Healthy Living 2021

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Healthy Living A Guide to

Bucks County Magazine


haron Black, founder of the Aesthetics and Laser Institute in Newtown, PA, is a natural teacher and passionate about what she does. In fact, she has been a teacher in the laser industry for years and started the institute to provide a more comprehensive education for aesthetics and cosmetic lasers, to newcomers and healthcare professionals alike. Although regulations vary from state to state, in the state of Pennsylvania, learning aesthetic lasers is both practical and accessible. This does not mean that anyone can actually laser clients without training, or oversight. Sharon says, “There is a great deal more to aesthetics and lasers than just learning how to operate a device, but it does not require years of college to be outstanding in the laser and aesthetics profession. Training should include skin physiology, biophysics, and laser safety, just to highlight a few critical areas.” Unfortunately, Sharon’s daughter Shaelee passed away suddenly in January 2018, from Myocarditis, just two weeks before her 21st birthday. “Shaelee loved that I was teaching lasers and would often come in to be a model for students to practice on. She was working towards becoming a PA to work with young athletes.” Now that


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Shaelee is gone, Sharon says, “everything I do is to honor her. She was a beautiful, inspirational, strong, and vibrant, young woman. I teach our students, whether they are physicians, RNs, or completely new to the industry, exactly as I would have taught my own daughter, because I want nothing but to provide the best instruction and to set them up for success in their careers and business.” The mission of the Aesthetics and Laser Institute is exactly that: “to provide exceptional training to all students, and ongoing support to individuals and medical professionals; to advance in an industry where they can create their own path and continue to grow professionally; to enjoy what they do, while providing safe and effective care to the members of their community.” Courses for certification include: prerequisite online training, photofacials, fractionals/ skin resurfacing, laser hair removal, body contouring, microneedling, laser tattoo removal and more. The Aesthetics and Laser Institute is located at 4 Terry Drive, Suite 5, Newtown, PA. For more information call 888-254-0001, email or visit www.aes, to learn more about the class offerings, or any business development/ consulting opportunities.

HEALTH WATCH CHOOSING DENTAL IMPLANTS n implant supported tooth and a natural tooth have the same basic parts. They both have a root that holds the tooth in the gums and both have a crown, which is the visible part the tooth used to chew food. The implant itself must be placed by competent oral surgeon, like Dr. Kathleen Brower, DMD, MD. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Kathleen Brower, DMD, MD offers a full range of oral surgery services from dental extractions and dental implants to oral pathology, and bone/ soft tissue reconstruction. She has been providing patients with highly individualized compassionate care for over 17 years. Her credentials include a degree in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and an MD from Allegheny General Hospital/ Medical College of Pennsylvania. In addition to her private practice at Doylestown Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, she spent four years as Associate Director of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Implant surgery usually takes time to heal. After surgery time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth. Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Brower is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction— further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.


Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth—an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges—as well as individual crowns placed over implants—feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures. Doylestown Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is located at 3655 Route 202, Suite 210 Doylestown, PA 18902. For more information about dental implants, visit For a consultation with Dr. Brower, call 215-345-6880 or email

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he gallbladder is a small fluid filled sac located in the right upper part of the abdomen.The fluid inside the gallbladder is bile produced by the liver. The bile is pushed into the intestine after you eat a high fat or large meal. The bile then helps your body breakdown and absorb the fatty foods. A gallbladder “attack” is usually caused by blockage of the gallbladder by gallstones when the gallbladder tries to push out the bile.A patient experiencing a gallbladder attack usually feels pain in the upper abdomen and it can radiate to the right ribcage area and around to the shoulder blade area of the back. Nausea and vomiting can also occur. The pain typically begins 1 to 2 hours after eating but can also wake you up from sleep late at night.The pain can last 20 minutes to a few hours (biliary colic) or can last for more than 6 to 8 hours (acute cholecystitis). Pain lasting for many hours usually requires a visit to the emergency room and can require admission to the hospital and treatment with antibiotics and possibly surgery. Someone that is having intermittent symptoms, as described above, should have an ultrasound of the gallbladder to check for gallstones. This test is frequently performed by the emergency room in cases of persistent pain or can be ordered by a primary care doctor


