Health Journal January 2010
Vol. 5 No. 8
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January Contents 2010
[ Features ]
7 Need a Gym? No Sweat. Find a local gym that’s fit for you.
10 Burden of Proof
New mammogram guidelines fall short.
12 Six Resolutions to Make Today Get our tips for a healthy 2010.
14 Cold-Weather Eats
These white delights add flavor to winter meals.
The Future is Here
18 Clean Out, Stock Up
Maintain your family’s medicine cabinet.
In Every Issue
4 Editor’s Note 17 Fitness
32 Second Opinion 33 Health Directory 35 Calendar 37 Snapshots
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Notice anything new about this page? Or maybe this month’s cover caught your eye. Here at The Health Journal we’ve spent the last several weeks redesigning the magazine to better serve our readers and offer new advertising options to local businesses. And here it is—our first issue of 2010—ready for your review. But don’t worry: Your favorite departments are still here, from Snapshots—your community bulletin-board for health-related photos—to our monthly Profile, which this month features a widow who counsels local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The Health Journal is here to give your new year a shotgun start to better health. For example, this month’s Local Beat story (page 7) has tips for finding the gym that fits your needs as well as a mini-directory of leading local gyms and what they offer to their members. Starting a strength training routine is just one of the six resolutions local experts advise everyone to make this year, followed by living greener and being more optimistic. Find that article (written by Alison Johnson) starting on page 12. Most fitness experts agree that a successful program for sustained weight loss requires three core elements: cardiovascular activity, strength/resistance training and a carefully controlled diet. On page 17, Personal Trainer Gayle Pinn gives readers a refresher course on what it takes to lose weight and keep it off in “Back to the Basics.” What better time than the start of a new year to clean out and stock up your family’s medicine cabinet? Sharon Miller Cindrich shares why it’s important to have the right (and, preferably, unexpired) supplies on hand for any emergency. Locals like us know that Hampton Roads scores high in areas such as history and higher education—but what about health care? Starting on page 20, you’ll get a glimpse of medical marvels such as temporary hearts and scalpel-free surgery, all available within our region. We hope you enjoy this issue and the upgrades we’ve made with readers in mind. The evolution won’t end here, though. Our content is largely based on feedback from readers like you. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line by e-mail, telling us what types of articles you’d like to see in upcoming issues. We’ll also bring you new departments as the year continues, such as a triathlon training series (starting soon) and a new “Editor’s Picks” section that highlights my favorite trends in health foods, fitness gadgets, workout gear and more. If your business would like a product featured, send your samples to our office for consideration. Here’s to 2010—may it be your best year yet.
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Ready to Get Fit? Find a gym that’s right for you Written by Joy Vann
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Scott Grafton, owner of Ironbound Gym, recommends that anyone shopping for a gym take a trial workout or two before committing to a full membership.
itness experts from across Hampton Roads agree that when it comes to selecting a gym, it’s important that you feel as comfortable there as you do in your sweats and sneakers. In addition to a comfortable atmosphere, other considerations include a convenient location, affordability and cleanliness as well as accessible, friendly staff who are on the floor to offer assistance or demonstrate equipment. “Convenience is the main thing to consider,” says Phil Curtain, co-owner of Inlet Fitness and Inlet
South in Virginia Beach. “It already takes effort just to go to the gym so if it’s out of the way it’s that much easier to blow off.” If your New Year’s resolutions include joining a fitness club, start by taking a tour of several gyms close to your home or work. Stacy Theodore, owner of Anytime Fitness in Virginia Beach, likens finding the right gym to choosing a college. “You take a tour and see if it feels good,” she says, noting that every gym has its own unique atmosphere. “Sometimes, it doesn’t work.” During your tours, be sure to ask about discounts. This time of year many gyms suspend their annual joining fee. Discounts are also often available for couples, families, seniors and the military. The most common bit of advice from gym managers is to take advantage of free trial offers. Scott Grafton, owner of Ironbound Gym in Williamsburg, suggests taking a trial workout before making a commitment. “Go to a cardio class, or have a one-on-one session with a personal trainer and see if you’re comfortable,” he says. “You’ll know pretty quickly if the place is right for you.” With H1NI and seasonal flu still threatening, enough can’t be said about the necessity of cleanliness in a fitness facility. Gyms should have numerous cleaning stations and encourage members to follow basic guidelines for sanitizing equipment after use. Check out the locker rooms to see if they meet your standards. Once you’ve found your gym home, the question remains—how do you meet your goals and stick with a program? Start by setting realistic expectations. “When I ask people how many days they plan to work out each week, many people say four or five,” Grafton says. “I say, ‘That’s a great goal, but why not commit to just three days a week and make days four and five bonus days?’ That way they don’t feel bad if they miss the fourth or fifth day and get discouraged.” Curtain suggests frequently changing routines to stay motivated. “You don’t want to get bored,” he emphasizes. “Try something new every 30 days to keep your workouts fresh. If your body gets bored, you get bored.” Ben Dickerson, a manager and personal trainer at Wareings Gym in Virginia Beach, agrees. “Your body gets acclimated to the routine and doesn’t benefit after a while,” he explains. “I recommend that people use multiple tools so that they don’t become bored and have a wide variety of activities that [complement] each other.” Continued on page 8
Foundation Approves $1 Million in Grants
The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation has approved $1 million in grant funding for the following healthrelated agencies: Child Development Resources (Early Intervention Program); Avalon (Self-Sufficiency Project for Women and Children); Senior Services Coalition (core support); Virginia Health Care Foundation (“A New Lease on Life: Health for Virginians with Mental Illness”); Williamsburg-area Meals on Wheels, Inc. (SafetyNet Nutrition for Low-Income Residents); Chronic Care Collaborative, Olde Towne Medical Center (core funding); Senior Services Coalition (implementation of the Community Action Plan on Aging).
Sample Local Farm Fare On Jan. 16, Providence Classical School (6000 Easter Circle) will host “A Brunch with Joy,” featuring Joy Alexander of Avery’s Branch Farm, who will speak to community members about her family farm and the products it provides, including raw (unpasteurized) milk, chicken fresh eggs and pork. The cost to attend is $5 per person and includes food samples. This event is sponsored by InJoy Whole Foods, a local education and training company that aims to teach people about the many benefits of eating fresh, whole, local foods. Visit www.injoybread. com to register.
Cardiology Practice Moves Peninsula Williamsburg Cardiology Associates has changed its name to TPMG (Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group) Williamsburg Diagnostic Cardiology and has moved to 4125 Ironbound Rd., Ste. 104.
TNCC Nursing Program to Triple Enrollment Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), will triple the size of its Nursing program at the Historic Triangle Campus by welcoming 30 students for the spring semester beginning Jan. 9. The Historic Triangle Campus, which reopened in July at 4601 Opportunity Way (next to Warhill High School), features state-of-the-art classrooms and health care training equipment.
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Anytime Fitness is an international fitness club franchise with numerous locations throughout Hampton Roads. Each is independently owned so amenities vary. A Virginia Beach location features Nautilus equipment, free weights and a cardio theater (each machine has a TV). Group classes, which include ab work, aerobics, kickboxing and yoga, are included in the cost of membership. Owner Stacy Theodore notes that given the 24-hour access, there is also a state-of-the-art security system. Members have free access to the corporate Web site that features exercise videos, a diet tracker and personal program setter. New members receive one free personal training session. Members have access to all clubs in the franchise.
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Inlet Fitness has two locations in Virginia Beach, and membership buys privileges at both. Both feature ladies-only workout areas, resistance and cardio equipment, locker rooms with private steam units and free towel service. More than 55 fitness classes are offered weekly including step aerobics, kickboxing, spin, mat Pilates, chisel (a strength/resistance training program), boot camp, yoga, Zumba (a Latin dance class) and a variety of combination classes such as SAG (spin, abs and glutes). Hot yoga is offered at Inlet South. The Great Neck location also provides spectacular views of Long Creek—taking an outdoor abs class or yoga on the spacious deck offers a resort feel. Members receive three free training sessions monthly. Childcare is free at the Great Neck location and $5 per visit at Inlet South.
This locally owned club has been in Williamsburg since 1983. It offers full-service membership with no paid extras. Members have access to circuit training and cardiovascular training areas and free weights. More than 40 group fitness classes are offered weekly including aerobics, spin and yoga. The gym offers incentive programs such as “Around the Gym in 21 Days,” which encourages members to try new activities.
Onelife Fitness, formerly Gold’s Gym, has five locations in Hampton Roads—in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Amenities include a women’s work-out area, cardio cinema, resistance and core training, locker rooms with saunas, a smoothie bar, Kids Club (up to age 13), youth fitness for ages seven to 13, and basketball, racquetball and volleyball courts. The club’s HealthFirst program includes chiropractic, rehab and massage therapy. Classes include aerobics, BodyPump and BodyFlow, cycling, kickboxing, strength and weight training, Pilates, yoga and Zumba. Three free personal training sessions are included with membership. Travel benefits are available at 3,000 locations worldwide.
Established in 2007, this gym is located in the Harbor View area of Suffolk. Managers describe it as a private club with a public club cost. It features free weights, circuit training and cardiovascular training areas, cardio theater entertainment systems, personal training and nutrition specialists, locker rooms, towel service and free child care up to age 11. More than 35 classes are offered weekly including mat Pilates, yoga, BOSU, chisel, Zumba, H.E.A.T (high-energy athletic training), abs, step and interval training. Child care is free.
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Doctors say more evidence is needed
aking drastic changes to U.S. breast cancer screening guidelines will take much stronger evidence than that offered by a federal advisory panel, U.S. doctors said in November. They said the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation advising against routine mammograms for women in their 40s was a gamble many doctors are not willing to take. The recommendations to scale back breast cancer screening created a fierce backlash from physicians and an outcry from women, forcing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to renounce the guidelines and assure women they did not reflect U.S. policy. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, rejects the notion offered by some Republicans that the new guidelines are motivated by a push to ration health care. But he said such decisions need to be based on strong evidence, especially when evidence is conflicting. “Here we have a strategy that has been in place for 20 years and it’s worked. The task force is coming in and saying, ‘Forget the fact that it worked. We think this is the right way.’ If the science was strong, we would agree with it,” Lichtenfeld said. “If they are right, no problem. But if they are wrong, we won’t find out for 20 years. That is the risk,” he added. Instead of an annual mammogram starting at 40, the new guidelines call for routine screening to start at age 50 for women of average risk, and say mammograms should be done every other year instead of yearly to balance the harms of false positive results with the benefits of saving lives. The guidelines also recommend against teaching women to do self breast exams, because they say the evidence is not strong enough to show the practice saves lives.
