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June Contents 2010

[ Features ]

6 5 Questions for Dr. Barry Sears The founder of the Zone Diet discusses his latest book, Toxic Fat. Catch him in Richmond on June 19.

8 5 Surprises About Health Care Reform

aj N. Sureja, M.D.

What you should know about the massive overhaul.

12 Vitamin D’s Amazing Attributes

Research reveals the “sunshine vitamin” is more powerful than once thought.

23 Meet Dr. Mehmet Oz




Proudly Accepting Tri-Care!

An exclusive interview with the celebrated physician.

34 Fact or Fiction?

A dermatologist debunks five common suntan myths.

[ In Every Issue ]

J. Snyder, M.D.

4 Editor’s Note

Coleman, M.D. 5 Inbox

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18 Fitness

23 Feature

31 Health Directory 34 Skin & Beauty

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“Yes, It Really Is Brain Surgery” [April 2007] I’ve always liked the juxtaposition between patient Nancy Belvin’s (far right) small-town life in Gloucester and the remarkable Gamma Knife that doctors used to shrink her brain tumor. A University of Virginia professor and leading expert on stereotactic radiation weighed in, as did neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Lesnick. During my interview with Belvin at her > INSIDE house in Guinea, we ISSUE ate soft-shell crab sandwiches—a local delicacy! THIS JULY 2007

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elcome to our Five-Year Anniversary Issue! Throughout this month’s Health Journal, you’ll find a “5” theme in several of our regular columns and special features, which cover topics ranging from the health care reform bill (p. 8), to illuminating new data on “the sunshine vitamin” (12) to common myths surrounding sun exposure (34). My monthly column follows suit with my five all-time favorite stories (and follow-ups). Here goes:

safety at sea 33 15 Josephine” “Remembering [February 2010] When a local father queried me about an essay he’d composed, detailing 33 Woman with a Cause the life and loss of his 10-month-old daughter Josephine and the physispiritual journey that followed, I wasn’t sure how to 5cal, emotional and 34 Let’s Go to the Beach! proceed. But after reading his draft, I followed my heart and ran it as our 34 feature story. I connected with this story because at the time my own In Every Issue daughter was turning 10 months old. I’d come home from work every 4 Letter from the editor day and hug and5 Local kiss Cami nonstop—I still do. news FREE

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Dr. Mehmet Oz Visits Hampton Roads [January 2009, June 2010] Meeting the “Grand Poobah” of health not once but twice were definitely highlights from the first five, as was sharing his comments with our readers. What we like most about Oz isn’t his own star-power or that he’s in Oprah’s inner circle, but that his message is simple and straightforward. He genuinely cares about America’s health and wants to stamp out preventable diseases like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. [Read our latest interview with Dr. Oz on p. 24.]

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From the athlete to the outdoorsman, the traditional to the “I-don’t-need-anything” type of fathers, here are some great “green” gift options for Fathers’ Day. 1. Green Gear ($8.99, Instead of going for the usual cotton tees and socks, why not try another excellent organic choice, like bamboo? It’s softer, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Bamboo absorbs moisture quickly, keeping you dry and odor-free in the summer months and warm in the winter. It also releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees. At left: “Men’s Bamboo Dress Socks”

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Bon Secours Systems Recognized for Environmental Efforts Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, has presented Environmental Excellence Awards to all of Bon Secours Health System’s local systems, including Bon Secours Virginia-Hampton Roads and Bon Secours Virginia-Richmond. The Bon Secours Health System of Hampton Roads also received the organization’s Partner for Change Award with Distinction, which recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs, as well as practicing 15 percent recycling, operating an expanded sustainability program and demonstrating leadership in the local community. Sentara Healthcare Recognized for Employee Health and Wellness Programs For the second year in a row, Sentara Healthcare has received the American Heart Association’s Platinum Level award for its employee health and wellness program, Mission: Health, which focuses on decreasing healthcare costs and helping employees lead healthier lives. Mission: Health program offerings include courses on heart health, yoga and smoking cessation as well as a structured walking program. Sentara received the Platinum Level award because Mission:Health meets criteria established by The American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program, which aims to be a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority.

Corrections In last month’s Local Beat story, “Agents for Change” [p. 6], we incorrectly stated that Physicians for Peace performs missions within the U.S. Also, founder Dr. Horton died in 2003, not 2006 as stated. On last month’s Snapshots page, the picture of Big Bird and the girl was taken by Peter Jones for Child Development Resources. Email your press releases to



Questions for Dr. Barry Sears

Catch the Zone Diet founder in Richmond on June 19

Written By Jess Madden


verweight? Don’t be so quick to blame yourself. According to Dr. Barry Sears’ new book Toxic Fat, the root cause is your genes. “There’s a stereotype that fat people are weak-willed or lazy and that all they need to do is eat less and exercise more,” says Sears, founder of the Zone Diet ( “That’s simply not true.” Sears has been telling Americans for years that most of our chronic health problems—cancer, diabetes, obesity, even Alzheimer’s—stem from inflammation that is linked to our genes. His new book focuses on the role that arachidonic acid or “toxic fat,” plays in the body,” and here he takes time to answer a few questions for Health Journal readers.

HJ: Toxic Fat is your 12th Zone Diet book. What will readers of your previous books find different about this one, and how is it different from the thousands of other diet programs out there? Sears: “It’s looking at the diet from the standpoint of not cutting calories, but altering hormones and how those hormones change our genes. It’s understanding how the food we eat can cause inflammation in our bodies and that inflammation can turn on genes that make us fat and keep us fat.” HJ: You’ve been quoted as saying, “Medicine is not as complicated as we think, and likewise, nutrition is not as simple as we are led to believe.” Could you elaborate on that a bit?

Sears: “If we look at virtually all chronic diseases, they are caused by inflammation. Obviously the way to treat them is to simply reduce inflammation. Your diet is the primary cause of inflammation, so it’s not as simple as eating less and exercising more. This method always fails because it doesn’t address the real reason why we gain weight and the real reason we get sick. We need to treat food like a drug and take it in the right dosage at the right time.”

“There’s a stereotype that fat people are weak-willed or lazy and that all they need to do is eat less and exercise more. That’s simply not true.” HJ: In your book, you write that “the epidemics of weight gain and diabetes in America are primarily caused because the genes in susceptible individuals are being activated by recent changes in the American diet.” Is fast food the culprit here?

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Sears: “Fast food is an easy target. It’s processed food. If you go to any grocery store in America, you will find the two cheapest types of food available are vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates. The Perfect Nutritional Storm has been caused to a great extent by annual government subsidies of about $20 billion for corn and soybean crops, resulting in a glut of cheap, refined carbohydrates and vegetable oils that are the most abundantly consumed items in the American diet. Those ingredients combine in the diet and increase the production of toxic fat.”

HJ: You believe that toxic fat causes hormonal changes in the brain that create a constant state of hunger. You also write that this toxic fat can activate the bad genes in those who have a genetic predisposition to obesity, presumably causing them to put on more weight. How can you tell if you have high levels of toxic fat? Sears: “You really can’t tell what your levels are without a blood test any more than you can tell if you have high levels of cholesterol. Looks can be very misleading. Some people who are obese have very low levels. Some who are fit have very high levels. About two-thirds of the U.S. population is genetically predisposed to gain weight if their genes are activated through inflammation. The other third aren’t off the hook, though; they could just have inflammation show up as cancer, heart disease, etc. Those genes can be turned on or turned off by your diet. Drugs can’t do that, but the food you eat can.”




Dr. Sears’ Diet Guidelines

Sears says the key is to change your diet to exactly the way your grandmother told you to eat two generations ago. She told you four things:

1. Eat small meals throughout the day. 2. Eat protein in every meal—an amount the size of the palm of your hand. 3. Always eat your veggies. 4. Don’t leave the house until you eat your fish oil. Two generations ago, no child could leave until they drank cod liver oil.

Sentara Healthcare Wins Award for Tobacco-Free Initiative Sentara Healthcare has earned the American Cancer Society’s “Excellence in Workplace Tobacco Control” award for its 100-percent tobacco-free environment initiative. Sentara’s TobaccoFree Environment, or TFE, program bans smoking and smokeless tobacco products anywhere on its campuses. The TFE effort also includes a fourweek education and support program, “Get Off Your Butt! Stay Smokeless for Life.” The program is open to all Sentara employees as well as community members, and the classes offer in-depth explanations of nicotine addiction and the most effective ways to break the habit. Employees who are unable to attend the classes are given a workbook and a self-help CD to help guide them through the stages of quitting. The program is free of charge and is offered multiple times a year, at various locations, to make it easily accessible for all employees. “Dancing In The Streets” Benefit to be Held June 6 The First Annual “Dancing in the Streets” benefit, for Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg and the Virginia Chef’s Association, will be held Sunday, June 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building. Money earned for the Chef’s Association will go towards a scholarship for a culinary student, and the remainder will assist the Hospice House in its support and care of the terminally ill and their loved ones. Tickets are available by advance purchase only and are $35 per person. For more information contact Teresa Christin at (757) 253-1220.

HJ: So many diets out there don’t seem to be designed for people to stay on them long-term. Is your program a long-term solution for all those people who struggle with yo-yo dieting and weight gain? Sears: “It really is. It’s a way of life to keep hormones in a zone that isn’t too high or low. It’s a dietary program you can follow for the rest of your life because it’s a fight against inflammation. Until you go to the root cause of why you gain weight, you will never lose weight. The good news is that you have the ability to change it now. You can start today and begin to reverse the effects.” THE HEALTH JOURNAL



Five Years

Things That Might Surprise You about Health Care Reform Written By Alison Johnson


edia coverage of the $940-million health care reform overhaul—which aims to extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans—may have seemed nonstop, during the debates about this massive piece of legislation, but there were bound to be some surprises in the end. Here are a handful:


Payments for end-of-life counseling sessions are NOT included. Legislators originally considered reimbursing doctors for having conversations on end-of-life care with Medicare patients—discussions that would have included information on treatment options, living wills and advance medical directives, which outline the interventions a person would prefer should his or her health decline. One version of the legislation would have paid for such sessions every five years, although they would not have been mandatory for patients. However, a loud chorus of opponents raised fears that the policy would encourage doctors to push patients into hospice care rather than pursue more aggressive and expensive therapies. Some critics, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, labeled the sessions “death panels.” In the end, lawmakers dropped the entire provision from the final bill. Supporters still hope doctors will make time for the talks, saying they ease stress on aging patients and their families.


There ARE exemptions to the mandate on buying insurance. Some Americans who choose not to purchase health coverage will have to pay fines starting in 2014, with penalties fully phased in by 2016. The goal is to get younger, healthier people into the insurance pool to reduce costs for others (parents also can keep children on their plans until age 26). But people can ask for exemptions for several reasons, including significant financial hardship, their religious beliefs or membership in a Native American tribe. People also will not be penalized


if the cheapest option available to them costs more than eight percent of their annual income. Of approximately 21 million people predicted to be uninsured in 2016, government officials estimate about four million will end up facing a fine of $695 a year or 2.5 percent of their household income, whichever is greater (but families wouldn’t pay more than $2,085). After 2016, penalties will increase with annual cost-of-living adjustments. The Internal Revenue Service will have authority to collect the money through tax returns but not to charge anyone with a crime. A number of state attorneys generals, including Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli, have declared the mandate and the fine unconstitutional; Cuccinelli argues it is an overstepping of government authority and clashes with state legislation dictating that Virginians can’t be forced to buy health insurance. Many legal scholars believe the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution will give precedent to the federal statute.


TANNING SALONS are taking a tax hit. To help fund the overhaul, Congress approved a 10 percent tax on customers at indoor tanning businesses (other sunless tanning options, including spray tans and tanning lotions, aren’t included). The government expects to raise $2.7 billion over 10 years with the tax—scheduled to kick in July 1—and hopefully reduce rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. (See if you missed last month’s article on melanoma.) Outraged business owners, though, say the extra charge will force layoffs and shutdowns. The tanning industry actually was the second such tax target in the health reform debate. Earlier versions of the reform bill would have slapped a five percent tax on elective cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and breast implants, but legislators dropped the so-called “Botax” after heavy lobbying from the medical and dermatology industries. No such luck for the Indoor Tanning Association.


Illegal immigrants will NOT benefit from the bill. Earlier drafts of legislation would have extended coverage to uninsured illegal immigrants, who often seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms. But Congress dropped that language to help gain support from conservative Democrats, who felt it would unfairly reward lawbreakers. As passed, the bill aims to bring in 95 percent of the population currently without insurance—mostly people who couldn’t afford coverage, had a pre-existing health condition or chose to go uninsured. Anyone in the country illegally will be excluded from new state-based insurance exchanges—online portals through which consumers can now “shop” for the best plan—even if they want to buy coverage with their own money and not federal funds. According to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, about 23 million people will remain uninsured five years after the exchanges start running in 2014, and a third of them will be illegal immigrants (the other two-thirds likely will be people who choose to pay fines rather than buy insurance). That 23 million is expected to include immigrants who have lived in America for many years and have children who are citizens.


Taxpayer subsidies WON’T go toward plans that cover abortions. No health care plan will be required to include abortion coverage, and individual states can pass legislation to opt out of offering it. The bill also dictates that people who receive subsidies and want to buy such coverage will have to pay into an account kept separate from federal and taxpayer funds. At the urging of pro-life Democrats, President Barack Obama also issued an executive order stating that no federal funds can be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk.

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People refused coverage because of a pre-existing health condition can get into a new high-risk pool that will operate until 2014, when insurance companies will no longer be able to turn down an application based on a person’s health—or to charge higher premiums to sicker customers. Pools will be run by either the federal government or states, depending on whether states opt out. (Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in late April that Virginia will opt out, citing concerns that there wouldn’t be enough funding to support the exchange program.)

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Deductibles and co-payments for many preventive services and screenings will be eliminated for Medicare patients. Medicare also will pay for an annual physical exam. Insurers in the new state marketplaces will be required to spend between 80 and 85 cents of every premium dollar on health care. On average, companies have been spending 74 cents. Premiums for individual policies will be 10 to 13 percent higher by 2016 than they are today, according to Congressional estimates. However, many people will qualify for subsidies and may pay less than they do now.

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Dr. Martin Coleman of Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC), located in Port Warwick, Newport News, hands a donation check to Rob Bradley, executive director of the Lackey Free Clinic. The Lackey Free Clinic, located in Yorktown, is thankful for the continued support from OSC.


