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page 6 Why doctors and patients alike are finding trust in an unlikely source


page 12 Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

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page 4 Meet Miss Alabama

Discover a Brand New You We Make Life Accessible The Wedding Smile Dental Implants. The Impossible is Nothing! Health Watch: Nursing The Healthy Plate. What should you eat? Fun & Games Healthy & Wellness Resource Guide 21st Century Life Enhancement Center (almost famous) Purple Fruit Smoothie


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Chandler Champion MISS ALABAMA

By Sherry Kughn


handler Champion seems to have been preparing to compete for a beauty competition since childhood. A dark-haired beauty, she began taking dance lessons at age three, and she entered and won several competitions throughout the years. Her dreams of being Miss Alabama came true when she was crowned last year, and the year has been a busy one. Chandler is a former resident of Munford whose family moved to Leeds several years ago. However, they fell in love with the Betta-View Hills Church of Christ in Oxford and still travel back and forth to worship. Chandler now lives in the Miss Alabama apartment in Birmingham, but she makes the hour-long trip every Sunday.

Chandler with her parents, Shane and Debra Champion, and her little sister, Zoé

“Betta-View Hills is a great congregation,” said Chandler, “and it is has many great people.” Chandler, 20, is the daughter of Shane and Debra Champion, and she has a little sister, Zoé, who is ten years old and also a dancer. The two of them performed together in “Cinderella, the Musical” last year. “Zoé is also a singer and actress, and she has performed in quite a few plays,” said Chandler. Chandler is also civic minded. Recently, she completed spearheading an effort to equip the Rushton School in Birmingham with a library. She worked with the Birmingham Optimist Club to help paint, raise money for books, and promote the project. One of her reasons for establishing the library relates to her platform – literacy. Chandler is a voracious reader, and she believes the habit expands the mind and broadens a person’s horizons. As a result of her hard work, which took over seven months, officials at the school named their library after her. Chandler plans to pursue a double major at the University of Alabama — broadcast journalism and dance. Also, she will pursue a double minor in communications and computer technology and application. Chandler’s dance is called ‘Top Secret,’ and it is ballet en pointe (on the toes) with a jazz feel. It has a spy theme, is upbeat and catchy, and is one of her favorite dances.


Chandler was always fashion conscious and in style. She always wears heels or ballet type shoes. She does not wear flip-flops or jeans. In fact, at family functions, such as Thanksgiving, everyone else would be in casual dress but not Chandler, she was always a lady in every sense of the word and was dressed as a Christian young lady. One time, Aunt Patsy Watts, remembers her coming to ride horses with Landon and Chandler showed up in a black jumpsuit and 4-inch heels. Aunt Patsy is also giving Chandler cooking lessons. One of her fellow youth at Betta View, Danielle Swain, recalls a church lock-in where they all tried to stay up all night…it didn’t work. Friends say that she is hilarious and really fun to be around and of course in true Southern Girl style, Chandler drives a Jeep.

Chandler showed off her school spirit at the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Chandler gives her grandmother a hug backstage

Dena Pressley remembers at a church convention in Atlanta, Chandler was seen turning cartwheels outside the hotel room while hanging out with her youth group. She is always willing to take time to pose for pictures or speak with everyone even though she may be exhausted from all of her activities and functions. She never makes you feel like she is better than you or that you do not matter to her. It can also be said that yes, Chandler is beautiful on the outside but she is also beautiful on the inside.

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Why Doctors and Patients Alike Are Finding Trust In an Unlikely Source

Robots While it may sound futuristic, robots are no longer the

future of surgery – they are a thing of the “present.” Successful hospitals around the country are utilizing surgical robots to aid in a variety of surgical procedures. 6

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Frank Patton, a local resident of Athens, made the decision with his Urologist, Dr. Keith Jiminez, to have his prostatectomy done robotically, due to the less invasive nature of the robotic procedure. “Within two days of discharge from the hospital, I was taking morning walks and returning to most normal functions,” says Frank. Frank cited little discomfort upon waking up from the procedure, and he was pleased with the lack of pain medication that was needed to control discomfort, which was kept at a low level due to the less invasive procedure. Frank Patton (Right) and wife Cindy Patton (Left)

In the hands of skilled surgeons, these minimally invasive robotic procedures may mean less pain, less scarring, and less time in the hospital for many patients. Surgeons have greater precision, control, and access to areas that are difficult to reach, allowing complex operations to be performed through smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. Dr. Michael Conrad, OB/GYN, Medical Director of Crestwood’s Robotic program, reaffirms, “patients are less likely to have complications”, and his assurance comes from the “visualization being so much greater” when using the robotic system. The system has more enhanced visualization than its predecessor technique, laparoscopy, allowing doctors to make more precise movements and maneuver more easily through small incisions and around important organs and nerves during surgery. Crestwood Medical Center introduced its robotic surgery program in December 2011, and now has invested in two robots that are currently being used for many gynecological, prostate, gallbladder, eNt, and general surgeries.

