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Health Journal


Williamsburg Edition

Vol. 5 No. 7

December 2009



Trim your table with healthy recipes From readers & staff

What your smile reveals Shape up your holiday shopping list Put a wrap on seasonal stress

Cover design by Natalie Monteith

Also Inside

New Name. New Look.

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OSSMS will now be known as Orthopaedic & Spine Center. We are proud to be the region’s premier

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provider for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

quality of life for our patients. Rest assured, we will

Our group includes the only two fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons on the Peninsula.

continue to offer the same comprehensive, thorough and personal care you have come to expect from us,

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On the Cover This fall, THJ asked readers to send in their healthy holiday recipes for a chance to win one of two grand prizes: $100 in cash or dinner for two. Find the winning recipes starting on page 20, along with a few runner-up recipes that really shine. Staff members share their seasonal favorites, too.

Inside DECEMBER 2009





In the Giving Spirit | 7

Shape Up Your Gift List | 18

Letter from the Editor | 4

What do a photographer, dentist and small business owner have in common? They’re putting their time and resources towards helping others this holiday season.

Personal Trainer Gayle Pinn has put together a holiday gift guide just for you—from stocking stuffers to the biggest toys in Santa’s bag.

Inbox | 6

Put a Wrap on Holiday Stress | 11

The Forgotten Ones | 28

Snapshots | 10

Give yourself the gift of inner peace this year. Behavioral health expert Mike Verano offers tips for tackling the four ‘F’s of seasonal stress: food, finances, family and fun.

Local Beat | 7

What Does Your Smile Reveal? | 16

When a loved one dies, children are often either overlooked in the aftermath or shielded from the situation. Dr. Frederic B. Tate shares his tips for helping kids cope with grief and, ideally, reach a point of acceptance.

Dentist Tanya Brown explains why taking care of your teeth and gums is more than just a cosmetic issue.

In the Hot Seat | 38 As a consultant to other physicians—and The Health Journal’s medical editor—Dr. Ravi Shamaiengar is accustomed to answering complex medical questions. This time, it gets personal.

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Fitness | 18 Feature | 20 Health Directory | 33 Calendar | 35 Profile | 38





photo by Brian M. Freer

an you believe that another year is coming to a close? Why is it that the older we get, the faster the years seem to come and go? While our bodies gradually slow down, time inevitably gains speed. If only we could reverse that paradox! This being my last column of the calendar year, I want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to our loyal readers for sticking with us for yet another 12 issues. Midway through our fifth year of publishing, our reach is still growing. Today, a circulation of nearly 80,000 copies make The Health Journal Hampton Roads’ largest monthly magazine. Our staff (and hopefully, you) would agree that 2009 has reflected some of our best work. We’re careful to pack each issue with inspirational patient stories, upclose interviews, informative physician-written columns and exciting health and medical news on a local and national scale. This year’s cover stories ranged from the serious—like traumatic brain injury (March 09) and heroin use among local teens (May 09)—to the more lighthearted subjects of pet therapy (Feb. 09) and, finally, this month’s cover on healthy holiday recipes. (You can find all of our past articles as well as this month’s issue online at For the last two months we encouraged readers to enter The Health Journal’s first-ever Healthy Holiday Recipe Contest; you’ll find the two winning recipes and a few other top entries in “Holiday Lites,” starting on page 20. Some of our staff members also chimed in with a few delicious dishes of their own (find Grandma Natalie’s Cranberry-Apple Casserole, which I mentioned in October’s Letter from the Editor, on page 24). Some of my favorite articles are those that include input from our staff, such as this month’s recipe lineup and November’s “Beauty and the Budget,” which featured recessionfriendly health and beauty tips. I frequently recruit staffers to rate all kinds of products from light yogurt to cosmetics and more. Speaking of staff: on page 38, read my interview with THJ Medical Editor Dr. Ravi Shamaiengar, a radiologist serving two Peninsula hospitals. In our interview, Shamaiengar (who’s also my uncle-in-law) talks topics from health care reform to the pros and cons of running a family business. In our inaugural issue of 2009—the same month we profiled famed heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz (an editorial highlight, for sure)—staffers revealed their top health-related New Year’s resolutions. Revisiting that issue reminded me of my forgotten pledge—to start a serious running routine this past spring. Like so many of us tend to do at the start of a new year—or after a major life event such as having a baby or, say, a birthday that ends in a zero (two things that happened to hit me this year)—I pushed myself too hard, literally. Just a few weeks after Camden’s birth I stoically set out to fulfill my resolution—pushing all of myself, plus the baby, plus one seriously weighty jogging stroller, up a steep hill that marked the final stretch of my 45-minute course. Talk about an uphill battle! After a few weeks of this routine, my aching ankles and a click-click-clicking sound in my knees signaled that it was time to slow the pace. I established a more reasonable walking routine with another new mom and have since found that fitness and friendship really do mesh well. With just four weeks left in the year and facing an unfulfilled resolution, I’ve made one overriding pledge for the year ahead: To limit such unrealistic self-goals and, if I do feel inclined to make a resolution, remind myself that lasting change requires that little virtue called patience. Please enjoy our year-end issue, and we’ll see you again in 2010. Until then, from our family to yours—we wish you all the joys of the season and a healthy, happy new year.

Page Bishop-Freer, Editor



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Re: “Beauty and the Budget” “I read your article with tips for making your own body lotion [Nov. 2009], and I am interested in trying it, too. Can you tell me where I can purchase shea butter and cocoa butter in bulk? After doing some initial searches on the Internet, I am confused as to what is natural, organic, etc. Please help!” –Connie M.

Ed.: Try this website: According to Administrative Assistant Danielle DiSalvo, who orders from the site, the prices are reasonable and the customer service is outstanding. To answer your other question, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines “organic” products as those produced without the use of/contains no chemicals or pesticides, while “natural” means the product was not chemically altered (but not necessarily that it was naturally grown).

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“I read your Journal cover to cover when I get it in my York County mailbox every month.” –Amy M. “I loved your [Nov. 2009] Letter from the Editor. We all know folks who are so thrifty. I often pick up things at consignment shops and thrift stores. Keep up the good articles.” –Donna M. “A great source of information!” –Raymond F.

Re: “Understanding the Public Option” “It’s a shame that in the last issue of The Health Journal you did not adequately or appropriately represent the proposed health care bill, or its real cost to taxpayers. After reading “Understanding the Public Option”[Nov. 2009], people might actually be foolish enough to believe that what is being proposed might be good for them. You neglected to mention that abortions may be covered by taxpayer dollars and that illegal aliens can get a free ride, again courtesy of the American taxpayer. Give up your doctors, your choices, your timely and quality care? Work harder, and hand over your money? What’s this world coming to?   –Noreen H. Ed.: Using the information available prior to press time, we aimed to present a brief, objective summary of the public option and where it stood in the legislative process. We gathered input from several local residents, including opinions from both sides. To 6

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The Giving Spirit

Psychological Associates Adds New Counselor

The holidays are a time for giving—but not just within families. Meet three local women who are giving of their time and resources to help others less fortunate. WRITTEN BY ALISON JOHNSON JESSICA OATMAN


Stan Rockwell, PsyD, LPC, has entered private practice as a counselor with Psychological Associates of Williamsburg. He has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years and has been a licensed professional counselor for 20 years. He works with adults and couples on issues including anxiety, depression, abuse, substance use, stress, gender issues and coping with chronic illness.

New VAPA Allergist Accepting Patients Virginia Adult & Pediatric Allergy & Asthma (VAPA) has welcomed Ritu S. Pabby, M.D., to its practice in the Hampton Roads region. She specializes in the treatment of allergies and asthma in adults and children, and she is accepting new patients of all ages at VAPA practice locations in Williamsburg, Newport News and Gloucester.

Family Focus Seeks Financial Support

Photographer Jessica Oatman founded Images of HOPE after her oldest child—four-yearold Montana—was diagnosed with leukemia. Montana's cancer has gone into remission, but Oatman remains dedicated to giving other local families a chance to capture the moment.


Oatman’s oldest child, four-year-old Montana, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age two. Doctors first thought Montana had the flu; he was sleeping all the time and didn’t have the strength to play. On his fourth trip to the doctor, however, blood tests detected cancer. Montana’s cancer is in remission now, but he still undergoes daily chemotherapy treatments at home—using a liquid medication—and weekly sessions at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. At the hospital, doctors deliver the drugs through a port, or tube, in Montana’s chest, which often takes three to four hours at a time. Montana also travels to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee for spinal taps every few months. “Years later, no matter what happens, Chemotherapy takes a toll. Montana regularly these images will be the memory of a hero.” loses his hair, and one steroid medication causes intense mood swings and food cravings. Early —Jessica Oatman treatments were so hard on the toddler’s joints that he had to relearn how to walk. While his en“So many people have helped my family that I wanted to ergy is fairly high today, Montana has to be careful not to give back to other families,” says Oatman, a Williamsburg wear himself out. But, his mother says, “His strength is inmother of three. “I want to document what these children credible.” Oatman hopes to spread the word about Images of HOPE go through and capture them in their natural state. If a child passes away, having those pictures is a blessing. If the child ( and add more volunteer photograsurvives, the parent can look back and say, ‘Look how hard phers across the country. “I hope it will help families,” she he fought—and he won.’ Years later, no matter what hap- says, “and also bring more awareness to childhood cancers and other illnesses.” HJ pens, these images will be the memory of a hero.” hipping out a camera to record a child’s every milestone is standard practice for most parents. But when a child is battling a serious illness, taking pictures isn’t a priority—even though that child likely is a portrait in strength. Jessica Oatman offers parents of such children the gift of preserving those chapters in their child’s life. A professional photographer and the mother of a child with cancer, Oatman founded Images of HOPE, a non-profit that offers free portrait sessions of kids battling life-threatening illnesses. Each family gets both color and black-and-white shots and a disc that holds about 30 different pictures.

