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804 CROWLEY - RAYNE HWY. • CROWLEY, LA 70526 • 783-2740


626 CROWLEY - RAYNE HWY. • CROWLEY, LA 70526 • 788-1113




SABS - filling the needs of their patients with a professional team Southwest Ambulatory Behavioral Services, better known as SABS, is a private community mental health center located in Crowley that offers different levels of mental heath care to suit the needs of individual patients. The team at SABS feels it is important to keep the Legislature informed on mental health issues and strive to keep mental health care costs down for patients all over the country. When a person is diagnosed with a mental illness there is often a social stigma that goes along with the diagnosis. Mental illnesses are physical brain disorders which inhibit a person’s ability to think, feel, or relate to society in one way or another. Although mental illnesses are more common than cancer or heart disease, people are more likely to seek treatment and talk openly about their heart attack than they are about their depressed feelings. Through education that stigma can be reduced. “There are times in our lives when we feel depressed. The problem becomes

greater when a person does not accept the depression as being in existence, or are too embarrassed to search for help,” said Amanda Dupre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dupre is the Community Educator for SABS. Fortunately depression is the most treatable of the mental illnesses. This illness can last a short period of time especially by obtaining help and obtaining the right coping skills. Or it can last a lifetime. Depression is serious but treatable condition that should not be taken lightly. While changes and challenges are a part of everyday life, there are times you may feel blue, sad or alone for no apparent reason. SABS is dedicated to providing supportive mental health care in a non threatening, confidential environment. Their goal is to help patients to develop the skills to cope with symptoms such as anxiety. Other common symptoms include hopelessness, loss of interest, grief, mood swings, loss of energy and lack of concentration. Additionally, even some hallucinations and delusions may occur.

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SABS is the only privately owned community mental health center in the parish that designed its entire setting to meet the needs of the clients services. The beautiful 10,000 square foot facility offers comfortable and appropriately therapeutic areas throughout to meet each client’s

needs. SABS has always made sure that patient care is the priority of their business and this has proven effective as SABS has been noted to be a “model” community mental health center by many of the state and federal surveying agencies that have SEE SABS, PAGE 4

SABS Mental Health Center located at 318 East Park St. in Crowley.

Gua Sha Muscle Treatments for Chronic Muscle Pain Do you constantly suffer from chronic muscle pain, fatigue, physical or emotional stress, or knots that won’t go away? Has the pain significantly increased since you have had children, especially when holding them on your hip? Have you tried every form of treatment that you could think of, but nothing seems to help? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you would greatly benefit from Gua Sha muscle treatments administered by Dr. Jerrilynn Primeaux at Advanced Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic in Lafayette, LA. Gua Sha is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Scar tissue in the muscle, commonly referred to as “knots”, limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain. The benefits

of Gua Sha are numerous. The patient usually experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. In addition to Chiropractic treatments, Gua Sha is a treatment that is covered by most insurance plans. To experience the wonderful benefits of Gua Sha, please call Dr. Jerrilynn Primeaux at 337-504-4378 to schedule an appointment. Advanced Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic is located at 2425 W. Congress Street in Lafayette (within the new Snap Fitness Center). They have extended hours and are open on Saturdays. For more information, please visit


(337) 504-4378

Jerrilynn Primeaux, D.C., C.C.S.P. 2425 W. Congress Street • Lafayette







Home Health Care 2000 best medical care for those restricted to home

“We’re there when you need us.” Lisa Sterling Walker, founder of Home Health Care 2000, founded the first branch in Lake Charles, named Home Health Care 2000 in the year 1994. Their Crowley branch has been a part of the community for nine years. There are 11 other branches of the business in Southern Louisiana that spans the area from Alexandria to New Iberia and Lake Charles to LaPlace. Home Health Care 2000, Inc., was conceived and built on a strong philosophy of providing skilled, compassionate and professional services. Since 1994, the agency has proven its ability to provide quality services to their patients and caregivers. Within two years of opening the doors of Home Health Care 2000, Inc., they established a reputation for

providing the utmost in quality home health services. Home Health Care 2000 is Joint Commissioned on Accreditation of Health Care Organization certified. The success of Home Health Care 2000 has emanated through continuous growth. The vision, established with its founding has remained intact throughout the years enabling them to offer the very best in medical care to those who are restricted to their home because of illness. The Home Health Care 2000 Crowley branch is located at 813 North Parkerson Avenue. Their web site is www. Remember, a patient has the right to choose his/her home health care provider. So choose Home Health Care 2000, located at 813 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley.

Home Health Care 2000 “We’re there when you need us.”


• Nurses • Certified Nursing Assistant • Therapists (Physical, Occupational & Speech) • Nutritional Counseling • Medical Social Worker • Home Medical Equipment 813 N. Parkerson • Crowley • 785-1004 Locations also in Lafayette and Jennings • 1-888-869-5829

SABS: employs social workers


entered their doors. SABS is staffed with a professional multidisciplinary team that is ready to meet each patient’s needs as they offer a variety of outpatient services with two licensed psychiatrists and several licensed clinical social workers. Complimentary mental health screenings and in-services are available. Patients who receive services at SABS have the opportunity to choose between three highly qualified and reputable psychiatrist/psychiatric nurse practioner teams: Dr. Charles Bramlet and Paul Gay, APRN; Dr. Edgardo Concepcion and Lecy Broussard, APRN; and Dr. Kris McCoy and Katie Hebert, APRN. Patient choice and empowerment is a very important focus at SABS. SABS is unique because it employs four full time licensed clinical social workers and one master level social worker who are on hand daily to meet each client’s needs. Amanda Dupré, LCWS, has been the director of community edu-

cation for SABS for 11 and a half years. She provides evaulations and treatment recommendations for local physicians or for anyone seeking this service to help determine which level of mental health care will be most beneficial for the individual. She also helps to educate and link those persons to the appropriate services. Mandi Laper and Heather Prejean are both licensed clinical social workers who have been with SABS for more than seven years. Both ladies have worked tirelessly to make the day treatment program the success that it is today while also more recently establishing their own private practices. Mandi and Heather each offer appointments for outpatient therapy/counseling services at the SABS facility. Services offered through SABS include medication management, family therapy, transportation, group therapy and other support. For more information on the programs SABS offers or any other questions, contact SABS by phone at 7883600.

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OncoLogics - providing world class cancer care right here in Crowley

Since 1983, OncoLogics has been serving Crowley and South Louisiana with nine locations, the latest in radiation therapy technologies and a dedicated team of trained medical professionals. As a radiation oncology treatment facility, OncoLogics is keenly aware of the many obstacles that a cancer patient faces on the road to recovery. They know that the best healing begins at home, which is why their treatment facilities are strategically located across Louisiana. Their patients can receive the treatment they need without the need to travel or temporarily relocate to a major medical center. OncoLogics has a full-time physics and dosimetry department, and seven full-time radiation oncologists. By taking a team approach to your treatment, OncoLogics can ensure that you are receiving the best possible treatment available. OncoLogics’ Crowley facility has a dedicated CT scanner and Linear Accelerator capable of delivering Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), the gold

standard of today’s radiation therapy. Dr. Andrew Harwood, our primary radiation oncologist in Crowley, has been treating cancer for well over 35 years. His fight against cancer has brought him around the world, with academic teaching appointments at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and L.S.U., a Fellowship at the Dutch Cancer Institute, visiting professorships in the UK, Belguim, Switzerland, and currently, to Crowley. Ever on the forefront of radiation oncology’s growth as cutting-edge science, Dr. Harwood continues to train the future physicians as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology with the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Medicine. If you or a loved one, have been diagnosed with cancer, and are currently receiving treatment outside of Crowley, contact OncoLogics Crowley to see if your treatment can be completed locally. At OncoLogics, they care about treating cancer...its the only thing they do, and do

it well. If at anytime during your treatment, or in the planning stage, you should have a question, give them a call and they will be happy to guide you down the best


path, even if that path doesn’t lead to their door. At OncoLogics, they treat cancer locally, intelligently and personally.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Austin Lyons

OncoLogics, located at 1108 E. 8th St. in Crowley, provides their patients with the best cancer care available.

