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(PRLEAP.COM)Louisville orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician Dr. Stacie Grossfeld is launching a video series focused on ACL Injuries and ACL Injury Prevention. The video series is an adaptation of the Santa Monica ACL Prevention Program. The Santa Monica ACL Prevention Program was created by Dr. Bert Mendelbaum from Santa Monica Sports Medicine. Studies completed in 2001 and again in 2005 showed a 60% reduction rate of ACL injuries in Division 1 female soccer players after implementing the program. Dr. Stacie Grossfeld is double board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. As a sports medicine physician, Dr. Grossfeld treats many patients suffering from ACL injuries . As reported by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons there are around 200,000 ACL injuries in the U.S. every year. The majority of these injuries occur in youth athletes participating in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and football. Dr. Grossfeld wants to focus on ACL Injury Prevention in order to keep young people interested and active in sports while also avoiding an injury that while preventable, sidelines many kids. In fact, 63% of athletes who experience an ACL injury never return to the same level of athletic play that they were competing in prior to injury.Interestingly, the most common reason that athletes do not return to the same level of sports play is psychological. Athletes fear that they will reinjure themselves and after 5 to 6 months of recovery from the initial ACL injury, do not want to risk another tear. Once an ACL injury occurs in an athlete, 20% of them will have recurring ACL injuries and up to 80% of them will develop early onset arthritis. ACL tears most often occur in young athletes who play sports that require a lot of twisting, jumping, and contact. It is also proven that females are 8 times more likely to tear their ACL after they hit puberty. Why? It is thought that the change in neuro muscular development controls the jump in the ACL tear rate.The only way to confirm an ACL injury is through an MRI, but there are three symptoms that are common among ACL injuries. The symptoms include:If you or someone you love is suffering from any of these symptoms, you should seek qualified medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.Dr. Grossfeld's ACL Injury Prevention Program is comprised of 20 to 25 minutes of exercise. If this workout is done 2-3 times a week, as a warm up, it will prevent ACL injuries in both male and female athletes. Not only will it help prevent ACL injuries, but it will also help those who have already suffered from an ACL injury who want to return to sports avoid a second injury.As explained by Dr. Grossfeld: "It is so important in this time and date and age for any athlete who is planning on playing a high risk sport for ACL injury such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football, they should be involved in an ACL prevention program. It's so easy. It's only 20 mins three times a week. Use it as a warm up and reduce your athlete's rate of ACL injury at least 50%."There are five components to the ACL Injury Prevention Program:Each component of the program includes multiple exercises that are covered in the video series produced by Dr. Grossfeld. Interestingly, Dr. Grossfeld also discusses a case study that was done on two groups of young adults who had all undergone ACL surgery. One group did the ACL Injury Prevention Program while participating in sports and the other group did not. The group who did the preventative exercises had a recurring injury rate of 5 times less than the group who did not perform the exercises.Dr. Stacie L. Grossfeld is a graduate of the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine. She served her internship and residency at the University of Minnesota, and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Fowler- Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Grossfeld works as an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists in Louisville, Kentucky. She is Board Certified in both Sports Medicine and in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). Dr. Grossfeld also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Family Medicine.Dr. Grossfeld's special interests as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician include ACL injuries, knee and shoulder reconstruction, shoulder injuries, and sports medicine. Along with her work at Orthopaedic Specialists and the University of Louisville, Dr. Grossfeld also serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA at Norton Commons and the Louisville Sports Commission. If you or someone you know needs treatment for an ACL injury, Dr. Grossfeld can help. For more information about the ACL Injury Prevention Program, or to schedule an appointment, call Orthopaedic Specialists at: 502-212-2663 today.