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A non-profit family resource program of the Colonial Services Board (CSB) for more than 25 years, Family Focus now seeks financial support from the community; due to budget cuts, the program will no longer receive funding from the CSB as of Dec. 31. Thousands of Peninsula families have benefited from Family Focus offerings including drop-in playgroups, parenting classes, the Before Preschool/Al’s Pals program, Fatherhood groups and other community outreach and family support services. Family Focus staff and volunteers are now pursuing donations, grants and new financial partners throughout the community. To make a contribution or learn more about the program, call (757) 5669777 or (757) 898-2945, or visit www.

Matoaka Holds Family Fun Run To Dedicate Nature Trail Last month Matoaka Elementary School held a Fitness Family Fun Run (with one-mile and 5K events) on “The Cardinal Way,” a one­-mile nature trail that surrounds the school. Last spring kindergarten instructor Dee-Dee Chantry applied for and won a mini-grant from the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce to create the nature trail. The project was called “Take a Walk Through Nature, Matoaka Style,” and community members, staff and high school students all contributed to the project. Over the summer, Matoaka physical education instructor Barb Bucklin received a grant from ING North American Insurance Corporation/ National Association for Sport and Physical Education (ING/NASPE) to support a schoolwide running program to help children fight obesity. The grant money was used this fall to create a running training program for students in grades 3-5.



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ichael Boyd is the type of person who loves to smile, despite all the medical problems he’s struggled with—a near-death experience related to diabetes, partial amputation of his right foot, blood clots in his leg and a hip replacement with another to come. But over the years, the health of Boyd’s teeth declined so much that his broad grin turned into a tight smile with closed lips. At 54, his dental disease was so severe that he also was at high risk for heart attack, stroke and possible infection of his prosthetic hip. Unfortunately, the Hampton resident—a disabled machine welder—knew he could never afford the work he needed. Then in stepped Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, a Newport News dentist who recently held a “Smile Makeover Contest” to find locals deserving of free dental care. Samaha and her staff wanted to help people who had a life-threatening level of dental disease and a limited income but who still maintain an optimistic outlook on life and display a passion for helping others. Boyd, who regularly takes seniors from his church on errands and visits disabled veterans in the hospital, fit the bill. Along with a second winner, Terri Cane of Williamsburg, he will undergo tens of thousands of dollars worth of procedures to improve his health and smile.

“It is God’s gift from heaven,” says Boyd, who needed all his teeth pulled and chose new teeth from a variety of options. “I started feeling a lot different right after she took my teeth out. I have more energy, like my body knows it’s better off with those bad teeth gone. I know when it’s done I’m going to feel amazing. I’m going to smile every chance I get.” Samaha, who hopes to finish both patients’ makeovers before Christmas, says the contest was a way to thank the community that supports her business and draw attention to the dangers of dental disease. “Even in challenging economic times our practice has thrived, and this is a display of COURTESY OF PORT WARWICK DENTAL ARTS our gratefulness,” she says. “I didn’t want Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha (right) presents Terri Cane and son it to be a glamour contest. This is really about health Noah with a plaque recognizing Cane as one of two winand quality of life.” ners of Samaha’s “Smile Makeover Contest.” Says Cane, a Terri Cane, a 49-year-old registered nurse with Senregistered nurse: “A nurse’s smile means so very much.” tara Healthcare, had suffered daily pain from her decaying teeth, which she neglected for years due in part to a crippling fear of dentists. Cane, also a mother of “I didn’t want it to be a four, wanted a smile makeover not for herself but for glamour contest. This is really her family and the patients she treats. “A nurse’s smile so very much,” she says. “It conveys kindness, about health and quality of life.” means empathy, reassurance, confidence and professionalism. —Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha I want to be able to freely share my smile with others.” Soon, like Boyd, she will get her wish. HJ Continued on the next page

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LOCAL BEAT BRINGING JOY TO SENIORS This is the sixth year that Krance’s office has organized the program, which draws in volunteers of all ages from businesses, schools, law enforcement agencies, the Girl Scouts and other community organizations (call 757-886-1230 for information on how to get

“We want seniors to be part of the celebration, too.” —Hollie Krance


Home Instead franchise owner Hollie Krance expects volunteers to deliver 8,000 gifts to area seniors this month.


ost of the gifts that go to people in the annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program are very modest—blankets, slippers, sweat suits, flashlights, lotions or other toiletries. But to a lonely or financially strapped senior, the feeling of being remembered at Christmas is priceless. “They’re so appreciative, no matter what they get,” says Hollie Krance, owner of Home Instead Senior Care (a franchise that serves the Peninsula and Williamsburg), who leads the effort. “They open up a box of tissues or a bath and body set, and you would have thought you’d bought them a new car. They’re smiling and crying and so happy.”

involved). Leaders collect the names of seniors, along with each person’s gift requests, from sources such as the Peninsula Agency on Aging. The names then go on ornaments that hang on trees at local Wal-Mart stores; shoppers can take an ornament, buy the gifts and leave them at customer service for volunteers to pick up. Home Instead organizes two public wrapping parties (see box at right) and helps coordinate mid-December deliveries to nursing homes, senior centers, Meals-onWheels recipients and low-income housing complexes. “Be a Santa to a Senior” is a nationwide effort for Home Instead, and the local program is one of its most successful gift drives, Krance says. This year, her office expects to deliver about 8,000 gifts to more than 2,000 seniors. Each person receives at least three gifts, and most get four or five, often presented by volunteers in elf outfits and a costumed Santa Claus. “What I love is that it really brings the entire community together,” Krance says. “The holidays are such a family-oriented time that people can get caught up in their own families—or they focus mainly on children in the community. They tend to forget about our seniors, and we want [seniors] to be part of the celebration, too.” HJ

You can be a ‘Santa to a Senior!’ Home Instead Senior Care needs volunteers at two upcoming “wrapping parties.” Just bring one roll of wrapping paper and a pair of scissors to either of these events (adults only, please): Dec. 9, at noon, at the Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Dr., Newport News) Dec. 11, at noon, at the Quarterpath Recreation Center (202 Quarterpath Rd., Williamsburg)

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On Oct. 23, Child Development Resources (CDR) in Williamsburg hosted graduate students from James Madison University who are studying early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. The group learned about CDR’s collaboration with early childhood professionals as well as the center’s developmental playgroups and program planning. Pictured is CDR Executive Director Paul Scott with visiting students and faculty.


The pediatric dental office of Drs. Rubenstein, Avent and Huie (located in Newport News) encouraged parents and children to trade in their uneaten Halloween candy in exchange for cash during its “Candy Buy Back” event held last month. The practice offered $2 for every pound of candy returned and donated half of that amount to the Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk. The candy was then sent, along with letters from local children, to men and women serving overseas in the U.S. military. A total of 421 pounds of candy was collected, and $432 was given to the Ronald McDonald House.



Registered Nurses Antoinette “Toni” Higgins (left), Bobbie Butler (center) and Jessica Farzaneh—clinical staff members at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth—have collaborated with former colleague Dr. Melissa M. Gomes on an article that will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Emergency Nursing. The article, “Anatomy of the Staged Orientation Process,” describes a training model Higgins and her team developed a year ago to increase the nursing department’s retention rate.


New Town Dental Arts in Williamsburg will send over 500 pounds of unopened Halloween candy to U.S. troops serving overseas. The candy was collected through the practice’s “Candy Buy Back” event held in November. Walsingham Academy’s lower school collected candy for the cause, bringing more than 300 pounds of candy to New Town Dental Arts. Pictured with Dr. Sebastiana Springmann are Walsingham students Matthew Botta, Thomas Botta, Caroline Reid, Gabrielle Deschenes and Caroline Boyd.




Western Branch Family Practice in Chesapeake has gone live with ConnectCare, Bon Secours’ advanced electronic medical records system that links each patient’s clinical information to one medical record. The system will help Bon Secours improve efficiencies, patient care and patient safety. Dr. Alison Christian-Taylor (right), a family physician who practices at Western Branch, says: “I think the greatest benefit is being able to have all the patient information in one spot in an easy-to-access database. With standardized and consistent documentation, we will be able to track outcomes and disease stages while reducing duplicate tests and procedures.” 