During the Week of Young Child, York County families celebrated each day with children at the First Steps Child Care and Development Center at the Griffin-Yeates Government Building. The families did a five-minute activity each day including painting, reading, planting flowers and taking pictures. (2) Local mom Melissa Olivis smiles for a picture with her daughter Meya Holmes. (3) Early Head Start Policy Council Chair Kim Griffin reads with her son.



Bon Secours Virginia Health System cut the ribbon for the expanded Harbour View Medical Arts Building on the campus of Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View in Suffolk. The 20,000-square-foot expansion brings a host of services to meet the needs of Suffolk’s growing population, which Bon Secours has served for 11 years. Pictured from left to right: Linwood Howard, chair, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Board of Directors; Robert C. Barclay, IV, Suffolk City Council; Sister Patricia Heath, senior vice president for sponsorship, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System; Jun Chung, M.D., cardiologist, Cardiovascular Specialists; Millie Lancaster; Glen Moore, M.D., surgeon, Tidewater Surgical Specialists; Trudy Roberts; Ernesto Luciano-Perez, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists; Linda Johnson, mayor, City of Suffolk; Michael Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System.


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Dr. Sebastiana Springmann, Carrie Rhodes and Dr. Sarah Allen of New Town Dental Arts partnered with The Heritage Humane Society to help collect items such as food, cleaning supplies, collars and leashes for animals in need.


Bon Secours Maryview Nursing Care Center recently named Marvin Mills (center) of The Gospel Travelers Band as Volunteer of the Year. Mills has been performing gospel, country and Elvis tunes for the residents every Tuesday evening for the past 20 years.




Emilie Pinto, a Warhill High School student and Key Club member, presents a check for over $2,000 to Rob Bradley, executive director of the Lackey Free Clinic. The money was raised during a recent dodgeball tournament sponsored by the club.


Dr. Jim Shaw of the Lackey Free Clinic was recently awarded one of the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service awards. Dr. Shaw and his wife Cooka Shaw, who founded the clinic, attended the awards ceremony with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, First Lady Maureen McDonnell and members of the Lackey staff. From left to right: Cooka and Jim Shaw; the Shaws’ daughter-in-law Jenny Shaw; Robert Bradley, Jr., executive director of the Lackey Free Clinic; and Kim Spencer, volunteer coordinator of the Lackey Free Clinic.




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ith summer here, there’s no better time to learn about—and benefit from—the many ways that the “sunshine vitamin” can improve your health. Vitamin D has long been noted for its role in the body’s ability to absorb calcium. It helps build bone mass during the early years and helps prevent diseases such as osteoporosis as the body ages. But did you know that a deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to more than a dozen cancers, or that it can help with weight loss? “In study after study, it’s shown that if you can achieve higher levels [of vitamin D], you have better health in many categories,” notes Matthew J. Beckman, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Beckman has been at the forefront of vitamin D research for the past 20 years, and he is currently studying its effect on ovarian and breast cancer cells when used with treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Beckman’s work is part of a growing body of research on vitamin D and its benefits. As knowledge about the sunshine vitamin continues to accumulate, here are five things to keep in mind:


Vitamin D has been linked to cancer prevention and now is showing promise in cancer treatments. According to the California-based nonprofit Vitamin D Council (, studies show women with low levels of vitamin D have a 222-percent increased risk for developing breast cancer. In addition, studies have shown that breast cancer patients with a higher blood level of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis are more likely to survive. Vitamin D helps battle cancer in a number of ways. It inhibits inappropriate cell division and tumor growth. It enhances the immune system’s cancer-fighting actions. The Vitamin D Council reports a correlation between vitamin D and the pathology of 17 cancers, and a recent study at the State University of New York at Albany found that vitamin D reduced and eliminated breast cancer tumors in mice.



The immune system needs vitamin D. “The immune system, in particular, is very sensitive to increased levels of vitamin D by supplementation,” Beckman says. He adds that it “helps with general well-being,” including alleviating depression. And, according to the Vitamin D Council, people with low levels of vitamin D are “40 percent more likely to report respiratory infections such as colds and flu.”

“In study after study, it’s shown that if you can achieve higher levels [of vitamin D], you have better health in many categories.” — Matthew J. Beckman


It’s hard to get enough vitamin D through diet alone. Some foods that are high in vitamin D include fish (such as salmon, herring and tuna) and fortified milk and other dairy products. However, diet is not enough. “You can’t just eat your way to adequate levels of vitamin D, it appears,” Beckman explains. Experts recommend anywhere from 800 to 5,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily. A serving of milk has about 120 IU; a tablespoon of cod liver oil has about 1,360 IU. In comparison, the skin can produce about 10,000 IU of vitamin D after half an hour of full-body exposure to the summer sun, according to the Vitamin D Council. “Sunlight is definitely your best way,” Beckman asserts. “The recommendation is kind of hard to dictate—because of the fear of melanoma and other types of skin cancer disorders, you don’t want to have people exposing their skin to too much sunlight. At the same time, that’s where we’re acclimated to get our most vitamin D.”





Even sunlight is not a good enough source in many cases, making supplements the only way to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. North of Boston, the sun is not strong enough to make the skin produce vitamin D from November through February, according to the National Institutes of Health. Says Beckman, “It doesn’t take much sunlight to generate vitamin D if you’re in the right setting, but many people aren’t.” Changes in latitude, clothing, sunscreen, pollution— these are all factors that can limit the skin’s production of vitamin D through sun exposure. Beckman suggests taking a supplement consistently, after consulting with a physician. “The good news is [that supplementing is inexpensive],” he says, “and that’s [what] people need to understand.”

Vitamin D is important for people of all ages. While vitamin D is beneficial in many aspects of senior health, it has been reported to decrease the risk of diseases such as childhood diabetes. It even has been studied in relation to prenatal care. According to the Vitamin D Council, research has shown that low maternal vitamin D3 has a significant impact on the developing brain of a fetus. Also, the council links dysfunctional vitamin D receptors in newborns to abnormal emotional responses and a deficiency in certain motor skills. Some theories link widespread vitamin D deficiency to an increase in cases of autism. Says Beckman: “When I talk to people, most are interested in vitamin D because they’re getting older and they’re worried about their health. [But] it’s not just something for older people. It’s something that’s probably important for all of us. As we get more knowledgeable…I think that’s how the story is going to be told. This is important for everyone.”


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Mayo Clinic http:\\ Created by the world-famous medical institution that runs clinics in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota, this site offers tools, up-to-date medical information and input from over 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers.

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If you’ve come to count on a health site that’s not on our list, that doesn’t mean it’s not reliable. There are hundreds of medical and health websites online, and you can look for signs of credibility with these three simple tips: Consider the site’s sponsor. Many sites are supported or sponsored by medical colleges, research laboratories or government agencies; the reputation of these organizations can help you decide if the site is a credible source of information.

Notice the date. Most quality sites will feature a “Last Updated” note, usually at the bottom of the page. Some will also have recent updates, especially on newsworthy health topics. Avoid health sites with news more than six months old.

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he term osteoporosis means “porous bones.” It’s a condition in which bones have lost minerals (especially calcium), making them weaker, more brittle and susceptible to fractures. Osteoporosis can affect men and women, although post-menopausal women are at a greater risk due to a decline in estrogen production, as estrogen enables the bones to absorb calcium. Throughout your lifetime your bones grow with your body, and they should reach their maximum density and strength potential by about age 30. After this point your bone density naturally decreases with age, and for some individuals this can lead to osteoporosis. Bone loss—the deterioration of bones—can occur with no obvious symptoms. While your bones may not feel weak, you may experience symptoms without realizing they’re associated with osteoporosis (such as diminished height, change in posture, or severe back pain). Unfortunately, many people do not discover that

they have osNext > teoporosis until Fitness Through the Ages: a bone fracture Workout tips for every occurs. stage of life Thanks to improvements in doctors’ understanding of the condition, osteoporosis is now treatable in its early stages, and fractures can be prevented through medication and lifestyle changes. You can increase bone density and, in some cases, return your bones to full health. Activities such as biking, rowing and swimming are great for your cardiovascular system, but they don’t strengthen bones. Weight-bearing exercises—examples are weight training, walking, jogging or running, climbing stairs, dancing and jumping—are essential for increasing bone mass. Such exercises force the muscles to work against gravity or resistance. When muscle pulls against bone, the resistance signals bone growth.

Author’s note: Consult your doctor before beginning a weight-bearing exercise program aimed at preventing osteoporosis. If you have osteoporosis, you may be limited to certain exercises or activities in order to prevent injuries. If you suspect you have osteoporosis, talk with your physician about a bone mineral (density) test to determine if you have osteoporosis. If you have been cleared for exercise by a doctor but are unfamiliar with weight-bearing exercises, a personal trainer can help you develop an appropriate exercise program.

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Osteoporosis: 5 Startling Facts According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis and low bone mass affect 44 million— about 55 percent of— U.S. men and women age 50 and older.


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Fifty thousand people die each year from post-fracture complications, and as many as one-fifth of people suffering from osteoporosis cannot live independently and end up in nursing homes.

Half of all women age 50 and older will develop some degree of osteoporosis. To maintain or increase bone density, women are advised to start an exercise program long before the onset of menopause.

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taying active is key to a healthy lifestyle. However, as we age, our bodies change and have different needs. It is important that your exercise program reflect those needs. Follow this age-appropriate guide to fitness.

Your 20s and 30s

Now is the time to make exercise part of your routine. By establishing good habits in your 20s, you’ll be more likely to stay active throughout your life. Choose exercises that develop bone mineral density such as weight-bearing exercises and dynamic ones like running, dancing, football or martial arts. This is also a good time to develop postural awareness. Twenty-somethings tend to be desk-slaves. By creating an ergonomically correct workspace, you’ll reduce the risk of developing poor posture, which can show up later in life. Consider sitting on a stability ball instead of a chair, with your legs and arms bent at 90 degrees. Engage your core muscles as you work by keeping your spine neutral. Pull your shoulders down and roll them back so they are directly over your hips. Make sure your workspace has good lighting so that you are not squinting or extending your neck to see the computer. Get up and move around for five minutes every hour to give your spine a break. Incorporate posturebased exercises such as Pilates or yoga into your weekly fitness routine. TIP: For women who want to become pregnant: Carrying extra body weight and being sedentary can contribute to fertility difficulties. Exercise can help by regulating hormones and, therefore, increasing the possibility of conception.

In both men and women, a series of changes begins to happen right around the mid-30s. There is a decrease in the pituitary gland’s production of growth hormone, theprimary stimulus for muscle, bone and tendon strength (it helps the mobile fat into fuel). As a result, our resting heart rate rises and our muscle mass and strength start to decline. Intense exercise helps produce more GH, increasing youthfulness and vitality. It is important to do short, intense bursts of activity at this age, rather than endurance-type training. Whatever cardiovascular activity you choose—running, biking and swimming (and for the truly ambitious, triathlons) are good options—be sure to include some form of


strength training. Strength training can be done on machines; however, when done correctly, free weights are a better choice as they improve functional and core strength.

Your 40s and 50s

The fifth decade is when your body really starts to show signs of aging. Joint wear and tear is common, as is osteoarthritis. If you have sore or stiff joints, choose low-impact activities like rowing, swimming, biking or the elliptical machine. Because lung function declines with age, it is important to maintain cardiovascular fitness. Strength work continues to be important, as the more muscle you have and maintain, the higher your metabolic rate. (With a higher metabolic rate, you burn more fat at rest.) Choose compound movements (with moderate to heavy weights in hand) such as bench presses, squats and dead lifts (see illustrations at right). TIP: For menopausal women, drops in estrogen levels can trigger mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, sleep loss and fatigue. Exercise can improve body composition, guard against osteoporosis and heart disease, and diminish many of the secondary symptoms associated with menopause.

Your 60s and 70s Most people can expect to lose about 15 percent of their total strength during their 60s. For this reason, strength training should take priority. Your goal is not to increase strength, but to decrease the decline of it. Use lighter weights (or rubber resistance bands) and aim for 20 to 30 repetitions of each exercise. As for cardio, keep it low-impact. At this age, it’s all about protecting the knees and hips. Falling, due to a lack of balance, is the classic cause of disability in older adults. Protecting and preserving the nervous system is critical during the senior years. Pilates and other core-stability exercises can help stimulate the neural system, improving proprioception (the ability to know where your limbs are in space without having to look)—a key component of balance. Try this: Stand on one leg with your eyes closed. Your muscles may quiver and twitch at first, but as you practice, your proprioception and balance will improve.

Your 80s and Beyond

Your exercise routine during this stage in life should focus on balance, flexibility and breathing. Consider tai chi, table tennis or badminton, activities that can be performed with limited mobility while providing a good cardiovascular workout. Specific exercises should include ones that make the activities of daily living easier. If your balance and flexibility are diminished, choose static exercises that require holding the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. If you can manage more dynamic movements, go for gentle yoga or Pilates.

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STRAIGHT TALK Dr. Mehmet Oz, star of The Dr. Oz Show, returns to Hampton Roads, gets personal with The Health Journal


hances are you’re familiar with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Maybe you’ve caught episodes of The Dr. Oz Show, or before that, one of his 55 guest appearances on The Oprah Show. Perhaps you’ve read books from the YOU series—four became New York Times bestsellers—or some of his regular columns in O: The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, or his recent cover story in AARP Magazine. What you may not know is that Oz has strong local ties: He’s the co-clinical director of the Bon Secours Heart Institute at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth and has visited the area multiple times, most recently on May 14 to host the Bon Secours Successful Aging Forum held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. It’s the relationship with Bon Secours that made booking “America’s Doctor” possible, notes Rick Jackson, who has served on the Successful Aging Forum Board for the last 10 years. Previous keynote speakers have included celebrities Naomi Judd and Pat Boone, but, in the last year, due in part to Oz’s daily show which airs nationwide, his popularity has skyrocketed— a reason getting him to host the Forum was a “big surprise,” says Jackson. Part of Oz’s appeal, and it’s an approach he takes on his show, is his way of bringing health to life by sharing real yet shocking photos and videos of damaged lungs, clogged arteries and even a chubby Venus de Milo. His theory? “People change their minds on what they

feel, not what they know,” Oz told the audience of approximately 1,000. Cathy and Leroy Williamson of Virginia Beach felt Oz’s keynote address was “outstanding.” “He makes a message so simple,” Cathy explains. “He’s right on target.” Later, during an awards presentation, Oz accepted the “Man of the Year Award” from the American Heart Association’s “Go Next > Red for Read our exclusive Women” interview with Dr. Oz. campaign. A panel discussion followed, in which Oz, along with local physicians Jeffery Carlson, Ryan Seutter, Anne Redding and Richard Bikowski answered audience questions about getting older. The biggest myth about aging, says Oz, is that it’s a natural part of life; in reality, he says, “aging is really a side effect of lifestyle choices.” Wendy Johnson of Yorktown came to the show at her sister Marilyn’s urging; she has had two heart attacks and is taking 14 prescription medications in addition to a daily aspirin. She wanted information on how to decide which were necessary. Iwalani White of Yorktown said: “I’m at a cusp in my life when I could become a percentage,” referring to her personal health struggles. “He didn’t tell me anything new, no; but like he said, you have to feel it to make a difference.”

