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• Time for Hospice? • Gluten-Free Diet •Understanding Hypertension • Laser Foot Treatment

• Skin Cancer Concerns • Reduce Risk of Diabetes • Women's Health • Care After a Stroke

Jamie Adams, DC, Chiropractor

Stephanie Gordon, MD, Gyn Surgeon

G. Wayne Newman Jr., DPM, Podiatrist

Ryan J. Tomlins, MD, CAQ, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine

Shiraz H. Kassam, MD, FRCSC, FACOG

Brian D. Allen, MD, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Bryan Riggeal, MD, Neurology/Neuro-Ophthalmology

Shannon Mayfield, CNM, OB/GYN

Michelle L. Juneau, MD, Dermatology

Anne Grant, MD, Internal Medicine

Benjamin Fernando, MD, Urgent Care

Steven Thacker, DC, Chiropractor

Robin Bingham, DDS, General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Candice Riggeal, DO, Neurology-Epilepsy

Onika Popo-James, MD, Family Medicine

Benjamin Kelly, MD, Dermatology



INDEX ASSISTED LIVING Yellow Brick House 6903 Main St. Lithonia, GA 30058 • 770-482-4044 BANKING Newton Federal 3175 Hwy. 278 NE, Covington, GA 30014 8258 Hwy. 278 NE, Covington, GA 30014 By Pass Rd. & Hwy. 36, Covington, GA 30014 770-786-7088 CARDIOLOGY & ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY East Atlanta Cardiology T. David Gbadebo, MD Miraz Ahmed, MD 1372 Wellbrook Circle Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-322-8881 CHIROPRACTIC Thacker Chiropractic Mitchel Thacker, DC Steven Thacker, DC 1927 Hwy. 138, Suite 500 Conyers, GA 30013 • 770-860-8333 Covington Family Chiropractic Jamie Adams, DC 2125 Pace St. Suite B Morgan Plaza Covington, GA 30014 • 770-689-6987 DERMATOLOGY Dermatology Consultants PC Michelle Juneau, MD Benjamin Kelly, MD Beth Gundy, PA-C 4151 Hospital Drive Covington, GA 30014 • 770-784-0343 FAMILY DENTISTRY Bingham Dental Group, LLC Robin Bingham, DDS 1380 Milstead Ave. Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-602-1138 FAMILY MEDICINE Premier Internal Medicine Anne Grant, MD 5294 Adams St. NE Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-5600 Conyers Medical Clinic Ganesh Kini, MD 2601 Salem Rd. Conyers, GA 30013 • 770-922-1880


FAMILY MEDICINE Newton Medical Family Practice Donna Groover, MD 7143 Turner Lake Road Covington, GA 30014 • 770-788-9970 Bridgewater Family Practice Donny Delp, MD Onika-Popo James, MD Michael J. Manning, MD Jonathan E. Henderson, MD 2215 Exchange Place, SE Conyers, GA 30013 • 770-922-3522 GASTROENTEROLOGY East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, PC 1269 Wellbrook Circle, NE Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-922-0505 Colon & Digestive Health Specialists, LLC Mirza A. Kajani, MD 1380 Milstead Ave Ste C Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-922-7000 HEMATOLOGY & ONCOLOGY East Atlanta Hematology & Oncology Victoria Afshani, MD 10157 Eagle Drive Covington, GA 30014 • 770-786-0655 HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE Multi Care Holistic Health Care 1650 Honey Creek Commons, Suite F Conyers, GA 30013 • 770-648-0846 HOSPICE Abbey Hospice 215 Azalea Court Social Circle, GA 30025 • 770-464-5858 Toll free 1-866-252-2239 HOSPITAL Rockdale Medical Center 1412 Milstead Avenue Conyers, GA 30012 • 800-424-DOCS (3627) Newton Medical Center 5126 Hospital Drive., NE Covington, GA 30014 • 770-786-7053 INFECTIOUS DISEASES East Atlanta Infectious Diseases Suji Mathew, MD 7143 Turner Lake Road Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-4504

Essential Family Care Sheryl Canady, MD 1775 Parker Rd., Suite C-240 Conyers, GA • 678-609-6282


INSURANCE Sheridan & Associates, Inc. Rhonda Sheridan, RN, BSN, CSA, CLTC 983 O’Kelly Street Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-760-9474 NEUROLOGY/NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY Rockdale Neurology Associates Bryan Riggeal, MD Candice Riggeal, DO 1255 Commercial Drive, Suite B Conyers, GA 30094 • 770-278-0154 Southeastern Neurology Karuna Shah, DO Sonal Hazariwala, MD 5211 Hwy. 278 NE Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-8200 OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY/ UROGYNECOLOGY Advanced Gynecology Associates Holly Imlach, MD 1380 Milstead Ave. NE Suite E Conyers, GA 30012 • 678-609-4913 Erin Mayfield, DO 5154 Cook St. NE Covington, GA 30014 • 770-788-1778 New Beginnings Comprehensive Women's Health Care Veronica Garrett, MD N. Ruth Harris, MD Kenya Prade, C.N.P. Shannon Mayfield, C.N.M. 1415 Milstead Rd. NE Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 • 678-413-0858

ORTHOPEDIC/SPORTS MEDICINE Georgia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Renee S. Riley, MD FAAOS Ryan J. Tomlins, MD, CAQ 4181 Hospital Drive #204 Covington, GA 30014 • 770-788-6534 PEDIATRICS Pediatric Health Center Candace Johnson, MD Tanya Bigby, MD 2213 Exchange Place Conyers, GA 30013 • 770-483-4431 PODIATRY Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists G. Wayne Newman, Jr., DPM 1567 Milstead Road, Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-483-2291 TECHNICAL COLLEGE Georgia Piedmont Technical College 16200 Alcovy Rd. Covington, GA 30014 • 404-297-9522 URGENT CARE Georgia Primary & Urgent Care Andrew Smith, MD Benjamin Fernando, MD Randy Riner, PA Conyers Medical Park 1301 Sigman Rd. NE, Suite 230 Conyers, GA 30012 • 678-609-4912 Wendell Smith, MD 5294 Adams Street Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-5600

Premier Obstetrics & Gynecology James D. Harbin, MD, FACOG Barbara Susin, CNM, MPH, MSN 10155 Eagle Drive Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-4459

VASCULAR & THORACIC Pavilion Surgical Associates B. Carter Rogers, MD, FACS Steven R. Whitworth, MD, FACS 4181 Hospital Drive NE, #303 Covington, GA 30014 • 770-787-6957

The Women's Center, PC Stephanie Gordon, MD 2750 Owens Drive, Suite A Conyers, GA 30012 • 678-413-4644 140 Eagles Spring Court, Suite B Stockbridge, GA 30281 • 770-302-0878

WOUND CARE & HYPERBARIC MEDICINE Hyperbaric & Wound Healing Center Rockdale Medical Center Brian D. Allen, MD 1412 Milstead Ave. Conyers, GA 30012 • 678-413-7738

Shiraz Kassam, MD 1380 Milstead Ave., NE Suite B Conyers, GA 30012 • 770-922-2424 ORTHOPEDIC/SPORTS MEDICINE Athens Orthopedic Clinic 1401 W. Spring St. Monroe, GA • 770-267-0978 1077 S. Main St. Madison, GA • 770-267-0978 1553 Janmar Rd., Ste. A Snellville, GA • 770-274-0007

Look for our Summer Edition of the Physicians Guide publishing in June 2014

“Rockdale Medical Center is the first healthcare facility in the metro Atlanta area to acquire and implement Air Strip ONETM OB and Air Strip ONETM CARDIOLOGY.” -Deborah Armstrong, CEO


An innovative mobile patient monitoring solution that allows our physicians to keep a closer eye on patients’ labor and delivery, cardiac care, labs, diagnostic and additional treatment decisions at a moment’s notice.