On Sat., Nov. 21, Ageless Dermatology and Laser Center (formerly Schumann Dermatology Group) hosted an evening gala to celebrate the launch of Dr. Keith Schumann’s new line of dermatologist-developed skin care products—“Ageless”™. (6) Ageless Dermatology staff welcomed nearly 100 guests to the event. (7) One lucky guest wins a gift basket filled with Ageless products, courtesy of Dr. Schumann (far right).


A few days before Halloween—on a day when students and staff typically dress in orange and black—teachers and staff at Stonehouse Elementary School showed their support for breast cancer awareness by “putting on the pink.”


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Putting a Wrap on Holiday Stress WRITTEN BY MIKE VERANO


tress is as much a part of holiday tradition as greeting cards, presents and awkward family moments. The honest truth is that while the holidays should be a time of peace on Earth and good will towards men, they are equally the time for discord and ill will. In fact, notes the American Psychological Association, one in five Americans worries that holiday stress will cause them at least one physical health problem. How is it that a potentially festive time turns into a carnival of tension and worry? Why is it that high blood pressure and tension headaches are as commonplace as eggnog and fruitcake? Does this say something about the holiday season, or is it more likely a reflection of the way we interpret stress? The holidays do not bring us stress; we bring stress to the holidays. If we look closely at our inner tension, we will find that it was neatly packed, wrapped and handdelivered by none other than ourselves. This is good news, though. It opens up the possibility that we can ask for, and receive, the gift of inner peace this season. Before going on, I want to share with you (at right) a “Stressmas” carol that I wrote to summarize how many of us feel as we move head-first into the not-so-silent nights ahead. Continued on page 13

Sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells” Jangled nerves, jangled nerves Jangled all the day Oh, how sad it is to spend Our holiday time this way Dashing through the malls With a cart that’s gone astray Back to the bank we go Crying all the way Bells on registers ring Making spirits sigh Oh, what bills the mailman brings! Why’s my interest rate so high?

A day or two ago I felt my chest grow tight And very soon I found myself Pacing through the night I tried to get some sleep But the fears, they would not go I knew I’d fallen very deep And never felt so low

Jangled nerves, jangled nerves Jangled all the day Oh, how sad it is to spend Our holiday time this way

Oh! Jangled nerves, jangled nerves Jangled all the day Oh, how sad it is to spend Our holiday time this way!

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The Four ‘F’s of Holiday Stress Food • Finances • Family • Fun Try these strategies to overcome stress.


You’ve tried this: Limiting yourself to eating only holiday foods that begin with the letter ‘Q.’ Now try this: When you do eat seasonal snacks and meals, do so mindfully; eat with your full attention on the food and the experience of eating. You will find that you actually eat less but enjoy more.

FINANCES You’ve tried this: Putting your holiday cheer on credit and then making a New Year’s resolution to get out of debt. Now try this: Give yourself credit for your ability to create holiday magic without breaking the bank.


You’ve tried this: Thinking that the holidays would make everyone get along. Now try this: Drop the expectations of familial harmony and realize that the only family member you can change is yourself.


You’ve tried this: Overindulging in the holiday spirit, confusing excitement for real happiness. Now try this: Experience the true joy of being in the present moment and realize that the most fun of all comes from anything that opens your heart.

Putting a Wrap on Holiday Stress Continued from page 11 Most plans for reducing stress have four basic components: eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep and enjoy the company of others. If you are like me, you look at this list and feel even more stressed out than before. The reason, of course, is that this list represents things that can be challenging to do during the rest of the year. The likelihood that these activities will automatically become our standard mode of operation from November through January is about the same as that of Santa bringing us the high-definition plasma TV we have been longing for, rather than the lawn tool that will occupy our every weekend. But don’t be dismayed, merry gentlemen and women: there is another way to approach the holiday season. The way out of this trap is not to wrestle with that Grinch called stress—it is to let go of our habitual tendency to resist the world as it is. When we hold on desperately to the visions that dance in our head, we become frustrated when the world refuses to dance along. However, when we let go of the need for the holiday season (or any season, for that matter) to conform to our preconceived notions, we discover a true miracle; life isn’t so bad when we let go of control and move into a state of acceptance. This does not mean that we simply lie down and allow the yuletide sleigh to run us over. Moving into a state of “let-go” does not mean we fall victim to the wintry winds of fate. When we stop struggling against life, we discover new options and energies. When we realize that holiday stress is only our perception of the world, we can then choose to focus on finding true joy in the season. If you find that your holiday mug runneth over with stress, try emptying it by asking yourself, “What am I resisting at this very moment?” Hit the pause button on the running mental commentary and you may find that all is calm, all is quiet. In order to help you through the coming holidaze, I offer another, revised “Stressmas” carol (glance right) guaranteed to soften the heart of the most hardened Scrooge.

Sung to the tune of “Let it Snow” Oh, the world outside seems frightful And everyone seems so spiteful But since that’s no way to grow Let it go, let it go, let it go The stress, it is not stopping And my heart, it feels like popping But before I hit an all-time low I let it go, let it go, let it go And when I finally see the light Nothing seems quite so bad When I let go of the fight I discover the peace I once had Now the fears are slowly dying And my heart’s no longer crying All I ever needed to know Was let it go, let it go, let it go. HJ Mike Verano is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist. He is the program director for Sentara Senior Behavioral Health Services and the author of the books The Healing Power of Stress: Turning Inner Tension Into Inner Strength and Don’t Even Think About It: Reflections on Stress and Mindfulness. Visit his website at

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Patients Happier When Docs Discuss Side Effects NEW YORK (REUTERS HEALTH)


ospital patients who suffer a side effect from treatment are more likely to give high ratings to their quality of care when hospital staff are up front about what went wrong, a new study suggests. In a survey of nearly 2,300 patients treated at 16 Massachusetts hospitals, researchers found that 603 had some sort of “adverse event”—most often side effects from a newly prescribed drug or complications from surgery— during their hospitalization. When asked whether hospital staff had explained the problem to them, only 40 percent of patients said they had. Yet, when staff did discuss the problem, patients were more likely to be happy with their care—even when the adverse effect was a preventable one, the study found. “Our findings show that disclosure is associated with patients’ perception of higher-quality care, even when they were harmed by an adverse event,” lead

researcher Dr. Lenny Lopez, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a statement. “We believe this is the first study to address how disclosure affects the

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“It’s quite notable that high-quality ratings continued to be associated with disclosure even when the event was determined to be preventable,” Lopez said. The findings, according to Lopez, suggest that hospitals should not be afraid to disclose the reasons for patients’ adverse events, even if they did arise from error. “Although rates of disclosure remain disappointingly low,” he said, “our findings should encourage more disclosure and allay fears of malpractice lawsuits.” “Patients want to be told the truth,” Lopez added, “and they perceive disclosure as integral to high-quality medical care.” Lopez and his colleagues report their findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In a separate study published in the same journal, researchers focused on diagnostic errors by physicians. They found that among 300 doctors at 22 U.S. hospitals, the most commonly missed or delayed diagnoses were pul-

quality-of-care impression in patients who actually were harmed during the course of their treatment and may reassure physicians and others who worry about the consequences of disclosure,” he added. Using hospital records and patient interviews, the researchers found that “Patients want to be told the almost one-third of adverse events in the study truth, and they perceive were preventable—being disclosure as integral to related to errors such as giving patients the wrong high-quality medical care.” dose of medication. Hospital staff were less —Dr. Lenny Lopez, likely to discuss preventMassachusetts General Hospital able adverse events with patients compared with ones that could not be avoided—such as an unforeseeable re- monary embolism (a blood clot in the action to a new drug. When patients lungs), drug reactions and overdossuffered a preventable effect, staff es, heart attacks and lung, colon and explained the problem to them only breast cancers. On average, the doctors described 30 percent of the time, Lopez’s team committing or witnessing two such erfound. Yet patients tended to give their care rors in their careers. The fact that they higher quality ratings when a problem readily recalled the details of these was explained to them, even when the cases suggests that “diagnostic error is not unusual in clinical practice,” the complication was preventable. On average, study patients rated their researchers write, “and actively solicithospital care as “very good.” But patients ing such cases represents an opportuwho’d discussed their adverse event with nity for tapping into a hidden cache of hospital staff were twice as likely to give medical errors that are not generally high ratings as those who had been given collected by existing error surveillance and reporting systems.” HJ no explanation. 14


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What Is An Avulsed Tooth?

An avulsed tooth is the dentist’s term for a “knocked out” or broken tooth. This can be either a primary (baby tooth) or permanent (adult) tooth. A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be replaced, but in most cases baby teeth cannot. Avulsed baby teeth are not replaced because they typically become infected. They may also become ankylosed (permanently fused to bone) and get stuck. This condition will interfere with the eruption of the permanent tooth. A partially avulsed tooth that is stabilized quickly can often be saved. A completely avulsed tooth may be permanently retained if the tooth is replaced in the socket with minimal handling within 30 minutes to an hour. It’s crucial to contact ayour dentist immediately if you break a tooth. If you can find the broken tooth, bring it with you to the dentist’s office. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for a successful re-implantation.

