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When it comes to healthy living, Fairfax County leads the state. For the third year in a row, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named it Virginia’s healthiest county. We show you how folks in Fairfax are getting, and staying, so fit. By Sabr a Morris


Mind Over Matter Yogaville, a 600-acre ashram in Buckingham County, and the recent opening of UVA’s Contemplative Sciences Center, are helping to make Central Virginia a locus for the study of mindfulness and its role in the future of preventive health care. By Mary Burruss

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| The Go Guide From runs and races to seminars and charity tournaments, our favorite fitness events around the state this season are sure to get you moving.

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Health Warrior Shane Emmett wants to transform the way you think about snack bars. By Sandr a Shelley

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Tired of restless nights and perpetual exhaustion? The Commonwealth’s top sleep experts tell you how to relax and catch some Zzz’s. By Suzanne Gannon

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Simple, healthful and easy. Recipes for grab ‘n go food that won’t make you feel guilty later.

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Get your sweat on old school with the year’s top exercise trends. By valerie hubbard

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Get down and dirty at some of the state's toughest—and muddiest— extreme obstacle races. By Greg Lohr

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More and more Americans are traveling abroad for medical procedures, but is medical tourism worth the risk? A wry look at this growing trend. By Tricia Pearsall

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eing a leader in the field of cardiology means your day can run long. Dr. Sarah Joyner is up at 6 a.m. each morning to spend a little time with her husband and grab a bite of breakfast before her workday at Hampton Roads’ Cardiovascular Associates begins at 7 a.m. It continues, she says, “until the work is done.” In the evenings she does committee work, and ends her day after 11 p.m. Not that the 37-year-old Virginia Beach native is complaining—this is what she’s always wanted

to do. Her first exposure to medicine came when, as a young girl, she would visit her paternal grandmother in a nursing home in Virginia Beach. “I would shadow medical staff and play piano for residents.” Joyner received the prestigious Jefferson Scholarship to study at the University of Virginia, then went on to Eastern Virginia Medical School and volunteered in a small town in Alaska as part of a National Public Health Service program. “When I was there, there were no physicians. I worked

with a physician’s assistant and helped with school physicals,” she says. “I learned how much health care can be accomplished with limited resources.” Today, Joyner uses cutting edge technology to treat her patients, chief of which is the rare 64-slice cardiac CT scanner, a white ring-shaped device that looks like it came here from the future. The non-invasive 9-second scan is so precise that it can capture a 3D image of a beating heart, allowing Joyner to detect—and thereby prevent— potential heart problems before patients expe-

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Upfront rience symptoms, thus saving lives. The cost of the equipment and the required certification to use it make it a less commonly used diagnostic tool; only select cardiologists like Joyner have access to it. Joyner’s list of achievements is long and studded with leadership roles: She served as the 140th president of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine and on the boards of the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. In 2007, she received the AHA’s Outstanding Women in Cardiology Award for Excellence, as well as the Young Investigator Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Women’s Health National Center of Excellence for her work advancing women’s health research. And in 2012, she was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal. Yet Joyner is more than just good at her job. Unlike the curmudgeonly physician actor Hugh Laurie played on the FOX network’s “House,” Joyner proves that it’s possible to excel in diagnosis and treatment, while showing patience, care and compassion to patients. She “displays a rare combination of deep intelligence, graciousness, patience, sincerity, compassion, and a lovely, positive demeanor,” says Dr. Peter LaPlace, an internal medicine physician with Associates in Primary Care, P.C. in Norfolk, who succeeded Joyner as president of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine, and who has known and worked with her since she was a student at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Joyner attributes her demeanor to her parents and her upbringing. Her family ran several hotels when she was a child and today owns The Capes Oceanfront Hotel on 20th Street in Virginia Beach—so Joyner absorbed many lessons that would serve her future as a doctor. “It is interesting, looking back,” she says, “how so many of those experiences probably influenced me becoming the person that I am today.” Thinking back to the example her parents set at the hotel, Joyner remembers “the importance of good customer service, interacting well with people from different backgrounds with different ways of expressing themselves, and hard work. These things, she says “have, I think, translated into my relating quickly to people with varied needs and ways of expressing those health needs.” Asked to recall a favorite patient, Joyner remembers a woman in her 40s who was suffering from palpitations and significant shortness of breath, which was limiting her activities. Compounding the problem, the patient was “apprehensive of the health care system and physicians in general,” Joyner recalls. “I closely followed her, performing work-up studies—transesophageal echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization—which were fairly standard, and determined her diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse with severe mitral regurgitation.” The lexicon sounds natural in Joyner’s Southern accent, but it’s confusing terminology for most of us, and potentially terrifying for a patient who was already apprehensive. But Joyner saw her through, using “the personal touch to comfort her and help her through work-up and treatment,” which included heart valve surgery. Joyner describes her assistance to the patient as “probably more of the art of medicine than science.” The patient is “doing great now and her quality of life is significantly improved,” says Joyner, “she can play with her grandson now and has a lot more energy.” Despite her success, Joyner is concerned about challenges ahead in

health care, especially as the Affordable Health Care for America Act is implemented. “It’s predicted that there will be a shortage of physicians and health care providers to care for the new population of patients,” she says. Of course, when you’re Joyner and you see a potential problem, you don’t just complain about it, you lead the way in trying to fix it. And so Joyner co-chaired the Physician Shortage Task Force through the Medical Society of Virginia to help find solutions to this important issue. Similarly, she has served as a task force committee member for the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition whose special focus is on STEMI, the deadliest form of heart attack during which a blood clot can completely block the artery to the heart. The coalition is working to set up regional STEMI-care systems to ensure that local emergency medical service teams have the proper equipment and training to diagnose this type of heart attack and get the patient to the correct trauma center in time. Joyner’s special interest in women’s health has spurred her to increase awareness of women’s risk of heart attack. “Being one of a few female cardiologists in this area, I feel that I am in a unique position to help champion cardiovascular health for the women of Hampton Roads and throughout the state,” she says. “Women are more likely than men to present without chest pain,” she says. “They may have atypical symptoms, which can include indigestion or heart burn, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and pain in the arm or neck.” She advises women to be aware of the symp-

Despite her success, Joyner is concerned about challenges ahead in health care.

toms and to seek medical care promptly. Like any good doctor, Joyner preaches prevention first: “One, stop smoking,” she advises. “Two, start an exercise regimen after talking with your doctor. Three, eat more nutritiously—less sugar, more fruits and veggies,” she says and suggests a Mediterranean-style diet with an emphasis on fish, vegetables, and “good” fats, like those found in olive oil, avocados and nuts. “Four, know your numbers,” she says. “Have your blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, and fasting blood sugar level checked.” Joyner acknowledges that stress is an unhealthy component of modern life and can lead to, among other things, heart problems—and she should know, given her over-the-top busy schedule. But Joyner doesn’t just talk the talk—she walks the cardiologist-walk by regularly carving time out for yoga, running and cooking with her husband (plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Viol, whom she married in 2012). “I grew up on a lot of Southern food,” she says with a smile. Always trying to make improvements, she adds, not surprisingly, “I look for ways to make it healthier.”

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endy Camacho never imagined she’d raise chickens. She tries to live sustainably and keeps a big garden at her home in Chesapeake’s South Norfolk neighborhood, but the idea of having her own source of fresh eggs never occurred to her until she began watching her diet. What she learned surprised her. “The eggs you buy in the supermarket are a month old,” says the 50-year-old Camacho. “The chickens in these large poultry farms

are full of antibiotics and given feed that’s been genetically modified.” Given access to high quality food and space to scratch and peck, hens lay eggs that are nutritionally superior and—importantly for Camacho—lower in cholesterol than virtually all industrial-sourced eggs. They also provide a rich source of garden fertilizer. All in all, she found too many benefits of homegrown eggs to ignore. Her boyfriend Jim, who grew up on a farm, happily erected a coop for Camacho and,

in summer 2012, she installed three chickens (two Rhode Island Reds and an Ameraucana) at her home, even though at the time it was illegal to raise chickens in urban neighborhoods. She joined a grassroots movement called “4 Chesapeake Hens” whose work convinced Chesapeake’s city council to overturn the ban on chickens in urban neighborhoods; the city now allows up to six hens, confined to a coop, for each residence. The three eggs a day the hens provide Camacho “are much richer,” she says. “They’re so clear when I crack them. Anything I use them for—cakes, brownies—come out much fluffier than with other eggs.” There’s been no cluckclucking from neighbors, either. A small daily effort keeps the coop clean, and her hens are quieter than neighborhood dogs. (Only roosters cock-adoodle-do.) Camacho is part of a growing trend of Virginians campaigning for the right to keep backyard chickens. Chesapeake joins Fredericksburg and Salem as cities that recently passed ordinances allowing urban flocks. “People mistakenly think chickens cost a tremendous amount of money, but a 50-pound bag of feed lasts a couple months, and table scraps and old vegetables go to the chickens. That’s less out of my pocket and less that goes to the landfill,” explains Camacho. “The more I can do to feed my own family, it’s a win-win for everyone.” —By Ben Swenson

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etired Richmond dentist and orthodontist Dr. Julian Metts lives on a 1,400-acre farm in Cartersville, but he looks after much more than just farmland and cows: He also tends to an international nonprofit for children that he started nearly 14 years ago. It started when Metts went on a mission trip to Guyana with the South Richmond Rotary Club in 1991 and met children who were terribly malnourished and dying of conditions easily treatable in the U.S. “They would never leave my mind,” he says. “There were children where I knew what was wrong with them. I couldn’t do anything, but I knew someone who could in Richmond.” The SRRC began sending four to six medical teams a year to the South American country, with Metts enlisting the help of his friend and colleague, Richmond pediatrician Dr. Frederick Rahal. The two drove a van to local communities, providing pediatric and dental care to children. “They would form two lines,” Metts says, describing those early days. “If you needed a tooth looked at, you would get in one line, if the child was sick, they would get in another.” The efforts continued to grow and, by the fall of 1999, International Hospital for Children was founded in Richmond.

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reams take us beyond our linear mind, our thinking mind, to the realm of the soul,” explains Mary Elizabeth Marlow, author, dream shaman and transpersonal teacher. “From that realm we get wisdom and guidance.” Dreams, she says, are designed to illustrate a lesson, perhaps to reveal when something we’re doing isn’t working. Marlow, who grew up in Front Royal and spent the first half of her career as an English teacher in Richmond and Newport News, leads dream shaman circles one evening a week for six weeks in her Virginia Beach home. Seated around her cozy living room in a quiet neighborhood near Rudee Inlet, six to eight participants share dreams—one at a time—and work to uncover their messages.

A handsome woman with shoulder-length silver hair and an aura of serenity, Marlow first asks each person to recite a dream from beginning to end— with eyes closed—and then repeat it. Next, she asks the dreamer to describe how she felt during her dream—afraid, anxious, happy or relaxed? She invites the dreamer to draw the dream, which helps reveal motifs and metaphors. (“Stick figures are fine,” she says.) Then, using her intuitive abilities, Marlow guides the group to a deeper understanding of what their dreams might mean in the context of their lives. “Any dream that comes is a gift. We can lessen the pain and struggle of life if we listen to our dreams.” One participant dreamed he had received a new pair of glasses.

When he put them on, the world looked different. In the discussion that followed, the man revealed that he was having issues with his son. The glasses, Marlow suggested, could be a metaphor encouraging him to try to see things from his son’s perspective. “He listened to the dream and responded with a decisive shift in perception,” she says. Ultimately, the man reconciled with his son. “All life is metaphor,” she says, “not just in our dream world, but also in our waking world.” Charges for her services vary. The dream group costs $150 for six sessions; individual counseling starts at $100 per hour. To discover the messages your dreams are sending, Marlow suggests keeping a dream journal

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600, and a two-year, $68.5 million building expansion due to be completed this year. “I never in a million years expected it to grow this rapidly,” says Mallory, who had previously worked in both the chemical and lab industries. “We actually were cash positive in four months and hit our fiveyear business plan in 10 months.” HDL runs about 150,000 tests a day and serves physicians’ offices in 42 states in the U.S. in addition to the U.K., Norway and the Cayman Islands. The company is at the forefront of new testing that can detect early risk factors for such conditions as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease. Testing like the CYP2C19 genetic test, which can identify how a patient will metabolize Plavix®, a medication for those who have recently suffered a heart attack or stroke, or suffer from peripheral artery disease, can provide physicians with valuable information on a very micro-level. HDL also provides Personal Health Coaches, which include registered dieticians, diabetic educators, nurse practitioners, smoking cessation experts, certified lipid specialists and exercise therapists, who are available to talk with patients after they receive their lab results and help guide them into making healthy lifestyle changes. The coaches also work with corporate wellness programs. “There are no other labs at this time that are doing what we’re doing,” says Mallory. “There are a few who have telephone support ... but there’s no one exactly like us.” In November, Mallory received the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award in the emerging company category. At the award ceremony in Palm Springs, California, Mallory thanked her employees: “They are what make this company so great. They’re very passionate,” adding, “We’re out to change the way medicine is practiced— no small feat—and we’re just getting started.” —By Sandra Shelley

CEO Tonya Mallory on the rising tide of Health Diagnostic Laboratory.