or surgeon. Other medical conditions such as heart-related pain and stomach issues also need to be excluded. If gallbladder symptoms are suspected, the treatment options include avoiding fatty foods forever, or having surgery to remove the gallbladder and gallstones.The surgery is commonly performed laparoscopically, through 3 or 4 small incisions rather than one larger incision. The smaller incisions allow you to go home the same day and patients usually require less pain medication after the procedure. Many patients feel well enough to be driving and performing average activities within 4 to 5 days. Lower Bucks Hospital’s Department of General Surgery is available for office visits using COVID-19 safety guidelines.The operating room is open and available utilizing pre-operative COVID-19 testing and safety and sanitizing protocols for everyone’s protection. Patients coming into the office are required to wear a mask and hand sanitizer is available in every room. Dr. Troy Kerner, D.O. is Board certified in General Surgery with 20 years of experience. Over 1,000 gallbladder surgeries performed and more than 2,000 laparoscopic surgeries for gallbladder disease, hernias and intestinal disorders.To schedule an appointment, call 215891-1430 or visit us online

POST-ACUTE CARE AT CAPITAL HEALTH or anyone who receives care in a hospital, life after discharge can be full of challenges. Depending on the age of the patient and the intensity of care he or she receives, the care path after a hospital stay can lead in a number of different directions, including shortterm facilities, long-term care or home. To help bridge the gap from acute care to the varied levels of care outside the hospital, Capital Health has launched a new Post-Acute Care Program that is part of Capital Health Medical Group. “The prospect of navigating health care after being discharged from the hospital can be daunting for patients and their loved ones,” said Dr. Jacqueline Gettys, medical director of Capital Health’s Post-Acute Care Program. “I’m excited to lead the new program that aims to improve communication and coordination of care as patients transition out of the hospital so we can achieve the best possible outcomes when they get to their next level of care. While seniors are the most common patient population to be served by the program, our services are




available to any patient who receives care at Capital Health.” Acute care is defined as short-term, immediate medical are that is typically for serious illness or traumatic injury. With a focus on recuperation, rehabilitation, and symptom management, Capital Health’s Post-Acute Care Program starts working to address a patient’s postdischarge needs by providing a complete assessment upon admission to Capital Health Regional Medical Center or Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell so that goals for each patient are set from the start. Dr. Gettys, formerly of Capital Health Primary Care – Ewing, is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She received her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire and completed her residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York. She has been a fellow of the American College of Physicians since 2000.

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HEALTH WATCH JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY Joint replacement surgery can seem daunting, but our surgeons at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute are experts at performing procedures to alleviate your pain and restore your function. Non-operative methods are generally attempted before physicians turn to surgery. When you’re ready to evaluate which technique is right for you, Rothman Orthopaedics is the best practice to visit to truly learn. Rothman surgeons perform more joint replacements than any other practice in the region; our team helps to develop and study the most recent techniques and technology, some of which are listed below: • Computer Navigation - Computer-assisted navigation software systems provide information during surgery to help position components. • Robotics - Robotic-assisted technology in surgery utilizes a robot to plan the position, size and orientation of the implants. Further, while a robotic instrument is used to perform precise bony cuts, the surgeon is involved in all steps of the surgical procedure.The robot assists the surgeon but does not replace the surgeon. • Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) - PSI is another technique that can be used for knee replacement. Surgeons use models generated


from CT scans to plan the position, size and orientation of the implant. • Minimally Invasive Procedures Minimally invasive hip or knee replacement is a common method utilized to decrease damage to your soft tissues during surgery. • Quad Sparing Knee – This is a minimally invasive technique that has been widely used for decades. Hip Replacement Approaches - Hip replacement approaches refer to the way the hip joint is accessed.This can be anterior (front), lateral (side) or posterior (back). All approaches have been shown to be safe and effective. It is our opinion that, for these complex surgical procedures, it’s the quality of the surgeon rather than a specific type of incision or technique that really make the difference. Rothman Orthopaedics has the most experience in the region and has a strong program to help patients achieve the best results. If you’re dealing with hip or knee pain, it’s crucial to visit an orthopaedist to avoid the risk of worsening the injury. For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our fellowship-trained surgeons, visit