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Find the broken part of your tooth and take it with you to the dentist as soon as possible. Hold the tooth only by its crown or chewing surface. Do not scrape or brush the root of the tooth to remove dirt. Do not attempt to clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide. For the best chance of a successful re-implantation, put the avulsed tooth back in its socket within an hour after the accident. Bite down gently on gauze to help keep the tooth in place. If gauze is not available, use a wet tea bag instead. If the tooth cannot be placed back into the socket, store the tooth in a clean container and immerse it in milk, salt water or saliva. The tooth can also be transported carrying the tooth between the lower lip and lower gum, under the tongue, or between the cheek and the top back teeth (this is not recommended for small children.) Following any of these guidelines will make it more likely that your dentist can re-implant the avulsed tooth. Julia Holcomb Wrenn, BSDH, is a registered dental hygienist, graduating magna cum laude in dental hygiene in 2001 from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia. She has eight years of experience and practices with Dr. Nancy Schumann in New Town of Williamsburg.

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ou brush, you floss, and you visit your dentist twice a year— seems simple enough, right? But did you know that your oral health can affect your overall health? Recent studies indicate that there are very specific ties between dental health, periodontal

Gum Care: Commit it to Memory A recent study revealed a surprising link between gum disease and memory. The findings, reported in the November issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, are based on more than 2,300 men and women who were enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III conducted between 1991 and 1994. Participants with the highest pathogen levels were most likely to score poorly on cognitive tests. Research has already established a strong association between poor oral health and heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. The study’s researchers note that gum disease could influence brain function through several mechanisms; for example, gum disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, a risk factor for loss of mental function.

(gum) health, and other systemic diseases. So if you think you spend all that time brushing and flossing just to keep your smile looking bright, it’s time to look a little closer. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is linked to a variety of health issues, which is why it’s important to practice good oral care. Regular visits to your dentist are your best preventive measure to ensure that any problems with your gums don’t affect the rest of your body. Healthy teeth and gums prevent common bacteria in your mouth from entering into your bloodstream. Any gum erosion and/or irritation creates areas in which bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread to other parts of your body. How else can your oral health affect your overall health? Here are a few potential ways: Early signs of osteoporosis (bone loss), evident in the jaw or teeth, are often found during routine dental visits and X-rays. Dentists are often the first health professionals to identify signs of oral cancer, which is why regular oral cancer screenings are part of preventive care. Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease, so practicing good oral hygiene may actually decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. You’ve read that good oral care is important during pregnancy. Some studies indicate that there is a link between gum disease and premature birth.


Free Educational Talk: “Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes” Obesity can affect all aspects of your life.

Join us for a new monthly series and find out what you can do to combat the disease and get a free body composition analysis. Please call: 757-591-9572. Registration is appreciated but not required. Refreshments will be served.

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The link between oral care and diabetes is twofold: Those who have diabetes are generally at increased risk of developing gum disease. In addition, diabetics have an increased risk of tooth decay, dry mouth, and oral infections. Patients whose immune systems are compromised (e.g., from diseases such as HIV/AIDS) often have oral symptoms that lead to increased oral bacteria, which in turn can affect overall health. Current research is also aimed at the role oral health plays in the development of pneumonia and pancreatic cancer. Taking care of your teeth and gums is one of the most important preventive health measures you can follow. See your dental care provider for regular examinations, cleanings, X-rays, and oral cancer screenings. Your at-home routine should include regular brushing, flossing, and self-examination for any changes in gum health. Not only does your smile depend on good oral care— you may find that your life does, too. HJ

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TOPPING 1½ cups plain, non-fat yogurt 1 10-ounce jar of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter (seasonal)

PREPARATION 1. Mix agave nectar, applesauce, eggs and pumpkin in large bowl. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in raisins and nuts. 2. Coat an 11”x15” jelly roll pan with non-stick spray and bake mixture at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. When done, a toothpick inserted should come out clean. 3. Mix yogurt and pumpkin butter and chill. Once sheet cake is cool, apply topping and refrigerate. Yield: 16 bars *If using sugar in place of agave nectar, use 1 cup sugar and add ½ cup canola oil in addition to the ½ cup applesauce. Increase the baking temperature to 350 degrees. **Alternate option: Mix 1 cup whole-wheat flour with 1 cup white flour.



(Crystal’s healthy recipe makeover) INGREDIENTS BARS ¾ cup agave nectar* ½ cup natural applesauce 3 eggs 1 can plain pumpkin (16 oz.) 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour** 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 cup raisins ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans



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very holiday season, my mom makes my Aunt Wanda’s signature Pumpkin Sheet Cake. I recently took on the challenge of making her recipe healthier while maintaining its true flavor. So, last month, my mom and I had a “bake-off.” She made the original recipe while I created the healthier version, my own Pumpkin Bars, and we asked a panel of judges (my dad, grandma and fiancé) to give their opinion. Everyone agreed that my healthy version had a better taste and was even moister than the original. Even Grandma—who normally sticks to the ‘tried-and-true’—liked my version best. My goal in cooking is to use healthy, natural products while creating the best flavor possible. I know I exceeded my goal with this one!

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Rice and Spice Turkey Soup INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons organic canola oil Dash toasted sesame oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 quart organic turkey broth (or chicken broth) 2 cups diced turkey 2 cups carrots, sliced ¼ cup rice, any variety* ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin 1 large crisp, organic apple, grated


INGREDIENTS FILLING 3 8-ounce packages of fat-free cream cheese 1 cup sugar substitute R U N NER -U 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup canned pumpkin 4 egg whites ¼ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon lemon zest Garnish: Pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon CRUST 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs 2 tablespoons melted margarine or butter 2 tablespoons sugar substitute ½ teaspoon cinnamon PREPARATION 1. Combine all ingredients for crust and press into a 9” spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 2. Combine cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix until smooth with an electric mixer. Add pumpkin, eggs, and spices. Beat until smooth and creamy. 3. Pour mixture into pie pan with crust. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until the top browns. Remove from oven and allow to reach room temperature. Chill thoroughly in refrigerator, remove pan sides and cut into slices. Serve with fat-free whipped cream or whipped topping. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Yield: 8-16 servings, depending on size of each slice.

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Cinnamon Orange Sweet Potatoes INGREDIENTS 3 large sweet potatoes 1/3 to ½ cup orange juice 1 teaspoon Triple Sec (or orange extract) 2 teaspoons cinnamon PREPARATION 1. Wash, peel and cube sweet potatoes.  2. Boil in water until tender. Drain and mash.  3. Add the orange juice and Triple Sec or orange extract. Blend well and place potatoes in oven-safe serving dish.  4. Warm potatoes in oven. Remove and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve and enjoy. Yield: 8 to 12 servings.

PREPARATION 1. Heat onion in oil in large saucepan on medium heat. Add broth, turkey, carrots, rice and spice. 2. Cook rice in broth according to package, then stir in pumpkin puree and apple. Heat through and serve. *For faster cooking time, rice noodles may be substituted for the rice.

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INGREDIENTS One whole pork loin, fat trimmed Olive oil Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper ½ cup loose brown sugar 1 can of pineapple rings or diced pineapple (strained, reserve juice) 1 can mandarin oranges, segments or whole (strained, reserve juice) ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon ground ginger Pinch fresh grated nutmeg (optional) 2 tablespoons corn starch (add more for a thicker sauce) 1 onion, diced 3 to 5 cloves fresh garlic, smashed Tabasco sauce Jasmine rice (3 cups before cooking) PREPARATION 1. Rub loin with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper. Sear roast on all sides and ends in a pan on high heat. 2. Place roast in slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above, placing the pineapple and oranges on top of the roast. Cook on high heat 6 to 8 hours. The roast is done when it pulls apart easily. Cook jasmine rice according to package. 3. Remove roast and onions and set aside in a separate pan. Use the liquid to make a sauce, using reserved pineapple and mandarin juices as needed. (I generally use a bit of this juice and cornstarch to thicken the sauce as needed.) Add salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste. Serve meat and sauce over rice. Yield: 10 to 12 servings. THE HEALTH JOURNAL December 2009




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“My Grandma Natalie made this dish every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we’ve continued her tradition. It’s full of antioxidant-rich berries and apples. Top it with reduced-fat vanilla ice cream.”

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PREPARATION 1. Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils. The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1 cup of arils from fruit. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) 2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Danielle DiSalvo, administrative assistant

Eggplant Pasta

TOPPING 1 ½ cups dry oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¾ cup pecans, chopped ½ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed ½ cup butter or margarine, melted

“Full of antioxidant-rich berries and apples.”

“For Italians, pasta is a staple at pretty much every family gathering. Olive oil and vegetables make this dish a healthy option.” INGREDIENTS 2 medium to large eggplants
 Kosher salt, for purging
 4 tablespoons olive oil
 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
 ½ teaspoon chile flakes 
4 small tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 cup sliced mushrooms ½ cup yogurt
 4 tablespoons basil 
 ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan Freshly ground pepper PREPARATION 1. Peel each eggplant, leaving 1 inch of skin on the top and bottom unpeeled. Slice the eggplant thinly lengthwise, in 1/4-inch thick slices. Evenly coat each slice with the salt and purge on a sheet pan fitted with a rack for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and roll in paper towels to dry. Slice the pieces into thin strips to resemble pasta. 2. Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add garlic and chili flakes and toast. Add the eggplant and toss to coat. Add the tomatoes and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Finally, add the basil and Parmesan and toss to combine. Season with pepper. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.