onvinced that she could improve health care by creating an entity that would not only offer the latest technology in blood testing, but also help physicians and patients in developing personalized treatment plans based upon the lab results, Tonya Mallory started Health Diagnostic Laboratory in 2009 by cashing in her 401K and her children’s college savings plans. “How stupid was that?” laughs Mallory, HDL’s affable president, CEO and co-founder. The big risk paid off, and the Richmond-based clinical laboratory has experienced extraordinary growth—about 3-5% a week—in the few short years of its existence, going from 11 employees to over

Got Type 1 diabetes? There’s an app for that! There is still no cure for Type 1 diabetes, but a team of researchers at UVA is working on the next best thing—an artificial pancreas. Led by mathematician and engineer Dr. Boris Kovatchev, and physicist Dr. Patrick Keith-Hynes, researchers at the Center for Diabetes Technology at UVA are currently conducting clinical trials on an external artificial pancreas. And the most impressive thing? It’s all made possible by a reverseengineered Android smartphone. “It’s a standard cellphone converted into a hub that runs a control algorithm,” says Kovatchev, 51, who moved to Charlottesville from his native Bulgaria in 1991. The device wirelessly connects to two preexisting treatment technologies—the insulin pump and the continuous glucose monitor—which allows the algorithm to take the glucose reading and calculate the correct amount of insulin to deliver, mimicking the behavior of a healthy pancreas. Kovatchev and Keith-Hynes’ research is part of the Artificial Pancreas Project, which is funded by organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Richmond-based Frederick Banting Foundation and the Charlottesville-based private investment firm PBM Capital. (JDRF committed to artificial pancreas research in 2006 and funded five centers, but UVA is the first of those centers to develop a portable system.) A sequence of three consecutive studies will conclude in August, and Kovatchev believes that by the summer of 2014 there will be “sufficient evidence to be able to offer the artificial pancreas to companies to commercialize it.” —By Daryl Grove

Driven to Distraction ADHD is often a family affair.


ichmond psychologist Dr. Steven Butnik finds that some parents of his adolescent patients with AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder are often surprised to discover that they, too, have the neurobiological disorder. “If a child has ADHD, research shows that there is a 25 percent chance that the parent has it,” says Butnik, noting that he believes that estimate may be low. “This genetic link is so strong that some clinicians think that if one member of a family is diagnosed with ADHD, it

makes sense to screen the others.” ADHD is often missed in adults or misdiagnosed as depression or anxiety. “Many parents walk in with the perception of what ADHD might be,” Butnik says. “When they find out what it really is they realize they have symptoms that are related to ADHD.” He recalls one family in which the 10-year-old daughter was being tested for the disorder when her mother had an “aha” moment of her own. Both mother and daughter were easily distracted and would get so overwhelmed that it stymied

them from doing anything. “If I had 10 things to do, I couldn’t start because I couldn’t figure out what order to do them in,” says the mother, who asks that her real name not be used. Other symptoms of adult ADHD include problems with concentration and organizational skills. “As an adult, it’s more about procrastination, trouble prioritizing and forgetting to do things,” says Butnik. “Parents with ADHD are really overwhelmed, especially when there is no structure to their day.”

Many of Butnik’s patients are treated with a combination of a medication such as Adderall and behavioral counseling. “Medication is well accepted in kids and now in adults,” he says. “It’s important to educate people about the nature of ADHD and what you can do about it.” —By Joan Tupponce

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NEws and notes Take a Deep Breath Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center is offering a new treatment for severe asthma called bronchial thermoplasty, which was approved by the FDA in 2010. This outpatient procedure uses a bronchoscope to deliver heat to the lungs of patients with asthma in order to reduce the amount of smooth muscle in the lungs—the muscles that constrict and result in asthma symptoms. “The goal of the procedure is to improve asthma control, decrease exacerbations and hopefully decrease the amount and strength of the medications required to maintain asthma control,” says pulmonologist Dr. Vijay Subramaniam, who is currently training other physicians in the country on the new procedure. Now you can breathe easy Williamsburg.

Float On You may remember sensory deprivation tanks from their hippie, “Altered States” days, but the sleek space-age pods found in Chesapeake’s Float First center are an entirely new breed. For $79 an hour (or less, with a monthly plan), visitors can climb into a tank filled with continually filtered water that is heated to skin temperature and made buoyant with 1,200 pounds of Epsom salts. “It feels like you’re floating in midair, just like an astronaut,” says James Ramsey, who opened the studio with his brother Steve in July 2011. “Every muscle in your body completely relaxes.” Float’s clients include creative types, stressed-out executives and patients with chronic pain. Clients put in earplugs, slip into the water and turn off the tank’s lights. Emerging one to four (!) hours later, “They feel like they’ve been on vacation for a week,” says Ramsey. The ultimate stay-cation.

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Healing Power of Art Sharon Celsor-Hughes, creative arts director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, arranges visits to museums for memory-impaired individuals and their caregivers. “It has been phenomenal seeing what long-term memories these visual images can trigger. Sometimes the caregiver will learn something about their loved one they never knew before,” says Celsor-Hughes who explains that the trips are part of the organization’s Arts Fusion program, which includes visual arts, music and dance. The program provides activities for those in nursing homes, including trips to the Roanoke Symphony during rehearsal times and visits to art museums. Celsor-Hughes works with docents to create a nonthreatening, positive environment that encourages participation. Says Celsor-Hughes, there is “a lot of conversation and laughter,” adding, “and laughter can be very healing, too.” A good laugh can indeed be the best medicine.

Last August, surgeon Dr. Tamera Howell directed a robotic arm to snip a teeny-tiny blue ribbon with a wee pair of scissors to introduce the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System to Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, the latest Carilion hospital to receive the system first used by the health care organization in 2001. Doctors can use the robot to assist them in delicate and complex operations such as prostatectomies, cardiothoracic surgeries and hysterectomies. Benefits for patients include reduced scarring and pain, lower risks of infection and faster recovery times. In 2011, The Washington Post reported that 1,300 da Vincis had been installed around the country and had been used in about 220,000 operations in 2010. “Utilizing robotics allows a whole new dimension to the minimally invasive surgical technologies we offer. You can operate through very small ports using a 3D camera and instruments that are just like an extension of your hands,” says Howell.

Are You Dense? A new Virginia law requires health care providers to inform patients if they have dense breast tissue—a condition that can increase cancer risk and mask tumors on standard mammograms. Cathy Tatusko successfully championed the Breast Density Inform legislation at last year’s General Assembly, making Virginia the third state in the U.S. to pass such a law. The Annandale nurse learned she had breast cancer after years of normal mammograms. “Five months before my Stage IIIc diagnosis, I had a mammogram and had normal results. Because of my dense breast tissue, it really obscured the tumor. I had a false sense of security,” she says. Though Tatusko knew she had dense breast tissue, she didn’t realize the extent to which it can hide tumors often only visible through more advanced imaging such as ultrasounds, MRIs, Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) and breast-specific gamma imaging. Many women don’t even know they have dense breast tissue. Supporting Tatusko in the effort to notify women with dense breast tissue were Del. Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock Sr. (R-Caroline), State Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and Are You Dense?—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the issue.

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he work of managing an overnight sensation should be draining, but Health Warrior CEO Shane Emmett is the picture of vitality. The energetic 34-year-old arrives at a coffee shop in downtown Richmond wearing a running jacket, perhaps having just squeezed in one of his three- to five-mile lunchtime sprints around Belle Isle or the Buttermilk Trail. The week before, Emmett traveled to four states in five days, promoting his company’s popular chia seed products. It’s a schedule he has kept up since launching Health Warrior in 2010. When Emmett and friends Dan Gluck and Nick Morris—all former NCAA Division I athletes—started their company, most people didn’t think of chia seeds as something to eat. “It used to be, ‘Oh, like the Chia Pet?’” Emmett recalls. Then, last January, a full-page article appeared in The Wall Street Journal touting the benefits of the super fuel, naming Health Warrior as the brand of seeds used by Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice. Within a few hours, the fledgling company’s bagged seeds were the #2 selling food in the grocery department on Amazon. “We sold all of our inventory within a few days,” he says. By the end of 2012, Health Warrior’s sales had increased a whopping 650 percent over the year before. In December 2011, the company debuted the Health Warrior Chia Bar, a 100 percent natural, nutrient-rich bar that has picked up national distributions through Whole Foods and other

stores. Being a part of the food industry is quite a change of pace for Emmett, a Richmond lawyer and history buff whose background includes archeological digs in his childhood hometown of Williamsburg, a law degree from Oxford and a stint working in the Office of the Counselor of Governor Tim Kaine. But he couldn’t resist the lure of the tiny seeds, which he calls “a great food with an Indiana Jones history.” The seeds are packed with more omega-3s than salmon and more protein than oatmeal. “It’s a shockingly powerful food,” he says. How did your interest in chia seeds begin? Nick, Dan and I had all read Born to Run [about the Tarahumara tribe of Copper Canyon, Mexico, renowned for their barefoot running], and there are a few paragraphs in there about how these phenomenal long distance athletes eat chia seeds as their powerful fuel. And it alludes to the rich history of the chia seeds with the Aztec warriors …. who used chia seeds when they went into battle …. Nick was really the first one to start eating the chia seeds, then turned everyone else on to it. Were there other chia manufacturers then? People have been selling it for a long time, but it was not really popular until recently. When we started eating the seeds two years ago, we would order them off the Internet. The seeds would arrive in scary Ziploc bags with handmade labels

on them—but we still ate them. Or we’d find them tucked away in the fiber aisle of a health food store …. So it’s gone from that, where we literally thought about starting the company because it was just so darn hard to find good ones, to [being] the fastest growing category in the food world today. It’s been quite a thing to watch over the course of the past 24 months. Did your background as a college athlete influence your interest in chia seeds? When Dan, Nick and I were college athletes [Emmett swam and Gluck played tennis at Colgate; Morris played football at Penn] the athletic departments didn’t talk to you about nutrition the way they do now. We trained four hours a day for swimming, and yet no one talked to you about how you kept your body well fueled .… It’s too bad, because it could have made a big difference, I think, and it’s something that a lot of athletes realize now. What is the nutritional value of chia seeds? We always talk about the big four: the phenomenal amount of omega-3s, fiber, vegan protein with a full amino acid profile, and very high antioxidant level. It’s a very nutrientdense food, so for the relatively low number of calories, it represents an awful lot of nutrition— as juxtaposed with the example of corn syrup, which is a very high calorie ingredient with a very low amount of nutrition. Is yours the first bar with chia as the #1 ingredient? Exactly. If you go to a grocery store and look at the bars, most of them will not have a highnutrient superfood as the main ingredient. Our bars only have five grams of sugar per bar, which is very low compared to all the other bars on the shelf …. And what’s paired with that is the fact that this tiny bar has 16 percent of your daily fiber, which is very, very satiating. So even though it’s 100 calories, it actually fills you up. How did you come up with the Health Warrior name? In addition to connecting with the Aztec warrior story, the name applies to those who are able to overcome the challenges of modern life …. to aspire to a more healthy way of living. Health Warrior speaks to people playing pro sports and also the mom with three kids, working and trying to get in a daily three-mile jog.

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f you feel yourself slipping into a drowsy, head-bobbing doze as you read this, you may be one of a growing group of Americans—70 million, in fact, as estimated by Centers for Disease Control—who regularly experience some form of sleep difficulty. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults sleep seven to nine hours a night, but 63 percent of adults report they don’t. What’s keeping them up? High-pressure jobs, financial stress, caring for children with increasingly demanding schedules, managing a loved one’s illness, frequent travel and time-zone changes, and obesity are all potential obstacles to sound sleep. Throw in the technology that has infil-

Virginia sleep experts give us the prescription for perfect slumber. By Suzanne Gannon trated our lives around the clock—tablets, laptops, cell phones—and the deck is stacked against optimum rest. That late-night game of WarCraft’s Reign of Chaos and TV news broadcasts give us about as good a chance of sleeping soundly as a screech owl on a mouse hunt. “Technology is a major contributor,” says Dr. Deborah Gofreed, medical director of Arlington Sleep Medicine, which specializes in the medical evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. “These products create light when it’s supposed to be dark and when it’s natural to feel sleepy. You can’t go to sleep easily if, three minutes before, you’re watching something scary.” But even if you're just tuning in to “Late Night with

Jimmy Fallon,” artificial light, like that emitted by TVs and computer screens, not only suppresses the naturally occurring, sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, it also enhances alertness and shifts the circadian rhythm—the 24-hour cycle of our biological clock that changes in response to light and darkness—to a later hour, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Sleep disorders vary from severe obstructive sleep apnea—an involuntary closing of the airway due to the relaxation of muscles in the throat—to chronic insomnia, night terrors, restless legs syndrome (an unpleasant sensation upon going to bed that is sometimes alleviated by leg movements), and the rare but disturbv i rg i n i a l i v i n g | m e d i c i n e & w e l l n e ss 2 0 1 3

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medicine ing exploding head syndrome in which a patient can be jolted awake by the sensation that something akin to a bomb has detonated in his skull— among many others. The consequences can be significant—and costly. Health risks for sleep apnea sufferers include heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes, while patients suffering from any of these ailments can experience compromised cognitive function, depression, irritability, impaired memory and daytime drowsiness. In addition, the Institute of Medicine, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that 20 percent of car accident injuries

Sleep Tight Sleep experts recommend the following tips for those suffering from insomnia: Establish regular wake-up and turn-in times, even on the weekends. Do not watch TV, read, or use your computer in bed. Exercise regularly, but not within three hours of your bedtime. Avoid caffeine after midday. Stop smoking. Take a warm bath or shower one hour before bedtime. Before you turn in, release stressful thoughts by writing them down. Reduce or eliminate evening alcohol consumption. Make your bedroom a comfortable and peaceful place. involve sleepiness at the wheel from data it gathered in a 2006 research study. Sleeping-while-driving is a threat Dr. Kathe Henke, laboratory director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Virginia in Richmond, knows well. “We’ve had patients asleep at traffic lights who haven’t woken up until a police officer knocks on the window,” she says, “and others who have fallen asleep while talking to their bosses.”