According to Oz: 5 Essential Lifestyle Adjustments From top: Dr. Mehmet Oz presents the keynote address at the Successful Aging Forum; Cathy and Leroy Williamson; Sister Rita Thomas (also featured on page 42 of this issue), a Sister of Bon Secours, presents Oz with the “Man of the Year Award” on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign; Dr. Oz presents Shawn Smith, founder of Designed for Life, with the 2010 Senior Organization of the Year award for his company’s role in constructing a greenhouse and garden for residents at Provence Place of Maryview as well as aiding in the reconstruction of the Store House in Norfolk’s East Ocean View community after the local food pantry was destroyed by a storm last November; (left to right) Wendy Johnson, Iwalani White, Denise Cofer.

1. Get blood pressure under control (115/75 is optimal).

4. Find a healthy diet that you LOVE.

2. Eliminate cigarettes and other toxins.

5. Control your stress.

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HJ: We spoke with some people in the audience, and they admitted that you didn’t tell them a lot that they didn’t already know—but when it comes to actually doing it, they fail. What’s the problem? Oz: I really do think we’re the best-educated society ever. We have the information; we have to focus on motivation. And the messages get clouded sometimes. The smartest thing we can do is to agree on the top 10 things we should do in our lives [to improve our health] and make it automatic. How? You make it easy to do the right thing. You don’t put it off until it’s some big task at the end of the day, you make it part of your day. When you don’t realize you’re on ‘the program,’ then you’re doing fine. You can’t overcome your biology, but you can nudge it in the right direction.

“Medicine—for me, that’s a vacation day, as crazy as it sounds. I get to leave all the lights and makeup behind and go practice medicine and be a real doctor for a day, which is very centering for me.”

HJ: How do you balance it all—a wife and four children, a daily TV show, surgeries on Thursdays, live appearances, books and columns….?

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ast month, The Health Journal sat down with Dr. Mehmet Oz to inquire about his new daily TV show, his 25-year marriage to wife Lisa, and his favorite aspect of turning 50. Here’s what he shared:

HJ: So, a lot has changed since your last visit to Hampton Roads. Oz: I know. I’m very busy!

HJ: Why should people watch The Dr. Oz Show? Oz: The point of the show is to have a conversation with people about their bodies, and issues of wellness, sexuality, obesity—they all play a role in that. We want to get people to think differently about their responsibility, and that’s fundamentally what health information is all about. I’ve realized on the show that if you get people emotionally connected to the information, they begin to act on it. So we write stories about people. Then folks at home say, ‘I’m like that person. If they’ve got that problem and they overcame it, then I can do the same thing.’ That’s how the human mind works. And so we use metaphors and human stories to connect emotionally, and from there we give them action steps, so they can begin to change their life— whether it’s a 28-day plan for kicking sugar out of your life or trying to deal with infidelity in relationships or trying to find a better doctor. It’s all part of the same goal, which is to make you ‘show up’ for life.


Oz: Lisa, my wife, has been a huge part of all this. We spend a lot of time together choreographing it all, and she picks up a lot of the creative load and figuring out which direction we’re heading in. Medicine—for me, that’s a vacation day, crazy as it sounds. I get to leave all the lights and makeup behind and go practice medicine and be a real doctor for a day, which is very centering for me. Also, it’s not really about time management; it’s about energy management. If you are energetically charged by what you do, then you don’t get tired doing it. A colleague of mine who’s an athlete says the game itself is not the job. Getting to the game is work. Being away from your family when you practice, that’s work. But playing in the game is not a job. And I feel like I’m always in the game. Driving to work is a hassle. Waiting for the props to be fixed, that’s work for me. Dictating an operation, that’s work. But doing the operation is not. HJ: How has fame affected you as a surgeon? For example, is there increased pressure in the OR?

Oz: The operating room is the best because that’s where I came from. The nurses still boss me around and give me a hard time for being late. Fame is an interesting phenomenon. It affects your personal life more than anything else. You can’t go to a restaurant and eat what you normally eat because people will say, ‘Look! He’s eating ribs!’

HJ: Your wife Lisa—she recently wrote a book on relationships. What was your role, and who should read it? Oz: I was the guinea pig. [He laughs.] [The publisher] gave her the freedom to create the book she felt was in her heart to write. I really am convinced she wrote it just for me. Everyone else is welcome to read it. But it was written for me. It’s all the things she wishes she could have taught me. She spent 25 years of marriage—25 years in June—telling me what she felt I needed to do for our relationship. And me, late at night, as I often have after a long day of operating, would just fall asleep. She finally realized, that for me to finally ‘get it,’ she needed to put it [in writing]. But the lessons are there for all of us, such as figuring out how to say things in terms that guys understand. Men don’t always connect the dots—much less see the dots.

HJ: She’s a Reiki master and you’re a cardiothoracic surgeon. How does it work? Oz: She pushes my buttons, which I think you need for a healthy dynamic. She’ll say, ‘We don’t need vaccines.’ I say, ‘Honey, we do need vaccines.’ Or [she says], ‘I became a Reiki master,’ and I say, ‘I can’t even see Reiki.’ So you go back and forth, and you often find the truth is somewhere in the middle….It’s so easy to polarize arguments, make them black or white, but almost everything has a gray element to it. HJ: Our next feature deals with childhood obesity. Tell us about your nonprofit HealthCorps (

Oz: HealthCorps [founded in 2003] is something I’m very proud of. It’s an organization based on the principle of the Peace Corps. We put college grads in schools around the country. We’re in 10 states now. It’s an example of how we can take a very big [problem], in this case kids who are obese, and make them the army. Because once they’ve gotten past their obesity…they can teach other kids how to get past the problem. So you end up having peers teaching peers, asking questions they’d never ask me. And it works: One randomized trial showed kids who are in the program drank fewer soft drinks, had much better insights about [food choices] and tended to do more fitness work. That was our goal—to change the behaviors of kids in the schools. Over time, you’ll also change obesity rates. HJ: What’s the best thing about turning 50?

Oz: The colonoscopy. [We laugh.] No, seriously. I feel a lot calmer. A lot of the nervous energy that’s so common—and appropriate—when you’re young and trying to find your way…. It’s like finally catching the wind perfectly. You’re going in the right direction. All the pain and angst of trying to get your sails up, the discomfort when you’re trying to get going in life…a lot of those mistakes get past you and you’re comfortable just being. HJ: What direction are you sailing in now?

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Oprah, Harpo, Sony and the stations that carry it. [My focus is on] making sure it’s the best show it can be for as many years as it makes sense to do it. I tend to think about my life in five-year horizons, because it’s hard to project further than that, I’ve found. At least I’m too jittery to go past five years and plan things. So, I want to be doing the show in five years, and I want to do it better than I’ve done it. I want to continue to improve as a host—I’ve got a lot of improving to do—and explore different ways of getting people to change. Because at the end of the day, the show is about you, the viewer. And we’ve got to get people thinking differently about [their investment in their health]. The number one cause of death in America is bad decisions—suicide, accidents, obesity, cigarettes—we know what to do and we don’t do it. HJ: Is there a chance of turning around America’s health, particularly the obesity epidemic?

Oz: It’s already starting: Childhood obesity last year did not increase. [Before that] it had been increasing at a rate higher than adult obesity. I think folks are beginning to realize [the effectiveness of] some very simple steps, and manufacturers are making products to suit them. We’re seeing more and more people who already know they need more vitamin D, know they need to cut out the whites [sugar, flour], know the role of soft drinks [in the obesity epidemic]. You said it at the beginning of the interview—if folks know what I just said, which was a fairly advanced discussion 10 years ago—then we’re in pretty good shape. They’ve already got the basics. HJ: What do you say to someone who knows the information, wants to change, but doesn’t have the strength?

Oz: It’s not just strength; it’s self-esteem. We did our 100th show this year and brought on 100 people who lost 100 pounds. After the lights were turned off, I asked some of them what worked. One person said, ‘It was me realizing that I was worth it.’” I think too many people don’t realize they are worth it. They may not express that verbally, but that’s ultimately what it comes down to. You’re worth it.

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Five Years

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery: Get the Facts Before You Commit Two leading plastic surgeons answer pressing questions about popular cosmetic procedures.

Written By Jess Madden


n spite of one of the worst recessions in our nation’s history, the demand for plastic surgery in the United States decreased a mere two percent last year. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2009. We’ve all had those days when we dreamed of turning back the hands of time, so The Health Journal sat down with Dr. Isaac Wornom, III, of Richmond Plastic Surgeons and Dr. Johnstuart Guarnieri of Williamsburg’s Aesthetic Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery to find out what you need to know before committing to a cosmetic procedure. HJ: In the years you’ve been performing surgery, what changes have you seen?

Dr. Guarnieri: In my 11 years as a surgeon, I think there’s been a movement towards a more graded approach. Before you get a face lift, we will do a lot more volume fillers like Botox. We’ll do laser skin resurfacing or eyelid surgery instead of a face lift. You don’t need to just jump to a face lift; you can do a graded progression. Dr. Wornom, III: I would say that the general trend I’ve seen is towards minimally invasive techniques, in facial regeneration particularly. When I first started in 1989, injectables were not even available, and that is a huge part of what plastic surgeons are doing now to make people look better. In the area of face lifting, there’s a real trend towards techniques that involve smaller scars and shorter recovery times. Another important change relates to the popularity of weight-loss surgery. We are seeing many patients who have lost weight due to surgery and are looking to have their skin contoured. Another change is liposuction.


Today it’s nothing like it was 20 years ago. There are newer techniques of ultrasound and laser technology available that make it more effective in removing the fat and changing the shape of the body. HJ: Has the recession had much of an impact on demand?

Dr. Guarnieri: What we’ve seen across the nation, really, is that there are fewer of the larger procedures being done—fewer bigticket items. We’re seeing more of the use of fillers and laser treatment and Botox because they are more affordable. We always see that with any recession.

“The other thing patients should be sure to ask surgeons is if they use sutures or staples. Staples tend to leave ‘railroad tracks.’ It’s faster for the surgeon, but it’s not a very aesthetically pleasing outcome. If you want it to look the best, you want sutures.” —Dr. Johnstuart Guarnieri

HJ: What should patients know before undergoing surgery? Dr. Guarnieri: Find a surgeon who is willing to listen to you so you can impart to the surgeon exactly what you are looking for. Don’t just go in and say, “I want a facelift.” Don’t force the surgeon to be a mind reader. You need to tell them what specifically you like and don’t like and how you would like to look different. There are always multiple op-

tions. Know what they are so you can make an informed decision. The other thing patients should be sure to ask surgeons is if they use sutures or staples. Staples tend to leave “railroad tracks.” It’s faster for the surgeon, but it’s not a very aesthetically pleasing outcome. They are a gross form of sutures. I would only use them in emergency situations. If you want it to look the best, you want sutures.

Dr. Wornom, III: Board certification is definitely important. Make sure the surgeries are being performed in a certified surgery center or a hospital because it is surgery. It’s important for patients not to be afraid to ask their doctor about potential complications. Complications are pretty rare, but as with any operation, they can happen. HJ: What would you say is the average recovery time for most surgical procedures?

Dr. Guarnieri: Across the board, the first 48 hours after any surgical procedure are the roughest. That’s when you get the most swelling from any procedure. Some start off rockier than others. Everything has to do with whether or not muscle is being affected. A tummy tuck is the most painful because you are putting stitches in the muscle directly. You are down for a minimum of a week. With breast reduction, we usually encourage five to seven days of down time. For other procedures, most people can go back to work after two or three days.

HJ: What are some common complications? Dr. Guarnieri: I think that what a lot of surgeons don’t do that would help their complication rate is have their patients do salt

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Top surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures among U.S. men and women in 2009: Surgical # Procedures

restriction before and after a surgery. When you have salt in your diet, it pulls in water, which causes additional swelling and pain at the surgery site.

The most important factor in reducing the number of serious complications, though, is for there to be a partnership between the patient and the doctor, both for surgery and post-operative care. A patient who feels comfortable with their surgeon is more likely to mention a slight area of redness or some other type of minor complication. Even if you think it’s nothing serious, talk to your surgeon because it could be important. Dr. Wornom, III: Any surgical procedure can be complicated by infection, but fortunately that is extremely rare. You can sometimes have some minor problems with wound healing, but that, too, is rarely an issue. The best thing anyone who is considering plastic surgery could do is to take care of themselves and STOP SMOKING. For certain procedures I will not do surgery on them unless they stop smoking. It decreases blood flow to the skin, and if the skin is not well-vascularized, it won’t heal well. HJ: Is there a less expensive alternative than plastic surgery for certain cosmetic issues?

Dr. Wornom, III: It’s important to know that something like liposuction is not a treatment for a problem like obesity, so if someone is obese, they should lose weight. But there isn’t really a cheaper alternative for something like breast implants. In the non-surgical realm of skin care, there are a lot of things we can do to skin for make it look better, but if you have extra skin or fat, surgery will be your best option for that.

• Women underwent 91 percent of the cosmetic proce-

dures performed in the United States in 2009. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on women was more than 9 million, a decrease of 3.4 percent from the previous year. Since 1997, surgical procedures have increased 67 percent, while nonsurgical procedures have increased 225 percent.

• Men had 9 percent of the cosmetic procedures performed in America in 2009. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on men was more than 900,000, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year. Surgical procedures on men decreased 3 percent; nonsurgical procedures increased 11 percent. Since 1997, surgical procedures on men have decreased 18 percent while nonsurgical procedures have increased 290 percent.