GATINEAU, Quebec--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ideal Protein, provider of a medically-designed protocol for weight management, announced today that Franklin M. Douglis, M.D., has joined their medical advisory board. Dr. Douglis, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT), is currently board certified in both otolaryngology and sleep medicine. He has offered the Ideal Protein Protocol in his practice since 2008. “It has been absolutely transformational to be involved with Ideal Protein,” said Dr. Douglis. “I am very impressed by the science and education behind the protocol. In my experience, the Ideal Protein Protocol is an excellent weight management tool that provides robust initial weight loss followed by sustainable results. It is uniquely designed to promote the maintenance of a healthy weight. With 300 million obese people in the world, I am very passionate to be part of the movement to arrest the burgeoning epidemic.” Douglis is a past president of the Montgomery County Medical Society as well as a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Texas Medical Association. He is a qualified principal investigator for FDA clinical trials, and has completed seven Phase 3 clinical trials. Tim Callahan, President of Ideal Protein, said, “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Douglis on our medical advisory board. He is a passionate physician and a dynamic leader, and he brings new and valued perspectives to the table. His vast experience in clinical research and deep expertise on sleep apnea and obesity are significant assets. Dr. Douglis will certainly help us accelerate our mission to make a meaningful impact in the fight against obesity.” Dr. Douglis continued, “There is a clear relationship between obesity and sleep disorders – we call this Syndrome Z, the fusion of metabolic syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, sleep apnea increases the desire for sweet, fatty foods, perpetuating the cycle of obesity. We know that people with obstructive sleep apnea are three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack, and seven times more likely to die from all causes. The best solution for obese patients with this condition is weight loss, but there have been very few tools available to help them achieve this. In my practice, I have found the Ideal Protein Protocol to be a very effective solution for this patient population.” Douglis has been in private practice in Conroe, Texas since 1982. During that time, he has also served as Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and coauthored a chapter in one of the first sleep medicine textbooks, “Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.” The Ideal Protein Medical Advisory Board contributes strategic guidance and advice to Ideal Protein on weight management, helping other healthcare practitioners and specialists improve health outcomes for patients with chronic illnesses associated with overweight and obesity. Dr. Douglis joins Tran Tien Chanh, M.D., Ph.D.; Douglas W. Rothrock, M.D.; Linda Anegawa, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P.; Kelly G. Bagnell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.; Thomas C. Blevins, M.D., E.C.N.U., F.A.C.E., F.N.L.A.; Michael P. Ciell, R.Ph.; Ann K. Kuenker, D.O.; Douglas G. Matzner, D.C., F.I.A.C.A.; Ashok Rai, M.D. and Karen Riley, R.Ph., B. Sc. Phm., Pharm D., B.C.P.S, C.G.P, B.C.A.C.P, C.D.E., bringing the board up to 11 members. The Ideal Protein Medical Advisory board was established in 2016. To see how physicians and other healthcare practitioners are helping their patients lose weight, click here. The Ideal Protein Protocol is medically designed and developed and is consistent with evidence-based guidelines for long-term weight loss management. The approach is a proven, four phase protocol that features two key components: a 12 month stabilization period and healthy lifestyle education to help maintain long lasting results. It incorporates ongoing one-on-one coaching, customized lifestyle guidance tools, access to educational, inspirational and interactive resources, and a plan that is outcomes-focused to maintain healthy, long-term results. The protocol tackles the root cause of Metabolic Syndrome – the body’s overproduction of insulin – by restricting consumption of sugars and carbohydrates, achieving optimal results through lowering poor fat intake, while maintaining adequate protein intake to preserve muscle mass. Our protocol is available through Licensed Healthcare Providers, Trained clinics and coaches. For more information, visit http://www.idealprotein.com/ca/healthcare-partnerships.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) (http://idahointegrativemedicine.com/), a leader in functional and holistic healthcare, is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on February 21, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic is located at 3271 N. Milwaukee Street. In addition to complimentary refreshments and supplement samples, the staff will be available for free therapy, chair massages, office tours, and answer questions for participants. "We are excited to host this event as it gives us an opportunity to thank our patients for their support and let them know how important they are to us," said Dr. Noah Edvalson, Founder of ICIM. "This event will also allow us to introduce therapies to our customers that they may be unaware we have. Patients are our top priority and we look forward to providing them with the best care possible." In addition to celebrating customer appreciation, ICIM will present new members of the team, including Greg Howard and Randi Roark. Greg Howard, Nurse Practitioner, comes with a broad background working in both Family Medicine and Urgent Care settings. While most of his background and training is in traditional medicine, he has always been open minded about alternative medicine, and recognizes the need to support the body through nutrition and lifestyle modifications. Randi Roark, a nationally certified massage therapist and Bodyworker, practices a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT/Trigger Point, Shiatsu, Cranial-Sacral Fascial Release, Tai/Yoga, and Integrative/Mindful Expression. Randi believes that every body is different and there is no one massage that suits all; therefore, her approach is tailored to each individual. She loves helping others and is enthusiastic about health and overall well-being. ICIM strives to use a functional and holistic approach to provide competent and progressive health care encompassing physical, nutritional, emotional, and energetic vitality in a compassionate and collaborative environment. The clinic treats the cause of disease using safe, natural, and effective therapies, while enriching the community with education, self-reliance, and self-empowerment. About The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine The Idaho Center for Integrative Medicine effectively helps their clientele find the healthcare they need. Dr. Edvalson, founder and owner of ICIM, is trained in Chiropractic (a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and has received the Distinguished Service Award by the American Chiropractic Association Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness), Naturopathy, Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, and much more.