Horizon Dental Care Welcomes Dr. Thomas Simrell

Dr. John Evanish III, President and CEO, Horizon Dental Care, recently announced the Thomas Simrell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 514 North Blakely Street, Dunmore is joining Horizon Dental Care. Thomas Simrell, DMD, MAGD will see his patients at Horizon Dental Care, located at the Guild Building, 400 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton beginning May 3rd, 2021.

Horizon Dental Care is owned by Dr. John Evanish, III.  Dr. Evanish has been serving dental patients in Northeastern PA since 1993.  He currently has four full-service offices in Hawley, Honesdale, Scranton, and Stroudsburg.  Horizon Dental care has cultivated an exceptional team of dentists and dental hygienists who share Dr. Simrell’s philosophy of excellent patient care. They offer comprehensive, personalized dental care with an empathetic touch to help patients receive worry-free dental treatment every day.  

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Simrell and his patients to Horizon Dental Care,” said Dr. Evanish. “Dr. Simrell is a very accomplished dentist and has incredible compassion for his patients. This jointure is a perfect fit for both practices. Dr. Simrell brings over thirty years of expertise to our amazing dental team while his patients can still continue in his great care at our state-of-the-art dental facility with expanded services.” he added.

Horizon Dental Care’s services include routine cleanings, family, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry as well as full mouth reconstruction. They also offer emergency services and specialize in senior dental care with an in-house, full-service denture lab. There is free parking on site, greater access to available appointments and dental treatments and they work with all insurances. Also offered is “The Horizon Plan,” Horizon Dental Care’s in-house dental discount plan for patients without insurance. Multiple financing options are also available. Dr. Simrell and Dr. Evanish are making this transition as seamless as possible so that patients can continue their dental care without delay.

Patients can call (570) 342-8800 or visit www.horizondentalcares.com for immediate assistance. New Patients are always welcome.

Johnson College to Welcome More Students Back to Campus

Johnson College will welcome more students back to campus for in-person classes and labs for the 2021-22 academic year starting with its summer session on June 28, 2021. Through its enhanced course offerings, the College is committed to delivering its mission of providing students with real-world, hands-on learning in a caring and safe environment.

Students will be able to choose either in-person or virtual classes for their general education and program theory courses, which have only been offered virtually since March 2020. Labs and lab-related coursework will continue to be delivered in-person, on the Johnson College campus, or at one of our industry partner lab locations. CDC guidelines will be adhered to at all locations.

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, Johnson College will continue to: 

  • Divide campus by zones to ensure contact tracing. Masks will be provided and social distancing guidelines enforced.
  • The Facilities Department is following all CDC cleaning guidelines for the campus.
  • The student Café will not operate as normal. Students will be allowed to bring their food and use the dining area. Tables and chairs will be set up within social distancing guidelines. “Grab and go” items will be available to students as well.
  • Congregating and events will be limited.
  • Housing will not be available for the foreseeable future. Students who need housing should contact the Office of Student Engagement for other options.

This plan is subject to change pending guidelines set forth by local, state, and national government officials and appropriate health agencies.

“As we move forward from this past academic year, the Johnson College community is thrilled to be able to welcome our students, some for the first time, back on campus, with even more flexible options for their education,” said Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO, Johnson College.

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu. 

Longtime Wilkes-Barre Provider Joins Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center

Joseph Anistranski, M.D., a longtime Wilkes-Barre family medicine physician, is joining the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger 65 Forward is a healthcare program designed exclusively for people age 65 and over where patients get longer appointments, more on-site health services and social, educational and wellness activities.

Dr. Anistranski has been practicing family medicine in Luzerne County for more than 30 years. He earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University after completing undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his family medicine residency at Wyoming Valley Family Practice in Kingston.

Dr. Anistranski has practiced medicine at several Wyoming Valley locations throughout his career, including as an emergency room physician at the former Mercy Hospital, and in family medicine with Mercy Family Practice, Intermountain Medical Group, and The Wright Center for Community Health. Since 1996 he has served at the medical director for Catholic Social Services in Wilkes-Barre.

“I’m looking forward to being part of this team and to supporting this unique program,” Anistranski said. “The 65 Forward program is about making health care easier. Having these services and activities in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre can help us improve the health of our neighbors like never before.”

Dr. Anistranski is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).

Dr. Anistranski is currently accepting new patients. He joins George Avetian, D.O., at the Wilkes-Barre 65 Forward Health Center located in Midtown Village. Complimentary parking for tours and appointments is available in the lot adjacent to the 65 Forward Health Center off Northampton Street. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anistranski, or for more information on enrolling in the program, can call 866-807-2849 or visit geisinger.org/forwardnewsWB to learn more.