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One obvious concern is whether women might die of breast cancer because of the recommendations, said Dr. Thomas Herzog of Columbia University in New York, chairman of an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists subcommittee on gynecologic cancers. He and others also questioned the task force’s heavy reliance on computer models instead of real-life data. “I guess the problem, if anything, that people have is this is based on theory,” Herzog said in a telephone interview. “It may be excellent theory. It may be the best theory out there, but nonetheless, it’s not prospective data that says how these new guidelines are actually going to perform,” he added. “We will only know looking back if these guidelines did their job.” Both the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stand by their current recommendations for screening mammograms to start at age 40. Ironically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have scaled back cervical cancer screening guidelines based on studies in women that show screening women under age 21 can result in overtreatment and difficulty carrying a child full term. Lichtenfeld said there is far more agreement on the decision to change cervical cancer screening guidelines. And he said new evidence on the harms of prostate cancer screening, which can cause overtreatment resulting in a lifetime of impotence and incontinence, is changing two decades of screening advice for men on that cancer. “Then you have breast cancer screening, where experts are looking at the same data and coming to markedly different conclusions,” he said. “That is the crux of the issue.”
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s the calendar flips to a new year, many people turn to an old tradition—deciding what they’d like to change in their lives. To help narrow down the list of choices for 2010, local health experts offer these six New Year’s resolutions they say everyone should make:
Help combat germs. The H1N1 virus has made
this flu season scarier than usual, but everyone has the power to slow the spread of disease, says Dr. S. William Berg, director of the Hampton Health District. Washing hands frequently, sneezing or coughing into tissues and staying home until a fever has been gone at least 24 hours are smart strategies. So is getting vaccinated for both seasonal and H1N1 viruses. And January is by no means too late: Flu season in Hampton Roads typically doesn’t peak until January or February and continues through March or April, and this year may be more unpredictable. “Your personal flu shot also protects many other people—your family, friends, co-workers,” Berg says. “If you don’t get sick, you can’t make other people sick. These might include people who have other health problems and who might get a lot sicker from the flu virus than you would.”
Take control of your health. For starters, go back
to that old motherly mantra: get a good night’s sleep, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and play outside, says Dr. Phillip Snider, a family practitioner with Bon Secours Medical Associates in Virginia Beach. “Despite overwhelming evidence showing how important a good diet, exercise and adequate sleep are, Americans as a group do a poor job in following through,” he says. Snider also recommends researching family medical histories, getting all recommended preventive screenings and having regular physical exams to stay on top of suspicious skin changes and often-symptomless problems such as high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Give the doctor lists of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking (including herbals or other supplements) as well as any allergies, past health conditions, surgeries and major injuries. “It is very important that this information is in one place in case you get sick and can’t communicate for yourself,” Snider says.
Start strength training. Even many regular exercisers
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haven’t grasped that working out with weights is critical to weight loss, flexibility, balance, bone strength, energy level and mood, says Kelly Cox, director of operations at the Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center in Newport News. “People may think that strength training is only for guys or athletes, but it’s important to know that it has benefits for all ages,” Cox says. “A regular program will allow a reduction of body fat and an increase of lean muscle mass, which will allow more calories to burn more efficiently.”
utions You Owe Yourself Lifts with exercise bands and dumbbells—or common household objects such as water bottles— and push-ups, squats and lunges all count. With weights, Cox recommends beginning with a resistance level that will tire muscles after about 12 repetitions. Also be sure to stretch out and give each muscle group a day of rest between sessions. (For more advice on starting a strength-training routine, turn to page 17.)
Get to a healthy weight. This is the most common
resolution every year—and many people make it repeatedly with little success. “Making a change in your lifestyle for permanent weight control and optimal health can be very challenging,” says Holly Hicks, a registered dietitian and wellness programming coordinator at the Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center. What might make the difference this year? Lining up more support, research suggests; for example, people are 50 percent more likely to start exercising if their spouse or partner joins them, according to a Duke University study. Some ideas: team up with family, friends, co-workers or neighbors for a weight-loss challenge; make an appointment with a nutritionist or personal trainer; or find a support group locally or online.
Become more optimistic. During tough times, reduce your exposure to bad news (or go to www.goodnewsnetwork. org for an alternate take on the news), stay active, socialize with positive people and make a conscious choice to see the best side of situations, says Terilyn J. Goins, a Yorktownbased motivational speaker and trainer. “What I think dictates how I feel, and how I feel dictates how I act,” Goins says.
“For example, if I send an e-mail to someone and get no response, I can automatically assume that the person received the e-mail and is simply ignoring me, or I can figure they must not have received my e-mail and follow up with a telephone call….Every moment we spend focusing on the negative requires valuable energy that could be directed toward something more productive. If you want to accomplish a goal, tell yourself you can do it, act as if you believe what you’ve said, and you will make it happen!”
Live more greenly. The average person generates a
whopping 4.6 pounds of trash a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A bit more daily reflection can do a lot to decrease trash loads as well as unnecessary car trips and wasted water, says Tammy Rojek, recycling and water conservation specialist for the City of Williamsburg. “[Terms like] ‘global warming’ and ‘carbon footprint’ sound so daunting—so ‘where-the-polar-bears-live’— but it doesn’t begin in the land of icebergs and snow,” Rojek says. “It begins in our own backyard. We each play a part in the big picture.” So, seek out recycling containers rather than trash cans. Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers—each minute can eat up seven gallons of water, turn off tap water while brushing teeth, don’t run a dishwasher or laundry machine without a full load and use old pet water to water plants. Bike, carpool and consolidate errands into single trips. And shop for local produce at farmers’ markets. For more ideas, visit www.planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green.
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Wonderful in White: Winter Veggies Healthy, flavorful and delicious food for thought Written By Sharon Miller Cindrich
hen it comes to the healthy benefits of vegetables, we’ve been taught to eat our greens—and reds, purples, oranges and yellows, too. But don’t forget the whites! Even though they might be lacking a splash of color, these winter whites contain important nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. So, delight in white this season by incorporating these vegetables into your diet.
Legendary for its anti-vampire charms, this truly amazing vegetable has many therapeutic and nutritious qualities. Garlic has been shown to decrease the risk of some cancers, lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. A flavorful ingredient in many recipes, garlic has also been shown to boost the body’s immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory.
A cousin of broccoli and kale, cauliflower is high in vitamin C and contains compounds that reduce the risk of cancers, especially lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancer. To appease picky eaters, keep cauliflower at its whitest by cooking it in a stainless steel pot with a tablespoon of milk or lemon juice.
Enjoy garlic sprinkled on your favorite meat or fish, roasted and spread on wholegrain bread or diced and baked into your favorite casserole.
Enjoy cauliflower steamed until tender or dipped raw into low-fat ranch dressing.
Related to the turnip, this large vegetable is a popular staple in Latin America and sometimes called the Mexican potato. Jicamas contain vitamin C, are low in sodium and fat-free, and have a very mild, sweet flavor. These crunchy veggies are perfect for a vegetable platter because cut jicama won’t brown when exposed to air.
These small, creamy white beans got their name from the United States Navy, which used them as a main source of food in the early 20th century. Navy beans are a member of the legume family, packed with potassium and cholesterol-lowering fiber, and may protect against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. One cup of navy beans also provides 24.7 percent of the daily requirements of thiamin, which is critical for brain function.
A close relative to the turnip, this crunchy vegetable adds nutrition and a unique flavor to recipes. At just 10 calories each, this fat-free veggie contains vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.
While they might bring a tear to the eye when they’re cut, onions will bring smiles to health-conscious folks who don’t mind a little bad breath. Onions can lower blood sugar, reduce the risk of colon cancer and help build healthy bones. Whether they are Spanish onions, pearl onions or shallots, these bulb veggies have antiinflammatory qualities and are rich in vitamin C.
While they are most often seen in less healthy forms, like french fries and potato chips, potatoes—the world’s most prolific food crop—are a low-fat, high-fiber food that contains good amounts of vitamin C and potassium. Potato skins are packed with health benefits, too, including flavonoids that may protect against cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.
Enjoy jicama in a stir-fry recipe or drizzled with a low-fat dressing.
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Enjoy white radishes raw with a dash of salt or sliced in your favorite salad.
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f your holiday indulgences are now appearing on the scale, or if years of gradual weight gain have finally caught up with you, then perhaps it’s time to get back to the basics. Weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you eat. Yes, I know that’s easy for me to say; but, if you can stay focused and follow this three-part plan, you’ll find that lasting weight loss is not so difficult to achieve. The three basic principles of weight loss are cardiovascular exercise, strength/resistance training and a healthy diet/lifestyle. Combine that formula with motivation and commitment, and soon you’ll be laughing your way to the scale. Continued on page 18
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While it is possible to lose weight through diet alone, you’ll risk hitting a plateau. But when you combine a reduced-calorie diet with a cardio program and resistance/strength training, you’ll not only achieve your goal—you’ll find that it is easier to maintain your results.
Resistance/strength training is often the missing link in Part II a weight-loss program, but without it, you won’t see lasting results. The more lean body mass (muscle) you have, the more calories you burn at rest. If you allow your muscles to atrophy (either through inactivity or by not challenging your muscles), your metabolism will decrease, which will cause weight gain. Cardiovascular workouts are effective and necessary but only raise your metabolism temporarily. For example, after an hour of running your metabolism will return to normal within the following hour. On the other hand, resistance training will permanently raise your metabolism because it requires first breaking down muscle tissue and then rebuilding it—only stronger, firmer and with more tone. This process takes time and energy (i.e., calories). Muscles need energy, so the more muscle tone you have, the higher your metabolism will consistently be. In addition, research shows that those who follow a strength-training program for two months burn, on average, about 200 calories more per workout than those whose exercise regimen does not include strength training.
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FYI: 1 pound of muscle burns about 50 calories a day, while 1 pound of fat burns about 4 calories a day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, cardio exercise is key because it burns calories. The best activity is the one Part I Cardio you’ll do on a regular basis. So, finding a physical activity you like is critical to reaching your weight-loss goals. That said, different activities have different intensity levels. For example, a person weighing 150 pounds would burn a different amount of calories depending on the exercise. Walking at 4 mph: 170 calories Mowing the lawn with a push mower: 200 calories Stationary bike: 238 calories Spinning (at moderate intensity): 239 calories Running at 5 mph: 270 calories Swimming: 270 calories
FYI: 1 pound of body fat = 3,500 calories
How Much Cardio Do I Need? The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association each recommend about 60 minutes of moderate-tovigorous-intensity exercise on most days. If you’re a beginner, start with 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio three to four days a week and work up to 45 to 60 minutes, five to six days a week. Bottom line? Cardio will help you lose weight, but it is most effective when combined with strength training and a healthy, low-calorie diet.
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How Much Resistance Training Should You Do? Lift two or three days a week, performing three sets of 10 to 12 repetitions with weights heavy enough to fatigue your muscles by the end of each set.
