PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - After a career in the medical field, one man is taking his passion to a whole new level. He started a band, guest-starring doctors, and they perform for kids going through a tough time. Now "The Medicine Men" are getting ready to put out a holiday album.

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"My minor is in classic guitar, major is classic piano. I went to ASU," said Steve Arvanitis.

After retiring from his career as a pharmaceutical rep, he now devotes 30 to 40 hours a week to his gift of music. And he does it for kids.

"We wanted to do a band for kids' charities," Arvanitis said.

He's been doing this for the better part of two decades, choosing to play for those who maybe could use a smile.

"I play for the Special Olympics. I play for the Phoenix Children's Hospital, the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation," Arvanitis said.

And he finds doctors willing to join him on stage.

"This way, when they go to the doctors, they're not as scared as they would be," Arvanitis said.

This is a very busy time for his band.

"Around Christmastime is when we play because of all the Christmas parties," Arvanitis said. "Through the holidays, we'll be playing a lot."

Still, he's carving out time to record a holiday album to give out to children for free -- because a little holiday cheer is just what the doctor ordered.

"Take their mind off everything and music does it, especially around the holiday season, just to have them not worry about anything just have fun and sing," Arvanitis said.

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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