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What is a Urogynecologist? By Stephanie Gordon, MD A urogynecologist is a surgeon who has specialized in the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor is a set of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues in the lower part of the pelvis that provides support for a woman’s internal organs, including the bowel, bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. Pelvic floor disorders can occur when women have weakened pelvic muscles or tears in the connective tissue due to excessive strain on the pelvis due to childbirth, repeated strenuous activity, menopause, chronic disease, or pelvic surgery. Other factors that can weaken the pelvic floor include repetitive heavy lifting, tobacco use, and genetics. Dr. Stephanie Gordon is one of only 10 Board Certified Urogynecologist in the State of Georgia. She is double Board Certified in the subspecialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery as well as General Gynecology. With this background, she is able to take care of the Well Woman as well as to give cutting edge medicine to the patient with complicated gynecology issues. What type of problems can Dr. Gordon manage and treat? Incontinence: loss of bladder or bowel control, leaking of urine or feces. Prolapse. descent of the pelvic organs, a bulge and/or pressure; dropped uterus, bladder, vagina or 171248-1

rectum. Pain. discomfort to the lower back, pelvic, bladder, or urethra including Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or painful bladder syndrome, pain with sex. Overactive Bladder. frequent need to void, bladder pressure, urgency, leaking of urine on the way to the bathroom. How can Dr. Gordon treat these problems? With conservative (non-surgical) or surgical therapy depending on your wishes, the severity of your


condition, or your general health. Conservative options include medications, pelvic exercises, behavioral and diet modifications, vaginal devices (pessaries), Pelvic Floor Therapy (including InTone), and Biofeedback and Electrical Stimulation. Safe and effective surgical procedures are also utilized to treat incontinence and prolapse. Dr. Gordon also provides advance gynecology care including: Well Woman Annual Exams,

Contraception including hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, ESSURE tubal ligation in office, Nexplanon, Mirena, Paraguard IUDs and traditional tubal ligation. Treatment for heavy menstrual cycles-including endometrial ablation in office (Novasure, Thermachoice, and HTA). Myomectomy (fibroid removal) and Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Over 95% of these can be performed vaginally or thru a laparoscope (tiny incisions on abdomen) and can be performed with the Da Vinci Robotic system with only an outpatient admission to the hospital. Menopausal Management. including natural therapy, bio-identical hormones, compounded creams, injections, pellets, and traditional hormone replacement. Pediatric and adolescent gynecology. HPV vaccines, acne, heavy/painful cycles, endometriosis, STD testing, and chronic infections. Infertility work ups and therapies. For your convenience-In office Ultrasound, Bladder testing, surgical procedures with IV anesthesia are available with anesthesiologist. For more information, check out our website at or call Conyers office: 678-413-4644 or Stockbridge 770-302-0878

A better healthcare experience

for women Urogynecology and Gynecological Surgery We have appointments readily available that will fit into your busy schedule.You will be comfortable in our beautiful and professional office setting.You will never have to wait long due to our policy of no “double-booking appointment schedule.You will be pleased with the generous amount of time you will get to speak to the doctor about your

Well Women Health Care and Comprehensive Annual Exams

• Pap Smears, Breast Exams, and In-Office Ultrasounds • Full range of Contraception Options • Menopausal Management –Traditional and Alternative • Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology • Infertility Workups • Hormone Replacement Therapy • Bladder Problems and Incontinence • Treatment for Fibroids, Endometriosis, • Abnormal Bleeding, and Ovarian Cysts Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment

• Screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. •

Dr. Stephanie Gordon

Marcia Harmon, CNM

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health and concerns.You will get a warm, comfortable cotton robe to wear during the exam. Finally, our experienced and friendly staff will help you with the often difficult insurance process. Because we are providing only gynecology and surgical care, you will not have to expect long waits or frequent rescheduling due to a physician providing obstetrical care.

PROCEDURES WE PROVIDE DaVinci Robotics Gynecological Surgery Traditional Abdominal Hysterectomy,Vaginal, Hysterectomy, and Laparoscopic Assisted Hysterectomy Myomectomy for Fibroid Tumors In-office ESSURE Tubal Ligation Laparoscopic Surgery for Ovarian Problems, Endometriosis, Tubal and Adhesive Diseases Hysteroscopic Surgery Colposcopies for Abnormal Pap Smears and LEEP Procedures Repair of Pelvic Prolapse, Relaxation and Surgery for Bladder Leakage In-office Endometrial Ablation for Excessive Menstrual Bleeding Laser Surgery

Lan Vu, NP

Maria Epling, NP

CONYERS 2750 Owens Drive Suite A 678-413-4644

STOCKBRIDGE 140 Eagles Spring Court Suite B 770-302-0878

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Dr. Jamie Adams, Wellness Chiropractor, Covington Family Chiropractic

I am a native of upstate New York, but now on a mission to change this community, moved to Georgia in 1998. I graduated from one family at a time, to reach their best health East Coweta High School in 1999 and at- and potential possible through natural chirotended Georgia College and State University, practic care. majoring in chemistry with a minor in biolAs a doctor of chiropractic, I focus priogy. While in college, I met my wonderful marily on the spine because your spine houses husband, Brook, who was a physical educa- and protects your nervous system and the tion major. We both graduated from GCSU nervous system is what brings life and healing in 2003 and were married in 2005. We have to every part of the body. In order for us to two beautiful children, Landon, age 6 and have perfect health, we need to have a perLogan Olivia (Lola), age 3. fectly functioning spine and nervous system. While in college, I was introduced Our nervous system is our lifeline from our to the healing power of the nervous system brain to every single organ, tissue, and cell in and the amazing potential we all have inside the body, so if there is compromise or damage of us. I attended Clemson University after to the nervous system, our body is not going graduation from GCSU and was working to heal and function at it’s best. So, whatever toward a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry when challenges you may have with your health, I became more and more confused by our whether it’s blood pressure challenges, elevatsociety’s concept of health and healthcare. I ed cholesterol, digestion problems, diabetes, began wondering why we continued to do acid reflux, ear infections or colic in children, more and more medical research while this a pregnant mom with a baby in a breech or nation continued to decline in health. I grew any unfavorable position, or any other health tired of “spinning my wheels” and knew that challenges, I look to your nervous system for I wanted to be part of the solution, not just to the cause of problem. From there we work to continue to add to the problem. correct the problem, without simply giving I entered the Life University Doctor of drugs or surgery to mask or cover a symptom, Chiropractic program in 2007, in hopes of but by giving a gentle, safe and effective manbeing able to change the current paradigm ual chiropractic adjustment to your spine. I of healthcare.rI graduated in Decemberrings 2011 also willetter help give you aeAltH game plan to help DAms from Life University, with a specialty of pedi- you reach your health goals and to make this HrougH AturAl HiroprACtiC your healthiest year ever. Are atrics, pregnancy and family wellness, and am year

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Now serving Newton, Rockdale, Walton, and surrounding areas.

Dr. Adams attended Georgia College and State University. She graduated from Life University and specializes in Pediatrics, Pregnancy, and Family Wellness.




Your first initial exam, any necessary x-rays, Doctor’s Report, and first adjustment MUST PRESENT COUPON FOR SPECIAL RATE.

2125 Pace St., Suite B, Morgan Plaza • Covington







“I think it’s time for hospice…” Those words spoken by your healthcare provider may instill fear in some people, but, just because they recommend hospice doesn’t mean it’s an immediate death sentence. Many people do not understand what hospice is or what services it provides. The following are some questions I have heard many times regarding hospice. Why hospice & how do I sign myself or my loved one on hospice? Hospice is generally discussed when there are no more curative treatment options and the life expectancy is six (6) months or less. However, healthcare providers do not have a crystal ball and patients may exceed the six months’ time frame. An important reason to consider hospice is the staff (MD, RNs, LPNs, social workers, CNAs, chaplains & volunteers) are specifically trained in end of life issues including pain management. You can ask your physician to give the hospice of your choice an order or you can call the hospice directly and ask them to contact the doctor. Once the hospice has the order a representative will call you to set up a time to meet and discuss in detail the services available.