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1002 N. Parkerson • Crowley • 783-7200

REGISTERED PHARMACISTS: Farrel Villejoin, Kathy Richard, Jonathan Johnson, Sarah Appel, and Dean Bergeaux


MedSource - industry leader in telemonitoring



In home health, it’ s the outcome that counts. At MedSource, their goal is to have patients return to their normal lives as soon as possible. MedSource Home Health, located at 560 North Avenue F in Crowley offers skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietician services, social work services, certified nurses’ aides and several specialty programs, including telemonitoring to accomplish this goal.

MedSource Home Health is an industry leader in the communities they serve in regard to telemonitoring, which involves measuring patients’ weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse and blood sugar levels on a daily basis in the home. This service is provided at no additional cost, and allows nurses and respiratory therapists to monitor patients remotely in addition to one on one skilled nursing, therapy and other professional in-

terventions in the home. This innovative technology has resulted in improved outcomes and decreased hospital readmissions for many patients, including those with heart disease, hypertension and pulmonary problems. Their staff members are able to monitor their patients, providing peace of mind, early intervention and empowerment to take an active role in their health care. Other programs include Balancing

Act Fall Prevention, Post Surgical Spine Rehab, Joint Replacement, Heart Failure, Anti-Coagulation Therapy, Wound Care and Low Vision Interventions. MedSource Home Health has been serving South Louisiana for over 12 years, and they are committed to optimizing results when it matters most. When outcomes matter ... choose MedSource Home Health. Please contact us at 337785-8434.

Local physician offers treatment for ear, nose and throat problems Mark C. Petitjean, MD established his medical office of Otolaryngology in Crowley in the year 1993. His office is located at 1307 Crowley-Rayne Highway next door to the American Legion Hospital, where he is also on staff. His staff includes Denise Maddie, office manager, Cindy Saxton, nurse, Lisa Kopp and Amanda Abshire are front desk receptionists, and Dr. Alison

Get Rid of Pain Naturally Chronic Headaches? Joint Pain? Tension? Back Pain? Chiropractic care can help you get to the root of your symptoms without potentially harmful drugs or surgery.


Chiropractic Consultation Call now for your appointment and start getting relief!

Dr. Don Marx, D.C.

MARX CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 825 North Eastern Avenue • Crowley, LA • 1-337-783-1007 Open: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Closed Thurs.

Huff, clinical audiologist. Dr. Petitjean’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until noon. A Doctor of Audiology is available on Thursdays for patients with hearing problems and is available to assist patients interested in hearing aids. Special services offered to the community in this office are audiology services, treatment of thyroid disease,

allergic rhinitis and sinusitis problems. He also treats patients for all ear, nose, and throat problems. For more information, please call Dr. Petitjean’s office at 788-0975.

Mark C. Petitjean, M.D. 1307 Crowley/Rayne Hwy. • Suite E Crowley, LA • 788-0975


Crowley Therapy- proud to be in Crowley since 2009

Crowley Therapy Group, located at 720 North Avenue K in Crowley became an established business in March of 2009. Manager and Physical Therapist Brad Daigle, Receptionist/Tech Mary Hayes, Physical Therapist Eric Lambousy and Occupational Therapist Anne Stewart are extremely proud to be a part of the Crowley business community. Chris Thibodeaux, Kevin Touchet and Daryl Albro established Thibodeaux Albro Touchet Therapy Group in 1992 and has four locations in Lake Charles, Jennings and Iowa. Crowley Therapy group, the fourth location, maximizes the functional ability and offers special care to help individuals recover faster and keep them active at every age. Specialization areas of the group include orthopedic care, geriatric care, treatment for sports injuries, wound care, vertigo, vestibular dysfunction, stroke recovery, male and female incontinence and lymph edema. Services provided in treatment include passive range of motion/manual stretching which is used when a patient is unable to move a joint through its full range of motion. Additionally, active range of motion is used to reestablish balance throughout the body pertaining to a specific joint. Furthermore deep tissue massage is integrated to target deeper tissue in order to improve tissue extensibility, increase circulation, reduce muscle spasms and of course, to decrease pain. Medicare and most insurance is accepted. Business hours for Crowley Therapy Group are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. To schedule an appointment, or for questions regarding physical therapy, contact them at 783-7100.



THE POST-SIGNAL / Austin Lyons

Crowley Therapy Group provides physical and occupational therapy to their patients. Located at 720 North Avenue K, they specialize in athletic injuries, orthopedic injuries, neurological rehabilitation, recovering injuries, work-related injuries and chronic pain management. Ready to assist patients at the Crowley Therapy Group are, from left, Eric Lambousy, physical therapist; Anne Stewart, occupational therapist; and Brad Daigle, physical therapist.




Four million dollar project at American Legion Hospital

American Legion Hospital has announced a massive $4 million Healthcare Information System Project is moving forward according to plan. With health care undergoing signficant changes, the hospital’s Board of Directors initiated this massive project to fully automate every patient visit and to comply with recent governmental regulations pertaining to Healthcare Information Systems. The new system includes a complete suite of integrated applications that addresses patient safety, electronic clinical reporting, medication administration, regulatory compliance, fast-track to an electronic health record and patient-friendly billing. A new complete wireless system has

been added throughout the hospital to facilitate mobile access to the hospital system from anywhere within the hospital by physicians and hospital personnel. The system compliments the hospital’s continued mission to provide the highest quality health care. The Hospital Lab diagnostic equipment was recently upgraded. In addition the hospital has installed the very latest in diagnostic equipment, such as a new highspeed CAT scan. Also recently installed is the new Digital Mammography unit. This system provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The digital image is ready to read within 10 seconds. There is no longer a wait for films to be developed to be sure images are readable. Digital

mammograms take as little as half the time as film. This new digital technology will provide both accuracy and increased ease of use for the hospital’s patients. Providing outstanding diagnostic equipment for patients is a vital step to good preventative health, and is one that American Legion Hospital takes very seriously. All diagnostic equipment, including radiology and laboratory, is integrated into the system to provide ready access to information pertaining to your care. Every patient room is equipped with a computer workstation to document your medical condition. Additionally, the emergency room has installed workstations in every bay. Physicians will now view your medical

records electronically. The new system allows your physician access to your real time inpatient or outpatient medical record, and can actually view your X-ray films, or other diagnostic tests from literally anywhere. Terry W. Osborne, CEO of American Legion Hospital, in expressing the administration’s gratitude to dedicated employees, said, “This project could not have happened if it were not for approximately 50 hospital employees from all departments that embarked on a year-long journey ‘To Build A System.’ “American Legion Hospital takes pride in the outstanding Healthcare Information System Project Team. And we pledge to the community that we are ready for the future.”