A 53-year-old Alexandria resident who works night shifts on security detail—and who asked to remain anonymous so as not to alarm his employer—is one of those patients. “I got to the point that I was falling asleep in meetings and at traffic lights,” says the security officer who is now a client of Arlington Sleep Medicine. “It became somewhat of a hazard.” He made an appointment for what would be the first of four sleep studies known as polysomnographies, and, just 45 minutes after he nodded off, the monitoring technician diagnosed him with severe sleep apnea, a condition in which a patient can unwittingly awaken hundreds of times per minute because he is not able to breathe. Ever since, he has been using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the gold-standard device that continuously pumps humidified air into the airway of the sleeping patient via a mask and hose strapped to the head, thus regulating the flow of oxygen to the brain. The once-bulky and uncomfortable device has become available in increasingly sleek and comfortable designs from manufacturers such as ResMed and Philips Respironics whose new Wisp mask does not obstruct the user’s field of vision. Sleep apnea is believed to affect between two and four percent of the population, more men than women, though the rate among post-menopausal women is higher. Although 12 to 18 million Americans—80-90 percent of sufferers— remain untreated, sales of CPAP machines like ResMed are an indication of how many sufferers are being helped. Constance Bienfait, director of investor relations, says ResMed recorded $1.4 billion in sales for the fiscal year ending in June 2012 and 71 straight quarters of revenue growth, making it one of the fastest growing businesses in the medical devices sector. (CPAPs are covered 100 percent by most health insurance.) And the technology is maturing. In addition to new lines like the S9 series by ResMed, Philips Respironics has just introduced the SleepMapper, a free, mobile, Web-based application compatible with a CPAP that enables a patient to analyze his sleep performance via a laptop, cell phone, or tablet without having to phone a physician. Other solutions available on the market include mouth guards known as mandibular advancement devices and Provent, a disposable adhesive bandage fitted with a valve for breathing that the patient affixes to each nostril upon going to bed. Henke says both devices are options for patients with milder forms of sleep apnea, but their success rates are not as high as that of a CPAP machine because they do not reduce the number of apneas (temporary suspensions of breathing) as dramatically. But what about other nocturnal challenges, such as insomnia and restless legs? Some are treated effectively with prescription drugs. Nonbenzodiazopine hypnotics like Ambien and Lunesta are used to treat short-term insomnia, while drugs often used for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease like Mirapex, Neurontin and Requip are prescribed for restless legs syndrome because they help regulate muscle movements. Parasomnias—nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder in which one acts out a violent dream like choking a sleep partner while still asleep—are often

treated with benzodiazopenes (a subgroup of hypnotics) like Restoril, Klonopin and Valium. A methodology that has been around since the 1980s—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)—is gaining new favor in treating chronic insomnia, which, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine afflicts between 33 and 50 percent of the population (10 to 15 percent of that group also report distress or impairment as a result of lack of sleep). Dr. Bruce Rybarczyk, director of the clinical psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a pioneer of CBTI, an alternative to some pharmaceutical therapies that aims to help a patient reform the bad habits that may impede sleep. “Insomnia is not a disease; it’s a symptom of a problem,” says Rybarczyk. “In this therapy, we basically give patients the owner’s manual to their sleep system, and we show them how to keep it properly tuned up.” Rybarczyk, who has an 80 percent success rate with this treatment, believes that as many as 98 percent of chronic insomnia sufferers could benefit from it, though he says only those who are very persistent with their physicians find out about the treatment. “There are so many commercial products out there that really clutter things up,” he says. “The pharmaceutical industry is not really the right answer, although I have no objection to using sleep aids for the treatment of episodic insomnia—when you travel, for example.” Synthetic melatonin, for instance, can be used as a sleep aid taken several hours before bed and is most effective for easing back into a new time zone after a long trip. Dr. Rybarczyk offers a six-week course of treatment, which includes in-office counseling and homework, and guides patients through everything from stimulus control, such as removing computers from their bedrooms and participating in quiet activities for an hour before bed, to sleep restriction methods such as deliberately depriving them of sleep with late bedtimes and early wake-ups for enough consecutive nights that their circadian rhythm resets. One of Dr. Rybarczyk’s patients, 38-year-old Mehrima Matrood, worked with Rybarczyk from April to September of last year in hopes of finding an antidote to the insomnia that had plagued her for 20 years. “I was tired and cranky, and people noticed that I wasn’t my happy self,” says Matrood, who had been prescribed numerous sleeping pills over the years, including Ambien and Tegretol. But, says Matrood: “None of them worked.” After six or seven visits to Rybarczyk and faithful compliance to instructions that had her grocery shopping, doing laundry and calling on friends and family to keep her awake until 1:30 a.m. for the first two weeks, she ultimately succeeded in establishing a new sleep schedule from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., a major improvement for someone who previously went days without sleep and often found herself sneaking off to her car for a catnap during her lunch hour. “It’s amazing,” says Matrood. “No medicine; just talking and time adjustments. I’ve got my personality back.” Sometimes, it seems, you have to wake up before you can go to sleep. Soundly.

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hile eating healthily on the run requires a little more forethought than tearing open a bag of chips or unwrapping a triple burger, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes it just means peeling a couple of pieces of fruit and flipping on the blender, or spreading last night’s veggie dip on a tortilla for a tasty roll-up. When you need to beat the clock, a quick and easy meal can be just as healthy as any that takes hours to prepare.

Pita Chips 1 package pita bread olive oil Italian seasoning blend (garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper) Cut pitas into eighths. Spritz with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until crisp. Serves 8

Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken 5 cups Romaine, washed, dried and chopped 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped ½ cup red onion, chopped ½ cup Kalamata olives ½ cups feta cheese, crumbled 2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped Dressing 1⁄3 cup red wine vinegar 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon garlic powder Whisk all dressing ingredients together. Toss in large bowl with remaining ingredients. Serves 8

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2 cups pomegranate juice 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt ½ cup quince paste* 2 cups crushed ice


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8 ounces cooked chicken, beef or lamb ½ cup hummus fresh arugula

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4 whole-wheat or spinach tortillas

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Spread hummus on each tortilla. Add meat and arugula. Roll into a wrap. Serves 4

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Maximum Impact Four new fitness programs that push you to your limits and make getting physical fun again. << b y Va l e r i e H u b b a r d >>


ot enthusiastic about another round on the elliptical? Tired of watching the digital miles tick by as you trudge along on the treadmill? A new generation of fitness programs offers promise for those tired of old routines and others who, er, never quite found the inspiration to get off the couch in the first place. These new ways of getting in shape toss out the standard solitary routines on intimidating machines in favor of regimens that rely on teamwork and self-propelled exercises. Some of them even sound a bit oldfashioned. Push-ups, anyone? The good news here is that to stay on top of fitness trends in 2013, you won’t have to make serious equipment investments. Why buy what you’ve already got? Those extra pounds from overindulging become quite useful when your own body-weight provides the resistance. Body-weight exercises are a proven way to get and stay fit, according to today’s fitness gurus who have a wealth of ingenious techniques to help us get into shape. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite new fitness programs.


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Sweat, SEAL Team-Style “Getting fit is not easy,” says John McGuire, founder of the Richmondbased SEAL Team Physical Training Inc., “so our goal is to keep it fun, and if you’re with friends mixing it up and having a good time, it makes it easier.” A former Navy SEAL, McGuire offers his programs in Richmond, Charlottesville and Washington, D.C., and hopes to expand across the country. Rain (or snow!) or shine, classes are held outside, year-round, in public parks and sometimes on college campuses. “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear,” says McGuire. Participants must first complete a two-week basic fitness class. After that, they can take part in the early morning (i.e., before sunrise) classes. Participants are about evenly divided between men and women, and McGuire says every stripe of fitness level and age is represented. The classes move around from park to park and typically have members working in teams on drills as simple as push-ups and as unusual as crab soccer and tug-of-war.

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Tighten Up with TRX Suspension Training If you prefer to workout indoors, you might try another Navy SEAL exercise innovation: TRX Suspension Training. Touted as a “full-body workout,” TRX (short for “total body resistance exercise”) uses a pair of sturdy nylon straps adjustable to different lengths, which are secured to a bar set high in the wall or ceiling. Using your own body weight, you use the bright yellow and black straps to do moves that include squats and pull-ups working either from the floor with your feet suspended in the straps, or from a standing position holding onto the straps with your hands. Home TRX kits are available for around $200, or you can take the class at a gym. “Because you can make the movement easier or harder depending on how you position your body relative to the straps, it’s an ideal, low-impact way to build strength, balance, flexibility and joint stability,” says Stephen Fralin of Gold’s Gym in Roanoke, which holds regular TRX classes.

crossfit photos by tai randall. above photo courtesy of seal team pt. trx photo by loren wright

CrossFit Takes It Old School We have the military and police academies to thank for another new fitness program: CrossFit. Described as “high-intensity group fitness workouts,” CrossFit includes completing a series of exercises—squats, push-ups, squat jumps—mixed with intervals of weightlifting during a 45-60 minute long class. “It’s sort of the new of the old,” explains Chris Garay, general manager of CrossFit Charlottesville. “We are using old-fashioned training Opposite page protocols in a different way and below to get great results and right: CrossFit have more fun doing it.” Charlottesville. These are hard workouts Above and right: that combine Olympic-style TRX at Gold’s lifting with intense cardio. Gym, Roanoke. There is even a competitive Below left: SEAL version of CrossFit in which Team workout, teams try to out-perform Richmond. each other as they go through their paces.

You Gotta Try Tabata Another new interpretation of interval training is Tabata, named for its founder, Izumi Tabata, a professor and researcher at Japan’s Ritsumeikan University. Professor Tabata found that high-intensity intermittent training improves the aerobic system as well as the anaerobic system, resulting in better muscular performance and endurance. Tabata training typically involves eight rounds of performing a high-intensity activity—push-ups, body weight squats, medicine ball slams, rope jumping for 20 seconds— interspersed with 10 seconds of rest. “It stays fresh because the activities you can do are virtually limitless,” says Jesse Wareing, whose family owns Wareing’s Gym in Virginia Beach. The hourlong classes are usually attended by serious athletes (or those who wish to be) of every age. “It’s all about what you’re willing to put into it. That’s what you’re going to get out of it,” he says. “But I guess that’s true about just about anything.”

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Here: Robert Lamberson of Williamsburg in the Great American Mud Run. Right: Micki Long slogs through mud in the Warrior Dash. Opposite page: Nelson Wu in the Super Spartan Obstacle Race.

