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• Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatment • Rewards of being a hospice volunteer • When to consider home care

Farhana Quasem, MD


Justin Kunes, MD, FAAOS Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics and Hand Surgery

Michelle L. Juneau, MD

Steven McIntosh, MD

Stephanie Gordon, MD

Brett C. Gray, DMD, MD

Veronica Garrett, MD, FACOG

Oral Surgery

Ekinadese Aburime, MD, MPH Gastroenterologist-Advanced Interventional Endoscopist

Mitchel Thacker, DC Chiropractor

Barry Levitt, MD


• Technology breakthrough: radio frequency microneedling • Accepting and living with Alzheimer’s disease • Shoulder pain — is it a rotator cuff tear?



Internal Medicine

Gynecologic Surgeon

Monica Chappell-Marshall, MD

G. Wayne Newman, Jr, DPM

Jason Arnold, MD

Family Medicine



José L. Bigles-Geigel, MD

Kathleen Lambert, MD Oncology

Frederick Eric Flynt, MD, FACP

Cataract & Refractive Surgery


INDEX ASSISTED LIVING Remington House 1504 Renaissance Drive Conyers, GA 30012 770-761-4888 Yellow Brick House 6903 Main St. Lithonia, GA 30058 • 770-482-4044 CHIROPRACTIC Thacker Chiropractic Mitchel Thacker, DC Steven Thacker, DC Alexis Smith, DC 1927 Hwy. 138, Suite 500 Conyers, GA 30013 770-860-8333 DERMATOLOGY Dermatology Consultants PC Michelle Juneau, MD Kathleen Viscusi, MD Dione Marcus, MD Kate Kaufman, PA-C 4151 Hospital Drive Covington, GA 30014 770-784-0343 Georgia Dermatology of Conyers John Fountain, MD Allen Filstein, MD Darryl Hodson, MD Jason Arnold, MD Katharine Simmon, PA-C 1349 Milstead Rd Conyers, GA 30012 770-785-7546 FAMILY MEDICINE Piedmont Physicians of Covington Monica Chappell-Marshall, MD Donna Groover, MD Kimberly Chitwood, MSN, RN, FNP

HELPING YOU MAKE THE BEST CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE GASTROENTEROLOGY Atlanta Gastroenterology Paresh P. Kamat, MD Barry Levitt, MD Mahmoud B. Barrie, MD David Rabin, MD Nader Dbouk, MD 1501 Milstead Road Suite 120 Conyers, GA 30012 678-745-3033 East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, PC Fred A. Levin, MD, FACP, FACG A. Steven McIntosh, MD, FACG Karene L. Weiss-Schorr, MD David N. Socoloff, DO Razvi M. Razack, MD 1269 Wellbrook Circle, NE Conyers, GA 30012 770-922-0505 COVINGTON 7229 Wheat Street Covington, GA 30014 770-922-0505 GREENSBORO 1000 Cowles Clinic Way Cypress Bldg, Suite C-300 Greensboro, GA 30642 770-922-0505 MADISON 1075 S. Main Street, Ste. 200 Madison, GA 30650 770-922-0505 Rockdale Gastroenterology Associates Ekinadese Aburime, MD, MPH 1301 Sigman Rd. NE Suite 190 Conyers, GA 30012 770-922-4024

7143 Turner Lake Road Covington, Ga. 30014 770-788-9970

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY Georgia Cancer Specialists Kathleen Lambert, MD Sherine Thomas, MD

FAMILY DENTISTRY Oral Surgery & Associates & Dental Implant Centers

1501 Milstead Rd., Suite 110 Conyers, GA 30012 770-760-9949

CONYERS Gordon L. Brady D.M.D. Richard S. Singer, D.D.S. Robert E. Going Jr. D.D.S. Brett C. Gray, D.M.D., M.D.

University Cancer & Blood Center Frederick Eric Flynt, MD, FACP

1463 Klondike Rd., Suite C Conyers, GA 30094 770-483-9692 COVINGTON Steven P. King, D.D.S. Fulton D. Lewis III, D.M.D. Steven D. Pollack, D.D.S. 7135 Floyd Street Covington, GA 30014 770-787-2444

10159 Eagle Drive Covington, Ga. 30014 706-353-2990 HOME HEALTH SERVICES Suncrest Health Care 5101 Hwy. 278 NE, Suite C Covington, GA 30014 678-625-7105

HOSPICE Abbey Hospice 215 Azalea Court Social Circle, GA 30025 770-464-5858 OR Toll free 1-866-252-2239 Longleaf Hospice 1132 Floyd St. Covington, GA 30014 678-658-6680 2310 Parklake Dr., NE, Suite 325 Atlanta, GA 30345 770-939-9179 Pruitt Health Covington 4148 Carroll St. Covington, GA 30014 770-786-0427

The Women’s Center, PC Stephanie Gordon, MD Trent Rice, MD 2750 Owens Drive, Conyers, GA 30012 678-413-4644 140 Eagles Spring Court Stockbridge, GA 30281 770-302-0878 OPHTHALMOLOGY Georgia Ophthalmologists Jose L. Bigles-Geigel, MD Jaymini Nayee, OD 4159 Mill St. NE Covington, GA 30014 770-786-1234

HOSPITALS Rockdale Medical Center 1412 Milstead Avenue Conyers, GA 30012 800-424-DOCS (3627)

ORTHOPEDIC/SPORTS MEDICINE/ REHABILITATION Piedmont Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Justin Kunes, MD, FAAOS Renee Riley, MD, FAAOS Erica Vrvilo, PA-C

Piedmont Newton Hospital 5126 Hospital Drive., NE Covington, GA 30014 770-786-7053

4181 Hospital Drive Suite 204 Covington, GA 30014 770-788-6534

INSURANCE Sheridan & Associates, Inc. Rhonda Sheridan, RN, BSN, CSA, CLTC 983 O’Kelly Street Conyers, GA 30012 770-760-9474 Wilson Mathews Insurance Services PO Box 1797 Conyers, GA 30012 770-482-5180 INTERNAL MEDICINE Eastside Internal Medicine, LLC Syed Wasim, MD, MPH Farhana Quasem, MD Masood Siddiquee, MD, MRCP (U.K) 2080 Eastside Drive Conyers, GA 678-625-7800 OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY/ UROGYNECOLOGY New Beginnings Comprehensive Women's Health Care Veronica Garrett, MD FACOG Naomi Harris, MD FACOG Kathrine Young, MD, Shannon Mayfield, CNM Kristina Carmain, CNM, WHNP

Resurgens Orthopedic Roderica E. Cottrell, MD Robert T. Greenfield, III, MD Chealon D. Miller, MD Jane S. Tan, MD Stephenson Ikpe, Jr., MD 3211 Iris Drive Covington, GA 30016 770-787-4042 PODIATRY Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists G. Wayne Newman, Jr., DPM 1567 Milstead Road, Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 770-483-2291 SURGERY Piedmont Physicians Surgical Specialists Steven R. Whitworth, MD, FACS B. Carter Rogers, MD, FACS 4181 Hospital Drive, Suite 303 Covington, GA 30014 770-787-6957

1415 Milstead Rd. NE Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 678-413-0858


Meet Dr. Kunes Dr. Kunes is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgeries for the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, as well as the foot and ankle. Dr. Kunes treats all aspects of orthopedics in adults and children including sports related injuries and conditions such as carpal or cubital tunnel syndromes. His career passion is correcting complex arm and leg deformities. In his spare time, Dr. Kunes enjoys spending time with his wife Ileana and their two children. They love cooking, traveling, running, biking, hiking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Medical Degree: Northeastern Ohio Medical University Residency: University of Kentucky Fellowship: Florida Orthopedics Institute (Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery) Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Orthopedics)

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Common Sports Injuries Parents of Student Athletes Should Know Injuries of the hand, elbow, shoulder and ankle are some of the most common sports-related injuries Justin Kunes, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Piedmont Newton Hospital, has treated in his five years of practice.