INGREDIENTS CASSEROLE 3 cups apples, chopped 2 cups fresh cranberries 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar

PREPARATION 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine fruits with flour, tossing to coat. Add sugar, mix. Place in a casserole dish. Combine oatmeal, spices, nuts, flour and sugar. Add melted butter; stir well. Spread over fruit mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Natalie Montieth, graphic designer

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Spondylolisthesis: Fancy Name, Common Problem WRITTEN BY DR. JEFFREY CARLSON


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Showing you care about their feelings is more important than having all the answers. WRITTEN BY DR. FREDERIC B. TATE


he truth is that most of us do not do a very good job talking about death. Rarely are people taught how to converse compassionately with individuals who are dying or those who have lost a loved one. We use euphemisms such as “crossed over” or “passed on.” It is as if the word “death” is taboo. Society expects us to grieve stoically and return to work in three days, ready to function fully. Mourning is too often seen as feelings to be “resolved” or “overcome,” as opposed to a journey that needs to be experienced. Children are often the forgotten ones when there has been a death. We do not intentionally overlook them, but the child who has had a sibling, parent or grandparent die gets lost in the shuffle. Also, many adults believe that children need to be protected from the pain of death. Though often well intended, our attempts to protect children may actually do more harm than good. Cocooning children also robs them of the opportunity to build important coping skills. We are inclined not to talk about death, but not talking does not mean that we are not communicating. Children pick up on our non-verbal communication; anxiety and depression can be sensed. Talking to children about death does not harm them, though deception and secrets can. Of-


ten the real motivation for adults keeping their silence is that death is too painful a subject for us to talk about. When I was working in private practice years ago, many of my patients were in therapy because during childhood they’d had a parent or sibling die. One patient had been sent away to a relative’s house for the summer; when he returned, he discovered that his brother had died of leukemia and been buried. He had never had the opportunity to say goodbye, participate in the funeral, or mourn. This still haunted him 50 years later.

Open, honest communication is key We rarely give children time to talk about their fears, reactions or feelings following the death of a loved one. They need to ask questions and to be given information appropriate for their age. If a sibling has died, the parents may well be too distraught to have these discussions with the surviving child. This is when a grandparent, aunt or family friend can temporarily step in. Do not assume that a minister or rabbi is automatically good at talking with children about death. We should talk to children about death the same way we talk to them about sex—directly, honestly and without Continued on page 30


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Talking With Children About Death Continued from page 28 sugarcoating the facts. There are many wonderful children’s books that address the topic of death and dying. It is best to use simple language, and be prepared to be repetitious. Children may ask the same questions every day for weeks. Remember, saying “I don’t know” is perfectly acceptable. Children will ask Mourning is too often questions about the afterlife or seen as an event to be why bad things happen to good “resolved” or “overcome,” people. Giving as opposed to a journey that a child the message that you needs to be experienced. care and that you are genuine is far more important than having all the answers. Even very young children grieve. They just grieve differently than adults. They may be too young to grasp abstract concepts such as eternity, but the disorganization and change that death may bring can strongly affect a child. There is neither a single, correct way for adults to grieve nor an orderly progression to be followed. It is the same for children. Some will show their sadness, others may not. It is not unusual, for example, for a child to want to return to school following a death in the family. This does not mean the child is not grieving but rather, that structure can provide a sense of control in a world that seems unpredictable. Though not always possible, giving a child the opportunity to say goodbye is important. On the other hand, children who are uncomfortable going to the hospital or hospice should not

be forced. If they want to go, prepare them for what they will see. When children attend funerals, it is best that an adult take them to the funeral parlor prior to the funeral so they can walk around, ask questions, and view the body privately if the casket is open. Do not equate death with sleeping. This can lead to sleep disturbances in children. Remember that when a parent has died, it is essential to reassure the children that someone will still take care of them.

Working towards a state of acceptance Temporary behavioral regression such as bedwetting, a fear of being alone, stuttering, baby talk, thumb sucking or night terrors are not uncommon among children after a death and usually resolve with time. Never punish a child for exhibiting these behaviors. Consider taking your child to see a psychologist or family therapist even if only for a few sessions. Just like going to the dentist every six months can be good preventive medicine, seeing a therapist after a death may prevent problems later in life. Drawing is one of the best forms of expression for children. It can provide an open and safe atmosphere for them to explore their feelings surrounding death and the loss that accompanies it. Children, too, benefit from memorializing the deceased. Making a memory box or poster can be therapeutic. Maybe the best thing we can do for children who have experienced a death is to increase the amount of time we spend touching and holding them, reassure them that though life is unpredictable, there is some stability, and to remember that grief has no time limit. Like adults, children reach a point of acceptance at their own pace. HJ

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Health Journal Williamsburg Edition

Health Directory EMERGENCY NUMBERS National Response Center Toll-Free: (800) 424-8802 National Suicide Crisis Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 784-2433 National Suicide Prevention Hotline Toll-Free: (800) 273-8255 Poison Control Center Toll-Free: (800) 222-1222

ALLERGISTS & ENT Allergy & Asthma of Oyster Point-Williamsburg 217 McLaws Cir., Suite 5 Williamsburg (757) 873-3882 Riverside Williamsburg Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Clinic 120 Kings Way, Suite 2600 Williamsburg (757) 345-2600 VA Adult & Pediatric Allergy & Asthma PC 1144 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 259-0443 Williamsburg ENT - Allergy 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 300 Williamsburg (757) 253-8722

ASSISTED CARE & SENIOR LIVING 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 Patriot’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

Chiro Care Plus, PC 3204-A Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-6464

Carol F. Morgan, DDS 1130 Old Colony Ln. Williamsburg (757) 220-6727

Joseph W. Musgrave, MD 1139 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 220-2266

FT - Fitness Together 4854 Longhill Rd., Ste. 1-A Williamsburg (757) 345-2246

Bikesmith of Williamsburg 515 York Street Williamsburg (757) 229-9858

Commonwealth Family Chiropractic 140 Professional Cir. Williamsburg (757) 220-9670

Thomas J. Morris, DDS 491 McLaws Cir., Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-0598

Pariser Dermatology Specialists 207 Bulifants Blvd., Suite C Williamsburg (757) 564-8535

Healthy Equation 701 Merrimac Trail, Ste. K Williamsburg (757) 200-5838

Bikes Unlimited 141 Monticello Avenue Williamsburg (757) 229-4620

Christopher Connolly, DC 5252 Old Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-0060

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


Ironbound Gym 4325 New Town Avenue Williamsburg (757) 229-5874

Ceo Maidin Feirm Community Supported Agriculture Program Toano (757) 566-0009

Jazzercise 455 Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 220-8020

Conte's Bicycle & Fitness 4919 Courthouse Street Williamsburg (757) 565-1225

Knee Pond Yoga, LLC 3356 Ironbound Rd., Bldg. 2, Ste. 202-B Williamsburg (888) 524-4985

General Nutrition Center 4680-18B Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 565-5100

Ladies Workout Express 3709-B Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-2992


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 5372 Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 645-9299 Platinum Chiropractic 3709-D Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6069 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

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

Riverside Diagnostic Center 120 Kings Way, Suite 1200 Williamsburg (757) 345-6700 Tidewater Diagnostic Imaging 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-6000 Women's Imaging Center 100 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 984-6000

ENDOCRINOLOGY 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

DENTISTRY & ORAL HEALTH Boxx, Blaney Lachine & Bowe 1118-A Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 229-5570

Nancy Yang Schumann, DDS 5309 Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0900

D. W. Cherry, DDS 2225 S Henry St. Williamsburg (757) 253-2500

Ronald J. Smalls, DDS 1309 Jamestown Rd., Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 229-0620

Michael J. Coleman, DDS 6969 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0041

K. L.Tankersley, DDS, MD 1147 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 258-8913

Riverside Williamsburg Medical Arts Urgent & Primary Care 5231 John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 220-8300

Curry Dental Center 312-H Lightfoot Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-3450

David G. Walker, DDS 813 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6278

TPMG Family Medicine 132 Professional Circle Williamsburg (757) 645-2981

Bruce DeGinder, DDS 240 McLaws Circle, Ste. 153 Williamsburg (757) 220-9492

Williamsburg Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 195 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-6692

TPMG Norge Family Practice 7151 Richmond Road., Suite 405 Williamsburg (757) 564-3700

John P. Doley, DDS 1116-A Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 229-4181

Williamsburg Orthodontics 4097-A Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-1200

Williamsburg Family Physicians 227 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-8182

Sam E. English, DDS 4680-16A Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 258-1042

Williamsburg Dental Group 1319 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-7210 106 Bacon Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-3099

Williamsburg Internal Medicine 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 400 Williamsburg (757) 345-4600

Williamsburg Family Dentistry 213 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. 15-E Williamsburg (757) 345-5500