Mud, Sweat and Tears Physical, dirty and even a bit dangerous, extreme racing is not for the faint of heart. << b y G r e g A . L o h r > >


elson Wu had already run a couple of half-marathons when he decided last year he needed a new challenge—something more fun and less repetitive. So Wu, a 25-yearold facilities engineer at Fort Belvoir, drove to Leesburg in September for the Super Spartan, a down-and-dirty athletic event featuring more than eight miles of military-style obstacles. His adrenaline pumping, Wu slogged through mud, scaled makeshift wooden walls, leapt over burning logs, carried heavy sandbags and even


crawled under barbed wire. And in doing so, he joined the swelling ranks of tens of thousands of Virginians who, over the past few years, have helped fuel the staggering growth of extreme obstacle events. “It’s not your regular workout high,” Wu says. “There’s an element of danger.” Despite the veneer of danger—and partly because of it—more and more people are doing obstacle events in localities across the state, including Wintergreen, Richmond, Aldie,

Chesapeake, Sterling, Chesterfield County and Virginia Beach. The event names can be daunting and over-the-top: Rugged Maniac, Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and the Rogue Runner, just to name a few. Then there are the Super Spartan’s sister events, the Spartan Beast and the 40-mile, invitation-only Spartan Death Race, with its bleakly blunt website, The industry’s growth is impressive. From 2010 to 2012, Tough Mudder grew from three events to 35, with participation growing from 20,000 to 460,000. The Warrior Dash drew 2,000 people to its inaugural event in 2009. Then, with 50 races nationwide in 2012, Warrior Dash participation reached nearly 600,000. Why have these events become so popular, so fast? Danger can’t be the only appeal. (In fact, Spartan Death Race aside, these events look and sound far more threatening than they are.) Novelty—the change of pace that attracted Wu to the Super Spartan—is a much bigger draw, as is the full-body workout. Plus, there’s a nostalgic allure; participants find themselves doing things they probably haven’t done since childhood: Sloshing through mud puddles on purpose, climbing thick ropes and swinging from the cold metal rungs of monkey bars. Afterward, soggy, scratched and caked in mud, they celebrate together with free beer and live music. “It’s much more of a party atmosphere than at some traditional races, where you run and get your medal and go home,” says Micki Long,

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SPORT Want to try an obstacle race? April 20 Color Me Rad 5k, Richmond, May 4 & 5 Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race, Petersburg, Virginia Motorsports Park, May 5 Color Me Rad 5k, Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach Sportsplex, May 11 5k Foam Fest, Richmond, Pocahontas State Park, May 17 Miller Lite Filthy 5k Mud Run, Richmond, Brown’s Island, June 1 & 2 Tough Mudder Virginia Beach (10-12 mile race), location within 90 miles of Virginia Beach, June 22 Rogue Runner Washington D.C./Virginia II 10k, location within 2 hours of Washington D.C.,

Finding the Extra Gear

June 29 Henricus Dauber Dash (5 mile race), Chester, Henricus Historical Park,

Sports psychologist helps athletes thrive.

photos courtesy of robert lamberson, micki long and nelson wu

August 25 Super Spartan Obstacle Race (8+ mile race), Leesburg, Morven Park,

48, of Richmond. Long owns Three One One Productions, which puts on the Watermelon Festival in Richmond’s Carytown among other events. Long started exercising three years ago and quickly realized that “running down the street bores me to death.” She began boot camp work outs, then participated in the Rugged Maniac in Petersburg and the Warrior Dash. She recently signed up to go skydiving for the first time. “It gives you a sense of accomplishment,” she says, “and you kind of catch the fever.” Compared to traditional races, obstacle events provide physical and mental challenges in a more festive, unpredictable environment. That’s proving to be a powerful draw for weekend warriors who crave an experience that is more raw, more primal than their normal 9-to-5 lifestyle affords. “People are sitting in corporate America, in air-conditioned offices, remembering a time when they were more active, more fit, when they played on sports teams and spent more time outdoors,” says Jane Di Leo, public relations manager for Tough Mudder. “It really taps into the need to get out from behind your desk and to use our bodies the way they were meant to be used.” Ironically, the time we spend indoors in front of computers has helped mud-and-obstacle events gain traction. That’s because their industry’s rapid growth owes a tremendous debt

to online social media. “Ten years ago, you needed a database to do this,” says Jon Lugbill, executive director of Richmond’s Sports Backers, perhaps best known for staging two popular races, the Anthem Richmond Marathon and the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “In today’s world, all you need is some online marketing savvy and you can get big pretty quickly.” Lugbill’s group has entered the mud-andobstacle game, too, creating the Filthy 5k on Brown’s Island and the Henricus Dauber Dash, held each summer at Henricus Historical Park. Of course, social media can fuel both rapid success and an equally rapid decline. Organizers of obstacle events realize they must create new, even more extreme challenges each year to keep people interested. They’re also facing more competition these days, thanks to the emergence of fledgling events with ever-quirkier themes, such as spraying participants with color or foam. Matt Robinson, a race organizer with Chicago-based Red Frog Events, the company behind the Warrior Dash, which was held last September at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City and attracted 9,000 (29 percent more than the year before), says he welcomes the competition. “It pushes us and everybody out there to put on events that people like,” he says. “It’s certainly an industry that’s boomed over the past few years. We want to make sure it keeps growing and getting better.”

Are you worried the Tough Mudder might be a little too … tough? Or concerned you might get conquered by the Warrior Dash? If so, heed the advice of sports psychologist Dr. Dana Blackmer: While training your body, don’t forget to train your mind. “Your head can either help you or get in the way,” says Blackmer, founder of The Extra Gear in Richmond. “That’s true whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior.” Blackmer consults with athletes of various ages and skill levels to boost confidence, reduce nervousness, recover from injuries and, ideally, find that coveted extra gear—the ability to perform their best when it really counts. He has counseled Olympic hopefuls, triathletes and members of the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team. Yet he says the same tips he gives them can help the rest of us do better in our 5Ks, marathons, bike races and mud-soaked obstacle events—and to enjoy them more. One key, Blackmer says, is to avoid negative “self talk,” that inner commentary that can increase anxiety and cause muscle tension. Another strategy is to do your homework: If you’re training for a race or obstacle challenge, look at photos and videos of past events. Ideally, visit the course ahead of time to mentally rehearse surmounting the challenges. Don’t beat yourself up mentally during the event, he says, even if your quads are burning, you’re out of breath and you’re tempted to quit. It’s far better, he adds, “to be positive, supportive and realistic with yourself. Say, ‘This is tough, but I can do it. Yes it’s raining today, but it’s raining on everybody.’ Just keep going, find your rhythm. Think of what a good friend or coach would say to you when you’re struggling, and that’s what you should be saying to yourself.”

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Critical Care Medicine

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Bankole Johnson Charlottesville | 434-982-0394

Allergy and Immunology Michael Z. Blumberg Richmond | 804-288-0055

Larry C. Borish Charlottesville | 434-924-2227

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Charles G. Durbin, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-924-2227

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Geriatric Medicine Douglas N. Cutter Richmond | 804-560-6500

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Charlottesville | 434-924-1906

Richmond | 804-828-2161

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Richmond | 804-628-4432

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CENTRAL VIRGINIA Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, Epilepsy

Tim O'Neil

Howard P. Goodkin

George T. Rowe

Charlottesville | 434-924-5401

Richmond | 804-754-3776

John M. Pellock

Mary Michael Schweiker

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Richmond | 804-358-4904

Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, General

J. Mark Shreve

Lawrence D. Morton

Kara E. Somers

Richmond | 804-320-7139

John Barcia David Peter Chelmow

Garth Stevens, Jr. Richmond | 804-330-9303

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

Richmond | 804-828-4409

Richmond | 804-628-7337

Christian A. Chisholm Charlottesville | 434-924-3911

James T. Christmas Richmond | 804-289-4972

Stephen A. Cohen Richmond | 804-828-4409

Linda R. Duska Charlottesville | 434-924-1570

James E. (Jef) FergusonII Charlottesville | 434-924-9937

William Fitzhugh Richmond | 804-523-3712

Edward John Gill Richmond | 840-560-8950

Kathie L. Hullfish Charlottesville | 434-924-2103

Christine R. Isaacs

Ali R. Tabassian

Victor Baum

Richmond | 804-644-7478

Charlottesville | 434-982-3889

Orthopaedic Surgery

George D. Politis Charlottesville | 434-924-2283

William R. Beach

Gerald Thomas Albrecht

John Jane, Jr.

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Richmond | 804-285-1611

Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

James Browne

Arthur Garson, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-243-0278

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Abhinav (Bobby) Chhabra

D. Scott Lim

Mark F. Abel

Charlottesville | 434-982-4263

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Charlottesville | 434-982-4215

Gregory Gerard Degnan

G. Paul Matherne

Mark J. Romness

Charlottesville | 434-220-3727

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Charlottesville | 434-982-4214

David R. Diduch

Nancy L. McDaniel

Chester Sharps

Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Richmond | 804-285-2300

Harry C. Eschenroeder

Karen S. Rheuban

Amir Jazaeri

David M. Kahler

Richmond | 804-288-8900

Elizabeth H. Mandell Charlottesville | 434-249-1613

Susan C. Modesitt Charlottesville | 434-924-5197

Michael D. Moxley Charlottesville | 434-243-4570

Wade A. Neiman Lynchburg | 434-239-7890

Nan G. O'Connell Richmond | 804-560-8950

Thomas C. C. Peng Richmond | 804-828-4409

John G. Pierce, Jr. Richmond | 804-828-4409

JoAnn Pinkerton Charlottesville | 434-243-4720

Ronald M. Ramus Richmond | 804-828-8468

Fidelma Burke Rigby Richmond | 804-828-4409

John Seeds Richmond | 804-828-4409

Lisa R. Troyer Richmond | 804-288-4084

Randal J. West Richmond | 804-323-5040

Christopher D. Williams Charlottesville | 434-654-8520

Ophthalmology James L. Combs Richmond | 804-285-5300

Brian P. Conway Charlottesville | 866-431-3222

Sara A. Kaltreider Charlottesville | 434-244-8610

Peter A. Netland Charlottesville | 434-982-0854

Steven A. Newman

Charlottesville | 434-243-0236

Thomas P. Loughran Richmond | 804-828-0713

John F. Meyers Richmond | 804-285-2300

Mark D. Miller Charlottesville | 434-243-7778

Christopher I. Shaffrey Charlottesville | 434-924-2203

Hans R. Tuten Richmond | 804-285-2300

Otolaryngology Laurence DiNardo Richmond | 804-628-4368

George T. Hashisaki Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Bradley William Kesser Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Paul A. Levine Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Stephen S. Park Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Spencer C. Payne Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

James F. Reibel Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Pathology Stacey E. Mills Charlottesville | 434-982-4406

James W. Patterson

Charlottesville | 434-924-9119

Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia

Hans R. Tuten Richmond | 804-285-2300

Pediatric Plastic Surgery Kant Yuan-Kai Lin Charlottesville | 434-924-2528

Victor Baum Charlottesville | 434-982-3889

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Critical Care

H. Joel Schmidt

Charlottesville | 434-982-1707

Richmond | 804-282-0831

Bennett A. Alford

Frank T. Saulsbury

Stephen M. Borowitz

Pediatric Specialist/ Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Charlottesville | 434-924-1906

Richard R. Brookman Richmond | 804-828-9449

Kamar Godder Richmond | 804-828-9300

Pediatric Specialist/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Neil A. Sonenklar Richmond | 804-828-3137

Aradhana A. (Bella) Sood Richmond | 804-828-4371

Richmond | 804-828-9605

Benjamin W. Purow

Robert J. Boyle

Charlottesville | 434-924-5545

Charlottesville | 434-924-5429

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Karen Diane Fairchild

Stuart P. Adler

Karen Hendricks-Munoz

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Richmond | 804-828-1807

Richmond | 804-828-4526

Leigh B. Grossman

David Kaufman

Anne-Marie Irani

Charlottesville | 434-924-9141

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

Ronald B. Turner

Robert A. Sinkin

Charlottesville | 434-924-9141

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

Celeste N. Powers Richmond | 804-628-0142

Mark H. Stoler Charlottesville | 434-982-0284

Mark R. Wick

Gita Vasers Massey

Charlottesville | 434-243-6147

Richmond | 804-628-7337

William Grady Wilson Charlottesville | 434-924-2595

Pediatric Surgery Charles Bagwell Richmond | 804-828-3500

Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Haynes Richmond | 804-828-3500

Patricia Lange

Claudio Oiticica

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Charlottesville | 434-982-1930

Pediatric Specialist/ Pediatric Metabolic Diseases

Pediatric Radiology

Midlothian | 804-794-2821

Kimberly P. Dunsmore

Gary Tipton

Richmond | 804-288-9898

Charlottesville | 434-975-7700

Charlottesville | 434-924-5956

Pediatric HematologyOncology

Donald A. Taylor

Charlottesville | 434-924-5643

Harry L. Gewanter

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Richmond | 804-754-3776

Eugene D. McGahren

William L. Clarke

James L. Sutphen

Charles Vaden Terry

Charlottesville | 434-984-3854

Pearl Lee Yu

Pediatric Rheumatology

Richmond | 804-628-7337

Robert S. Rust, Jr.

