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Braza joins Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
Edward Ricciardelli, MD, and the staff at Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology welcome the addition of Thomas Braza, MD, a fellowship-trained Mohs and reconstructive surgeon to its practice.
Braza has performed thousands of Mohs micrographic procedures and is known for his quality care and personable bedside manner.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly specialized procedure for the total removal of skin cancers. It offers the highest potential cure rate, while removing the least amount of tissue.
Once the cancer has been fully removed, Braza will determine the reconstructive method to get the best cosmetic result to minimize scarring.
Extensive repairs are done by Ricciardelli, a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology.
Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology is the only practice in eastern North and South Carolina to offer the combined specialties of dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Braza earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Georgia where he graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. He received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and continued his training at Emory University, where he completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in dermatology.
Braza completed his Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
Before relocating to Wilmington, he had been in practice in Atlanta for nine years, specializing in the surgical treatment of skin cancer and dermatologic surgery before joining Summit.
Braza is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
In his spare time, he enjoys competing in adventure racing, running and biking, as well as spending time with his wife, daughter and dog.

Alan Barnes joins First Bank in Leland
Alan Barnes has joined First Bank in Leland as an assistant branch manager, according to Brad Mickle, First Bank regional executive and senior vice president.
“We are glad to welcome Alan to the First Bank team to serve the residents and businesses of Leland,” Mickle said. “We are confident he will make positive contributions to the bank and the community.”
A native of Wilmington, Barnes attended John T. Hoggard High School and then went on to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he earned a degree in business management and leadership.

Brunswick farmers qualify for disaster loan assistance
On July 12, Secretary Vilsack declared a natural disaster in the state of South Carolina based on damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2012, and continuing.
In accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, 10 adjacent counties in North Carolina, including Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties, have been named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA emergency (EM) loan assistance.
According to Dean Sasser, farm loan manager, effective July 12, farmers in Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties may apply for EM loans for production losses. March 12, 2013, is the deadline for filing an application.
The local office is at 45C Government Complex Road in Whiteville. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any farmer who suffered a production loss should contact their local office for additional information.

Walmart Foundation awards grant to local nonprofit
The Walmart Foundation and Shallotte Walmart have selected the South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC) to receive a grant through the Local Community Contribution/Hunger Outreach Grant Program in the amount of $2,000.
According to the foundation, SBIC is doing important work in the communities it serves, and is proud to be able to support SBIC’s efforts to create opportunities so people can live better.
The Walmart Local Community Contribution Program provides support to local nonprofit organizations, government agencies and K-12 schools and higher education institutions located in communities with Walmart stores, logistics facilities or Sam’s Clubs.