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Gill OB/GYN thanks you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. It is our great privilege to bring new life in the world and share in your happiness. We have cared for the women of this community for over sixty years and look forward to becoming the first to welcome the next generation in your family and in our area.

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CONTENTS

Dental Implants

HEALTH 2018

Departments 12 DISSECTING ANESTHESIA:

COSMETIC SURGERIES AND SEDATION PROCEDURES

14 DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT

16 CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? 18 GETTING TO THE

BOTTOM OF FOOT PAIN

20 TIRED? IT COULD

BE SLEEP APNEA

22 IUDS DEMYSTIFIED 24 HOW TO OUTSMART

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30 FOUR TRICKS TO BOOST

26 TRADING SHEEP

28 A GLASS A DAY KEEPS

FOR SLEEP

THE DOCTOR AWAY: HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED WINE

YOUR VISION AT WORK

32 DEFINING THE HEADACHE 34 DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY 36 HEALTHY LEG VEINS AND

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TREATMENTS THAT CLARIFY

44 OSTEOPOROSIS 101 52 BACTERIA BATTLE ROYALE 56 NEW TECH ON

THE BLOCK: TMVR

84 SIMPLE FOOD

SWAPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

86 EIGHT BREASTFEEDING

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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HEALTH GUIDE 2017

Stay Healthy San Joaquin

WHEREVER THE ART OF MEDICINE

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A LOVE OF HUMANITY –Anonymous

Our health is truly our greatest asset and most cherished blessing. Good health is valued among all walks of life and at every age, yet with the hustle and bustle of life, it’s sometimes difficult to take a step back and give ourselves a little attention. Luckily, we have a wealth of health care resources right here in our small-town Central Valley that allows us to receive big-city, state of the art care without leaving home. We have some of the best doctors and hospitals around—a fact that becomes more apparent every year as we work on our annual health guide. And with help from these notable physicians, surgeons, and health providers, we offer an annual guide to support your health & wellness throughout the year.   For years our medical guide could be found tucked inside San Joaquin Magazine’s May edition, and this year we decided to branch out, printing it as its own publication to support a community need. As the only comprehensive Health & Wellness guide in the area, you can keep this edition handy throughout the year as a go-to guide when choosing a doctor, health plan, or provider, or if you’re considering a procedure, or looking to turn a new leaf in your own wellness journey.    Few things evolve as quickly as advances in health care in today’s world, and we were happy to spend time with our local hospitals discussing how they work to stay abreast of the latest trends, and how they dedicate their efforts to ensuring San Joaquin residents have access to such technology that at times could only be found in the big city. With that said, we are excited to share with you the technology and newest cutting edge treatment and surgical options offered here at home.    With you, your children, and aging parents in mind—we filled our pages with comprehensive information and news covering the latest happenings in local health care, hospital offerings, innovations and growth, health hot topics, and a personal look into the lives of health care professional in our area. From pediatric dentistry to cosmetic surgery and general health, we enjoyed our time working with local professionals to bring you a localized and personalized tool in which to best care for your family.

Stay healthy San Joaquin, Tony Zoccoli, Publisher/Editor

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COSMETIC SURGERY

 BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

DISSECTING ANESTHESIA COSMETIC SURGERIES AND SEDATION PROCEDURES According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, more than 21 million patients receive general anesthesia in any given year. What’s more, is the fear or jitters that a majority experience before going in for simple cosmetic procedures that call for varying degrees of sedation. Whether it’s Botox, microneedling, scalp treatments, or liposuction, there are different types of anesthesia that are used to ensure the treatment fits the procedure.   Dr. Kimberly Cockerham with Central Valley Eye Medical Group has been treating patients for more than 20 years and previously worked as a surgeon in the U.S. Army. She’s also the founder of the nonprofit Let’s Face It Together (LFIT) that provides medical care and surgical reconstruction for facial disfigurement and dysfunction for those in need. All donations to LFIT cover medical costs, supplies, prosthetics, and more for those who face challenges such as autoimmune disease, spousal abuse, accidents, and other tragedies.   Dr. Cockerham shines light on the various forms of anesthesia and what procedures each is used for, and she also provides context to the day-of-surgery jitters to help all patients rest a little easier when it’s time to pay her a visit.

Lidocaine

Lidocaine is applied topically or administered through a needle injection to an area that needs attention. Procedures like Botox injection to tighten the skin and smooth wrinkles, and microneedling, which helps with everything from hyperpigmentation relief and scars to stretch marks and also cellulite, are two examples of topical lidocaine use.

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   “Lidocaine and similar longer acting local anesthetics like Marcaine are used as injections to numb the area of [treatment]. They can be used as eye drops, topical creams or gels or infused into body spaces during liposuction,” Dr. Cockerham says. “These do not alter the patients’ ability to think or communicate—they are used just locally in the region of the treatment.”    If the patient wants to undergo an eye lift, skin or lesion removal, or scalp treatment, then an injection of lidocaine will numb the area, and the doctor will proceed.

Minimal Sedation

During minor facial surgeries, minimal sedation such as an injection of lidocaine paired with an oral sedative like valium is one combination that’s used for procedures like facial fillers, lip augmentation, and collagen stimulation.    “If a patient wants minimal sedation in addition to the local anesthetic oral valium can be used to calm the patient and make them drowsy,” Dr. Cockerham says. “Extra strength Tylenol can also be used prior to the procedure and after the procedure to minimize discomfort.”

IV Sedation

With IV sedation, a board-certified anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist oversees the sedation while the plastic surgeon focuses on a number of different cosmetic surgeries including liposuction.   “A board-certified anesthesiologist starts an IV prior to the procedure and then delivers a variety of drugs through the IV to make the patient comfortable and also provide retrograde amnesia (i.e., doesn’t remember the procedure) during the injections with lidocaine and for the duration of the procedure,” Dr. Cockerham says.

General Anesthesia

According to Dr. Cockerham general anesthesia is used for patients who are sicker and for longer and major procedures like body lifts.   “General anesthesia is performed in cases where the patient needs to be very deeply sedated and not move,” Dr. Cockerham says. “A breathing tube is placed to help the patient breath, and a muscle relaxant is used to keep the patient relaxed and still during the procedure.”


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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

 BY EILEEN WEBER

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT We all love a perfect smile. But, it can be very upsetting when you have missing or damaged teeth. Studies show there is an emotional impact with tooth loss. People are more likely to feel self-conscious, less willing to carry out everyday activities, and unhappy with the inevitable change in facial shape.    Certainly, dentures offer a reasonable replacement for tooth loss. But there is a downside—slipping while talking or getting food caught underneath. That’s why many people choose dental implants as an alternative.   “In the event of lost teeth, it is a fixed option,” says Dr. Caressa Louie, who practices cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry in Stockton, “They help you chew and replace the missing function.”   A dental implant is a prosthesis and acts like a tooth’s root. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, the titanium post is attached to an abutment connecting it to the crown. Implants, closely resembling a screw, fuse to the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Implants can’t come loose like dentures and they don’t attach to other teeth like bridges.

SO, WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?

The upside is that implants look real and function like actual teeth. Depending on your needs, you can get single implants or multiples as part of a greater tooth restoration plan.

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Implants can get a little pricey, however. On average, you can expect a $3,000 to $5,000 price tag.   Because they are permanent, your long-term dental care costs will be lower. Yet, some individuals may require a bone graft for the procedure to work properly.   “Nobody likes to be told they can’t have implants but sometimes there are factors that are out of our control,” says Dr. Todd Franklin, a family and cosmetic dentist in Lodi. “Many times, patients have lost a tooth and many years have gone by and the bone levels are not where they need to be to place the implants.”   Implants may take several weeks to heal and can cause some discomfort. The whole process from beginning to end takes about six months but can last up to a year.

WHAT MAKES A PERSON NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANTS?

Patients with certain health issues may be considered unsuitable for the procedure. As Dr.


Franklin explains, there is a “systemic link” between oral health and overall medical health.   “Any patients who are medically compromised often have issues with their oral health,” he says. “Some may be able to overcome some acute problems. But if a patient suffers from a chronic illness, such as uncontrolled diabetes, they would not be a good candidate.” There is also the possibility of infection. It can happen shortly after the procedure or even some time later if your immune system is compromised by other health problems.    “If you’re a smoker,” says Dr. Louie, “that is a horrible systemic condition in which you can lose teeth and bone to begin with.”

WHAT ABOUT IMPLANT CARE?

Dr. Louie also points out that the component can fail if the screw breaks, for example. There are a number of reasons behind tooth loss including age, congenital conditions, or even sports injuries.    “Teeth are like God-made implants,” says Dr. Louie. “Your next best set is a man-made one.”    The market for dental implants will continue to expand. According to a recent press release from the Global Dental Implants Market, the industry has been growing at a steady pace and is expected to continue with more than 200 million patients worldwide by 2030.    But while implants may be a sturdier long-term option, Dr. Louie maintains that you still have to take care of your teeth and get regular check-ups. Dr. Franklin heartily agrees.    “One may think that once an implant is placed that it can be ignored. Routine dental care is always a must for anyone who has implants,” he says. “A patient can still lose an implant if they start to have gum disease.  Also, it is important for a trained dental professional to check the implants on a regular basis to make sure all aspects of the implant are in tip top shape.”

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AUDIOLOGY

 BY KENNA MCHUGH

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Nearly 15 percent of American adults (37.5 million) age 18 and over declare trouble hearing, and almost 29 million U.S. adults will benefit from hearing aids. Hearing loss is not an uncommon problem, and we are affected whether it is someone we know—or ourselves—who could benefit from a hearing evaluation conducted by a professional.    Some common complaints include hearing but not understanding what is being said, increased difficulty following a conversation surrounded by outside noise, family or friends pointing out that the TV is too loud, or feeling the need to frequently ask, “What?”   “A thorough hearing evaluation is the only way to verify a hearing loss, and the extent of the loss,” informs state licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser Lorie Frazee who owns Hearing Services Center in Lodi. “The evaluations are performed in an OSHA certified soundproof booth with the patient wearing headphones through much of the test.”   Once the straightforward evaluation is complete a hearing specialist goes over the results with the patient. “Each individual has different communication demands and needs. Everyone has different tolerances and preferences for sound, different expectations,” explains Lorie. “My approach is to educate when needed, set realistic expectations, all while addressing the individual goals of the person sitting across from me.”   A specialist identifies the person’s listening lifestyle, which is fundamental in guiding them to the technology that will best suit the acoustic environments where they live and work. “I compare hearing aid technology to a cell phone or computer technology. There are different levels of complexity and function. There are differ-

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ent sizes and styles that house the technology. These options are determined primarily by the hearing evaluation results, then the listening lifestyle, and personal preference. As with most electronics, hearing aids are much smaller than they were a decade ago, so most styles are aesthetically pleasing,” informs Lorie.    The fit of a hearing aid needs to be comfortable and appealing to the wearer regardless of style. With new software programs, fitting a hearing aid is simple with a trained audiologist. With the appropriate amplification set along with specific hear-

ing aid software, the patient will hear better. “Most hearing aids will automatically adjust to emphasize speech. The sensitivity of a hearing aid is dependent on the technology and how the audiologist programs it. Some have no manual adjustments, it depends on the individual needs of the person being fit. Many hearing aids now have connectivity to cell phones and other devices,” explains Lorie.    If you would like to have your hearing checked by a professional, you can call your family doctor and ask for a referral.