How is hospice paid for and what does it provide? Hospice is paid by several different sources: Medicare, Medicaid, Private insurance and self pay. However, Abbey Hospice will never turn a patient away due to inability to pay. The hospice team including the physician will oversee and coordinate the care provided by the hospice team. The hospice benefit provides any medically necessary medical equipment and medications needed to control the symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis. Who can come on hospice? Hospice isn’t just for patients with cancer. Patients with many different diseases such as end-stage lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, & ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) may qualify for hospice services. Again, feel free to contact Abbey Hospice and a representative will be able to discuss the criteria needed to enroll in a hospice program. Why does hospice use Morphine? Contrary to popular myth, hospice does not use morphine to hasten death. The hospice

philosophy promotes allowing the illness to follow its normal progression while providing management of all symptoms. Morphine is recommended in hospice to promote comfort when a patient is experiencing pain and/or shortness of breath. It is usually started in very small doses by mouth or by IV. There are several different pain medications available and each individual must be evaluated to determine the most appropriate medication for the pain they are experiencing. Why shouldn’t we call 911? The Hospice philosophy promotes a comfortable, peaceful and dignified end of life experience. This is most often accomplished by letting the patient remain in their home setting. However, if a situation arises that you feel requires calling 911 please contact your Hospice first so all options available may be offered. Hospice will provide guidance and education and recommend options that are appropriate for you and your loved one. I hope the above has cleared up some misconceptions about hospice. Please feel free to contact the staff at Abbey Hospice for any further information. By Ronda L. Knapp, RN, Patient Care Coordinator, Abbey Hospice

bbey Hospice Care of a loved one in their final days is hard enough.

No one should have to do it alone. GA License # 107-151-H

Abbey Hospice and its 13-bed inpatient unit located in the heart of Walton County, provides home hospice services to the surrounding 17 counties including Newton, Rockdale, Morgan, and Jasper.

Medicare Provider # 111530






Georgia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Welcomes Dr. Ryan Tomlins Georgia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is excited to announce that Dr. Ryan J. Tomlins has joined Dr. Reneé S. Riley and Physician Assistant Vicki Porter. As a division of Newton Medical Center, Georgia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine serves Georgia with highly qualified providers and athletic trainers who are dedicated to providing orthopedic care with compassion while working with the latest in technology. As a board certified family medicine physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Non-Operative Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Tomlins brings new expertise to Georgia Orthopedics. His specialties include ultrasound guided procedures and injections, as well as the minimally invasive therapy Tenex Health TX™ which treats diseased soft tissue and rapidly restores musculoskeletal function. He is also director of the Concussion Program at Georgia Orthopedics. “Growing up in athletics and participating at a high level of competition has driven my passion to pursue a career in sports. I have strong interests in office procedures, as well as team and individual care. With values learned through competition, I feel I bring a great asset to Georgia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine,” says Dr. Tomlins.

With Dr. Tomlins joining Dr. Riley, Georgia Orthopedics now offers two physicians trained at the highly acclaimed American Sports Medicine Institute founded by Dr. James R. Andrews. This non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopedics and sports medicine is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in this field. Prior to joining Georgia Orthopedics, Dr. Tomlins served as the team physician at Troy University, Samford

University, Birmingham Southern College and Oak Grove High School. During his residency at Greenville Hospital System, Tomlins was named Chief Resident. Dr. Tomlins resides in Covington with his wife, Erin, and son, Grayson. Erin has also joined the Newton Medical Center team as a physical therapist at Newton Medical Home Health. Outside of work, Dr. Tomlins enjoys golf, running, college and high school athletics. Dr. Tomlins joins the team of highly qualified orthopedic professionals including

Dr. Riley, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Riley has a particular expertise and interest in shoulder, knee and elbow surgeries. However, she is experienced at arthroscopic procedures, total joint replacements, fracture treatment and many other surgical procedures. The Georgia Orthopedics team also includes certified athletic trainers Tracy Angel, Kelsy Ney, Geoffrey Koteles and Brandy Dodge. They can be found on the fields and sidelines of high school sports at Newton county schools as well as local Fun Runs, 5K’s and other sporting events. The Athletic Training Program provides fully certified and licensed medical professionals for Newton High School, Eastside High School and Alcovy High School as well as Georgia Perimeter College. Anyone in need of orthopedic care may call the practice to schedule an appointment or request a physician referral to Georgia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The office is located in the Physician’s Pavilion of Newton Medical Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information: visit our website or call our office 770-788-6534







The wait is over! We’re in your neighborhood. By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent It might have been a simple slip, a miscalculation of thinking it was only one step down when it was really three. Yet no matter how tiny the fall, the pain can be huge when one sprains an ankle—or worse. For just such times, Georgia Primary & Urgent Care is ready. Located in Conyers Medical Park, the practice welcomes both walkin patients and those with appointments seeking help for a range of issues. While the situation might not require a trip to the emergency room, the injured or sick person might want to see a doctor right away. Physicians and other medical professionals at Georgia Primary & Urgent Care offer help when the unexpected happens as well as when patients need attention for general medical concerns. While the office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., it is also open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon to meet the needs of those who want to see a doctor later on weekdays and on the weekends. Georgia Primary & Urgent Care not only assists patients with sprains and strains, but those suffering from high blood pressure, sore throats, ear aches, minor injuries, burns and lacerations. In addition, patients can visit Georgia Primary & Urgent Care if they are suffering from animal and insect bites, allergic reactions, skin rashes, infections, bronchitis, asthma, vomiting, diarrhea and other conditions. The practice offers pediatric care for children who are two years of age and

older. Women’s health, diabetes and urinary tract infections are other areas of care provided at the medical facility and drug screenings and x-rays are also available. Winter months come with their own set of health and safety concerns with the most obvious being colds and flu. Georgia Primary & Urgent Care offers help when a patient needs it. Medical professionals say keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Hands should be washed with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Cover the mouth


and nose with a tissue during a cough or sneeze, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow when a tissue is not available. Prevention is always key and the Centers for Disease Control report that exams and screenings often help find potential problems early which allows treatment to begin sooner. Georgia Primary & Urgent Care offers wellness physicals and sports physicals. The medical staff also performs DOT physicals and treats worker’s compensation injuries. X-rays are done on site and the facility can provide most lab work. Injuries are another big reason patients seek medical attention. Children are particularly at high risk for injuries and a watchful eye should always be kept on children while they’re eating and playing. Potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items and choking hazards, such as coins and hard candy and other objects should be kept out of a child’s reach. Simple household items can be great dangers to children, including scissors, knives and other sharp objects that can cause lacerations. Injuries due to burns are a special concern and common in the winter months when warm fireplaces and flaming candles might be attractive to youngsters. Young children should be especially supervised in the kitchen where hot stoves can cause burn injuries. For more information on Georgia Primary & Urgent Care, call 678-609-4912, or visit www. The practice is located at 1301 Sigman Road, NE., Suite 230, in Conyers.

Georgia Primary & Urgent Care When the unexpected happens, we’re here with quality Medical Care.