The Autism Society of Acadiana is a non-profit organization that has one mission: to improve the lives of all affected by autism. The regional chapter of the nationwide Autism Society is located at 3108 West Pinhook Road in Lafayette. It is managed by a board of directors comprised of 19 individuals, which is led by Donna Andrus, board president, and Vickie Nettles, administrative assistant. Autism is a complex neurological and developmental disorder affecting communication, language and social behavior that appears in the first three years of life. It is called a spectrum disorder because there are varying degrees as to how an individual may be affected, from severe to “mild” or high functioning. Autism is now the fastest growing disability in the United States. According to an estimated provided by the Centers for Disease Control, one in every 110 U.S. children will receive a diagnosis of autism. Also, the Louisiana Department reports a 400 percent increase in students with autism since 1995. The Acadiana chapter began as a small gathering of parents and professionals in 1985 intent on providing support, education and resources to local families raising a child with autism. The local chapter has

since grown to an organization comprised of 350 family memberships from the seven parishes of Acadiana. Their commitment to the autism community focuses on support, awareness, education and recreation. They continue to serve individual families as the autism community continues to expand. To expand on their mission, The Autism Society of Acadiana says they strive to “support families of individuals with autism and to raise awareness about all aspects of living with, educating and caring for a person on the autism spectrum.” The Autism Society of Acadiana also says they are “growing large while staying small.” They do this by financially supporting several programs designed to support the individuals with autism as well. Those programs are: Mentor program at UL - assists students with an autism spectrum disorder on UL’s campus helping them adjust to college life. Minigrant program - provides funding to educators for creative and innovative tools and programs tailored to support students with autism. Recreation stipends - provides funding to families of a child or adult with autism to help defray the cost of recreation or leisure activities. Education stipends - provides funding

for Acadiana chapter members to attend national conference educational programs and network with families from across the nation. InclusionMatters Statewide Conference - cosponsored two-day state seminar with Families Helping Families of Jefferson Parish, held at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. Support groups - provides educational literature, administrative and office support to the groups meeting in the various parishes. Within the Acadiana area there are nine support groups. Acadia Parish has one led by Dodie Prejean, and Avoyelles, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermilion parishes do as well. There are also three specialized support groups, parents and caregivers of adults with autism, just dads and autism and aspergers play date group. Annual meeting of membership and fun day - a family-style picnic atmosphere with activities geared for the chapter’s younger members. The annual membership meeting provides an opportunity to discuss programs and services of Autism Society of Acadiana. Recreational events - the chapter offers a variety of free activities to its members throughout the year including swimming, bowling and family fun days. Family friendly films - a pilot program

enabling families to enjoy a movie experience with their family member with autism. Workshops, conferences, seminars on autism - offer a variety of educational and informational presentations to its members and the general public. Families Helping Families treats at the Village Halloween event - an event which offers a safe environment for trick-ortreating to individuals with disabilities of all ages. Quarterly newsletters - mailing to over 1200 per quarter to membership and Acadiana schools. Each year the Autism Society of Acadiana hosts fundraisers that also provide family-friendly events to raise awareness about autism. The proceeds from these events stay in Acadiana and are used to fund the programs listed above as well as other programs. The Autism Society of Acadiana is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 337-235-4425, locally, and 1-877-423-4425, toll-free; or by e-mail at There is also a website for the Acadiana chapter of the Autism Society,

Autism Society of Acadiana - ‘improving the lives of all affected by autism’



Four Million Dollar Upgrade

At American Legion Hospital, we take pride in our tradition of providing the very best diagnostic equipment and health care technology. When more advanced health care technology, better or safer equipment becomes available, if it is superior to what we already have, we make the necessary investment to provide it for you and your doctor. Early cancer detection greatly enhances the probability of a cure. Our new high speed cat scan will help to save lives. In the fight against breast cancer, our new mammography system provides physicians with clear and concise all digital images without discomfort to the patient. The improved process is fast, the all digital image is ready for the doctor to read within 10 seconds. New regulations make it certain that health care in the United States is changing. Our current, $4 million investment project is to assure that we are fully prepared. Our new health care information system is a marvel of electronic communications and is the latest development in providing to doctors and hospital personnel, instant safe and reliable information for every patient.

“AmericAn Legion HospitAL is reAdy for tHe future”

“Where healing happens every day”

1305 Crowley-Rayne Hwy. • 783-3222





Caring beyond prescriptions

THE POST-SIGNAL / Angela Becnel



The professional staff at The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is dedicated to providing exceptional medical care to their patients. From the left are Heather Sensat, Owner/ Head Pharmacist Brandy Freed, and Pharmacy Technician Beth Trahan.

It’s never to early to take care of your feet.

For Relief of Painful Foot Problems, see Experienced, Caring Physicians. Dr. Lon Baronne

D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.O.M. Board Certified by American Board of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine

Dr. Nolig McGee, DPM D.A.B. P.O.P.P.M.

Dr. George Smith, DPM

155 Hospital Dr. (Behind Lafayette General Hospital)



1455 Wright Ave. (Nova Care Bldg.)

Mark C. Petitjean, M.D. 1307 Crowley/Rayne Hwy. • Suite E Crowley, LA • 788-0975

Pediatric & adult eNt Ear Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgery



The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy was established in 1990 and purchased by Charlie and Brandy Freed of Crowley in 2009. The Medicine Shoppe is a locally owned and operated retail pharmacy and durable medical equipment company dedicated to providing exceptional medical care to their patients. The Medicine Shoppe was awarded a certificate of accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association of Accreditation for the dedicated commitment of demonstrating high standards of quality in business and patient care. The compassionate and professional staff of The Medicine Shoppe is committed to providing friendly, fast and convenient health care to their patients. They offer over 400 prescriptions for only $4 a month and will beat any local competitors’ prices. With their convenient drive thru window and highly trained staff they provide prescriptions in minutes. They accept all insurances including Medicare and Medicaid and they can bill for all your diabetic testing supplies. They also offer a wide variety of vaccinations including influenza (flu), hepatitis, tetanus, and many more without having to make an appointment or waiting in long lines. The Medicine Shoppe is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Come by and visit their friendly staff – Brandy Freed, pharmacist; Heather Sensat, pharmacy technician and Beth Trahan, pharmacy technician at 704 N. Parkerson Avenue Crowley or contact them at 337-783-9084.

QUALITY CARE FOR ALL FOOT PROBLEMS: (Children & Adults) Bunions • Hammertoes • Warts • Fractures & Sprains • Infections • Flat Feet • Corns & Calluses • Foot Deformities • Tumors • Heel Pain • Ingrown Nails • Diabetic Foot Care & Diabetic Shoes Outpatient Hospital & In-office Surgery • Preferred Provider for Most Insurances • Medicare Accepted

Doctor of Audiology on Staff for Hearing Disorders American Board of Otolaryngology Board Certified Hours: Monday - Thursday (By Appointment) 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.