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PODIATRY

 BY EILEEN WEBER

FOOT PAINS GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THEM

Do you have pain in the arch of your foot when you walk? You may have plantar fasciitis. One of the most common causes of foot pain, it often occurs in high impact sports like running, basketball, or tennis. Even ballerinas can get it. But, it’s not just sports-oriented. If you are overweight, have flat feet or high arches, you can also be susceptible to the condition.   “It can occur in anyone, but mostly it’s people who are active or on their feet all day,” says Dr. Alexander Curfman, of Lodi Podiatry Group. “Whether it’s runners or weekend warriors, truck drivers or factory workers, anyone can get an irritation or strain on the ligament in their feet.”    The fascia is a fibrous, connective band that runs from the heel along the ball of the foot to the toes. When it becomes injured, it feels like a stabbing pain back near the heel. Often felt when rising in the morning or after standing for long periods of time, the pain can be debilitating. In 2015, then Denver Bronco’s Peyton Manning tore the fascia in his left foot and was unable to walk.   At one time, surgery was recommended. Dr. Meredith Warner and Dr. Keith Wapner, both affiliated with the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, cautioned that it is a last resort. Dr. Warner says she disapproves of surgery because the fascia is cut to release the tension. Dr. Wapner

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agrees, noting that he’s done very few surgeries. “In my 33 years of practice, I’ve only had to operate on two people,” says Dr. Wapner. “No surgery unless you absolutely have to.”   Doctors warn against the frequent misconception that heel spurs are the cause of fascia pain. Spurs are a calcium deposit that create a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel. Like a hook pointing toward the toes, they develop where the muscles in the foot connect to the bone. But one doesn’t necessarily occur with the other. Only around half of those with fasciitis also have spurs.    “They are related, but not causative,” says Dr. Warner. “Plenty of people walk around with a heel spur without any pain.”    Both Dr. Curfman and Dr. Warner noted that stretching is still a proven method to alleviate pain. Using ice packs, gel shoe inserts, and physical therapy are also helpful. Kevin Lane from Pine Street Physical & Occupational Therapy in Stockton suggested manual manipulation and stretching, therapeutic exercise, and taping the foot helps it heal. “Physical therapy,” he says, “is one of the most effective treatment interventions for someone suffering from plantar fasciitis pain.”    So, the next time you experience a little foot pain, talk to a podiatrist or a physical therapist. You’ll be back on your feet in no time.


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WELLNESS

TIRED? Ever snore so loud you woke yourself up? Do you get sleepy during the day? Do you sometimes wake up because you can’t breathe?    These are all symptoms of sleep apnea. The condition happens when the upper airway gets blocked repeatedly while sleeping. It affects all ages and both genders, but the two main causes are obesity and genetics.   “While there is a correlation between obesity and sleep apnea,” says Dr. Yusuke Suzuki, who practices dentistry in Lodi. “I’ve seen really skinny people have it.”   There are three different types of apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Obstructive blocks the airway when the soft palate muscles at the back of the throat relax. In central, your brain doesn’t send the necessary signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Complex apnea is a combination of both.   Apnea can be a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous. Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea was to blame for two separate commuter train crashes in the New York metropolitan area last month, killing

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one and injuring more than 200 others. “Job accidents are associated with sleep apnea,” says Dr. Suzuki. “When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you’re not attentive during the day.”    The leading treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Through pressurized air in a face mask, it allows for better breathing but can be uncomfortable. Dental appliances are another option. Similar to a mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, this gets the tongue out of the way and pulls the jowl forward to create an easier breathing pattern during sleep.   Dr. Ronald Kass, who heads Pacific Sleep Disorders Center in Stockton, says the dental options are a simple solution. “It only takes a few millimeters of advancement to control sleep apnea.”    Left untreated, sleep apnea can be fatal. Carrie Fisher and Antonin Scalia died from it in 2016. NFL superstar Reggie White died from sleep apnea in 2004. His family founded the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Foundation, which provides CPAPs for those unable to afford them.    Dr. Kass mentioned sleep apnea aggra-

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IUDS

DEMYSTIFIED Rumors abound when it comes to intrauterine devices, or IUDs, but many of these are outdated misconceptions that can be traces back to the 1970s. In reality, IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control and can be used worry free for up to 12 years.    As a one-and-done birth control option, IUDs are nearly foolproof and are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. You can’t forget to take it like the pill, which is 91% effective taking into account forgotten doses or the interference of other medications. And there’s no chance of using it wrong like condoms, which are 85% effective.    But if you decide you do want to get pregnant, IUDs are reversible, allowing you to conceive immediately after removal. There are two different types

of IUDs, and five brands available in the US. Let’s explore options and find the best choice for you.

Hormonal:

There are four brands of hormonal IUDs: Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, and Skyla. They range from a three-year lifespan (Skyla) to six (Mirena). These use a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs work in to two ways. First, they thicken the mucus on the cervix, which traps sperm before it enters the uterus. They also affect ovulation–this can mean lighter or no periods when using a hormonal IUD.    These IUDs don’t immediately take effect, however, so you should also use condoms or another non-hormonal form of birth control the week after insertion.

Non-hormonal:

There is only one option for a non-hormonal based IUD: ParaGard. As the longest lasting IUD, it can prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years. This is a great birth control option for women whose medical history makes hormonal birth control options risky, such as those who are likely to have blood clots or who have had breast cancer.    The ParaGard IUD is wrapped with small copper coils which is an extremely effective spermicide. Much like the hormonal IUDs, ParaGard also increases mucus on the cervix, ensuring any straggling sperm can’t make it into the uterus.    Because ParaGard doesn’t use hormones, it is effective from day one–in fact, it can be used as emergency contraceptive up to five days after unprotected sex. However, your cycle is entirely natural and you may have heavier periods.

INSERTION DAY DOS AND DON’TS The insertion itself can range from uncomfortable to painful, but there are several ways to lessen the discomfort the day of: • Take ibuprofen before your scheduled insertion and have some on hand to take after. • Wear loose fitting pants to the appointment. You’ll likely feel bloated and experience cramping after the insertion and the last thing you want to contend with is your tightest skinny jeans. • Have someone pick you up. You will be safe to drive as you won’t be impaired by any medication, but you will be uncomfortable and it’s better just to sit this one out. • If you’re concerned about the pain of the insertion, ask your doctor for a paracervical block, a common gynecological antiesthetic procedure that may help lessen the pain of insertion.

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HOW TO OUTSMART

TYPE 2 DIABETES Diabetes is one of the top ten serious diseases. The most common is type 2 diabetes, where the body cannot maintain enough insulin to keep glucose levels normal. To combat chances of becoming type 2 diabetic, you must embrace a lifestyle change. Such a switch will not happen overnight, but following the five recommended health hacks below will result in an improved you, with a better chance of outsmarting type 2 diabetes.

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LOSE WEIGHT AND INCHES AROUND THE BELLY

Keeping the extra pounds off can improve your body’s blood sugar levels and help prevent or control type 2 diabetes. As you head toward your weight goal, you and your doctor will notice the difference. Studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that if you lose just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight, you are helping to lower the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes. Take an individual whose body weighs 200 pounds, he sets a goal of losing roughly 10 to 14 pounds.    It is not just the excess weight to be concerned about. The way your body distributes fat influences your probability and management of diabetes. Individuals who mainly support fat in their tummies are more likely to develop or have type 2 diabetes compared to those with fat focused in the thighs, hips, and buttocks.

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DEVELOP A HEALTHY DIET

Developing a diet to naturally outsmart your type 2 diabetes is imperative. A healthy diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. Avoid foods with a high glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL)—mainly, processed foods.    Processed foods—like fast food, frozen or packaged, and commercially prepared foods—contain more white sugar and flour than fresh foods. To integrate more whole foods into your diet, head to the produce section of the grocery store. Most fruits are low on

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the GI except dried fruit and pineapple. In addition, whole-grain products, such as quinoa and brown rice are great choices, and their fiber helps control the body’s sugar levels.

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Exercise is part of any health plan and is most effective in preventing and gaining control over type 2 diabetes. Even if you are having a hard time keeping the extra pounds off your body, the more intense physical exercise you perform the healthier your body will be.   Working toward a high-intensity interval training program (HIIT) is the best option for both weight loss and glucose control compared to other aerobic activities like jogging or cardio machines. HIIT program involves interchanging short spurts of exercise with intensity and changing to a lower intensity exercise. Indoor cycling at your fastest pace on hill climbs for two minutes then four-minute flat road cycling is a good example of HIIT. Work with a certified trainer, and together you can develop an ideal HIIT program.

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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR STRESS

Stress causes a tremendous amount of hardship on the body and makes it harder to control blood sugar levels. Learn


natural ways to relieve stress like changing your environment, avoiding stimulates and spicy food, scheduling a massage, taking therapeutic walks, listening to soothing music, and going to a movie you want to see.    Relieving stress will help you sleep better, too. A good night’s sleep (7 to 8 hours) will lower the chances of type 2 diabetes based on a study reported in Diabetes Care.

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REDUCE ALCOHOL INTACT

Avoiding alcohol is the best answer to reducing the risk, or managing, type 2 diabetes. In all, some agree a glass of red wine or a cold beer now and then is healthy and helps reduce the risk of diabetes. However, excessive drinking of alcohol is one of the principal causes of developing diabetes.    Limit alcohol intact to weekends, with just a glass or two of the spirits. All around, it is healthier to hardly drink any alcohol. If you are at high risk, it’s best to completely remove the act from your lifestyle.

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WELLNESS

 BY COPPER WILLIAMS

TRADING SHEEP for SLEEP It’s 2:00 AM and, by your count, you could open a shearing factory with all the sheep you’ve seen hopping over that imaginary fence. After all, four hours into what should have been a good night’s rest, and you still haven’t sawn a single log. But before you give up your lumberjack ambitions, we’ve got the 4-1-1 on sleep aids and techniques that will help you get the well-earned rest you need to start the following day off strong.

Exercise

Studies reveal that those who maintain an adequate exercise regimen in the morning or afternoon fall asleep much more easily, maintain longer restful sleep patterns, and wake up feeling more refreshed. Basic aerobic exercises work best at a minimum of 15 minutes per day. Avoid exercising in the evening or close to bedtime, which can worsen insomnia. The most you should be performing in these late hours are stretching techniques that can help you to unwind and relax.

