Joel Baker received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.Oe) degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton on Sunday, June 10, at the Manatee Convention Center.
Dr. Baker of Key West is the son of Robert Baker of Fort White, Fla. and Maurene Myra Freedman of Key West.
Lake Erie College graduates go on to osteopathic internships through the American Osteopathic Association intern match program, or choose a medical specialty internship and residency program.
Osteopathic medicine emphasizes a whole-person approach to health care by focusing on health education, injury prevention and disease prevention. Doctors of osteopathic medicine provide all of the benefits of modern medicine, including prescription drugs, surgery and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury, plus the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through osteopathic manipulative medicine.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts, in conjunction with the Key West Writers Guild, congratulates Dick deGrasse as the winner of this year's Key West Writers Guild Award. He will receive an award of $2,000. DeGrasse, who spends his time writing in Marathon and Islesboro, Maine, is currently completing his novel, "Haitian Relief."
This is the ninth annual award to be made. The cash prize is supported by an endowment under the administration of the Council of the Arts.
Last year's winner, Harry Schroeder of Cudjoe Key, received the award for his novel, "Stranded Vessels."