Technically, there is no magic number of calories to eat to lose weight. While some people can lose weight Part III Diet by eating around 1,500 calories a day, with a little math you can assess your own personal caloric needs: To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3,500 calories over and above what you already burn through normal daily activities. That sounds like a lot of calories, and you certainly wouldn’t want to try to burn 3,500 calories in one day. However, you can determine what it would take to burn or cut enough calories to result in healthy weight-loss. Here’s how :
Calculate your BMR (basal metabolic rate). This is the minimum number of calories you need to eat each day just to survive. To find out your BMR, go to this Web site: http://exercise.about.com/cs/fitnesstools/g/ BMR.htm. (Keep in mind that no calculator will be fully accurate, so you may need to adjust these numbers as you go along.)
Calculate how many calories you burn through exercise. For example, try http://exercise.about.com/cs/fitnesstools/l/blcalorieburn. htm. Or, even better, you could wear a heart rate monitor during your workout to calculate the number of calories burned.
Calculate your average daily caloric intake. You may need to keep a food journal to help with this. (Try the online food journal at www. thecaloriecounter.com.)
Now, use the following formula to figure out how many calories you need to burn daily: Take your BMR, add your activity calories and then subtract your food calories from that total. If you’re eating more than you’re burning (i.e., your BMR + activity burn is 2,000, and you’re eating 2,400 calories a day), you’ll gain weight. If you’re burning more than you eat, you’ll lose weight.
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1. ROBOTIC SURGERY
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Until recently, minimally invasive surgery was limited to simple procedures. The rule seemed to be: The more complex the operation, the bigger the incision. But experts now have the da Vinci Surgical System, and both internal abdominal exams (laparoscopy) and many types of major surgery can be performed through the smallest of incisions. With four black robotic arms built to “hold” scalpels, cutters, cauterizers and cameras, the da Vinci operating table only looks intimidating. Named for the Italian inventor who conceived the first robot, the da Vinci system doesn’t eliminate the human factor altogether: It takes a skilled surgeon to operate its controls. Dr. Michael Fabrizio of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital participated in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s clinical trials for the first generation of robotic surgical systems, and he has been operating a da Vinci machine since 2004. Twenty da Vinci surgical systems are now located across the state of Virginia, including three in Hampton Roads: at Sentara Norfolk, Riverside Regional Medical
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“Are you a Star Trek fan?” asks Dr. Leonard Weireter, Jr., responding to a query about the workings of the Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) simulator. Weireter likens the device to the Star Fleet’s “holodeck,” saying it creates an immersive virtual reality environment for the purposes of medical training, evaluation and research. The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC)—a non-profit enterprise located in Norfolk and supported by Old Dominion University’s Research Foundation—is home to a CAVE prototype that serves as a training ground for students at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Weireter, a professor of surgery at EVMS and medical director of the Shock Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, has taken students out of the classroom and put them inside the CAVE’s 10-foot cube, where they are surrounded by projection walls that create a virtual environment. Once inside, an electronic wand controls a virtually unlimited range of 3-D objects that are used to practice procedures and gain skills—all before putting on a white coat. “We’re not at a holodeck level yet,” says Weireter, “but the realism is good.”
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Center in Newport News, and Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth. “The system is very ergonomic,” Fabrizio says. “The visualization and technology are amazing. It’s a 3-D view with 10x magnification.” Da Vinci’s system design allows surgeons to operate the controls from a seated position, manipulating the robotic arms to guide tiny instruments with precision and dexterity. The system is used locally to perform minimally invasive abdominal, urologic, gynecologic, cardiothoracic and general surgeries. (Read The Health Journal’s coverage of Riverside’s da Vinci robot [November 2006] online at www.thehealthjournals.com.) The da Vinci’s cost to hospitals and outcome reliability are similar to that of other minimally invasive surgical methods, and its value is largely measured in post-operation patient comfort, with less blood loss and a shorter recovery period. “Patients have been pleased with the outcomes,” Fabrizio says. “I believe the da Vinci system is here to stay and has growing applications in other specialties.”
Radiation has long been a chief weapon against cancer, but never before have oncologists had such a wide array of tools in their arsenal. Surgical tools that use stereotactic radiation offer a non-invasive (read: no cutting) method of treating tumors by delivering a focused beam of gamma radiation directly to a cancerous mass. Housed at Sentara Norfolk, the Cyberknife System utilizes robotics and X-ray image guidance to precisely target tumors of all kinds while the patient remains at ease, feeling no pain. Cyberknife’s software—adapted from missile-guiding technology—tracks subtle movements, even the motion of a patient’s lungs breathing. Dr. Scott Williams, medical director of Sentara’s Advanced Radiosurgery Center, says “sub-millimeter accuracy” has earned the Cyberknife its 90-percent success rate in reducing lung tumors. “It’s declassified military software that really makes this thing go,” he adds. In fact, Cyberknife’s adapted X-ray guidance system was once used to examine ships’ welds, whereas its robotic arm technology was pioneered on the auto assembly line. Williams first trained on the Cyberknife seven years ago at Stanford University, where the technology was invented. Sentara now uses the Cyberknife on cancers of the brain, spine, lungs and liver, reports Williams, who hopes they’ll start treating prostate cancer this year. It’s another tool in our toolbox [for treating
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Another type of radiosurgery is also on the rise, and it’s all about the protons. Scientist Robert R. Wilson first suggested using protons to treat cancer in 1946, and the first treatments were performed using particle accelerators built for nuclear physics research. Today there are five proton therapy centers in the United States and eight more on the way. Of these, Hampton University’s Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI)—once it is completed this fall—will be the nation’s largest at a roomy 98,000 square feet. Traditional radiation treatments shoot gamma radiation through a tumor, with the excess dissipating in the patient’s body. Proton radiation, on the other hand, can be delivered to the exact depth of a tumor while conforming to its shape—resulting in a more concentrated, effective dose. Proton therapy is especially important for treating childhood cancer, because it offers minimal side effects and spares surrounding tissues.
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5. PARP INHIBITORS
>>| The PARP trial will continue for another few months, and Danso urges women with triple-negative breast cancer to contact Virginia Oncology Associates at 757-466-8683.
6. VAD Think of it as a temporary heart—a portable generator that could power an entire house during an electrical outage. Ventricular Assistance Devices (VADs) are mechanized circulatory pumps that keep blood flowing through a person’s body when the heart is failing. Weighing less than a pound, a VAD (for example, Thoratec’s “Heartmate II”) resembles a four-inch-long plumbing fixture that’s surgically implanted just beneath the heart. Shoulder holsters contain a pair of batteries, and a system controller is attached to the user’s waistband. Inside the chest, the VAD is attached to the heart’s left ventricle and ascending aorta. Outside the body, a single-wire lead penetrates the patient’s skin at the abdomen. For years, VADs were used for either short-term (postop) recovery or as a “bridge device” for those awaiting heart transplant. Today VADs are used more often as a “destination therapy” but mostly for patients with endstage heart failure and others who are ineligible for heart transplant due to age or illness. Dr. John Herre, a cardiologist and scientific director of Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute in Norfolk, has
7. BIPLANE IMAGING
A tool worthy of Dr. McCoy’s ship’s medical bay, biplane imaging requires patients to lie on a full-body-length imaging platform where they are scanned from head to toe, allowing the doctor to analyze their lateral and frontal anatomy on a live 3-D display. Operated by Riverside Health System on the Peninsula, the Siemens Artis Zee biplane imaging platform is a powerful diagnostic and procedural tool that can be used for cardiovascular, trauma, neurovascular and orthopedic procedures. This robotic, multi-axis system provides unprecedented positioning flexibility as it quickly rotates two image planes to give cardiologists and neuroradiologists a detailed, live, high-definition display, allowing the physician to see contrast-enhanced blood vessels and even the heart’s four chambers from every angle. Treating aneurysms once required penetrating the skull, but biplane imaging technology allows surgeons to observe vivid, cross-sectional internal images on a live flat-screen display while they move a catheter through the leg’s femoral artery and guide it all the way up to the brain, where they can embolize (neutralize) an aneurysm on the spot. Leading the current trend toward hybrid operating rooms that support multiple specialists, the Artis Zee allows a clinical team to shift from common diagnostic procedures to open surgery without delay. Essentially, a scanning bed can become an operating table in a moment’s notice. Neuroradiologist Dr. Frank Sanderson has been using the Artis imager since it came to Riverside Regional Medical Center over a year ago and points to the speed of the biplane imager as its greatest asset, noting that less time on the table means less radiation exposure for the patient.
>>| Riverside’s biplane imager really sets the benchmark for today’s diagnostic-surgical tools.
Today’s medical technology may not be ready for Star Fleet just yet. Kidney disease can’t be cured with a pill, and doctors can’t diagnose any disease with a handheld scanner. But every decade yields new advances, and the ongoing process of bold discoveries and innovation continues to pave the way for a healthier next generation.
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What if all that stood between patients and cancer survival was a single protein? For women with advanced breast cancer, that very well may be the case. Poly ADP Ribose Polymerase (PARP) is a protein that repairs damage to our DNA. Healthy cells use PARP to repair themselves, but cancer cells do, too—harnessing the power of PARP to further their uncontrolled growth. So it was immediately clear, upon discovery of this protein, that inhibiting its function could be of great advantage to cancer patients. Initial clinical trials revealed that PARP inhibitors dramatically increased the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Currently, 400 breast cancer patients are enrolled in PARP-related clinical trials at the Norfolk offices of Virginia Oncology Associates. There, Dr. Michael Danso serves as principal investigator in a Phase III trial studying women with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive level of cancer that can often spread through the body and is treatable only with chemotherapy. Danso confirms that previous trials have already yielded encouraging results. Patients who have received the intravenous PARP inhibitor with chemotherapy have displayed almost a doubling of the median survival rate. Trial participant Sharon Price encountered no additional side effects while taking PARP inhibitors, which sent her cancer into retreat within a year. “I was very lucky,” says Price, 39, crediting the combination of chemotherapy and PARP inhibitors with shrinking her lung tumors. “I’m lucky that I was selected [for this trial], and lucky that I live in an area where the study is taking place.”
been using the Heartmate II unit for both short- and longterm care as well as cardiac repairs following the stress of cancer therapy. “There’s a lot of interest in this sort of artificial heart,” says Herre, “because there simply aren’t enough real hearts to go around for transplanting. But we can make as many VADs as we want, and they can last years longer than fully artificial hearts [which replace the failing heart entirely but are not a long-term solution for most patients]. We now have rechargeable batteries that can last 12 to 18 hours, and you can plug your VAD into the lighter socket of your car to [recharge] batteries on long trips.” Though Herre and colleagues are pleased with the improved survival rate VADs supply, they look to the future, another five years down the road, when they expect to see variable speed VADs that are completely concealed within the chest and can be recharged through the skin. Says Herre: “That will be the next big leap.”