Over the counter meds

While it’s never wise to form a habit of taking certain over the counter medications as a sleep aid, products such as Benadryl offer a sedating antihistamine known as Diphenhydramine that help you to become drowsy. This is also the key

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ingredient in the medication known as ZzzQuil, a branding of Nyquil. Doxylamine is another antihistamine found in such brand names as Unisom that eases you into sleep.   Follow any directions provided carefully to prevent any potential side-effects from developing, and never continue to take the product after the recommended amount of days unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Natural remedies

“Although Melatonin is recommended as a sleep aid, it does not work for many people unless it is combined with some relaxing herbs,” comments Dr. Eunice Green of Green’s Nutrition. Dr. Green recommends chamomile, skullcap, lemon balm, valerian, and California Poppy in tandem with Melatonin doses. These herbs can be purchased in pill form, for ease of use.   Essential oils are another calming component that can help lull you to sleep. “Lavender is always number one,” recommends Dr. Eunice. “Serenity by doTerra is wonderful—the gel caps [can be] taken internally, and the oil [can be applied to] the bottom of the feet.” Utilizing powdered magnesium in water after a long day is perfect for relaxing tired muscles and promoting the first steps toward a rewarding night’s rest.


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A GLASS A DAY KEEPS the DOCTOR AWAY

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED WINE

Wine is a vice—often used as a treat at the end of a long day, or a splurge. But wine, especially red wine, could be keeping you healthy. Recently linked to impressive health benefits, the evidence keeps piling up. Too much, of course, is never good. However, too little doesn’t stack up either. According to science, moderate wine drinking is just what the doctor ordered.

It’s good for your heart. Wine

has cardioprotective benefits. A nightly glass of red won’t replace the need for a healthy diet and balanced exercise routine, but it could be the extra boost your heart needs. Moderate red wine intake has been linked to reduced mortality caused by heart health issues as well as limiting heart damage after a stroke. We have the antioxidants found in wine to thank, especially resveratrol.

It improves cholesterol.

Scientific studies have shown that moderate consumption of red wine increases good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL).

Wine keeps the mind sharp.

Alzheimer’s Disease has no known cure, but researchers have found that downing a glass of red wine now and again could help keep the illness at bay. It’s even been suggested as treatment because of resveratrol’s role as a neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory.

Red wine helps manage diabetes. For a disease that comes

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TRY: Oak Farm Vineyard’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon A medium-bodied red hinting at flavors of black and green peppercorn, currant-mint, eucalyptus, and black tea.

with a long list of foods and drinks you can’t have, it sure is nice to see something as delicious as red wine in the “can have” column. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that red wine helped to slow glucose traveling through the small intestine, preventing the dangerous sugar spike diabetes sufferers experience.

It aids in weight loss. Wait, what? I thought drinking alcohol helped pack on the pounds. As it turns out, piceatannol, a compound found in grapes and other fruits, destroys fat cells during cell development.


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EYE HEALTH

 BY ALEXANDRA KRUEGER

FOUR TRICKS to BOOST YOUR VISION at WORK It’s 3 pm on a Monday. You’re hunched over your desk, staring the same screen you’ve been staring at for the last six hours straight. Your head is buzzing, vision is blurring, and you’re starting to see double. If you were at home, you’d give yourself a break, but you’re not home—you’re at the office, and, unfortunately for you, there’s a mountain of tasks that still need to be done on the computer.    This situation is all too familiar for those who work the classic 9 to 5 in the office. And, as inconvenient and annoying as this situation can be, it may actually indicate a more serious condition. Symptoms such as blurred, double vision, dry and/or red eyes, headaches, or neck and back pain could be your body’s way of telling you that you’re straining your eyes. And while there’s no evidence yet to suggest that working at a computer has long-term affects on one’s vision, if the eye-strain continues, it could cause some serious discomfort.    Fortunately, there are ways you can minimize this strain, or at least provide your eyes with some relief, by following these four simple tricks.

The 20-20-20 Rule

As you switch windows, read text, and look up and down from your paperwork to your monitor, your eyes are constantly focusing and refocusing. This repetitive focus/refocus motion can cause damage to your eye muscles similar to the way a writer develops carpal tunnel. To avoid this, look away from your computer every 20 minutes, and for 20 seconds, stare at something 20 feet away. This breaks the repetition and gives your eyes a rest.

Palming

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lopes your eyes in total darkness which soothes the optic nerve. To begin, rub your hands together to create heat in your palms. Then, close your eyes and place your hands over them, with your fingers brushing your hairline and your palms touching your cheekbones. Block out all light, but do not press directly on your eyes. Relax, visualize total blackness, and hold this position for as long as is comfortable.

Re-arrange Your Workstation

Eye strain is often caused by improper lighting. At your desk, your computer screen should be 18-30 inches from your eyes. Your monitor should never be directly in front of or facing a window; the

former causes a silhouette that makes it difficult to see your screen and the latter creates a glare. Avoid working under overhead fluorescent lights. Any lamps should be placed to the side of your computer, never above.

Blink!

The importance of blinking cannot be overstated—blinking naturally lubricates the eyes, and studies show that avid computer users blink about one-third as often as they would otherwise, and when they do blink, it’s usually only a partial lid-closure. Throughout the day, this can cause dry, irritated eyes. To remedy this, every 30 minutes, take a break to blink ten times, slowly and fully.


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DEFINING the

HEADACHE Headaches can be painful and debilitating. Understanding the cause may help ease your troubles and relieve some of your pain. There are several types of headaches, and a few may require a visit to your doctor. Let’s take a look at the different types, the causes, and some solutions that might ease your discomfort.

common than tension headaches and migraines. The best treatment is prevention by avoiding alcohol (red wine) and smoking. Poor posture and lack of hydration might be part of the cause as well. If you experience cluster headaches, talk to your doctor and try to determine what triggers the pain.

Tension Headaches

Caused by an infection in the sinus cavities, sinus headaches cause moderate to heavy pain around the forehead, cheeks, or bridge of the nose. The sinus infection usually results in a fever and requires a visit to the doctor who may prescribe antibiotics, antihistamines, or decongestants. Allergy testing is recommended as a preventive measure.

Tension headaches are caused by stress and are not chronic. They do fluctuate with moderate pain caused by constant pressure or ache surrounding the head at the temple to the back of the neck. It’s your body telling you to relax and find solace. Taking a nice quiet walk, scheduling a massage, or getting some exercise are excellent outlets in which to relieve stress. Pamper yourself! Feel the stress and the headache melt away.

Migraine Headaches

Said to be the worst form of headache, migraines can cause sensitivity to light, smells, noise, nausea, belly pain, and loss of appetite—lasting from a few hours to a few days. Studies indicate poor hydration and a deficiency in magnesium are behind dreadful headaches. It is recommended to drink plenty of water and eat high fiber foods and green leafy vegetables.

Cluster Headaches

These headaches are very severe and cycle with unbearable pain behind the eyes or on one side of the face with watery eyes, nasal congestion, and a runny nose. The good thing is they are less

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Rebound Headaches

Overuse of medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription painkillers are the cause of rebound headaches. Taking an excessive amount of medication, or withdrawing from it, can trigger these painful headaches. It is best to talk with your doctor and determine if you are experiencing rebound headaches. The solution is simple and easy to remedy. Experiencing a headache is not something to take lightly. You are miserable, and it’s a sign that something is not right with your body. Popping a Tylenol or ibuprofen may seem like the best solution at the time, but it is only treating the symptoms. It is best if you discover the cause of your headache and remedy it accordingly. After all, prevention is the best medicine.

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 BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

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VALVE TECHNOLOGY

New minimally invasive surgeries will soon be offered locally, allowing surgeons to improve quality of life without open-heart surgery. Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement, or TMVR, is currently in the research phase—and the Mitral Valve Clip Procedure is now available outside of our county—but Dr. Manshadi of Manshadi Heart Institute is eager to see these offerings available here at home.

There are four valves in the heart, the most important being the aortic and mitral valves because they are both involved and imperative to proper function of the left side of the heart—to pump oxygen and blood throughout the rest of the body. “Disease of these two valves are significant,” Dr. Manshadi notes. “And over time we have been working toward less invasive surgeries with better outcomes and less post-surgical complications.” TMVR is perfect for those who cannot have open-heart surgery due to age or health complications. As Dr. Manshadi explains, the most common type of heart disease is mitral, with over 4.1 million people suffering from mitral valve regurgitation—a condition in which your heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close effectively, allowing blood to flow backward in your heart. The prevalence increases with age, as Dr. Manshadi notes, stating, “0.5% age 18-44 have significant regurgitation, and 3.5% over 75 years old have it. When it’s serve, it can cause patients to be short of

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breath, barely able to walk, and can lead to heart failure.” The mitral valve clip procedure which aids in regurgitation is now outside of research and available at UC Davis and Stanford. The valve is accessed through a small incision in the groin, as threads guide a wire and catheter through the femoral vein and toward the heart. Once the upper left chamber of the heart is reached, the guide wire is removed and a clip is applied to the leaflets of the mitral valve to create two smaller channels that prevent the backflow of blood. Patients feel instant relief, and are typically home in one to two days. Since TMVR’s debut in Denmark in 2017, 250 transcatheter mitral valve replacements have changed the lives of non-operable, high-risk and operable patients throughout the world. “Once you replace the valve, everything is 100 percent perfect.” As Dr. Manshadi notes, TMVR hasn’t ‘taken off’ like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which

is offered in our county, due to the complexity of the mitral valve when compared to the aortic. “ The structure, the physiology is different and much more complex.” In an effort to remain on the cutting edge of surgical options for his patients, Dr. Manshadi has been following and studying TMVR, as studies have shown that the procedure is as effective, but safer, than surgery and at 50 percent of the cost.


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HEALTHY LEGS

 BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

HEALTHY LEG VEINS and TREATMENTS THAT CLARIFY They emerge in colors like deep blue or dark purple and although they play a vital role in the human body’s circulatory system, often men and women would rather these vessels just stay beneath the surface. The culprits are varicose veins—the bulgy, twisted and enlarged vein that bubbles up to the skin’s surface.   With more than 25 percent of Americans living with varicose veins daily, there are now several treatment options available and also new alternatives recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration that can clear the appearance of these blemishes up to 90 percent. Treatments include everything from sclerotherapy and verithena, both used to close the problematic veins but with different medications that are directly injected into the area.    For more than 15 years, Dr. Stephanie Dentoni, from the California Vein & Vascular Institute, has worked with patients to give them both peace of mind and a boost of confidence when they come to her seeking answers. Dr. Dentoni answers the most commonly asked questions when it comes to vein health, the varieties of treatments, and also dispels myths.

What can people do to prevent varicose and spider veins?

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the blood back up to your heart. Compression socks, so there’s an external force compressing the veins. If you have a job where you stand for long periods of time without moving around then the compression socks help prevent it. Elevating your legs at night is very good or when you have the chance. Exercise is good. You want to stay at the best body mass index because obesity increases your risk.”

What’s the most common cause?