Anahata Yoga Center 104 Bypass Road, Suite 201 Williamsburg (757) 253-0080

Williamsburg Periodontics & Implants 200 Packets Court Williamsburg (757) 221-0249

Baeplex Family Martial Arts Center 3435-A John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 229-2237

Walter G. Winneberger, DDS 104 Bypass Rd., Suite 202 Williamsburg (757) 229-6960

B-defined Personal Training 4801 Courthouse St., Suite 122 Williamsburg (757) 345-6801

Wyatt Orthodontics 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 303 Williamsburg (757) 565-3737

Body Balance Studio 370 McLaws Cir. Williamsburg (757) 221-0774


Bodyfit 5251 John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 221-6688

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

CARDIOLOGY Advanced Cardiovascular Institute 5215-A Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-1440

Terry H. Hake, DDS 1761 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-4115

Cardiovascular Health, PLLC 117 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 259-9540

Hampton Roads Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Dentistry 1313 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 205 Williamsburg (757) 229-3052

Peninsula Williamsburg Cardiology Associates 120 Kings Way, Suite 2500 Williamsburg (757) 565-0600

Hampton Roads Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1147 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 258-8913


Paul Hartman, DDS 1323 Jamestown Rd., Suite 203 Williamsburg (757) 253-2393

Beverly E. Boone, DC 213 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 596-7605

Mark M. Neale, DDS, MAGD 5000 New Point Rd., Ste. 2101 Williamsburg (757) 229-8050

Cranial Facial Imaging Center 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 306 Williamsburg (757) 476-6714

Richard A. Pugliese, DDS 502 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-9703

Gilbert J. Frey, DDS Lawrence R. Samiere, DDS 1161 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 253-0400

Acupuncture Works, Inc. 362 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 565-9611

We’ve done our best to include every health-related practice or service in Greater Williamsburg. If your organization is not listed, or if your listing is not current, send your updates to

Adam J. Kadolph, DDS 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 303 Williamsburg (757) 565-3737 Lifetime Family Dental 7349 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-8942

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

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


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

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The Pilates Center 1130 Old Colony Lane, Suite 201 Williamsburg (757) 229-5002 Pilates With Cindy 6580 Wiltshire Road Williamsburg (757) 645-2542 Quarterpath Recreation Center 202 Quarterpath Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-3770 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

GASTROENTEROLOGY Colonial Gastroenterology 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 350 Williamsburg (757) 253-5771 Peninsula Gastroenterology 120 Kings Way Williamsburg (757) 345-6411 TPMG Specialist Center 4125 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 903-4807 Williamsburg Gastroenterology 457 McLaws Circle, Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 221-0750

GENERAL SURGERY 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


Colonial Center For Hearing 337 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 229-4004 Hampton Roads Ear, Nose and Throat 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 873-0338 Hearing Evaluation & Noise Protection Assoc., Inc 1321 Jamestown Rd., Suite 104 Williamsburg (757) 229-4335 Riverside Williamsburg ENT & Allergy Clinic 120 Kings Way, Suite 2600 Williamsburg (757) 253-1832 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 Hearing Health Care Centers of Williamsburg 5107-B Center St. Williamsburg (757) 206-1900 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 Comfort Keepers 15441-A Pocahontas Trail, Lanexa (757) 229-2777 Concordia Group 1524-C Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 229-9930 Hand 'N' Heart 461 McLaws Circle, Ste. 3 Williamsburg (757) 565-0216 Harmony Care 106 Queen Anne Dr. Williamsburg (757) 784-7650 Hope In-Home Care 4512 John Tyler Hwy., Ste. G Williamsburg (757) 220-1500 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

Bike Beat 4640 Monticello Ave., Ste. 9-B Williamsburg (757) 229-0096






DaVita Williamsburg Dialysis 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 103 Williamsburg (757) 206-1408

TPMG Williamsburg OBGYN 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807

Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg 119 Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-7337

Sentara Home Care Services 1100 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 259-6251

Renal Advantage, Inc. 4511-J John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 229-5701 7364 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-5890

Wetchler and Dineen Gynecology 217 McLaws Cir., Suite 5 Williamsburg (757) 229-3254

Riverside Home Care 856 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. C Newport News (757) 594-5600

Sentara Nephrology Specialists 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 102 Williamsburg (757) 984-9700

Williamsburg Pediatric, Adolescent & Sports Medicine 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 202 Williamsburg (757) 253-5757 400 Sentara Circle, Ste. 310 Williamsburg (757) 253-5757

Riverside Hospice 12420 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 7-D Newport News (757) 594-2745

TPMG Williamsburg Nephrology 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807

Therapeutic Holistic Wellness Care 311 Raven Terrace Williamsburg (757) 645-2926


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

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

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

Williamsburg Obstetrics & Gynecology 1115 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 253-5653 Womancare Of Williamsburg 120 Kings Way, Suite 3400 Williamsburg (757) 253-5600

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 Radiation Oncology Specialists 3901 Treyburn Dr., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 220-4900

Sentara Neurology Specialists 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 305 Williamsburg (757) 388-6105

Virginia Oncology Associates 500 Sentara Circle, Suite 203 Williamsburg (757) 229-2236



Alzheimer’s Association 213-B McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 221-7272

Advanced Vision Institute 5215 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-4000

American Red Cross 1317 Jamestown Rd., Suite 105 Williamsburg (757) 253-0228

Cullom Eye & Laser Center 120 Kings Way, Suite 1300 Williamsburg (757) 345-3001

New Town Urgent Care 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 100 Williamsburg (757) 259-1900

Arthritis Foundation-Va. Chapter Toll-Free (800) 456-4687

Olde Towne Medical Center 5249 Olde Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 259-3258

Avalon 312 Waller Mill Rd., Ste. 300 Williamsburg (757) 258-9362

Anthony J. DeRosa, MD 101 Tewning Rd. Williamsburg (757) 223-5321

Riverside Williamsburg Medical Arts Urgent & Primary Care 5231 John Tyler Highway Williamsburg (757) 220-8300

Bike Walk Virginia P.O. Box 203 Williamsburg (757) 229-0507

First Med of Williamsburg 312 Second St. Williamsburg (757) 229-4141 Lackey Free Family Medicine Clinic 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd. Yorktown (757) 886-0608 MedExpress Urgent Care 120 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 564-3627

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

Child Development Resources 150 Point O' Woods Rd. Norge (757) 566-3300 DreamCatchers 10120 Fire Tower Road Toano (757) 566-1775 Faith in Action 354 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 258-5890


FISH 312 Waller Mill Road Williamsburg (757)220-9379

Joan R. Milkavich, LPC 352 McLaws Cir., Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 564-4590

Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition 161-A John Jefferson Square Williamsburg (757) 476-5070

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

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 National Federation of the Blind Williamsburg (757) 565-1185

Greensprings Physicians 2000 Easter Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-5540

Peninsula Health District 1126 Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 253-4813

Internal Medicine of Williamsburg 227 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-8182

Senior Services Coalition 161-A John Jefferson Sq. Williamsburg (757) 220-3480

Kingsmill Internal Medicine 477 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 208-0010

SpiritWorks Foundation 5800 Mooretown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 564-0001

The Massey Clinic 322 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-0919

The ARC of Greater Williamsburg 202-D Packets Ct. Williamsburg (757) 229-3535

New Town Internal Medicine 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 102 Williamsburg (757) 259-6770

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health 3901 Treyburn Dr., Ste. 100 Williamsburg (757) 220-4751

Williamsburg Internal Medicine 400 Sentara Circle, Suite 400 Williamsburg (757) 645-3150

MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION Lifeline Ambulance 24-Hour Service/ Emergency & Non-Emergency Transportation Toll-Free: (800) 476-5433 LogistiCare Toll-Free: (866) 386-8311 RIDES (Non-Emergency) 7239 Pocahontas Trail Williamsburg (757) 345-6166


United Way 312 Waller Mill Rd., Suite 100 Williamsburg (757) 253-2264 Help Line: (757) 229-2222 Williamsburg AIDS Network 479 McLaws Circle, Suite 2 Williamsburg (757) 220-4606

NUTRITION The Nutrition and Wellness Center 151 Kristiansand Dr., Suite 101 Williamsburg (757) 221-7074

Paul J. McMenamin, MD 1155 Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 565-2500 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 Eye 2 Eye 1147-A Professional Dr. Williamsburg (757) 259-2300 Eyewear Plus Optometric Center 101 Tewning Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-1131 Hampton Roads Eye Associates 120 Kings Way, Suite 1300 Williamsburg (757) 345-3004 Richard K. Lodwick, OD Pamela Lundberg, OD 101-A Bulifants Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-1907 Carter Murphy, OD 5251 John Tyler Hwy. Williamsburg (757) 229-8660 Rosser Optical 150-B Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-2020 Jeanne I. Ruff, OD, LLC 1107 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-4222 Forest Schaeffer Monticello Marketplace Williamsburg (757) 258-1020 Williamsburg Eye Care 101 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. A Williamsburg (757) 564-1907

ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE Tidewater Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists 5208 Monticello Ave., Suite. 180 Williamsburg (757) 206-1004 TPMG Orthopedics Spine/Sports Medicine & Virginia Center for Athletic Medicine 4125 Ironbound Rd., Suite 200 Williamsburg (757) 345-5870 Virginia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5335-B Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 253-0603