Minor injuries, burns Sore throats and and lacerations ear aches

High blood pressure

Animal & insect bites • Allergic reactions Skin rashes and infections • Bronchitis • Asthma Vomiting & diarrhea • Women’s health • Diabetes Urinary tract infections • DOT and Drug Screens • X-Rays On site caring for pediatric patients 2 years and older


Sprains and strains



Georgia Primary & Urgent Care Conyers Medical Park 1301 Sigman Rd NE Suite 230 Conyers, GA 30012 Randy Riner, PA


Andrew Smith, MD

Benjamin Fernando, MD





Rockdale Medical Center certified as a Primary Stroke Center By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent The past 12 months have been momentous for Dr. Bryan Riggeal, who married Dr. Candice Riggeal last March and helped lead the team this January that won the gold standard certification in treating strokes at Rockdale Medical Center. A neurologist and neuro-opthalmologist, Riggeal was crucial in helping the hospital receive its primary stroke certification. “The ability to provide excellent care is a result of outstanding teamwork,” Rockdale Medical Center CEO Deborah Armstrong stated. “Under the direction of Dr. Bryan Riggeal, neurologist/stroke program director and emergency department director/stroke coordinator Karen Young, R.N., an in-house stroke team made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, rehabilitation therapists and case managers collaborated on patient care throughout the treatment process.” Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint-Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. “In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Rockdale Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” said Jean Range, executive director of The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification. “We’ve identified the stroke center as an area of a huge need in this community,” Riggeal said. “Basically...patients having symptoms of an acute stroke have to go to the nearest certified stroke center. For every second that goes by, there’s more and more of the brain that dies and less that we can save. If you’re having to sit in traffic to go to the nearest stroke center, you’re not going to have the best recovery. We’ve always been able to provide the care here at Rockdale. We’ve been able to provide that service, but we wanted the ambulances not to have to bypass us, but to bring patients here to get the gold standard of stroke care.” 171736-1

The hospital has always been able to treat stroke patients, but now that the Stroke Center at Rockdale Medical Center has achieved the highest designation, patients can be brought by ambulance to the certified center rather than be taken to another hospital farther away. The Stroke Center, which is located on a designated floor in the hospital, offers complete care. “Not only is the Stroke Center about giving clot busting medicine, but it’s way more comprehensive than that,” Riggeal said. “Some people lose sight of what a stroke center does. It rallies the troops so that people involved in stroke care are there at the beginning, all through and then after. It helps people with their acute stroke and helps prevent future strokes. Education and trying to get the word out, diagnosing and preventing are integral parts of the stroke center.” The doctor also said it is important to have all the stroke patients on a floor designated for their care. He said data shows that when all the stroke patients are in the same area, the education of the staff is better and the care is better which results in improved morbidity and mortality. Riggeal said he realized in his sophomore year in college that he had a passion for medicine and helping people who are going through a difficult time. “Going on that path, I had a passion for neurological patients,” he said. “That’s what led me into neurology. So many people think there’s absolutely nothing you can do for patients with neurological illness, but I’ve found not only are you able to make a difference and manage their illness, it winds up being way more rewarding than treating things that may not have as much impact on their lives. You’re helping them with something that seems to be a devastating disease. It’s very rewarding.” A native of Florida, Riggeal said he is a “born and bred” Gator.He is the first person in several generations of his


family to ever go to college, having received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and then also graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Riggeal completed his residency in neurology at the University of Florida then came to Atlanta where he did advanced fellowship training in neuro-opthalmology at Emory University. He met his wife while he was in training and Dr. Candice Riggeal completed her fellowship training in epilepsy at Emory University. Both doctors are board certified in neurology and are in practice together at Rockdale Neurology Associates. Located at 1255 Commercial Dr., Suite B, Conyers, Ga. 30094, Rockdale Neurology Associates helps patients with a range of issues, such as migraines, headaches, memory loss, dementia, balance and gait disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, spasticity from strokes and numbness, weakness or neuropathy. For more information, call the practice at 770-278-0154.

• Migraines/ • Numbness, Headaches Weakness, or Neuropathy • Memory Loss/ Dementia • Multiple • Balance and Sclerosis Gait Disorders

• Parkinson’s Disease • Seizures • Spasticity from Stroke



We’ve Moved! 1255 Commercial Dr. Suite B Conyers, Ga. 30094


at 770.278.0154

for an appointment

All Major Insurance Accepted!

The Rockdale and Conyers communities now have their own Neurology team that has advanced fellowship training in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Epilepsy. Rockdale Neurology Associates is proud to have Dr. Bryan Riggeal and Dr. Candice Riggeal as part of their team. Dr. Bryan Riggeal graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his residency in Neurology there. He then completed a Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology from the prestigious Emory University Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Candice Riggeal completed her fellowship training in Epilepsy, also at Emory University. Dr. Riggeal has extensive training in evaluating and treating people that are experiencing seizures. Both Doctors Bryan and Candice Riggeal are board certified in Neurology.

BRYAN RIGGEAL, MD Neurology, Neuro-Ophthalmology

CANDICE RIGGEAL, DO Neurology Epilepsy


AT ROCKDALE NEUROLOGY ASSOCIATES we are committed to providing accurate assessments and effective treatment for even the most challenging neurologic and neuro-ophthalmic conditions.

Monday thru Friday 8 am-5 pm

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How to reduce your risk for diabetes Millions of people across the globe suffer from diabetes, a term used to describe a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood pressure resulting from the body's cells not responding properly to insulin and/ or inadequate insulin production. According to researchers at Australia's Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, if the spread of type 2 diabetes continues at its current rate, there will be roughly 439 million adults with diabetes across the globe in the year 2030. Though some cases of diabetes cannot be prevented, a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, occurring because the body does not use insulin properly. Initially, the pancreas will make extra insulin to account for the body's resistance to insulin, but over time the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose

levels. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases as people age, and while there is no way to halt the aging process, there are many other ways for men, women and children to reduce their risks of developing type 2 diabetes. • Shed those extra pounds. Being overweight increases your risk for a host of ailments, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. According to the American Diabetes Association, losing as little as 10 to 15 pounds can make a significant difference for people looking to reduce their risks of developing type 2 diabetes. When attempting to lose weight, men and women should recognize that making lifestyle changes is a more effective way to shed pounds and keep weight off than fad diets that may promise quick weight loss but tend to be less effective at keeping that weight off over the long haul. Successful weight loss typically involves a combination of physical activity and a healthy

diet. Include physical activity as part of your daily routine several days per week, taking it slow at first if you have not exercised regularly in quite some time. As your body begins to adapt to exercise, you can gradually increase the intensity of your workout routines. Adopting a healthy diet is another way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss. A diet low in calories and fat is a good start. Men and women who need to lose a significant amount of weight may want to work with a dietitian and/ or nutritionist to create a meal plan that is likely to produce the best results and address any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies they might have. • Focus on fiber. Adding more fiber to your diet is another way to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Foods that are high in fiber tend to make people feel fuller, reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. Fiber also helps the body control its blood sugar lev-

els, and fiber can lower a person's risk of heart disease. Many foods include fiber, but some high-fiber foods include beans, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. • Avoid refined carbohydrates. Studies have shown that diets rich in refined carbohydrates increase a person's risk of developing diabetes, while additional studies have shown that diets rich in whole grains protect the body against diabetes. Researchers examining the results of several studies that explored the relationship between whole grains and diabetes found that eating an extra two servings of whole grains each day can reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 21 percent. Refined carbohydrates, which can be found in white bread, white rice, mashed potatoes and many cereals, cause sustained spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which can increase a person's risk of diabetes.

Though aging increases a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, a healthy lifestyle that includes routine exercise and a healthy diet can help men and women reduce that risk significantly. 14 • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 • PHYSICIANS GUIDE • THE CITIZEN

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Bridgewater Family Practice Welcomes Dr. Onika Popo-James By Beth Slaughter Sexton, Staff Correspondent A picture in the family photo album gives a hint of things to come. There smiling for the camera is little four-year-old Onika wearing a stethoscope and holding her baby doll. Today Dr. Onika Popo-James uses an actual stethoscope as she cares for real babies, teenagers and adults as part of the team of physicians at Bridgewater Family Practice in Conyers. A former high school biology teacher, Popo-James always knew she wanted to be a doctor and even at a young age, others recognized her talents toward that goal. Growing up in New Jersey, she was just 10 when her teacher chose her as one of two science students to go to New York and be on a radio show. The young girl had to explain to the listening audience about the pathways of the blood through the heart. “It was always going to happen,” PopoJames said of her plans to become a doctor. She loved science as a child and especially enjoyed taking part in summer science programs offered by the private school she attended. Now part of the team of physicians at Bridgewater Family Practice, Popo-James helps patients suffering a range of conditions. Experienced in all fields of family medicine, she is especially interested in women’s health and adolescent medicine. Board certified, Popo-James is skilled in the management of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and thyroid disease as well as many other chronic conditions. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She trained at Barnert Hospital in New Jersey and at St.

