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Janice Sullivan takes “animal lover” to a whole new level. As the owner of an RV park called Horspitality in Wickenburg, Arizona, she cares for four dogs, seven cats and one donkey on her property, where she resides with her husband Paul.

A bit more about the donkey, Bucky…

“Someone dumped him off starving and thirsty,” said Janice. “I noticed him among the cows, where I keep hay and water for the animals and then one day he was gone.”

Janice found Bucky under one of the RVs where she believes he’d gone to die.  With assistance from her staff and some applesauce, they lured him out from under the RV and got him standing up. They put Bucky in a pen, and over the course of two months, fed him and nursed him back to health.

Bucky is now the unofficial mascot of Horspitality!

As you can see, Janice is a vibrant woman who enjoys being with her animals and taking care of her guests at the RV park.

A Turning Point with Her Injuries

One night Janice woke up in unbearable pain like nothing she’d ever experienced before.

“It felt like I was being stabbed in my left shoulder blade and neck,” Janice shared. “I went to the hospital and had an MRI, which revealed that the plate in my neck had collapsed, fractured my neck and worked its way down to my shoulder.”

After recovering from the acute aspect of this injury, Janice continued to experience severe pain. “Not only was I still in a lot of pain, I had very limited use of my shoulder and arms,” said Janice.

She shared that she could do almost no daily activities, including washing her hair, brushing her teeth, reaching for a bar of soap, carrying a grocery bag, among others. She added that due to the pain, she could not sleep laying down or through the night and had to sleep sitting up.

Janice found Brian Gruber, MD, MBA, board certified orthopedic surgeon online through Facebook. She started watching his videos on YouTube, including one on platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).

“I used to be an investigative paralegal,” said Janice. “I really did my homework on Dr. Gruber and liked what I found and saw, so decided to go see him for a second opinion.”

Janice had been told she’d need surgery, which she wanted to avoid. After discussing her case with Dr. Gruber, they decided to start with steroid shots and physical therapy. She saw some relief, but was still in pain.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) – A Return to Daily Activities

After learning more about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) on her own, Janice asked Dr. Gruber about it. “We talked about it for a long time and he was very honest and told me the best and worst case scenarios,” said Janice.

Janice’s primary goal was pain relief. A bonus would have been more range of motion in her shoulder and a return to many daily activities she could no longer do, including caring for Bucky.

After four PRP injections, Janice is thrilled with her outcome. “The PRP more than exceeded my goals. Not only did I get pain relief, I am back to almost all my daily activities,” she said. “After two years of not driving, I am driving again and sleeping laying down and through the night without pain.”

Janice had a series of four PRP injections. She said she saw pain relief after the first injection, but the pain and mobility greatly increased after the third injection. By her fourth injection, she says she experienced “leaps and bounds” in her recovery.

“I felt like a kid,” Janice shared. “I can do so many of the things I had not been able to do for so long again and that we all take for granted.”

Janice has recommended Dr. Gruber and PRP to many of her guests at the RV park she runs with her husband, including a man from Missouri who is now back working his ranch after having PRP on his knee with Dr. Gruber.

“Dr. Gruber is a physician/scientist who keeps up with the science in his field,” said Janice. “He is so easy to talk to, jokes around with you, but is always incredibly professional.”

Janice added that the entire Integrated Orthopedics staff is wonderful. “You feel so welcomed when you visit there, and it’s definitely a team approach to care. The office is very professional, yet you feel like part of the family.”


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