The Single-Site Instrumentation of the robots allows surgeons to perform some procedures with a single incision. For example, the common laparoscopic gallbladder surgery can now be done with one incision instead of four. “When I remove a gallbladder using the robot, I only need to make one incision but I am able to visualize and manipulate tissue as if it were an open operation,” says General Surgeon Dr. Dennis Fernandez. “In over 15 years of removing gallbladders laparoscopically I never had a patient ask me the day after surgery if he could go running. A few months ago, a patient I operated on using the robot asked me exactly that.” Dr. Conrad performed the first single-site hysterectomy in the state of Alabama at Crestwood. Dr. Conrad is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who has received training to perform the surgery. "Neither robotic surgery or single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the uterus requires additional training and special equipment," says Dr. Conrad. "To be the first hospital in Alabama to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Crestwood’s leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options." “I am honored to be the first physician in Alabama to perform this procedure. Most importantly, I am excited to be able to offer our patients a less invasive and more cosmetic option for robotic surgery.” For more information about robotic surgery, talk with your physician, or visit 7

Discover a Brand New YOU! Age is a great gift. But, as we get older our body’s production of hormones such as testosterone and estrogen begins to produce less. After the age of 25 our bodies produce 2% less every year. By 35 years of age, our bodies are producing only 80% of the hormones needed for optimum mental and physical health. This impacts energy levels, mental alertness, the capacity for intimacy, and overall health and well-being. Our team at Bio-Identical Hormones of Huntsville can help you turn back the clock on these effects so you can reclaim your life and discover a brand new you. Let us teach you what you need to know about “Natural Hormone Replacement”, then you can choose what is right for you. At your first appointment at Bio-Identical Hormones of Huntsville we will ask you to inform us of your past medical conditions along with and surgeries or serious illnesses. As we gather your medical history we also want you to tell us the conditions that have begun to change or prohibit your quality of life. We will ask you to rate these conditions from very mild to severe. Conditions include: sleep disturbance, depression, irritability, hot flashes, painful intercourse, low sex drive


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and erectile dysfunction. I believe we know how we are supposed to feel and we know when something is just not right. Knowing this we at Bio-Identical Hormones of Huntsville listen to each patient and desire to get to know them on a personal level. After completing this time together concerning the physical needs of the patients, we share with them the procedure we offer at Bio-Identical Hormones of Huntsville. We have an entire one year treatment which includes five (5) sets of lab work and four (4) pellet inserts of testosterone and estrogen (when needed). Each patient is prescribed differently to meet the needs of that individual patient. Once we have helped them receive their quality of life back, we strive to continue this level of treatment throughout the year. We live in a fast-paced, stress-filled environment, and there is no escape. I believe with all my heart that one of the major causes is hormonal imbalance. It is so rewarding to share the healing in people’s lives when they begin feeling like themselves again, many times better than they remember ever feeling before. Bio-Identical Hormones of Huntsville “Experience the vitality of your youth with the wisdom of your years.”

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In addition to fully, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, Griffin Mobility also offers many products to equip your current automobile. With transfer seating, we can get you into and out of your car, van, or SUV safely and securely. Driver hand and foot controls allow those who thought driving was impossible to stay active and mobile, and lifts to transport your scooter or wheelchair will keep you in the action. As a top-rated, accredited business with the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, Approved vendor for VA, and the Alabama Department of Rehab. Services, Griffin Mobility is proud to be a local, familyowned business serving our customers in North Alabama and South-central Tennessee for over twenty years. Feel secure, knowing that our technicians are trained, certified, licensed and insured to install and service the equipment we provide. We also offer 24-hour emergency service, 7 days a week. Call us today for free estimates, to schedule a home evaluation, or to test-drive one of our exciting and innovative vehicles. We look

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On December 13, 2012 a wonderful couple came to my office for a Free Smile Evaluation for the “wife member” of this most unique duo. The husband came along not to be the “Commander” or to make sure his wife didn’t spend too much money, but he came along to provide and show his total support in this quest for a beautiful smile for his beloved wife. This husband-wife team very quickly touched me deeply as I examined her teeth and heard her story. Even though this lady was obviously beautiful, there was one thing that had always been a problem for her. Her smile! Darkly stained by tetracycline antibiotics as a child, her teeth had always been her photographic nemesis. Every school picture, family photo, and vacation snapshot reminded her of this omnipresent problem. In an attempt to close spaces and cover the dark teeth, she had tried “bonding” and “bleaching” but with far less than satisfaction.

