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PLATT TRANSITIONS TO INDEPENDENT AGENCY: Platt Insurance Group, 1866 Niles Cortland Road NE, Howland, recently became a fully independent insurance agency.

Platt Insurance had been a Nationwide agency for nearly a decade, but as that company has shifted to an independent agent model, Platt now will be able to include other carriers in its offerings to customers.

Clients who want to retain their Nationwide policies can do so, but if rates or coverages change, clients will have the flexibility to shop other carriers or fill insurance gaps while keeping the same agency relationship. The change applies to all the lines Platt carries, including home, auto, life, business, Medicare and farm.

SERVPRO EXPANDS: The local SERVPRO ownership group recently acquired three new franchise licenses in north Columbiana County, New Philadelphia and Crawford and northeast Venango counties in Pennsylvania.

The franchises are owned by Mahoning Valley natives Jim Dobson, his son, Andrew Dobson, and Andrew’s wife, Katie Dobson.

SERVPRO employs 140 people, but expects to hire 50 more in the next two years. The Dobson family owns and operates 11 SERVPRO franchises in Trumbull, Mahoning, Ashtabula, Columbiana counties and in western Pennsylvania.

People on the Move

DOCTOR JOINS TRUMBULL: Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Steward Medical Group have brought on Dr. Shyam Bhakta, interventional and nuclear cardiologist, to Steward Heart and Vascular, located at 1353 E. Market Street, Suite 301, Warren.

Bhakta is board certified in interventional and nuclear cardiology and has clinical interest in cardiovascular disease, coronary angiography, angioplasty and stent placement, as well as medical management of cardiovascular disease.

He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and completed an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at University Hospitals and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals in Denver.

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST JOINS HOSPITAL: Allyson Weldon, PhD, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric psychologist in the sports medicine department.

Weldon, the first psychologist to practice in sports medicine, will work with young athletes on sports performance, positive mental imagery, post-concussion care, depression / anxiety, sleep disorders and eating disorders.

She received her doctorate in school psychology and master’s degree in educational psychology and special education from The University of Houston in Houston. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.

NEW DIRECTOR AT OOGEEP: John Schlichter, a former state representative and high level official in the Ohio Department of Agriculture, has been named executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), nonprofit statewide education and public outreach program for the oil and gas industry.

Schlichter has more than 40 years of management and organizational experience as a part of Schlichter Farms, Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc., and as deputy director for ODA.

He served in the 58th District in the Ohio House and before that as a commission in Fayette County.

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