“Most of the time people have a genetic predisposition to getting varicose veins disease, so it runs in the family. Other factors to make them come on sooner and become more of a problem are standing for long periods of time, sitting for long periods of time, and heavy lifting. It’s usually more common in women although men get them too and it can occur at any age.”

What are the different types of treatments available and how successful are they?

“It depends on what you’re having done. If you’re doing the endothermal ablation where we go in with a catheter and heat-seal it closed, you usually see a difference within a couple of days as far as swelling and the bigger veins are going to shrink up about 50 to 75 percent and your legs feel better immediately.” “For sclerotherapy, it’s 80 to 90 per-

cent. It’s very, very good. You inject the medicine inside the veins with a little needle. The medicine causes those veins to seal off and then your body reabsorbs them overtime. With sclerotherapy, your legs usually feel better within a week or so, but you don’t see the results for several weeks to several months after that.” “In Varithena, the medication looks something like shaving cream so the medicine looks like these little, tiny micro-bubbles and those micro-bubbles have a greater surface area so they’re more effective. For the bigger veins, what happens is the procedure displaces the blood and it works well and it doesn’t get diluted with the blood like the liquid medication does.” “There’s also a recent procedure called VenaSeal that’s just been recently FDA approved and insurances are now starting to cover it where you put a catheter inside the bigger vein and what it does is it gives little amounts of medical glue down the vein so basically you glue the vein shut instead of heat-sealing it closed.”

What is the recovery time for such procedures?

“You don’t have to go under general anesthesia with surgery. You don’t have all the incisions on your legs. There’s no recovery time and you’re back up on your feet doing your normal activities right afterwards no matter what treatment you have done.


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When someone you love isn’t getting better, turn to VITAS in San Joaquin. Working with your doctor, we can visit your loved one, complete an evaluation, discuss your goals of care and arrange for hospice services that help the whole family. Don’t know what next steps to take or where to turn?

Turn to VITAS.

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You’ve worked hard to raise a wonderful family. From moonlit strolls with your loved one, to diaper changes, graduation arrangements, and career shifts, it’s been one incredible ride. But now it’s about time for some R&R- and we agree that you’ve earned it! As you advance into your golden years, we’re honored to take this journey with you, and offer up the best financial advisors, healthcare providers, retirement communities and sage wisdom to help your transition into the good life.

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HEARING SERVICES CENTER We at Hearing Services Center want to help make the best decision about your hearing health care—an informed one. We work with you to understand your hearing health, your hearing care needs, and your technology options. The nature of our relationship isn’t transactional, it’s personal. When you come to see us, we’ll talk about concerns, your questions, and our favorite part: your better hearing goals. We believe your investment in better hearing should be measured by the results you experience each and every day. 1101 W. Tokay St., Ste. 4, Lodi (209) 787-5015 HearingServicesCenter.net

HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE Having your loved one close to home is a comfort that can’t be beat. But when they require special attention in their daily routines, supporting them can become a taxing ordeal for the relationship you share. And that’s why Home Instead CAREGivers are there to support your family in all aspects of your loved one’s life, placing emphasis on fostering your loved one’s dignity and quality of living. Whether your aging senior requires personal assistance throughout their day, or needs unique care to assist in their challenges, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and more, Home Instead works with you to create an in-home care plan that caters to what they need most. Give your neighborhood office a call and learn how you can regain that special bond with your loved one, and continue to foster your relationship with them while still providing quality care for them at home. 1151 W Robinhood Dr., Ste. B7, Stockton (209) 933-9737 HomeInstead.com

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COMMUNITY HOSPICE Operating as the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, Community Hospice has provided compassionate and quality medical and nursing care, services, and resources for nearly 40 years. Community Hospice believes no one should face their end-of-life journey alone, and provides education, emotional, and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their loved ones free of charge. In 2016, Community Hospice expanded to meet the ever-growing needs of their patients. Today they offer patient services and programs for those in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and parts of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Their programs go beyond the original concept of hospice care, offering support and a crisis response team that provide education, support, and resources to anyone in the community experiencing a loss, free of charge. Community Hospice also specializes in grief support for children through their school based program and Camp Erin® of the Central Valley—a free residential bereavement camp for grieving children and teens ages 6-17. From the beginning, Community Hospice has served all people from the Central Valley, at all income levels, including the homeless, regardless of their ability to pay. Community Hospice strives to meet the growing needs of our region’s diverse population. (209) 477-6300 Toll Free: (866) 645-4567 Hospiceheart.org

REVEL LODI Revel Lodi is a new independent living apartment community within Reynolds Ranch in the heart of California’s wine country. Revel is expected to open end of 2018 and will promote a healthy lifestyle by offering best-in-class wellness services and community amenities such as a fitness studio, a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, an arts studio and an indoor heated saltwater pool. Outstanding dining experiences will include multiple restaurants with innovative seasonal menus from acclaimed chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan. Built on the six pillars of wellness, the community plans on keeping residents connected, engaged and curious. 2923 Reynolds Ranch Pkwy., Lodi (209) 642-8900 RevelLodi.com

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VITAS HEALTHCARE VITAS Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, has made it a priority to ensure that terminally ill patients and their families have immediate access to compassionate and high quality hospice care. Hospice is an end-of-life care option that focuses on the patient, not the disease, by delivering medical care and other services to terminally-ill patients where ever they call home. As the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, VITAS’ trained experts understand the importance of tending to patient’s medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs during their final six months of life and are equipped to care for patients with complex symptoms. For more information about VITAS Healthcare—a Medicare-approved hospice provider—visit www.VITAS.com or call (866) 41-VITAS. 16956 S. Harlan Rd., Lathrop (209) 858-2409, VITAS.com

SOLSTICE SENIOR LIVING Join a community that combines luxury resort living with the comforts of home. Solstice Senior Living offers spacious, pet-friendly apartments, complimentary laundry facilities, gourmet restaurant dining, weekly housekeeping to free up your time for what’s important. Look your best after visiting the on-stite beauty salon, take a walk through the landscaped gardens and take advantage of complimentary transportation services, that allow you to enjoy activities around and about your city. Participate in education programs and daily exercise classes, revel in specialty events that host on-site entertainers from around our region, and catch a few movies with friends in the media rooms. Our worship center promotes your spiritual and religious well-being, while the library and game and activity rooms are designed to enrich. Call and arrange for a visit to see why Solstice Senior Living can be your home-sweet-home. 2145 W. Kettleman Lane., Lodi (209) 339-1500 SolsticeSeniorLivingLodi.com

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EL RIO MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY At El Rio, your family is our family. Since 1958, we’ve led the senior housing industry by providing the utmost in care, delivering world-class service, home craftsmanship, and amenities. We take pride in catering to the unique needs of our senior’s lifestyles. At El Rio your loved one is in the capable hands of licensed professionals, with a 24/7 nursing staff, in an atmosphere that thrives on friendliness, dignified care, and outstanding health support. Loved ones with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other forms of memory loss receive special support with engaging activities that accommodate their diagnosis, and care plans that bring out the best in their daily lives. Families looking for temporary respite care can rely on El Rio to ensure that their loved ones are receiving the attention they deserve, after all, the common purpose at any Koelsch community is: To create happiness by providing the finest living experiences anywhere.

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Community Services • Utility bill payments from the Home Energy Assistance Program • Energy-effecient home or apartment modifications • Resume building and job search assistance for seniors and other individuals • Emergency food through the Commodity Program

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OSTEOPOROSIS

 BY NORA HESTON TARTE

OSTEO POROSIS

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Get acquainted with osteoporosis—how to prevent it, how to treat it, and how to know if you have it. WHAT IS IT?

Osteoporosis is a medical condition that affects the bones. Sufferer’s bones become weak and brittle and break easily. It’s caused by a loss of tissue and the condition has been linked to hormonal changes, calcium deficiency, and inadequate vitamin D levels.

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OSTEOPOROSIS

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Anyone can get osteoporosis, but the typical patient fits a profile. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. The reason why is linked to the hormonal changes that often contribute to tissue loss as well as the fact that women’s bones are thinner to begin with and they statistically live longer than men. Women over the age of 50 are at an increased risk.

Community Hospice is pleased to announce Community Care Choices, a palliative care program focusing on enhancing comfort and improving quality of life for individuals facing a serious illness. Palliative Care may be provided at any time during a patient’s illness and delivered while seeking curative and life-prolonging treatments. For more information visit palliativeheart.org or call 209.578.6333

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WHO IS AT RISK?

THE SYMPTOMS?

Bone loss isn’t something people feel so the first sign of osteoporosis is often a fracture. Doctors may scan for osteoporosis if the patient experienced a break after only mild to moderate impact, or if they reach the profile described above. Many women who have osteoporosis will experience a loss of height or adopt a stooped posture. Back pain can occur as a result of a fracture or a slipped vertebrae caused by bone loss. A bone density scan will be used to provide a diagnosis.


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OSTEOPOROSIS

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There is no cure for osteoporosis but a mix of lifestyle changes and medication can prevent, slow, or stop its progress. Those who receive an osteoporosis diagnosis will most likely be told to take dietary supplements, antacids, and, in some cases, hormones. Maintaining a healthy diet and physical exercise will also help.

THE BONE HEALTH DIET

To prevent or slow the progress of osteoporosis, commit to a bone health diet. The National Osteoporosis Foundation calls out certain foods known for strengthening bones. The list includes dairy products fortified with vitamin D, fish (such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel), plenty of fruits and vegetables, namely dark, leafy greens, and other foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D. In most cases calcium and vitamin D are the two nutrients those worried about developing osteoporosis want to keep up. Vitamins K and C as well as potassium (present in tomato products, raisins, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, papaya, oranges, bananas, plantains, and prunes) are also important.