If these symptoms present, Dr. Kunes recommends rest, icing the ankle and keeping it elevated to reduce swelling. Wrapping the ankle also will give it support. Have a doctor evaluate the ankle to make sure the injury doesn’t get worse.

“Identifying the injury and seeking treatment immediately is key to a quicker recovery and getting your student athlete back in the game,” Dr. Kunes, who recently joined Piedmont Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Covington, said. “While there is no definitive way to prevent sports injuries from happening to your student athlete, it is important to know how to deal with them if they do occur.”

• Jammed finger. A great catch during the big game could result in a finger injury, especially if the ball hits the finger and bends it in the wrong direction, also known as a finger jam. Finger jams occur when the fingertip is pushed back into the hand or bent backwards. They are most common in sports that involve a ball, like basketball or football. Signs of a jammed finger include pain or inability to bend or straighten the finger, as well as inability to grab things with the finger. Typically, these jams are minor injuries but it is best to have the injury evaluated by a doctor to be sure.

• Ankle sprain. Dr. Kunes estimates that half of all ankle sprains are sports related and occur when the ankle is stretched beyond its normal range of motion. Ankle sprains are common in sports that involve changing direction or jumping. Signs of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness and inability to walk or put weight on the ankle.

“While there is no definitive way to prevent sports injuries from happening to your student athlete, it is important to know how to deal with them if they do occur.”

• Golfer’s elbow (also known as “tennis elbow”). Despite its name, golf is not the only cause of this common elbow injury. Golfer’s elbow is the result of overusing muscles in the forearm and does not come from a single injury. Instead, golfer’s elbow occurs over time because of the repetitive motions involved with throwing or hitting a ball. Look out for pain or burning on the inside or the outside of the elbow as well as weakness when trying to grab something. If golfer’s elbow is suspected, have the student athlete avoid sports-related activities until they see a doctor. For more information about sports-related injuries in student athletes or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kunes, visit







With genetic testing, UCBC can help women protect their health By Dr. Frederick “Eric” Flynt Medical Oncologist, University Cancer & Blood Center

You’ve probably heard media discussions about the “breast cancer gene,” known as BRCA, and read about the famous and not-so-famous women who have taken important steps to protect themselves from breast and ovarian cancers. Genetic testing can be a critical step for women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. The most commonly discussed tests are BRCA1 and BRCA2, which stand for BReast CAncer susceptibility genes

1 and 2. These genes are known as tumor suppressors, and when they function normally, they help keep breast, ovarian and other types of cells from growing and dividing rapidly and uncontrolled. BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing can determine whether there is a mutation in these genes, and women who test positive have a higher risk of developing cancer. Men, too, can carry these genes, and the mutated genes can be passed down through generations. About one in 500 women in the United

States has this mutation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seven out of 100 women in the general population will develop breast cancer by age 70; for those with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, that number is 50 out of 100 women. With ovarian cancer, fewer than one of 100 women will develop the cancer; and 30 out of 100 with the gene mutation will develop this cancer. At University Cancer & Blood Center, we work with women to understand individual risks and create personalized plans that fit their medical

needs. With cutting-edge clinical trials, a certified genetic counselor, and a clinical research program that is the second largest in Georgia, we’re ready to provide every patient with the most advanced cancer care available. And we do it with compassion and care, in your community. Dr. Flynt serves patients at UCBC’s Covington location. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Learn more about Dr. Flynt at www. 469215-2

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Urogynecology and Gynecology Care

Providing Individualized Care for Women Every day, millions of women silently wrestle with issues that cause untold embarrassment, inconvenience and discomfort. While many people think that urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are uncommon issues, affecting only a small number of elderly or disabled women, the truth is that these issues are remarkably common. In fact, data from Yale University shows that about 35% of women who visit their gynecologist’s office for routine care have urinary incontinence (UI), while 40% experience moderate to severe pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse and incontinence frequently occur together. And, indeed, pelvic floor conditions are more common than hypertension, depression, or diabetes in women. Yet, if you’re like many women, seeking help for these conditions can be a source of embarrassment or fear - or even hopelessness. The stigma of Ul and other pelvic floor conditions is enough to keep many women from admitting their concerns, even to their own physicians. And living with these conditions can be devastating psychologically, as well as socially, emotionally and physically.The good news is that, while problems like these are common, they aren’t considered

normal or inevitable, regardless of age or health , and many effective forms of treatment are available. The field of urogynecology is a specialized area of both urology and gynecology that focuses on treating women who are faced with these sensitive issues. Urogynecologists receive extensive training in the treatment of conditions that affect the female pelvic organs, as well as the muscles and connective tissue that support these organs. Treatment for incontinence and prolapse - protrusion of the bladder or vagina from your body - can be either non-surgical or surgical. The first step in getting help is to see a physician who has experience treating these types of conditions and learn about what may be causing your problem. Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history, conduct a physical exam, and discuss with you which tests are appropriate. Your physical exam may reveal signs of medical conditions that can cause incontinence, like treatable blockages from bowel or pelvic growths. Tests may include an ultrasound, cystoscopy (using a tiny camera to see inside your urethra and bladder), a urinalysis, and urodynamics to measure pressure in the bladder and the flow of urine.

Depending upon your diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms and your overall health, your physician may recommend conservative, non-surgical therapies as the first approach to treat your pelvic floor disorder. These include medications, pelvic muscle exercise, lifestyle and dietary modifications, use of a vaginal support device called a pessary, and biofeedback. If your condition doesn’t improve, your doctor may suggest surgery. Many of the available surgical procedures for incontinence and prolapse are minimally invasive, including some robotic-assisted surgeries that may offer a more effective treatment option. Using tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, your surgeon can operate with greater precision and control, so your recovery is faster and less painful, with a better clinical outcome. These are just some of the procedures your doctor may consider to treat your incontinence or prolapse. Of course, your physician’s recommendations will depend on your diagnosis. For more information please contact The Women’s Center at our office in Conyers, 678-413-4644 or at our Stockbridge location, 770-302-0878.





Screening vital step to reduce risk of colorectal cancer “Colonoscopies not only improve our ability to detect colorectal cancer quickly, they can help us identify and remove polyps before they become cancerous. We recommend that everyone talk to their doctor about their colorectal cancer risks and discuss when a colonoscopy is right for them.”