Scientists at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Strelitz Diabetes Center are closing in on a potential treatment for Type I diabetes, often called juvenile diabetes. The body needs insulin to convert sugar into energy. When a specific enzyme—lipoxygenase, or “12LO”—is present, it releases proinflammatory lipids within insulinproducing beta cells. The body’s immune system then sends out special-agent cells to target and destroy the source of inflammation (i.e., beta cells). When too many cells are destroyed, a person must self-administer insulin. Dr. Jerry Nadler (above), professor and chair of internal medicine at EVMS and director of the Strelitz Center, and colleagues have identified the 12-LO enzyme in human beta cells. His team believes that blocking 12-LO can prevent or stop the progression of Type I diabetes and possibly reverse it by allowing beta cells to regenerate. In animal studies, Nadler and his team have seen a nearly 100-percent success rate at preventing Type I diabetes when the gene responsible for producing 12-LO was deleted. “We have successfully identified a vital step in the development of Type I diabetes, and we are hopeful that blocking this enzyme could hold the key to engineering breakthrough new treatments,” Nadler said in a statement. Stay tuned for The Health Journal’s further coverage of Nadler’s ongoing research—which could be yet another medical “first” for Hampton Roads— as well as other exciting discoveries being made at EVMS.
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Make sure you have the right—and unexpired—supplies on hand to survive this year’s cold and flu season.
WRITTEN BY SHARON MILLER CINDRICH
eadache? Sniffles? Full-fledged stomach flu? When you’re feeling ill, the first reaction may be to reach into your medicine cabinet to find something to make you feel better. But while worrying about taking care of our family’s health, many of us don’t know whether our medicine cabinet is healthy or not. The Food and Drug Administration recommends giving your medicine cabinet an annual checkup. The start of a new year is a great time to clean out that cabinet, restock expired supplies and check the batteries in the digital thermometer.
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As far as medicines go, pharmacist David Kuzma recommends having a fresh supply of ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand, most often prescribed along with fluids and rest to fight off the flu. “Have these [items] in appropriate doses for all age groups in your household,” he says. “If you have children, you’ll want liquid dose forms, and for adults, tablets or capsules.”
While you may have bottles of these types of medicines left over from your most recent headaches, Kuzma reminds folks that expiration dates are different for every medication, and checking those should be first on your list when cleaning out your medicine cabinet. “Once you open a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, it deteriorates quickly,” says Kuzma, who adds that even first-aid staples such as rubbing alcohol have expiration dates. “These products are very inexpensive” but nonetheless important, he says. And while your bathroom medicine cabinet may be a great place to store your contact lenses, bandages and toothpaste, it is not the best place to store your medications. “The worst place to store medicine is your bathroom,” Kuzma says. “Humidity breaks down products rapidly, especially tablet forms.” Instead, he suggests finding a cool, dry, dark place where prescription and over-the-counter medications can be kept safely out of the reach of children.
Clean out, stock up and be prepared by following these basic tips when giving your medicine cabinet an annual makeover:
Move your medicine. Store first-aid supplies, gauze pads, bandages and everyday hygiene products in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Move prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines to a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children and preferably in a childproof box.
Keep medication packaging and information. Store medication in its original packaging to easily reference expiration dates, dosage information and drug interactions. Keep a file of extra paperwork you might receive with a prescription, even if you’ve been taking the same medication for years. You never know when you’ll need to check on side effects or drug interactions.
Stick with one pharmacy. It’s best to fill all your prescriptions and overthe-counter needs at one pharmacy so the pharmacists will have a complete record of your medication history and can screen for potentially hazardous drug interactions. Some pharmacies will even honor competitors’ coupons to keep you as a customer.
Throw out dusty bottles. If alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and even antacid bottles are dusty or don’t display expiration dates, assume they have expired. Similarly, if medicine labels are missing or unreadable, safely discard them.
Restock first-aid supplies. Open bandage boxes to make sure you have plenty, check lotions to make sure they aren’t dried up, stock up on cotton balls and swabs, and find the tweezers and scissors that may have been misplaced.
Watch a video on making over your family medicine cabinet at www.webmd.com/video/medicine-cabinet-makeover.
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hat does it mean to be a caregiver? How can caregivers care for themselves, too? And, finally, how can they tap into community resources? These are just a few of the questions that certified instructors will address in “Caring for You, Caring for Me,” a five-week course designed for family, professional and volunteer caregivers—essentially anyone caring for a person with a long-term illness or disability. “Caring for You, Caring for Me” participants will: >> Learn methods of coping with stress >> Learn about resources available to caregivers
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This course, created by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (located in Georgia) and sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health (CEAGH), was offered last fall and, due to its popularity, will be offered again this winter (see course offerings below) with a reduced registration fee of only $10. Dr. Christine J. Jensen, director of CEAGH’s Department of Community and Health Services Research, brought the program to the Williamsburg community with hopes of connecting local caregivers and providing them with the tools needed to better care for themselves emotionally and physically. “We get so focused on the care recipient that, sometimes, the caregiver’s needs get overlooked,” says Jensen. “This program fits in well with CEAGH’s mission to improve the quality of life for older adults,” she added.
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U.S. Diabetes Cases To Double, Costs Triple By 2034
Diabetes costs could further strain nation’s health system. Written By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters)
y 2034, nearly twice as many Americans will have diabetes and spending on the disease will triple, further straining the nation’s health system and testing the viability of Medicare and other government health insurance programs, U.S. researchers said last month. “We forecast that in the next 25 years, the population size of people with diabetes—both diagnosed and undiagnosed—will rise from approximately 24 million people to 44 million people,” said Dr. Elbert Huang of the University of Chicago, whose study appears in the journal Diabetes Care. “We anticipate that the cost of taking care of those people—and these are direct medical costs—will triple over the same period of time, going from $113 billion today to $336 billion [per year],” Huang said in a telephone interview. Huang said the burden of treating so many people with diabetes will strain the viability of Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Huang projects that the number of people covered by Medicare will rise from 8.2 million to 14.6 million, and annual Medicare spending on diabetes will jump from $45 billion to $171 billion. In the United States, about 11 percent of adults have diabetes. Most have type 2 diabetes, the kind closely linked to obesity. The rising diabetes burden could further complicate efforts to rein in U.S. health care spending in the coming decades. Congress is currently grappling with legislation to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured people, control health care spending and bar insurance industry practices such as denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. “Diabetes is a major public health problem right now, but it’s important for the country and for policymakers to have an idea of what will happen in the next couple of decades,” Huang said. “We already have a financial crisis at hand in health care, and we need to plan for how we can deal with those costs in the future.”
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In the United States, about 11 percent of adults have diabetes. Most have type 2 diabetes, the kind closely linked to obesity. For the study, Huang and fellow researchers built a model of diabetes population costs that can forecast how many people will develop diabetes over the next decades and how much it will cost. The model accounts for the size of different generations that will be entering the diabetes population. “That is important to account for, because we know that age itself is a major predictor of diabetes, and we know that the baby boomer generation is entering an age where there’s a high risk of developing diabetes,” Huang said. The model also assumes that no progress is made in terms of rates of obesity, diabetes prevention and diabetes care. If obesity levels rise, Huang said, the model may actually underestimate the problem. The report emphasizes the importance of public health efforts already underway aimed at reducing the number of people who have diabetes. Says Huang: “We know from a recent trial—the Diabetes Prevention Program— [that] we can prevent diabetes through diet and exercise.” In that 10-year study, overweight people with elevated blood sugar levels who lost a modest amount of weight lowered their risk of developing diabetes by at least a third. People over age 60 got even more dramatic results, cutting their risk of diabetes during the study period by about half. According to Huang, “Preventing diabetes is the first step.”
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How is a midwife different from an obstetrician in the type of care each provides?
Certified nurse-midwives are a very important part of my medical practice. They are nurses with advanced degrees who specialize in normal, natural childbirth and gynecological care of healthy women throughout their life cycle. Midwives and doctors share common goals: to provide excellent care for mother and baby, to create a positive birth experience for the parents and, of course, to deliver a healthy baby. Obstetricians and nurse-midwives work together to provide a rich experience for birthing women and their families. Both the midwife and physician use their professional knowledge to provide for the physical and emotional needs of each patient, but the midwife is often more in tune with the personal and spiritual changes that birth brings. Women know themselves well and are most likely to choose the kind of birth attendant and birth experience that meet their needs. Both physicians and midwives provide the full array of pain management options to women. Midwives, however, are skilled at assisting women who seek a more natural birthing experience. Women who choose a physician/midwife team benefit from the skills and perspectives of both professions. Obstetrician/gynecologists provide care that is focused on the female reproductive system. We are surgeons and primary care providers to women throughout their lives, in times of health and illness. Certified nursemidwives also care for women throughout their lives providing primary care and family planning services
with a specialty in the transformative process of the childbearing years. While obstetricians and midwives have a common goal of ensuring a safe birth and a healthy mother and baby, complications that require an obstetricianâ€™s intervention can arise during pregnancy, labor or birth. Obstetricians are educated to solve complex medical problems. We provide emergency and surgical care when medical intervention is needed to protect the health of the mother and the baby. (About 20 percent of women will have a complicated pregnancy or birth requiring specialized care.) In my practice, midwives spend more time with their patients during routine appointments. This provides time for discussion of personal goals and educational needs in order to prepare the family for the kind of birth experience they want. During labor, the midwife closely oversees the laboring mother to promote an optimal labor and birth. If a woman appears to be at risk for complications, the doctor must intervene; but the midwife remains part of the womanâ€™s care team to provide emotional support and continuity of care. As a physician, I love that my patients can choose between a midwife and an obstetrician. The midwives in my practice care for mothers who are likely to have a normal, healthy birth. This allows our doctors to care for high-risk patients and those with which we have a longstanding doctor-patient relationship. I must admit that I enjoy delivering second, third and fourth babies. No doubt our midwives do too. Blair Conger, CNMW, contributed to this article.