Chiropractic Wellness Center - certified in ergonomics assessment Dr. Carissa Hamilton-Toups, D.C., CEAS, opened Chiropractic Wellness Center in Crowley a few years ago. A native of Crowley, she attended St. Michael’s Elementary School and Crowley High School. Form an early age, Dr. Hamilton-Toups knew that she wanted to be a chiropractor. She and her entire family have gone to a chiropractor since she can remember. Chiropractic is the art of manipulation of the spine by the use of the hands. When a vertebrae becomes misaligned, it can cause interference with the nerve flow in the body. This can in turn cause inflammation, pain and tenderness and loss of function with the body. Dr. Hamilton-Toups is trained in many adjusting techniques so that she can better help her patients recover. She was the first doctor in the area to use the Trition DTS decompression table for disc bulges. Currently, Dr. Hamilton-Toups maintains a weight loss program at her office called Ideal Protein. This supervised pro-

or factory and access different situations for possible repetitive joint injury as suggested by OSHA. She can then implement possible alternatives to prevent further injuries. Some Workers Compensation insurance companies give discounts to organizations who utilize these services.

If you need a chiropractor, be sure to make an appointment at Chiropractic Wellness Center. They are located at 155 Oddfellows Road, next door to Healthworks, and you can reach Dr. HamiltonToups at 783-3334.

Sterling Health Plans helping make informed decisions

Dr. Carissa Hamilton-Toups

gram helps the body burn two to seven pounds of body fat a week. After the weight is lost, the patients are taught how to keep the weight off. She also recently received her certification in ergonomics assessment. Dr. Hamilton-Toups can go into a business

Sterling Health Plans specializes in Medicare supplements. Located at 700 St. Landry St. in Lafayette, Sterling Health Plans’ goal is to help seniors make informed decisions regarding their health care and to help people of all ages with life insurance, cancer policies and critical illness policies to protect themselves and their loved ones in the event of a tragedy. Sterling Health Plans has offices across

the country with the home office residing in Bellingham, Wash. Sterling Health Plans opened its doors in 1958. The Lafayette office is under the management of Paige Latiolais and has 14 employees ready to help you make the important decisions. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling 337-593-9521.

Stop Waiting For Your Prescriptions Tired of waiting in long lines at the pharmacy counter? Frustrated with crowded aisles and unreliable service? That’s why your local Medicine Shoppe ® Pharmacy provides you with attentive and efficient pharmacy service. Come in, pick up your prescription, speak with a pharmacist from The Medicine Shoppe ® Pharmacy. It’s just another way we demonstrate to you our commitment to Caring beyond prescriptions.

Brandy Freed, R.Ph. 704 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

M-F 9:00-5:30, Sat. 9:00-12:00 ✆ (337)783-9084

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Reaux Chiropractic - since 1995

We know Medicare.

Reaux Chiropractic opened its door to the Crowley community in 1995 and has offered chiropractic care to many people in this area as well as the surrounding areas. Over the past 16 years they have seen a lot of changes in the health care industry, especially with insurance, however, the one thing that remains the same is their commitment to the health of their patients. “Here in the office we use several options to help treat the patient to relieve the pain and gain optimum health. Adjustments to the spine are made either by hand or instrument to realign the spine. We also work with the muscles to reduce muscle spasms and break up adhesions which may alter muscle tone,” Dr. Reaux said. “About five years ago, we introduced the Spinal Decompression table. This therapy is used to decompress the spine using a slow, smooth controlled force, relieving nerve interference. This was an added benefit to the clinic because it allowed me to help people that I may not have been able to help otherwise,” he said. “Our latest addition to the clinic is the use of a massage therapist, Joni Gary. She utilizes deep tissue massage and heat therapy to help bring muscle tone back into balance.” “At this time I would like to thank the Crowley community for their support and trust in me. I also wish to invite anyone who may have spinal injuries to contact this office at 788-2873 for a consultation. We are located at 824 East Hutchinson Avenue,” Dr. Reaux concluded.

At Sterling, we are dedicated to serving the needs of Medicare Beneficiaries. We feel you deserve quality service with a real, live person on the phone to assist you. Choose an insurance company that truly cares. Give us a call today.

(337) 593-9521



700 St. Landry Street Lafayette, LA 70506



Reaux Chiropractic has been helping the Crowley area with their chiropractic needs since 1995, or 16 years. Dr. Ted Reaux, chiropractor, seated, Phyllis Ancelet, standing left, and Joni Gary are the friendly faces of Reaux Chiropractic located at 824 East Hutchinson Ave.

Camelot Place is the finest in long term care for your loved ones SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Camelot Place advertises itself as “the premier short term and long term facility in the Crowley/Rayne area conveniently located moments from Interstate 10.” The facility, located at 2021 Crowley Rayne Highway in Rayne, is A Division of Central Control, LLC of Pineville. At Camelot Place, the goal is to make the admissions process as user friendly as possible. Several things must be completed prior to admission into Camelot Place, including a preadmission screening, where a person needs a doctor’s order for admission, a statement of medical status (SMS) and chest x-ray from the last 30 days; a preadmission assessment, which is an evaluatory screening of the person’s current situation and actual needs and preferences; and admission paperwork. More information about the admissions process can be obtained online or via the telephone. Camelot Place offers many services including, 24-hour nursing care available, skilled nursing care, state-of-the-art facility, 128 semi-private/private rooms, specialized memory enhancement unit, individualized meal programs, daily exercise program, specialized skin/wound care, rehabilitation services, heated pool for aquatic therapy, outpatient therapy program, complimentary restorative care, buffet dining, daily planned activities, beauty/barber shop, hospice care and transportation. Visit their website at or call 783-8101 for more information or to schedule a tour.

























THE POST-SIGNAL / Janet Doucet

Camelot Place, located at 2021 Crowley Rayne Highway in Rayne, prides itself on providing excellent care for its residents. The hard working nursing staff and stateof-the-art facility make for a comfortable, caring environment. The facility advertises itself as “the premier short term and long term facility in the Crowley-Rayne area.”







Huval’s Boot and Shoe Repair - making sure your feet are always comfortable Do you have tired, achy feet at the end of the day? If so, stop by Huval’s Boot and Shoe Repair and pedorthic center for a laser scan of your feet. Huval’s offer a complimentary I-step foot scan showing your pressure points, arch height and shoe size. These results can either help with your current shoes by adding arch supports, tongue pads or even a new insole. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes this scan will be a guide to the proper shoe type to match your foot with Brooks, along with Dr. Comfort and Aetrex shoes. Boots are also available in Double H and Red Wing boots. If you like to walk or run, Huval’s is an authorized Brooks dealer. Brooks has invested in technology that has the support built into the sole of the shoe that will keep your feet biomechanically correct. Brooks offers running shoes, walking shoes along with a Velcro strapped shoe for people that have a challenge tying shoe laces. Lynco orthotics are also available for your current shoes or work boots. The Istep will guide Huval’s to use the correct

orthotic to improve your footwear. For any toe issue Huval’s has foot aids that can help with hammer toes, claw and mallet toes, soft corns, calluses, blisters and ingrown toe nails can be helped with toe sleeves that cover your toes with a gel cushion or toe spacers to help the problems areas. Aetrex offers a fashionable line of casual shoes made with spandex that will offer more give for the toes to have a more comfortable shoe to wear. Bamboo socks are another foot helper. Here in the south our feet give off onequarter to one-half cup of moisture every day on average, the bamboo will absorb this moisture, helping your feet to stay dry. These socks come in different crew, ankle and calf heights. If your current shoes need to have modifications or repairs, Huval’s can add zippers to your boots for any ankles that do not flex very much. Velcro can also be changed on shoes that the Velcro is not working any more. Shoes can be stretched for a better fit especially in the bunion area.