But this time was different! She was on a serious mission to find a dentist that could not just help her problem but solve her problem. I was not the first dentist she visited. She had diligently done her research, checking web sites, asking friends, and visiting several dental offices seeking out a dentist that she trusted for this most important mission. You see, Nancy had a wedding that was rapidly approaching, the wedding of her only daughter, Kaitlyn. But not really her only daughter, her only living daughter. On May 3, 2002 Nancy and Shane lost their other precious daughter, Shea, to cancer. So in a way, this was a wedding event for both of her girls. Kaitlyn was the bride and Shea was the Maid of Honor, represented by a beautiful bouquet of daises and sunflowers along side her sister. Nancy wasn't seeking a beautiful smile in order to be the center of attention at the wedding, far from that. I don't believe this lady has a vain bone in her body. She just simply wanted to be able to smile, I mean really smile not a idden smile, at her daughter's wedding. She wanted to be able to look at the beautiful photographs of her lovely daughter’s wedding and for the first time in her life not be the only one in picture who was not smiling. After spending about an hour talking with this couple and explaining the process, they decided Signature Smile was the team to entrust with the “Smile Makeover.” I must tell you, every single person on my Signature Smile team and both of the dental labs involved in the construction of the new smile for Nancy became totally dedicated to the task. We all knew how important our efforts were to her “Wedding Smile.” The process began with imaged photos and a waxed-up 10

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Darkly stained by tetracycline antibiotics as a child, her teeth had always been her photographic nemesis.

Dr. L. Don Wilson

Nancy before

3-D model of what her finished smile would look like before we even started. Nancy and her husband were thrilled when they saw the results they could anticipate. There was much to do and with the time constraint of the wedding time for errors. Not only was there a deadline of April but we had to work around parties, showers, and photo shoots.


Nancy’s new smile! daVinci Dental Studio in Hollywood, CA. Everyone waited with great anticipation as we put the crowns on that day. Husband Shane waited patiently in our waiting room at Bridge Street, Team Blue worked diligently assisting me as we seated each and every crown, and the lab team at daVinci eagerly awaited in California to hear from us in Alabama. And then the moment came, the new smile was completed. When she looked in the mirror and saw her new smile, she just stood there and cried with tears of joy. I don’t think I have ever received warmer handshakes and more sincere hugs than I received from this wonderful couple that day. Two weeks later, that long awaited wedding took place in Georgia. The weather was perfect and the ceremony went off without a hitch. Oh yeah, and Nancy smiled in every photograph.

After First, a “gum lift” was required to raise the tissue to allow her teeth to appear longer. A “frenectomy” was also done to remove the little muscle that connects the lip to the gum because it showed when she smiled. A beautiful smile is not just about the “white” but also about the “pink.” The gums had to heal for six weeks. During the healing time, we KoR bleached her lower teeth and removed the old metal fillings from her upper teeth in preparation for the cosmetic crowns. Next, Nancy came in for the “Big Appointment” where we prepared all of her upper teeth for crowns and placed beautiful temporary crowns. The temporary crowns were a huge step in the right direction. They looked far better than her teeth had ever looked in her life but the best was yet to come. Two weeks prior to the wedding she came in to place the fourteen beautiful crowns that had been prepared by the professionals at

Nancy and Kaitlyn

Mike vest, Acting executive Director Governors Commission on Physical Fitness & Sports

10 Benefits of As long as we can remember, we were always told to drink plenty of water every day to be healthy. But why is drinking water so important? What can water give us that we can’t get from juices, sodas, teas, and other drinks? There are many reasons we need to drink more water and below are ten of those reasons: 1. Between 60 to 70% of our body is made from water. Our blood, muscles, tissues, and other important parts of our body are basically water as well. It only makes sense that we need to drink a lot of water to keep our bodies running properly. 2. Kidneys function more efficiently in the presence of abundant water supply and it helps maintain this healthy vital organ. 3. Water lowers the caloric intake which promotes weight loss. People should drink 8-10 cups of water daily before, during and after any type of physical activity. 4. Water increases energy levels and combats fatigue. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle; and helps prevent dehydration especially during physical activity. 5. Water helps to relieve headache and back pains. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one. 6. Water is essential for relieving stress and tension in the brain. It has also been proven to help reduce anxiety. 7. During hot and humid days at the ball field, not only should our little athletes stay hydrated, but parents must continue to drink water, as well. 8. Water can also serve as an appetite suppressant. More times than not we aren’t hungry and are simply eating out of convenience and boredom. 9. A study of 20,000 adults who drank five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day were less likely to die from a heart attack or other heart disease-related causes than those who drank fewer than two glasses a day. 10. Drinking plenty of water will keep your blood ways clean! Since exercise, along with a healthy diet, is an important contribution to the lowering of cholesterol, once again, water needs to be drank in order to replenish what was lost. 11

A bully can turn something like going to the bus stop or recess into a nightmare for children. Bullying can leave deep emotional scars that last for life. And, in extreme situations, it can culminate in violent threats, property damage or someone getting seriously hurt. The CHIPS Center at Children’s of Alabama is prepared to fight back against this problem in our state.