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Assisted Care & Senior Living At Home Senior Consultants 213-A Quarter Trail Newport News (757) 528-0552 Chambrel of Williamsburg 3800 Treyburn Dr. Williamsburg (757) 220-1839 Colonial Manor 8679 Pocahontas Trail Williamsburg (757) 476-6721 Consulate Health Care 1811 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-9991 Dominion Village of Williamsburg 4132 Longhill Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-3444 Heritage Commons 236 Commons Way Williamsburg (888) 711-6775 Madison Retirement Center 251 Patriotâ€™s Lane Williamsburg (757) 220-4014 Morningside Of Williamsburg 440 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 221-0018 Patriots Colony at Williamsburg 6000 Patriots Colony Dr. Williamsburg (757) 220-9000 Riverside Adult Daycare 3435 John Tyler Hwy., Bldg. 2, Ste. 1-A Williamsburg (757) 565-5305 Ruxton Health of Williamsburg 1235 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-4121 Spring Arbor 935 Capitol Landing Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-3583 Williamsburg Landing 5700 Williamsburg Landing Dr. Toll-Free (800) 554-5517 WindsorMeade of Williamsburg 3900 Windsor Hall Drive Williamsburg (757) 941-3615
Cardiology Advanced Cardiovascular Institute 5215-A Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-1440 Cardiovascular Health, PLLC 117 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 259-9540 TPMG Williamsburg Diagnostic Cardiology 4125 Ironbound Rd., Ste. 201 Williamsburg (757) 565-0600
Chiro Care Plus, PC 3204-A Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-6464
Thomas J. Morris, DDS 491 McLaws Cir., Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-0598
Commonwealth Family Chiropractic 140 Professional Cir. Williamsburg (757) 220-9670
Robert F. Morrison, DMD William Broas, DDS Pete Foster, DDS Ira Goldstein, DDS Shanail Moorman, DDS Stephen L. Murphy, DDS 1131 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 220-0330 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 305 Williamsburg (757) 258-7778
Christopher Connolly, DC 5252 Old Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-0060 Teresa Green, L Ac 7131 Richmond Rd., Ste. 302 Williamsburg (804) 561-1258 Integrative Chiropractic & Acupuncture 1318 Jamestown Rd., Suite 102 Williamsburg (757) 253-1900 Performance Chiropractic 1307 Jamestown Rd., Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 229-4161 Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 5408 Discover Park Blvd., Ste. 200 Williamsburg (757) 645-9299 Platinum Chiropractic 3709-D Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6069 Tai Acupuncture 362 McLaws Cir., Ste. 2 Williamsburg (757) 565-9611 The Spine Center of Williamsburg 219 McLaws Circle Daniel S. Carlson, DC Williamsburg (757) 259-0077 Mark Croucher, DC Williamsburg (757) 259-1122 Walsh Family Chiropractic, PC 1309 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-4917 Williamsburg Chiropractic Clinic 5252-A Olde Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-0060
Mark M. Neale, DDS, MAGD 5000 New Point Rd., Ste. 2101 Williamsburg (757) 229-8050 Sebastiana Springmann, DDS Sonia Tao Yi, DDS Maria L. Freyfogle, DMD, MAGD, ABGD 4939 Courthouse Street Williamsburg (757) 259-0741 Norge Dental Center 7450 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0804 Edward A. Owens, DMD 211 Bulifants Blvd., Bldg. 14, Ste. A Williamsburg (757) 229-6414 Parks Orthodontics 1116-A Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 253-0521 Christine Piascik, DDS 1769 Jamestown Rd., Suite B Williamsburg (757) 229-8920 Richard A. Pugliese, DDS 502 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-9703 Nancy Yang Schumann, DDS 5309 Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0900
Dentistry & Oral Health
Ronald J. Smalls, DDS 1309 Jamestown Rd., Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 229-0620
Boxx, Blaney Lachine & Bowe 1118-A Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 229-5570
K. L.Tankersley, DDS, MD 1147 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 258-8913
D. W. Cherry, DDS 2225 S Henry St. Williamsburg (757) 253-2500
David G. Walker, DDS 813 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6278
Michael J. Coleman, DDS 6969 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0041
Williamsburg Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 195 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6692
Curry Dental Center 312-H Lightfoot Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-3450
Williamsburg Orthodontics 4097-A Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-1200
Bruce DeGinder, DDS 240 McLaws Circle, Ste. 153 Williamsburg (757) 220-9492
Williamsburg Dental Group 1319 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-7210 106 Bacon Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-3099
John P. Doley, DDS 1116-A Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 229-4181 Sam E. English, DDS 4680-16A Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 258-1042 Peter S. Evans, DDS 120 Kings Way, Ste. 1300 Williamsburg (757) 220-1999 Gisela K. Fashing, DDS 325 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 229-8991 Gilbert J. Frey, DDS Lawrence R. Samiere, DDS 1161 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 253-0400 Terry H. Hake, DDS 1761 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-4115 Hampton Roads Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Dentistry 1313 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 205 Williamsburg (757) 229-3052 Hampton Roads Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1147 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 258-8913 Paul Hartman, DDS 1323 Jamestown Rd., Suite 203 Williamsburg (757) 253-2393
Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Adam J. Kadolph, DDS 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 303 Williamsburg (757) 565-3737
Acupuncture Works, Inc. 362 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 565-9611
Lifetime Family Dental 7349 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-8942
Beverly E. Boone, DC 213 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 596-7605
Carol F. Morgan, DDS 1130 Old Colony Ln. Williamsburg (757) 220-6727
Williamsburg Family Dentistry 213 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. 15-E Williamsburg (757) 345-5500 Williamsburg Periodontics & Implants 200 Packets Court Williamsburg (757) 221-0249 Walter G. Winneberger, DDS 104 Bypass Rd., Suite 202 Williamsburg (757) 229-6960 Wyatt Orthodontics 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 303 Williamsburg (757) 565-3737
Dermatology Agless Dermatology & Laser Center 5309 Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-1200 Dermatology Center of Williamsburg 5335-A Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 645-3787 Dermatology Specialists 475 McLaws Cir., Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 259-9466 Bruce E. Fuller, MD 120 Kings Way, Suite 3300 Williamsburg (757) 564-9220 Joseph W. Musgrave, MD 1139 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 220-2266 Pariser Dermatology Specialists 207 Bulifants Blvd., Suite C Williamsburg (757) 564-8535
Diagnostic Imaging Cranial Facial Imaging Center 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 306 Williamsburg (757) 476-6714
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Riverside Diagnostic Center 120 Kings Way, Suite 1200 Williamsburg (757) 345-6700
Ladies Workout Express 3709-B Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-2992
Hampton Roads Ear, Nose and Throat 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 873-0338
Tidewater Diagnostic Imaging 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-6000
The Pilates Center 1130 Old Colony Lane, Suite 201 Williamsburg (757) 229-5002
Hearing Evaluation & Noise Protection Assoc., Inc 1321 Jamestown Rd., Suite 104 Williamsburg (757) 229-4335
Women's Imaging Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-6000
Pilates With Cindy 6580 Wiltshire Road Williamsburg (757) 645-2542
Quarterpath Recreation Center 202 Quarterpath Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-3770
Riverside Williamsburg ENT & Allergy Clinic 120 Kings Way, Suite 2600 Williamsburg (757) 253-1832
Williamsburg Endocrinology, Inc. 207 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. D Williamsburg (757) 565-9586
Family Practice Family Care of Williamsburg 117-A Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 565-5440 Tommy Johnson, MD 1313 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 103 Williamsburg (757) 229-1259 Bruce Mayer, MD, PC 4622 Rochambeau Drive Williamsburg (757) 566-2045 New Town Family Practice 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 200 Williamsburg (757) 220-2795 Riverside Williamsburg Medical Arts Family Practice 120 Kings Way, Suite 1400 Williamsburg (757) 345-2555 Riverside Williamsburg Medical Arts Urgent & Primary Care 5231 John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 220-8300
R. F. Wilkinson Family YMCA 301 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 229-9622 Reach for Performance, Inc. 312-J Lightfoot Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-1221 Results Personal Training Studio Inc. 3206-C Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-5000 Sante Living! 5301 Birdella Dr. Williamsburg (757) 208-0314 Tidewater Systema Russian Martial Art Williamsburg (757) 810-8104 Transitions Lifestyle 3244 Windsor Ridge S. Williamsburg (757) 645-5737 Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex (WISC) 5700 Warhill Trail Williamsburg (757) 253-1947 WJCC Recreation Center 5301 Longhill Road Williamsburg (757) 259-4200
Williamsburg ENT-Allergy 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 300 Williamsburg (757) 253-8722
Hearing Aids Beltone/Ledford Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 1303 N. Mount Vernon Ave. Williamsburg (757) 220-8975 Bowers Assistive Hearing Service 113-L Palace Lane Williamsburg (757) 220-3674 Moran Hearing Aid Center 1158-C Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 564-5902
Hospice & Home Care Agape Home Care 354 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 229-6115 At-Home Care 366 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 220-2112 Bayada Nurses 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 201 Williamsburg (757) 565-5400
Brookside Home Health 460 McLaws Circle, Ste. 250 Williamsburg (800) 296-2536
TPMG Norge Family Practice 7151 Richmond Road., Suite 405 Williamsburg (757) 564-3700
Colonial Gastroenterology 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 350 Williamsburg (757) 253-5771
Comfort Keepers 15441-A Pocahontas Trail, Lanexa (757) 229-2777
Williamsburg Family Physicians 227 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-8182
Peninsula Gastroenterology 120 Kings Way Williamsburg (757) 345-6411
Concordia Group 1524-C Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 229-9930
Williamsburg Internal Medicine 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 400 Williamsburg (757) 345-4600
TPMG Specialist Center 4125 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 903-4807
Hand 'N' Heart 461 McLaws Circle, Ste. 3 Williamsburg (757) 565-0216
Williamsburg Gastroenterology 457 McLaws Circle, Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 221-0750
Harmony Care 106 Queen Anne Dr. Williamsburg (757) 784-7650
Hope In-Home Care 4512 John Tyler Hwy., Ste. G Williamsburg (757) 220-1500
TPMG Family Medicine 132 Professional Circle Williamsburg (757) 645-2981
Fitness & Weight Management Anahata Yoga Center 104 Bypass Road, Suite 201 Williamsburg (757) 253-0080
Baeplex Family Martial Arts Center 3435-A John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 229-2237 B-defined Personal Training 4801 Courthouse St., Suite 122 Williamsburg (757) 345-6801 Body Balance Studio 370 McLaws Cir. Williamsburg (757) 221-0774 Bodyfit 5251 John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 221-6688 CORE FITNESS Performance Training Center 344 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-7311 Curves For Women 4511-B John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 221-0330 107-A Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 565-5655 Equilibrium Exercise Gallery 7880 Richmond Rd. Toano (757) 566-0077
FT - Fitness Together 4854 Longhill Rd., Ste. 1-A Williamsburg (757) 345-2246
Hampton Roads Surgical Specialists 120 Kings Way, Ste. 2800 Williamsburg (757) 345-0141 TPMG Specialist Center 4125 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 345-2071 Williamsburg Surgery, PC 500 Sentara Circle, Ste. 202 Williamsburg (757) 984-9850
Hand Surgery Robert A. Campolattaro, MD Nicholas Smerlis, MD 5208 Monticello Ave., Suite. 180 Williamsburg (757) 206-1004
Health Products & Equipment