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he misnomer about hearing aids is they are just amplifiers, make everything louder, squeal with feedback, mostly hear nothing but noise and are too expensive.Anyone who believes this description is lost in the 1950’s. Amplification (hearing aids) today are miniaturized computers. They constantly maintain the integrity of the output in accordance with the person’s hearing loss despite the changing listening environment. In addition, the devices detect and make required changes to ensure speech intelligibility while reducing background noise. Today’s devices take into consideration ensures optimal clarity, comfort, and audibility in every situation. The sound class technology automatically adapts to your specific listening requirements in social surroundings, listening to music, understanding speech in party noise, reducing noise input from transportation and urban settings. Additional benefits include wind noise reduction, providing a natural sound experience, automatic sound adjustment, personalizing the input for the best sound, and direct Bluetooth streaming from an Apple or Android device. The free downloadable app allows you to quickly make volume


control adjustments, select the program memory for better listening and understanding, and applying filters for noise reduction or clarity as required. A graphic equalizer is available to increase or decrease low, mid, and high frequency to shape the sound output to better meet your acoustic preference. The streaming feature of this new amplification permits the wearer to take a phone call and have the voice appear directly into the hearing aids. In addition, music can be streamed to the devices from any website or app. To experience better hearing, you must be evaluated by a private practice audiologist who holds a doctorate in audiology. Next, if the results warrant hearing help the professional will discuss options available to you. Finally, a successful fitting will be completed and follow up visits ensure a proper fit. Step out of the dark ages and hear again for a better quality of life today. Dr. Patrick M. Murphy,Au.D., M.Ed., CCC-A, FAAA office is located at Murphy Hearing Services, 330 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA. To make an appointment, call 215-230-9000. For more information visit www.murphyhearingser

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HEALTH WATCH NEW FROM ST. MARY HOSPITAL t. Mary Medical Center now offers a second state-of-the-art surgical robot with the recent acquisition of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.This new system features three-dimensional, high definition visualization and allows for enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for surgeons. Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive and can reduce a patient’s time in the hospital. Adding a second robot has expanded community access to advanced surgical therapies, building on the existing comprehensive robotic program already in place at St. Mary. Robotic surgical treatments are available across all subspecialties—including treatments for common conditions such as hernias, as well as colorectal conditions like benign and malignant colon and rectal polyps, tumors and malignancies. Board-certified and robotically trained surgeons Dr. Justin Harmon and Dr. Alfred Trang performed the hospital’s first procedures using the new da Vinci Xi—successfully completing a partial nephrectomy and ventral hernia repair. Dr. Harmon serves as Medical Director of the Robotic Surgery Program at St. Mary, helping to lead their growing team of experienced surgeons— all of whom have completed specialized training and education in order to perform robotic surgeries at the hospital. “This is a significant investment for both our hospital and community,” said Larry Brilliant, MD, President of St. Mary Medical Center. “By acquiring a second, more advanced surgical robot with the da Vinci Xi system, we've greatly expanded our surgical services for minimally-invasive procedures. In the last year, we've also added five highly


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trained and very experienced robotic surgeons to our team. This means Bucks County residents now have even greater access to the most advanced life-saving procedures.” “The da Vinci Xi robot is one of the most advanced tools available for our patients,” said Dr. Harmon.“We are performing very complex surgical procedures with ease, getting patients back to their normal lives faster than ever before. It is an honor to support our robotic surgeons and I look forward to the continued expansion of our robotic program." Also, St. Mary Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. Mary’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. “This national recognition for patient safety is our fourth in a row. It truly demonstrates the ongoing dedication and commitment St. Mary has to ensuring our community has access to safe, high-quality care—before, during and after these unprecedented times,” said Larry Brilliant, MD, President, St. Mary Medical Center. St. Mary Hospital is located at 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, Pennsylvania. For more information call 215-710-2000 or