Breast augmentation Average Cost: $3,813


Liposuction Average Cost: $2,868


Eyelid surgery Average Cost: $2,882


Rhinoplasty (“Nose Job”) Average Cost: $4,277


Abdominoplasty (“Tummy Tuck”) Average Cost: $5,263



# Procedures

Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Dysport) Average Cost: $417


Hyaluronic Acid (Hylaform, Restylane, Juvederm—“dermal fillers”) Average Cost: $532


Laser Hair Removal Average Cost: $373


Microdermabrasion Average Cost: $162


Chemical Peel Average Cost: $870





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I’ve heard of doctors using electronic spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain. What is it, and how do I know if it’s right for me?


Dr. Jenny Andrus is a board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional pain management specialist with Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News.

The issue of living with chronic pain has become a hot topic in America. Just turn on the television and view the multitude of commercials for medications and various devices that claim to reduce pain. In fact, chronic pain is such a common complaint that one in 10 Americans report they have had pain lasting for more than one year. And a full 25 percent of Americans say that they have had low back pain lasting for three or more months. Fortunately, our understanding of the complex nature of chronic pain has increased, and medical technology has improved to provide new ways to address chronic pain. One promising treatment for pain control is spinal cord stimulation (SCS), also known as neurostimulation or neuromodulation therapy. Although SCS has been in use since the 1960s, the technology has advanced in recent years to become a very effective means of controlling pain. SCS has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has been shown in medical research to not only reduce pain, but also to improve functional ability and quality of life. Additionally, SCS provides an alternative for pain relief in patients for whom surgery is not recommended. In fact, for some patients, SCS has been shown to be more effective than repeated surgery.

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Spinal cord stimulation uses a thin cable, or lead, to deliver low-level electrical impulses to the spinal cord. These impulses interfere with the signaling of pain between the spinal cord and the brain. The lead is placed into the epidural space around the spinal cord and is then attached to a generator, which can be controlled with a hand-held programmer. The generator size varies but is typically palm-sized or smaller. This generator produces an electrical impulse, which the patient experiences as a tingling or tapping sensation and which replaces the feeling of pain. The patient can adjust the impulse with personalized, preset programs, which are focused on the areas where the patient typically experiences pain. The device can be turned on and off, the sensation intensity turned up or down, and the area of coverage adjusted. These are valuable features as pain can be felt at different times

at varying intensities or even in different locations. Spinal cord stimulation is used for treatment of chronic or intractable pain—pain that simpler measures, such as medications or physical therapy, cannot control. Not only is it an effective method of pain control for many patients, but it may also reduce the need for medications. This is an important feature, as pain medications are often limited in their use because of side effects, such as sedation. Another benefit is that SCS is usually performed first as a trial. The lead is placed in the epidural space and connected to an external generator. The length of the trial period varies but is typically five to seven days. This allows the patient to try the device to determine what benefit it provides. After the trial period, the patient can decide if he or she would like to proceed with the device. If so, the stimulator is implanted through minor surgery. SCS is less invasive than many surgical options and can be reversed. Many patients who benefit from SCS have spine or spine-related conditions. These include radiculopathy (also called pinched nerves or sciatica) and failed back surgery syndrome—a term used to describe patients who have had correction of an anatomical problem through surgery but continue to have significant pain. Two types of failed back surgery syndrome that may benefit from SCS are epidural fibrosis and arachnoiditis. Epidural fibrosis refers to the development of scar tissue which can compress the nerves as they exit the spine. Arachnoiditis is inflammation of the tissue covering the nerves. Both can cause severe pain and even weakness. Spinal cord stimulation is also frequently effective for patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). In this disorder, the body exhibits an exaggerated response to an injury, and the pain response may be perpetuated by the nervous system itself. To best determine if you are a candidate for SCS, consult a physician who is knowledgeable about chronic pain as well as SCS therapy. Like all medical procedures, SCS is not appropriate for everyone; however, it is a very effective pain-control alternative for many patients. SCS has improved the lives of many patients and allowed them to return to the activities that matter to them most.

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Allergists & ENT Physicians

Regency Health Care Center 112 N. Constitution Dr. Yorktown (757) 890-0675

Kevin L. Conover, DC 10866 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 591-8834

Henry A. Cathey 710 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 1-C Newport News (757) 874-5511

Jack A. Mrazik, DDS 3000 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 204 Hampton (757) 838-3975

Allergy & Asthma of Oyster Point 11835 Fishing Point Dr., Ste. 107 Newport News (757) 873-3882

Associates in Dermatology 17 Manhattan Sq. Hampton (757) 838-8030

Riverside Adult Day Care 1000 Old Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 875-2032

Denbigh Chiropractic 13784-B Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-3770

City Center Dental Care 709 Mobjack Place Newport News (757) 873-3001

Francis D. Mullen, DMD 2240-B Coliseum Drive Hampton (757) 838-8411

Leo R. Carter, MD 2115 Executive Drive, Ste. 2-D Hampton (757) 827-1351

Riverside Convalescent Centers 1000 Old Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 875-2000 414 Algonquin Rd. Hampton (757) 722-9881

Egan Family Chiropractic 1078 Big Bethel Road Hampton (757) 838-2500

Michael Covaney, DDS 760-E Pilot House Dr. Newport News (757) 596-6850

George L. Nance, DDS 608 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 805 Newport News (757) 872-0617

Bruce E. Fuller, MD 12695 McManus Blvd., Ste. 3-B Newport News (757) 872-7787

Venisse Georgalas, DC 702-A Middle Ground Blvd. Newport News (757) 591-9390

Ray A. Dail, DDS 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. A-4 Newport News (757) 872-7777

Gunderman Chiropractic & Wellness Center 5701 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 874-5666

G. Curtis Dailey, DDS 534 Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-6091 2118 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 826-5075

K. E. Neill Jr., DDS K. E. Neill III, DDS 219 Cook Rd. Yorktown (757) 898-6832

ENT Physicians & Surgeons 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Ste. 152 Newport News (757) 599-5505 Hampton Roads ENT-Allergy 901 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 300 Hampton (757) 825-2500 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 873-0338 Virginia Adult & Pediatric Allergy & Asthma 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 6-C Newport News (757) 596-8025

Assisted Living, nursing homes & Adult Day Care Centers Agape Home for Adults 1112 29th St. Newport News (757) 928-1999 The Chesapeake 955 Harpersville Road Newport News (757) 223-1600 Coliseum Park Nursing Home 305 Marcella Road Hampton (757) 827-8953

Riverside PACE (Program of AllInclusive Care for the Elderly) 4107 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 251-7977 St. Francis Nursing Center 4 Ridgewood Pkwy. Newport News (757) 886-6500 Sturdevant Lodge Elite Elder Care 11 San Jose Drive Newport News (757) 660-7703 Sentara Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 2230 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 224-2230 Shelton on the Bay 1300 N. Mallory St. Hampton (757) 723-6669

AudiologISTS Hecker & Associates 802-C Lockwood Ave. Newport News (757) 874-4665

Colonial Harbor 2405 Fort Eustis Blvd. Yorktown (757) 369-8305

Maico Audiological Services 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 403-B Newport News (757) 873-8794

The Devonshire 2220 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 827-7100

Sentara CarePlex Audiology 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 120 Hampton (757) 827-2528

Dominion Village 531 Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-0335


Eden Court 1034 Topping Lane Hampton (757) 826-5415 Golden Living Center/Bayside of Poquoson 1 Vantage Dr. Poquoson (757) 868-9960 Governor’s Inn Estate 741 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-1701 Heritage Commons 236 Commons Way Williamsburg (888) 711-6775 Hidenwood Retirement Community 50 Wellesley Rd. Newport News (757) 930-1075 Hilton Plaza Assisted Living 311 Main Street Newport News (757) 596-6010 Home Helpers & Direct Link (24Hour Emergency Monitoring Service) 6515 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Suite 201 Yorktown (757) 989-0090

Cardiovascular Center of Hampton Roads 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 110 Newport News (757) 873-0360 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-2074 12720 McManus Blvd., Ste. 307 Newport News (757) 872-0186 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 210 Hampton (757) 827-2490

Japhet D. LeGrant, DC 950 Big Bethel Rd. Hampton (757) 825-8010 Manadero Chiropractic 727 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. B Newport News (757) 595-8433 Scott E. Olney, DC 1056 Harpersville Rd. Newport News (757) 596-9696 Optimum Chiropractic, PC 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste 202-A Newport News (757) 594-9412 Pahnke Chiropractic & Wellness Care 755-A Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-2225 Rebound Chiropractic 11790 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 205 Newport News (757) 873-8701 Burt H. Rubin, DC 183 Woodland Road Hampton (757) 723-3893 Spine Care of Tidewater, PC 7216 Executive Dr., Ste. A Hampton (757) 827-3210 11872-D Canon Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-8483 Kevin S. Steele, DC 183 Woodland Rd. Hampton (757) 723-1899 Tidewater Clinic of Chiropractic 12715 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 1 Newport News (757) 890-2030 Wright Spine & Sports Health, PC 2360 Hampton Highway Yorktown (757) 223-5444

Hampton Roads Cardiology 4000 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 100 Hampton (757) 827-2200

York County Chiropractic 121-G Grafton Station Lane Yorktown (757) 989-5393

Allen B. Nichols, MD 12720 McManus Blvd., Ste. 201 Newport News (757) 875-5332

Dentistry & oral health

Tidewater Heart Institute 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 1-B Hampton (757) 825-4260 Riverside Heart Specialists 2112-B Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 827-7754

Chiropractic & Acupuncture

David J. Alexander, DDS 2019 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 314 Hampton (757) 838-2201 Robert M. Alexander, DDS 105 Terrabonne Rd. Yorktown (757) 898-4625 Allen, McCormick & Wexel 901 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 500 Hampton (757) 896-4900

Home Instead Senior Care 555 Denbigh Blvd. Suite B Newport News (757) 886-1230

Abbott Family Chiropractic 2021-A Cunningham Dr., Ste. 3 Hampton (757) 838-8820

Mitchell A. Avent, DDS Mark A. Huie, DDS 12725 McManus Blvd., Bldg. 1, Ste. A Newport News (757) 874-0660

James River Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center 540 Aberthaw Ave. Newport News (757) 595-2273

A Family Chiropractic Center 121 Hampton Hwy. Yorktown (757) 867-7787

D. Mark Babcock, DMD 640 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 1 Newport News (757) 874-4420

Almloff Acupuncture 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 5-E Newport News (757) 596-8451

Jeff W. Bass, DDS 4326 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-6788

Atlas Specific Chiropractic 640 Denbigh Blvd., Suite 4 Newport News (757) 283-6929

Sidney Becker, DDS 12821 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 874-7155

Back in Action 11830-C Canon Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-7786

Walton L. Bolger, DMD 12695 McManus Blvd., Bldg. 4/ Ste. A Newport News (757) 877-1999

Keswick Place at Warwick Forest 866 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 886-2000 Mayfair House 1030 Topping Lane Hampton (757) 826-3728 Mennowood Retirement Community 13030 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 249-0355 Morningside of Newport News 655 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 890-0905 The Newport 11141 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-3733 Newport News Nursing & Rehab. 12997 Nettles Dr. Newport News (757) 249-8880 Northampton Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center 1028 Topping Lane Hampton (757) 826-4922

Bayview Chiropractic Clinic 1204 E. Pembroke Ave. Hampton (757) 723-1496 Charney Chiropractic Back Rehabilitation & Wellness 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 110 Newport News (757) 873-9580 Chiropractic Wellness & Rehabilitation 716-A Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-4131 Christopher Connolly, DC 370 Wythe Creek Rd., Ste. A Poquoson (757) 868-3407

Michael W. Bowler 4310 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-1919 Boxx, Blaney & Lachine Family Dentistry 113 Hampton Hwy. Yorktown (757) 867-8765 Thomas W. Butterfoss, DMD, PC Jennifer L. Barton Butterfoss, DDS, MS 2111 Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 838-3400 4310 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-5448

James F. Dollar, DDS R. Benjamin Ellis, DDS 12725 Patrick Henry Dr. Newport News (757) 874-6712 Harold B. Dumas, DDS 6521 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Grafton (757) 898-3366 Essential Dental Services, LLC 2704 Chestnut Ave. Newport News (757) 247-0890 Family Care 802 Old Oyster Point Rd. Newport News (757) 595-2510 David L. Forrest, DDS 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Bldg. 7-A Newport News (757) 873-8800 Geary Family Dentistry, PLLC 105 Terrabonne Rd. Yorktown (757) 898-4661 Gentle Caring Dentistry 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. C-3 Newport News (757) 594-9005 J.F. Foretich, Jr, DDS, PC 12715 Warwick Blvd., Ste. C Newport News (757) 930-3365 Scott H. Francis, DDS Hunter C. Francis, DDS 2038 Nickerson Blvd. Hampton (757) 851-3530 Gerald Q. Freeman, DDS 12482 Warwick Blvd., Ste. G Newport News (757) 599-3182 Clifford T. Goodwin, DDS 12610 Patrick Henry Dr., Ste. G Newport News (757) 930-3744 Barry Lee Green, DMD 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. C-2 Newport News (757) 874-5455 Hampton Roads Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 901 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 100 Hampton (757) 825-8355 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. C-1 Newport News (757) 874-6501

Oyster Point Oral & Facial Surgery 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 105 Newport News (757) 596-1200 Parks Orthodontics 608 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 802 Newport News (757) 874-6655 Thomas R. Parrott, DMD 401 Oyster Point Rd., Ste. C Newport News (757) 249-8921 William Pearlman, DDS 1959 E. Pembroke Ave. Hampton (757) 723-6565 Peninsula Institute for Community Health 1033 28th Street Newport News (757) 928-3810 Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry 220 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 240-5711 Jon E. Piche, DDS 4310 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 874-1777 Gary A. Riggs, Jr., DMD 1610-B Aberdeen Rd. Hampton (757) 838-3830 Loretta Rubenstein, DDS 12725 McManus Blvd. Newport News (757) 874-0990 Lisa Marie Samaha, DDS, PC 251 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 223-9270 Jon L. Scott, DDS 1186 Big Bethel Rd. Hampton (757) 825-6280 John Shepherd Jr., DDS Scott J. Golrich, DMD 4030 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-4646 Perry L. Showalter, DDS 5324 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Grafton (757) 898-0822 James H. Carraway, MD 2114 Hartford Rd., Ste. B Hampton (757) 826-3636 Jeffrey G. Sotack, DDS 2111 Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 826-9595

William G. Harper, DDS 235 Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-8152

W. Mark Stall, DDS 211 Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 851-5939

Kent Herring 12700 McManus Blvd., Ste. 102-B Newport News (757) 877-7667

Tabb Family Denistry 106 Yorktown Road Yorktown (757) 867-9000

Lanny C. Hinson 606 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. C-1 Newport News (757) 873-2577