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Pediatric Endocrinology

Martin Graham

Richmond | 804-320-1353

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

Charlottesville | 434-924-5321

Paul M. Strehler

Richmond | 804-828-0442

David A. Lanning

Pediatric Dermatology Hazel J. Vernon

John M. Pellock

W. Gerald Teague, Jr.

Douglas F. Willson Charlottesville | 434-982-1707

Midlothian | 804-739-6142

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Jeannean Carver

Richmond | 804-282-4205

Richmond | 804-828-0442

Richmond | 804-828-2982

Pediatric Specialist/ Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Charlottesville | 434-924-9169

Charlottesville | 434-924-5978


Charlottesville | 434-924-2096

Pediatric Cardiology

Richmond | 804-828-7069

Richmond | 804-560-8950

Charles M. Jones

Victoria F. Norwood Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Robert S. Adelaar

Lynchburg | 434-485-8500

Charlottesville | 434-243-9414

Timothy E. Bunchman

Richmond | 804-828-3500

Bradley Moreland Rodgers Charlottesville | 434-924-2673

Pediatric Urology Frank Raymond Cerniglia, Jr. Richmond | 804-272-2411

John D. Edmondson Richmond | 804-272-2411

Boyd H. Winslow Richmond | 804-272-2411

Pediatrics/General Bobby Arnold Archuleta Richmond | 804-320-7139

David L. Arkin Glen Allen | 804-282-4210

Sandra L. Bell Richmond | 804-231-0788

Peter P. Blakey Midlothian | 804-794-2821

Sandra L. Boisseau Richmond | 804-222-7744

Tracey Deal Richmond | 804-320-7139

Michael D. Dickens Charlottesville | 434-296-9161

Charlottesville | 434-924-5428

Gordon N. KellettII Richmond | 804-320-7161

Linda Meloy Richmond | 804-828-9338

Patricia D. Mulreany Midlothian | 804-794-2821

Mechanicsville | 804-559-0447

Edward James WileyIII Glen Allen | 804-282-4210

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Teodoro Castillo Richmond | 804-675-5000

David X. Cifu Richmond | 804-828-4231

Paul Diamond Charlottesville | 434-243-5622

Jeffery Ericksen Richmond | 804-675-5117

Lance L. Goetz Richmond | 804-675-5128

Gary Goldberg Richmond | 804-675-5000

William McKinley Richmond | 804-828-4097

Shane McNamee Richmond | 804-675-5117

Douglas A. Wayne Midlothian | 804-270-1305

Robert Phillips Wilder Charlottesville | 434-243-5600

Nathan David Zasler Richmond | 804-270-5484

Plastic Surgery Thomas J. Gampper Charlottesville | 434-924-5068

Wyndell H. Merritt Henrico | 804-282-2112

Stephen S. Park Charlottesville | 434-924-5700

Psychiatry Charles Bruce Greyson Charlottesville | 434-924-2281

Suzanne Holroyd Charlottesville | 434-243-4646

Bankole Johnson Charlottesville | 434-982-0394

James L. Levenson Richmond | 804-828-2000

Anand K. Pandurangi Richmond | 804-828-4570

Robert K. Schneider Richmond | 804-675-5116

Joel J. Silverman Richmond | 804-828-9156

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Cynthia Spaulding

Curtis W. Hayes

Richmond | 804-828-2000

Charlottesville | 434-654-8125

Richmond | 804-828-1900

Pulmonary Medi cine


Daniel Anthony Henry

Michael Jeffrey Miller

Harry D. Bear

Richmond | 800-762-6161

Richmond | 804-346-1551

Richmond | 804-828-9325

Mary Elizabeth Jensen

George Moxley

Charlottesville | 434-924-9719

Richmond | 804-828-9341

Brian J. Kaplan

Alan H. Matsumoto

W. Neal Roberts

Alpha A. FowlerIII

Bennett A. Alford

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

C. Edward Rose

Mark W. Anderson

Charlottesville | 434-924-5219

Charlottesville | 434-924-9377

Jonathon D. Truwit

J. Fritz Angle

Charlottesville | 434-924-5219

Charlottesville | 434-924-9401

Norbert F. Voelkel

David G. Disler

Richmond | 804-828-2161

Richmond | 804-281-8237

Radiation Oncology Mitchell S. Anscher Richmond | 804-828-7232

Douglas Arthur Richmond | 804-828-7232

Laurie Cuttino Richmond | 804-287-4340

Avery Jennings Evans Charlottesville | 434-924-9719

Mark Steven Parker

Christopher M. Wise

Richmond | 804-628-3580

Richmond | 804-828-9341

Patrice K. Rehm


Charlottesville | 434-924-9358

Wael Saad Charlottesville | 434-924-6259

Ann S. Fulcher Richmond | 804-828-6600

Ellen Shaw de Paredes Glen Allen | 804-523-2303

Spencer B. Gay Charlottesville | 434-924-2781

Mary Ann Turner Richmond | 804-828-3151

Robert Halvorsen Richmond | 804-828-3246

Rheumatology Donald L. Kimpel

Jennifer Harvey

Charlottesville | 434-243-0223

Michael Philip Hagan Richmond | 804-675-5105

Charlottesville | 434-243-2795

Richmond | 804-828-9341

Reid Barton Adams Charlottesville | 434-924-2839

John B. Hanks Charlottesville | 434-924-0376

Bruce D. Schirmer Charlottesville | 434-924-2104

Surgical Oncology Reid Barton Adams

Urology Elwood B. Boone, Jr.

Richmond | 804-828-3250

Craig Slingluff

Richmond | 804-354-6202

Alan D. Jenkins Charlottesville | 434-924-9556

Charlottesville | 434-924-1730

William R. Morgan Thoracic Surgery

Richmond | 804-288-0339

David R. Jones

William D. Steers

Charlottesville | 434-243-6443

Charlottesville | 434-924-9107

John Allen Kern

Vascular Surgery

Charlottesville | 434-982-4301

Irving L. Kron Charlottesville | 434-924-2158

Mohammed Abdul Quader Richmond | 804-675-5403

Bradley Moreland Rodgers

Kenneth J. Cherry, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-243-7052

Irving L. Kron Charlottesville | 434-924-2158

Gilbert Rivers Upchurch, Jr. Charlottesville | 434-243-6334

Charlottesville | 434-924-2673

Charlottesville | 434-924-2839

Charlottesville | 434-924-5194

northern VIRGINIA Allergy and Immunology

Suzanne Rogacz

James P. Jenkins

Fairfax | 703-849-8440

Vienna | 703-255-9100

Richard R. Rosenthal

Peter S. Ross

Samuel M. Jones

Fairfax | 703-573-4440

Fairfax | 703-849-8440

Fairfax | 703-391-2020


Harvey A. Rubenstein

Kevin J. Kelleher

McLean | 703-448-6010

Reston | 703-230-0347

S. Mark Tanen

Janice L. Keyes

McLean | 703-448-6010

Centreville | 703-631-0331

Family Medicine

Robert Kitchen

John T. Britton Falls Church | 703-776-3138

Cardiovascular Disease

Springfield | 703-922-1000

Kevin M. Rogan

Scott F. Bartram

Annandale | 703-698-6255

Falls Church | 703-237-7707

Alexander H. Krist Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Susan Bienert

Donald B. Colvin

Susan H. Burroughs

Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Alexandria | 703-922-5577

Deborah I. Leavens Herndon | 703-481-1505

David D. Leonard Fairfax | 703-352-7100

Daniel Otchy Fairfax | 703-280-2841

William H. Carter, Jr. Centreville | 703-263-9600

Lora E. Mackie Ashburn | 571-252-6000

William Seid

Katherine J. Cole

McLean | 703-287-4620

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Critical Care Medicine

Jason A. Cooper

Terence J. McCormally Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Herndon | 703-481-1505

Robert L. Bloom Annandale | 703-641-8616

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Stephen L. Cornwell Alexandria | 703-647-4964

James P. Lamberti Annandale | 703-641-8616

Leesburg | 703-724-7530

Ellen Clarke Vaughey Matthew Williams Annandale | 703-641-8616

Dermatology William S. Sawchuk

Scott Nagell

Rebecca J. Davison Springfield | 703-359-7878

Annandale | 703-641-8616

Victoria L. Merkel

Amy Y. Nobu Burke | 703-978-4200

Thomas P. Ehrlich Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Lynn M. O'Brien Fairfax | 703-391-2020

Michael A. Filak Centreville | 703-263-9600

Julie F. Overholtzer Centreville | 703-263-9600

Edward M. Friedler Annandale | 703-941-0267

Vienna | 703-532-7211

Eugene W. Overton Fairfax | 703-385-6789

Andrew Harding Endocrinology and Metabolism

Reston | 703-834-1473

Philip R. Peacock Gainesville | 703-753-4999

Cynthia Horner Denise Armellini

Herndon | 703-481-1505

Arlington | 703-528-6616

Thomas M. Howard Frank R. Crantz McLean | 703-448-6010

Fairfax | 703-391-2020

W. James Pettit

Mercedes G. Quintos-Gomez

Martin G. Prosky

Annandale | 703-941-0267

Annandale | 703-876-0437

Janice E. Ragland

Richard Ranard

Herndon | 703-481-1505

Fairfax | 703-560-3510

Michele A. Romano

Geriatric Medicine

Reston | 703-435-2227

Joanne Gittleson Crantz

Bruce E. Lessin

Joanne Gittleson Crantz Fairfax | 703-560-8877

Lynne L. Fagan Fairfax | 703-352-0500

Michael A. Silverstein

Fairfax | 703-560-8877

McLean | 703-821-1677

Hand Surgery

Lewis Suskiewicz

Herndon | 703-481-1505

David A. Smith Manassas | 703-257-3000

Springfield | 703-642-5990

Stephen Pournaras Fairfax | 703-391-0111

Medical Genetics

Maura J. Sughrue Fairfax | 703-391-2020


Alessandro Ghidini Alexandria | 703-504-7868

John Patrick Tokarz

Vinod K. Rustgi

Alexandria | 703-647-4970

Fairfax | 703-698-9254

Alton G. Tucker

Zobair Younossi

Burke | 703-440-0107

Falls Church | 703-776-2540

Jeffry T. Waldman

Infectious Disease

Medical Oncology and Hematology Thomas P. Butler Arlington | 703-208-3155

David M. Dunning

Centreville | 703-263-9600

Arthur D. Chutuape Kevin M. Weaver Andrew E. Wise

William B. Ershler Robert P. Holman

Anne M. Favret Allan J. Morrison, Jr.

Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Annandale | 703-560-7900

Alexandria | 703-922-2034

Family Medicine/ Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Falls Church | 703-241-1010

Arlington | 703-276-7798

Alexandria | 703-922-0203

Brett A. Wohler

Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Lorton | 703-339-3524

Herndon | 703-481-1505

Anthony Felice Donald Poretz

Reston | 703-709-8205

Annandale | 703-560-7900

Arthur N. Kales Richard K. Sall

Fairfax | 703-280-5390

Fairfax | 703-758-2664

Henry S. Willner Falls Church | 703-538-2065

Daniel Katcher Mary E. Schmidt

Woodbridge | 703-897-5358

Annandale | 703-560-7900

Family Medicine/ Hospital Medicine

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Alan F. Ansher

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Daniel M. Berinstein

Fairfax | 703-970-2600

Fairfax | 703-698-9335

David Mahoney Fairfax | 703-961-0488

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Alan Edward Silk

Irving Shen Falls Church | 703-280-5858

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Jane Grayson

Fairfax | 703-569-8400

Alexandria | 703-504-7900

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Stella Hetelekidis

Vienna | 703-938-5555

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Hope T. Scott

Samir Kanani

Reston | 703-435-3636

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Andreas Sideridis

Glenn L. Tonnesen

Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Thomas Joseph Sullivan


Fairfax | 703-391-3560

John P. EssepianIII Fairfax | 703-698-8880

Christopher N. Rossbach

Fairfax | 571-226-8380

Thomas A. Rakowski Arlington | 703-841-0707

Samir F. Shabshab

Mark D. Falls Vienna | 703-790-1780

Richard A. Garfinkel

Alexandria | 703-360-3100

Fairfax | 703-698-9335


Michael Goldberg

Ruben Cintron Reston | 703-478-0440

Heidi Crayton Vienna | 703-226-4000

Robert Kurtzke Fairfax | 703-876-0800

Barbara J. Scherokman Fairfax | 703-383-5557

Linda S. Sigmund Fairfax | 703-876-0800

Stuart R. Stark Alexandria | 703-212-0700

Nuclear Medicine Eric H. Norby Annandale | 703-698-0666

Obstetrics and Gynecology Damian P. AlagiaIII McLean | 703-748-9880

Glenna R. Andersen Fairfax | 703-560-1611

Annette Bicher Annandale | 703-698-7100

Michael Di Mattina Arlington | 703-920-3890

John C. Elkas Annandale | 703-698-7100

Alessandro Ghidini Alexandria | 703-504-7868

Nicolette S. Horbach Annandale | 703-698-7100

Hans B. Krebs

Woodbridge | 703-670-4700

Kenneth M. Karlin McLean | 703-356-6880

Robert P. Murphy Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Michael H. Osman Sterling | 703-421-0931

Edward S. Parelhoff Springfield | 703-451-6111

William L. RichIII Fairfax | 703-620-2701

Michael B. Rivers Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Michael C. Tigani McLean | 703-356-5484

Manfred A. von Fricken Fairfax | 703-698-9335

Orthopaedic Surgery Chris Annunziata Arlington | 703-810-5215

Gordon L. Avery Arlington | 703-525-6100

Michael P. Cassidy Annandale | 703-560-9495

Eric J. Guidi Arlington | 703-525-2200

Steven Hughes Vienna | 703-810-5212

Frank A. Pettrone Arlington | 703-525-6100

Robert Stinger Annandale | 703-560-9495

Annandale | 703-698-7100


Darya Maanavi

Deborah Doyle

Fairfax | 703-560-1611

Fairfax | 703-383-8130

Raymond L. McCue

Theodore (Ted) Fetter

Manassas | 703-369-1969

Vienna | 703-356-1465

Rodney McLaren

Joshua P. Oppenheim

Fairfax | 703-359-2466

Falls Church | 703-536-2729

Barbara Nies


Fairfax | 703-698-5350

Jane E. Piness Arlington | 703-717-4093

Sarah Poggi Alexandria | 703-504-7868

G. Scott Rose

Zachary Goodman Falls Church | 703-776-3441

I-Tien Yeh Arlington | 703-558-6554

Arlington | 703-717-4070

Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, General

Pediatric Critical Care Bennett Lavenstein Kathleen M. Donnelly

Fairfax | 571-226-8380

Falls Church | 703-776-6652

Phillip L. Pearl Stephen R. Keller

Fairfax | 571-226-8380

Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Pediatric Surgery Michael G. Vish Falls Church | 703-776-6053

Allyson Ann Askew Annandale | 703-560-2236

Pediatric Dermatology Alexander Soutter Robert A. Silverman

Annandale | 703-560-2236

Fairfax | 703-641-0083

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatrics/General Serene Barmada-Mazid Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Lynn Frances Duffy Fairfax | 571-226-5600