PAIN MANAGEMENT Tushar U. Gajjar, MD 400 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-4400 Tidewater Pain Management 4125 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-2561

Ali Aziz, MD 481 McLaws Cir., Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 229-9286

Massage Therapy Center 1158-A Professional Drive Williamsburg (757) 880-9020

Colonial Services Board 1657 Merrimac Trail Williamsburg (757) 220-3200

Refresh! Center for Massage & Healing 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 302 Williamsburg (757) 345-2457

Lester Dubnick, EdD 1309 Jamestown Road, Suite 101 Williamsburg (757) 220-0645

The Right Touch 5252 Olde Towne Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-1866

Eastern State Hospital 4601 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-5161

Positive Energy Massage, LLC 1769 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 810-4482

Jose A. Erfe, MD and Associates 481 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 229-9286

Saving Face Day Spa 7151 Richmond Rd., Suite 301 Williamsburg (757) 221-0490

Family Living Institute 1318 Jamestown Rd., Ste. 101 Williamsburg (757) 229-7927

Serenity Nail & Spa Studio 1781 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 220-8510

Insight Neurofeedback & Counseling 354 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 345-5802

Serenity Place Spa & American Spirit Institute 360 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 220-8000

Charles L. Koah, LPC 1769 Jamestown Road, Suite 104 Williamsburg (757) 871-3693

The Skin Clinic 483 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 564-SKIN

New Horizons Family Counseling Center 205 Jones Hall Williamsburg (757) 221-2363

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg 307 S. England St. Williamsburg (757) 220-7720

Norge & The Lymphedema Treatment Center 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 191 Williamsburg (757) 345-0753

Poplar Creek Psychological & Counseling Center 3305 Poplar Creek Ln. Williamsburg (757) 564-8522

The Spa at Kingsmill 1010 Kingsmill Rd. Williamsburg (757) 253-8230

PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation 344 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 564-7381

Psychological Associates of Williamsburg 1313 Jamestown Rd., Suite 105 Williamsburg (757) 253-1462

The Spa at Manor Club 101 St. Andrews Dr. Williamsburg (757) 258-1120

Reach for Performance, Inc. 312-J Lightfoot Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-1221

Paul D. Reilly, MD 1115 Old Colony Lane Williamsburg (757) 253-0691

Transformative Energy Work 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 302 Williamsburg (757) 229-7819

Riverside Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy at Williamsburg 120 Monticello Ave., Suite 200 Williamsburg (757) 345-3795

Richmond Road Counseling Center 1001-A Richmond Rd., Ste. 2 West Williamsburg (757) 220-2669

Tranquil Reflections Massage Therapy & Spa at King's Creek Plantation Resort 111-B Petersburg Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-6789

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

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

PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY Aesthetic Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery 333 McLaws Circle, Suite 3 Williamsburg (757) 345-2275

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 Williamsburg Psychiatric Medicine, PLLC 372 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-7651 Your Next Chapter Coaching & Counseling Services 1769 Jamestown Rd. Williamsburg (757) 258-0853

RHEUMATOLOGY Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases, PC 329 McLaws Circle Williamsburg (757) 220-8579


Peninsula Plastic Surgery Center 324 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-5200

Pulmonary & Sleep Consultants of Williamsburg, PC 120 Kings Way, Suite 2200 Williamsburg (757) 645-3460

Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads 4374 New Town Ave., Ste. 205 Williamsburg (757) 873-3500

Sentara WRMC Sleep Center 400 Sentara Circle Williamsburg (757) 345-4050


Sleep Disorders Center at Williamsburg Neurology 120 Kings Way, Suite 2700 Williamsburg (757) 221-0110

Michael Dente, DPM, PLC 120 Kings Way, Suite 2900 Williamsburg (757) 345-3022 Lightfoot Podiatry Center 213 Bulifants Blvd., Suite A Williamsburg (757) 345-3679 Williamsburg Foot & Ankle Specialists 453 McLaws Circle, Suite 1 Williamsburg (757) 220-3311

PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE Reneau Medical 120 Kings Way, Ste. 2550 Williamsburg (757) 345-3064 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

William A. Diog Health Club & Spa 3000 The Mall Williamsburg (757) 565-6545 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

All of You Salon & Day Spa 511 York Street Williamsburg (757) 784-1869

Opiate Addiction Specialists Williamsburg (757) 229-4141

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 Place & The Farley Center 5477 Mooretown Rd. Toll-Free: (800) 582-6066

UROLOGY Hampton Roads Urology 120 Kings Way, Suite 3200 Williamsburg (757) 253-0051 TPMG Williamsburg Urology 105 Bulifants Blvd., Ste. B Williamsburg (757) 903-4807


European Day Spa 3206 Ironbound Rd., Ste. A Williamsburg (757) 220-4959

Peninsula Vascular Surgery 156-A Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg (757) 229-7939

Illusions by Marcus 374 McLaws Circle, Ste. 1 Williamsburg (757) 253-7790

Pitman Surgical Associates 326 Monticello Ave. Williamsburg (757) 229-4958

Jamestown Therapeutic Massage 4608 Yeardley Loop Williamsburg (757) 784-8093 Jana Roselynn Laird, NCTMB 4939 Courthouse Road Williamsburg (757) 846-5707

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From 10 a.m. to noon, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point (11783 Rock Landing Dr.) will offer a free “Sibshops for Siblings” recreational workshop for children ages 9 to 14 years who have a sibling with special health needs. Call Gail Cervarich at (757) 668-7646 for more information or send e-mail to The Peninsula Track Club will sponsor the “St. Kateri’s Run for the Son 5K,” starting at 8:30 a.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Tabb. Contact Connie Topp at (757) 766-9500 for more information.


Karen Rayfield, reverse mortgage specialist with New American Mortgage, will discuss “Reverse Mortgages: Separating the Myths from the Facts,” starting at 10 a.m. at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (Yorktown Conference Room). Register online at


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



Sexaholics Anonymous E-mail for dates/locations. AIDS Williamsburg AIDS Network 2nd & 4th Wednesday (757) 220-4606

Put on your sleigh bells and head to the Geddy Outpatient Care Center at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center for the “Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run.” Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a one-mile fun run/walk at 9:30. The main race begins at 10 a.m., with an awards ceremony to take place at 11:15. The cost to register is $25. Goody bags, refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Proceeds from the race will help promote health and wellness to area youth through programs provided by the R. F. Wilkinson Family YMCA and the School Health Initiative Project (SHIP). For more information, contact race director Janice Kailos at (757) 220-3596.

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

Falling due to balance problems is the leading cause of injuries among seniors. Learn ways to improve and maintain your balance through exercise during a free balance workshop to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Results Personal Training Studio in Williamsburg. Refreshments will be provided. Call (757) 565-5000 to sign up.


Anahata Yoga Center of Williamsburg (104 Bypass Rd.) presents “Birthing from Within,” a series of yoga poses and stretches to prepare for childbirth and delivery. This class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and will focus on the mind-body approach to pain management. Cost is $75 per couple, $35 per individual. Call (757) 253-0080 to register.


ADDICTION Gamblers Anonymous Williamsburg Place Mondays, 7 p.m. (800) 522-4700



Riverside Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department will offer free child seat safety checks and installations between 8 and 11 a.m. and again between 5 and 8 p.m. Call 875-7880 to schedule an appointment.

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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 Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit Marijuana Anonymous Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (757) 476-5070 Narcotics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit Suboxone Therapy Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700 ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Peninsula Agency on Aging 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 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

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CALENDAR Child Loss “The Compassionate Friends” Williamsburg Hospice House 2nd Monday (757) 645-2192 St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 1st Monday, 7:30 p.m. (757) 886-0948 Morningside Assisted Living 2nd and 4th Wed., 5:30 p.m. (757) 594-8215 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 Miscarriage / Stillbirth S.H.A.R.E. Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (757) 886-6791 Suicide Catholic Charities 12829 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 101 3rd Tues., 7 p.m. (757) 875-0060 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 Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 2nd Monday, bi-monthly (757) 984-1218 Lung/Respiratory Cancer Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1 to 2 p.m., Call for dates. (757) 827-2438 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 Colonial Heritage Clubhouse 6500 Arthur Hills Dr. 3rd Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. (757) 253-1774 or (757) 345-6974 York Public Library Community Room 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 890-3883 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

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. 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 Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 244-3923 LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE (ALS) St. Luke's United Methodist 4th Thurs., 6:30 p.m. (866) 348-3257 or MENTAL ILLNESS Support St. Stephen Lutheran Church 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 220-8535

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

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

Fathers Only Dads Make a Difference York River Baptist Church 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. (757) 566-9777

VASCULITIS Mary Immaculate Hospital 1st Sat., 10 a.m. to noon (928) 380-0319

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

500-C Medical Drive Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 503-0743

Sentara Center for Health and Fitness 3rd Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. (757) 827-2160

Recovery Denbigh Church of Christ 1st & 3rd Thursdays Call for time. (757) 850-2279