By Beth Slaughter Sexton Staff Correspondent

Suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can make more than just your bowel irritable. IBS, as the condition is known, can affect every aspect of life from what a person can eat to debilitating stomach pain to avoiding situations due to an IBS flare-up. IBS is just one of the many conditions Dr. Ekinadese Aburime treats and helps patients manage as a physician with Rockdale Gastroenterology Associates. Located in Suite 190 at 1301 Sigman Road in Conyers, Rockdale Gastroenterology Associates is where patients can turn for answers and relief for a range of conditions that affect the digestive tract from the esophagus to the rectum. Dr. Aburime is a board certified gastroenterologist with subspecialty training in minimally invasive advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional endoscopic techniques. With a focus on patient-centered care, he identifies the condition and develops a plan of treatment. Dr. Aburime is specially trained to screen for and manage conditions that affect the esophagus, intestines, liver, colon and rectal disorders, including advanced

gastroenterology disorders. He is an expert in treating biliary and gallbladder disease, as well as pancreatic disease and digestive and metabolic disorders. Dr. Aburime said one of the most important steps a patient can take is to get screened for conditions that might not yet have any visible symptoms, such as colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the U.S. In its early stages, colorectal cancer does not exhibit any symptoms, which is why screening is a vital step. Reports show about 90 percent of new colorectal cancer cases occur in people 50 years of age and older, however it can occur at any age. Screening is


the number one way to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Most such cancer cases start small with noncancerous clumps of cells known as polyps, which over time can become cancerous. Screenings help doctors detect and remove polyps to prevent cancer from forming. The screening for such cancer is known as a colonoscopy, a procedure that typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Before the procedure, the patient is given pain medication and a sedative to help minimize any discomfort. During the colonoscopy, if any polyps are found, the doctor removes them and sends tissue samples to be tested. “Colorectal cancers are more treatable when they are caught early,” Aburime said.

While there are often no symptoms associated with the early stages of colorectal cancer, patients should see their doctor immediately if they have any of the following warning signs: bleeding from the rectum; blood in the stool or the toilet after a bowel movement; a change in bowel habits, including diarrhea, constipation or stool consistency; persistent cramping or discomfort in the lower abdomen; an urge for a bowel movement when the bowel is empty; diarrhea or constipation that lasts several days; decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting or unintentional weight loss. These symptoms can also be associated with other medical conditions, so patients are urged to see their doctor to help determine the cause. To learn more about colorectal cancer symptoms, detection and prevention or to schedule a screening, as well as help with other gastroenterology issues, contact Dr. Aburime at Rockdale Gastroenterology Associates at 770-922-4024. 466632-2



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The Rewards of Being an Abbey Hospice Volunteer I have been an Abbey Volunteer for almost a year now. I set my own schedule—working as much or as little as time allows each month. Initially, I assumed that the Abbey patients/families would be the ones to receive benefits from my time given. To my surprise, even though the patients/families do benefit of course, I found that I AM ALSO A RECIPIENT OF BLESSINGS by volunteering at Abbey. My first pleasant surprise was, and continues to be, that I am meeting many wonderful people when I work at the office – both the Abbey staff, and the other volunteers. People who work with people are, in my opinion, the BEST people I have ever met. Meeting other giving people has been a joy to me. There is an unspoken kinship that ties us all together. While serving others, I myself have been ministered to. At the volunteer project activities, we have a lot of fun, getting to know each other and visiting, with lots of laughter,

and sometimes even tears. My second surprise blessing occurs when I make “visits”, as an Abbey Volunteer. I give my time at a nursing home, visiting Abbey patients. I must say that when I walk into the building, I feel a sense of pride representing Abbey Hospice, because I know from personal experience, and experience of friends, that Abbey is absolutely a top-notch organization. When I visit at the nursing home, I visit patients who are on Abbey services. I also get to visit their family members, when they are present. Even though I consider myself to be a “regular person”, I am re-

ceived with a smile by the patients and any family members present. They make ME feel special, just for being there to visit. I sincerely enjoy the time I spend with them. We talk about their lives, both past and present. E a c h patient has a story to tell. When I leave, I am up-lifted every time. Another benefit of my volunteering is that I am learning things all the time. I love to investigate and find out how systems work. I am learning how extensive and complex the hospice process is. From putting together new admission packets, to getting newsletters ready to send, to addressing envelopes, to completing

craft projects, I learn something new each time I go to the Abbey office. This past year, I have been a part of putting together several different kinds of craft “gifts” that Abbey distributes. The Director of Volunteers, Rachael, is quite adept at researching projects on Pinterest, and translating them into simple instructions that even I can complete. We have put together some AWESOME projects. Some of these are decorative in nature, and some are edible!!!!! I must admit that I have sampled the edible “gifts”----to make sure they are safe for the recipients, you understand. Volunteering is, to me, a spiritual activity. Volunteering helps me because doing so puts my focus on others, NOT on myself. I believe in the wisdom that taking the focus off of self and placing it on others is a guarantee to a healthy spiritual perspective—being content with myself and my life.

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Mohs Surgery for the Treatment of Skin Cancer An estimated two million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are projected each year. The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. With early detection and treatment, skin cancer is highly curable. Skin cancer is easily diagnosed with a skin biopsy. There are different treatment options for skin cancer including excisional surgery, cryosurgery (freezing), electro surgery (burning), radiation, prescription medications, and the specialized surgical technique of Mohs Micrographic Surgery. The Mohs surgery procedure has proven to be up to 99 percent effective for basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma, the most common types of skin cancer.

precisely from only the area with remaining cancer and this additional layer of tissue is processed and microscopically examined. This process continues until all of the cancerous tissue is removed. After Mohs surgery confirms that all of the skin cancer has been removed, the surgical defect is immediately ready for repair. There are several options for repair that include allowing the wound to heal on its own or surgically repairing the defect. Of the many treatment options for skin cancer, Mohs surgery is considered the “Gold Standard”

because it offers the highest potential cure rate (99 percent for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) and it offers superior cosmetic results by leaving healthy tissue intact. Mohs surgery is a highly effective advanced technique for the treatment of skin cancer that provides the patients with quick resolution, rapid recovery, and peace of mind. Dr. John Fountain, Dr. Darryl Hodson, Dr. Allen Filstein, Dr. Jason Arnold and Katharine Simmon, PA-C at Georgia Dermatology offer general and surgical dermatology needs to you and your family. Call the office today at 770785-SKIN (7546) to schedule an appointment or visit the website at for more information. 466832-2


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1938 by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, is microscopically controlled surgery that involves the complete evaluation of the surgical margins for skin cancer removal. Mohs surgery is typically an office based procedure performed safely under local anesthesia. During Mohs surgery, the skin cancer is removed layer by layer and the tissue is processed at an on-site laboratory. The tissue slides are examined by the Mohs surgeon who performs the pathology services, all while the patient remains in the office. If more cancer remains, the Mohs surgeon removes more tissue





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Accepting and Living with Alzheimer’s

By Dawn S. Massey, Administrator Yellow Brick House Senior Living

Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel twist of fate. It robs one of personality, intellect and eventually physical abilities. Everyone intimately involved will experience emotions ranging from frustration, anger, depression and exhaustion to patience, empathy, humor and love. Caring for a person with dementia is very difficult but attitude and willingness to accept the disease process will help you have the most positive experience possible with a very difficult situation. Dementia’s including Alzheimer’s dementia are progressive diseases that destroy memory and other important mental functions. As a progressive disease it always gets worse, not better. Individuals with the disease may have different behaviors and timelines but Alzheimer’s has fairly predict-

able stages that caregivers can learn and prepare for. Educating oneself about the disease is the most important thing a child, spouse or caregiver can do. Many sources of information are available; the book “The Art of Dementia Care” is a personal favorite. The internet is a great resource as well as doctors and other professionals that specialize and work with dementia clients. The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and offers classes and organized support groups. By educating yourself you will learn what to expect and hopefully how to navigate situations as they arise. Ultimately, it is about providing quality of life, quality of care and comfort for the person with the disease. It is important to be realistic about what stage a person is in the disease process. Someone early in the disease may be able to make basic decisions and enjoy outings and or other “normal” routine activities. As the disease progresses it becomes the responsibility of the caregiver to make important decisions and choose outings and settings carefully so as to not put a person in stressful situations they may not be able to navigate. It is sometimes difficult for friends and family to accept or remember