HELPING KIDS DEAL WITH BULLIES The CHIPS Center staff is a team of specially trained clinical counselors, doctors, social workers and nurses who work with law enforcement, the Department of Human Resources (DHR), and Child Advocacy Center (CAC) representatives to provide education, counseling or referrals to children and families affected by abuse, which includes the various forms of bullying. “If your child is being bullied, there are ways to help him or her cope with it on a day-to-day basis AND lessen its lasting impact,” said Amy Ray, a clinical counselor at the CHIPS Center. “Even if bullying isn’t an issue right in your house right now, it’s important to discuss it so your kids will be prepared if it does happen.” What Is Bullying? Most kids have been teased by a sibling or a friend at some point. And it’s not usually harmful when done in a playful, friendly, and mutual way, and both kids find it funny. But when teasing becomes hurtful, unkind, and constant, it crosses the line into bullying and needs to stop. Bullying is intentional tormenting in physical, verbal, or psychological ways. It can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and treasured possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use email, chat rooms, instant messages, social networking websites, and text messages to taunt others or hurt their feelings. It’s important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to “tough out.” The effects can be serious and affect kids’ sense of self-worth and future relationships. In severe cases, bullying has contributed to tragedies, such as school shootings. Why Kids Bully Kids bully for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they pick on kids because they need a victim — someone who seems emotionally or physically weaker, or just acts or appears different in some way — to feel more important, popular, or in control. Although some bullies are bigger or stronger than their victims, that’s not always the case. Sometimes kids torment others because that's the way they’ve been treated. They may think their behavior is normal because they come from families or other settings where everyone regularly gets angry, shouts, or calls names. Some popular TV shows even seem to promote meanness — people Bullying is being mean to another kid over and over again 12

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are “voted off,” shunned, or ridiculed for their appearance or lack of talent. Signs of Bullying Unless your child tells you about bullying — or has visible bruises or injuries — it can be difficult to figure out if it’s happening. But there are some warning signs. Parents might notice kids acting differently or seeming anxious, or not eating, sleeping well, or doing the things they usually enjoy. When kids seem moodier or more easily upset than usual, or when they start avoiding certain situations, like taking the bus to school, it might be because of a bully. Let your kids know that if they’re being bullied, or see it happening to someone else, it’s important to talk to someone about it, whether it’s you, another adult or a sibling. For more information about bullying or to seek help please call the CHIPS Center at Children’s of Alabama at 205-558-2751 or visit

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The key to helping kids is providing strategies that deal with bullying on an everyday basis and also help restore their self-esteem and regain a sense of dignity. Here are some other strategies to discuss with kids that can help improve the situation and make them feel better: Avoid the bully and use the buddy system. Use a different bathroom if a bully is nearby and don't go to your locker when there is nobody around. Make sure you have someone with you so that you're not alone with the bully. Buddy up with a friend on the bus, in the hallways, or wherever the bully is. Offer to do the same for a friend. Hold the anger. It's natural to get upset by the bully, but that's what bullies thrive on. It makes them feel more powerful. Practice not reacting by crying or looking red or upset. It takes a lot of practice, but it's a useful skill for keeping off of a bully's radar. Sometimes kids find it useful to practice "cool down" strategies such as counting to 10, writing down their angry words, taking deep breaths or walking away. Sometimes the best thing to do is to teach kids to wear a "poker face" until they are clear of any danger (smiling or laughing may provoke the bully). Act brave, walk away, and ignore the bully. Firmly and clearly tell the bully to stop, then walk away. Practice ways to ignore the hurtful remarks, like acting uninterested or texting someone on your cell phone. By ignoring the bully, you're showing that you don't care. Eventually, the bully will probably get bored with trying to bother you. Tell an adult and talk about it. Teachers, principals, parents, and lunchroom personnel at school can all help stop bullying. Talk to someone you trust, such as a parent, counselor, teacher, sibling, or friend. They may offer helpful suggestions, and even if they can't fix the situation, it may help you feel a little less alone. Remove the incentives. If the bully is demanding your lunch money, start bringing your lunch. If he's trying to get your music player, don't bring it to school.

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Dental Implants... the Impossible is Nothing!