James R. Baugh Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Ian H. Leibowitz Fairfax | 571-226-5600

Gary J. Bergman Alexandria | 703-914-8989

Pediatric HematologyOncology

Laura Byrnes Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Jennifer Dean Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Christopher J. Lawlor Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Eva B. Perdahl-Wallace Falls Church | 703-531-3627

Pediatric Infectious Disease Daniel E. Keim Fairfax | 703-226-2280

Catherine S. Casey Arlington | 703-522-7300

Sandy Chung Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Thomas R. Crock Falls Church | 703-534-1000

Saleena Dakin

Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Robert D. Fildes

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Abraham A. Cherrick

Burke | 703-425-4435

Fairfax | 703-573-9220

Surgery John J. Moynihan Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Roger V. Gisolfi

William J. Purkert Fairfax | 703-573-6985

Alexandria | 703-664-7285

Plastic Surgery Deborah Doyle

Surgical Oncology Donald B. Colvin Fairfax | 703-280-2841

Fairfax | 703-383-8130

Gordon Hafner James H. French

Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Annandale | 703-560-2850

Psychiatry Catherine Crone

Hernan I. Vargas Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Thoracic Surgery

Falls Church | 703-776-3380

Robert William Johnson

Paul S. Massimiano Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Falls Church | 703-883-9033

Alan M. Speir William Licamele

Falls Church | 703-280-5858

Urology John Basile Fairfax | 703-876-0288

Michael E. Beall

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Robert L. Bloom

Simon Chung Barry S. Dicicco Fairfax | 703-391-8804

Arlington | 703-522-7300

James P. Lamberti Annandale | 703-641-8616

Reston | 703-435-3636

Springfield | 703-451-6111

Martha W. Hogan Springfield | 703-569-8400

Falls Church | 703-534-3900

Nora D. Jose Alexandria | 703-360-0300

Glenna B. Winnie

Kathleen A. Kelly

Purcellville | 703-226-2290

Fairfax | 703-934-5840

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Anne B. Kernan-Grunzke

Fairfax | 703-208-4200

Annandale | 703-641-8616

South Riding | 703-327-0075

Stephen Gary Harrison

Pediatric Pulmonology


Arlington | 703-738-4336

Pulmonary Medicine

Arlington | 703-524-5777

David J. Seidman

Alexandria | 703-504-7950

M. Jack Wilkenfeld

Arlington | 703-558-6561

Diane E. Dubinsky

William D. Goldman

Edward S. Parelhoff

Arina van Breda

David J. Reese

Falls Church | 703-776-3626

John D. Farrell, Jr.

Melissa Kern

Fairfax | 703-698-4475

Neil Stahl

Reston | 703-435-3636

Fairfax | 703-970-2600

Pediatric Ophthalmology

David Spinosa

Pediatrics/Hospital Medicine

Pediatric Nephrology

Eric A. Libre Annandale | 703-641-8616

Thomas McCabe Annandale | 703-641-8616

Fairfax | 703-208-4200

Michael R. Hardy Annandale | 703-698-1856

Sunil V. Patel Fairfax | 703-876-0288

Vascular Surgery Dipankar Mukherjee Fairfax | 703-359-8640

Ellen Clarke Vaughey Annandale | 703-641-8616

Matthew Williams Annandale | 703-641-8616

Alexandria | 703-924-2100

Glenna B. Winnie Purcellville | 703-226-2290

Steven M. Zimmet Russell C. Libby

Arlington | 703-521-6662

Fairfax | 703-573-2432

Bernadette M. Murphy

McLean | 703-734-6927

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Annandale | 703-698-7100

Samuel Weinstein

Thomas N. Wise

William Licamele

Jeffrey A. Welgoss

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Anthony Di Paola

Ramesh I. Patel Fairfax | 571-766-3100

John Tsai

McLean | 703-734-6927

Pediatric Specialist/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Falls Church | 703-241-1851

Lorton | 703-436-1215

Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Annandale | 703-698-7100

Thomas W. Scott

Thomas Joel Hougen

Edward F. Morris Vienna | 703-938-2244

Radiation Oncology Gopal Bajaj Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Susan E. Boylan Woodbridge | 703-670-3349

William D. Ohriner Fairfax | 703-391-0900

Ashish K. Chawla Falls Church | 703-776-3731

Kathleen O. Parente Alexandria | 703-924-2100


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Cardiovascular Disease Michael Lenhart Abingdon | 276-258-3740

David C. Sane Roanoke | 540-982-8204

Colon and Rectal Surgery Christopher C. Baker Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Critical Care Medicine Christopher C. Baker

Vinton | 540-983-6700

Roanoke | 540-224-5170


Endocrinology and Metabolism

Robert F. Saul

Carl H. Bivens, Jr.

James W. Schmidley

Roanoke | 540-344-3276

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Family Medicine

Obstetrics and GynecoLogy

Robert L. Lazo Galax | 276-236-5181

W. Jefferson McCarter

Roanoke | 540-224-5170

Gina G. Davis Engel Waynesboro | 540-942-1200

Charles R. Drake, Jr.

Crista N. Warniment

Winchester | 540-667-6161

Winchester | 540-450-2706

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Eduardo Lara-Torre Roanoke | 540-985-9910

Donna L. Musgrave Roanoke | 540-982-8881

Pediatric Cardiology Joelle D. Miller Roanoke | 540-224-4545

Galax | 276-236-8181

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Southern & Southwestern

E. Mark Watts

Pediatric Pulmonology


James M. Sherman, Jr.

David R. Buck

Roanoke | 540-266-6012

Roanoke | 540-981-7377



Colleen A. Kraft

Christopher C. Baker

Roanoke | 540-985-8230

Roanoke | 540-224-5170


Vascular Surgery

David B. Trinkle

Jesse Thornhill Davidson III

Roanoke | 540-981-7653

Roanoke | 540-283-6050

Shenandoah Valley

Internal Medicine Frederick H. Kozlowski Winchester | 540-662-6135

Family Medicine

Infectious Disease

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Charles Cole

John H. Armstrong

Leonard W. Aamodt

Afton | 540-456-6710

Winchester | 540-678-2800

Harrisonburg | 540-438-1314

Robert B. Thompson Fishersville | 540-213-7750

Pediatric Specialist/ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Harrisonburg | 877-743-6416

Eileen P. Ryan


Psychiatry Lawrence Joseph Conell

Ophthalmology James S. Tiedeman

Staunton | 540-332-2155

Fishersville | 540-213-7484

Sam D. Graham, Jr. Fishersville | 540-932-5926

Williamsburg & Tidewater Cardiovascular Disease

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo

Sherry A. Scheib

Scott A. Robertson

Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Norfolk | 757-252-9350

Norfolk | 757-889-5351

Critical Care Medicine William Cooper

William N. Hovland Norfolk | 757-889-2006

Robert J. Newman

Virginia Beach | 757-481-2515

Norfolk | 757-446-5955

Michael Stewart Eggert

Robert M. Palmer

Norfolk | 757-388-6115

Carlos Silva Norfolk | 757-889-6677

Dermatology David H. McDaniel Virginia Beach | 757-437-8900

Douglas L. Nelson Newport News | 757-873-0161

Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Geriatric Medicine/ Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Ann Chinnis Kilmarnock | 804-435-8545

Endocrinology and Metabolism Jerry L. Nadler Norfolk | 757-446-5908

Aaron I. Vinik Norfolk | 757-446-5067

George C. Coleman, Sr.

Neurological Surgery Ran Vijai P. Singh Norfolk | 757-622-5325

Neurology Norfolk | 877-310-8713

Hand Surgery

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lawrence B. Colen Joan H. Rose Virginia Beach | 757-499-6400

Infectious Disease Rodrigo Romulo Norfolk | 757-455-9036

John C. Schaefer Norfolk | 757-455-9036

John Conrad Schwab Norfolk | 757-455-9036

J. Croteau

Gregg R. Clifford

Virginia Beach | 757-395-2550

Norfolk | 757-252-9250

Robert B. Laibstain

Julie Damman Norfolk | 757-252-9312

Mark C. Flemmer

Virginia Beach | 757-563-2800

Norfolk | 757-446-8920

Robert J. Newman

William N. Hovland

Norfolk | 757-446-5955

Norfolk | 757-889-2006

Cynthia C. Romero

Glenn C. Jones

Virginia Beach | 757-420-9251

Norfolk | 757-252-9282

Geriatric Medicine

Charles Alan Lisner

Alfred Z. Abuhamad Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Jon Lee Crockford Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Bonnie J. Dattel

Williamsburg | 757-220-4751

Louis J. Croteau Virginia Beach | 757-395-2550

Jonathan Mann

Norfolk | 757-446-8920

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Joel Lall-Trail

Plastic Surgery

Norfolk | 757-461-1444

John Kalafsky Norfolk | 757-623-0526

Daniel Karakla Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Stephanie A. Moody Antonio Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Michael Shroyer

Lawrence B. Colen Pediatric Otolaryngology

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

David H. Darrow

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Norfolk | 757-668-9327

Craig S. Derkay Norfolk | 757-668-9327

Norfolk | 757-623-0526

Pediatric Pulmonology

John Sinacori

David Kushner

Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Barry Strasnick Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Denton D. Weiss Virginia Beach | 757-490-7545

Virginia Beach | 757-466-0089

Pediatric Specialist/ Abused Children Michelle Clayton Norfolk | 757-668-6100


Margarita de Veciana

Antoinette F. Hood

Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Norfolk | 757-446-5629

Jeff C. Hammer

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, General

John H. Reed

L. Matthew Frank

Chesapeake | 757-547-2322

William P. Irvin, Jr. Newport News | 757-594-4198

Holly Puritz Norfolk | 757-466-6350

Steven L. Warsof Virginia Beach | 757-689-5104

Charles Wilkes

Elliot M. Tucker

Pediatric Surgery

Norfolk | 757-668-7213

Pediatric Critical Care Christopher Foley Norfolk | 757-668-7331


Judith V. Williams

Virginia Beach | 757-227-6340

David Salib Norfolk | 757-622-2200

Stephen V. Scoper Norfolk | 757-622-2200

John Sheppard Norfol | 757-622-2200

Norfolk | 757-668-6100

Norfolk | 757-668-7214

Pediatric Dermatology

Marcia Carney

Suzanne Starling

Norfolk | 757-668-9920

Norfolk | 757-461-3890

Norfolk | 757-252-9010

Thomas J. Manser

Joseph K. Han Norfolk | 757-388-6200

Robert John Obermeyer Norfolk | 757-668-7703


Robert A. Fink

Norfolk | 757-668-7243

Virginia Beach | 757-490-7545

Pulmonary Medicine Michael Stewart Eggert Norfolk | 757-388-6115

Carlos Silva Norfolk | 757-889-6677

Radiation Oncology Tyvin Andrew Rich Hampton | 757-251-6800

Rheumatology A. Russell Dunnington Virginia Beach | 757-491-7359

Christopher A. Hakim Williamsburg | 757-220-8579

Gary R. Siegel Virginia Beach | 757-491-7359

Surgical Oncology Aaron D. Bleznak Norfolk | 757-261-5000

Fredric N. Fink

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Eric Werner

Denton D. Weiss

Norfolk | 757-668-7400

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Anthony D. Villella

Theodore W. Uroskie, Jr.

Michelle Brenner

Norfolk | 757-668-8922

Norfolk | 757-668-7185

Patricia M. Strauss

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Norfolk | 757-446-7900

Norfolk | 757-252-9300

Kyle R. Allen


Norfolk | 757-252-9344

Norfolk | 757-446-7040

Waverly | 804-834-8871

Mitchell B. Miller

Mark Weisman

Richard Zweifler

Internal Medicine

Chesapeake | 757-420-8297

Norfolk | 757-252-9050

Marissa C. Galicia-Castillo

Norfolk | 757-466-1000

Emergency Medicine

S. Keith Sutton

Norfolk | 757-461-6342

Barbara Lyons Kahler Kilmarnock | 804-435-1152

Glenda S. Karp Norfolk | 757-668-6500

Amy D. Riccio Norfolk | 757-668-6500

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Sabra Morris

BULGE Battle of the

When it comes to healthy living,

Fairfax County leads the state.