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ozone therapies, with the distinguished honor of being certified as an Advanced Prolozone Therapist. It is his passion and ICIM's goal to help offer a new hope to those suffering unnecessarily with chronic diseases.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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The chocolates have been eaten. The flowers have wilted. The cards have been put in the drawer. The romance and passion of Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but there’s still opportunity to keep love live and thriving. Leading couple therapist Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, author of Wired for Love and Wired for Dating, lends his expertise on ways to rekindle the romantic connection, even for those who think the flame has burnt out. The eyes play an important role in igniting real love. Gazing into a partner’s eyes enables one to see not only his or her essence, but the entire play of the nervous system. While it is an unavoidable fact that the body shows signs of deterioration with age, when looking closely into the eyes of a partner, aging and deterioration fade through the eyes of the beholder. As long as people are mentally and emotionally healthy, they remain beautiful, vibrant, and vital. “It’s as though, through the eyes, we have the means to fall in love at our disposal — permanently,” explained Dr. Tatkin. “A few minutes of sustained gazing at your partner (or anyone) can lead to relaxation, a sense of safety, and full, here-and-now engagement.” Attachment expert Daniel Stern terms this concept, “moments of meeting.” It’s easy for two people to settle into dull familiarity when they’re living off static notions of one another, notions that are easily maintained at a distance. Dr. Tatkin continued, “When we look into one another’s eyes close up, it becomes impossible to remain in a total state of familiarity. This is because at close range, as we look into another’s eyes, what we see is inherently strange and complex. We become aware of each other’s otherness, which makes us cognizant again of novelty and unpredictability. This allows for just enough familiarity and stranger-ness to coexist, rekindling love and excitement.” Dr. Tatkin offers an exercise to the rekindle romantic connection: Try this exercise with a partner. A large room or outdoor area to be alone together is necessary. 1. Stand or sit in close proximity, no more than two feet apart. Ask your partner how his or her day was. As you listen and ask questions for clarification, pay attention to your partner’s eyes. What cues do you glean from them? See if you can listen and attend to the eyes at the same time. Don’t stare! Keep scanning your partner’s eyes for information. 2. After a few minutes, before your partner has finished talking, move apart from each other. If possible, have at least 20 feet between you. Again, attend to your partner’s eyes. Do you feel as connected as before? 3. Finally, conclude the conversation back in close proximity. This time, however, keep your eyes closed and use only your other near senses, such as smell and touch, and, of course, hearing. 4. Switch roles, and repeat steps 1 through 3 with the second partner asking about the first's day. Dr. Tatkin has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA and is best-selling author of Wired for Love and Wired for Dating. Dr. Tatkin and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, are cofounders of the PACT Institute. They travel the world training therapists in their unique approach to couple therapy. The Tatkins also provide Wired for Love and Wired for Relationship retreats for couples and individuals. Learn more about Dr. Tatkin at http://www.stantatkin.com. About Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, has a clinical practice as a couple therapist in Calabasas, CA, and is assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, founded the PACT Institute and lead therapist training programs in cities across the United States and around the world. Tatkin is the author of three well-received books about relationships—Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, and Your Brain on Love—and is coauthor of Love and War in Intimate Relationships. Learn more about Dr. Tatkin at http://www.stantatkin.com. About the PACT Institute The PACT Institute is a leading global organization that offers trainings for clinical professionals in a method designed to help secure-functioning relationships flourish. The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) draws on more than three decades of research on developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. Since 2008, the PACT Institute has trained more than 1,000 practitioners across North America, Europe, and Australia and has expanded the training to three levels. PACT has gained a reputation for effectively treating even the most challenging couples. For more information visit: http://www.thepactinstitute.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) Institute has officially announced that its 2017 PACT training sessions are open for registration. The PACT Institute has trained more than 1,000 marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists from all over the world in the PACT methodology. PACT is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation, which aims to promote secure-functioning relationships based on the principles of sensitivity, fairness, justice, collaboration and true mutuality. PACT specifically focuses on evoking experience for couples through social cues, movement exercises, conflict enactments, and other psychodramatic techniques. “We train PACT therapists to find the root of the problem quickly and efficiently so that couples can restore their relationship to secure-functioning condition as attentive and supportive partners for one another,” explained The PACT Institute’s founder, Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, a best-selling author, therapist and researcher. The PACT Institute’s faculty members are all highly skilled therapists with successful private practices and have undergone extensive PACT training with Tatkin. The full training comprises three