Stop in for a custom foot scan; please bring a pair of socks with you. Your socks should be the same thickness that you will be wearing in your shoes. Huval’s Boot and Shoe Repair is located at 901 N Parkerson Ave, on Crowley’s main street. This is the same location Cliff Huval opened Cliff’s Shoe Repair 1970, 40 years ago. Hours of operation

are Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.–noon. Dana Huval, owner/operator is an American Board Certified pedorthist who can fill any of your leg length or shoe modification prescriptions from your doctor. She has also been repairing shoes since 1988 as a second generation shoe repairer.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings - ready to change lives

Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings, located at One Hospital Drive, Suite 101, in Jennings, is ready to change your life. The Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings is an acute inpatient hospital providing a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation medicine. They provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritional counseling and case management. This state-of-

the-art facility provides private beds with many of the amenities of home. The gym is equipped with specialized physical therapy equipment. Patients can enjoy and receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. The mission of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings “is to restore the physical health and foster functional independence and overall well-being of the people we serve.”

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901 N. parkerson ave. • Crowley • 337-783-7938 tues. - Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-Noon Dana huval a certified pedorthist, or C. ped. is a specialist in using footwear - which includes shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses and other pedorthic devices - to solve problems in, or related to, the foot and lower limb.

Stop by and let us laser scan your feet for free. We will be able to capture your foot size, arch style and pressure points. this information will help us, help you select the ideal footwear so your feet will never ache again.

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Bier’s Pharmacy 410 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

John Monteilh, R Ph Specializing in Compounding

Phone: 337-783-3023

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Healthcare Systems

Crowley, LA 325 N. Avenue F Phone: 337-783-5262 Fax: 337-783-5264

Mental Health Services Specializing with children, teens, adults & geriatrics

Duson, LA 7515 Cameron St. 337-456-3392 Fax: 337-456-3394




Preeminent Healthcare - providing community with mental health services Preeminent Healthcare Systems, LLC is a locally owned and operated Community Mental Health Center and Mental Health Rehabilitation center which are licensed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the state of Louisiana. Richard and Patricia Pannell are owner/operators that actively participate in the business. They also focus on clinical issues and client care. With a combined experience in delivery of mental health services for 40 years, they are able to empathize with many issues that mentally ill and their families face. “We place the highest priority on maintaining an effective qualified and caring workforce to insure our clients get effective services,” states Patty. “Our main focus is to restore maximum functioning and to minimize debilitating symptoms for the clients and families we serve.” We have offices in Acadia and Lafayette Parishes, but serve an eight parish region,” Pannell explained. Clients range from geriatrics suffering from depression, bipolar, schizophrenia and other disorders to children and their families

who are dealing with emotional or traumatic situations such as physical /sexual abuse and neglect. Preeminent employees consist of 34 professionals which include LC SW’s, LPC’s, Psychiatric Registered Nurses, master prepared counselors and support staff. Their medical staff consists of Dr. Thomas Latour, Psychiatric Director and Doctor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Latour is also a certified addictionologist. They also have two recent additions to their medical staff which include Dr. Michael Prejean and Jaime Ougel, Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Prejean is a Psychiatrist that specializes in the treatment of geriatric clients. He is also a doctor of internal medicine and a certified addictionologist. Dr. Prejean has been a wonderful addition to the Preeminent family and brings much experience and leadership. Dr. Prejean has an extraordinary unique ability to empathize and sympathize with his clients. His sincerity, professionalism and his caring and insightful demeanor brings much comfort to our clients. Mr. Jaime Ougel NP has qualities which

mirror Dr. Prejean’s. Mr. Ougel NP has gone the extra mile to bring quality services and dedication to clients and staff. They are proud to have him as a part of the Preeminent family. Mr. Ougel, NP also has a private practice located within the building. His patient rapport is exceptional, making himself personally available by phone through PHS for emergencies 24 hours per day for his private clients. They would also like to announce their

re-accreditation with the Council on Accreditation. Mental illness is something no one should have to face alone. Please call or ask your doctor for help if you are having difficulty coping with severe problems that are affecting you or a loved one. Preeminent is a phone call away. Call 337-783-5262 for C.M.H.C. or 337-456-3392 for M.H.R. The staff at PHS assures that your confidentiality and integrity will be respected.

Marx Chiropractic Clinic is here to help you with all your chiropractic needs. The clinic, located at 825 North Eastern Ave. in Crowley, has been open since March 1976. It is owned by Drs. Don and Sandra Marx. They have four other employees as well, Geneva Morgan, Cheryl Daigle, Amanda Romero and Valery Hoff-

pauir. Business hours for Marx Chiropractic Clinic are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the clinic, call them at 783-1007.

Marx Chiropractic Clinic serving your chiropractic needs

Compass Behavioral Center of Crowley is an 18 bed psychiatric facility specializing in caring for adults and seniors ages 30 and older.

We Assist Adults & Seniors Experiencing... • Depression • Bipolar Disorder • Anxiety, Excessive Worry, or Panic • Severe Mood Swings • Hallucinations or Delusions • Appetite and Sleep Disturbances • Other Mood, Behavioral, and Thought Disorders

Dr. Phillip Landry - Psychiatric Medical Director Dr. Bob Winston - Associate Psychiatric Director

Now accepting appointments for Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Adults and Seniors (ages 21 and older) Psychiatric Evaluations and Medicine Management Kathy Little, PMHNP-C Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Certified

• Medicare Approved • Private Insurance Accepted • Transportation Available • Confidential Assessment

1526 N. Avenue I • Crowley, LA • 337-788-3380




Delahoussaye Optical and Hearing Aid Center - professional, flexible service Maxine Delahoussaye, owner and dispenser at Delahoussaye Optical and Hearing Aid Center would like to invite the people of Acadiana to visit her at her convenient location at 612 North Avenue L in Crowley. Parking is easy in the front of the building and scheduled appointments are offered to better serve her clients. With 30 years of experience, Maxine is a certified Ophthalmic Technician through the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. She is also licensed by the state of Louisiana as a Hearing Aid Specialist and she serves as a provider for the LA Commission for the Deaf and LA Vocational Rehabilitation Services as well as a member of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce. Customers today like choices, quality and flexibility. Maxine offers personal service, quality frames and lenses as well as hearing aids manufactured by Starkey Labs. Since Starkey is the leader in hearing aid technology there is no need to travel out of town to be able to get the

best quality and technology. Her service is professional, personal and flexible which allows her to work with your scheduling requirements. Before your next prescription change stop by and check out what is available in frame selection. She will be happy to

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Rehabilitation hospital of Jennings


The Rehabilitation Hospital of Jennings is an acute inpatient hospital providing a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation medicine. We provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritional counseling and case management. Our facility provides private beds that offer many of the amenities of home. Our facilities’ gym is equipped with specialized physical therapy equipment where clients can enjoy and receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. The benefits of rehabilitation are managing pain, regaining movement, rebuilding confidence, improving overall functioning, overcoming setbacks, and maximizing outcomes. Our mission is to restore the physical health and foster functional independence and overall well-being of the people we serve. One Hospital Drive, Ste 101, Jennings, LA 70546 337-821-5353

answer any questions you may have concerning glasses, low vision and hearing devices. Call Maxine Delahoussaye at 7834983 to schedule your next appointment.