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their loved one simply cannot process information like they once could. Family members may at times be embarrassed by behaviors such as a wife or mother who snuggles and talks to a doll or a father who makes inappropriate comments. People with Alzheimer’s disease cannot control their behavior and no amount of reprimanding, arguing or re-orienting will change the situation, it only seems to escalate confusion and negative feelings. With patience and understanding join the person in their reality, do not try to make them join ours. We all desire acceptance and love and if the person with dementia is content and happy we need to be happy too. Each person is different but some with Alzheimer’s may have catastrophic behaviors. As inhibitions are lowered due to the disease, triggers we may not even be aware of can result in anger and perhaps even violence, and medical intervention may be needed. There are several excellent doctors and hospitals in metro Atlanta that specialize in evaluating those with memory loss and managing behaviors. No one would ever want to medicate another person if it was not necessary, but if after a good evaluation a person with dementia

is consistently angry, agitated or violent medications can be useful and help the person have a better quality of life. The time may come when for various reasons family members can no longer care for their loved one at home and moving to a senior care facility is a solution. Alzheimer’s care is not medical care but requires physical maintenance, mental stimulation and spiritual inspiration. Many senior care facilities now specialize in Alzheimer’s and other dementia care and provide well trained caring staff along with needs of daily living. Programs offer structure and activities with many other supports for the client as well as the family. It is always a difficult decision but one that can be rewarding for all. Don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask for help. If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease only those that have gone through the experience or are experiencing it now can truly know what you are going through. There are many resources available but you must seek them out. Take care of yourself; the healthier you are mentally and physically the better it is for you and the person you are caring for. There are those of us that understand, care and want to help.





Reduce your risk for colorectal cancer

Colorectcal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both the United States and Canada. So say the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society, who project nearly 60,000 Americans and Canadians will lose their lives to colorectal cancer in 2015 alone. Though many risk factors for colorectal cancer, including age, heredity and racial and ethnic background, are beyond an individual’s control, that does not mean people are helpless to reduce their risk for this potentially deadly disease. Maintaining or adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce a person’s risk of developing various cancers, and colorectal cancer is no exception. The following are a few ways adults can reduce their chance of developing colorectal cancer. • Get screened. As is the case with many cancer treatments, colorectal cancer treatments are much more effective when cancer is detected and treated early. Colorectal cancer screenings help find polyps

before they become cancerous. In addition, people may not immediately associate symptoms of colorectal cancer with the disease, instead thinking such symptoms are indicative of a less serious illness or condition. Screenings can not only determine if those symptoms are a result of colorectal cancer but also find colorectal cancer before such symptoms even develop.

• Reconsider your diet. Adopting a healthier diet is another way many men and women can reduce their risk for colorectal cancer. Red meat is a great source of many nutrients, including protein, iron and zinc. But studies have shown that a diet high in red meat increases a person’s risk for colorectal cancer, which may be due to chemicals known as nitrites forming when meat is digested or processed. • Cut back on alcohol consumption. The International Agency on Cancer Research notes that there is sufficient evidence linking alcohol consumption to colorectal cancer. Men and women

who excessively consume alcohol may be at greater risk of colorectal cancer because such consumers tend to have low levels of folic acid in the body. Many risk factors for colorectal cancer are beyond an individual’s control, but men and women still can take steps to significantly reduce their risk of developing this deadly disease. Our physicians at East Atlanta Gastroenterology are experts in

performing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies. An endoscopy is a non-invasive exam of the digestive tract using a small fiberoptic camera or “endoscope.” Endoscopies are typically performed under IV sedation in an outpatient setting, and last no more than 30 minutes. Call us today at 770-922-0505 to schedule your colorectal cancer screening – it could save your life.

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Emphasize oral hygiene in the year ahead Of all the plans people make at the dawn of a new year, getting healthier is often at the top of the list. Although many individuals are concerned about shedding a few pound, there are many other ways to focus on health in the upcoming months, including paying more attention to dental hygiene. Proper dental care can not only keep a smile bright, it can affect other areas of the body.

Another advantage is that fluoride helps to inhibit acid creation. Dental researchers have found that fluoride can inhibit bacteria living in the mouth. That’s an important finding, as such bacteria can contribute to the formation of damage-causing acids that are notorious for wearing down tooth enamel, causing spots for more bacteria to congregate and form cavities.

Fluoride Benefits One of the keys to oral health is the use of fluoride to prevent dental caries. In fact, many health professionals will say that exposure to fluoride, whether through use of toothpaste or fluoridated water supplies, is probably the most effective cavity-prevention treatment available. Fluoride helps the teeth in a number of ways.

According to the American Dental Association, individuals who find themselves prone to cavities or whose dentists have deemed them at elevated risk for developing cavities may benefit from fluoride application beyond the norm. This may include prescription fluoride applied directly to the teeth at home or procedures where dentists apply the fluoride in their offices.

Fluoride can promote tooth remineralization. This means it attracts other minerals, particularly calcium, to the areas of the teeth where tooth decay can form, helping to strengthen teeth. Fluoride also helps to make teeth more resistant to decay. New tooth mineral created when fluoride is present helps to make teeth harder, making it more difficult for acids and bacteria to penetrate the enamel of the teeth and cause damage.

Recent clinical recommendations from a multi-disciplinary expert panel convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs suggest that topical fluoride, used in conjunction with drinking optimally fluoridated water and using toothpaste with fluoride, can prevent tooth decay. These clinical recommendations cover professionally applied and prescriptionstrength, home-use topical fluoride agents for cavity prevention.

The panel concluded that additional research is needed, but recommended the following products for patients at elevated risk of developing cavities. • Professionally-applied 2.26 percent fluoride varnish or a 1.23 percent fluoride gel every 3-6 months. • Home-use prescriptionstrength 0.5 percent fluoride gel or paste or 0.09 percent fluoride mouth rinse (for patients six years old or older). •

Application of additional fluoride should not replace daily oral hygiene habits. It is still vital to brush twice a day, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist regularly for checkups. Heart Disease and Oral Health The millions of bacteria that proliferate inside of the mouth and contribute to dental caries also can affect other areas of the body. Evidence suggests the same bacteria that can cause plaque and gum disease


A 2.26 percent professionally-applied fluoride varnish every three to six months for children younger than six years old.

may lead to cardiovascular problems. According to information from Harvard Medical School, several species of bacteria that cause periodontitis have been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart and elsewhere. This plaque can lead to heart attack. Although research is ongoing, there is reason to believe that oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. When the body’s immune system responds to these toxins, blood clots may form more easily. Some evidence also points to a correlation between inflammation in the mouth and inflammation in the body. With the new year upon us, now may be the ideal time for men and women to take inventory of their personal health. Schedule a physical examination with a doctor, visit an optometrist or opthalmologist for an eye exam and remember to visit the dentist for a cleaning, checkup and a possible fluoride treatment to protect the mouth and body.








