Health services with a smile on Viera Medical Mile


Dr. Ellen Altenburg, fresh from a St. Baldrick’s buzz cut to battle childhood cancer, loves the relaxing wildlife-attracting design of the Spyglass Medical Center at the start of the Viera Medical Mile almost as much as do her diminutive duckie-loving patients.

photo by Linda Wiggins

The Viera Medical Mile will get its first official event this fall hosted by the author of the moniker that refers to the one-mile circuit up and down Spyglass Hill Road between Murrell Road and Baytree Drive. The monthly Viera MD Medical Mile Walk and Talk with the Doc will invite the public and patients of the upscale medical-services area to get moving while they learn what else they can do to get more from a healthy lifestyle.

January’s inaugural Viera MD Medical Mile 5K & Fun Run/Walk will kick off a day of family fun and proceeds will help meet the health and basic needs of families who care enough to take in or adopt children.

Viera Medical Mile was officially named by Viera MD in its award-winning June 2014 issue by CEO Jill Blue-Gaines of Bluewater Creative Group, which also publishes Viera Voice, Senior Life, Boomer Guide and the Charlie Corbeil Birding Guide, and hosts many popular expos and events each year.

It started a few years ago with a gorgeous building here. A cool looking structure there. Then a pattern began to emerge. Businesses along Spyglass Hill Road from Murrell Road to Baytree Drive all followed a health and medical theme or were placed there because it was a thriving, growing medical community.

At the west end of the Viera Medical Mile on the north side at Murrell Road is one of the original buildings, Spyglass Medical Building at 7000 Spyglass Ct. The relatively large building at 30,000 square feet and three stories is made of red brick and reflective glass surrounded by a fountain-centered pond that like all of Viera remains a haven for wildlife.

“I love having my practice here because I can go sit by the fountain and decompress from my busy day. My patients get very excited to see ‘the duckies.’ It’s just beautiful here,” said pediatrician Dr. Ellen Altenburg, whose offices are on the first floor overlooking the water. “Whatever my patients need, there is every type of specialty along the Viera Medical Mile, from dentists to diagnostics, that specialize in children.” 

Patients say they are thrilled with the convenience, no longer having to travel 30 minutes to medical office complexes surrounding Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. Health First’s Viera Hospital anchors the growing medical arts community should a serious need arise during outpatient treatment and surgery on the Medical Mile. Beautifully designed, upscale and state-of-the-art buildings are the norm along Viera Medical Mile, up and down Spyglass Hill Road from Murrell Road to Baytree Drive.

As both sides of Spyglass Hill Road infill with medical properties, the convenience will grow. A collaboration of health services for every demographic, from prenatal to birth to end-of-life care, and virtually every illness and condition and specialty from diagnostics to treatment will be represented, providing a lifelong continuum of care. There is one other factor that is less tangible but nonetheless vital.

“It’s convenient, but also everything is updated, clean and very welcoming. Everybody’s very friendly, smiling, happy to see you,” said Kristin Cook, whose son Ethan is Altenburg’s patient. The family also patronizes other professional services on the Medical Mile.

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