Business hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. In home or weekend appointments are also available.

Gueydan Memorial Guest Home ‘quality care’ and ‘something extra’ Gueydan Memorial used to use the slogan “a little something extra,” but these days “a lot more extra” might be more accurate. The massive 10 foot television screen in the mall area might be the first thing that catches your eye, but is just the tip of the iceberg. “Culture change” is the motto at Gueydan Memorial and more resident choices in everyday life is its meaning. GMGH switched to restaurant select menus for lunch. This means the residents have choices of what they will eat that day. Choices of meals is just the begin-

ning. Choices also extend to bath times, bath options, meal times, wake up times and even flexible medications schedules. Like most nursing homes, Gueydan Memorial has full baths with handicapped showers. Adult living is not about the organization with the most stars, though Gueydan Memorial has that; it is about having a home-like atmosphere to live in. Resident choice is not only better for mental and physical health; it is the right way to run a home.


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optical & hearing aid Center • Glasses • Hearing Aids • Batteries • Service & Repairs • Convenient Parking Maxine Delahoussaye licensed hearing aid specialist and Certified ophthalmic Technician

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Keep kids safe from common household poisons Each year, approximately 2.4 million people -- more than half under age 6 -- swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The most dangerous potential poisons are medicines, cleaning products, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, pesticides, furniture polish, gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil. Most child poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention, so it’s important never to leave poisonous substances within reach of children, even for a minute. If your child comes in contact with a poisonous substance, and is unconscious, not breathing, or having convulsions or seizures due to poison contact, call 911 immediately. For mild or no symptoms, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.


Compass Behavior Center recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. On hand for the celebration were, from left, Kathy Little, nurse practitioner; Cassie Lacombe, human resources; Amanda Pierret, LCSW; Anne Dill, RN,C; Dayna Stelly, H.R. assistant; Nell Meaux, RN; Kellie Foreman, ed. coordinator; Kayla Thibodeaux, adm. assistant; Dr. Stephen Cannon; Jennifer Verret, community liaison; Aimee Monagham, LCSW, administrator; Dr. Philip Landry, psychiatrist and medical director; Kris Mathews, LPN; Jennifer Hernandez, executive administrative assistant; Pat Vaughn, RHIA; Wendy Trosclair, RN, assistant director of nursing; Dr. Csilla Linszky, psychiatrist; Lynn Cullen, communications director, Mark Cullen, CEO of Compass Health and Steven Habetz, facility manager.

Women can trust Dr. Michael Melanson as their OB/GYN Dr. Michael F. Melanson is a board certified OB/GYN physician who welcomes his patients into a warm and friendly setting at his office. Women who are looking for a new doctor can trust the many years of experience Dr. Melanson brings to his patients. Dr. Melanson now offers a 3D ultrasound at a very affordable price to his patients. He reminds expectant mothers of the hotel designed birthing suites at American Legion Hospital which provides a family setting for dad and other family members. Most insurances, Medicare and Medicaid accepted.


Please call his office for details and appointments between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Jean Guidry, Dr. Michael F. Melanson and Millie Credeur

Dr Michael F. Melanson, OB/GYN 1307 Crowley-Rayne Hwy., Suite A • Crowley

(337) 783-3880





Compass Behavior Center - quality psychiatric services to treat mental illness Compass Behavioral Center of Crowley is an 18-bed inpatient psychiatric facility located at 1526 N. Avenue I in Crowley. The hospital, which has 28 employees opened in January 2006, serves mental health consumers in Crowley and neighboring communities. Compass Behavioral Center offers quality inpatient psychiatric services to treat mental illness. A mental illness is a biologically based brained disorder that affects a person’s thoughts, behaviors, emotions and ability to cope with the normal demands of life. The hospital specializes in psychiatric treatment of adults age 30 and older. Managing the facility is Psychiatric Medical Director Dr. Philip Landry and Dr. Bob Winston, psychiatrist. Serving as administrator is Aimee Monagham, LCSW and the director of nursing is Dana Frith, RN and assistant director of nursing is Wendy Trosclair, RN. Local physicians on staff include Dr. Stephen Cannon, Dr. Neal Duhon and Dr. Patrick Dale Leleux. Other staff members include registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers, ac-

tivity therapists, licensed practical nurses, licensed dietician and mental health technicians. Compass Behavioral Center, delivers quality health care by combining psychotherapy and medication management with the goal of assisting patients on achieving their highest degree of function and independence. Clients receive individual, group and family therapy as well as medical and 24 hour nursing care. Typically, patients receive inpatient treatment for seven to 14 days as they transition to home and outpatient services. Clinical treatments at Compass Behavioral Center are available for psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, excessive worry, panic, severe mood swings, hallucinations or delusions, confusion, disorientation, sleep or appetite disturbances or other behavioral or thought disorders. The staff of Compass will provide a confidential screening upon request. Compass Behavioral Center is a division of Compass Health, headquartered in Crowley. This year marks its 13th year as

a leader in psychiatric medicine with other facilities in Church Point, Kaplan, Jennings, Mamou, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Opelousas, Houma, Natchitoches, Bunkie, Alexandria and Baton Rouge. Compass Behavioral Center is licensed

by the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and is a Medicare approved facility. Transportation is available to and from the facility. For more information or for a confidential screening assessment, call 788-3380.

Diabetes rises sharply in U.S. to about 26 million Actual cases up, new blood sugar test could account for half of 9 percent jump ATLANTA — U.S. health officials have raised their estimate of how many Americans have diabetes to nearly 26 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new estimate Wednesday. It means about 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugar.

The new figure marks a 9 percent increase from the 2008 estimate of 23.6 million. Health officials believe diabetes is becoming more common for two reasons — more people are developing obesityrelated Type 2 diabetes, and people who have it are living longer. But CDC officials say an additional blood sugar test that’s now used more widely may be responsible for as much as half of the increase.

❋SABS can meet all of your outpatient psychiatric needs For over 15 years, SABS has been the premier Community Mental Health Center in Acadia Parish. Whether one is in need of their structured day program, medication management with one of the psychiatrists or psychiatric nurse practitioners, individual or family therapy, or a complementary evaluation and treatment recommendation with a licensed clinical social worker, those seeking the services of SABS will find top-notch care provided in a compassionate, confidential, and professional manner.