DonnaMaria Tapp-Reid, DDS 2202-E Executive Drive Hampton (757) 838-8855

Dawn T. Hunt, DMD, PC 358 Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-6651

Donald L. Taylor Jr., DDS Russell S. Taylor, DDS 534-A Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-9334

Marvin Kaplan, DDS, PC 13193 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-5530 Levy & Hoffman Family Dentistry 3120 Kiln Creek Blvd. Yorktown (757) 877-9281 Maeso Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 606 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 107 Newport News (757) 877-4304 Anthony L. Martin, DDS 119-C Village Ave. Yorktown (757) 886-0300 Montague L. Martin, DDS Shannon M. Martin, DDS 12650 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 930-4800 John L. Matney, DDS 4112 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Grafton (757) 898-6622 12528-A Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 596-8210 lan R. McGill, DDS 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 5-C Newport News (757) 595-9979

Tidewater Family Dentistry 559 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-6787 Alexander Waitkus, DDS, MS, PC 2101 Executive Dr., Ste. 5E South Hampton (757) 826-8511 Benjamin T. Watson, DDS 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Bldg. 7-E Newport News (757) 873-3322

Oyster Point Dermatology 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Ste. 302 Newport News (757) 873-0161 Pariser Dermatology Specialists 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 120 Newport News (757) 595-8816 Quarles Dermatology 304-A Marcella Rd. Hampton (757) 827-3046 William J. Shields, MD 914 Denbigh Blvd. Grafton (757) 874-0320 Ken J. Tompkins, MD Padman A. Menon, MD 2208-D Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 825-1440 Katherine A. Treherne, MD 2207-C Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 827-5626

Diagnostic imaging Breast Diagnostic Center 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 600 Newport News (757) 595-8650 Cranial Facial Imaging Center 7151 Richmond Rd., Ste. 306 Williamsburg (757) 476-6714 Dorothy Hoefer Breast Imaging Center 1031 Loftis Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-5474 Roslind McCoy-Sibley 2204-C Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 838-1100 Mid-Atlantic Imaging Centers 750 McGuire Place, Ste. A Newport News (757) 223-5059 Open Multi-positional MRI Center 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 120 Newport News (757) 926-4351 Orthopaedic & Spine Center 250 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 596-1444 Oyster Point Radiology, Inc. 11835 Fishing Point Dr., Ste. 201 Newport News (757) 873-8823 Riverside Diagnostic & Breast Center 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Ste. 104 Newport News (757) 594-3900 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 1500 Hampton (757) 251-7800 Tidewater Diagnostic Imaging 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton (757) 873-0848 11803 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 594-1803 3630 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 867-6101 Tidewater Heart Institute Laboratories 2116 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 224-4233 TPMG Imaging Center 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 102 Newport News (757) 873-0848 Unique Imaging Solutions, Inc. 2113 Hartford Rd., Ste. B Hampton (757) 722-0223

Endocrinology Joseph K. Chemplavil, MD 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 1-A Hampton (757) 827-9259 Endocrine & Diabetes Center 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 590 Newport News (757) 534-5909

Calvin R. White Jr., DDS 4101 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-7200

Anne Leddy, MD 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Bldg. 300-A Newport News (757) 595-4300

J. Dewey Willis III, DDS, PC 11713 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 873-3407 Patrick R. Wyatt, DDS 12528-F Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-7990

Riverside Diabetes Education 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 590A Newport News (757) 534-5918

Dermatology Ageless Dermatology & Laser Center 5309 Discovery Park Blvd. Williamsburg (757) 564-1200

Family Practice Carlos F. Acosta, MD Dana L. Bachtell, MD 2100 Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 826-2102



Albert H. Francis Jr., MD 2104 Executive Drive Hampton (757) 827-9979

TPMG Patrick Henry Family Medicine 12695 McManus Blvd., Ste. 6-A Newport News (757) 969-1755

Elite Healthcare 12388 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 306-C Newport News (757) 926-4641

Riverside Regional Medical Center 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-2000

Peninsula Kidney Associates 501 Butler Farm Rd., Ste. I Hampton (757) 251-7469

Kidney Foundation of the Virginias 2021 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 102 Hampton (757) 825-5450

Nancy Ayers, MD 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. B-4 Newport News (757) 873-4441

TPMG of Yorktown 307 Cook Road Yorktown (757) 898-7261

Family Centered Resources 11847 Canon Blvd., Ste. 12 Newport News (757) 596-3941

Sentara Careplex Hospital 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton (757) 736-1000

Renal Advantage, Inc. 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 600 Newport News (757) 873-1090

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 27 W. Queens Way, Ste. 301 Hampton (757) 723-2676

Leo C. Bowers, MD 26 Wine Street Hampton (757) 728-1100

Victoria Family Practice 3212-B Hampton Hwy. Yorktown (757) 867-6160

Gentle Care, Inc. 751 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. J Newport News (757) 873-4555

Sentara Port Warwick Medical Arts 1031 Loftis Blvd. Newport News (757) 736-9810

Riverside Center for Renal Medicine 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 801 Newport News (757) 873-1009

The Needs Network, Inc. 95 Tyler Ave. Newport News (757) 251-0600

Bruton Avenue Family Practice 12 Bruton Avenue Newport News (757) 594-4111

The Village Doctor 10222 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 223-0124

Heartland Hospice 11835 Fishing Point Dr., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 594-8215

Sentara Urgent Care 747 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 599-6117


Alvin Bryant, MD 2000 Kecoughtan Rd. Hampton (757) 380-8603

Warwick Primary Care 4032-A Campbell Road Newport News (757) 534-5600

Home Care Alternatives 12388 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 301-D Newport News (757) 236-5062


Terry J. Gingras, PhD 710 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 6-B Newport News (757) 833-7107

Patient Advocate Foundation 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 200 Newport News (757) 873-6668

Harold E. Cloud Jr., MD 2726 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 825-1500


Home Helpers & Direct Link 6420-G Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 989-0090

Ageless Balance Hypnotherapy 2013 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 105 Hampton (757) 869-0838

Hampton Roads Neuropsychology 739 Diligence Drive, Ste. 704 Newport News (757) 498-9585

Hampton Roads Hypnosis & Meditation 100 Bridge Street, Ste. D Hampton (757) 968-7365

Marsha Lewis, PhD Lisa Newman, PsyD Mona L. Tiernan, PsyD 245 Chesapeake Ave. Newport News (757) 928-8340

Coliseum Medical Associates 3000 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 200 Hampton (757) 827-0420 Commonwealth Family Practice 12715-M Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 930-0091 Roxanne Dietzler, MD 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 102 Newport News (757) 599-3623 Family Care of Denbigh 12652-A Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 874-8822 Family Practice of Hampton Roads 2117 Hartford Road Hampton (757) 825-4273 Robert E. Feely Jr., MD Sinclair B. McCracken, MD 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 600-A Newport News (757) 595-5001 48th Street Physicians 4714 Marshall Ave. Newport News (757) 380-8709 Maurice W. Frazier, MD 17 W. Mellen St. Hampton (757) 723-9141 C. Lee Ginsburgh, MD 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 500 Newport News (757) 599-1066

Colonial Gastroenterology 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 230 Newport News (757) 534-7701 Gastroenterology Specialists 410-A Marcella Rd. Hampton (757) 826-6539 Hampton Roads Gastroenterology 501 Medical Drive Hampton (757) 826-3434 Peninsula Gastroenterology 101 Philip Roth Street, Ste. 5-A Newport News (757) 599-6333 Port Warwick Internal Medicine 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 140 Newport News (757) 594-1803 TPMG Gastroenterology 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 301-A Newport News (757) 240-2700

General Surgery Dominion Surgical 4000 Coliseum Dr. Ste. 320 Hampton (757) 827-2202 Hampton Roads Surgical Specialists 109 Philip Roth St. Newport News (757) 873-6434 Peninsula Surgery Center 12000 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-1717

Home Instead Senior Care 555 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. B Newport News (757) 886-1230 Hope in Home Care Skilled Care Division 11835 Rock Landing Dr. Newport News (757) 873-3410 Hope in Home Care 11828 Canon Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-0030 Hospice Community Care 1064 Loftis Blvd., Suite C-2 Newport News (757) 594-0288 Hospice of Virginia Hampton Roads (800) 501-0451 Immediate Care Assisted Living 66 West Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 838-0900 Interim Healthcare 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 303-B Newport News (757) 873-3313 Lillies in the Valley Private Duty 11747 Jefferson Ave.. Ste. 6-B Newport News (757) 873-0711 Maxim Healthcare Services 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 503 Newport News (757) 595-8822

Port Warwick Surgery 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 250 Newport News (757) 873-0050

Nurses 4 You, Inc. 4112 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Ste. 3 Yorktown (757) 833-3200

Riverside Hampton Surgery Center 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 100 Hampton (757) 251-1077

Peninsula Pharmacy Home Infustion Services 11833 Canon Blvd., Ste. 114 Newport News (757) 594-3944

Healthy Family Partnerships 100 Old Hampton Ln. Hampton (757) 727-1300

TPMG - General Surgery 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 204 Newport News (757) 874-1077

Hilton Family Practice 10852 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-3602

Weight Loss Surgery Center 645 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 591-9572

Personal Touch Home Care & Hospice of Va., Inc. 733 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 150 Newport News (757) 869-9635

Lawrence C. Hyman, MD 2114-A Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 826-3460

Hand Surgery

Hampton Family Practice 9-A Manhattan Square Hampton (757) 838-6335 J. Matthew Halverson, DO, FAAFP Tammy J. Beavers, MD 11835 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 104 Newport News (757) 599-5588

Daniel Lee Medical Group, PC 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. C-3 Newport News (757) 243-2377 Magruder Primary Care 850 Enterprise Pkwy. Hampton (757) 637-7600 John L. Marshall, MD 12715-H Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-3969 Mercury West Medical Center 2148 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 827-1940 Old Hampton Family Practice 200 Eaton Street Hampton (757) 726-5000 Oyster Point Family Practice 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 700 Newport News (757) 873-2000 Patriot Primary Care 2855 Denbigh Blvd. Grafton (757) 968-5700

Robert M. Campolattaro, MD Nicholas A. Smerlis, MD 901 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 900 Hampton (757) 637-7016

health departments

Riverside Lifeline 5033 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Ste. C Yorktown (757) 856-7030 Sentara Home Care Services 2713-G Magruder Blvd. Hampton (757) 766-2600

Hampton University Hampton (757) 727-5328

Tama Home Health Care Services 600 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 350 Newport News (757) 873-3315

Medical Careers Institute 100 Omni Blvd., Ste. 200 Newport News (866) 708-6174 Peninsula Health Center 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-7300 Thomas Nelson Community College 99 Thomas Nelson Dr. Hampton (757) 825-2700

Hospice & Home Care Amedisys Home Health Services 1 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 120 Hampton (757) 223-5424

Preventive Medicine Center 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 602 Newport News (757) 596-8073

Amour Home Care, Inc. 3114 Chestnut Ave. Newport News (757) 245-5100

Riverside Family Medicine 10510-A Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 594-3800

Bayada Nurses 7151 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg (757) 565-5400

Stoneybrook Family Practice 15408 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 890-0012

Beacon Health Care 710 Denbigh Blvd., Bldg. 7, Ste. A Newport News (757) 833-0430

Suburban Family Practice 858 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-4343

Bon Secours Home Care & Hospice 2 Bernadine Drive Newport News (757) 886-6000

TPMG/Denbigh Family Medicine 13347 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-0214

Care Advantage 12528 Warwick Blvd., Unit E Newport News (757) 595-9676

TPMG of Grafton 101-A York Crossing Grafton (757) 898-7737

Comfort Keepers 11847 Canon Blvd., Ste. 3 Newport News (757) 766-2311

TPMG of Hampton 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 5-C Hampton (757) 223-4992

Concordia Private Care 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-1966


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

Hampton Health District 3130 Victoria Blvd. Hampton (757) 727-1172

Port Warwick Medical Assoc. 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 594-1870

TPMG Hidenwood Family Medicine 12655-A Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-9880

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

Visiting Angels Tidewater 12388-203 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 599-4145

Hospitals & Clinics BonSecours Mary Immaculate Hospital 2 Bernadine Drive Newport News (757) 886-6000 Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital 245 Chesapeake Ave., 4th Floor Newport News (757) 534-5000 I&O Medical Centers 593 Aberdeen Road Hampton (757) 825-1100 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 200 Newport News (757) 240-5580 Riverside Business Health 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport New (757) 534-6060 Lackey Free Family Medicine Clinic 1620 Old Williamsburg Rd. Yorktown (757) 886-0608 MedExpress Urgent Care 4740-A Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 890-6339 12997 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 369-9446 Patient First 611 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 283-8300 Peninsula Institute for Community Health 4714 Marshall Ave. Newport News (757) 380-8709 15425 Warwick Blvd., Ste. H Newport News (757) 874-8400

Hypnosis & Healing Center 2013 Cunningham Dr. Hampton (757) 838-3450 Susan C. Nicholson, PhD, LCSW Newport News (757) 873-2307

Infectious Disease Stephen L. Green, MD 2112 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 838-8677 Oyster Point Medical Specialists 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 4-C Newport News (757) 596-7115 Riverside Medical Specialists 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 490B Newport News (757) 534-6109

Internal Medicine Melvin G. J. Green, MD 4001 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 300. Hampton (757) 827-2030 Hannibal E. Howell, MD 55 E. Tyler St. Hampton (757) 723-2674 Internal Medicine 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. C-4 Newport News (757) 872-9808 Melvin R. Johnson, MD 3451 Victoria Blvd. Hampton (757) 723-9380 Robert N. Lowe, MD 2501-A Marshall Ave. Newport News (757) 247-3910 Frank E. Medford, MD 11030 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-0908 Port Warwick Internal Medicine 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 140 Newport News (757) 594-1800 Riverside Center for Internal Medicine 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 2200 Hampton (757) 838-2891 Riverside Internal Medicine 12420 Warwick Blvd., Bldg. 3 Newport News (757) 594-4431 Riverside Internal Medicine of Denbigh 12695 McManus Blvd., Ste. 1-A Newport News (757) 874-1337 Riverside Lifelong Health & Aging Services 1000 Old Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 875-2000 Henry L. Rothfuss, MD 2019 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 105 Hampton (757) 827-1920 Thomas P. Splan, MD 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 3-H Newport News (757) 591-0011

Peninsula Agency on Aging 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 1006 Newport News (757) 873-0541 Peninsula Institute for Community Health 1033 28th Street Newport News (757) 591-0643 Protect our Kids P.O. Box 561 Hampton (757) 727-0651