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SAN JOAQUIN GENERAL

SAN JOAQUIN GENERAL HOSPITAL

JOINS THE LEAGUE OF WORLD’S BEST IN ADVANCE ROBOTIC SURGERY, CANCER RESEARCH, AND GLOBAL MEDICAL EDUCATION SERVING MILLIONS  BY LINDSEY RODRIAN

The future is bright—and robotic—at San Joaquin General Hospital. Just four months ago, the surgical center teamed with the minimally-invasive da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which offers a 3-D degree view, 10 times magnification, four arms that help with precise movement, and multiple tools that allow for many options. “It’s one of the most advanced technologies, where two surgeons including a trainee can operate together,” explains Dr. Vyas, chairman of the hospital’s general surgery residency program.   From stomach and lung cancer surgeries to bypass, adrenal, hernia, prostate, and gynecological surgeries, the surgical system boasts less stress, a smaller incision, quicker healing time, and a lower mortality rate. With the ability to access the stomach and intestine without major cutting, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System allows surgeons to fix major complex cancer. As Dr. Vyas explains, major cutting can sometimes cause serious problems, as the incision takes time to heal, resulting in a longer hospital stay, and can require pain medications. 50

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   “Instead of having to stay for 10 days, patients can be out the next day, so the hospital can serve many more patients,” Dr. Vyas states. “It’s economical for the county, community, and the hospital as it can serve more people with the same capacity.”    Perfect for aging or frail patients, robotic options mean life for those who can’t tolerate major surgery. “An 86 year old patient was not even considering her needed stomach cancer surgery because she didn’t believe she’d make it out of the hospital,” Dr. Vyas says. “But with the robotics option, she had the surgery and returned to my office stating it was the most amazing experience.”   Alongside its services, SJGH boasts the strongest surgical education program in the nation, with cutting edge equipment, research, science, and technology at the forefront. Dr. Vyas notes that, “surgeons are provided with exceptional research and innovation experience, and in the last 6 months 3 PhD and additional health law and health economics personal. A team of this magnitude is unheard of in many large universities.”   The hospital also participates in “Million Life Fighters”, a program designed to properly train a million surgeons and first responders in the next five years. “There is a huge unmet trauma care need around the world and in rural America,” Dr. Vyas reports. “So we are running one of the biggest pre surgical care training initiatives in the world.” To date, Dr. Vyas has trained 20,000.    With hopes to make San Joaquin County the next big medical health hub, SJGH and Dr. Vyas work to bring technology and innovation from the Bay Area to here at home. “Our new research is calling for partnership!” Dr. Vyas says. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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WELLNESS

 BY COPPER WILLIAMS

BACTERIA BATTLE ROYALE

Think you keep a clean house? Think again. Millions and millions of nasty inhabitants reside within your home, and they’re bunkmates in some of the least expected places. Follow along and find out some key areas you may have missed in your last cleaning spree, and discover where some of the unhealthiest bacteria you can encounter thrive best!

Toothbrush

Kitchen Sink & Cleaning Utensils

FIGHT BACK: Closing the lid isn’t just a

BIG BADS: E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria

It’s fairly common to forget that the very items we use to clean with can become the filthiest! Think about it. The amount of raw meats, dirt, grime, and dust that comes in contact with our kitchen sink and all the scrubbing utensils we utilize there is only being transferred from one surface to another. FIGHT BACK: Throw cloths and sponges in

the washing machine on the hot cycle. Fill the sink with unscented bleach and one quart of water. Let the solution sit for ten minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

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BIG BADS: E. Coli, Staph, Mold

Another common item that’s used to clean, but unfortunately isn’t cleaned too often itself. Your toothbrush can be home to a variety of serious bacteria due to its proximity to the “royal throne”. A horrible mental image, but particles of what gets flushed do become airborne and find new lodgings in your toothbrush. And, eventually, your mouth. courtesy. It helps to keep those particles from becoming airborne. Shut the toilet lid before flushing. Do not use a plastic cap to cover your toothbrush, which can keep it from airing out and spur extra bacterial growth. Swap for a new toothbrush every month, or before the bristles begin to fray.

Coffee Maker BIG BADS: Mold, Staph, E. Coli

Ready for that morning cup of joe? Because your bacterial buddies are ready for you. As with any surface that provides both heat and moisture, the coffee maker

is bound to brew its own bundle of bacteria given the chance. FIGHT BACK: Pour out the water and slip in

some vinegar, then wipe down the interior of the coffee maker with a soapy and non-abrasive cloth before a final rinse. Perform a few water-cleansing brews to complete.

Pet Toys & Bowls BIG BADS: E. Coli, Listeria, Staph, Salmonella & Many More

Sharing isn’t always caring, and what your pets track into the house on their toys and after lapping up a few gulps of water in their bowls is downright frightening. Imagine the many items your furry children may have rolled in, chewed up, or dropped their ball into. FIGHT BACK: Any item that can be thrown

into the washing machine on the highest heat cycle, should be on a weekly basis. Wash your pets’ bowls daily in a different sink than where you prepare meals with a cloth dedicated specifically to them.


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ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER

ST. JOSEPH’S:

A HISTORY OF CARDIAC EXCELLENCE For nearly fifty years, St. Joseph’s Medical Center has been paving the path to heart wellness in San Joaquin County. Recognized as having one of the top 10 programs in California for heart surgery, St. Joseph’s has continued its tireless efforts to provide premier heart care, right here in Stockton.    “St. Joseph’s has a long legacy of excellence in cardiac services,” says Don Wiley, Hospital President and CEO. «Right here at St. Joseph’s, our community has a high volume, high quality cardiac surgery program with a strong track record and a history of ‘firsts’ in advancements. We’re proud to be the hospital most doctors and patients in our community choose for heart surgery. But not only do patients in our community choose St. Joseph’s, over 30% of the patients that have open heart surgery at our hospital come from outside the community, and some even come from other countries.”    St. Joseph’s performed the area’s first open heart surgery in the 1970s, and to date, has performed well over 13,000 open heart procedures. When it comes to cardiac surgery, research shows that having higher volumes increases patient safety, quality, and outcomes.    With the 1990s, St. Joseph’s introduced a wave of new technology, tools, and procedures that included beating heart open heart surgery, rotoblation, and the use of carotid stents. In 1994, St. Joseph’s opened a new 30,000 square foot Heart & Vascular Institute that today houses its three cardiac catherization labs, two open heart surgery rooms, and a cardiac hybrid suite.    From the year 2000 and beyond, St. Joseph’s debuted complex aortic surgeries, stent grafting, endoscopic vein harvests, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, and valve surgery.    In 2016, St. Joseph’s opened the area’s first and only cardiac hybrid suite and began offering advanced procedures including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), giving new hope to some individuals considered too risky for traditional valve replacement surgery. St. Joseph’s was also among the first in Northern California to offer the Micra TPS, also known as the world’s smallest pacemaker in early 2017.    Their constant commitment to excellence is showcased in the many awards the Institute continues to garner, rated as one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery, and a five-star recipient for carotid surgery seven-years running. As a result of St. Joseph’s distinction in the field, they are a designated STEMI Heart Attack & Stroke Receiving Center, and a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care. St. Joseph’s is also a recipient of the American Heart Association’s achievement awards for both stroke and heart attack care.   St. Joseph’s also has a robust Cardiac Research program, being involved in over 75 cardiac research studies 54

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in the past two decades, including the groundbreaking CREST research trial for comparing carotid stenting to open surgery. Impressively, St. Joseph’s was the only hospital in all of Northern California selected to participate in the CREST cardiac research study due to their experience and outcomes in carotid stenting.    “St. Joseph’s is proud to be a leader in cardiac care and research, continually bringing new and innovative technology to our patients, and truly elevating the level of care available in

our community,” says Joann Marks, MSN, RN, director of Cardiovascular Services for St. Joseph’ s. Contact St. Joseph’s Heart Patient Navigator to learn more, ask your heart related questions and schedule an on-site tour of their Heart & Vascular Institute. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER 1800 N. California St., Stockton, (209) 943-2000 DignityHealth.org


Who does your heart beat for?

Trust your heart to our cardiac experts. From advances in open heart surgery and new cardiac treatments, to excellence in heart attack and stroke care, trust your heart (and those you love) to St. Joseph’s Heart & Vascular Institute. Since performing the area’s first open heart surgery nearly 50 years ago, St. Joseph’s continues to lead the way in bringing cardiac “firsts” to the community. Learn more about St. Joseph’s award-winning cardiac services and take a heart health risk assessment at StJosephsCares.org/Heart.

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WELLNESS

DON’T WORRY

BE HAPPY  BY LAUREN CLIFFORD

Do you see the glass half empty or half full? Perhaps a bit of both. Some days you have to work a bit little harder to see things in a positive light, and that’s perfectly okay. We spoke with Cathy Francis, PsyD, MFT and Social Services Director at St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, to get an expert opinion on how to maintain a positive outlook for better mental health. Remaining positive is a challenge and something that needs to be practiced often — here are some simple tips:

fear of failure, which keeps us from seeing the positive side of things. “People either see their failure as a product of personal deficits beyond their control or mistakes that they can fix with effort,” says Cathy. Fear contributes to feelings of depression, anxiety, and negativity. Combat this by looking at mistakes as learning experiences. Pursue your passions and reveal in what makes you feel good. Your future positive self will thank you for trekking onwards.

Practice consistent optimism.

have the power to make everything perfect. Sometimes, things will go wrong. But have you ever heard the saying, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill?” As Cathy states, “when we encounter a stressful event our bodies go into a fight or flight mode. When we have a positive attitude, we are able to fight the stress hormones within our bodies.” Basically, if we perceive our situations in a positive manner, we are able to relax and solve the problem at hand. Try mediating or even listening to music to calm yourself for a renewed focus.    Next time you’re feeling not-so-positive, remember to be patient with yourself and slowly try to implement these tips into your everyday habits. Even something as simple as smiling can help you feel happier and healthier. Sending positive vibes your way.

This won’t come easy, but with practice we can choose to see an optimistic view in even the most negative of situations. As Cathy states, “optimism is beneficial to our physical and psychological health,” contributing to lower levels of depression, negative thinking patterns, and an overall boost in happiness. When you think positive thoughts, you actually feel better. Mindset is everything. Next time, try challenging your negative thoughts— ask yourself, “how can I look at this in a positive light?” You may also find that helping others or even keeping a gratitude journal can help channel your optimistic side.

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Quality education is vital to quality of life and River Islands delivers. Our charter K-8 has received kudos for its programs, its activities and test scores—exceeding state standards.

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BOATHOUSE BAR AND GRILL Newly renovated, with new operators and a new menu, the Boathouse serves lunch and dinner at its lakeside location. Enjoy boating on the lake or bocce at Sunset Point Park, then come on over!

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Healthy living is right at home at River Islands. Walkable neighborhoods, sports fields, lakes and parks make active recreation easy and convenient.

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SEVEN GREAT NEW NEIGHBORHOODS We’ve attracted the best builders from around the state to River Islands—so you’ll find 1 and 2-story plans and an array of customizing features.

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San Joaquin County is home to many top medical professionals. These select men and women strive to bring us the best, most innovative and effective care, keeping abreast of the latest research and cutting-edge technology. They strive for this excellence to provide quality service to everyone from infants to aging adults. Their passion stems beyond work, as they support and maintain our greatest asset: our health.

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For more than 50 years, the Zeiter family has been providing residents of San Joaquin County the gift of sight. The practice started with Henry Zeiter, who founded Zeiter Eye Medical Group and opened the first office in downtown Stockton in 1962. At that time, it consisted of one ophthalmologist practicing in downtown Stockton. During the past four decades, Zeiter Eye Medical Group has grown to include 7 ophthalmologists and 9 optometrists practicing in 7 Northern California locations, including Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, and Sonora.  Zeiter Eye also provides its patients the convenience of a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgical Center.     Among the seven ophthalmologists are physicians with special training in the fields of: glaucoma, retina, cornea, and ophthalmic plastic surgery. Some of the diverse services offered at Zeiter Eye include: state-of-the-art cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic treatment, macular degeneration management, laser vison correction (LASIK), and cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery. The practice offers a full range of contact lens services and a retail optical filled with the latest eyewear fashion offering the highest quality at a competitive price.    Zeiter Eye’s dedication to leading edge technology is surpassed only by its commitment to personal patient care. The ophthalmology practice was built on Dr. Henry Zeiter’s vision of always exceeding patients’ expectations by providing unprecedented medical and surgical eye care in addition to respect and consideration for each patient. Our team of eye care professionals pride themselves on carrying on Dr. Zeiter’s vision by offering all our patient’s quality care with state-of-the-art equipment in a comfortable, caring environment.