A Community Mental Health Center

SOUTHWEST AMBULATORY BEHAVIORAL SERVICES, INC. Specializing in the treatment of: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, other Mood and Behavioral disorders Children, Adults and Geriatric Persons FREE On Site Evaluation Available Call for a Convenient Appointment


318 East Park Street • Crowley, LA 70526

Southwind - one big, happy family SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011


Southwind Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 112 bed, non-profit facility serving the entire Acadiana area for nearly 30 years. They are one of the largest employers in Acadia Parish and offer the finest in long and short term care. Their rehabilitation department is second to none and they offer in-house speech, occupational and physical therapy. They also offer a vast array of resident activities and community functions throughout the year. There is always something going on at Southwind. Whether it is an outdoor festival with music, food, dancing and a parade or the filming of their own movie with a cast of their very their residents and employees, there never seems to be a dull moment around Southwind. They take their activities to a new level each and every day. They also have road trips to local events, casino and restaurant trips and enjoy things just as they would do at home. As stated earlier, their in-house therapy department is outstanding. What many people do not realize is that in addition to long-term rehabilitation, they also excel in short-term rehabilitation. Their residents can come in for a short few weeks after surgery, a fall or an illness to regain the strength and endurance needed, through various forms of therapy, to allow them to return home and function at a level equal to or better than they were before. Their therapy department prides themselves on giving the absolute best therapy possible and their hard work and dedication shows through the many residents they have helped to return home over the years after a short-term stay at Southwind. They have a great team at Southwind. Their family members, residents and employees are involved in every aspect of their operation. They are truly one big happy family and I believe that is what has led to their success over the years. Come by and see what Southwind is all about. Enjoy a cup of coffee with the staff and residents. See the smiling faces and warm hearts that make up their family. They are much more than your typical ‘nursing

home.’ Southwind accepts Medicare, Medicaid, VA and various types of insurance plans. Contact the social services department or Jude Sittig for any questions.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Jeannine LeJeune

Southwind Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living prides itself on outstanding care and a family type atmosphere. They are located at 804 Crowley/ Rayne Hwy. in Crowley.

Let us help you to get on the road to recovery

Brad Daigle

Anne Stewart

Eric Lambousy

Crowley Therapy Group 720 North Avenue K. • Crowley • 337-783-7100


Let the therapists at Crowley Therapy Group help you on your road to recovery. Physical Therapists Brad Daigle and Eric Lambousy, along with Occupational Therapist Anne Stewart and Massage Therapist Charlie Spell are ready to help you recover and to

keep you active at every age. Whether you have an athletic injury, orthopedic injury, workrelated injury, chronic pain, or need neurological rehabilitation, the staff at Crowley Therapy Group stands ready to assist you, the patient.




Gueydan Memorial Guest Home “A Commitment To Quality Care” & “ A Little Something Extra”

Feeling at home never felt better. Free in Room Cable • Dedicated Rehab Services to return you home • Lunch Menus and Open Breakfasts • 24 Hour Professional Nursing • Medicare, Medicaid & Private • Professionalized Activity Program • Homelike Atmosphere Gueydan Memorial Guest Home is a non-profit organization

Providing Long Term Quality Care for Over 20 Years Also, taking Applications at the Nursing Home 1201 Third Street • Gueydan, LA • 70542



Southwind Assisted Living provides quality care to seniors

Southwind Assisted Living Community was begun six and a half years ago on August 31, 2004. This facility is located on the Crowley-Rayne Highway. Our reputation is one of professional management, quality elderly care, warm hospitality, and friendly, personal service, all on a single, convenient campus in a quiet, safe neighborhood. Southwind has recently undergone a change in ownership and is now under Healthcare Financial Advisors, which provides the same level of care as before. “Assisted living offers a unique housing option for those who need personal care assistance, as well as for those who remain independent,” says Director Jill Signorelli. Whether they choose to live with them for the companionship of wonderful friends, activities or for the peace of mind, there is staff available 24 hours a day if assistance is needed. And, residents are well-pleased with their lives at Southwind. The facility offers a unique “Level of Care” program that allows its residents to choose the full complement of services that are just right for them, without any hidden fees or add-ons. Staff members are licensed and certified, including a wellness director, and full service rehabilitation services on campus, “aging in place” capability, and an assortment of services and amenities tailored to your individual needs and budget. Residents may also receive a variety of personal care services that include bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication monitoring, as well as social and activity programs to promote wellness and balance in life. Other services include housekeeping and laundry, transportation, and three full meals a day in our elegant dining room. Director Jill Signorelli welcomes you to visit them at 626 Crowley-Rayne Highway, or reach them by phone at 788-1113. At Southwind, you get two great communities in one convenient location. Southwind. A name you know. A name you can trust.

Carmicheal’s Cashway Pharmacy - best cash prices in town

Carmicheal’s Cashway Pharmacy opened for business in 1972 and since then has strived to keep the customer satisfied. Carmichael’s Cashway Pharmacy, located at 1002 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, keeps the customer satisfied with a personal touch. They know the customer and their medication and ex-

plain any questions they may have. The pharmacy is owned by Sunlink Home Care. It is managed by Dean Bergeaux and has 30 employees. Carmichael’s Cashway Pharmacy accepts all insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. They also boast that they have the best cash prices in town. They can be reached at 337-783-7200.

Recognizing allergic reactions in kids If your children have chronic, cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes, they may be suffering from allergies. Other allergic reactions can include skin rashes, hives, swelling, or breathing problems that are not due to asthma. Parents who suspect their children may

have allergies should consult a pediatrician to determine exactly what that allergy is. Common household allergens include dust mites, which hide in bedding and upholstered furniture, furry animals, mold, pollen, and certain foods. After testing, doctors can then determine whether to treat children with medication, allergy shots, or other therapies.




Consider when scheduling mammogram Breast Center of Acadiana is now a Breast Center of Excellence as awarded by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers, or NQMBC. Breast Center Acadiana, ranked in the top 5 percent of breast centers in the country as rated by quality outcomes, is the only Mammography Center of Excellence in Louisiana. Dr. Gary Matthews with Breast Center of Acadiana is a dedicated breast imaging specialist with over 15 years experience in Mammography. Technologists with full credentials deliver excellent service in the state of the art facility. The Breast Center of Acadiana Foundation is established to impact women and their families by providing services, support and encouragement in the fight against breast cancer. Located at 935 Camellia Boulevard in Lafayette, both Medicaid and Medicare are accepted as well as most insurance. Schedule your appointment now at 5045976.

Dr. Brammer for eye care

THE POST-SIGNAL / Howell Dennis

Doctors Karrie Kilgore and Paul Stringfellow have been treating Crowley’s patients for 13 years at the Family Clinic of Crowley located at 345 Oddfellows Rd. They provide complete medical care for infants to adults. Appointments can be made on Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m.)

Optometrist Dr. Craig M. Brammer offers quality eye care and quality eye wear for the entire family. Located at 419 North Avenue F in Crowley, Brammer’s office invites the public to come in and see the full range of quality eye care services and eyewear available. The professional eye care provided by

Authorized distributor of

Products Dr. Carissa Hamilton-Toups, D.C., CEAS

Dr. Brammer is coupled with their huge selection of frame styles and lenses. The office also offers contact lenses. The office is open Monday through Friday by appointments only. Call Dr. Brammer at 783-3072 for more information or to schedule an appointment in the near future.

