Business News — Sept. 6, 2023

New eye surgeon joins Sequim clinic

Northwest Eye Surgeons Sequim recently welcomed Dr. Maximilian Psolka as their new eye surgeon.

Psolka joined the regional medical eye practice on September 1, 2023.

“Having lived in many places during my 25 year military career, I have always found myself more comfortable and at peace in the serenity of a rural community,” Psolka said.

Psolka specializes in cataract surgery, intraocular lens exchange, and refractive surgery. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, he served as a flight surgeon while stationed in Europe. Before joining Northwest Eye Surgeons, he served as Chief of Ophthalmology & Refractive Surgery at Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, New York, and at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas.

“I am very excited to welcome Dr Psolka to our practice,” Sequim Regional Director Barbara Simcosky said. “He provides a blend of top notch clinical education and knowledge with a strong passion and commitment to rural healthcare and is delighted to be moving to our beautiful Olympic Peninsula.”

Psolka completed his ophthalmology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before completing a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Castell Insurance to host Medicare 101

Castell Insurance hosts a free Medicare 101 class, starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Guy Cole Center, 202 N. Blake Ave.

Guest speakers include James Castell, John Coulson and Stephany Shackelford from Castell Insurance.

The class addresses a number of Medicare situations, whether attendees are preparing to turn 65, have questions for a loved one, or have been on Medicare for years and still don’t quite understand the options.

The class will feature industry experts with more than 30 years combined experience here to answer questions and explain all of the ins and outs of Medicare, organizers say.

Topics will include aging in, coverage options, Part D details, basic costs, and a question-and-answer session. No personal information will be gathered.

Kitsap Bank to partner with Sequim Food Bank

Kitsap Bank is partnering with the Sequim Food Bank by hosting a “From Shred to Fed” Shred Event from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Kitsap Bank’s Sequim branch, 1320 W. Washington St. The public is encouraged to support the food bank by bringing outdated or sensitive documents for safe destruction and disposal, along with a monetary donation.

All funds raised at this event will go to supporting the Sequim Food Bank.

“We are pleased to partner once again with the Sequim Food Bank, and support those in need in our local community,” said Charles Robertson, Kitsap Bank’s Senior Vice President of Retail Banking.

Participants are asked to limit documents to a maximum of 75 pounds per vehicle; and to make a cash or check donation in the amount they choose to the local food bank.

Kitsap Bank will be holding a series of “From Shred to Fed” events throughout the region in September and October.

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