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ST. LUKE'S PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY t. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery can help their patients restore their appearance when it is altered by accident or illness. They offer innovative treatments, delivered with compassionate care to enhance function, mobility, appearance and overall quality of life. Their fellowship trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons are skilled in providing advanced procedures for men, women and children. They are able to restore what injury or illness took away, correct a birth defect or minimalize the effect of age and will work with their patients to help achieve the desired results.Their goal is to help their patients look, function and feel their best. This practice is part of St. Luke’s University Health Network, the leading provider of primary and specialty care in the greater Lehigh Valley and Warren County, New Jersey. As such, they have access to cutting edge technology and experts in nearly every field. St. Luke’s physicians work closely with medical specialists—especially oncologists and orthopedic, bariatric and trauma surgeons— to provide our patients with convenient, seamless care that ensures their health and safety. St Luke’s Plastic Surgery is committed to safety and confidentiality. And they offer the safest environment for facial rejuvenation, facelifts, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasties, breast augmentations/lifts, post-bariatric body contouring, non-surgical injectables. To schedule an appointment with St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, call 484-526-1260. For more information, visit





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red Beans Automotive Group has been named among the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2021 Healthiest Employers in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Doylestown-based company is one of only five “large” organizations, those with 1500 or more employees, to be a finalist for the 2021 Healthiest Employers list, which recognizes Greater Philadelphia companies that emphasize and integrate employee wellness into their corporate missions. Beth Beans Gilbert, Fred Beans Automotive Group vice president, explained that making wellness part of the Fred Beans culture was a strategic move on the part of company management. “We know both physical and mental health impact employee performance and satisfaction,” she said. “It may seem unusual for an automotive company to invest in health and wellness programming, but it makes sense. When our employees feel good, they transfer that energy into their interactions and have greater success.” Fred Beans Automotive Group solidified its commitment to health and wellness several years ago with the hiring of a dedicated wellness coordinator, Andrea Volm. She oversees a range of healthy living initiatives, from information-rich “Lunch and Learns” to incentives encouraging preventative health screenings, and even company-wide 30-Day Fitness Challenges. Fred Beans added, “I always have said we are only as

good as our people. Our health and wellness programming has become an important means of caring for our employees and helping them bring their best selves to work every day. I believe this sets us apart, and the recognition we are receiving for it will continue to help us attract great talent.”

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HEALTH WATCH SCIENCE BASED PERSONAL TRAINING he pursuit of health and fitness can be confusing. It seems there is always a special program or piece of magical equipment or app that is being touted as the quick and easy solution to your wellness needs.These marketing schemes are often wacky, unsafe, non-sustainable or ineffective! Personal training at Elite Personal Training and Fitness Solutions gives you a scientific and powerfully effective alternative.They provide you with expert and science-based personal training that is specifically tailored to your current needs and then progressed as you make improvement. Their programs are delivered with the highest level of expertise and are comprehensive lifestyle plans. Our training includes resistance exercises (weights, dumbbells, tubes, bands, machines, and core balls), working on flexibility (stretching), functional training, cardiovascular conditioning and nutrition counseling (eating sensibly without hopping on the diet bandwagon). Their high-end training is goal-specific and safety-oriented. Rather than performing exercises that get you a little more than sweaty, you will receive a program that provides the maximum return for the goals you have set for yourself. Training at Elite Personal Training and Fitness Solutions will help you lose body fat, build muscle, enhance athletic performance and improve your overall health.Training with us will lower your risk of heart


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Staying Fit at Any Age

SPRING INTO ACTION by Vicky Paraxismos Waite


recently did something to my back which

I have to step back for a while on any weight- lifting and my stomach exercises,

except for planks. I figured I heard so much about isometrics, which has been around forever, that it made all the sense that it would be the thing to do for my upper body and stomach exercises. I took this a step further and looked up online by searching for isometric devices. I found that there have been many isometric devices for many decades, and many have come and gone. But the Bullworker Steel Bow came upon in 1962 and it is still going strong and here to stay! I sent out for their newest version. There is the short and long version depending on your preference. I thought I would go with the short version being I’m petite. The Bullworker arrived quickly, and no assembly was required. It was very well made to say the least. And it was not only sturdy but

It also comes with a spiral bound glossy paged workout book that

arrived in an attractive carrying case. The Bullworker apparatus

has dozens of exercises illustrated.

is a tube with a spring inside and chains attached to the outside.