Neuropsychology Associates of Hampton Roads 708 Mobjack Place Newport News (757) 873-1958

RSVP-VP (Retired/Senior Volunteers) 12388 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 201 Newport News (757) 595-9037

Neurology & Neurosurgery

The Salvation Army 1033 Big Bethel Rd. Hampton (757) 838-4875

Hampton Roads Neurology 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 110 Newport News (757) 534-5100 Hampton Roads Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 410 Newport News (757) 534-5200 Peninsula Neurology 802-A Lockwood Ave. Newport News (757) 872-9797 Peninsula Neurosurgical Assoc. 2102 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 838-2266 Sleep Disorders Center at Sentara CarePlex 3000 Coliseum Drive, Suite 204 Hampton (757) 827-2180 Tidewater Neurologists & Sleep Disorder Specialists 2115 Executive Drive Ste. 5-D Hampton (757) 262-0390 606 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 105 Newport News (757) 989-8942

Non-Profit Organizations Access AIDS Support 218 S. Armistead Ave. Hampton (757) 722-5511 Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern VA Chapter 213 McLaws Circle, Ste. 2-B Williamsburg (757) 221-7272 American Cancer Society 11835 Canon Blvd., Ste. A-102 Newport News (757) 591-8330 American Heart Association Toll-Free: (800) 242-8721 American Red Cross Hampton Roads Chapter 4915 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 838-7320 American Red Cross York-Poquoson Chapter 6912 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-3090 The ARC of the Va. Peninsula, Inc. 2520 58th St. Hampton (757) 896-6461 Boys & Girls Club - Va. Peninsula 11825-B Rock Landing Dr. Newport News (757) 223-7204

The Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation 1 Singleton Drive Hampton (757) 827-8757 SEDONA (Sending Equipment & Drugs Overseas to Non-Governmental Agencies) 2112 Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 826-3748 Senior Center of York 5414 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-3807 United Way of Virginia Peninsula 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 400 Newport News (757) 873-9328

Obstetrics & Gynecology Center for Women’s Health 12706 McManus Blvd. Newport News (757) 874-2229 101 Eaton St., Ste. 300 Hampton (757) 851-7601 Colonial OB/GYN Associates 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. E-2 Newport News (757) 874-2790 Wetchler & Dineen GYN 12700 McManus Blvd., Ste. 102-A Newport News (757) 874-8696 Norman R. Edwards, MD 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 404 Newport News (757) 873-0712 Charlie M. Faulk, MD 704 Gum Rock Court, Ste. 300 Newport News (757) 873-3808 Sarah E. Forbes, MD 12420 Warwick Blvd., Bldg. 5 Newport News (757) 596-6369 Manuel Galdos, MD 321 Main St., Ste. B Newport News (757) 826-5900 Debra L. Hall, MD 11745 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 10-A Newport News (757) 596-6300 Maternal-Fetal Medicine 500 J. Clyde Morris, Bldg. G, Ste. 200 Newport News (757) 594-3636 OB/GYN Associates of Hampton 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 280 Hampton (757) 722-7401 714-B Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-0979

Catholic Charities 12829 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 875-0060

Peninsula Institute for Community Health 4714 Marshall Avenue Newport News (757) 380-8709

Center for Child & Family Services 2021 Cunningham Drive, Ste. 400 Hampton (757) 838-1960

Peninsula Medical Center for Women 10758-A Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 599-6389

Center for Metabolic Health 733 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 120 Newport News (757) 873-1880

Denbigh Clubhouse for Brain Injury Survivors 12725 McManus Blvd., Ste. 2E Newport News(757) 833-7845

Peninsula WomanCare 11842 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 115 Newport News (757) 595-9905

Weight Loss Surgery Center 645 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 591-9572

Faith in Action Hampton (757) 245-3550

Planned Parenthood 910 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 826-2079

Family Learning & Enrichment Center 1904 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 247-7863

Riverside Gynecologic Oncology 12100 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 202 Newport News (757) 534-5555

Food Bank of Va. Peninsula 9912 Hosier St. Newport News (757) 596-7188

Riverside OB/GYN & Family Care 10510-D Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 594-4720 608 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 701 Newport News (757) 875-7891

TPMG OB/GYN & Internal Medicine 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 223-9794

Medical Weight Loss

Nephrology & Renal Health DaVita Hope Dialysis 300 Marcella Drive Hampton (757) 838-1585 Hampton Roads Nephrology Associates, PC 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 500-B Newport News (757) 599-3436 Newport News Dialysis Center 711 79th Street Newport News (757) 245-8090 Peninsula Dialysis 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. D Newport News (757) 875-1125

Girls Incorporated 1300-C Thomas St. Hampton (757) 722-6248 Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast 813 Forrest Drive, Ste. B Newport News (757) 595-9802 Habitat for Humanity 809 Main St. Newport News (757) 596-5553 Jewish Family Service 2700 Spring Rd. Newport News (757) 223-5635

Riverside Warwick OB/GYN 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 510 Newport News (757)534-5700 TPMG OB/GYN & Internal Medicine 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 223-9794 Robert M. Treherne, MD 2207-A Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 826-1945

Women’s Health Care Assoc. 401-A Oyster Point Rd. Newport News (757) 249-3000

Denbigh Orthopedic & Sports Medicine 12720 McManus Blvd., Ste. 311 Newport News (757) 872-0548


Hampton Roads Orthopedic & Sports Medicine 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 130 Newport News (757) 873-1554

Hampton Roads Surgical Specialists 109 Philip Roth St. Newport News (757) 873-6434 Peninsula Cancer Institute 12100 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 201 Newport News (757) 534-5555 Radiation Oncology Specialists 12100 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 102 Newport News (757) 594-2644 Sentara Cancer Institute 3000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 100 Hampton (757) 827-2430

The Orthopaedic Center for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction 12720 McManus Blvd., Ste. 203 Newport News (757) 889-6580


Pain Management

Advanced Vision Institute 3000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 201 Hampton (757) 826-9291

OSC - Pain Managment 250 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 596-1900

Hampton Roads Eye Associates 11800 Rock Landing Drive Newport News (757) 643-8800 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 1200 Hampton (757) 838-4500 12420 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 1-D Newport News (757) 596-3806

Pain Management Center 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 340 Hampton (757) 827-2230 Pain Management & Rehabilitation Specialists 245 Chesapeake Ave. Newport News (757) 928-8040 Peninsula Pain & Rehabilitation Center 11015 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 591-7291 PrimeCare Medical Group 755 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-2229

Virginia Eye Consultants 2101 Executive Drive Hampton (757) 826-4702

Riverside Pain Management & Infusion Center 12420 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 3-C Newport News (757) 534-5055

Wagner Macula & Retina Ctr. 300 Marcella Rd. Hampton (757) 481-4400


Becker Eye Care Center 2200-A Executive Drive Hampton (757) 827-0009 Clearvision Optometry Kenneth L. Arndt, OD 422 Oriana Road Newport News (757) 875-0675 J.F. Foretich, Jr., DDS PC 12715 Warwick Blvd., Ste. C Newport News (757) 930-3365 Dr. Peter L. Guhl, PLC & Associates 4102 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 890-2020 Hampton Roads Eye Associates 11800 Rock Landing Drive Newport News (757)643-8800 2400 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 900 Hampton (757) 838-4500 4032 Campbell Rd., Ste. B Newport News (757) 877-3956

Angela Odom-Austin, MD 2002 Kecoughtan Rd. Hampton (757) 247-1111 The Children’s Clinic 321 Main Street Newport News (757) 595-0358 716 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. A-2 Newport News (757) 874-7070 Rose J. Cloud, MD 1295 McManus Blvd., Ste. 1-C Newport News (757) 988-0085 Hampton Roads Pediatrics 23 Manhattan Square Hampton (757) 224-1600 Mark E. Holman, MD 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 10-A Hampton (757) 826-5437 Linda Leedie, MD 2501-A Marshall Ave. Newport News (757) 247-3910 Vickie C. Motley, MD 2200-D Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 826-6889

Dr. John Kauffman & Associates 2157 Cunningham Dr. Hampton (757) 826-3937

Pediatric Neurology 716 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-1188

Lenscrafters 1800 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 825-3044 12300 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 249-3091

Newport News Pediatrics 11783 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 202 Newport News (757) 668-6300

Dr. Kent McQuain 5220 George Washington Hwy. Grafton (757) 898-1000

Tidewater Lymphedema Treatment Center 12655-B Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 599-5551

Christian Psychotherapy 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 902 Newport News (757) 873-0735

Glendale Pharmacy 12444 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 595-3355

Virginia Health Rehab 204 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-0330

Medicap Pharmacy 956 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 599-9643

TPMG Orthopedics Spine/Sports Medicine & Virginia Center for Athletic Medicine 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 203 Newport News (757) 327-0657


East End Pharmacy 2501 Marshall Ave. Newport News (757) 247-9554

Orthopedic & Musculoskeletal Center of Hampton Roads 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 2000 Hampton (757) 838-5055

Virginia Oncology Associates 1051 Loftis Blvd., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 873-9400 3000 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 104 Hampton (757) 827-9400

TPMG Ophthalmology 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 201 Newport News (757) 223-5321

Child & Family Psychology 710 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 6A-1 Newport News (757) 833-8144

Hidenwood Pharmacy 35 Hidenwood Shopping Center Newport News (757) 595-1151

Surgical Oncological Associates 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 235 Newport News (757) 594-1806

Kaz Vision & Laser Center 12690 McManus Blvd. Newport News (757) 875-7700

Newport News (757) 327-0196 9 Manhattan Square, Ste. B Hampton (757) 825-3400

Denbigh Pharmacy 13349 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 877-0253

Orthopaedic & Spine Center 250 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 596-1900

Tidewater Orthopaedic Associates & Imaging Center 901 Enterprise Pkwy., Suite 900 Hampton (757) 827-2480

James River Eye Physicians 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste.100 Newport News (757) 595-8404


Peninsula Institute for Community Health 1033 28th Street Newport News (757) 952-2160

Mercury West Discount Pharmacy 2148 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton (757) 827-1938 Poquoson Pharmacy 498 Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson (757) 868-7114 Portside Pharmacy 1101 William Styron Square S. Newport News (757) 327-0780

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Bon Secours In Motion 14703 Warwick Blvd., Ste. B Newport News (757) 947-1230 101-A Long Green Blvd. Yorktown (757) 952-1900 5 Armistead Pointe Pkwy. Hampton (757) 224-4601 Coliseum Therapy Center 4001 Coliseum Dr., Suite 200 Hampton (757) 827-2220 Denbigh Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine 12700 McManus Blvd., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 874-1470

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Carney Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery 716-C Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 886-9197 Mark J. Kanter, MD 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 110 Hampton (757) 827-8486 Magee-Rosenblum Plastic Surgery 11783 Rock Landing Dr. Newport News (757) 627-6700

Physical Therapy NOW 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 400-A Newport News (757) 591-2668 Pinnacle Hand Therapy 11712-D Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 595-4880 704 Middle Ground Blvd., Ste. D Newport News (757) 595-4880 Riverside Rehabilitation Institute - Inpatient Services 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News (757) 928-8000 Riverside Rehabilitation Institute - Outpatient Services 245 Chesapeake Avenue Newport News (757) 928-8097

Connected Counseling Services 780 Pilot House Dr., Ste. 100-A Newport News (757) 223-7821 Betty Eastman, LCSW & Associates, Inc. 200 City Hall Ave., Ste. E Poquoson (757) 868-0072

Family Preservation Services, Inc. 205 Lake Tower Drive Hampton (757) 838-8520


Genesis Counseling Center 2202 Executive Dr., Ste. C Hampton (757) 827-7707

A to Z Family Footcare 12695 McManus Blvd., Ste. 1D Newport News (757) 561-8671 Affiliated Podiatrists 754 McGuire Place Newport News (757) 599-5710 2210-E Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 896-8800

Hampton Physical Therapy 2107 Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 825-1700

Peninsula Physical Therapy & Associates 1618 Hardy Cash Dr. Hampton (757) 838-7453

Community Services Board - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 600 Medical Drive Hampton (757) 788-0600

John M. Pitman III, MD 11803 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 223-5861

Colonial Foot Care 4030-B Route 17 Yorktown (757) 898-5500 3000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 205 Hampton (757) 827-2425

OSC Physical Therapy 250 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 596-1900

Community Services Board Adult & General Psychiatry 200 Medical Drive, Ste. A Hampton (757) 788-0200

F. Lanier Fly, LPC St. George T. Lee, MDMA 718 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-8566

Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Center 1618 Hardy Cash Drive Hampton (757) 825-5783 11803 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 236 Newport News (757) 594-1170

Mary Immaculate Outpatient Therapy Center 2 Bernadine Drive Newport News (757) 886-6480

Colonial Psychiatric Associates 708 Mobjack Place Newport News (757) 873-1958

Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Ste. 300 Newport News (757) 873-3500

Dominion Physical Therapy 466 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News (757) 875-0861 11848 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 302 Newport News (757) 591-2022 304-E Marcella Rd. Hampton (757) 825-9446 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 4-C Newport News (757) 873-2932

Hand Rehabilitation of Virginia 11848 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 303 Newport News (757) 873-8839

Clinical Associates of Tidewater 12695 McManus Blvd., Bldg. 8 Newport News (757) 877-7700

American Foot & Ankle Centers 755 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-2101

David F. W. Greene 226 W. Queen St. Hampton (757) 723-8424 Peninsula Foot & Ankle Specialists 527 Oyster Point Rd., Ste. 3 Newport News (757) 249-0450 2202-A Executive Drive Hampton (757) 827-7111

Elaine S. Whitaker, LCSW 2101 Executive Drive Hampton (757) 838-4144

Pulmonology & Sleep Disorders George G. Childs Jr., MD 606 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 806 Newport News (757) 874-8032 Colonial Pulmonary Associates 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 350 Hampton (757) 827-2350 Phillip Dennis, MD 2021-A Cunningham Drive Hampton (757) 262-0544 Riverside Peninsula Pulmonary & Sleep Associates 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 290 Newport News (757) 534-5454 Riverside Sleep Disorders Center 12200 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 210 Newport News (757) 534-5850 Thomas P. Splan, MD 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 3-H Newport News (757) 591-0011 Sleep Disorders Center Sentara CarePlex 4000 Coliseum Drive, Ste. 350 Hampton (757) 827-2180