o you remember where you were on July 20, 1969 at 10:28 pm EDT? If you are old enough to remember this day, you probably know exactly where you were and what you were doing. You remember the anticipation and excitement as you huddled around a television to watch the impossible become possible. There was a feeling of pride as you watched Neil Armstrong take that first step on the moon for all mankind. At that exact moment the impossible became possible. When I think about this event, it reminds me there are so many things we once considered impossible that are now not only possible but are commonplace. The impossible is nothing! The same can be said for advances in dentistry. Years ago, dentists would try many things to save a tooth because the alternatives for a patient were limited. The term “dental heroics” was used to describe the attempts dentists would consider to try to save a patient’s tooth. Unfortunately, in many cases these teeth were eventually lost. There was no getting them back. Meanwhile, these patients would spend a lot of time and money in these attempts. Think how much better it would have been to be able to tell patients, “We tried the most practical ways to save your tooth, but it’s a lost cause. Let’s replace it with something that will last.” Dentists couldn’t say that then, but we CAN say that now. With advancements in implant dentistry, the impossible is now possible! Dental implants are the new standard of care for replacing missing teeth. They have been around for years, but with new advancements in technology, dental implants have become highly successful, less invasive, and a great option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime. Research shows a 97% success rate over 10 years with today’s implants. There aren’t many things in life that have such a high success rate or last so long. When is the last time you bought a new car expecting it to last you longer than 10 or 15 years? Many patients ask, “Does it hurt to get an Crown implant?” Amazingly, the discomfort is minimal. In Abutment fact, the placement of the implant is far easier than the removal of the tooth! Dental So why do we even implant need to worry about replacing a missing tooth?

Some patients say, “I’m just missing some teeth in the back. No one can see them so I don’t care about replacing them.” What many don’t realize is that losing one or more of your teeth creates gaps in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious consequences, missing teeth can lead Normal Profile to bone loss and even alter the shape of your face and cause premature aging. Fortunately, dental implants can restore your full chewing ability, prevent bone loss, and preserve other healthy teeth. So what is a dental implant? There are many different types, but most of today’s implants look like a post, shaped similar to the root of a tooth. After tooth All dental implants are made of a loss special material called titanium. Once the implant is placed and heals, a component called an abutment, which extends from the implant underneath the gum to above the gum, allows for a crown to fit on top of it. Then, voilá, a permanent tooth replacement with all of its benefits! A visit to the moon? Not at all After impossible. Replacing a missing tooth tooth-related with a long-lasting option that looks bone loss and feels like a natural tooth? With dental implants the impossible is nothing!

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Health Watch: Nursing Rhonda Maze-Buckley, RN Emergency Department While Rhonda originally set out in college to become a teacher, she began working in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital as a nurse technician, and soon after decided to change career paths to become a nurse. Rhonda earned her RN associate’s degree at Calhoun Community College and is currently enrolled in Walden University’s RN to MSN program. As Clinical Manager of Crestwood’s Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units, Rhonda manages approximately 110 employees, leads her nursing staff, actively participates in nursing organizations, and handles protocols, orders, patient complaints, starting IV’s, etc. within her units. Rhonda loves the joys and challenges that come with the job: not knowing what is going to happen each day, the sense of team work, and making a difference in people’s lives. She says, “Being able to help others get to where they need to be can be the most rewarding thing” and that she “wouldn’t trade being a nurse for anything else in the world.” She is very involved in Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), by helping to write the organization’s practice documents and guidelines, and by serving as an editor and tutorial contributor, a leadership nurse counsel, a member of the abstract and post review board, a member of the education council, and as program chair in 2012. She has a loving husband, four beautiful children, five grandchildren, two goats, Ralph and Tumble, a horse, Rose, and a mule. She currently resides in Union Grove, Alabama and enjoys baking, sewing, reading, and guitar.

Jeanie Booth, RN Oncology/ACE Jeanie works within the geriatric aspect of nursing as a member of Crestwood’s ACE Unit (Acute Care for the Elderly), which provides specialized care for patients who are age 65 and older. What Jeanie likes most about working in the ACE unit is the opportunity that it gives her to help the elderly live a more fulfilling life in whatever health state they are in. She adds that, “it’s not only about the patients but about their loved ones as well.” She enjoys “helping families to understand the aging process and how to best provide quality of life to their aging loved one.” Jeanie earned her BSN from MacMurray College in Illinois. She became a nurse because of her love of people and of teaching. She loves educating patients and families about diseases and health concerns, in an effort to make life a little easier under the conditions that they may be in. On a daily basis, she works with team members to create a plan of care for each patient from their admission to discharge, and provides one-on-one nursing care to her patients. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, sports, and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. 18

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We Care For You Christy Sharp, RN Surgical Services When Christy isn’t at the hospital, she enjoys working with special needs children, reading, sewing, camping, hiking, knitting, and spending time with her husband and pets. She earned her associate’s degree in Nursing from Calhoun Community College and has been an integral part of Crestwood’s robotic surgery program since its inception in 2011. As Robotic Surgery Coordinator, she keeps up with the surgeons, reps, and training involved in the robotic surgery field. Information and technology is often changing and progressing, so she is required to continue to learn and stay up to date with surgical training throughout her career. On a daily basis, she schedules cases, makes sure operating rooms are sterile, and like most nurses, does her share of paper work. Christy says that “God decided she was going to be a nurse.” She was looking into other fields and this is the one that He picked for her, so she said “okay” and has followed through with the choice since the beginning. Christy finds that the most rewarding thing about being a nurse is the patients because each one is different and she receives a different blessing from each one.