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Radio Frequency Microneedling By Beth Slaughter Sexton Staff Correspondent

Some call it the technology breakthrough of the decade, but those who see the results simply call it amazing. INFINI high intensity focused radio frequency microneedling offers patients dramatic results without laser resurfacing, which means there is virtually no down time. The INFINI Microneedle RF Treatment, as it is called is just the latest technique offered by Dermatology Consultants, located at 4151 Hospital Drive in Covington. Lutronic, the industry leader of high intensity focused radio frequency announced the release of INFINI 1.2. The process has been adopted by dozens of industry leaders and is used about 1,500 times each month in sites such as Dermatology Consultants and others across the U.S., with hundreds of installations, according to industry reports. INFINI uses the patient’s body’s reaction to firm the skin by delivering energy directly to the dermis through gold-plated microneedles, according to medical experts. Doctors say this unique and innovative technology protects the top layer of the skin, which allows treatments on all skin types, including tanned skin. INFINI is designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, scar and acne scarring, tone and textural changes, sagging skin and overall skin rejuvenation. Studies report INFINI is a clinically proven technique that addresses a number of conditions, such as acne scars and neck rejuvenation. Doctors say what makes INFINI a better choice as opposed to other devices is that there is minimal downtime. A patient can get a skin rejuvenation treatment and only be a little pink the next day.

Medical experts in the field of laser skin tightening state INFINI offers the best skin tightening and skin rejuvenation technology available and INFINI 1.2 makes it possible to have a more youthful appearance without patients having to worry about missing work or social events. Doctors say the product’s new release includes an optimized microneedle tip and automated user settings to make it easier than ever to operate the device. A face treatment takes about 30 minutes and the patient can wear makeup the next day to cover any redness. Patients also report that the treatment is tolerable and a good choice for those who want a non-invasive lift. Industry experts say the INFINI device offers an innovative combination of radio frequency and microneedling to stimulate the natural regrowth of collagen and elastic. A study on the topic has been chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine Journal. The paper, “Fractional High Intensity Focused Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Mild to Moderate Laxity of the Lower Face and Neck: A Pilot Study” by Matteo Tretti Clementoni, MD of Milan, Italy and Girish S. Munavalli, MD from North Carolina, suggests the “high frequency with insulated microneedling offers a powerful, safe and effective alternative to other treatment modalities for mild to moderate laxity of the lower face

and neck in a large age range of patients, including the elderly. Side effects, pain and down time were transient and minimal. The sixmonth follow-up together with the clinical and objective assessments coupled with positive patient survey responses one year after treatment suggest good latency of the results.” For its microneedle radio frequency treatment technique, Dermatology Consultants chose Lutronic, an innovator in advanced aesthetic and medical laser technology established about 19 years ago to bring state-of-the-art, innovative, yet affordable devices to the world’s aesthetic community. Dermatology Consultants’ board-certified dermatologists are skilled in treating a range of skin conditions ranging from acne, rosacea and vitiligo to lifethreatening melanoma and other cancers. With many years of experience in the use of lasers, other forms of surgery, medications and skin peels to treat individual problems, Dermatology Consultants states it is committed to providing the finest possible medical care. The practice uses Mohs micrographic surgery, a special technique for the removal of skin cancers and other growths as a treatment option for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, the staff at Dermatology Consultants offers


a selection of injectables and facial fillers, including Botox, Juvederm and many others. Using breakthrough medical technology, the practice offers cosmetic procedures, such as body sculpting to firm, tighten and shape a patient’s body. These innovative treatments are surgery-free. Broadband Light (BBL) is another innovative technology used for the treatment of skin conditions associated with aging, active lifestyle and sun damage. The practice also offers CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved procedure that removes unwanted fat cells without harming surrounding tissue. Dermatology Consultants is one of the few locations in Georgia offering DualSculpting at its new state-of-the-art BEST Center. This allows the patient to be treated for two areas at the same time, which reduces overall treatment times. Body Enhancing Solutions & Technologies, developed by board certified dermatologists, provides skincare that produces real results with cutting edge ingredients and technologies. With a blend of natural, organic ingredients BEST Body products are clinically and allergy tested and provide a safe, effective way to achieve the results you want. With its #1 selling BEST Body Firm, a revolutionary, first generation product that tightens, tones, firms and burns fat. BEST Body smooth is our newest addition to the BEST Body family! A light and fragrant exfoliating body wash with moisturizing and healing properties. Exclusive ONLY to Dermatology Consultants and developed by our very own Dr. Anna Pare and Dr. Michelle Juneau! For more information, contact Dermatology Consultants at 770-784-0343. 467873-2








Shoulder Pain – Is it a rotator cuff tear? By Stephenson Ikpe, M.D. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon, Resurgens Orthopaedics

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5 Simple Rules to Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer By Kathleen Lambert, M.D.

Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers and it responds well to early treatment. Your risk of developing colorectal cancer is a combination of controllable and uncontrollable factors. People older than 50 and those who have a family history of colorectal, ovarian or breast cancer have a relatively higher risk of developing the disease than others. Luckily, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, regular screenings and some lifestyle changes can help prevent colorectal cancer. Modern technology makes screening for the disease much easier (and less uncomfortable), but there are many other things you can do on your own to reduce your risk of developing the disease. In fact, researchers believe that eating a nutritious diet,


5. exercising, and controlling body fat could prevent nearly 45 percent of colorectal cancer cases. Dramatically reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer by following these five simple rules: 1.

Get moving. Physical activity is a powerful weapon against colorectal cancer. In a recent study, exercise was linked to a 24-percent-decreased risk of developing the disease. Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week.



Eat healthy. Adhering to a healthy, low-fat diet with plenty of fiber and at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day can dramatically reduce your risk of developing cancer. Also, limit red and processed meats – they are linked to an increased cancer risk. Get screened. Your recovery largely depends on the stage of your cancer, which is why early detection is so important. Stage I colorectal cancer has a five-year survival rate of 74 percent. Whereas, there is

only a 6 percent survival rate after five years for a Stage IV diagnosis. Beginning at age 50, schedule routine colonoscopies at least every 10 years. Manage your vices. Smoking and drinking radically contribute to your risk of developing colorectal cancer. People who consume more than seven alcoholic beverages a week have a 72-percent-increased risk, whereas long-term smokers have up to a 164-percent-increased risk. Keep your weight in check. Obese people (those with a BMI over 29) have a 20-percent-increased risk of developing colorectal cancer compared to those of normal weight.

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Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives Having a colonoscopy isn’t something people get excited about, but preventing colon cancer before it starts should be. Ranked as the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., colon cancer is one of the most highly treatable and preventable cancers when detected in its early stages with a colonoscopy. Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates (AGA) physicians perform this procedure regularly at AGA-affiliated outpatient endoscopy centers and area hospitals. Because early detection and removal of polyps during a colonoscopy

in previous years, one in three adults ages 50 or older are not getting this life-saving test.

can actually prevent the disease, screening colonoscopies are recommended for everyone beginning at age 50 and younger for those with a family history or other risk factors. While there is evidence that more people are getting screened than

If it’s time for your screening colonoscopy and you’re in good health, you may be able to schedule your procedure directly – without a pre-procedure visit. When you make your appointment, ask about our Direct Access Program. The physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates see patients at more than 40 locations across metro Atlanta, including an office in Conyers. To make an appointment, call 678.745.3033 or visit *American Cancer Society

FAQ: Common Questions About Colonoscopy Screenings What is a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is considered the single best method for detecting colon cancer in its early stages. A colonoscopy is a procedure performed under light sedation that allows a trained gastroenterologist to look at the inner lining of your large intestine – or colon. The physician uses a thin, flexible, lighted instrument called a colonoscope to visually inspect your colon. How long does the procedure take? The entire process – from check-in to check-out – typically takes about two hours. A colonoscopy itself usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes. You should plan to rest for several hours after the procedure. When should you get screened? Screening colonoscopies are recommended for every adult beginning at age 50 and at age 45 if you are African-American.* For those with a family history of the disease, or other risk factors, screening could start even earlier.