Hospice of Virginia 7231 Forest Ave., Ste. 100 Richmond (804) 281-0451 Hospice Support Care 4445 Powhatan Pkwy. Williamsburg (757) 253-1220 Intrepid USA 212 Packets CT., Williamsburg (757) 220-9331 Karya Home Care, Inc. 376 McLaws Circle, Ste. B1 Williamsburg (757) 259-7411 Personal Touch Home Care & Hospice of Va. 5581 Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-6455 Sentara Home Care Services 1100 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 259-6251
Bike Beat 4640 Monticello Ave., Ste. 9-B Williamsburg (757) 229-0096
Riverside Home Care 856 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. C Newport News (757) 594-5600
Bikesmith of Williamsburg 515 York Street Williamsburg (757) 229-9858
Riverside Hospice 12420 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 7-D Newport News (757) 594-2745
Bikes Unlimited 141 Monticello Avenue Williamsburg (757) 229-4620
Therapeutic Holistic Wellness Care 311 Raven Terrace Williamsburg (757) 645-2926
Healthy Equation 701 Merrimac Trail, Ste. K Williamsburg (757) 200-5838
Ceo Maidin Feirm Community Supported Agriculture Program Toano (757) 566-0009
Ironbound Gym 4325 New Town Avenue Williamsburg (757) 229-5874
Conte's Bicycle & Fitness 4919 Courthouse Street Williamsburg (757) 565-1225
Jazzercise 455 Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 220-8020
General Nutrition Center 4680-18B Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 565-5100
Knee Pond Yoga, LLC 3356 Ironbound Rd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 202B Williamsburg (888) 524-4985
Hearing & Audiology Colonial Center For Hearing 337 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 229-4004
Hospitals & Clinics Angels of Mercy Medical Clinic 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 401 Williamsburg (757) 565-1700 Berkeley Outpatient Medical & Surgical Center 136 Professional Circle Williamsburg (757) 253-2450 First Med of Williamsburg 312 Second St. Williamsburg (757) 229-4141
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Lackey Free Family Medicine Clinic 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd. Yorktown (757) 886-0608
Avalon 312 Waller Mill Rd., Ste. 300 Williamsburg (757) 258-9362
Eye 2 Eye 1147-A Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 259-2300
MedExpress Urgent Care 120 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 564-3627
Bike Walk Virginia P.O. Box 203 Williamsburg (757) 229-0507
Eyewear Plus Optometric Center 101 Tewning Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-1131
New Town Urgent Care 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 100 Williamsburg (757) 259-1900
Child Development Resources 150 Point O' Woods Rd. Norge (757) 566-3300
Hampton Roads Eye Associates 120 Kings Way, Suite 1300 Williamsburg (757) 345-3004
Olde Towne Medical Center 5249 Olde Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-3258
DreamCatchers 10120 Fire Tower Road Toano (757) 566-1775
Riverside Williamsburg Medical Arts Urgent & Primary Care 5231 John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 220-8300
Faith in Action 354 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 258-5890
Richard K. Lodwick, OD Pamela Lundberg, OD 101-A Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-1907
Sentara Outpatient Care Center 301 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-9900 Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-6000 Travel Health of Williamsburg 287 McLaws Cir., Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 220-9008
Hypnosis Joan R. Milkavich, LPC 352 McLaws Cir., Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 564-4590 Linda Pincus, RN, CH 240 Patrick's Crossing Williamsburg (757) 565-6156 Williamsburg Healthy Hypnosis 1769-107 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 254-1104
Internal Medicine Kevin R. Bedell, MD 4622 Rochambeau Dr. Williamsburg (757) 566-4246 Greensprings Physicians 2000 Easter Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-5540 Internal Medicine of Williamsburg 227 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-8182 Kingsmill Internal Medicine 477 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 208-0010 The Massey Clinic 322 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-0919 New Town Internal Medicine 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 102 Williamsburg (757) 259-6770
FISH 312 Waller Mill Road Williamsburg (757)220-9379 Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition 161-A John Jefferson Square Williamsburg (757) 476-5070 La Leche League of Virginia Williamsburg (757) 220-9187 Meals on Wheels 227 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-9250 National Alliance on Mental Illness Williamsburg Area Williamsburg (757) 220-8535
Williamsburg Internal Medicine 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 400 Williamsburg (757) 645-3150
The Nutrition and Wellness Center 151 Kristiansand Dr., Suite 101 Williamsburg (757) 221-7074
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Lifeline Ambulance 24-Hour Service/ Emergency & Non-Emergency Transportation Toll-Free: (800) 476-5433
TPMG Williamsburg OBGYN 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807
LogistiCare Toll-Free: (866) 386-8311
Wetchler and Dineen Gynecology 217 McLaws Cir., Suite 5 Williamsburg (757) 229-3254
RIDES (Non-Emergency) 7239 Pocahontas Trail Williamsburg (757) 345-6166
Williamsburg Obstetrics & Gynecology 1115 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 253-5653
Nephrology & Renal Health
Womancare Of Williamsburg 120 Kings Way, Suite 3400 Williamsburg (757) 253-5600
DaVita Williamsburg Dialysis 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 206-1408 Renal Advantage, Inc. 4511-J John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 229-5701 7364 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-5890 Sentara Nephrology Specialists 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 102 Williamsburg (757) 984-9700 TPMG Williamsburg Nephrology 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807
Neurology & Neurosurgery Hampton Roads Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists 120 King's Way, Suite 3500 Williamsburg (757) 220-6823 Riverside Williamsburg Neurology & Sleep Disorders Center for Adults & Children 120 Kings Way, Suite 2700 Williamsburg (757) 221-0110
Oncology Hampton Roads Surgical Specialists 120 Kings Way, Suite 2800 Williamsburg (757) 873-6434 Peninsula Cancer Institute 120 Kings Way, Suite 3100 Williamsburg (757) 345-5724
Arthritis Foundation-Va. Chapter Toll-Free (800) 456-4687
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Virginia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5335-B Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 253-0603
Retina & Glaucoma Associates 113 Bulifants Blvd., Suite A Williamsburg (757) 220-3375
Optometry Cullom Eye & Laser Center 120 Kings Way, Suite 1300 Williamsburg (757) 345-3001
Renaissance Integrative Therapy 1158 Professional Dr., Suite D Williamsburg (757) 220-4996 Williamsburg Health Evaluation Center 332 N. Henry St. Williamsburg (757) 565-5637
Prosthetics & Orthotics Certified Prosthetic & Orthotic Specialists 156-D Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 833-0911
Psychiatry & Mental Health
ADR Clinical Associates 1309 Jamestown Road, Suite 101 Williamsburg (757) 220-8800
Tushar U. Gajjar, MD 400 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-4400
Colonial Services Board 1657 Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 220-3200
Tidewater Pain Management 4125 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-2561
Lester Dubnick, EdD 1309 Jamestown Road, Suite 101 Williamsburg (757) 220-0645
Eastern State Hospital 4601 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-5161
Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg 119 Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-7337 Williamsburg Pediatric, Adolescent & Sports Medicine 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 202 Williamsburg (757) 253-5757 400 Sentara Circle, Ste. 310 Williamsburg (757) 253-5757 Williamsburg Teen Center 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 202 Williamsburg (757) 259-5133
Physical Therapy BonSecours In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance 5700 Warhill Trail Williamsburg (757) 221-0101 Comber Physical Therapy 101-B Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 229-9740 5388 Discovery Park Blvd., Ste. 100 Williamsburg (757) 903-4230 Dominion Physical Therapy & Associates, Inc. 243 McLaws Cir., Suite 102 Williamsburg (757) 564-9628 Norge & The Lymphedema Treatment Center 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 191 Williamsburg (757) 345-0753
Riverside Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy at Williamsburg 120 Monticello Ave., Suite 200 Williamsburg (757) 345-3795
Paul J. McMenamin, MD 1155 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 565-2500
American Red Cross 1317 Jamestown Rd., Suite 105 Williamsburg (757) 253-0228
Spas & Massage
Non-Profit Organizations Alzheimerâ€™s Association 213-B McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 221-7272
Reneau Medical 120 Kings Way, Ste. 2550 Williamsburg (757) 345-3064
Williamsburg Eye Care 101 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. A Williamsburg (757) 564-1907
Reach for Performance, Inc. 312-J Lightfoot Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-1221
Anthony J. DeRosa, MD 101 Tewning Rd. Williamsburg (757) 223-5321
Virginia Oncology Associates 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 203 Williamsburg (757) 229-2236
Sentara Neurology Specialists 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 305 Williamsburg (757) 388-6105
Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases, PC 329 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 220-8579
Forest Schaeffer Monticello Marketplace Williamsburg (757) 258-1020
PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation 344 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-7381
Cullom Eye & Laser Center 120 Kings Way, Suite 1300 Williamsburg (757) 345-3001
William A. Diog Health Club & Spa 3000 The Mall Williamsburg (757) 565-6545
Sleep Disorders Center at Williamsburg Neurology 120 Kings Way, Suite 2700 Williamsburg (757) 221-0110
Radiation Oncology Specialists 3901 Treyburn Dr., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 220-4900
Advanced Vision Institute 5215 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-4000
Williamsburg Foot & Ankle Specialists 453 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 220-3311
TPMG Orthopedics Spine/Sports Medicine & Virginia Center for Athletic Medicine 4125 Ironbound Rd., Suite 200 Williamsburg (757) 345-5870
Tranquil Reflections Massage Therapy & Spa at King's Creek Plantation Resort 111-B Petersburg Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-6789
Jeanne I. Ruff, OD, LLC 1107 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-4222
Senior Services Coalition 161-A John Jefferson Sq. Williamsburg (757) 220-3480
Williamsburg AIDS Network 479 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 220-4606
Your Next Chapter Coaching & Counseling Services 1769 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-0853
Lightfoot Podiatry Center 213 Bulifants Blvd., Suite A Williamsburg (757) 345-3679
Tidewater Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists 5208 Monticello Ave., Suite. 180 Williamsburg (757) 206-1004
United Way 312 Waller Mill Rd., Suite 100 Williamsburg (757) 253-2264 Help Line: (757) 229-2222
Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 205 Williamsburg (757) 873-3500
Transformative Energy Work 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 302 Williamsburg (757) 229-7819
Rosser Optical 150-B Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-2020
Peninsula Health District 1126 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 253-4813
The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health 3901 Treyburn Dr., Ste. 100 Williamsburg (757) 220-4751
Peninsula Plastic Surgery Center 324 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-5200
Williamsburg Psychiatric Medicine, PLLC 372 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-7651
Michael Dente, DPM, PLC 120 Kings Way, Suite 2900 Williamsburg (757) 345-3022
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
The ARC of Greater Williamsburg 202-D Packets Ct. Williamsburg (757) 229-3535
Aesthetic Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery 333 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 345-2275
Carter Murphy, OD 5251 John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 229-8660
National Federation of the Blind Williamsburg (757) 565-1185
SpiritWorks Foundation 5800 Mooretown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0001
Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
