In order to promote a feeling of well-being in the doctor's office, Dr. Okun and Professor Oliverio collaborated to create a unique patient-centric waiting area in the new UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration when it opened in Spring 2012.
“We originally conceived an environment that would be part of a holistic patient centered clinic, including the waiting room, that would be conducive to health and healing,” Oliverio said. “We are fortunate to be a part of the design and implementation of this concept as embodied in this leading edge clinic.”
Marie Zeglen, who provided the second edition of imagery for the patient waiting room, knows first-hand the difficulties of patient recovery.
“Several years ago, I fell off a ladder and received surgeries and physical training from the physicians and staff of the Orthopedic Center,” Zeglen said. “So, I am really pleased to have this chance to do something in return.”
Zeglen is a University of Florida Assistant Provost and a self-taught panoramic photographer. In order to create the pans for the Center for Movements Disorders and Neurorestoration, she often used a 50mm lens, shooting eight or more photographs for each pane.
“Most of my photography has been in two areas: wildlife photography and scenic photography,” Zeglen said. “For many years, I have combined my activities in birding, hiking, kayaking, bicycling and other ways of exploring natural settings with taking pictures. I fell in love with Florida all over again in traveling around the state to shoot the pans.”
To complement Zeglen’s scenic panoramas, Oliverio composed music and created original sound design that promotes a relaxing ambience in Dr. Okun’s medical center.
“Since we humans have been evolutionarily ‘wired’ for both sight and sound, it seemed appropriate that we combine relaxing soundscapes with Marie’s engaging photographic landscapes,” Oliverio said. “So I combined natural sounds with some original music in an attempt to create a suitable ambient accompaniment to Marie’s panoramic images.”
The opening reception for this project, Florida: Panoramic Vistas, was held in the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration on Feb. 7. The reception hosted guests from all over the world, including the creators of Tyler’s Hope Foundation for a cure for Dystonia.
“I hope that this emergent multifaceted collaboration could become part of a sustainable and vibrant cycle for all of these diverse, positive and forward-minded partners,” Oliverio said. “We wanted to create something that could contribute to the growing consciousness around the Arts in Medicine, especially since UF continues to be recognized as a leader in this area.”
Zeglen hopes that her photographs, combined with Oliverio’s soundscapes, will make a difference for patients for years to come.
“I like the thought that our work might distract or otherwise transport a patient’s attention from their pain to imagining being in the wilds of beautiful Florida,” Zeglen said. “I received excellent care, but I also remember how difficult an injury or the recovery time can be.”