Hampton Roads Behavioral Health 304 Marcella Road, Ste. B Hampton (757) 827-7350

Reproductive Medicine

Hampton Roads Counseling Center 6515 Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Grafton (757) 877-9140

The Jones Institute 729 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 5-E Newport News (757) 599-9893

Holistic Mental Health, Inc. 2211 Todds Ln. Hampton (757) 826-2514


Insight Nuerofeedback & Counseling P.O. Box 6378 Newport News (757) 345-5802

Arthritis Center of Hampton Roads 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 6-C Hampton (757) 874-7246

Jewish Family Service 2700 Spring Rd. Newport News (757) 223-5635

David B. Maxwell, MD 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 4-E Newport News (757) 595-2040

Joseph & Kostel Counseling 2211 Todds Lane Hampton (757) 826-5972

H. Alexander Wilson, MD 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Bldg. 300-A Newport News (757) 595-4300

Frederick A. Levy, LCSW 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 702 Newport News (757) 873-1240


Renee DeVenny May, PhD 47 W. Queens Way Hampton (757) 622-9852

David P. Bayne, MD 2204-E Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 838-8836

Naumovski Psychiatric Services 2019 Cunningham Dr. Hampton (757) 896-6120

Hampton Roads Urology 11848 Rock Landing Dr., Ste. 402 Newport News (757) 873-1374

TPMG Podiatry 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 203 Newport News (757) 327-0657

Oyster Point Counseling Services 753 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 2-A Newport News (757) 594-9701

Peninsula Urology 2108 Hartford Road Hampton (757) 827-7430

Womick Podiatry Clinic 704 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 300-B Newport News (757) 595-7634

Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center 707 Gum Rock Court Newport News (757) 873-2273

Preventative Medicine

Peninsula Pediatric Psychiatry 12350 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 190 Newport News (757) 881-9444

Healthspan of Hampton Roads 11747 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 1A Newport News (757) 969-3876

Peninsula Therapy Center 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 103 Newport News (757) 873-3353

Longevity Center of Va. 11000 Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 599-7899

Sonya N. Peretti, LPC Draa S. Thompson, LPC 7621-C Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 898-9025

Preventive Medicine Center 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 602 Newport News (757) 596-8073

Pointe Wellness 755 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. B Newport News (757) 596-7938

Psychiatry & Mental Health

Psychoanalytic Associates 100 Bridge St., Ste. C-2 Hampton (757) 723-4336

Associated Counselors of Tidewater 2019 Cunningham Dr., Ste. 220 Hampton (757) 825-9181

Dawn R. Reese, PhD 705-C Mobjack Place Newport News (757) 591-2300

Associates of Hampton Roads 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. B-4 Newport News (757) 873-2307

Riverside Behavioral Health Center 2244 Executive Drive Hampton (757) 827-1001

Associates of York 205 Hampton Highway Yorktown (757) 865-1843

Rock Landing Psychological Group 11825 Rock Landing Drive Newport News (757) 873-1736

Behavioral Medicine Institute 606 Denbigh Blvd., Ste. 100 Newport News (757) 872-8303

Tipton K. Sheets, LPC, LMFT Yorktown (757) 898-9022

Peninsula Pediatrics 298 Nat Turner Blvd. Newport News (757) 873-3334 Riverside Pediatric Center 10510-E Jefferson Ave. Newport News (757) 594-2846

Sentara CarePlex Therapy Center 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 120 Hampton (757) 827-2070

George M. Scordalakes, MD 15425 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 874-8400

Summit Rehab 101 Eaton St., Ste. 101 Hampton (757) 722-1210

William R. Waldron, OD 1215-V Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 596-5666

Minnie Stiff, MD 2110-C Hartford Rd. Hampton (757) 827-1661

Tidewater Aquatic Therapy Center 525 Oyster Point Rd. Newport News (757) 269-0430

Mark A. Berger, PhD 2101 Executive Drive Hampton (757) 827-9650

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Paul Walker, MD 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 4-A Hampton (757) 838-8166

Catholic Charities 12829 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 101 Newport News (757) 875-0060

Thimble Shoals Counseling & Therapy Center 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. A-3 Newport News (757) 873-3401

Children’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine 11783 Rock Landing Drive Newport News (757) 668-6550

York Pediatrics 5033-B Geo. Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown (757) 969-1500

Tidewater Physical Therapy 771 Pilot House Drive Newport News (757) 873-2302 2115 Executive Dr., Ste. 10-D Hampton (757) 838-6678 12695 McManus Blvd., Ste. 6-B Newport News (757) 874-0032 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 202

Chesson & Associates 12420 Warwick Blvd., Ste. 7-C Newport News (757) 595-3900

Therapy Associates of Denbigh 12725 McManus Blvd., Ste. 2-G Newport News (757) 874-1676

Pearle Vision 2310 Cunningham Dr. Hampton (757) 827-5600 Denbigh Crossing Shopping Center Newport News (757) 872-7655

Virginia Psychological Services 732 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 705-K Newport News (757) 873-4744

Hampton Mental Health Assoc. 2208-A Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 826-7516

Riverside Therapy Services 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-2090 850 Enterprise Pkwy., Ste. 2100 Hampton (757) 251-2190

N2 eyes Comprehensive Optometry 11045 Warwick Blvd. Newport News (757) 594-4018

Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, LCSW 610 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 301-D Newport News (757) 594-6011

Anthony F. Sibley, MD Roslind I. McCoy Sibley, MD 2204-B Executive Dr. Hampton (757) 838-1100 TPMG Urology 860 Omni Blvd., Ste. 205 Newport News (757) 873-2562

Vascular Surgery Peninsula Vascular Surgery 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Enterance G, 6th Floor Newport News (757) 534-5340 PKA Vascular Access Center 501 Butler Farm Rd., Ste. B Hampton (757) 766-6080 Charles E. Umstott, MD 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Ste. 602 Newport News (757) 534-5511 Vascular & Transplant Specialists 4000 Coliseum Dr., Ste. 310 Hampton (757) 262-1110

Sara E. Sutton, PhD 753-D Thimble Shoals Blvd. Newport News (757) 599-6470



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Five Years

UV Truth or Myth? Written By Dr. Keith Schumann

Keith W. Schumann, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist with advanced training in lasers. The founder of Ageless Dermatology & Laser Center, he has practiced in Williamsburg for the last 10 years. He can be reached at

1. Tanning booths boost your vitamin D. Myth. After only 20 minutes of natural sunlight, and specifically UVB rays, our skin’s ability to make, or photosynthesize, vitamin D is maximized. Extended sun exposure, either via natural light or tanning beds, provides no additional benefit, but rather, increases sun damage and risk for skin cancer. A higher dose of vitamin D intake may be necessary for individuals with known risk factors for vitamin D insufficiency, such as elderly individuals, people with limited sun exposure, and dark-skinned individuals, to name a few. Boost vitamin D levels through food and dietary supplements and not through intentional increased exposure to natural and artificial light.

2. I won’t burn my skin if I’m outdoors on a cloudy day. Myth. Clouds do not block the harmful UV rays that cause sunburns. It’s often when we least expect it that we burn our skin the worst. Whether we feel cool due to overlying clouds or a refreshing breeze, or we are high in the mountains where the temperature may be lower (but UV rays more intense), we are often fooled into thinking that if we are not hot, our skin will not burn. It’s not the heat, but rather the cloud-penetrating UV rays, that damage our skin.


3. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 provides twice the protection of one that has an SPF of 15. Myth. SPF stands for sun protection factor and solely relates to a sunscreen’s ability to protect us from one type of the sun’s rays, UVB. SPF is an excellent guide to sunscreen protection, but soon the labeling on sunscreens will change (in accordance with FDA guidelines) to reflect the total

level of protection, including that against UVA rays. While UVB certainly burns our skin, UVA ages our skin and, more importantly, increases our risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. [For more on melanoma, see Dr. Schumann’s May article at www.thehealthjournals. com]. Further, an SPF of 15 protects us from 93 percent of UVB rays and an SPF of 30 protects us from 97 percent. It’s commonly assumed that an SPF of 30 is twice the protection of SPF 15, but this is not the case.

4. Tanning beds can help you avoid sunburn by providing a “base tan.” Truth—but don’t sign up for the monthly tanning-bed special just yet. A base tan provides the equivalent of a low, single-digit SPF. Do you buy an SPF 4 sunscreen and expect great protection? Of course not. A base tan does not provide much protection and is not healthy. Burn or tan, all sun exposure is unfortunately harmful to the skin. Skin cancer, lowered immunity against infection, and photodamage (such as wrinkles) are some of the major ill effects.

5. Sunscreens prevent wrinkles. Myth. Comprehensive sun protection prevents wrinkles, but sunscreens alone do not. Many of us negate the positive benefits of sunscreen in a simple manner—we extend our time in the sun, believing that we are fully protected by sunscreen. The net effect of this increased sun exposure time is more damage to our skin, and more wrinkles. Visit Dr. Schumann’s patient education center for further skin care information: www.ylysnetwork. com/7575641200/.

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Five Years

Hip or Harmful?

Written by Dr. Barry Strasnick


Barry Strasnick, M.D., FACS chairs Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He currently serves as president of the Coalition for Hearing Education and Research (CHEAR) and chair of the Virginia State Advisory Committee on Newborn Hearing Screening.


f you are reading this article while listening to your favorite music on your iPod or MP3 player, you may be setting yourself up for permanent hearing loss. While there are a number of medical causes for hearing loss, one of the most recognizable and avoidable causes is prolonged exposure to loud sounds. U.S. government survey data reveal that 12.5 percent of children ages six to 19 (approximately 5.2 million children) have permanent hearing loss caused by prolonged noise exposure. Similarly, 16 million people—20.4 percent of the baby boomer generation (born between 1945 and 1964)—have some degree of hearing loss. A majority of experts agree that prolonged exposure to noise levels greater than 85 decibels is hazardous to your hearing. The greater the noise level, the shorter the time needed to damage your hearing. To illustrate, a normal conversation occurs at about 60 decibels while lawnmowers and shop tools often run at 90 decibels or greater. Rock concerts typically reach 115 decibels while motorcycle engines often tip the scales at 140 decibels. Maximum sound levels of MP3 players and iPods, by comparison, are estimated to be between 100 and 115 decibels. Most people experience noise-induced hearing loss gradually over a 15- to 20-year period. Repeated exposure to loud noise damages the small sensory hair cells of the inner ear. Once these cells are damaged or destroyed, they cannot regenerate and result in a permanent loss of hearing.

In response to concerns about iPod noise levels, Apple released a software update for iPods that allows parents to use a combination lock to set the maximum decibel level for their children.

Estimates suggest that more than 200 million portable personal music devices such as the iPod have been sold worldwide. This prevalence has raised concerns about the risk of hearing loss due to potentially harmful noise levels on these devices. Previous research suggests that eight hours of continuous exposure to noise levels less than 80 decibels poses

little risk to hearing. However, in a recent study, 55 percent of college students questioned indicated that they set their iPod devices to volume levels greater than 85 decibels, which is widely recognized as potentially harmful to our hearing. In addition, most users receive their music via small ear buds or in-the-ear headphones, which can further increase the effective sound level that reaches the inner ear. In 2006, a Louisiana man filed suit against Apple, Inc., maker of the iPod, claiming that iPods were “not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss.” Soon after, health authorities in France demanded strict limits on volume outputs for MP3 players sold in their country, leading Apple to revise its software to set maximum volume output for devices sold in Europe to 100 decibels. Unfortunately, no such limitation exists for devices sold in the U.S. at this time. The recorded volume outputs of our devices are reaching levels as high as 115 decibels. In response to concerns about these noise levels, Apple released a software update for iPods in March of 2006 that allows parents to use a combination lock to set the maximum decibel level for their children. To best reduce the risks of prolonged noise exposure to your hearing health, consider following these simple guidelines: Do not listen to your iPod for more than 90 minutes a day at a volume level greater than 80 percent of capacity. If you set the volume at 60 percent of capacity, you can probably listen safely almost all day. Use ear buds that fit snugly in your ears to remove as much background noise as possible. People often tend to increase the volume of their iPod to overcome interfering background noise. As a rule of thumb, set the volume so that you can still hear sound around you and carry on a conversation.

Take breaks from listening to allow your ears to recover from the constant noise exposure.

By lowering the decibel level and taking a proactive approach to your hearing, you should be able to enjoy music on your iPod or MP3 player and protect your hearing for years to come.

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Five Years

Sickle Cell Disease Affects Brain Function

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The researchers found that people with sickle cell disease scored lower on tests of intellect, working memory, processing speed and attention span than the healthy study participants. 38 THE HEALTH JOURNAL

dults with sickle cell disease scored worse on memory function tests than healthy adults, suggesting the blood disorder may affect brain function, U.S. researchers said last month. The study is the first to look at brain function in adults with sickle cell disease, and it may mean new drugs are needed to protect the brains of patients with the inherited disorder. The differences in intelligence were striking enough that researchers worry some patients might have trouble staying employed, managing their money and keeping track of their medications. “What this shows is that people who have even fairly clinically mild sickle cell disease seem to be having some effects from the disease in terms of their neurocognitive function,” said Dr. Susan Shurin, acting director of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, whose agency funded the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder affecting red blood cells. Red blood cells in people with sickle cell disease contain mostly an abnormal type of hemoglobin (hemoglobin S), causing red blood cells to take on a sickle-shaped form. It affects 70,000 Americans and three to five million people globally. At one time, most people with the disease died in childhood, but new treatments allow people to live into middle age, Shurin said. Dr. Elliott Vichinsky of Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California, tested 149 adult sickle cell patients and 47 healthy people of similar age and education levels from the same communities. Patients were considered low risk for complications because they had no history of frequent pain, hospitalization, stroke, high blood pressure or other problems that could affect brain function. The researchers found people with sickle cell disease scored lower on tests of intellect, working memory, processing speed and attention span than the healthy study participants. The oldest and the sickest sickle cell patients scored the worst, suggesting the longer a person lived with the disease or the worse it was, the bigger the effect on brain function. Shurin said the findings suggest the need for more study of potential new treatments that could help protect brain function in people with sickle cell disease. “It also raises the question of should we be more aggressive [in treating sickle cell disease] earlier in life,” Shurin said in a telephone interview. A cancer pill called hydroxyurea, which is available generically, can stop the severe pain and prevent the need for blood transfusions. Shurin said the study may indicate that more patients should start taking the drug at an earlier age.