Stepfamilies Williamsburg United Methodist Church 4th Monday, 7 p.m. (757) 253-2971

Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6700

St. Stephen Lutheran Church 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 220-8535

Type 1 Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Tuesday, 2 p.m. Bi-monthly, Feb. - Oct. (757) 534-5050

Depression/Bipolar St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2nd & 4th Wed., 10:30 a.m. (757) 247-0871

PARKINSON’S DISEASE Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Tuesday, 3 p.m. (757) 827-2170



JCC/W Community Center 1st Tuesday, 12 to 1 p.m. (757) 221-9659 or e-mail

Stay-at-Home Moms Olive Branch Christian Church Fridays, 10 a.m. (757) 566-3862

Obsessive-Compulsive Riverside Behavioral Health Center 3rd Thurs., 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (757) 827-1001

Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6381

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Mall Walking Club Meets at Patrick Henry Mall Call for date/time. (757) 249-4301 T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 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

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS - FREE Senior Center of York Every Wednesday Walk-ins welcome. (757) 898-3807 New Town Urgent Care Mon-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. (757) 259-1900 LACKEY FREE CLINIC Walk-in eligibility screenings held Mon., 5:30 to 8 p.m. Regular hours are: Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 to 5 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 to noon (757) 886-0608 LAMAZE CLASSES Call for information. (757) 565-6156 PLANETREE HEALTH RESOURCE LIBRARY Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Open 24 hrs/day. (800) SENTARA PRENATAL YOGA Zenya Yoga Studio Sat., 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (757) 886-6700 SENTARA LIVING For adults 50-plus Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 3rd Thurs., 10 a.m. to noon (800) SENTARA Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Wed., 10 a.m. to noon (800) SENTARA SINGLES DANCE 128 Deep Creek Rd. 2nd & 4th Saturday 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (757) 247-1338 STUDENT PHYSICALS For students 14 years of age and older. Riverside Occupational Health Clinic (757) 886-7811 WALK-IN IMMUNIZATION CLINIC Olde Towne Medical Center Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. & 2 to 4 p.m. (757) 259-3258 YOGA BOOK CLUB Anahata Yoga Center Meets quarterly. (757) 253-0080 YOGA FOR DIABETICS Free and open to the public Angels of Mercy Clinic Tuesdays, 3 p.m. (757) 565-1700

Williamsburg Landing 2nd Monday, 1:30 p.m. (757) 220-2627 Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 875-7880



Pilates: Getting to the Core of the Matter WRITTEN BY DORENE INTERNICOLA NEW YORK (REUTERS LIFE)


et the group fitness gadflies flit from belly dancing to body sculpting to circus stunts. Pilates people opt to take long, steady aim at the core. And they say the payoff is sweet: strength without bulk, slender thighs, flat-as-a-board abdomen. “With Pilates, the focus is core strength,” said Jessica Matthews of the American Council on Exercise. “It concentrates on centering and encouraging improved posture and strength throughout the core.” The core, or powerhouse, refers to the muscles that gird the torso from the lower rib cage to below the beltline. Pilates is a system of over 500 exercises that promises to condition the total body by centering on that area.

Pilates is a system of over 500 exercises that promises to condition the total body by centering on the body’s core. The mat exercises comprise several series of leg lifts, chest curls, and roll-ups—each one said to be the equivalent of six sit-ups—and the signature “hundred,” which entails much flapping of the arms and legs. And while they might look like sophisticated sit-ups, the moves are performed with precision, concentration, breath control and flow. (In fact, Pilates was originally called “controlology.”) “Because you’re so aware of where the exercise is coming from, you’re really focused on where you’re working,” Michele Bastos, Pilates instructor at the Crunch national chain of health clubs, said of the regimen now practiced by an estimated 10 million people worldwide. Unlike the 5,000-year-old practice of yoga to which it is often compared, Pilates is the 20th century creation of one man. German-born boxer, gymnast, and physical therapist Joseph Pilates originated his system as a rehabilitation tool in the 1920s. Some of the

first people he treated were soldiers returning from World War I. When he moved to New York City in 1926, his studio was located near the New York City Ballet. Dancers, George Balanchine and Martha Graham among them, spoke of “going to Joe’s” to strengthen their bodies and ease their aches and pains. The dance connection stuck. As did the notion that Pilates produces a dancer’s long, lean body. “I believe it’s true,” Bastos said. “Pilates strengthens and lengthens muscles at the same time, so it’s different from weight training, which only works concentric muscles. In Pilates the muscles get really long.” She continued, “Even in breathing we try to work the abs. We inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth to get all air out of the stomach. We do not allow ribs to pop out.” Mat classes remain the most popular, but Bastos sees interest in the Pilates equipment growing. “You start on the mat and move to the machines,” Bastos said of the Reformer, the Cadillac and the Chair, three basic pieces of equipment used in Pilates. The founder himself created the forerunners of these wood-andleather contraptions of levers, springs and pulleys when, working in an infirmary, he rigged hospital bedsprings to offer light resistance to bedridden patients. “The mat works against gravity only; on machines you have spring tension,” said Bastos. Of course, similarities between Pilates and yoga have spawned the inevitable hybrid: Piyo, Yolaties, Yogalates, and the like. Other so-called “fusion” classes provide the cardio workout missing from Pilates, such as “Rock Star Pilates,” which adds spinning. HJ For a complete list of Pilates and yoga studios near you, see our Health Directory in this issue.

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hen you think you have a person all figured out, that’s when he or she is most likely to surprise you. When I asked my uncle-in-law, Dr. Ravi V. Shamaiengar—a diagnostic radiologist and The Health Journal’s cofounder and medical editor—to name his favorite place in the world, I expected him to choose from among his vacation destinations over the years—perhaps the tropical beaches of St. John, or the snowy slopes of Utah’s Deer Valley. But rather than reflecting on any one adventure, he said simply: “My favorite place in the world is wherever my family is.” Here are some excerpts from our interview. What he reveals about himself may surprise you, too.

HJ: Why publish a free health directory? RS: When I moved to Williamsburg, my first question was, “Where do I take my family for medical care?” Even being a physician with access to this


HJ: Why did you decide to become a doctor? RS: Love of science, love of people. I always wanted to help people. Medicine blends those aspects of my personality. HJ: What do you like best about your job? RS: Health has such an impact on people’s lives. Being able to have a positive influence on people’s health is very rewarding. HJ: For those who don’t know, can you explain what a radiologist does? RS: Radiologists are medical imaging specialists who use their extensive knowledge of anatomy and disease processes to be consultants to other physicians. We’re kind of in the background. When your doctor says, “We found this on your scan,” most people don’t realize that it was the radiologist who found it and made the diagnosis. HJ: If you weren’t a radiologist, what would you be? RS: I would probably be in research, maybe molecular biology or something like that. Somewhere I’d be using a lot of computers and electronics. HJ: Share your goals for The Health Journal. RS: First, my hope for the Journal is for it to be a wonderful form of education for the general public, a way of giving back to the community, something that the community doesn’t have to pay for. Second, to provide a forum or an outlet for physicians to get the word out to the public about who they are and what they do. When we were thinking about starting the Journal, those were things that were missing in health care in this area, and probably most of the country. The Journal itself presents so much information in a readable manner—in a fun, informative fashion. Hopefully it excites people about health in general. 38

information, I didn’t know who all was out there. That was why the Health Directory was created. HJ: The Health Journal is definitely a family-run business—your wife is an editor, your nephew the publisher, your sister the executive director, and myself the editor. What are the pros and cons of working with family? RS: Part of the fun—and one of the advantages—is that you already have a rapport with the key people involved. Good rapport makes it fun to accomplish something like this together, something we believe is worthwhile and respected. The challenges are just like those in any long-term relationship where you’re very close. It’s often hard to stop talking business and just relax with family. HJ: With health care reform in the forefront, what are some of the major concerns among physicians? RS: One of the big problems is the 21 percent [proposed] cut in Medicare payments scheduled to start in January. If that happens, a lot of physicians will either shut their doors period or shut their doors to Medicare patients, which would be a travesty. I just read that the Democrats are putting forth a bill to stop that. Unfortunately the health care reform issue is becoming a political football. But does health care need to be fixed? Yes. The costs are too great right now. HJ: Some point to unnecessary tests as a major factor in the nation’s out-of-control health care spending. What’s your opinion? RS: It’s a two-edged sword: There is some excess ordering of tests; then again, I am not sure what I would do if I were the ordering doctor. Based on the extensive amount of information we can provide from one test, most doctors would want their patients to have these tests. HJ: Finish this sentence: “Before I die, I’d like to…” RS: Witness my children as successful adults— success meaning that they find careers they love and people they love. HJ

Age: 45 Occupation: Diagnostic radiologist with Tidewater Diagnostic Imaging Hometown: Southside Chicago, Illinois Currently Resides: Williamsburg Family: Wife, Beth Shamaiengar; sons Stephen (11) and Pierson (9) Education: Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University; Master of Science degree in anatomy, and Doctor of Medicine degree, both from Medical College of Virginia (now the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) Professional affiliations: American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America Prized possession: At the moment, a 1981 Aria Pro II SB1000 bass guitar Most proud of: “My boys.”


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