Multiple locations throughout San Joaquin County, (209) 466-5566, ZeiterEye.com

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ST. JOSEPH’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER At St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center, the focus is on understanding and caring for the whole person. With over twentyfive years of experience in behavioral health, our physicians and licensed professionals specialize in adding more life to your years. St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services for psychiatric and chemical dependency disorders, including day treatment programs, and outpatient services.    The staff of specially trained professionals are committed to providing compassionate, quality care, and creating an atmosphere that fosters communication, trust, and personal growth. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan to restore function and enhance life skills.    St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center also provides free behavioral evaluations, as a community service, free of charge. The screening evaluation is provided to help identify needs and make appropriate referrals. Call St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center at 209.461.2000 or visit StJosephsCanHelp.org for more information or to make an appointment.

2510 N. California St., Stockton (209) 461-2000 StJosephsCanHelp.org

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ST. JOSEPH’S CANCER INSTITUTE As San Joaquin County’s only cancer center accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute offers patients a unique, patient-centered environment for healing, delivered with compassion, close to home.    With the area’s most advanced technology, paired with access to UCSF clinical trials and genetic counseling services, St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute provides “university level” cancer care right here in our community.    St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute also provides Cancer Patient Navigators to help guide those facing a diagnosis of cancer to information, support and resources. St. Joseph’s Cancer Patient Navigators stand firm by their motto of “You do the healing, we’ll do the rest,” truly demonstrating the supportive nature of this service. If you have cancer-related question, please call 209.939.4526 to speak with a Cancer Patient Navigator.

1800 N. California St., Stockton (209) 939-4526 StJosephsCares.org/Cancer

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ST. JOSEPH’S HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE The nationally recognized Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph’s Medical Center offers a full range of services to care for your heart, including emergency heart attack treatment, cardiac and vascular diagnostics and testing, and advanced surgical options. As a designated STEMI heart attack receiving center and an accredited Stroke Center, St. Joseph’s Heart & Vascular Institute has a legacy of commitment and dedication to providing the best possible care for heart patients in our community.    With the addition of a new cardiac hybrid suite, St. Joseph’s is one of a select group of providers, and the first in our region, to offer patients Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a less invasive procedure for heart valve replacement designed for patients with advanced heart disease. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a heart condition, call St. Joseph’s Heart Patient Navigator at (209) 467-6540 to learn more about our services and to get connected to resources, information, and support. 1800 N. California St. Stockton, (209) 467-6540 StJosephsCares.org/Heart

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ST. JOSEPH’S ORTHOPEDIC & SPINE CENTER St. Joseph’s Medical Center provides specialty care for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. From broken bones to total joint replacement, to minimally invasive spine surgery, St. Joseph’s is equipped to provide each patient with excellent care by pairing advanced technology with a highly skilled and compassionate team. The orthopedics team at St. Joseph’s includes experienced orthopedic surgeons, specialists, nurses, X-ray technicians, and physical and occupational therapists. Additionally, patients have the opportunity to connect with a dedicated orthopedics patient navigator, who is available to answer questions and connect patients to additional resources. For those dealing with chronic knee or hip pain, St. Joseph’s offers robotic assisted hip and knee replacement surgery. Individuals that are considering joint replacement surgery can learn what to expect by attending a free presurgery class.

1800 N. California Street Stockton, CA 209.939.4517 StJosephsCares.org/Ortho

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ST. JOSEPH’S BREAST CENTER OF EXCELLENCE St. Joseph’s Breast Center of Excellence offers those being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer a unique, patientcentered environment for healing. Working with a team of breast care experts, patients have access to comprehensive breast imaging services, genetic counseling, and advanced medical and radiation oncology. An experienced, multidisciplinary panel of doctors will focus their efforts on designing individualized treatment plans for each patient, providing the best possible care, close to home. Additionally, a breast cancer Patient Navigator is available to guide patients through the entire cancer treatment and recovery process - from diagnosis to survivorship.    St. Joseph’s Breast Center of Excellence is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Accreditation also ensures that each patient continues to be treated with the latest standards in mind.

1800 N. California St., Stockton (209) 939-4526, StJosephsCares.org/BreastCenter

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THOMAS B. MCNEMAR, MD, FACS

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Dr. McNemar was named amongst the “Best of the Bay” by KRON-4 television. A respected authority on plastic surgery, he is co-author of Breast Augmentation and Body Contouring. The book features various “Mommy Makeover” procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and VASER liposuction. He has most recently published Bariatric Plastic Surgery: A Guide to Cosmetic Surgery After Weight Loss. A skilled cosmetic surgeon with a perfectionist’s streak and an eye for detail, Dr. McNemar offers a range of procedures to enhance each patient’s unique, natural beauty.

TRACY: 2160 W. Grant Line Rd., Ste. 250, (209) 834-0626 SAN RAMON: 2301 Camino Ramon Ste. 215, (925) 967-2804

McNemarCosmeticSurgery.com, BariatricPlasticSurgeon.com

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ANISHA RANCHHOD DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentistry

Anisha Ranchhod is a board-certified pediatric dentist with an MSD in Pediatric Dentistry. She completed her dental training in an accelerated program at University of the Pacific, and then completed a yearlong general practice residency at the esteemed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She also completed a two-year residency at Loma Linda University obtaining her Certification in Pediatric Dentistry, and continued on to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.    Dr. Anisha, a San Joaquin County native, has chosen to return to her community to establish her private practice. She believes strongly in children visiting a dentist before age 1 so that cavity prevention can begin early, and so that children in the community grow and develop with the same highly-qualified dentist. Dr. Anisha has experience treating children of all ages and those with special needs. She is continuously expanding the services in her office with the focus on many preventative treatment modalities. She offers in-office IV sedation and has privileges for general anesthesia in an OR setting. She is also laser-certified and trained to diagnose and treat infant lip and tongue-ties to aid breastfeeding moms. The combination of a kind and personable staff and Dr. Anisha’s knowledge and proficiency in dentistry make this the perfect setting for children.

1300 W. Lodi Ave., Ste. M, Lodi (209) 333-0374, LodiDDS.com

CHARLES STILLMAN, DO Diagnostic Radiologist

Dr. Stillman is a board certified radiologist and owner of Valley MRI and Radiology, with two American College of Radiology (ACR) Certified facilities in Stockton and Lodi California. Valley MRI is a full-service radiology practice with both closed and open MRIs, CT scans, x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and mammography. Dr. Stillman started at Valley MRI in 2010 and took over the practice from Dr. Aubrey Federal in July 2016. Dr. Stillman trained as a radiologist while serving on active duty in the US Army and has been stationed all over the world, including one combat tour in Iraq where he earned the Bronze Star. Dr. Stillman continues to serve in the Army Reserves.

546 E. Pine Street, Stockton, CA 95204 801 S. Ham Lane Ste Q & R, Lodi, CA 95240 (209) 467-1000, www.valleymri.com

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Cosmetic & Comprehensive | Dentistry for your entire family

“Discover Extraordinary Among The Ordinary” Dr. Franklin and his talented team are ready to show you why your next dental visit will exceed your expectations. “We understand the importance of a healthy, attractive smile and have dedicated ourselves to help make that a reality for every one of our patients. We want our patients to feel and look confident and youthful.” This dedication has rewarded them with the “Best of Lodi” and “Best of San Joaquin” for the past 10 years. Dr. Franklin is the premier cosmetic & reconstructive dentist in the Central Valley. He has his Mastership in Aesthetic Dentistry from the world renowned Aesthetic Advantage at NYU in New York City. He is the Founder & Program Director for the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco, Orange County, Chicago and New York City. He is the past Program Director & Senior Instructor for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies in San Francisco. For the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum he trains other dentists nationally and internationally on cosmetics and comprehensive care. As the founder of the San Joaquin & Sacramento Pacific Aesthetic Club he mentors dentists all throughout the Central Valley. He has been practicing in Lodi for over 20 years and just recently opened a new location in Stockton under the Hope Dental brand. Whether you need preventive care or a complete comprehensive consultation, Dr. Franklin and his team have the skill and care you need for your entire family. TODD A. FRANKLIN, DDS: 1208 HOPE DENTAL:

West Tokay St., Lodi, (209) 334-4370, ToddFranklinDds.com 6529 Inglewood Ave. B-2, Stockton, (209) 957-5885

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NICHOLAS R. BIRLEW, DO

Stockton Urgent Care Medical Clinic & Family Practice

Dr. Nicholas Birlew has happily been a part of the Stockton Medical Community for over 28 years. During this time, it has become common knowledge that underneath the easy going, efficient and shockingly knowledgeable doctor is a true healer with a dedication to his patients that harkens back to an earlier time when the profession of medicine was still viewed as an art and sacred duty to patient and society. Patients feel that they are not just talking to a physician but to a trusted friend who genuinely cares about them as a person. It is with this drive and genuine joy in his career that Dr. Birlew hopes to continue to serve the community for many years to come.

1148 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 952-9696, StocktonUrgentCare.com

DR. RICHARD O. CAMACHO Internal Medicine

Dr. Richard O. Camacho has specialized in Internal Medicine for 18 years, serving the Stockton community for six of them. With a degree from De La Salle University College of Medicine, Dr. Camacho finished his Internal Medicine training at Maryland General Hospital, a part of the University of Maryland Medical System, in 2004. Since that time, he has acquired years of diverse experience that carved out the path for his specialization. “I like the challenges that Internal Medicine offers,” says Dr. Camacho, “including arriving at the appropriate diagnosis, creating the appropriate treatment plans, and developing meaningful doctor-patient relationships.” During the course of his medical career, Dr. Camacho helped develop various Hospitalist programs and held different committee positions including, at one time, Chair of the Department of Medicine at a hospital in Michigan. Upon his move to Stockton in 2012, Dr. Camacho recognized a lack of Primary Care Doctors in the community and has been striving to fill this need ever since. During his affiliation with local hospitals such as Doctors Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton, Dr. Camacho developed a deep understanding of the Stockton community, helping him to foster meaningful relationships with his patients. Today, Dr. Camacho seeks to deepen his roots in the Stockton community by opening his own medical clinic in downtown Stockton, so he may continue to serve the patients of this area. The clinic will open and begin taking new patients May 2018. 1805 N. California St., Ste. 406, Stockton (209) 227-7806

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Manshadi Heart Institute, Inc.