When Gene Proctor of Annandale went in for his annual check-up at age 56, he received some unwelcome news: He had high cholesterol. His doctor wrote out a prescription for Lipitor and handed it to him. “I told her I wasn’t going to take medicine,” Proctor says. “She said, ‘Well, you’d better find something to do with this high cholesterol then.’” Fortunately for Proctor, it was easy to find something to improve his level of fitness in Fairfax. Last year, for the third year in a row, the Robert Wood Johnson/University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute County Health Rankings Study named Fairfax Virginia’s healthiest county. Proctor joined a training program affiliated with the Metro Run & Walk fitness apparel shop in Springfield and started running. Within a year, he had lowered his cholesterol from 230 to 180 and had dropped 60 pounds. He never filled the prescription—and gladly handed it back to his doctor at his next physical. Stories like Proctor’s aren’t unusual in Fairfax County, where more and more people are seeking healthy lifestyles. “This community is very aware of its health and keeping healthy,” says Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Fairfax County, who holds a doctorate in international economics. “You’ll find gyms and trails and parks because there’s a demand for it.” Fairfax County’s park system is one of the best in the country. Its Park Authority is a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal from the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Since only 15 to 20 percent of the parkland’s 24,000 acres are developed, the “rest of it is just nature you can access,” says Sandra Stallman, manager of park planning for the Park Authority. “We think there are spiritual and physical benefits to being outdoors ... to finding one’s place in the natural world.” On a cool and cloudy Sunday morning visit to Burke Lake Park, I find several residents “tackling the nature deficit,” as Stallman calls it, in lots of different ways. Sixteen-year-old high school crosscountry racer Louis Colson of Alexandria has run 11 miles. I see a man out for a leisurely stroll and a dad hiking the trail around Burke Lake with his two young children. I also chat with Anne

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Johnston and John Greenlee of Fairfax Station. They have walked at Burke Lake Park almost daily for 2 ½ years. Both are in their 50s and have seen their overall health and wellbeing improve dramatically as a result. “This park is heavily wooded. It’s beautiful,” says a bundled-up Greenlee, donning iPod headphones clipped to the front of his jacket. “The wildlife is really attractive. We see heron, bald eagles periodically, ducks, chipmunks, geese, red-wing blackbirds—that’s always a thrill. We saw a woodpecker this morning.” “The fresh air and sunshine is healthy, and a lot of people forget that you can’t get that in a gym or in your aerobics class,” says Johnston, armed with light hand weights and a bright smile. Both she and Greenlee are flushed and cheerful, despite the cold. “We also get a lot out of seeing other people out here and saying hello. It’s social.” The parks aren’t the only place in Fairfax where one can blend exercise with social life. A large number of residents who enjoy this combo also play in the Fairfax Adult Softball (FAS) program, the largest Amateur Softball Association registered program in Virginia. A fixture in Fairfax County for more than 30 years, FAS has more than 900 teams that play seven nights per week during the season, which runs from April 1 to October 31. “We have a league for every skill set there is, and we even have social teams,” says Fairfax Adult Softball League representative Christine Idip, who plays first base for a co-ed division team and met her husband playing softball with FAS. In addition to men’s and women’s leagues, FAS offers church, corporate, masters (age 35+) and seniors (age 50+) leagues. But for those who prefer to sweat it out indoors, Fairfax County is gym central. It is home to a wide array of gyms and an increasing number of boutique-fitness options such as yoga, Pilates and kickboxing. “The trend in the industry is moving toward specialty-type gyms,” says Sam Heaps, co-owner of Title Boxing in Springfield. “Our classes run at high-intensity. People are getting results, and they don’t even have to think about it. They just have to show up.” On a recent visit, I find siblings Eisha, 13, Akash, 17, and Jai Sharma, 16, of


Springfield trying their first Title Boxing class. The 60-minute workout never lets up: Remixed versions of popular songs pulse while participants do a dynamic series of punch-kick combinations called out by an instructor, sandwiched between intervals of running in place, jumping jacks and push-ups. Fifteen minutes of core exercises—some done with a medicine ball—round out the workout. A variety of ages attend the class, but everyone, no matter the fitness level, is winded. I’m at the punching bag next to 14-year-old Anna King. We power through the workout with the occasional chat and smile. But it’s tough. We wear our sweat like badges of honor. “It gives me a lot of stamina,” says King, who also runs cross-country and track. “I don’t like to stay still, so this is perfect for me.” The Sharma siblings had a good workout, too. After the class, they sign up for a membership. They, along with King, will definitely be back. Even for the most dedicated of exercisers among us, ennui can set in over time. (What runner or cyclist hasn’t reached the end of the iPod playlist with no companion in sight and miles still to go?) The Barre Method classes offered at Studio Be Pilates in Fairfax Corner are designed to provide the antidote: an intense, boredom-beating workout. The studio opened in 2005 and serves all of Fairfax County with Pilates equipment and mat classes. Owner Carla Vercoe, who bought the studio in 2008, says her clients range in age from 13 all the way up to their 70s. Each Barre Method workout combines ballet, Pilates, calisthenics and yoga to the backdrop of a disco beat. There are no tutus or genteel piano accompaniments in this class— no gliding across the floor like I remember in the nine years of classical ballet classes I took as a kid. Instead, dutiful students perform quick dance, Pilates and core movements called out by an instructor. When our hour is up, I’m surprisingly energized, though every muscle seems to be shaking. I can’t help but wonder, ‘Wasn’t this much easier when I was younger?’ Maybe the solution is to go to more barre classes, I think, as I chat with Jennifer Enga, a 38-year-old mom of two, from Chantilly. She doesn’t look a day over 31. Enga takes regular Pilates and barre classes at Studio Be with her sister-in-law. “We do class once a week. It’s a fitness thing, it’s a social thing, and it’s good!” she says. “My sister-in-law and a friend of ours chat (sometimes too much) during class. And we usually have lunch afterward, so it’s a great combo.” But it’s not all about exercise in Fairfax County. As residents have become more aware of staying in shape, they have also grown more attuned to fueling their bodies. Consumer demand has led to increased access to healthy food choices in the area, says Elizabeth Dicks, owner of Healthway Natural Foods, a family-owned business serving Fairfax County for 33 years. “It’s like country music,” Dicks laughs. “I was doing it before it was cool.” Indeed, Healthway’s Alexandria location features items that could once only be found in specialty stores: local varieties of dark wildflower or light clover honey (you can dispense your own), herbs, spices and grains in bulk, organic dairy and eggs and gluten-free pastas and baked goods. There is powdered plant protein, an aisle devoted to natural supplements and a homeopathic wall with capsules containing natural remedies organized by ailment. Nowadays, Dicks has competition from Whole Foods, as well as from larger, more mainstream chains like Giant, which has increased its natural and organic food selection. “There’s more exposure than ever before, and that’s because of the growing interest,” says Dicks. “As more people become aware that what you eat is what you are, they find there are more places to get these things.” Corresponding with this desire for high-quality food, the locavore movement has made farmers’ markets popular in Fairfax County, as it has elsewhere. “People are starting to recognize the difference in both nutrition and taste buying from the farmers’ market,” says Mae Carroll, coordinator for the Fairfax County Farmers Markets. In addition to the many independentlyowned and -operated farmers’ markets, the county runs 11 others for a total of 76 vendors. From May to November each year, customers can buy fresh produce, eggs, meats, cut flowers, artisan breads and cheeses, fresh-baked pastries and more from these local foodie havens. “In the past five or six years, the overall knowledge of our customers has gone up,” says Carroll. “They really know what to ask .… questions about how the cattle are kept for our meat vendors or how the dairy cows are milked for

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medical facility in Tysons Corner this past August and was also recognized our creameries …. or what kinds of pesticides and herbicides are used on the as a top performer nationally in Consumer Reports magazine’s 2012 annual fields for our produce vendors.” report on quality health plans nationwide. Perhaps the most wonderful part of the experience, however, is the But keen to be certain that everything done to support the health of all teachable moments farmers’ markets provide for Fairfax County’s youngest of the county’s residents, including the three and a half percent who live in residents. “Whether it’s the nanny or the grandmother or the mom or poverty, according to Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, the county’s director of health, the dad, they bring the kids out, and the kids get excited about eating the the community-based Partnership For a Healthier Fairfax is conducting broccoflower or the dinosaur kale or the vegetables that other kids might not a strategic planning process. Mobilizing for Action through Planning and want to eat. You can literally see a 5-year-old get excited about broccoli,” says Partnerships (MAPP) is aimed at identifying Fairfax County’s public-health Carroll. issues and developing ways to address them. The Partnership wants to Like exercise and food choices, health care options in Fairfax County improve access to health care and to help the current health care workforce have evolved and expanded too, with consumers increasingly embracing respond to the county’s changing socioeconomic and cultural demographic. alternative treatments. John Grimsley, 71, a tall, trim Sean Connery lookIt is also working toward new strategies for improving access to healthy alike, began coming to Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke for regular resources like recreational areas for exercise and better food options. therapeutic massage as part of a treatment plan after two automobile “We’re trying to very systematically identify what’s in place, where the accidents and continued coming afterwards. “I felt a lot better [after the treatment period ended], and I am more flexible than I used to be,” he says. “Most of our clients are the proactive type,” says Jennifer Ferdinand, 41, the studio’s owner. “They’re trying to take care of themselves to stay out of the doctor’s office.” Standing at just five feet tall and cutting a slight figure, she’s hardly overpowering. Yet, Ferdinand’s work on the massage table has a powerful effect, according to Grimsley. He now comes for regular massage twice a month, and credits the massage therapy for helping him heal and promoting his overall wellness. “Massage helps improve the way your body functions,” says Ferdinand. “It improves lymphatic flow. It improves blood flow and helps reset your system. It allows your body to rebuild.” Pregnancy massage and isometric muscle balancing services are also on Ferdinand’s menu, as are Shiatsu, Thai and Lavashell massage. In addition, Ferdinand integrates holistic wellness coaching into her practice, highlighting diet changes, exercise and other lifestyle issues. Holistic, preventive treatments, such as those offered at Serendipity, have more and more become part of the mainstream when it comes to healthy living in Fairfax County. This change reflects a shift in national thought that’s just now beginning to take shape. “For a long time, the conversation has focused only on health care,” says Angela Russell, community engagement lead for the Robert Wood Johnson/University of Wisconsin study. gaps are and how we can address those gaps,” says Partnership co-chair Julie “While we know that health care is very important, our research shows that Knight. “We are very fortunate in Fairfax. We have a lot of good things going most of what affects our health actually occurs outside of the doctor’s office.” on. But we’re such a large community that there are pockets where people Programs offered through Kaiser Permanente and Inova, two prominent might fall through the cracks or where we’re not as efficient.” players in the county’s health care system, reflect the change in view from Back out on the trail, Gene Proctor leads a group of runners from the Metro medical care as a treatment-only endeavor to one of comprehensive, totalRun & Walk distance running group on a one-mile uphill jog. The group, wellness support. Both hospital systems offer educational classes on healthy which includes a mix of men and women ranging in age from their 30s to their living, such as smoking cessation, diabetes care and even emotional health, 60s, has already finished a four-mile loop around Lake Accotink, and everyone and they’re making them convenient to consumers. “We’re taking the educais tired. Proctor, however, shows no signs of slowing down. He’s ahead of the tion to schools, to community centers and to employers,” says Jeff Carr, corpack, calling from the front, challenging the others to get to the top. porate and consumer services growth officer at Inova. Now, at age 64, Proctor still runs an average of 30 miles per week. When it comes to treatment, both entities also feature premier In his eight years as a runner, he has finished two marathons, facilities in the Fairfax County area. Kaiser Permanente has 10 half marathons and a peppering of fun runs in between. 10 medical centers and six specialty centers, and supports When you meet Proctor, you instantly realize that 186,000 members in Northern Virginia. Inova Fairfax Find it Here his health improvements are born of some serious Hospital was named Best Nationally Ranked Hospital motivation and sparked by an inner fire. But they’re in the Washington, D.C., Metro area and #2 in the For a list of Fairfax County farmers’ markets, also supported by the fitness groups, food stores state of Virginia in 2012-2013 by U.S. News and locations and hours of operation, visit and markets, medical facilities and independent World Report. Inova Fairfax is also in the middle businesses that are meeting the demand in the of an $850 million expansion, begun in 2010, region for healthier living. that will include an 11-story medical/surgical To discover Fairfax County’s parks, recreational Proctor is grateful for that support. His outlook tower and a 12-story replacement tower for the opportunities and fitness centers, visit is pretty good, too. women’s and children’s hospitals. Inova Fair He says when he lost the weight, “My doctor’s Oaks Hospital was selected as a Top Hospital in reaction was, ‘Let’s see how long you can keep it 2012 by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group and will Read about the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax off.’ It’s been four years now. I think that qualifies debut a new cancer center in 2013. at as a lifestyle change.” Kaiser just opened a new state-of-the-art For more on the County Health Rankings Study, go to v i rg i n i a l i v i n g | m e d i c i n e & w e l l n e ss 2 0 1 3

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No longer just New Age, contemplative practices are gaining a foothold in preventive health care.

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Above: The sanctuary of the Light of Truth Universal Shrine at Yogaville. Left: Swami Satchidananda with the shrine in the background.


In the dimly lit sanctuary in the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) at Yogaville, an ashram on 600 acres in rural Buckingham County founded in 1986 by the late Swami Satchidananda, light beams upward from 12 altars—each representing a brand of spiritual faith—and converge into one over a central altar. “Truth is one,” says LOTUS Director Swami Dayananda, her voice skating across the dome in a soft echo, “paths are many.” I have come to this ecumenical structure whose painted dome gives it the outer appearance of a giant, pink lotus flower (an ancient symbol of spiritual revelation) to meditate, a daily noon ritual in the shrine. And I am not alone. More than 4,000 visitors from all over the world come to Yogaville for workshops, personal retreats and training each year, and nearly 200 permanent residents live in homes surrounding the retreat, which is set between the flat farmland extending eastward and the wavy wisp of azure that is the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Yoga, and the larger study of mindfulness—the calm observance of one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sensations—is flourishing in Central Virginia. In addition to Yogaville, the University of Virginia’s new Contemplative Sciences Center and the Chinabased Arura Tibetan Medical Group, which plans to build a center in Charlottesville devoted to teaching Tibetan medicine, along with physicians who are combining Western and yogic medical techniques, are making the region a locus for the study of contemplative practices. Once considered only the ambit of the alternative-minded, these practices are increasingly becoming a significant part of the discussion surrounding the future of preventive medicine.