Molly Harvey, RN Women’s Services Molly is Crestwood’s Women’s Services Clinical Manager. Under this umbrella, she manages Crestwood Maternity Center’s Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum, Nursery, and NICU, in addition to Pediatric services. Beyond her Applied Science RN degree, she has earned certifications in ACLS, BLS, NRP, and AWHONN Advanced Fetal Monitoring, and her education is ongoing as she works toward obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. Managing Maternity Services is the perfect fit for Molly. “It is rewarding because it is centered on a joyful family experience, and it is hard not to have a good day when you are part of that for someone else,” she says. On a daily basis, Molly rounds on her departments, analyzes processes and ways to improve patient care, hires team members for her department, reviews policies and procedures, and stays up to date on standards in order to ensure that the delivery of care that Crestwood provides meets or exceeds the current standards. Patient safety is important to Molly: “Even during the joyful moment of a birth, there is no room for error.” Molly lives in Hazel Green and loves watching her daughter play softball, being outdoors, spending time with her husband and two children, and taking weekend trips. 19

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What should you eat? Foods to choose more often.

And less often!

The Healthy Plate milK go for calcium-rich foods Go low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk, yogurt and other milk products. If you don’t or can’t consume milk, choose lactose-free products or other calcium sources such as fortified foods and beverages.

VegetaBles Vary your veggies

meat & Beans go lean with protein Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Bake it, broil it or grill it. Vary your protein routine - choose more fish, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.

Eat more dark-green veggies like broccoli, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

fruits focus on fruits

Eat more orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.

Eat a variety of fruit. Choose fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruit.

Eat dry beans and peas like pinto beans, kidney beans and lentils.

Go easy on fruit juices.

grains make half your grains whole Eat at least 3 oz. of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day. 1 oz. is about 1 slice of bread, about 1 cup of breakfast cereal or ½ cup of cooked rice, cereal or pasta.

?How much is enough {

grains: eat 6 oz. every day Veggies: eat 2½ cups everyday fruits: eat 2 cups every day milK: get 3 cups every day; for kids age 2-8, it’s 2 meat & Beans: eat 5½ oz. every day

} ! Know the limits

Know the limits on fats, sugars and salt (sodium) • make most of your fat sources from fish, nuts and vegetable oils • limit solid fats like butter, stick margarine, shortening, lard • Choose food and beverages low in added sugars • Check nutrition facts label to keep saturated fats, trans fats and sodium low

For a 2,000-calorie diet, you need the amounts shown above from each food group. To find the amounts that are right for you, go to 21


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ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES Caregivers of the Valley 256-260-0911 Madison Village Assisted Living 256-830-2400 Regency Retirement Village 256-852-0033 Trinity Place 256-883-3200 Visiting Angels Senior Homecare 256-837-1137

CANCER CARE CENTERS American Cancer Society 256-535-1088 Center for Cancer Care 256-327-5800 Clearview Cancer Institute 256-705-4224

CHILDREN CENTERS Children’s Hospital Community Development 205-533-2844 HEALS Clinics – Children 256-428-7560 24

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CHIROPRACTORS Alabama Chiropractic Back Pain Clinic 256-534-6792 Aligned Chiropractic & Decompression Center 256-325-1222 Chiropractic Solutions 256-650-0051 Reed Family Chiropractic 256-206-9722 Ross Clinic 256-539-9407

CLINICS Alabama Asthma Allergy & Immunity Center 256-539-6536 American Family Care 256-882-9711 (Huntsville) 256-562-0850 (Madison) 256-445-3100 (Decatur) Horizons Medical Care 256-417-6474 Limestone County Health Dept 256-232-3200 Madison Clinic Center for Wellness 256-722-0555 Trinity Medical Care 256-489-3192

COUNSELING Alabama Counseling & Consulting Center 256-469-1627 Alabama Recovery Center 256-469-1628 Behavioral Health Solutions 256-325-1690 Confidential Counseling 256-881-0704

Cornerstone Counseling Center LLC 256-519-9000 The Enrichment Center Group 256-341-0811 (Decatur) 256-716-0811 (Huntsville) LifeWorks Counseling and Consulting 256-533-0069

DENTAL Athens Dental Services 256-232-3415 Coleman Dental Group 256-232-0789 Davis & Reese Dental Associates 256-233-2910 Dental Associates of Athens 256-232-1404 Dental Associates of Madison, LLC 256-772-9988 Ronald Brown, DDS, PC 256-232-8501 Sarrell Regional Dental Center 256-262-0200 Signature Smile 256-767-6453


Valley Wide Dental 256-536-2771

Huntsville Home Care, Inc 256-535-6363 Senior Helpers 256-650-2982

EAR, NOSE & THROAT Huntsville Ear Nose & Throat Physicians PC 256-882-0165 Mark L Hagood, MD 256-881-5353 North Alabama ENT Associates PC 256-536-9300