levels, spanning three years. The Level I (beginner) course is taught by the PACT core faculty. The Level II (advanced) and Level III (practicum) courses are taught by Dr. Tatkin. These courses are offered at various locations in the United States. Some levels are also available internationally. Dr. Tatkin will be also teaching PACT Level I and II trainings in Melbourne, Australia with the Australian Psychological Society. The schedule has been arranged so practitioners who want to do the full PACT program can take both levels in July. About Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, has a clinical practice as a couple therapist in Calabasas, CA, and is assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, founded the PACT Institute and lead therapist training programs in cities across the United States and around the world. Tatkin is the author of three well-received books about relationships—Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, and Your Brain on Love—and is coauthor of Love and War in Intimate Relationships. Learn more about Dr. Tatkin at http://www.stantatkin.com. About the PACT Institute The PACT Institute is a leading global organization that offers trainings for clinical professionals in a method designed to help secure-functioning relationships flourish. The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) draws on more than three decades of research on developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. Since 2008, the PACT Institute has trained more than 1,000 practitioners across North America, Europe, and Australia and has expanded the training to three levels. PACT has gained a reputation for effectively treating even the most challenging couples. For more information, visit: http://www.thepactinstitute.com.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Que Thu Pravong, DO, Family Medicine Physician, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Que Thu Pravong is a highly trained and qualified family practitioner with an extensive expertise in all facets of her work. Dr. Pravong has been in practice for more than 13 years and is currently serving patients within Lifetime Family Medicine in Flower Mound, Texas. Furthermore, she is also affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Que Thu Pravong graduated with her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Following her graduation, she completed her residency at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Pravong keeps up to date with the latest advances in her field by maintaining a professional membership with the American Osteopathic Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. She attributes her success to her commitment to listening to her patients, and in her free time, Dr. Pravong enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with her family and friends. Learn more about Dr. Pravong here: https://www.thpg.org/lifetimefamilymedicine/pages/default.aspx and be sure to read her upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics.  Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com


University Orthopedics announced the addition of East Greenwich Spine & Sport physicians Matthew Smith, George Pasquarello and David Bica to its organization. With the addition of the non-operative services provided by these physicians, University Orthopedics reinforces its position as the leader of comprehensive orthopedic care in the region. University Orthopedics and these former East Greenwich Spine & Sport physicians share a vision of providing multidisciplinary care in a comprehensive center of excellence. Founded in 1990, University Orthopedics, Inc., remains a leading center for orthopedic care, research and rehabilitation in Southern New England. Historically, the physicians at East Greenwich Spine & Sport have provided a blend of conventional and innovative medicine to patients with acute and chronic injuries to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems since 2003. Drs. Matthew Smith, George Pasquarello, and David Bica join the medical team at University Orthopedics to deliver high quality non-operative services. Adding new specialists is part of University Orthopedics’ ongoing effort to improve both patient access and experience. “We are thrilled to have Drs. Smith, Pasquarello and Bica join our team, on March 1st, at University Orthopedics. The addition of their skill sets in pain management and musculoskeletal care reinforces our commitment to quality care for our patients,” said Edward Akelman, M.D., president of University Orthopedics. Matthew Smith, MD, EMHL, serves as Director of System Integration. Dr. Smith treats patients with cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural spinal steroid injections, facet injections, medial branch blocks and radiofrequency ablation, sacroiliac joint injections and radiofrequency ablation. In addition, Dr. Smith treats patients with peripheral joint and soft tissue injections, peripheral nerve blocks, medicolegal consultations and electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). George Pasquarello, DO, brings over 20 years of practice as a clinical specialist in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Pasquarello provides Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for all age groups for acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as injuries due to work, sports, trauma and repetitive motion. Dr. Pasquarello performs musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis of injuries as well as fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided joint and spine injections. Additional treatments provided by Dr. Pasquarello include prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections for ligament and tendon injuries, and viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis. David Bica, DO, joins University Orthopedics after practicing three years with East Greenwich Spine & Sport.  Dr. Bica serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Bica is board certified in Family Medicine with a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.  Dr. Bica performs osteopathic manipulative medicine for the treatment of neck and lower back pain, fluoroscopic spinal injections and both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. University Orthopedics, with clinic locations in Providence, Middletown, East Greenwich and Barrington, is a regional Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation with specialties in back and neck pain, joint pain, sports medicine problems, shoulder pain, pediatric orthopedics, musculoskeletal tumors, hand problems, hip and knee pain, trauma, and foot and ankle injury. UOI includes more than 30 board-certified orthopedic surgeons who are fellowship-trained, the highest level of medical training in the U.S. These specialists are faculty members of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University who teach medical students, as well as new Orthopedic resident and fellow physicians They lead the way with basic and clinical research on the latest advances in orthopedic surgery and injury prevention. For more information, visit http://www.universityorthopedics.com. Appointments can be made through our central scheduling service at 401-457-1500.