Dr. Manshadi’s philosophy parallels the true art of medicine taught and practiced by the father of medicine, Hippocrates: “To treat patients with kindness and compassion” utilizing the latest in medical knowledge and technology. To schedule an appointment please call (209)944-5530 FELLOWSHIP TRAINING: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif. INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY: California Pacific Medical center in Affiliation with UCSF San Francisco, Calif. MEDICAL EDUCATION: Medical Doctor, UHS/ The Chicago Medical School, Master of Science in Physiology, UHS/The Chicago Medical School Bachelor of Science in Physiology, UC Davis. AWARDS: Future Leader Award, CA,

American College of Cardiology Young Physician Award, San Joaquin Medical Society, Americas Top Doctors, Castle Connoelly Top Doctors. CERTIFICATIONS: ABIM; Internal Medicine, ABIM; Cardiovascular Medicine, ABIM; Interventional Cardiology. PRESENT AND PAST POSITIONS: President Elect, American College of Cardiology, California Chapter, Team Cardiologist, Sacramento Republic professional Soccer Team Immediate past President, San Joaquin Medical Society, Associate Clinical Professor, UC Davis. EXPERTISE: Sport Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Trans Aortic Valve Replacements Lipids, Congestive Heart Failure, Venous Ablations for Varicose veins STOCKTON: 2633 Pacific Ave., Stockton LODI: 999 S. Fairmont Ave., Lod

DrManshadi.com, (209) 944-5530

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Ambulatory Surgery Center

We are a California State licensed and certified Ambulatory Surgery Center located in Salida, between Modesto and Stockton. We provide complete dental care for patients while they are under general anesthesia. Our professional credentialed staff includes Dentists, Anesthesiologists, Dental Assistants, and Registered Nurses. For over 12 years we have treated children from ages 18 months to 15 years. Once we receive your faxed copy of the treatment plan and completed referral form we will pre-authorize with the insurance plan(s) which is necessary for the use of general anesthesia. Usually appointments are made within 3-6 weeks. We accept most dental insurance plans including Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, Healthy Cubs, and Commercial types. Patients must be referred directly by your dentist. Visit our website at SalidaSurgeryCenter.com or like us on Facebook at Salida Surgery Center, Dental Group for lots of information and up to date communications. We can receive your referral 3 ways: You can fax to: 209-5439699, email to: Referral@SalidaSurgeryCenter.com or mail to 5712 Pirrone Rd Salida, CA 95368. 5712 Pirrone Rd., Salida, (209) 543-9299, SalidaSurgeryCenter.com

ALLERGY, IMMUNOLOGY & ASTHMA MEDICAL GROUP Dr. Jerold Yecies and Dr. George Bensch began Allergy, Immunology & Asthma Medical Group (AIAMG) in July of 1973, celebrating 43 years of high quality patient care in the Central Valley. Subsequently joined by Dr. Gregory Bensch in 1999, they all trained at the prestigious National Jewish Medical Research Center in Colorado, which was voted the best respiratory hospital in the nation. Last July, we proudly introduced Dr. Michael Balduzzi to our practice. Dr. Balduzzi completed his fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Asthma at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. All of our physicians are Board Certified in Allergy, Immunology, and Asthma.    AIAMG specializes in evaluation and treatment of environmental, food, drug, and insect sting ALLERGY allergies, hay fever, sinus disease, anaphylaxis, chronic respiratory conditions, asthma, and allergic skin conditions such as hives, and eczema. We also offer cluster immunotherapy,

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allowing patients to reach optimal allergy dose within weeks compared to a traditional schedule that may take months. We have 6 convenient locations in the Central Valley. Learn more by visiting our website at www.allergyimm.com IMM U N O L O G Y & A S T H M A or call our office 951-5353 and our MED I C A L G at R O U(209) P friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you with your allergy needs.

A L L E R GY I M M UNOLOGY & A S T HM A MEDICAL GROUP

Allergy, Immunology & Asthma Medical Group (209) 951-5353, www.allergyimm.com 6 convenient locations in the Central Valley

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DR. ERIC KEYSER, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon & Medical Director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Dameron Hospital Dr. Eric J. Keyser, M.D. is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgeries. Since receiving his M.D. from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, he has completed 3 fellowships and 5 board certifications including American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery and General Surgery. Dr. Keyser is a Stanford clinical assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and the Medical Director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Dameron Hospital. Leveraging the brightest minds in medicine with state-of-the-art technology and advanced surgical techniques, this innovative program connects the local community to outstanding heart and lung care and provides access to breakthrough clinical care and research programs. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery options are available which result in less pain, shorter recovery times and positive patient outcomes. This includes fewer physical restrictions after surgery; patients have the ability to drive and lift objects during the recovery process. “I have specialized in the safest and most minimally invasive approaches to heart and lung surgery because this is the kind of care I would want members of my own family to receive. I’m looking forward to leading Stanford’s cardiac surgery program at Dameron and making Stockton my new home.” – Dr. Keyser For more information on the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Dameron Hospital, please visit dameronheartsurgery.com or call 209-944-5550. 525 W. Acacia St., Stockton, (209) 944-5550, DameronHospital.org

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VITUNE VONGTAMA, MD DAN VONGTAMA, MD Radiation Oncology

Dr. Dan Vongtama is a board certified radiation oncologist who came to St. Teresa from New York. He completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Radiation Oncology and did additional training at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Vongtama’s professional radiation oncology experience includes the utilization of brachytherapy for prostate, gynecologic, and breast cancers; Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for head and neck, prostate, gastrointestinal, breast, and gynecologic cancers; Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Dr. Vongtama is a board member of San Joaquin Medical Society and a member of ASTRO.    Dr. Vitune Vongtama is a board certified radiation oncologist by the American Board of Radiology, specializing in brachytherapy. He has treated more than 10,000 patients and performed more than 2,000 permanent prostate seed implantations. Dr. Vongtama is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and a member of the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Dameron Hospital. He is also a member of ASTRO.

4722 Quail Lakes Dr., Ste. B, Stockton (209) 472-1848, StTeresasCancerCenter.com

CARESSA W. LOUIE, DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Dr. Caressa Louie has called Stockton home for over 20 years. She is an honor graduate of both the University Of Pacific and the University Of Pacific School Of Dentistry. She opened her private practice in 2002, with a professional goal to provide quality, state of the art general dentistry. Her excellent dental hygiene department possesses a strong emphasis on preventative care, and together the team provides each patient with a number of appropriate treatment options while truly listening to all patients’ concerns.   Dr. Louie has embraced the latest technological advances in various dental treatments. Her most wining quality, however, is her genuine concern for her patient’s well being. She wants only the best for her patients and has the experience and skill to provide that quality care. You will feel that concern for the patient the moment you enter the practice. Her office staff is experienced, warm, friendly, and very professional. Most of the staff have been with her since the beginning of her practice. The combination of traditional skills coupled with the latest dental technology make her office a perfect destination for your dental care. 2389 W. March Ln., Ste. 1, Stockton, (209) 952-6721, DrLouieStocktonDentist.com

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STEPHANIE M. DENTONI, MD, FSVM

Certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine & the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine

Dr. Dentoni is a private practice physician and President of California Vein & Vascular Institute in Stockton, CA. She has dedicated her practice to varicose vein disease and thrombophilia (blood clotting disorders) for over ten years. At the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she completed an internal medicine residency and a vascular medicine fellowship. She continued her education to include phlebology, the treatment of varicose vein disease, and is certified by the American Board of Vascular Medicine and the American Board of Vascular and Lymphatic Medicine. She is a fellow of the Society for Vascular Medicine. Dr. Dentoni is devoted to training other physicians in the field of phlebology. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker in varicose vein disease and thrombophilia. She has been invited and participated in PBS specials and educational workshops for varicose vein disease and is a board member of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Disease. At California Vein & Vascular Institute she is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology for the treatment of varicose vein disease. All treatments are in the office, minimally invasive with no recovery time. Her office staff is friendly, accommodating and , professional and strive to know each patient personally. Dr. Stephanie M. Dentoni, experience and integrity, specializing in varicose vein treatment. 2216 N. California St.,Ste. C Stockton, (209) 462-8346 LegsWithoutVeins.com

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RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Rafat Razi is a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She received her D.M.D., Doctor of Dental Medicine, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her specialty training in pediatric dentistry was completed at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Razi also served as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. She has practiced in West Palm Beach, FL, Manteca, CA, and is now at the state-of-the-art office in Tracy. She has more than 15 years of experience in her specialty.    The office provides a warm, caring environment specialized for treating the dental needs of infants, children and adolescents. The facility offers the latest dental materials, digital radiology, nitrous oxide, and pediatric oral conscious sedation. The office has kids’ movies and play areas making patients’ first dental experience fun. Dr. Rafat Razi’s expertise, her friendly dental team, state-ofthe-art office, and its prime location provide an excellent place for children’s dental.

2160 W. Grant Line Rd., Ste. 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 RaziPediatricDentist.com

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PUNEET D GREWAL, MD

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Non-Invasive Cardiologist

Dr. Puneet D Grewal joined Stockton Cardiology group February 2018. She Graduated from Chicago Medical School for Residency in 2012 and Cardiology fellowship in 2017. She Worked for University of Chicago for 1 year before joining cardiology fellowship. Certification; ABIM Internal Medicine 2016 Board Eligible Cardiology Hospital Affiliations: Sutter Tracy Hospital , Tracy, Doctors Hospital Manteca, Manteca Personal: Married to Jas Grewal, MBA from Chicago Booth and Entrepreneur. One son Jayvir. Proficient in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Hobbies: Travel, Swimming and Tennis 415 E. Harding Way, Ste. D, Stockton (209) 944-5750 StocktonCardiology.com

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CAMERON R. WHEELER, DDS, MS Board Certified Orthodontist

At Wheeler Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing a fun, affordable, safe and quality orthodontic experience with interactive and individualized care to every patient. Whether you’re a child, teenager, or an adult, you deserve an attractive and confident smile. We believe in creating beautiful smiles, inside and out and that a perfect smile is an investment our patients will benefit from for a lifetime. We feature Invisalign and clear ceramic braces for the aesthetically conscious patients. A specialist in the field of orthodontics for both children and adults, Dr. Wheeler has completed an advanced program of education and training. He graduated with honors and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, a Master of Science degree, and a specialty certificate in orthodontics from University of California, San Francisco. When he is not practicing orthodontics, he is teaching it at his alma mater. In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr. Wheeler prides himself on exceeding the standards of his profession by making continued education a priority to his practice. He stays on top of the latest developments in orthodontics, and therefore continues to provide top quality service to his patients. Furthermore, Dr. Wheeler and his staff do all their patients’ records in-house.

4568 Feather River Dr., Ste. D, Stockton, (209) 951-0151, WheelerOrtho.com

BROOKSIDE OPTOMETRIC GROUP

3133 W. March Ln., Ste. 2020 Stockton, (209) 951-0820 BrooksideOptometric.com

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At the Brookside Optometric Group we get it that the honor is that people allow us to see them, not for them to be allowed to see us. We get it that people live busy lives and need appointments that are not necessarily between the hours of 9 and 5 Monday through Friday, hate having to endure long waits for their doctor only to be seen by a technician followed by a brief 3-minute meet and greet by their doctor, and that people want answers to their questions instead of a simple pat on the head as they are being handed a prescription.