Barnabas Hospital in New York. Prior to becoming a doctor, Popo-James taught biology for three years in New Jersey. She moved to Covington with her family in 2009, and joined the team at Bridgewater in 2012. Popo-James and her husband, Arthur James, a math teacher at Carver Middle School and coach at Monroe High School, are the parents of two daughters ages 12 and 8. The family is active in St. Paul AME Church where Popo-James is the health director, teaches praise dancing to adults and children and serves as one of the church stewards. “I do family medicine, adolescent health, women’s health and osteopathic manipulation in a lot of my treatment,” Popo-James said. “In addition to what an M.D. would do with patients, I use holistic medicine. I’m not a holistic doctor, but if I find something out that has helped a lot of patients (I consider it). I don’t automatically go for antibiotics.” The doctor said


she might sometimes recommend patients use honey from local bee keepers to help with certain conditions or try beet root juice to help with hypertension. “I think that people are more conscious of their weight,” the doctor said. “They’re coming to me for weight loss. More are asking me and coming to me because they’ve heard I incorporate a lot more than medicine. I use a lot of education. I find once they’re educated, they can get better rather than just give medications and not explain why they’re taking it...More people are looking at other ways to handle diseases and looking to get off medication.” Located at 2215 Exchange Place in Conyers, Bridgewater Family Practice has a medical team with a combined experience of more than 25 years in providing health care. The practice offers help with a range of issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, sports medicine, allergies and pediatrics, to name a few. Same-day appointments are available. For more information about Bridgewater Family Practice, visit, or call 770-922-3522.

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Welcome Rockdale Physicians To Th The Right Car We provide the highest qu Dr. Brian D. Allen Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and is certified in Wound Care and Hyperbarics. Dr. Allen’s We are pleased to welcome extensive surgical training Dr. Brian Allen to the Rockdale has provided the experience Medical Center family. Dr. to effectively treat and heal Allen is the new Medical chronic non-healing wounds. Director of the Hyperbaric Residency and Training and Wound Healing Center. Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Dr. Allen is a graduate of the /Cook County Hospital, Candace Johnson, MD Pediatrics We are pleased to welcome Dr. Candace Johnson to the Rockdale Medical Center family. Dr. Johnson joined Pediatric Health Center in August. Residency and Training Mayo Clinic

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mirza A. Kajani to the Rockdale Medical Center family. Dr. Kajani joined Colon & Digestive Health Specialists in June. Dr. Kajani is the recipient of the 2009 Life Styles award for Best Physician, which was voted

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Tanya Bigby to the Rockdale Medical Center family. Dr. Bigby joined Pediatric Health Center in November. Residency and Training Long Island College Hospital 171282-1

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The Rockdale Medical Center Family! re. Right Here. uality care for our patients! T. David Gbadebo, MD Residency and Training Cardiology & Electrophysiology Case Western Reserve University We are pleased to welcome Duke University Medical Dr. T. David Gbadebo to the Center Rockdale Medical Center Vanderbilt University family. Dr. Gbadebo joined Languages East Atlanta Cardiology English in November. He is ABIM French certified in Cardiology and Yoruba Electrophysiology. Medical Degree Wendell Smith, MD Family Medicine

Medicine and has practiced in Covington since 2007. His office will remain at 5294 We are pleased to welcome Adams Street Covington. Residency and Training Dr. Wendell Smith to the Intership Meharry Medical Rockdale Medical Center College family. Dr. Smith joined Georgia Primary and Urgent Residency Medical College of Care in November 2013 and Georgia will practice in the Covington, Medical Degree Medical College of Georgia GA office. Dr. Smith is Practice Information Board Certified in Family Miraz Ahmed, MD Interventional Cardiology We are pleased to welcome Dr. Miraz Ahmed to the Rockdale Medical Center family. Dr. Ahmed joined East Atlanta Cardiology in September. Residency and Training St.Francis Hospital Evanston,

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Newton Medical Center Home Health Bringing compassion and technology to your home

Newton Medical Center is proud to recognize Becky Beavers, director of Newton Medical Home Health, and Amy Payne, third floor charge nurse, as finalist for the Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards. Over 800 nurses were nominated and Beavers and Payne were two of 300 selected as finalists.

Newton Medical Home Health is the division of Newton Medical Center devoted to providing expert and highly skilled medical and supportive care to homebound persons in the comfort of their homes. The licensed professionals work as a team with the patient, caregivers, family and physician to assist in obtaining the most desirable outcomes of care. Newton Medical Home Health serves four counties including Newton, Rockdale, Jasper and Morgan with skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, home health aides and social workers. Care is provided seven days a week. The staff at Newton Medical Home Health is comprised of licensed professionals to meet the various needs of patients which include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers.

Ninety-five percent of patients reported that Newton Medical Home Health “always” kept them informed about their illness. Ninety-five percent of patients reported that they were treated with respect and there was no problem with care. Anyone in need of home health care who is not hospitalized may call the offices of Newton Medical Home Health at 770-788-9403 to begin the process of initiating home care services. “Our friendly customer service representatives will take your information and call your physician to see if you qualify. It is generally helpful to discuss home care with your physician prior to calling us with your referral. Unless otherwise ordered, home care services generally begin within 24 hours of the referral or hospital discharge,” explains Director of Newton Medical Home Health Becky Beavers.

Newton Medical Home Health provides various forms of care including wound care and wound vacuum-assisted closure. The staff works in collaboration with the Wound Care Center at Newton Medical Center to achieve better results for patients. Other examples of care provided include IV care, PEG tubes, PICC lines, teaching, disease specific treatments, developing and overseeing home exercise programs and developing home safety programs.

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Hospice Care in Senior Living Facilities Deciding to leave one’s home to live in a senior facility is usually not an easy decision for either a senior or their family members. In time most residents of senior facilities adjust and become comfortable with the care and amenities available. It is common to have seniors come to think of the facility as home. Over time the aging process can bring decline in physical and or cognitive health and existing medical problems seem to exacerbate. The continued stay in a facility may largely depend on increasing care and services for the resident. One option for increased care to residents in senior facilities can be in-home hospice care. Death and the dying process are not to be feared but occur naturally. To choose hospice care means acknowledging an end of life situation and deciding not to be aggressive with treatment.

There are many misconceptions concerning hospice care. Many believe a person has to be actively dying for hospice care to be appropriate or that hospice is a location not a care option. Although both of these statements can be true, hospice generally serves people in the place where they live. This can be a private home, senior living community, or a long term care facility. Another misconception is that one can just decide to be on hospice care. In reality there has to be a diagnosis of a terminal illness and then there are guidelines that all hospice organizations must follow to begin care. The process for obtaining hospice care in or out of a senior living facility is relatively simple. First the resident’s physician would need to write an order for a hospice evaluation, then a hospice representative would meet with the family or


guardian and discusses eligibility for hospice and the services that could be available. If the resident is appropriate for hospice, a consent for care is completed by the POA or next of kin and hospice care can begin immediately. Hospice care is covered fully by Medicare and is individualized to each person’s needs. Typically hospice care includes a case manager, RN, a CNA (certified nursing assistance), MSW (social worker), chaplain, and volunteers who serve the patient and family members. Medications for comfort and symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis, medical equipment, medical supplies, and other services are included as needed to aid in care and comfort. All licensed Senior Facilities have specific rules and regulations regarding admission and retention of residents per the Georgia Department of Community Health. In addition

facilities may have corporate policies that limit or define what type of care the facility can provide. With this in mind, many seniors, family members or guardians can be fearful that staying in the senior facility may not be an option if physical and mental decline become too severe. Having hospice serve a resident in the senior facility can potentially allow the resident to stay in the facility. Hospice care in a senior facility looks very similar to hospice care in a private home, all the same personnel are present along with the personnel of the facility. In an end of life situation hospice care in a senior living facility can be a positive choice for all.