The Bullworker allows for a wide range of motions. It puts

All steel and plastic construction with thick slots for your fingers.

stress on your muscles as you press or pull it, allowing you to ease into your isometric contraction avoiding sudden stress. With this single isometric contraction, it’s less of a threat to joint overload. The Bullworker comes with springs that you can change for different levels for resistance. You can use the Bullworker everyday as long as you are alternating muscle groups for your workouts. You want to use it at least 3 to 4 times a week for maximum benefits. There are tons of exercises to work the whole body with the Bullworker. I choose a few of their exercises to get a feel for it. I take hold of the Bullworker horizontally in front of me and compress the ends by working my chest muscles much as I would by doing dumbbell chest flys. I try a little back and shoulders exercises by holding the Bullworker vertical in front of me and pulling the

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cables out to my sides. I do a few bicep curls, taking a seat with one foot on the bottom cable and then I flex my arm to pull on the other cable.


For upright rows I stand on the bottom cable while I pull the upper cable straight up toward my chin, keeping it close to my body. I love the fact that it feels solidly constructed. Should last forever. It’s versatile and you get a good pump. What an interesting great way to work out! The bow like actions makes it like I am an archeress who is training for the girl’s archery team at the Olympics! The guide is very detailed, and the pages are laminated so it will never wear

You can use the Bullworker everyday as long as you are alternating muscle groups for your workouts. You want to use it at least 3 to 4 times a week for maximum benefits

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your head downward, as if you’re nodding.

Isometric strength training compared

Do it slowly while holding the Bullworker

to many other forms such as common

in place. Do not allow the Bullworker to

uses of free weights activate your muscles

slip from it’s place under your chin. Bring

at a given joint angle for much longer re-

your chin down to press the pump down

sulting in faster strength gains in as little

into the Bullworker.

as 7 seconds.

I was really impressed with the Bull-

I like to share one of the reviews on-

worker. Not only is it sturdy and compact

line: Despite this fella’s limited mobility

with a stylish carrying case, but you can

out. It shows how you can hit any muscle

being in a wheelchair, he is able to do al-

take it anywhere. On a trip, in your car,

you want. The Steel Bow is designed with

most all exercises seated with amazing re-

over a friend’s house. You name it. It’s so

isometric exercises (concentric and eccen-

sults. Before he started, he had high blood

portable and fashionable.

tric) moves if you prefer. And, in terms of

pressure and was asked by his doctor to

Did you know Bruce Lee did isomet-

exercise variety, the Steel Bow has so

increase his dosage. Now after several

ric training? Yes, that’s right. One of the

much to offer. With the different spring re-

months of using the Steel Bow, no more

first pieces of exercise equipment that he

sistance levels, the steel bow is adaptable

high blood pressure. He has added inches

used was a device called the Tensolater

to any fitness level.

of muscle to his arms, chest, etc.. while re-

which later on became the Bullworker. I

Bullworker even provides a 30-minute

ducing his waistline. He goes on to say

may not be no Bruce Lee, but no com-

seated workout routine. This is great for

how the Bullworker has really changed his

plaints here. I got some great results in the

the users with disabilities where perform-

life and how people been showering him

very first week.

ing standing exercises may be difficult. Iso-

with compliments on how good he looks.

For more information visit www.bull-

metric strength training allows your body

I actually found a new exercise on my And, like with any other ex-

to activate nearly all of your body’s avail-

own. It’s an exercise great for the jawline

ercise program always consult your

able moto units, for a focused area which

to avoid a double chin. Take the Bull-

physician before beginning.

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