The Ideal Protein® Weight Loss Method is a quick and healthy protocol with proven, long lasting results. Our gourmet protein foods contain highly assimilable, high-biological value protein isolates combined with essential amino acids and are complimented with supplements and mineral salts. • Lose 3 to 7 lbs per week • Promotes Vitality & Energy • Primarily Promotes Fat Loss • Naturally Suppresses Appetite • Helps to Maintain Muscle Mass • Re-establishes Pancreatic • Tones and Revitalizes Skin Function (Insulin) • Supports Cellulite Reduction

Chiropractic Wellness Centers of Acadiana, LLC

Do You Suffer With... Crowley Chiropractic Clinic • Sciatica • Lower Back Pain 155 Oddfellows Rd. • Neck Discomfort • Headaches • Fatigue Crowley, LA 70526 337-783-3334 CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES AVAILABLE

Kaplan Chiropractic Clinic 319 N. Cushing Ave. Kaplan, LA 70548 337-643-6004




Acadia Skin Care Crowley native board certified Acadia Skin Care, located at 730 North Avenue K, Suite 101 in Crowley, opened its doors last year. It is owned and operated by Todd M. LeLeux, M.D. LeLeux is a native of Crowley. He is board certified in dermatopathology by the American Board of Dermatology and Pathology. He also holds board certification in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. LeLeux began his medical career as a registered nurse. In 1996 he graduated from the University of Lousiana-Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He worked for approximately five years within the Acadiana area specializing in the fields of orthopedics, cardiovascular intensive care, general medicine/surgery and home infusion therapy. After graduating medical school in 2005, he began post graduate training at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas

Medical Center. In 2009 he completed a four year combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency program. In 2010 he completed a clinically oriented one year fellowship in dermatopathology. This fellowship combined 12 months of clinical dermatology at Ben Taub Hospital with 12 months of diagnostic dermatopathology through Baylor College of Medicine. His primary area of interest is in the molecular pathogenesis of melanoma. Dr. LeLeux has numerous publications within the fields of dermatology and pathology. Recently he was elected to author the section on benign melanocytic nevi for eMedicine. This point-of-care clinical reference features up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles through online access. Acadia Skin Care can be reached at 337-783-0039. It’s business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. They are now accepting patients by appointments.

Focused on Quality Vision Care for the whole family

Poll: Cold, flu season worse this year Attention sneezing, sniffling, coughing cold- and flu-sufferers: As miserable as you are, at least you’re not alone. So far, 2011 has been a bad year for colds and flu, worse than the past two years, at least according to a new survey from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. In January, 10.2 percent of Americans reported that they had a cold the day before the survey, up from 10 percent in December, according to Gallup. That’s higher than the 8.4 percent of people who reported colds last year, and the 9.2 percent who had colds in January 2009. At the same time, people reporting flu is on the rise, climbing to 3.1 percent in January, up from 2.4 percent last year and 2.9 percent in 2009, according to the poll, which asks 1,000 Americans each day whether they had a cold or flu the day before. The season has been particularly nasty in the Eastern U.S., where reported colds have jumped 3.1 percent and flu climbed

1.8 percent since November, the study said. That jibes with more formal accounts kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported that flu activity for the week ending Jan. 29 was elevated in seven of the country’s 10 surveillance regions and that widespread influenza was logged in 30 states. Nearly 33 percent of specimens taken from patients with respiratory illness and reported to the CDC labs tested positive for influenza. In Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, nearly 58 percent of specimens tested positive for flu. About 25 percent of flu cases were caused by H1N1, the virus that spawned a pandemic last year. So far, 19 people from 13 states have died from flu-associated illness this flu season, including six children. As of November, about one-third of the U.S. population had been vaccinated against the flu from a supply of 160 million doses. CDC officials say they’ll check again at the end of the season.

Complete family medical care - infants to adults • By appointment only • Board Certified Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8 am - 12 pm • 1 pm - 5 pm

Eye Exams • Contact Lenses • Sunglasses • Designer & Budget Frames • Prescription Eyeglasses

Dr. Craig M. Brammer - Optometrist 419 N. Ave. F Crowley • 783-3072

Office Hours by Appointment • Closed Saturday

Miller’s Family Pharmacy

Dr. Karrie Kilgore Dr. Paul Stringfellow The Family Clinic of Crowley 345 Oddfellows Rd. • Crowley • 783-7004

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• is the first non-surgical approach to create decompression of the inter-vertebral disc with a controlled force, using the newest technology in traction therapy. • delivers a controlled traction force, slowly and smoothly to the patient. • can be used by patients suffering from bulging disc, herniated disc, and degenerative disc disease. • is a cost effective and a conservative management program to manage low back and neck problems. • is offered as an alternative to surgery and according to a news release has “a success rate of more than 75%” Call today for an appointment!

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824 E. Hutchinson Ave. • Crowley, LA • 337-788-2873

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Two steps forward in field of osteoporosis SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become weak, affects 10 million people in the U.S. Two studies released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at osteoporosis prevention and treatment. One found a nitroglycerin ointment may someday be an inexpensive, widely available means of prevention. The other found a small increase in the risk of atypical fractures associated with the long-term use of the class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. The nitroglycerin ointment, applied to one part of the skin, was shown to have effects all over the body. “It differs from current drugs, which either inhibit the breakdown of bone or stimulate the formation of new bone,” said Dr. Sundeep Khosla of the Mayo Clinic, who wrote an accompanying editorial. “Nitroglycerin tends to do a little bit of both, which would put it in a unique class by itself.” Researchers at the Women’s College Research Institute and University of Toronto, Canada, studied 243 women for two years.


They were postmenopausal and aged 50 or older. They applied either a placebo or the ointment once daily. At the end of the study, researchers found its use was associated with a modest rise in density and a decrease in bone loss. But Khosla says he wouldn’t recommend people rush out to buy nitroglycerin ointment, a current treatment for some heart conditions. “About a quarter of the people (in the study) developed significant headaches,” he said. “It offers a new direction for drug development,” he added. “Maybe the pharmaceutical industry will become interested in this and start developing other compounds that work like nitroglycerin does, but maybe doesn’t have the side effect of headache and so forth. Those are questions for the future.” The second study looked at long-term use of bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used commonly to treat osteoporosis. They’re sold under such brand names as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast.

The researchers looked at the records of all women in Ontario who were age 68 or older with a thigh bone fracture and compared them with women who didn’t have those fractures. They also studied the length of time that the women of these two groups had been on the oral bisphosphonate drugs. “We found a small increase in the risk of thigh bone fractures in women who took these drugs for five years or more,” said study author Laura Y. Park-Wyllie of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. “The risk-benefit for women who have osteoporosis and are at high-risk of fractures favors continuing treatment because, on average, the benefit will outweigh the risk.” For women taking the drugs less than five years, researchers did not see an increase. In October 2010, the Food and Drug Administration said it’s continuing its safety review on the drugs. The atypical fractures involved the femoral shaft (bone in the leg extending from the hip to the knee) or subtrochanteric (fractures in the bone just be-


low the hip joint.) Park-Wyllie said that a typical hip fracture normally seen with osteoporosis would occur in the upper part of the thigh bone, or femur, which is close to the hip joint. “Long-term use of the drugs may warrant reconsideration, especially for patients who are at relatively low risk of fracture,” she added. “So women taking these drugs, who are not considered to be at high risk for fracture [from osteoporosis], can talk to their doctors about whether they should continue or stop taking the drug.” Park-Wyllie noted that a doctor can assess risk by looking at a patient’s history of fracture, age, whether she is postmenopausal, family history, medical conditions and medications. The research noted that bisphosphonate use was effective in reducing the risk of typical osteoporosis fractures. “Why these thigh bone fractures could be occurring, there isn’t a good understanding of, or how they’re occurring,” Park-Wyllie said. “It’s an important question that future research should direct their efforts at.”

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