Names and Faces

September 16, 2013 

Mark Blechner, M.D., has joined the orthopedics division at Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/Pain Management. Blechner is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including problems related to bone, joint, disc, muscle, tendon or nerve involvement.

Dr. James Cottom has joined the orthopedics division at Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/Pain Management. Cottom is one of only a few podiatric surgeons in the United States and the only one in Florida to complete an accredited American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society 12 month surgical Fellowship. This advanced surgical training focused on foot and ankle trauma, reconstruction as well as total ankle replacement. Cottom is a Fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot, ankle and leg, total ankle replacement, adult and pediatric fracture care, adult and pediatric lower extremity orthopedics, arthroscopic surgery, revisional surgery, paralysis/neuromuscular surgery, Charcot foot and ankle surgery, complex deformity correction, conservative and surgical treatment of diabetic foot and ankle.

Cottom is also extensively trained in the conservative and surgical treatment of diabetic conditions affecting the lower extremity including limb salvage.

Crista Harden has merged her Reflections Christian Counseling Center with Family Care Counseling Center of Bradenton, 5910 Cortez Road W., Suite 160, Bradenton.

Jud Newhall has accepted a mortgage originator position at First Federal Bank of Florida. Newhall will be at the Bradenton branch, 6004 W. 26th St., where he will be responsible for working with customer's residential loan needs. He attended college at Wake Forest University and is a Bradenton native.

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