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Explaining the gluten-free diet Dietary fads come and go, but the gluten-free movement is one nutritional trend that seems to have staying power. The glutenfree diet was once largely exclusive to sufferers of Celiac disease, a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing it from absorbing parts of food the body needs to stay healthy. That damage is the byproduct of the body's reaction to gluten, a term used to describe proteins found in specific grains. But while the gluten-free diet remains a necessity for those who cannot tolerate gluten, nowadays even nonsufferers are embracing the gluten-free diet for a variety of reasons. One such reason is non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, or NCGS. Though NCGS is not as severe as Celiac disease, research has suggested that a gluten-free diet can

relieve NCGS symptoms, which include abdominal pain and headaches. Allergies are another reason some people may opt for a glutenfree diet. Unlike Celiac disease or NCGS, both of which are digestive system responses to gluten, wheat allergy is an immune-system response and, like other allergies, can be outgrown. Those without a preexisting medical condition who are considering a gluten-free diet anyway should know a few things about this diet before making such a drastic change. Gluten-free is not easy. Unlike eliminating sugary soft drinks or cutting back on fried foods, going cold turkey on gluten can be very difficult. Many people who adopt a gluten-free diet find it extremely challenging, as gluten proteins can be found in additives, making

something as seemingly simple as reading labels a lot trickier than it looks. Though labels may not list gluten among a product's ingredients, men and women must be aware of all additives that contain gluten proteins in order to avoid gluten entirely. And while supermarkets are stocking more glutenfree products, shopping for groceries while on a gluten-free diet can be tedious. * Certain foods and drinks must be avoided. For example, a glutenfree diet excludes any beverages that contain barley, meaning beer cannot be part of a gluten-free diet. Though many gluten-free beers are now on the market, beer afficionados may find such alternatives cannot compare to the real thing. Rye and wheat products also must be avoided, and these include products whose labels list bulgur,

durum flour, farina, graham flour, kamut, semolina, and spelt among their ingredients. Though there are now many gluten-free foods on the market, unless labels say gluten-free, the following are a handful of products that should be avoided: • Breads • Cakes and pies • Cereals • Croutons • French fries • Pastas • Salad dressings • Soy sauce • Soups Many doctors also recommend men and women on a gluten-free diet avoid oats, as they can easily becontaminated with wheat during the growing and processing stages of production.

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Quality Care Close to Home ablation and sterilization; minimally invasive and single-incision surgery, as well as the da Vinci-assisted robotic pelvic surgery. A minimally invasive treatment alternative for a range of uterine conditions, including gynecologic cancer and uterine fibroids, Imlach and her staff are specially trained in the da Vinci procedures. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Imlach received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of

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Offering the latest in medical treatments, including the da Vinciassisted robotic pelvic surgery procedure, Advanced Gynecology Associates provides the most innovative services available in the medical field today. Led by Dr. Holly Imlach, Advanced Gynecology Associates, located at 1380 Milstead Avenue, Suite E, in Conyers, and Dr. Erin Mayfield practicing out of our 5154 Cook St. NE location in Covington, Ga., offer a full slate of services. In addition to comprehensive annual exams, the practice also offers contraceptive counseling and management; adolescent gynecology, treatment for abnormal pap smears and HPV; management of menopause and infertility counseling and treatment. Other services include medical and surgical treatment for pelvic prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence; inoffice hysteroscopy, endometrial

Technology. After completing postgraduate research in polymer science and artificial joint design at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Imlach attended the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash., receiving her medical degree in 2002. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University, followed by a fellowship in advanced pelvic and robotic surgery in Atlanta. Imlach has been a member of the medical staff at Rockdale Medical Center since 2007, and is the founding member of Advanced Gynecology Associates, located in Conyers. Dr. Erin Mayfield of the practice does wellness visits, general gynecology and treatment for menopause.

Advanced Gynecology Associates offers many services, including one that is of special interest to many women— urinary and fecal incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the accidental release of urine that can happen when a person coughs, laughs, sneezes or jogs. It can also occur when a person has a sudden need to go to the bathroom, but can’t get there in time. Incontinence can be a shortterm problem caused by a urinary tract infection, a medicine, or constipation, according to WebMD. Bladder control problems may also be caused by weak muscles in the lower urinary tract or problems or damage in either the urinary tract or the nerves that control urination. In addition, it can also be caused by childbirth, weight gain or other conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles. Following consultation with the doctor, treatment may include exercises, bladder training, medicines, a pessary or a combination of treatment and some may need surgery. Our hours are Monday thru Friday 8 AM- 4:30 PM. For more information about Advanced Gynecology, visit www.


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East Atlanta Gastroenterology adopts new practice guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for both men in women in the United States and the 3rd leading cause of cancer related deaths. It is estimated that in 2011 about 141,210 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 49,380 people will die of the disease. Colorectal cancer tends to develop slowly, over several years, starting at age 50 for both men and women equally, but can occur in younger individuals. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), an organization of more than 10,000 clinical Gastroenterologists and related health care profession-

als, recently released their newest guidelines on Colorectal Cancer screening (CRC) and prevention in the United States. The ACG’s newest guidelines recommend colonoscopy every 10 years starting at the age 50 and at age 45 in African Americans. Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or advanced colon polyps typically start screening colonoscopy at age 40. The new guidelines state that colonoscopy should be the first line option offered to patients for CRC screening, and that colonoscopy can now be classified as a cancer “prevention” measure. The guidelines have identified heavy cigarette smoking and

obesity as linked to an increased risk of CRC and to the development of CRC at an earlier age. Dr. Fred Levin, founder of East Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, states “the new guidelines set forth by the ACG confirm that colonoscopy is a safe and effective means of preventing colorectal cancer. We have always been aware of the effectiveness of colonoscopy in screening, but now the new guidelines confirm its effectiveness in prevention as well.” ACG Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Prevention: 1. The preferred CRC prevention test is colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50. Screening

should begin at age 45 years in African Americans. 2. For individuals with a single first-degree with CRC or advanced adenoma diagnosed at age < 60 years or two first-degree relatives with CRC or advanced adenoma. Screening colonoscopy should be performed every 5 years beginning at age 40 years or 10 years younger than age at diagnosis of the youngest affected. For more information visit our website at or call our office at 770-922-0505.







Understanding and fighting hypertension go hand in hand Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, affects millions of people across the globe. According to the American Heart Association, more than 76 million adults in the United States alone have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. But even children and teens can suffer from hypertension, making it a formidable but largely preventable foe. Understanding high blood pressure, or HBP, may encourage adults and children alike to take steps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, which can reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease. What is HBP? HBP is often associated with men and women who are considered to be constantly on edge, nervous or hyperactive. But even laid back men, women and children can suffer from HBP. As a person's heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through the body's arteries and veins.

