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Dr. Brittany Merritt has joined Memorial Health University Physicians' Women's Care practice in Richmond Hill.

A native of Roswell, Ga., she practiced in Snellville, Ga., before moving to Richmond Hill.

Merritt will focus on obstetrics and family planning.

A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, Merritt completed her OB/GYN residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where she was named chief resident. She also earned her Master of Public Health degree while at Emory.

Additionally, Dr. Daniel A. Brody, who calls Savannah his hometown, has joined Memorial Health University Physicians' Family Care practice in Richmond Hill.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's campus in Suwanee, Ga., Brody chose to practice family medicine.

Brody earned his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina and completed his family medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

For more information about Merritt and Brody, visit MemorialHealthDoctors.com.

• A seminar titled "Creative Journaling: A Cool Way to Cool Your Brain" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at St. Gregory the Great's St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 222 Pinkney Colony Rd.

Participants can learn the benefits of restfulness though creative journaling and experience how art is used to reduce stress in the brain. Each attendee will receive a free journal to complete at home.'

Cost is $10 per person, which includes a Mediterranean-style lunch.

For more information and to register, call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688.

• Dr. Peter Liggett of Hilton Head Macula & Retina will lead an educational seminar on the latest treatments in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L on Hilton Head Island.

The event is free and open to the public.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It is a i disorder of the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.

Liggett will discuss the latest advancements in stem cells, gene transfer, and how lifestyle changes affect patients with AMD. Liggett is a leader in the evaluation and treatment of macular and retinal diseases. He has been a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine and Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

To register, please call the Hilton Head Island Senior Center at 843-785-6444 or online at https://hhmr.org/hhi-senior-center/.

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