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Golden Living Center – Arab 256-586-3111 Needs Met Cleaning Services 256-830-8484

ELDER LAW Elder Law Firm of Connie Glass PC 256-536-9494 L Thomas Ryan Jr., Attorney at Law 256-533-1103 LegalShield, Independent Associate 256-232-6560 Sharon A Johnson, Attorney at Law 256-512-9990

Hospice of North Alabama 256-233-2024 Windsor House 256-837-8585


FITNESS CENTERS Riviera Fitness 256-771-0029

HEART CENTERS Alabama Cardiology PC 256-882-1450 Apex Cardiology PC 256-881-5874 The Heart Center PC 256-539-4080 Valley Vascular Consultants PC 256-265-7480

HOME HEALTH SERVICES ACE Home Health Care, LLC 256-346-8223 Home Watch Caregivers 256-763-0855

HOSPITALS Athens-Limestone Hospital 256-233-9292 Children’s of Alabama 205-939-9100 Crestwood Medical Center 256-429-4000 Huntsville Injury Center 256-270-7055

HOSPICE Gentiva Home Health 256-232-9180

Aflac 256-534-3822(Huntsville) 256-325-5042 (Madison) Blue Cross/Blue Shield 877-791-4171 CIGNA 800-244-6224 Farmers Insurance 256-325-9294 Humana Inc 256-882-1319

MEALS ON WHEELS NUTRITION CENTERS Meals on Wheels 256-382-0920 (Huntsville) 256-351-6850 (Decatur) 25


Morgan County Nutrition Centers 256-341-4981 Pearly Gates Natural Food 256-534-6233

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES All Star Medical 256-217-1966 (Madison) 256-534-5252 (Huntsville) Cornerstone Medical Inc 256-536-7336 Everest Medical Supplies & Scrubs 256-325-5345 Kerley Medical Equipment and Supply 256-519-2386 Med South Inc 256-883-0505 Rite Aid 256-461-6903 (Madison) 256-837-6240 (Huntsville) 256-828-1000 (Meridianville) Southern Medical Equipment 256-533-4454

MEDICAL SPAS McCullough Medical Spa 251-967-7673

NURSING HOMES Brookshire Healthcare Center 256-837-1730 Limestone Health Facility 256-232-3461 Limestone Manor 256-232-3900 Magnolia Trace 256-261-1616 26

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OPTOMETRISTS Bailey Cove Eye Care 256-880-3200 Davis Eye Care 256-233-2393 Eye See Family Optical 256-881-2007 Perfect Optical Eye Care 256-325-6950 Your Eyes Optical 256-262-9211

REHABILITATION CENTERS Athens Convalescent & Rehab Center 256-867-1437 Complete Physical Therapy 256-461-7173 Rehab & Neuro Services 256-885-9708 Rose Lisa Rehab 256-489-6800 Waite Rehab & Wellness PT 256-489-2704

ORTHOPEDICS Alabama Brace System 256-288-0990 Alabama Orthotics & Prosthetics 256-536-5625 Special Touch By Eunice 256-532-5111

PHARMACIES Athens Creekside Drugs 256-232-8274 Chase Pharmacy Inc 256-851-1345 CVS Pharmacy 256-650-1543 256-533-1914 256-858-8595 Eastside Pharmacy & Custom Compounding 256-233-7070 Madison Drugs 256-837-1778 Medicine Shoppe 256-536-1910 Pharmacy Care Associates 256-713-3975 Pharmacy First 256-533-9314 Walgreens 256-230-2799 Westside Jiffy Pharmacy 256-233-2307

SENIOR CENTERS & SERVICES CASA of Limestone County 256-777-1038 Caring Strategies Inc 256-489-7573 Huntsville Madison County Senior Center Inc 256-880-7080 Rural Senior Services Inc 256-851-7778

SPECIALTY CENTERS BMA Parkway Dialysis Center 256-536-5563 Downtown Rescue Mission Inc 256-536-2441 The Foot Specialist Group, Inc 256-533-4272 Hearing & Speech Clinic 256-536-7405 Laser Spine Institute 866-382-7494 Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama 256-260-7351 North Alabama Research Center 256-771-9919 Occupational Health Group 256-265-7000 (Huntsville) 256-774-7300 (Madison)


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WHEELCHAIRS – LIFTS & RAMPS Ameriglide 888-975-6456 Griffin Mobility 256-751-1365

Pitts & Zanaty 866-473-7488

References: (11-19-2013) Limestone County Chamber of Commerce: (11-19-2013) Disclaimer: Healthy Horizons provides this resource directory free of charge. Healthy Horizons strives to assure that the information contained in this directory is accurate and up to date. However, the user is advised that Healthy Horizons does not endorse the organization listed in this directory, nor does exclusion in this directory signify disapproval. The consumer is strongly encouraged to seek information from the organization and assess if this organization meets your particular needs.

