including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. And there are plenty of fun ways you can help via the Davidson Cares 2.0 fundraising project.

It all starts October 28 with a travel raffle that awards one lucky winner $2,500 toward a fun family vacation. The prize includes airfare, accommodations and trip entertainment. The winner will be announced February 8, 2014 at the Davidson Cares 5K Race. The race is open to runners, walkers, stroller-pushers and dog lovers everywhere and features lots of activities for the little ones, including a mile-long kids’ run.

And, mark your calendars for Friday, November 8 for the Second Annual Davidson Cares Fundraiser. It’s co-hosted by St. Augustine’s Mile Marker Brewing and features delicious food, samples of top brews and raffles for dozens of great items – all for a worthy cause.

Join St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Davidson Cares in helping to improve education for local children. Visit DavidsonCares.com to find out how you can participate.