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Following a heart attack and open-heart surgery in 2001, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Dilip Sarkar, 63, who is today executive director of the School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha Institute in Hampton, discovered the salutary effects of yoga. “I was already living a healthy lifestyle, the picture of health with good diet and exercise before my surgery,” he explains over a dish of Kerala-style seafood curry at Lehja, an Indian restaurant in Richmond. “My cardiologist did not know what to treat.” With no vices to eliminate, Sarkar, who had practiced medicine for 30 years, was prescribed a slew of drugs to prevent progression of heart disease. Frustrated by the lack of treatment available for his condition, he took a friend’s suggestion to visit a specialist in Ayurveda, the yogic wisdom of longevity and the healing branch of yoga. Though Sarkar is from India, he was trained in Western medicine and healing philosophy: Ayurveda and the 5,000year old yogic tradition were new concepts for him. “I was transformed completely,” says Sarkar, from the moment he met Ayurveda guru Vijaya Stallings, executive director of Taksha Ayurveda Institute in Hampton. Sarkar, who looks decades younger than his actual age, became a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and slowly began practicing yoga. Over time, he began to actually reverse his heart disease and eventually was able to stop all medication. “My medical check-ups were getting better, and the physicians kept asking me to share what I was doing to gain such improvements,” he says. In addition to feeling more energetic, Sarkar’s cardiac stress tests and profusion “My medical scans showed improvement in the blood supply to the check-ups were heart. He began to lecture on his experiences and is now recognized as an international expert in yoga as a preventive getting better, and medicine and in the combining of Western and yogic medical practices for optimal health. the physicians “What we are finding out is that practicing yoga, espekept asking me to cially when you practice a yoga lifestyle, triggers a relaxing response that is very effective in preventing and treating share what I was chronic diseases,” Sarkar says. Prolonged stress, poor diet, lack of physical activity and overwork cause the immune doing to gain such system to be suppressed, making the body vulnerable to improvements.” diseases, including hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, explains Sarkar. Yoga’s relaxation response can—as in Sarkar’s case—actually reverse disease. Sarkar currently serves on the board of directors for both the American Heart Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, in addition to many other medical, yogic and cultural organizations. “I am a living example of how yoga works,” he says. “Yoga is more than asana, the practice of the physical poses. It is a way of living,” says 60-year-old Nora Vimala Pozzi, director of the Integral Yoga Center in Richmond. Pozzi also operates YogaHelps (an Integral Yoga Center founded in 1981 in Richmond), teaches internationally and led the way in introducing River City residents to the overall health benefits of yoga. “The goal of yoga is to still the mind,” says the small woman with the big personality and Argentinian accent. She teaches classes in Integral Hatha Yoga, (a gentle style of sequential yoga asana that includes chanting, pranayama or breathing, relaxation and meditation), yoga therapy and Raja yoga (yoga philosophy) in addition to training new Integral Yoga teachers. In her calm voice, Pozzi explains, “More and more, people are wanting to understand how yoga can help balance the mind and body.” She is part of a group of mindfulness practitioners and psychologists who are promoting yoga therapy as a complement to psychotherapy. “Our life stories, including emotions, are stored in our bodies, but they get buried in our unconscious mind even though they still have an impact in our lives, habits and life choices,” Pozzi explains. “This type of yoga therapy empowers a person to change by bringing awareness to what is happening—in the body and mind—in any given moment while Top: Dr. Dilip Sarkar. Bottom: Yoga therapy empowers a person to change the client is supported in a particular traditional yoga pose.” by bringing awareness to what is happening in the body and mind while Secular scholars at the University of Virginia have also taken up the supported in a particular traditional yoga pose. study of yoga. Last spring, the university announced plans for its Con-

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Clockwise from left: Nora Vimala Pozzi teaches a class at the Integral Yoga Center in Richmond; a student of Hatha yoga at Yogaville; Phuntsog Wangmo, director of the School of Tibetan Medicine, Shang Shung Institute, speaking at the Symposium on Tibetan Medicine in Charlottesville last year.


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templative Sciences Center (CSC), which has been endowed with a $12 million gift from billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, founder of the Greenwich, Connecticut-based Tudor Investment Corporation and a 1976 UVA graduate. His wife, Sonia, is another believer in the health benefits of yoga. She is a devotee of Ashtanga Yoga, a brand of physically challenging yoga popularized by the late Indian guru Pattabhi Jois that requires rigorous regular practice up to six days a week to perfect its gravity-defying balancing poses and pretzel-like twists and bends. “The purpose of the center is to bring together a humanistic and scientific method of research focusing on contemplative practice,” says head of the CSC John Campbell, who began studying under Jois in the early 1990s and is one of the few people in the world sanctioned by him to teach his version of yoga. Slender and well-spoken, Campbell, who holds a doctorate from Columbia University and wrote his dissertation on Indian and Tibetan Tantric systems, says the center—an interdisciplinary collaboration across the university that is part of UVA’s Tibet Center—will study the benefits of contemplative practices and yoga and integrate them into the school’s academic programs. Can contemplative practices help women suffering from major depression and reduce seizure frequency among epilepsy patients? And what can be learned from the brain scans of those engaged in deep meditation? What are the commonalities between athletes and artists who use visualization or breathing techniques to maximize performance and advanced meditation? In an article published last April on, the university’s online daily news site, David Germano, a professor of religious studies who will help lead the center, said these are examples of the kind of research that the CSC will be involved in. The university has already incorporated mindfulness practices in the schools of nursing, medicine, education and psychology. “The Curry School of Education has been offering sessions in mindfulness and yoga to students and faculty each semester for the past three years on a voluntary basis with the goal of providing resiliency tools for those working in high stress jobs in pre-K-12 education,” says Senior Associate Dean Rebecca Kneedler. In partnership with the CSC and the nursing school, they plan to introduce these approaches, including meditation and pranayama into the curriculum for teacher preparation in 2013. Says Kneedler, “There is compelling evidence to support increased learning when teachers bring

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contemplation activities into their classrooms.” larger discussion But it is UVA’s School of Medicine going on about that may have presaged the mindfulness trend in health care when it started mindfulness in its Mindfulness Center 15 years ago to help medical patients and staff learn ways health care: Today, to deal with stress. In 1993, the school things that once had of nursing established its Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative a New Age Therapies (CSCAT) and, more recently, whiff are getting a launched its new Compassionate Care Initiative—an all-volunteer group of roughly second, much 60 nurses, physicians and others who are learning new techniques for improving more serious look.” their compassion as caregivers. Says Dorrie Fontaine, dean of the nursing school, “We are part of the larger discussion going on about mindfulness in health care: Today, things that once had a New Age whiff are getting a second, much more serious look.” This work and the success of Yogaville have attracted other mindfulness groups into this orbit of study and practice, including the Arura Tibetan Medical Group, a partnership of leaders from the Tso-Ngon University Tibetan Medical College in the Qinghai Province of China. Arura has chosen the Charlottesville area to build its Tibetan Medical and Cultural Center. Its visitors will be able to study Tibetan medicine and traditions, as well as receive treatment by Tibetan medical practitioners. (Tibetan medicine, which dates back 6,000 years or more depending on the source, represents the integration of medical science with Buddhist philosophy.) “We are currently looking for land in or near Charlottesville because of the Tibetan Studies program [at UVA] and because it is beautiful and easy to get to and from Washington and other big cities,” says Gyaltsen Sangpo Druknya, president of Arura Medicine of Tibet, a Charlottesville nonprofit organization that is supported by the Arura Tibetan Medical Group. Druknya, a hairdresser and owner of Salon Druknya on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall who was born in Amdo in the northeast corner of the Tibetan plateau, dedicates all his spare time and money to bringing the “mindfulness part of medicine” to America. Pending a land purchase, the organization hopes to begin building the center, which is being designed by architecture students at UVA, in the next three years. Costs for the project have not yet been determined. Last October, Druknya partnered with the UVA School of Nursing, the CSC, the Tibetan Center and the Arura Tibetan Medical Group and Tibetan Center to organize a symposium on Tibetan medicine and meditation that attracted medical and mindfulness professionals from around the world to

Clockwise from above left: Swami Dayananda in the kitchen at Yogaville; farm stand at Yogaville; Dorrie Fontaine, dean of UVA's School of Nursing.

Virginia, demonstrating the enormous potential for collaboration between these organizations. It was at the symposium that UVA announced its plans for the CSC. It is because of this increased attention to mindfulness in American medical care that His Holiness The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, made a side trip during an October 2012 visit to the U.S. to give two talks in Charlottesville and one at the College of William and Mary about ethics, compassionate care and 21st-century medicine. “The visit by the Dalai Lama brought the medical community at UVA closer together in what we know we can offer our patients and families—true compassion, kindness and caring,” notes the nursing school’s Fontaine. Back in the sanctuary of the LOTUS temple, the noon bell rings, signaling the beginning of the 30-minute meditation. Before I slip into a peaceful, thoughtless bliss, I notice the intersecting lights at the top of the dome that represent yoga’s message of whole health—mind, body and spirit—and a feeling of peace washes over me. What could be better medicine than that?

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A Bang-up knee job in Bangkok Medical tourism is not for the faint of heart. B Y T r i c i a P e a r s a l l | i l l u s t r a t i o n by M e g a n M u l l s t e f f


ay before the advent of globalization and buy-anything-online, I remember when medical tourism meant going over the border to North Carolina for cheap dentures or hearing aids, even though the dentures sometimes made people look like they were wearing wax buck teeth at Halloween. Nowadays, however, with well-schooled physicians and facilities worldwide, travelers routinely seek quality care at affordable prices, plus a little fun in the sun, outside the U.S., going either south or across the Atlantic or Pacific: International health travel publication Patients Beyond Borders estimates 750,000 Americans will travel outside the U.S. for medical care in 2013. It’s one thing to seek emergency aid en route, but to intentionally travel far afield for an invasive procedure? I'm not so sure. A neighbor just told me about two girls who took a little “Margaritaville” trip to Mexico for breast implants and beachfront recovery. My friend Ginger also went to Mexico, in her case for an MS treatment that she could not receive in the U.S. The results were so successful and she liked the medical community and the climate so much that she ended up moving to San Miguel de Allende. Then there’s Sam. I ran into him at a concert not long ago, and he announced, “Just got back from Bangkok. Went for my knee.” Knowing Sam, who once gathered an all-girl crew for a round-theworld sailing voyage, impulsive travel is never implausible. Sam had told me before how happy he was with an emergency root canal he had once while in Costa Rica, and the fact that he’d paid just $300 to have over 30 benign lesions removed in Thailand while on a previous Southeast Asian trip. (“Quick and easy, better than any [dermatological] treatment I’ve had in America. He even got the big one on my eyelid, and it never came back,” he recounted.) At intermission, waiting for the Brahms Piano Quintet, Sam told me how he’d gotten three references for a knee surgeon: from the Thai girl sitting next to him on the plane, the taxi driver who drove him to his Bangkok hostel, and the hostel manager. Dear Gussie, I thought, nothing like random sampling. By chance, the manager and taxi driver gave him the same name, so Sam decided to see that doctor. Warning signs popped up immediately. “Profiteers,” Sam called them. “They wanted $6,500 upfront for knee surgery!” He left. “Now what,” he chronicled, “I’d come all that way; my knee was killing me; and I couldn’t even find a physician.” He then remembered the piece of paper he’d stuffed in his pocket with the recommendation from his seatmate on the plane, and he hobbled off to Siriraj Hospital, Thailand’s oldest medical school, which just happened to be a regional leader in robotic knee surgery. “There were probably 100 people in the waiting area,” recalled Sam. “I sat for two hours. When I was finally called into the examining room, I handed the doctor the MRI I brought of my knee. He didn’t just look at it,” Sam stressed, “he studied it for a full five minutes. Then he looked me

He’d paid just $300 to have over 30 benign lesions removed in Thailand.


in the eye and said, ‘You don’t need surgery. Go back home, and lose some weight.’ He gave me a shot of cortisone so I could walk without pain, charged me $3.00, and I caught the next plane back to Richmond. I’ve lost 10 pounds—got a few more to go—am eating healthier—no fat or red wine, and my knee’s fine.” I just shook my head. As we took our seats for the second half of the concert, part of me cheered Sam for his guts and good fortune; the other part said, Warning. Don’t try this away from home. I recently read a U.S. News & World Report story about a Woodbridge woman, a medical assistant, who suffered serious complications following a badly botched breast augmentation and tummy-tuck in Bolivia. Whoa, when I think Bolivia, it’s La Paz, Lake Titicaca (no pun intended) and trekking the salt flats of Uyuni; not first-class health care. I live to travel, but I think I’ll keep my medical care close to home. Those North Carolina dentures didn’t look like Julia Roberts’ teeth, but at least they didn’t half kill you. But then again, I don’t have dental insurance, so let’s see, maybe Mexico, Costa Rica?

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