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Dr. Steven Thacker and Dr. Mitchel Thacker have been servicing Conyers and the surrounding area for 20+ years. Along with Dr. Alexis Smith, and the rest of our team at Thacker Chiropractic, we are committed to providing the best therapeutic solutions to

address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, headaches, or just muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an auto accident, experiencing the effects of a sports related injury, or even if you suffer from often difficult to treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis or golfers elbow, rotator cuff (shoulder) pain, or IT band syndrome, we have the latest conservative chiropractic and sports therapeutic options available to develop an effective treatment plan for your specific needs. We may use a variety of approaches including the most effective forms of chiropractic adjustments, therapy modalities such as interferential electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and a variety of advanced soft tissue therapies including:

Active Release Technique is a state of the art soft tissue treatment utilizing light pressure with tension and guided motion to treat restricted areas of movement within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and release nerve entrapment.


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The game of golf has reached a point where its participants understand that better fitness, biomechanics and health will improve their chances of playing their best. Interfacing movement analysis, fitness and golf instruction is at the heart of this program to maximize your game. TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certification ensures today’s golfers that their instructors, fitness and medical professionals are up to date with the latest information on the sport. Pain is often the fire that brings patients into the office for evaluation and treatment, but the location of pain is often not the cause of the problem, just like a fire obvious on the roof, may have started in the basement. Movement deficiencies in one area can lead to overworking or abnormal movement in other areas, leading to chronic recurring pain that seems resistant to treatment. That pain in the shoulder can certainly be an inflamed rotator cuff tendon, but the question should be “what caused that problem to occur in the first place”. The answer is often in an area where normal movement is required for the shoulder to move properly, like the thoracic spine. SFMA allows us to not just treat the area of pain but evaluate for the cause of the pain. Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and Selective Functional Movement Analysis are natural matches in the sports rehabilitation world. In fact, every Titleist sponsored golfer has access to SFMA and ART through the Titleist Performance Institute, and virtually all professional and Olympic teams have the same treatment access. Thacker Chiropractic Clinic is your local portal to the same chiropractic and rehabilitation care that elite athletes benefit from. Call 770-860-8333 or log onto today and set up your examination to see if we can help you achieve your goals.

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Heart disease a concern for women, too Heart disease is a condition most often associated with men, but women are just as susceptible to heart disease as their male counterparts. In fact, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute notes that coronary heart disease, or CHD, is the foremost killer of both men and women in the United States.

suffering from heart attack may feel chest pain or discomfort and/or pain in their upper backs and necks. Lesser known potential indicators of heart attack include, indigestion,

breath, fatigue and/or swelling in their feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen. Risk factors for women Much like the symptoms of

While heart disease does not discriminate based on gender, it does not necessarily manifest itself in women the same way it does in men. Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease in females as well as the risk factors can help women in their fights against this potentially deadly disease. Symptoms of heart disease in women. The symptoms of heart disease in women depend on the type of problem women may be suffering from. • Arrhythmia: Arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats at an abnormal rhythm that can be too fast, too slow or even erratically. • CHD: CHD occurs when plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries, which help deliver oxygen-rich blood to the heart. A woman suffering from CHD may develop angina, a condition marked by severe pain in the chest. The pain may spread to the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back. • Heart attack: Women

heartburn, nausea and vomiting, and extreme fatigue. • Heart failure: Women suffering from heart failure may experience shortness of

heart disease are similar in men and women, so, too, are the risk factors. For example, high cholesterol and obesity put both men and women at


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When to Consider Home Care Important questions to ask As people age, changes in their abilities are often gradual and subtle. That’s why it can be difficult for families and care providers to know when a loved one may need help with their daily activities. Frequently, there are signs that may indicate a person is having trouble providing their own care. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it might be time to schedule a homecare evaluation. Has your loved one experienced any of the following? • A recent fall or complaints of dizziness, feeling unsteady on their feet? • Have they limited their activities or become more isolated? • Weight loss, or are they experiencing a loss of appetite?  • Becoming increasingly forgetful? Do new situations cause them confusion and/or anxiety?  • A change in their personal hygiene? Do they appear to be bathing less often and/or appearing unkempt?

• Experiencing difficulties getting to appointments and/or running errands? • Forget to take their medications, or are they taking multiple medications prescribed by different providers? • Do they live alone with no local family or friends? Do they need to be in assisted living or a skilled nursing home but want to stay in their home? • Is there a new diagnosis, recent hospitalization or illness requiring health education?  While these are not the only signs that may suggest a person may need help caring for themselves, they are a good starting point for considering home care. SunCrest Home Health Services The SunCrest Home Health difference starts with our Senior Advocacy philosophy: to address the challenges facing our aging population in a revolutionary new way. Our clinical team looks beyond the obvious needs of our patients to become advocates for their physical, mental and emotional well being. Whether you

are faced with a new diagnosis, recent surgery, chronic health problem or a long-term illness, we can provide highly skilled and compassionate care. Our Senior Advocacy programs provide specialized services to promote optimum health and help keep you independent for as long as possible. Our Registered Nurses and other staff receive advanced training and credentialing. Each patient’s skilled Senior Advocacy Care team is coordinated by a nurse care manager who works closely with the patient’s own physician to achieve the goals of treatment. Other members of the home-health team include: physical, occupational and speech therapists, to increase the patient’s strength, mobility, safety and communication; medical social workers to identify resources and offer counselling and support; dieticians, and other specialists. Rehabilitation Services Surgery and various medical conditions can cause difficulties with your ability to walk, take care of yourself, communicate and do the things you normally do. SunCrest

Home Health provides a complete range of therapy services that will help you maximize your ability to be safe and independent. Our experienced professionals are specially trained in these fields: • Physical therapy assists you to regain your strength and maximize your ability to move about, walk, prevent falls and improve balance. Home physical therapy may be appropriate for you if you have experienced a decline in function related to surgery, stroke or medical condition. • Occupational therapy helps with everyday tasks such as caring for yourself, bathing, dressing and preparing food. The therapist can design a program of exercises and provide assistive devices that will allow you to achieve the highest level of independence possible. • Speech therapy assesses and assists you in regaining or improving communication and swallowing. Difficulties with speaking, reading, swallowing, problem solving and memory may benefit from speech therapy. 466817-2


Covington, GA 11/1/2016 — SunCrest Home Health today announced that is has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highestquality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate SunCrest Home Health on being one of the top agencies in the country. “We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star rating.” Suncrest Home Health in Covington, GA received a 4.5 / 5.0 rating from Home Health Care Compare.

5101 Hwy 278 NE, Suite C, Covington Ga, 30014



Provides a variety of at home services including: • Skilled Nursing • Therapy Services, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology • Social Services • Rehab Services • Specialized Care Programs


“We make lives better through home care.”




Stepping out against heel pain If you suffer foot or heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects more than 40 million people every year.

to the ball of the foot. The ligament is essential to foot movement and creates tension to maintain the arch of the foot.

It’s the result of the tearing or inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs from the heel

CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS “Plantar fasciitis is caused by a degenerative tear of the fascia, which

is a tough ligament-like tissue on the sole of the foot. It is more likely to occur in women and in overweight people. Overuse, such as repetitive exercise can cause symptoms. People with poor flexibility in the calf and hamstrings are predisposed to the problem,” said Dr. Ralph Buschbacher.