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SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous 256-586-6621 (Arab) Caring House 256-650-1212 Co-Dependents Anonymous 888-444-2359 Narcotics Anonymous 800-239-5509 (Decatur)

URGENT CARE Happi Urgent Care 256-829-8014 Phoenix Emergency Care 256-882-7469 Quick Care Urgent Clinic 256-340-2958 River Oaks Family Medicine 256-353-3500 Southcare Clinic 256-880-5818 Urgent Care of Madison 256-772-4211 Urgent Med Care 256-830-5777 (Madison) 256-382-3680 (Huntsville)

WOMEN’S HEALTH ART Fertility Program of Alabama 800-476-9784 Bio-Identical Hormones 256-715-8780 The Breast Center 256-265-7130 Clinic for Women, PA 256-533-7420 Huntsville OBGYN Associates 256-881-4357 Urgent Care for Women 256-382-5205

BEFORE YOU SEE THE DOCTOR Every minute of a doctor’s appointment counts. Here’s how to make that happen. Before the visit make some list: Provide some background 1) Your over-all medical history and current health. 2) Past and present illnesses 3) Treatment you received 4) Hospitalizations 5) Allergies 6) Family medical history including how old relatives were when they were diagnosed Tell why you are there 7) Why did you make the appointment? 8) Make written notes describing your problems, symptoms, and needs as specifically and clearly as possible. What makes it better or worse? 9) Bring a list of all medications (including over-the-counter), vitamins, and herbal products you’re taking. Your Questions 10) Make a list of questions you’d like to ask, ranked by priority. 27

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Dr. McCollough is a sought after lecturer and teacher of facial plastic and nasal surgery. He is a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Alabama and has been elected to the presidency of virtually every professional organization in his specialty. In recognition of his efforts in enhancing the human mind and body, he received the 2003 United States Sports Academy’s “Distinguished Service Award.”

Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough has built one of the largest and most luxurious “enhancement centers” in America, the McCollough Institute for Appearance and Health in Gulf Shores, Alabama. After only two years of operation, his institute was named “Business of the Year” by the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. It is on the Alabama Gulf Coast that this world renowned facial plastic surgeon relocated his practice from Birmingham, Alabama. Collectively he has cared for over 30,000 clients, literally transforming their lives by enhancing their appearance and bolstering their self-esteem. How long does the doctor intend to keep practicing, a questioner recently asked. McCollough smiled and answered, “As long as I can find my way to the office each morning I will be here practicing my art. I love what I do and can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be each day than right here. It is where I change faces … and change lives,” he answered. “My work is my fulfillment.” In a featured article about him, the international publication, Cosmetic Surgery called Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough a “Renaissance Man.” He was selected by his peers: “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons.” Recently, he was inducted into the prestigious “National Academy of Medicine” and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A man of humble beginnings, the son of a small town plumber, fulfilled the scholastic aspirations his parents wished for him, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. At the University, of Alabama, McCollough received Academic All-America honors while earning a national championship ring (in 1964) under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He turned down a chance to play for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and entered medical school at UAB. 28

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An accomplished author of both medical and non-medical books, he has written three textbooks relating to nasal and facial plastic surgery, and seven non-medical books that deal with mankind’s purpose of life on earth and the responsibilities of the human race. Dr. McCollough and his wife, Susan Nomberg McCollough have established and endowed, a one-of-akind initiative, The Susan and Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholars Forum, at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The Forum prepares prospective physicians for their training and obligations they will face as a provider of and advocate for the health, safety, and welfare of the individuals they serve. They have also recently endowed a Career Development and Leadership Center which bears their names to assist athletes at the University of Alabama prepare to enter the business and professional world. The McCollough’s also established a charitable foundation which provides facial plastic surgical training for young surgeons and services for individuals who need, but are unable to afford, plastic and reconstructive surgery. He also serves as president of the South Baldwin Health Foundation and is a member of the Gulf Coast Healthcare Authority. The McCollough’s live at MacLand Ranch in Gulf Shores and raise registered Tennessee Walking Horses. Mrs. McCollough operates the Susan N. McCollough Art Gallery and Studio at the McCollough Institute. Today, Dr. McCollough is one of the world’s most decorated facial plastic surgeons. For more information, log on to and

(almost famous) Purple Fruit Smoothie

"This is a great smoothie for breakfast or afternoon snack! You can substitute the orange juice with cranberry juice. Or go for a milk shake quality with plain nonfat yogurt, rice milk, soy milk, or almond milk." — Craig Makes 4 to 6 drinks 1-2 fresh or frozen bananas peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar (optional) 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) Directions: Put all ingredients in a blender and puree. Use more or less liquid depending on the thickness you want for your smoothie. Pour into glasses and serve. Blueberries are ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits. Raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits. 29

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