Those arteries are made of muscle and a semi-flexible tissue that stretches when the blood is pumped through them. The more forcefully that blood is pumped, the more that flexible tissue is stretched. When the tissue is stretched too much, a person is at an increased risk of suffering from a host of problems, including blood clots, plaque buildup that can lead to heart attack and stroke, and tissue and organ damage from arteries that have narrowed or become blocked. Are there symptoms of HBP? The AHA notes that HBP is typically devoid of symptoms. So people suffering from HBP may not know it if they have not routinely had their blood pressure checked. Over the years many myths have prevailed regarding HBP. Such myths can be dangerous, giving people a false sense of security regarding their blood pressure. For example, in the early 1900s it was assumed that people with high

blood pressure experienced more frequent headaches than those with healthy blood pressure. However, a study published in the journal Neurology found that people with high blood pressure were significantly less likely to have headaches than those with healthy pressure readings. Nosebleeds have also been linked to high blood pressure, but one study found that 83 percent of patients treated for high blood pressure did not suffer from nosebleeds. Debunking such myths is important, as it further emphasizes the need to receive routine blood pressure readings as the only reliable means for men, women and children to determine if they have high, low or healthy blood pressure. Anyone experiencing frequent headaches or nosebleeds should consult a physician but should not assume such occurrences are a byproduct of high blood pressure.

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Can certain foods help reduce high blood pressure? One rumor concerning HBP actually has some merit. A hearthealthy diet that includes the following foods can help men, women and children manage their blood pressure and reduce HBP if necessary: • Blueberries: Blueberries contain anthocyanin, a natural compound that can protect the body against HBP. • Whole grain cereal: whole grain cereals that are high in fiber can reduce a person's risk of developing HBP. • Beet juice: a glass of beet juice can lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. HBP is a common problem that affects millions of people of all ages across the globe. There are several ways men, women and children can reduce their risk of HBP and lower their blood pressure if it's already high.

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Full Service orthopedic Clinic expands services to Rockdale and Newton Athens Orthopedic Clinic is a full service orthopedic care facility with a long-standing tradition of excellence and service. AOC has established a solid reputation of providing the highest-quality orthopedic care to our patients. We are pleased to offer this same service to the Rockdale and Newton county areas through our offices Monroe, Loganville, Snellville and Madison. As a total orthopedic care center, our 18 physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, muscles, and tendons, nerves and ligaments in adults and children. In addition, our providers

have extensive specialty training in treatment and surgery of the hand, foot, spine abnormalities and scoliosis, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, total

joint replacements, and fracture care. Our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality of care while maintaining a personalized touch. Our team of subspecialty fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons serving the Conyers and Covington area are Dr. David Harkins, Dr. Shane Smith, Dr. David Katz, Dr. Julian Price, and Dr. Mason Florence, to-

gether offering complete expert orthopedic care. Athens Orthopedic Clinic accepts most insurance plans. For more information about Athens Orthopedic Clinic’s providers, services, or locations, please visit our website at or to schedule an appointment, please call (770) 267-0978. AOC has five additional satellite offices conveniently located throughout the Northeast Georgia area in Athens, Winder, Greensboro, Lavonia, and Royston. 173620-1





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MLS Laser Therapy - The Wave of the Future in Foot and Ankle Pain Management Laser therapy has been used effectively for many years, but advances in technology have produced the next generation of laser therapy with the new MLS Therapy Laser, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions such as tendon, ligament and soft tissue injuries, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, neurological pain and arthritis to name just a few. Laser therapy is painless with treatments usually lasting 1520 minutes. Most patients see positive results in just 1-3 treatments. When a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is

one goal: a rapid return to everyday activities. Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists now have the most advanced equipment on the market to deliver these results; results that include a very rapid disappearance of pain, strong anti-inflammatory effect, and immediate improvement of local blood circulation. More and more, patients are looking for effective treatment options that are less invasive, require fewer medications, have no side effects, provide rapid results and speed the healing process. Laser therapy provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our patients and offer the highest level of care

possible. MLS Laser Therapy has been cleared by the FDA. Low Level Laser Therapy has been proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible studies conducted by our country’s finest institutions including Harvard University. Associated Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C., is proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering the MLS Laser Therapy to our patients. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer our patients the finest in health care.



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• Board Certified, American Board of Podiatric 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.

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Skin cancer a concern no matter the season Skin cancer can affect anyone, and overexposure to the sun, a key risk factor for skin cancer, can occur at any time of year. Whether it is a hot, sultry day spent by the pool or a chilly day skiing the slopes, any exposure to the sun can result in skin damage that can increase a person's risk for skin cancer. Plus, certain areas of the body are more susceptible than others. How does skin cancer form? When DNA, the material that encodes genetic information in all cells of the body, is damaged and the body cannot repair that damage, a person's risk for cancer increases. Damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. Damaged skin cells that divide and spread can cause skin cancer. Because skin cancer tumors generally form in the outer-most layer of the skin known as the epidermis, skin cancer may be more readily apparent and detectable than many other cancers in the early stages. The American Academy of Dermatology says that 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime,

while the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation says that basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, affects 50,000 to 60,000 Canadians each year. Where is skin cancer most likely to appear? S kin cancer is most likely to appear on the areas of the body most exposed to the sun. These include the head, face, neck, arms, and legs. Those who are bald or balding can also have skin cancer appear on their scalp. But skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body where there is skin, which makes it important to routinely check all areas of the body for indicators of the disease. A recent study by The Mayo Clinic found that, while skin cancer can affect anyone, young women are more likely to receive a diagnosis. The study indicated that melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, has increased by eight times for women under the age of 40 since 1970. Even children can get skin cancer. A study in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of cases of skin

cancer among children and adolescents has been increasing each year by about 2 percent. Types of skin cancer There are three main types of skin cancer. They include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. • Basal cell carcinoma occurs in the basal cells, which are the lowest level of the epidermis. It can appear as a shiny translucent or pearly nodule, a sore that continuously heals and then reopens, a pink slightly elevated growth, reddish irritated patches of skin, or a waxy scar. • Squamous cell carcinoma occurs in the upper layer of the epidermis. It often looks like a crusty, red patch of skin. • Melanoma begins in the melanocytes, the cells in the epidermis that give the skin its color. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer because it can quickly spread into the lymph system of the body and organs. Melanoma can form in a preexisting mole or form a new mole.

Causes of skin cancer Exposure to sunlight is the leading cause of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. While the rays of the sun may be more intense during the summertime, any exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. The sun can reflect off of snow and become concentrated. No matter how many layers a person wears during cooler weather, the head and neck area tends to remain exposed to the sun's damaging UV radiation year-round. Skin cancer is most likely to occur in people with pale skin who have a tendency to burn or freckle when exposed to the sun. But everyone should be diligent and cover up when spending time outdoors. No one is immune to skin cancer, and the change of seasons does not lower a person's risk of getting the disease. Anytime a person is in the sun he or she runs the risk of UV exposure that can lead to skin cancer, which highlights the importance of taking preventive measures to safeguard yourself from skin cancer.

Adults and even children are susceptible to skin cancer when spending time outdoors. 30 • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 • PHYSICIANS GUIDE • THE CITIZEN





Coping with seasonal allergies Deadline is Approaching! The season of allergy-induced sniffles and other complications is right around the corner. If you are one of the millions of people affected by seasonal allergies that lead to nasal swelling, sneezing, watery eyes, and a scratchy throat, you may not be eagerly anticipating the warmer weather as much as others. Allergy research is ongoing, and in the future doctors may be able to prevent allergic reactions from occurring rather than treating the symptoms that ensue. Until then, you will have to work with the remedies that currently exist. These remedies include antihistamines, which can cause dangerous interactions with other medications and may cause drowsiness. These side effects can be dangerous for use in seniors. Consider these other options instead. • Drink plenty of fluids. Although liquids can't wash the allergens out of your system, water, juice and clear broths can help loosen congestion. *

• Avoid allergens as much as possible. Keep away from tall grasses and places with a lot of foliage. • Use the air conditioning. Rather than keeping the windows wide open, use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to filter the air coming inside of the house and ensuring it is cool and dry. • Head to the beach. If you want to spend time outdoors, areas by the ocean will have pollen counts that are much lower than in mountainous areas. • Dry clothes indoors. Line-dried clothes may smell fresh, but they can bring molds and pollens indoors and exacerbate allergies. • Shower frequently. After being outdoors, take a shower to rinse off any allergens clinging to hair and skin. • Check with a doctor. Before mixing allergy medications with any prescriptions you are taking, ensure that they are safe to mix. If your doctor is unavailable, consult with a pharmacist about drug interactions.