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Sally Hartsfield, Ph.D., is a retired clinical psychologist who specialized in working with women and children in her Newport News private practice. She now lives in Hayes, Va.

eople often ask how they can get along better with their parents. We have no trouble relating to other people who are the same age as Mom and Dad. So what’s the problem? Truth be told, we do not really know our parents as people. We respond to them at times as if we were still six years old and they still had all the power over us. Although we say otherwise, their opinions of us matter deeply, sometimes even more than those of our close friends. Their criticism can hurt us, and their praise can mean everything. But we know little of how they developed the traits and attitudes that are so important to us. What do you know of your father? Do you even know how he met your mother? The more specific the questions you ask, the more likely he is to respond with details (e.g., when did he know Mom was the “one,” and when did he propose?). Your mother can tell you about her first day in school, her first kiss and her first job. You can ask about her relationship with her mother and what she did as a teenager

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that helped or hurt her relationship with her parents. When did she start wearing makeup? What did she dream of becoming when she was a child, and what came of those dreams? Given the chance, your parents will reveal a lot about themselves. And you can help by encouraging them to share their memories. Try these suggestions: Start a family tree. Your parents will be more eager to talk to you if you show an interest by taking notes of what they say. Should the conversation veer away from whom your great-grandmother married and why, welcome that diversion. You are looking for anecdotes more than factual information. Family photographs are also helpful as a starting point, even if they are stored in boxes unsorted by date or names. Talk one-on-one. Talking to Mom and Dad separately is a great way to learn about them. If you can’t visit them, try snail mail. Yes, I know. But older generations really appreciate written

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letters and take them seriously. Telephone conversations are great for saying “hello,” but we can find ourselves distracted by something going on around us instead of pursuing a question we really want to know about. Face time lets you see facial expressions and body language, two keys to understanding a person’s story.

Look to your own experiences. You can select the better questions to ask your parents by reviewing your own life. What was the best (or worst) thing that happened to you in high school? Where did you get your ideas of what is ethical, and how did your politics get shaped? If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? After a few conversations, you might find that the old folks had some very interesting experiences growing up. And their likes and dislikes, their feelings at different life stages, are very likely to mirror yours in a way you never would have expected. Who knew that Mom and Dad could have gotten so smart after all these years?



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More Fun, Less Stress for Your Family Learn how a busy lifestyle can negatively affect children. Gain some ways to ease stress in the family during this presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point (11783 Rock Landing Dr.). Register for this free event online at

Positive Discipline During this free class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center (11783 Rock Landing Dr.), parents will learn effective ways to discipline their children without yelling, arguing or spanking. Register online at

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Yoga at Yorktown Beach Bring a blanket or mat for this 1-hour Hatha Yoga and relaxation class presented at 9 a.m. by Yoga Motion Studios. This class is free, and beginners and children are welcome. Donations are appreciated. For more information contact Tanika C. Houston at (757) 239-0005.

Icelandic Seafood Fest 8K Run Enjoy an evening run/walk for all fitness levels followed by a delicious seafood dinner provided by Bonefish Grill of Newport News. Michelob Ultra and Red Hook beer on tap will be provided by M. Price Distributing Co. Door prizes, a raffle, awards and entertainment will ensure a fun event for all! Registration begins at 5 p.m. at the Oakland Industrial Park off Warwick Blvd. and adjacent to Fort Eustis (190 Enterprise Dr.). Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association and the ALS Association promoting research on Lou Gehrig’s disease). For more information call Mike Thome at (757) 8204042 or

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Help Children Manage Anger At this free event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CHKD Health and Surgery Center (11783 Rock Landing Dr.), learn how to help young children (up to age 6) manage their anger and maintain self-control. Register online at

Road Soldiers’ SOAR Benefits Lackey Free Clinic The Road Soldiers will hold their Second Annual Samaritan Outreach Assistance Ride (SOAR) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Daddy’z Cycles on Highway 17 South (two miles north of the Coleman Bridge in Gloucester). The annual ride benefits the Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown, which provides medical, dental and mental health care as well as prescription medication to the uninsured and income-eligible in the surrounding communities. Last year over $2,000 was raised. For more information contact Sue Salva at (757) 8860608, ext. 251, or



Summer Sunnin’ Because of years of research, we know that too much exposure to the UV rays from the sun or other sources, such as tanning lamps, are harmful to melanocytes, the cells in a person’s skin that produce a brown pigment called melanin. When melanocytes undergo significant damage from too much exposure to UV rays, especially enough to cause blistering or peeling sunburns during childhood, the cells are no longer able to control their own growth and continue to multiply at a fast rate. This can cause a melanoma, or malignant tumor, to develop.*,**

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Be Responsible • Use Sunscreen & Lip Balm -At least SPF-15, with UVA & B protection -Use liberally & frequently (about every 2 hours) -Use on hazy or overcast days as well • Avoid Sunburns • Decrease deliberate sun bathing * There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are highly treatable. Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

• Limit sun exposure, especially between 10:00am to 4:00pm • Wear a Protective Hat • Wear Sun Protective Clothing, when possible • Wear Sunglasses ** There are other factors that make a person more susceptible to developing a melanoma, including age, gender, personal and/or family history and immune suppression. People with more than 100 normal moles or many unusual moles, blonde or red hair, blue eyes, fair skin or xeroderma pigmentation also have an increased risk.


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Abuse Dating Violence Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. (757) 221-4813 Domestic Abuse/Assault Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-5022 Williamsburg Baptist Church Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-9362

ADdiction & Recovery Gambling Gamblers Anonymous Maryview Medical Center Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (757) 889-CARE Sex Addiction Sexaholics Anonymous Call or e-mail for dates/locations. (757) 872-6537 Smoking Cessation “Stay Smokeless” Program (800) SENTARA Substance Abuse/Treatment Ala-Anon/Alateen Meetings held daily. Visit Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit Bethel Restoration Center Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 220-5480 Colonial Chapter Meets monthly. (757) 253-4395 Kids’ Group Spirit Works (757) 564-0001 Marijuana Anonymous Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (757) 476-5070 Narcotics Anonymous Meetings held daily. Visit Parents’ Group Bacon Street Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 253-0111 Suboxone Therapy Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700 Women’s Group Spirit Works Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m. (757) 564-0001

Dominion Village 3rd Thursday, 2 p.m. (757) 258-3444 Williamsburg United Methodist Church 3rd Tuesday, 11 a.m. (757) 724-7001

Support Groups Support Groups

Eden Pines 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 3rd Thursday, 1:30 p.m. (757) 596-3941 Warwick Forest 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 867-9618 Family Connections 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


Mary Immaculate Hospital 4th Tuesday, 10:30 to noon (757) 886-6700


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 Mary Immaculate Hospital 2nd & 4th Monday, 6 p.m. (757) 737-2287 Riverside Hospice 2nd & 4th Thurs., 7 p.m. (757) 594-2745


Child Loss Williamsburg Hospice House 2nd Monday (757) 645-2192

Alzheimer’s Disease

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 1st Monday, 7:30 p.m. (757) 886-0948

Williamsburg AIDS Network 2nd & 4th Wednesday (757) 220-4606 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

Riverside Hospice 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 594-2745 JCC/W Community Center 1st Tues., 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (757) 253-1220 or

Miscarriage / Stillbirth Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (757) 886-6791

York Presbyterian Church Covenant Hall 4th Tues., 6 p.m. (757) 886-1230 (Hollie)

H/NN CSB 500-C Medical Drive Wed., 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 503-0743

Parkinson’s Disease

Suicide Catholic Charities 3rd Tues., 7 p.m. (757) 875-0060

Charcot-marie-tooth (CMT)

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

Williamsburg Landing 2nd Monday, 1:30 p.m. (757) 898-6674

Young Widow/Widower Williamsburg Hospice House 1st Monday (757) 645-2192


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

Williamsburg Regional Library Sat., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Every other month (757) 220-3578 (804) 693-5806

Chronic Fatigue SyndromE Mary Immaculate Hospital 1st Thursday, 7 p.m. (757) 886-6700



Multiple Sclerosis


Mary Immaculate Hospital 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6100 Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Call for day and time. (757) 984-7106 or (757) 984-7107 Sentara Center for Health and Fitness 3rd Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. (757) 827-2160 Mary Immaculate Hospital 3rd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 886-6700

Young women's group 3rd Sunday, 2 p.m. Call for location. (757) 566-1774

Insulin Pump Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Tuesday, 7 p.m. (757) 534-5918

Post-menopausal group 1st Monday, 1:30 p.m. Call for location. (757) 258-4540

Eating Disorders

Young Adult Group Call for information. (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

Celiac disease

Colonial Heritage Clubhouse 3rd Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. (757) 253-1774 or (757) 345-6974

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

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

Type 2 Diabetes Riverside Regional Medical Center 3rd Tuesday, 11 a.m. (757) 534-5918

Leukemia/Lymphoma Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 827-2438

Riverside Regional Medical Center 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m. (757) 875-7880

Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Saturday, 1 p.m. (757) 736-1234

Crohn’s Disease/Colitis

Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Tuesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (757) 594-1939

Colorectal Cancer Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Wed., 1 to 2:30 p.m. (757) 736-1234

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

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

JCC/W Community Center 2nd & 4th Wed., 5:30 to 7 p.m. (757) 220-0902

Historic Triangle Senior Center 2nd & 4th Wed., 5:30 p.m. (757) 220-0902 Sentara CarePlex Hospital 3rd Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. (757) 596-0029

African-Americans Hampton Public Library 1st Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (757) 490-9627

Stroke/Brain Injury

Myasthenia gravis

Va. Peninsula Stroke Club Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 1st Wednesday, 10 a.m. (757) 928-8327

James City County Library 4th Sat., 1 p.m. Every other month (757) 810-1393


Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 1st Sun., 3 p.m. Meets Quarterly. (757) 259-6033


JCC/W Community Center Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 229-7940

R. F. Wilkinson Family YMCA 3rd Wednesday, 4 to 5 p.m. (757) 984-9900

Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. (757) 928-8327 Riverside Rehabilitation Institute Last Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. (757) 928-8050


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

Children with Disabilities St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2nd Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (757) 258-0125

Vision Loss

Weight ManagEment


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

Hearing Loss

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

Overeaters Anonymous Chestnut Memorial Church Mondays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. (757) 898-3455 Williamsburg Library 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. (757) 879-4725 Hearing Loss Association 2nd Sat., 10:30 a.m. (757) 564-3795

Heart Disease

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

Kidney disease

Sentara CarePlex Hospital 1st Wed., 6 to 7:30 p.m. (757) 244-3923

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

Lou GeHrig's disease (ALS)

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

Mental Illness

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

St. Luke's United Methodist 4th Thurs., 6:30 p.m. (866) 348-3257 or

NAMI Williamsburg Area St. Stephens Lutheran Church Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (757) 220-8535

1st Saturday, 1 p.m. JCC/W Community Center (757) 565-1185 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 Mall Walking Club Meets at Patrick Henry Mall Call for date/time. (757) 249-4301

Women's issues Williamsburg Baptist Church Mondays, 7 p.m. (757) 258-9362



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alm, soft-spoken and thoughtful, Sister Rita Thomas has an unassuming and humble nature that seems ironic for someone who has helped to change the health care landscape in Virginia. Despite a powerhouse career, several major awards and a series of executive positions, Sister Thomas takes very little credit for all she’s done. “It’s not what I do, it’s what God does through me,” she says. “You never know what good you’re doing sometimes. You just go about your work and God takes over. I thank God for what I’ve been able to do.” Her service in health care began when she felt a call to serve in Baltimore with the Sisters of Bon Secours, a health care community that originated in France in 1824 with a mission “to provide healing and compassion and liberation for the sick,” according to Sister Thomas. Over the past 65 years, since becoming a registered nurse, she has worked her way through the ranks of health care from clinical to administrative roles. She was instrumental in the 1966 opening of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, serving as director of nursing, and was named the hospital’s


chief executive officer the following year, becoming the first female CEO to lead a Richmond hospital. Sister Thomas’ experience and leadership were pivotal in helping to lay the foundation for the Bon Secours Health System, which now operates 18 hospitals in seven states, and in developing Portsmouth’s Maryview Hospital into a regional health care center. The Sisters of Bon Secours were initiators of the Bon Secours Health System, Sister Thomas says, and the system carries out the mission and values of the Sisters. “My work in health care has not been a business for me,” explains Sister Thomas. “I didn’t get into health care as a career. It’s a ministry. My career has developed on its own, almost in spite of me.” This month, Sister Thomas will travel to Denver to receive the national Catholic Health Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be honored for strengthening the ministries of the Sisters of Bon Secours and of Bon Secours Health System. The award will also recognize her leadership in health care, her commitment to human dignity, her defense of the poor and vulnerable,

and her actions on behalf of the common good, justice and stewardship. Sister Thomas adds that while she is happy about the award, it is an honor she accepts on behalf of her calling, not her individual accolades. “This lifetime achievement award is not about me,” she says. “It’s about the ministry.” The Health Journal caught up with Sister Thomas before the awards banquet to talk about her travels, her latest read and where she finds inspiration. Following are excerpts from our interview.

I value honesty in others—being true to yourself and what you are, whatever that is. And courage—being able to speak the truth. I think being true to yourself sometimes challenges others. I think it’s just basic to who we are and who we are called to be. Compassion is another quality I value. And a desire to do the right thing, regardless.

I am inspired by our whole staff and my co-workers. They are so good and so dedicated—they work so hard. They are an inspiration every day. They strive to carry out our mission and our values and make it a part of themselves. It’s overwhelming to me because everyone has so many other things to do and yet they give themselves so wholeheartedly to the work of caring for the sick. That is very humbling. Getting consensus is always a

challenge. You can function on your own, but working together as a team and getting input from everyone to come to decisions is a great challenge.

It’s something that can be done, but you must be willing to be patient and work through issues. And I’m not a very patient person—I like to move on and get things done. But sometimes you have to be patient.

One of my most memorable experiences occurred when I was

an obstetrics nurse, and a young couple did not want to take their baby home after delivery because the family didn’t know she was pregnant. I worked with them, and they left with the baby. I stayed in touch with them for quite a few years. It’s something that I’ve never forgotten and I can’t imagine what would have happened to the baby if they’d left her. This story has always touched me, and I’ll never forget it.

My favorite trip, from a ministry

standpoint, was a mission in Peru. From a personal standpoint, I love Paris. I could go back to France anytime. And I loved being in Israel and being in the Holy Land.

I read a lot of spirituality books. I’m

reading a book about Saint Theresa— Story of Soul: The Autobiography of Theresa of Lisieux. St. Theresa was quite a woman. She did a lot of traveling. Although she was a cloistered nun, she got a lot of things done.

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