Jose A. Erfe, MD and Associates 481 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 229-9286 Family Living Institute 1318 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 101 Williamsburg (757) 229-7927 Insight Neurofeedback & Counseling 354 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 345-5802 Charles L. Koah, LPC 1769 Jamestown Road, Suite 104 Williamsburg (757) 871-3693 New Horizons Family Counseling Center 205 Jones Hall Williamsburg (757) 221-2363 Poplar Creek Psychological & Counseling Center 3305 Poplar Creek Ln. Williamsburg (757) 564-8522 Psychological Associates of Williamsburg 1313 Jamestown Rd., Suite 105 Williamsburg (757) 253-1462 Paul D. Reilly, MD 1115 Old Colony Lane Williamsburg (757) 253-0691 Richmond Road Counseling Center 1001-A Richmond Rd., Ste. 2 West Williamsburg (757) 220-2669 Anne K. Sullivan, EdD, LCP 1769 Jamestown Rd., Ste. R Williamsburg (757) 564-7002 Williamsburg Center for Therapy 217 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 253-0371
Pulmonary & Sleep Consultants of Williamsburg, PC 120 Kings Way, Suite 2200 Williamsburg (757) 645-3460 Sentara WRMC Sleep Center 400 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-4050
All of You Salon & Day Spa 511 York Street Williamsburg (757) 784-1869 Blue Sky Wellness - Reiki & Reflexology 5008 Liza Lane Williamsburg (757) 876-6185 Nicole Carson, NCTMB 1769-210 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 561-9591 Elements Spa at Great Wolf Lodge Resort 559 E. Rochambeau Dr. Williamsburg (757) 229-9700 European Beauty Concepts 1248 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-2440
Williamsburg Pain Relief Breakthrough 1769 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 109 Williamsburg (757) 869-1936 Williamsburg Salt Spa 1111 Old Colony Lane Williamsburg (757) 229-1022
Substance Abuse & Addiction 24-Hr. Addictions Referral Network Toll-Free: (800) 511-9225 Al-Anon Toll-Free: (888) 425-2666 Alcohol-Drug Treatment Referral Toll-Free (800) 662-4357 Alcoholics Anonymous (757) 253-1234 Bacon Street Youth Counseling Center 247 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 253-0111 Colonial Services Board 921 Capital Landing Road Williamsburg (757) 253-4061 Families Anonymous Toll-Free: (800) 736-9805 Narcotics Anonymous (757) 875-9314 Opiate Addiction Specialists Williamsburg (757) 229-4141
European Day Spa 3206 Ironbound Rd., Ste. A Williamsburg (757) 220-4959
Williamsburg Place & The Farley Center 5477 Mooretown Rd. Toll-Free: (800) 582-6066
Illusions by Marcus 374 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-7790
Jamestown Therapeutic Massage 4608 Yeardley Loop Williamsburg (757) 784-8093 Jana Roselynn Laird, NCTMB 4939 Courthouse Road Williamsburg (757) 846-5707 Massage Therapy Center 1158-A Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 880-9020 Refresh! Center for Massage & Healing 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 302 Williamsburg (757) 345-2457 The Right Touch 5252 Olde Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-1866
Hampton Roads Urology 120 Kings Way, Suite 3200 Williamsburg (757) 253-0051 TPMG Williamsburg Urology 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807
Vascular Surgery Peninsula Vascular Surgery 156-A Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-7939 Pitman Surgical Associates 326 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-4958
Positive Energy Massage, LLC 1769 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 810-4482 Saving Face Day Spa 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 301 Williamsburg (757) 221-0490 Serenity Nail & Spa Studio 1781 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-8510 Serenity Place Spa & American Spirit Institute 360 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 220-8000 The Skin Clinic 483 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 564-SKIN The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg 307 S. England St. Williamsburg (757) 220-7720 The Spa at Kingsmill 1010 Kingsmill Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-8230 The Spa at Manor Club 101 St. Andrews Dr. Williamsburg (757) 258-1120
Sentara Pediatric Rehabilitation Services 5301 Longhill Road Williamsburg (757) 984-9900 Sentara Rehabilitation Services 301 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-9900 Anne K. Sullivan, Ed 1769 Jamestown Rd., Ste. R Williamsburg (757) 564-7002 Williamsburg Hand Therapy Center 156-B Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-3400 Williamsburg Physical Therapy 4125 Ironbound Rd., Suite 100 Williamsburg (757) 220-8383
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For those interested in trying hot yoga but wary of the heat, Body Balance Studio (370 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg) will offer four free “Not-So-Hot Yoga” classes Jan. 5–14, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 1 p.m. The classes will proceed at a slower pace and feature a lower room temperature than most hot yoga classes. Call 221-0774.
Learn ways to discipline your child without yelling, arguing or spanking in the free class, “Positive Discipline,” to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point (11783 Rock Landing Dr., Newport News). Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.
Soothe Your Infant
New and expectant parents are invited to learn ways to navigate the first months of Baby’s life and how to soothe fussy infants during “Happiest Baby on the Block,” a class based on the same-titled best-selling book by Dr. Harvey Karp. This free seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the 6th Floor Conference Room at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk). To register, call Sam Fabian at (757) 668-7402.
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Jewish Family Services of Tidewater will offer a bereavement support group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at 260 Grayson Rd. in Virginia Beach. This meeting is free, confidential and open to the public. Registration is required; call Clare Krell at (757) 321-2222.
An open meeting for Buy Fresh, Buy Local Hampton Roads will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Indian River Library (2320 Old Greenbrier Rd., Chesapeake). Get more details at www. buylocalhamptonroads.org.
Live Well, Stay Young
Total Health Center’s free monthly dinner and talk, titled “How to Stay Young the First 100 Years,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Aberdeen Barn (5805 Northampton Blvd., Virginia Beach). Call (757) 363-8571 to register for this event.
At 6 p.m., Sentara Cancer Network’s “Path to Survivorship” free cancer lecture series continues with a special presentation, “Long-term Effects from Treatment,” at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. Refreshments will be provided. Call 1-800-SENTARA to register.
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk) will offer a free series for parents and professionals, “Parenting Challenges and Practical Solutions.” The first discussion, for parents, will be held Jan. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Brickhouse Auditorium. It will cover a broad range of topics from tantrums and sass to peer pressure and bullying. A professionals’ workshop (“The B’s of Adolescence—Belonging, Bodies Becoming and Breaking Away” presented by Dr. Ann Corwin) will be held Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.
Turn to the next page for a complete list of local support groups.
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Support Groups Abortion Recovery Group “Good Help for Hurting Hearts” Mary Immaculate Hospital Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6364 Abuse Dating Violence Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. (757) 221-4813 Domestic Abuse/Assault Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-5022 Williamsburg Baptist Church Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-9362 ADDiction Gamblers Anonymous Williamsburg Place Mondays, 7 p.m. (800) 522-4700 Sexaholics Anonymous E-mail for dates/locations. firstname.lastname@example.org Aids
Williamsburg AIDS Network 2nd & 4th Wednesday (757) 220-4606
Alcohol & Drug Recovery SAARA Colonial Chapter 1524-F Merrimac Trail Meets monthly. (757) 253-4395 Bethel Restoration Center 6205 Richmond Rd. Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 220-5480 Kids’ Group Spirit Works 5800 Mooretown Rd. (757) 564-0001 Parents’ Group Bacon Street Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 253-0111 Women Only Spirit Works 5800 Mooretown Rd. Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (757) 564-0001 Al-Anon/Alateen Meetings held daily. Visit www.va-al-anon.org Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit www.aa.org. Marijuana Anonymous Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (757) 476-5070 Narcotics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit www.na.org. Suboxone Therapy Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700 Alzheimer’s Disease Immaculate Conception Church 2nd Monday, 1 p.m. (757) 873-0541 Morningside Assisted Living 3rd Wednesday, 2 p.m. (757) 221-0018 Morningside Assisted Living 2nd & 4th Wed., 5:30 p.m. (757) 594-8215 Dominion Village 3rd Thursday, 2 p.m. (757) 258-3444
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Williamsburg United Methodist Church 3rd Tuesday, 11 a.m. (757) 724-7001 Eden Pines 1034 Topping Lane 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 826-5415 Second Presbyterian Church 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 930-0002 James River Convalescent Center 2nd Friday, 10 a.m. (757) 595-2273 The Chesapeake 3rd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 223-1658 Family Centered Resources 11847 Canon Blvd., Ste. 12 3rd Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (757) 596-3941 Warwick Forest 866 Denbigh Blvd. 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 867-9618 Family Connections 263 McLaws Circle, Suite 203 2nd Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required. (757) 221-7272 Early Memory Loss Mary Immaculate Hospital 2nd Tuesday, 10 a.m. (757) 599-6847 or (757) 930-0002
Arthritis Mary Immaculate Hospital 4th Tuesday, 10:30 to noon (757) 886-6700 Autism Peninsula Autism Society King of Glory Lutheran Church Last Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (757) 259-0710 Grafton Baptist Church 2nd Monday (757) 564-6106 Bereavement/Grief Sentara CarePlex Hospital 2nd & 4th Wednesday 5 to 6:30 p.m. (757) 827-2438 Hospice House 2nd Monday, 7 p.m. (757) 258-5166 or (757) 229-4370 Mary Immaculate Hospital 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6595 "Kidz-N-Grief" Mary Immaculate Hospital 2nd & 4th Monday, 6 p.m. (757) 737-2287 Child Loss “The Compassionate Friends” Williamsburg Hospice House 2nd Monday (757) 645-2192
Miscarriage / Stillbirth S.H.A.R.E. Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (757) 886-6791
Colonial Heritage Clubhouse 6500 Arthur Hills Dr. 3rd Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. (757) 253-1774 or (757) 345-6974
Suicide Catholic Charities 12829 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 101 3rd Tues., 7 p.m. (757) 875-0060
York Public Library Community Room 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 890-3883
Young Widow/Widower Williamsburg Hospice House 1st Monday (757) 645-2192 Breastfeeding La Leche League of Va. Church of the Nazarene 1st Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. 3rd Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (757) 766-1632 or (757) 224-8879 Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Yorktown Room M., W., Thurs., 10 a.m. (757) 984-7299 Riverside Cancer Care Center Mondays, 11 a.m. (757) 594-3399 Cancer Breast Cancer Riverside Cancer Care Center 2nd Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 594-4229 Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (757) 874-8328 Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 594-1939 Beyond Boobs! Young women's group 3rd Sunday, 2 p.m. Call for location. (757) 566-1774 Beyond Boobs! Post-menopausal group 1st Monday, 1:30 p.m. Call for location. (757) 258-4540 Colorectal Cancer Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Wed., 1 to 2:30 p.m. (757) 736-1234 Leukemia/Lymphoma Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 827-2438 The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Young Adult Group Call for meeting dates, times and locations. (800) 766-0797 "Look Good, Feel Better" Sentara CarePlex Hospital 2nd Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. (757) 827-2438
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 1st Monday, 7:30 p.m. (757) 886-0948
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 2nd Monday, bi-monthly (757) 984-1218
Morningside Assisted Living 2nd and 4th Wed., 5:30 p.m. (757) 594-8215
Lung/Respiratory Cancer Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1 to 2 p.m., call for dates. (757) 827-2438
Riverside Hospice 12420 Warwick Blvd. 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 594-2745 Walking Towards Hope 1st Tues., 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. JCC/W Community Center 5301 Longhill Rd. (757) 253-1220 or email@example.com