Symptoms include a burning, stabbing or aching pain in the heel. Patients often feel intense heel pain when getting out of bed and with the first steps in the morning. TREATMENT Patients with plantar fasciitis are often asked to wear orthotics to maintain the foot in a therapeutic position and help prevent injury. Prior to surgery other treatment options include physical therapy, injections, laser therapy and cast immobilization. Ninety-five percent of the time conservative care renders patient pain free.



If you suffer from heel pain give us a call.

Neuroma’s are normally between the 3rd & 4th toes.

WALK AWAY FROM FOOT & ANKLE PAIN! • Dr. G. Wayne Newman, Jr. D.P.M.

• Board Certified, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery • Fellow, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons In your lifetime, you’ll walk a distance averaging three trips around the earth. Some of the shoes we wear while doing this walking often submit our feet to nothing short of anguish. With demands like these put on our feet day after day, it’s only natural that we occasionally experience some sort of foot or ankle problem. In each of these cases, ignoring the problem could be an invitation to greater pain or additional complications. Call today to schedule an appointment and discuss treatment options.


1567 Milstead Road, Suite A, Conyers, GA





José L. Bigles-Geigel, MD Cataract & Refractive Surgery Just about 5 years ago, Georgia Ophthalmologists was founded in the towns of Covington and Jackson. Formerly The Pulliam Eye Group, we continue to deliver excellent eye care to the communities of Rockdale, Newton, Morgan, Butts and other surrounding counties. In these past five years, we have made your vision our mission. We have expanded into a state of the art facility that is unparalleled in our region. This expansion has allowed me and my colleagues, Jack Manns, MD, Jaymini Nayee, OD and our entire medical staff to better treat our patients while consistently delivering improved vision. The most common condition encountered in our practice is cataracts.

Cataracts Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness worldwide. Fortunately, in the United States we have the resources available to remove cataracts at the time when they begin to impede our patients’ vision. In fact, cataract surgery is the most common of all surgical procedures performed in our country. The advancements in our field have made cataract surgery a painless, quick and safe procedure that results in better vision that lasts the patients for the rest of their lives. The most exciting advancements in today’s cataract surgery can only be found in practices that remain at the forefront of this ever-changing field. Here at Georgia Ophthalmologists we are committed to providing our community with all the advances available. An example of this commitment is our CATALYS laser system which we use to add comfort, safety and ultimately faster recovery after the cataract procedure. The CATALYS laser system is only offered in a handful of practices in the entire state of Georgia. We are proud to be part of the select few that are investing in giving our patients access to the best technology available. Specifically, The CATALYS laser system allows the surgeon to perform 4 of the 8 steps of the cataract surgery in about 2 to 3 minutes. Furthermore, the laser now gives us the ability to perform the cataract surgery without the need for surgical blades. The most important contribution from the laser is its ability to fragment the cataract which is the hardened, cloudy lens inside the eye. By using the laser to break

the cataract into small pieces we add a level of gentleness and precision to the procedure. This translates into a better outcome as compared to traditional cataract surgery that is still performed by most other practices in our region.

Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Oculoplastics Some of the other common eye conditions which we diagnose and treat include glaucoma and macular degeneration. We employ the latest equipment and a high level of expertise to manage patients with these conditions. In fact, Dr. Manns is the only glaucoma specialist between Decatur and Augusta. With his expertise, our practice delivers extraordinary care without the need to travel great distances. He uses a wide variety of treatments to manage this sight threatening condition including eye drops, lasers and advanced surgical techniques to control this potentially blinding disease. We also offer advanced services in the area of oculoplastics. Our main focus is on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery that treats conditions of the eyelids and surrounding areas.

Glasses/Contacts We provide a modern optical shop that includes dispensing of glasses and contact lenses for the many patients who seek our services for their routine eye care needs.


The most current advancements in eye care are right here. You’ll like what you see. Here at Georgia Ophthalmologists you will find a team of highly-trained and dedicated eye care professionals. Our state-of-the-art facility offers the latest advancements in a warm and friendly setting.

You’ll love what we offer. We are passionate about delivering the most advanced technology for the treatment of a variety of eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. The CATALYS precision laser, for example, offers a more gentle and precise cataract surgery with less stress to the eye. We perform all procedures in our new innovative ambulatory surgery center. It is absolutely extraordinary.

José L. Bigles-Geigel, MD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Jaymini Nayee, OD Optometry & Contact Lens Care

You’ll find it all right here. Perhaps you have noticed changes in your vision or you may just need a routine eye exam, glasses or contacts. If so, take advantage of the most current advancements in eye care. It’s all right here.


Covington Office and Ambulatory Surgical Center 4159 Mill Street NE, Covington, GA 30014 770-786-1234 (ofc) | 770-385-0813 (fax) Jackson Office 860 West 3rd Street, Jackson, GA 30233 770-775-1234 (ofc) | 770-775-4030 (fax)





The Importance of Life Insurance

When families make the decision to purchase life insurance, they are often in the process of experiencing a major life-altering event such as getting married, starting a family, or purchasing a home. In fact, there are many good reasons for purchasing a life insurance policy. And most of us, at some point in our lives, will realize that owning life insurance is very important to ensure our sense of security. Can you even imagine the anxiety of driving on the freeway without auto insurance? All of us know that at some point an accident is almost inevitable. But if you are insured, your car will be repaired, and your medical bills will get paid. Life Insurance works the same way. It ensures that your family will not suffer the consequences of living without your earnings.

Transferring Risk Since its inception, insurance has been all about transferring risk, thereby avoiding the anxiety of potential loss. When you purchase life insurance, you are making a plan to be sure your family will be safe from the effects of losing your contribution to the household income. You want to be sure that your family wont have to uproot their lives and change their living standards in the event their income level is affected by your premature or unexpected death. And you can continue driving through the highway of life, without having to suffer the anxiety of wondering what will happen to those who depend on your earnings.

Tangible Expression of Love and Concern People have suffered deep feelings of remorse and regret when they became ill and realized their loved ones were not going to be financially protected after their premature death. Most people really do not want others

Maugham said: “Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.”

to be held responsible to pay off any outstanding debts that were incurred during their lifetimes. A life insurance policy makes good sense because the proceeds can pay the money owed, such as credit card debt, leaving your loved ones in a better financial position. It is not morbid to responsibly remember that the tax-free proceeds from life insurance will provide your loved ones with a tangible expression of your concern and thoughtfulness. Thinking about your own mortality is not pleasant, and some people try to avoid contemplating thoughts of their own demise. For example, as W. Somerset


It is, as if by avoidance, we can delay having to face the fact that dying will happen to all of us. Our routines continue and we make new commitments while not knowing whether our deaths will be premature. In contrast, imagine the security of knowing that by purchasing life insurance, we are setting an example of responsibility and caring. There will be cash to pay for a wedding or a down payment on a home or funds to finance an education. Think about it. A life insurance policy will provide you with the actual ability to have a positive influence on the future of those you love. Life insurance isn’t for the people who die. It’s for the people who live. Call Wilson Mathews Insurance Services today at 770-482-5180.