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Austin sports medicine facility Medicine in Motion is proud to announce that owner and physician Dr. Martha Pyron has been selected to serve as medical director for the Austin Marathon, which annually hosts runners from all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world. “It is an honor to be chosen for this role,” said Dr. Martha Pyron. “As a board certified sports medicine physician, I’ve worked with collegiate-level athletic teams as team physician, as well as medical director with several major sporting events and tournaments. I’m confident that my years of focused sport medicine experience in the clinic as well as on the field will allow my staff and me to give the best care possible to all Austin Marathon athletes.” The role of a medical director is to determine the appropriate safety and medical coverage needed based on the specific sporting event. Dr. Pyron works closely with several Austin-area race directors to provide expert-level injury prevention and injury care before, during, and after an athletic event or race. An athlete herself, Dr. Pyron is in a unique position to determine when a participant is no longer fit to continue the race, or when transport for advanced medical care is required. Dr. Pyron analyzes the potential for injury and illness and creates safety protocols specific to each event in accordance with best medical practices. Dr. Pyron is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. She obtained her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, completed a residency program in Family Medicine at Southern Colorado Family Medicine, and pursued a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. She started her career as a team physician for Penn State University and then returned to her home state of Texas and worked as a sports medicine specialist and team physician for the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pyron currently owns and operates Medicine in Motion. Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office's goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (Feb. 17, 2017) -- Of all racial minorities, Native Americans have the most dramatic health inequalities in the U.S., including significantly higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and substance abuse. Melissa Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the MU School of Medicine, led the first project in the nation to develop a mandatory medical school curriculum about indigenous health. "Given the breadth of health inequality for this group, I believe health care providers would benefit from learning how to effectively work with indigenous patients and communities," Lewis said. "I suggest medical schools embrace and gather knowledge from their local underserved communities on the content that should be included in their curricula to improve the health of their minority populations." Lewis, a former professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus, recognized Minnesota's unique position to better serve indigenous populations, a racial group with the highest mortality rates in the state. Lewis defines indigenous populations as people who are the first people of that land, sometimes called Native Americans, First Nations, Aboriginals, and Alaskan and Hawaii natives. She said that indigenous people represent the largest minority group in some rural regions of Minnesota. In 2013, Lewis organized a retreat with first- and second-year medical students, medical school faculty and leaders from the indigenous community to discuss the development and implementation of the new curriculum. In addition, the retreat attendees were asked to complete a survey on what should be included in the curriculum. Outcomes from the project included the addition of indigenous content for first-year, first-semester students taught primarily by indigenous faculty from a variety of fields. University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus implemented the new curriculum for medical students in 2014. Lewis recently gave an update on the success program and recommendations for other universities attempting to update their curricula to include similar content, in a new blog post by Academic Medicine. While Lewis' project focused on tailoring medical school curriculum to the indigenous population, she said that all medical schools could follow her model for developing curricula tailored to the local minority population in their respective states. Lewis' project, "The Development of an Indigenous Health Curriculum for Medical Students," was published in Academic Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome David Wenger-Keller, MD, Family Medicine Physician, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. David Wenger-Keller is a highly trained and qualified family practitioner with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially fibromyalgia, asthma, and allergies. Dr. Wenger-Keller has been in practice for more than 38 years and is currently serving patients within Fort Madison Physicians and Surgeons in Fort Madison, Iowa. Dr. David Wenger-Keller attended The Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, where he graduated with his Medical Degree in 1978. He subsequently completed his Family Medicine residency within the same educational venue. Dr. Wenger-Keller is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in his field, he maintains a professional membership with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Wenger-Keller also does emergency medicine working 6-8 shifts monthly, and is the Medical Director of the local hospice, local EMS services, and two area nursing homes. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Dr. Wenger-Keller teaches medical students from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He attributes his success to taking great care of people, being kind, and making a positive difference every day one person at a time. When he is not assisting patients, Dr. Wenger-Keller enjoys cooking, watching movies, and traveling. Learn more about Dr. Wenger-Keller here: http://www.fmchosp.com/ and http://www.docwk.com/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics. Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com

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