Prostate Cancer Sentara CarePlex Hospital 2nd Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 827-2438 Caregiver support Mary Immaculate Hospital First Wednesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6700
Celiac Disease Monticello Ukrop’s Call (757) 564-0229 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Mary Immaculate Hospital 1st Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700 Crohn’s Disease/Colitis Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Saturday, 1 p.m. (757) 736-1234 Diabetes Mary Immaculate Hospital 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6100 Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Call for day and time. (757) 984-7106 or (757) 984-7107 Sentara Center for Health and Fitness 3rd Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. (757) 827-2160 Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6700 Type 1 Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Tuesday, 2 p.m. Bi-monthly, Feb. - Oct. (757) 534-5050 Type 2 Riverside Regional Medical Center 3rd Tuesday, 2 p.m. (757) 534-5050 Insulin Pump Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 534-5050 Eating Disorders Overeaters Anonymous Chestnut Memorial Church Mondays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. (757) 898-3455 Fibromyalgia Williamsburg Library 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 879-4725 Hearing Loss Hearing Loss Association 2nd Sat., 10:30 a.m. (757) 564-3795 Heart Disease Mended Hearts Riverside Regional Medical Center Call for dates/times. (757) 875-7880 Women Only Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 1st Monday, 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org Huntington’s Disease Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Friday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700 Job Transition Great Harvest Bread Co. Wednesdays, 7 a.m. Kidney disease Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Wed., 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 244-3923
Stay-at-Home Moms Olive Branch Christian Church Fridays, 10 a.m. (757) 566-3862
Lou GeHrig's disease (ALS) St. Luke's United Methodist 4th Thurs., 6:30 p.m. (866) 348-3257 or www.alsinfo.org Mental Illness Support St. Stephen Lutheran Church 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 220-8535 500-C Medical Drive Wed., 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 503-0743
Stepfamilies Williamsburg United Methodist Church 4th Monday, 7 p.m. (757) 253-2971 Parkinson’s Disease Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Tuesday, 3 p.m. (757) 827-2170 Williamsburg Landing 2nd Monday, 1:30 p.m. (757) 898-6674
Recovery Denbigh Church of Christ 1st & 3rd Thursdays Call for time. (757) 850-2279
Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 875-7880
St. Stephen Lutheran Church 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 220-8535 Depression/Bipolar St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2nd & 4th Wed., 10:30 a.m. (757) 247-0871 Obsessive-Compulsive Riverside Behavioral Health Center 3rd Thurs., 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (757) 827-1001 Multiple Sclerosis JCC/W Community Center 2nd & 4th Wed., 5:30 to 7 p.m. (757) 220-0902 African-American Group Hampton Public Library 1st Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (757) 490-9627 Myasthenia gravis James City County Library Every other month on the 4th Sat., 1 p.m. (757) 810-1393 Ostomy Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 1st Sun., 3 p.m. Meets Quarterly. (757) 259-6033 ParentIng JCC/W Community Center Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 229-7940 Children with Disabilities St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2nd Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (757) 258-0125 JCC/W Community Center 1st Tuesday, 12 to 1 p.m. (757) 221-9659 or e-mail email@example.com Fathers Only Dads Make a Difference York River Baptist Church 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. (757) 566-9777 Grandparents as Parents Williamsburg Library Conference Room C 2nd Tuesday, 10 a.m. (757) 253-2847 Hispanic Parents Wellspring United Methodist Church 1st & 3rd Fri., 10 a.m. Transportation available. (757) 566-9777 New Mothers Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. (757) 259-6051 St. Mark Lutheran Church Thursdays, 10 to 11:15 a.m. (757) 898-2945
Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6381 PMS
Historic Triangle Senior Center 2nd & 4th Wed., 5:30 p.m. (757) 220-0902
Polio Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. (757) 596-0029 Stroke/Brain Injury R. F. Wilkinson Family YMCA 3rd Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. (757) 984-9900 Va. Peninsula Stroke Club Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 1st Wednesday, 10 a.m. (757) 928-8327 Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. (757) 928-8327 Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Last Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. (757) 928-8050 Vision Loss 1st Saturday, 1 p.m. JCC/W Community Center (757) 565-1185 vasculitis Mary Immaculate Hospital 1st Sat., 10 a.m. to noon (928) 380-0319 Weight ManagEment Mall Walking Club Meets at Patrick Henry Mall Call for date/time. (757) 249-4301 T.O.P.S. Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church Wednesdays, 9 a.m. (757) 850-0994 St. Mark’s Methodist Church Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. (757) 850-0994 Hope Lutheran Church Mondays, 5:45 p.m. (757) 850-0994 First Christian Church Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. (757) 850-0994 Fox Hill Road Baptist Church Mondays, 6:30 p.m. (757) 850-0994 Olive Branch Christian Church Tuesdays, 9:45 a.m. (757) 850-0994 Women's issues Williamsburg Baptist Church Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-9362
On Dec. 13, Kinks, Quirks and Caffeine hosted a fundraiser and 2010 calendar signing event for local breast health organization/support network “Beyond Boobs.” (1) Shop owner Jennifer Raines strikes a pose with the calendar models. (2) Raines and Beyond Boobs co-founder Rene Bowditch at the evening gala.
The Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run/Walk, held Dec. 12 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center’s Geddy Outpatient Center, was a family affair for Philip Sabo and daughter Madison, a student at Stonehouse Elementary. More than 500 people braved the cold to attend the race, a fundraiser for schools in the greater Williamsburg area.
CORE Fitness Performance Training Center raised nearly $600 for Williamsburgarea Meals on Wheels during its fourth annual “Calorie Gobbler” classes held in November.
Board-certified thoracic surgeon Dr. Kevin G. Shortt has joined Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute, located in Portsmouth.
Tidewater Physical Therapy, Inc., held an open house to celebrate the opening of its new Kempsville Clinic, located at 6161 Kempsville Circle, Ste. 250, in Norfolk. (6) Left to right: TPT Regional Director Brian Beaulie; Dr. and Mrs. Michael Moro; Company President Wayne MacMasters. (7) Kempsville Clinic staff members Jenna Davis, Anita Jarnagin and Kitara McMoore.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center presented employees with its first CEO Innovation Award for developing two new programs “Service Recovery” and “Chesapeake Cares.” Here, the award winners gather with Chesapeake Regional President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Mosley (second from left).
Eighth graders at Berkeley Middle School got a fast start at the 12th Annual Turkey Trot held Nov. 23. Over 900 students and teachers completed the one-mile run that raised $4,000 for their school.
Podiatrist Dr. Patrick Agnew (fourth from left) spoke at the second meeting of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Support Group held last November at Williamsburg Regional Library.
Norfolk’s Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital recently held a formal groundbreaking ceremony in to mark the beginning of a three-year upgrade and modernization project. The hospital’s President and CEO Thomas Orsini (far right) and several board members are joined by City of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim (second from right).
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Faith Amoroso Interview By Sharon Miller Cindrich
Photography By Page Bishop-Freer
efore her husband’s diagnosis, Faith Amoroso says, her life was practically perfect. Happily married, Amoroso and her husband Larry lived in New Jersey where she worked as a nurse in a surgical practice. Larry was an executive officer for an insurance and investment firm, managing four offices in the New York and New Jersey area. “He was a brilliant businessman, a Duke University graduate and at the height of his career when he started having symptoms of dementia,” explains Amoroso. Larry was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1998, and the couple spent the next 10 years dealing with the condition, Faith being Larry’s primary caregiver. After Larry died from Alzheimer’s in December 2008, Amoroso began volunteering as a geriatric assessment nurse at Williamsburg’s Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health (CEAGH). If an individual had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she would help them locate and navigate various medical and community resources. Three months later, a formal position was created and she was offered the job. Amoroso’s journey as an Alzheimer’s caregiver was long and difficult, but she has since applied her experience to a larger cause: This year she will take on a new challenge as chair of the Williamsburg Memory Walk, an annual event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association to generate funding for community programs as well as raise awareness about this disease. The walk, slated for next November, is expected to draw hundreds of participants. “Last
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What she gives and gets: I spent a decade of my life as a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient. I saw a unique opportunity to share my experience with other families in the community. Who she helps: At CEAGH, our focus is on older adults. But the face of Alzheimer’s is changing to include the caregivers—which can mean spouses, children and even grandchildren. The support that needs to go out [to caregivers] is really to all ages. This disease affects such a broad part of our population. Why talk openly about Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is an illness that, in the early years, people tend to keep ‘in the closet.’ I like to tell people that it was when we came out of the closet that life became easier. We could reach out to friends and family and not hide behind closed doors, which I think so many people do. What she talks about: The conversation is often less about the person who is suffering from dementia and more about the caregivers—their stress and their needs. Anxiety and depression are common factors associated with caregiving. The caregiver becomes very isolated and feels very alone. I tell people that Alzheimer’s is not an illness that you can plan your life around. You have to live in the moment and meet the affected person at his or her own level, because they can’t meet you at yours. I think I really accepted the illness and moved
forward only when I realized that this was what we had to deal with. There was only one possible ending, and we were going to have the best life that we could. Acceptance was very important. Her biggest professional challenge: Sometimes it’s a bit emotionally draining. I can see and feel the emotional struggles of families, and I know what they are facing. Her role models: Most importantly, my mother, who is 90 and has always been and continues to be very positive and optimistic about life. She lives with me now. Beyond her, the people who have been given much in life and, in turn, give back to others who are less fortunate. What makes her laugh: Lighthearted people who love life. Sometimes I laugh at myself. Sometimes I actually look back and laugh. I like to tell the story about Larry taking the dog for a walk and coming back with just a leash and him wondering what was wrong with that. You have to take those stories and find some humor in them. What qualities do you value most in others: Honesty and openness, and not being afraid to take chances. What surprises you about life: How little control we have, how quickly things can change. One of my favorite expressions is, ‘We don’t get to choose what comes into our life.’ Our job is to reach a point of acceptance and find joy in things that matter. Favorite motto: Yes, it’s from Matthew 17:20: ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.
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