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Health Care reform is here and now that the Federal computers are up and running much better than the fall; it is going strong! Many Georgians are greatly benefited from the plans. The major attraction of these plans is that they are guaranteed issue, no health questions asked, covering all preexisting conditions. The premiums are determined on what zip code one lives in, ages, and household size and income. In order to qualify for a premium subsidy or help on the premium costs from the government, one must be between 100% and 400% of Federal Poverty level. For example, if a household of one made$ 12,000 a year, they would qualify for a 100% subsidy and have zero premium. If that same household made $11,000 a year they would fall below 100% of the Federal Poverty level and have no subsidy help on the premium. This is a hard concept for some to understand. The reason for this is because Georgia did not expand

Medicaid. Therefore, these individuals would have to pay full price, without government assistance. The sign up extends until March 31 to enroll. Coverage effective dates are not immediate, so if one waits until the last two weeks in March; their coverage won’t take effect until May 31, 2014. There will be certain allowable qualifying events for signup during the year, such as loss of employer coverage, marriage, births and divorce. Don’t delay, find out about your coverage options today. Call 770 760 9474 Sheridan & Associates Inc.

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Wall of Fame Over the years we at Thacker Chiropractic Clinic have been fortunate enough to treat some exceptional athletes. We showcase pictures of these champions on a wall in our new office, where they give us a chance to share in their success. We call it the wall of fame. Triathletes, cyclists, runners, equestrian competitors, and athletes of all sorts have been effectively treated for a variety of conditions ranging from rotator cuff syndrome, elbow pain, hip pain, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, Iliotibial band syndrome, along with more typical neck, mid back or low back pain, related to the high level of training in their sport. We’re all prone to those same conditions as a result of much less note worthy activities in our daily lives. Repetitive movements (called cumulative trauma disorder), postural bad habits, over exertion, and injury from weekend warrior activities, create the same aches and pains that world-class athletes have. The end result is pain producing scar tissue or fibrosis at the site of injury, as well as potential painful conditions in areas removed from the injury site because of

changes in the way your body moves as a result of the initial condition. Postural tension sitting at your computer terminal, repetitive movement from long sessions of typing, or working with your arms extended overhead, can create the same type of shoulder and neck pain that competitive athletes develop as a result of their training. We are not your typical chiropractic office. Our treatment approach includes the recognition that complete recovery involves addressing all aspects of your pain, including this painful fibrosis and associated movement loss. We utilize traditional effective chiropractic treatment options accumulated over 30 years of practice, as well as the latest soft tissue therapy for these often overlooked fibrotic changes in the soft tissues that are at the root of your reoccurring pain. Active Release Technique is at the center of this approach. Active Release involves the application of gentle hands on specific movements that “release” these areas of muscle, tendon, ligament or joint movement restriction, to restore normal movement and

remove pain. This approach is effective for virtually any area of your body, including those conditions mentioned above, as well as many others. Injury or condition specific exercise is also a big part of your recovery that you can use to speed and maximize your recovery. Our new rehabilitation area gives us the ability to train you in all you need to know to allow you to help yourself achieve your best recovery result. We’re happy to work with your primary care physician or pain management specialist to get your best outcome. Please feel free to investigate Active Release Technique at www.activerelease. com. While you’re there look up Dr.’s Mitch and Steve under the “meet our instructors” tab. We also perform injury prevention seminars, physical demand assessments, and job specific pre-employment biomechanical

examinations for industry. If you are at a company that would like to learn how we can help reduce your workers compensation exposure through injury prevention and early treatment intervention, please call our office. Call today at 770-860-8333 to see if we can help, whether you’re a world class athlete or just want to be treated like one. 174606-1

THACKER CHIROPRACTIC E F F E C T I V E T R E AT M E N T F O R : Neck Pain Back Pain Sciatica Headaches

Tennis Elbow Golfers Elbow IT Band Syndrome Plantar Fasciitis

Rotator Cuff Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Knee Pain Sports Injuries

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Call today for a free consultation to see if we can help! Dr. Steven Thacker

Dr. Mitchel Thacker

Board Certified Chiropractic Board Certified Sports Physician Chiropractic Orthopedist





Dr. Robin Bingham creates beautiful, healthy world class smiles that you deserve

Staff Correspondent

Dr. Robin T. Bingham is a St .Louis, Missouri native and a Meharry Medical College graduate. After graduating from Dental School, Dr. Bingham made a decision to “Go Navy” and was commissioned as a Naval dental officer in 1997. Committed to service, for eight years she tended to our military. Conyers has been her home for over 10 years, proudly providing General and Cosmetic quality dental care to this community. Bingham Dental Group caters to the entire family and we pride ourselves

in creating beautiful, healthy world class smiles. Dr. Bingham’s ongoing commit-

ment to continue education allows her to remain on top of the most recent cutting edge procedures

ands techniques, including Dental Implants. With our “New Patient Special”, designed for the uninsured patients, we participate in helping our community to take care of their oral health. Our office accepts dental PPO private insurances as well as most Medicaid plans. Remember, dental problems do not go away on their own and procrastinating is costly and painful. Visit us or call our office at 770-602-1138 to schedule an appointment and allow us to guide you on the path to that beautiful and healthy smile you deserve. 174614-1


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HOLISTIC HEALTH Are Hormones Making You Fat, Sick & Tired? If you are searching for natural health care solutions to your health issues you have found the answer.


WELCOME TO MULTI-CARE HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER! We know that you and your health concerns are unique. We practice using the unique methods of natural and holistic health care, chiropractic and medical care. We use a team approach to healthcare with holistic and traditional health practitioners working together in one convenient location. We combine specialized lab testing including hair analysis, saliva hormone testing, food allergy/sensitivity testing, testing for heavy metals and chemical toxicities. Using these and other holistic methods allows us to locate the cause of your health problems and find out why your body is functioning incorrectly. We look at your body as a whole and not only look at symptoms but rather the causes of the body not operating normally and restore your body’s health through a combination of Holistic techniques including customized clinical nutrition. By treating the root cause we have life-changing results and our patients feel like themselves again! We work with patients of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes on many different health problems including: • Stubborn Weight

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• Sleeping Issues • Male and Female Hormone Problems • Digestive Problems • Chronic Pain • High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue • Many other conditions Hormones play a major role in health and stubborn weight; we will address hormones and their effect on your body and offer natural solutions to restoring balance and health. Learn this and more by signing up our FREE “HealthySelf Workshop” or come in for a complimentary “Holistic Health Consultation”. Call 770-648-0846 today or visit us on our website at

Shiraz H. Kassam, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., F.A.C.O.G Practicing in Conyers, Georgia and Serving Rockdale and Newton Counties Since 1982 Born in Tanzania, Dr. Kassam studied in India and the United Kingdom. He then worked in Tanzania and Antigua  before proceeding to Canada, where he did his postgraduate studies in  Obstetrics  and Gynecology. He came to the USA in 1978 to join the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At MCG, he was a recipient of the Richard Torpin Award for outstanding faculty. He moved to Conyers in 1982 to establish his practice in OBGYN. He is also the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 in Rockdale and Newton Counties. 171970-1

Dr. Shiraz Kassam and his staff in the practice of Obstetrics & Gynecology would like to Thank You for your continued support.

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Physicians Guide February 2014  

The winter 2014 edition of the Rockdale and Newton Citizen Physicians Guide.

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