Advantages to physical therapy to relieve pain Chronic pain affects people all around the world, greatly impacting sufferers’ quality of life. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, recent reports have indicated more than 1.5 billion people worldwide experience chronic pain. Common complaints include lower back pain, headache, neck pain, or neurogenic pain, which is pain resulting from damage to peripheral nerves. Pain can impact people in many ways, as some people can tolerate discomfort better than others. Chronic pain may result in missed time at work, depression, anger, and an inability to live a full life. According to a recent Institute of Medicine Report: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560 to $635 billion annually. To cope with pain, many people rely on over-the-counter and prescription medications. This reliance on drugs has helped to fuel pain medication addictions that can lead to other drug abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says research now suggests that abuse of opioid pain medications may actually open the door to heroin use. Some individuals

report switching to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription opioids. A safer and sometimes more effective method of pain relief than opioids, physical therapy can help a person get back on track and feel much better in the process. The American Physical Therapy Association says while surgery and prescription drugs can be the best course of treatment for certain diagnoses, there is increasing evidence that conservative treatments like physical therapy can be equally effective and cheaper treatment plans for many conditions. Physical therapy can be as effective as surgery for meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears and spinal stenosis, among other conditions. When a patient is prescribed physical therapy, a therapist will develop a treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of the patient. This is essentially a collaboration between patient and physical therapist. Therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion and have studied extensively to that end. Because weakness or stiffness may be contributing to pain, therapists try to address the source of the pain and relieve the pain itself.

Physical therapy may include exercises that stretch the body and improve flexibility. Strengthening exercises will help work on core muscles as well as other parts of the body to prevent injury down the road. Therapy may target specific areas of pain. Because of their expertise, therapists may be able to assess posture, gait and other attributes that may be contributing to injury and make suggestions to reduce recurrence. In addition to the therapies mentioned, a combination of massage and other work may be included in a physical

therapy plan. This may include TENS and ultrasound. According to WebMD, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, uses a device to send a low-voltage electric current to the skin over the area where you have pain. Ultrasound sends sound waves to the places you have pain. Both of these options may help to block pain messages to the brain and offer relief. Chronic pain can be debilitating. However, physical therapy is often an effective way to combat chronic pain and help individuals find relief and return to living full lives.

PruittHealth Home Health - Covington offers the best in rehabilitation services. Our therapy department excels at getting you back on your feet and living life!


Phone: 770-786-0427 4148 Carroll St. Covington Ga 30014 The PruittHealth Organization complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.



this 2nd annual Health Fair & Senior Expo coming April 1

Rockdale / Newton Citizen presents

Health Fair & Senior Expo Saturday, April 1

9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Springfield Baptist Church (1873 Iris Drive SE, Conyers)

Free Health Screenings for the Community FREE ADMISSION Educational Seminars on Health, Wellness and Senior issues Over 40 Vendors - Health, Senior Living, Wellness and more Lots of Giveaways & Door Prizes


VENDOR BOOtHS, SPONSORSHIPS AND SPEAKING OPPORtUNItIES AVAILABLE Contact the Rockdale & Newton Citizen today at · 770-963-9205 ext. 1203 THE CITIZEN • PHYSICIANS GUIDE • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017 • 33




Make yourself at home at Remington House

Remington House combines the conveniences of home with the luxuries of resort-style community living. It’s the little things that matter in life. Living life independently at a Senior Lifestyle community gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. The choices are yours everyday. The staff provides a hospitality-styled atmosphere for their residents while providing aroundthe-clock care. Our residents can stop by the billiards room for a game of pool, choose a book from our library or join a game of bridge in our card room. For more physical activity, they can visit our state-of-the art exercise center or participate in a daily exercise class, led by our Activities Coordinator who was an entertainer in the army. Our community has a chapel, craft room, beauty/barber shop and movie theatre. There is a skilled nursing facility next door

and lots of wonderful activities and events. Our residents have three separate dining rooms to choose from, where they enjoy fresh, locally sourced meals with friends and family. Our menu reflects our Southern Heritage artfully prepared by our experienced chefs, special orders included! At Remington House dining is an integral part of the resident experience and we do everything to ensure you are delighted with your choices. After dinner our residents can take a stroll along the walking paths in our beautifully landscaped courtyard. If our residents ever want or need to venture out of our community, our transportation service can take them to church, the mall, the movies, museums, restaurants and the area’s best hospitals. Our van has a lift to make the trip easier. Call Remington House today at (770) 336-1157 to schedule a tour.

HOSPICE The basics on long-term care insurance Long-term care insurance, or LTCI, is an insurance product that is found primarily in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. LTCI generally covers assisted living needs, home care, hospice care, adult daycare, and other requirements of senior living and/or health management. People who invest in LTCI are planning ahead for the times when they may no longer be able to care for themselves without assistance. LTCI will help offset the ever-rising costs associated with specialized senior housing and nursing facilities. Traditional healthcare insurance and government-sponsored plans (i.e., Medicare in the United States) will not pay for daily, extended care services. The AARP notes that these other plans may only cover a short stay in a subacute rehabilitation center or nursing home, or pay for a limited amount of at-home care. LTCI can help families finance the cost of medical care when all other options will not. LTCI should be looked into



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early in life, as policies often cost less if purchased when one is younger and in good health. People in poor health or already receiving long-term care services may not qualify for LTCI outright. But there are some workarounds, including buying a limited amount of coverage or coverage at a higher "nonstandard" rate. Some policies do not require medical underwriting, and these may be advantageous to people with preexisting health conditions. When shopping for policies, look into how long LTCI will pay. Some policies include limits on how long or how much providers will pay for care, with some plans maxing out at two to five years. Other policies may not implement a term limit. Speak with a tax specialist as well, as premiums paid on a longterm care insurance products may be tax deductible. Long-term care insurance is a way for individuals to finance the often expensive costs for medical services that may be required as one ages.




On-Demand Virtual Visits Now Available 24/7 Through Piedmont On Call Board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners are now available for consultations 24 hours per day, seven days per week via Piedmont On Call, a virtual platform designed to help consumers get faster treatment for low-acuity, urgent healthcare needs via smartphone, tablet or computer.

“At Piedmont, we are always searching for new ways to make healthcare easy,” said Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare. “With Piedmont On Call, patients can be seen by a physician at any time and on any device without having to leave home or work. We want to make it easier for consumers to take charge of their health.” Piedmont On Call is built on Carena’s Virtual Clinic Platform that includes software, staffing and operations services. It is fully integrated into Piedmont’s clinic-based care delivery system. The clinicians working in the virtual clinic will follow Piedmont’s practice guidelines to ensure high-quality, evidence-based care. The virtual clinic helps current Piedmont patients stay in-network for continuous care, and helps new patients connect to a Piedmont provider after their virtual visit.

Piedmont On Call allows consumers too busy to make a trip to the doctor to see a physician on demand for $49 per virtual visit. Patients can access this service today by visiting piedmont. org/oncall or downloading the free Piedmont On Call app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“We are pleased to partner with Piedmont Healthcare to offer patients new options for getting their care needs met,” said Ralph C. Derrickson, CEO of Carena. “Piedmont On Call uses our technology to put its brand online where it is most accessible to consumers, while offering patients an exceptional care experience from a health care system they know and trust.” Piedmont On Call virtual visits are not covered by insurance and should not replace regular visits with a primary care physician. For more information, visit





Better Docs. Better Care. For more than a century, Piedmont physicians have been providing care for Georgia families as part of the Piedmont Healthcare system — a comprehensive network of hospitals, care centers and specialists. So whether you need a routine checkup or critical care, you can rest assured that Piedmont Healthcare has the resources close at hand to get you the care you need. Great doctors, convenient locations – meet your new Piedmont primary care physician, Dr. Chappell-Marshall. Learn more about Dr. Chappell-Marshall by visiting

Monica Chappell-Marshall, M.D. Family Medicine 7143 Turner Lake Road Covington, Georgia 30014 P: 770.788.9970 F: 770.788.9875



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