Ithaca Journal Community News March 16, 2007 The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment has selected Terry Kozak of Binghamton as its 2007 Melvin Rosendale Employee of the Year. The award is presented in memory of Rosendale's years of service as a board member and chairperson. Kozak, who is legally blind, has worked as a production employee since 1996. He works directly in the production of quality anila file folders for the Federal government under the Javits-WagnerO'Day Act. In October 2006, Kozak was promoted to production supervisor based on his outstanding job performance and his commitment to professional development. Kozak will also be nominated for the Peter J. Salmon National Blind Employee of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by National Industries for the Blind and Kozak has been invited to attend its annual conference in Chicago. Kozak is the son of Ruthann Morgan of Newfield. ••• Dr. Marne O'Shae, whose office is at 402 N. Cayuga St., is known for her integrative approach to family medicine. O'Shae recently became the first doctor in the Finger Lakes area to earn three credits of American Medical Association approved Continuing Education Credits for her training in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Since opening her medical office in 2005, O'Shae has attracted many women requesting bioidentical hormone replacement to treat PMS, perimenopause, and menopause symptoms. Media coverage of the success of bio-identical hormone replacement has created a demand for doctors with this expertise. O'Shae has been working with John Platt, RPH, a pharmacist in Auburn, to develop compounded prescriptions to treat her patients with these issues. Platt recommended a lecture series by Dr. Eldred Taylor, MD, a board certified OB/GYN, which O'Shae recently took advantage of. Now that O'Shae has been trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, she will use saliva testing for tissue level readings of hormone levels, a more accurate approach than blood testing. O'Shae can then use this information to prescribe custom compounded prescriptions, with the minimum levels of hormone needed to achieve a balance for each individual patient. After the Women's Health Initiative findings were published in 2002, the use of commercial hormone replacement drugs dropped from 42 to 28 percent in women aged 50 to 74. Millions of women and doctors decided that the existing standard of care was not worth the risk. ••• Dr. Frank Nicchi, president of New York Chiropractic College received the Achievement Award for Chiropractic Education during the annual Parker Seminars international event in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 9. The sixth annual Foot Levelers' achievement awards were presented to a group of the chiropractic profession's most distinguished leaders. Foot Levelers' President and CEO, Kent S. Greenawalt, presented the awards in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments. Nicchi, a 1978 alumnus and long-time faculty member, was appointed President of NYCC in 2000. Since that time, he has led new initiatives to develop clinical education programs that have solidified the College's vision and its emphasis on academic excellence and successful integration of chiropractic into diverse healthcare settings. Nicchi was recognized for his leadership in NYCC's creation of educational and clinical programs (internships and chiropractic services in the Veteran's Administration (VA) health systems, private and military hospitals and at state university health centers) that advance and benefit the chiropractic profession. ••• Satori Day Spa & Salon staff were overwhelmed by the letters they received from students and parents who wanted to express their gratitude to their teachers by nominating them to win a minivacation during Ithaca's Winter Recess. The mini-vacation is a prize that included a head-to-toe makeover from Satori, a $250 wardrobe from Talbots and two night stay in a King-size room at the Courtyard by Marriott, Ithaca. As they reviewed the nominations, staff members were touched by the recurring comments that spoke of teachers who continually go above and beyond the call of duty and work with students and parents who “wouldn't be who they are without them!” However, a decision had to be made and one special letter that stood out from the rest. The Satori team unanimously chose Kathleen Downes, Pre-K Special Education teacher at Caroline Elementary School. Satori Day Spa & Salon truly believes that all teachers are heroes in our community. This was a difficult decision and in an effort to show these over-worked teachers their appreciation they decided to give every nominated teacher the gift of a half-hour massage. ••• Ithaca College junior Kevin Westfall, son of Ithaca residents Richard and Brenda Westfall, was inducted this past fall into Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE), a national honorary and professional management fraternity. Students invited to join SIE must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, receive grades of B or higher in management courses, and be of a high moral character. Members remain active by participating in SIE-sponsored events and activities aimed at enhancing professional development and service to the community. Westfall is an accounting major who graduated from Ithaca High School in 2004. Ekta Batra, Ronald Lam and Carolyn Larso, all seniors in Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications, were selected by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to participate in that organization's 2007 Most Promising Minority Students Program. Held in February, the program invited 50 talented minority students from across the country to New York City, where they were introduced to the leaders of the nation's top advertising agencies, media companies and consumer marketers. The 2007 Most Promising Minority Student honorees represent 34 institutions of higher learning, including Syracuse University, the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley. “It was my pleasure to nominate three outstanding Ithaca students who have excelled academically and who have a true passion for this profession,” said Scott R. Hamula, the associate professor of television and radio who serves as Ithaca's AAF chapter faculty advisor. Batra is majoring in integrated marketing communications and minoring in journalism. Lam is majoring in organizational communication, learning and design and minoring in integrated marketing communications. Larson is an integrated marketing communications major.