  We provide extended hours for our patients,  technologically-advanced equipment  to better care for our patients, an in-house lab, access to any and all contact lenses necessary to fit any need and a frame inventory of over 1,500 frames to suit any desired style. Most importantly we wanted to create an environment where our patients would be seen on time, have time with their doctors for a very thorough examination and have any and all questions answered, whether that be for routine eye care or LASIK candidacy, and to be treated like family.


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HUGH L. VU, MD, MPH, FACS

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Board-Certified and San Joaquin magazine reader-celebrated, Dr. Hugh L. Vu treats his plastic surgery patients like they are members of his own family. He meticulously plans and customizes every procedure to give his patients beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Vu specializes in facial rejuvenation, body contouring, and all breast procedures, while his Skin & Laser Center offers advanced medical grade services such as laser hair reduction, Botox, collagen remodeling, cellulite treatments, microdermabrasion, and much more. In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Vu brings to Stockton his reconstructive surgery expertise from his teaching career at UC Davis and as senior plastic surgeon at Sacramento’s Shriners Hospital for Children. Dr. Vu’s commitment to safety and excellence has earned him the confidence of patients and colleagues in Northern California and internationally.

Thank you for voting Dr. Vu “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017! We look forward to serving you in 2018! 1617 St. Marks Plaza, Ste. E & F, Stockton, (209) 476-7074, VuPlasticSurgery.com

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TRAVERS J. MCLOUGHLIN, MD

Medical Director, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist

Travers J. McLoughlin, M.D. is dedicated to providing great care and service to patients and their families. Dr. McLoughlin trained at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College and is an expert in radiation oncology. While at Cornell, Dr. McLoughlin served as Assistant Chief Resident and Chief Resident. As a result, he was instrumental in educating fellow residents and served as a representative on the Stich Radiation Quality Assurance Committee. In addition, Dr. McLoughlin was also elected as an executive member of the New YorkRoengten Society and earned the Distinguished Housestaff Award during his residency. Now practicing in Lodi, California, Dr. McLoughlin balances the latest science of cancer treatment with compassionate care. He has a tremendous clinical interest in lung, prostate, breast, head and neck, central nervous system and gastrointestinal cancers.He is highly trained in treating prostate, breast, and gynecologic cancers.

311 S. Ham Ln., Lodi, (209) 365-1761, BschafferCancer.com

GURRINDER S. ATWAL DDS, MSC, FAGD Family, Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry

Dr. Gurrinder Atwal has over 18 years experience practicing dentistry in Tracy. He graduated from Loma Linda University and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Dental Public Health at the King’s College, University of London (U.K). Dr. Atwal also currently serves as faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry, and is involved with many study clubs promoting dental health & education. Dr Atwal was awarded a fellowship (FAGD) at the June 2012 Philadelphia ADG Convention. Dr. Atwal and his wonderful well trained team has extensive experience in full mouth reconstruction, presenting different options and educating patients to the best option suitable for their given condition.   His beautiful office in Tracy has a very friendly team whom are well trained to treat children, adults, and people with special needs. Their office is home to the latest state of the art equipment like Cone Beam 3-D X rays with Cat Scan ability, Cerac Cad/ CAM (single visit crowns), laser machine, and the most current sterilization techniques. Dr. Atwal’s office is also treating and helping patients with sleep issues, snoring, apnea and bruxism. Dr. Atwal is currently doing (part time) residency in Sleep Medicine at the UCSF. Dr. Atwal and team Comfort Dental Care work out of a custom, child friendly, very well designed, brand new 2750 sq ft facility at 2766 N. Tracy Blvd.

2766 N. Tracy Blvd. Tracy, (209) 836-5393 MyTracyDentist.com AtwalDentalSleepSolutions.com

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RONALD S. NORIESTA, DDS

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Do you want to restore that youthful smile or replace missing teeth? Do you want to prevent dental problems? Do you have a toothache? We all have different priorities and reasons for going to the dentist, but one thing is certain: We don’t want to spend a lot of time there. Our goal is to care for your dental health while making everything as convenient, comfortable, and economical as possible. Today’s high technology allows dental work to be done in much less time and with minimal expense, but still provides long lasting, esthetic restorations.   Experience for yourself our family-like atmosphere and personal service. Priscilla from Modesto says, “I couldn’t believe I got my cosmetic work done in one appointment, with no temporaries.” John from Stockton says, “I’ve had root canals and crowns done before, but I’ve never had a root canal and crown done in one visit. I’ll never go back to the old way of fixing teeth.” Brian from Missouri says, “I was in Stockton with a dental emergency and Dr. Noriesta fixed my tooth in one appointment. I couldn’t find a dentist like Dr. Noriesta in Missouri, so I drove back to Stockton and got the rest of my crowns done in one appointment.”

RONALD S. NORIESTA, DDS

4512 Feather River Dr., Ste. B, Stockton, (209) 472-7500, OneAppointment.com

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MAYWELL L. INONG, DDS General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Maywell Inong is a Stockton native and graduate of the University of the Pacific. She opened her dental practice in 1999. Over the years she has become known as a leading dentist within the Stockton area. Dr. Inong went into dentistry with an earnest desire to partner with her patients to help them pursue a lifetime of optimal dental health. Toward this goal, she has been a leader in the field of dentistry by always endeavoring to become certified in the latest medical technology breakthroughs and surgical techniques that she feels can ensure better treatment success for her patients. As an example, Dr. Inong is the only dentist within 100 miles of the Stockton area that is an experienced practitioner in the use of Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST) to treat gum recession by eliminating the need for painful gum grafts and long months of healing times that were seen in the past. Treatment recovery times for this new procedure have been reduced to just days with minor to no pain at all. Though she has been given many opportunities over the years to expand her practice to multiple offices, she has decided that by having just one location with her as the sole dentist on staff, it is the best way to maintain a personal relationship with her patients to attend properly to treating their individual health needs.

4568 Feather River Dr., Ste. E, Stockton (209) 477-9105, InongDental.com

DESIREE COYKENDALL Owner

Desiree Coykendall’s journey began in La Jolla and led her to Pleasanton, Danville and ultimately to Tracy. A healthy, active lifestyle has always been import to Desiree. From high school to college, Desiree has always taken an interest in caring for the whole body. Desiree has been the co-owner of Allure Salon and Spa in Tracy, CA since 2009.This last year, Desiree was able to combine her knowledge, training and experience with her desire to help others achieve a healthy, active lifestyle by becoming owner of the Medifast Weight Control Center in Tracy, CA.   Medifast Weight Control Center of Tracy has been serving the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties for the past 10 years. Medifast has been helping clients achieve their weight loss goals and their healthy lifestyle goals.   Medifast Weight Control program has been recommended by over 20,000 physicians. Through the scientifically-based weight control system and individualized counseling, clients are able to reach their weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle goals.   From the moment you set foot in the center, you’ll recognize what separates us from the rest. The comprehensive approach to wellness focuses on each client’s long term success. Weight loss plans, weight measurement, meal plans and coaching are seamlessly integrated and tailored to meet each client’s specific goals and needs.   Come by the Medifast Weight Control Center of Tracy and see how we can help you on your journey to a healthy and active lifestyle.

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YUSUKE SUZUKI, DMD & ASSOCIATES

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Family Dentistry

We are committed to providing you with the personalized, high quality dental care that you deserve. Dr. Suzuki and Benedictson stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry to provide our patients with the most current treatment options. If you hate going to the dentist because your past experiences left you scared, fearful, or downright terrified, there is a solution. Dental sedation helps you acheive the smile of your dreams with ease once more. Our sedation technique allows several treatments to be performed in a single visit. For many, the beauty of this sedation is how easy it is to wake up and remember very little to nothing at all about your visit. We help heal a lifetime of compromising dental disease, replace missing teeth, brighten your smile, and restore function along with creating the gorgeous smile you’ve always dreamed of.We provide Cosmetic dentistry such as crowns, veneers, and whitening; orthodontics with clear braces and 6 Months Smile short term system; dental implants for missing teeth. At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us. Visit our website which contains a library of videos related to the dental procedures and treatment options we offer. www.suzukidmd.com. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. 801 S. Ham Ln., Ste. L, Lodi, (209) 334-0630, SuzukiDmd.com

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ADVENTIST HEALTH LODI MEMORIAL

ADVENTIST

HEALTH LODI MEMORIAL GRANTS MOBILITY

When a patient suffers from arthritis of the hip, the symptoms include pain, stiffness, and limitation of range of motion. These symptoms combine to interfere with all activities of daily life including walking, getting up out of a chair, going up or down stairs. The pain can be chronic or progressively more severe including sharp pains into the groin region.    Dr. Tom McKenzie, a Lodi Sutter Orthopedic Surgeon who primarily admits patients to Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital for total joint replacements, has spent years studying the hip and the various reconstructive surgeries to restore hip function and mobility. He began offering total hip replacement by the anterior incision approach in 2013, and is one of few to offer this technique to patients in San Joaquin County. “A very respected mentor, Dr. Joel Matta, has been advocating this procedure since the late 1990s. After several years of in depth study, multiple surgical labs, multiple site visits to learn the technique, I converted to the anterior incisional approach,” says Dr. McKenzie.   The anterior incisional approach differs from the traditional posterior surgical approach by location of the incision, fewer postoperative restrictions for patients, increased mobility after surgery, less need for narcotic medication, and speedier return to normal life. The incision starts off the side of the lower pelvis and extends at most 10 cm along the lateral thigh. This small mini-incision provides adequate exposure for the entire surgery. No muscles are incised, but rather retracted out of way during the surgery. The exposure carefully goes in between all musculature and nerve planes. The exposure to the acetabulum, or hip socket, allows better visualization to ensure the components are more reliably placed. “The result is decreased patient pain to allow immediate ambulation with physical therapy the afternoon of surgery, 82

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and 90% probability of discharge directly home the day following surgery,” explains Dr. McKenzie.   The traditional posterior surgical approach requires a typically longer curved incision along the posterior and side of the hip, through the large and small posterior muscles to gain access to the hip. Although these muscles are usually repaired at closure, functional return is not uniformly reliable. “Those surgically violated and repaired muscles are critically important to the immediate and long-term rehabilitation of patients in their return to walking activities and the prevention of dislocations,” explains Dr. McKenzie. Dislocation precautions are consequently fewer and much easier for the anterior incision patient, as they can pretty much return to all daily activities with minimal restrictions. “The ability to do more is there,” adds Dr. McKenzie.    “My outcome statistics document a significantly decreased hospital stay, accelerated improvement and return of ambulatory activity, decreased need for narcotic and nonnarcotic pain medication in comparison to the posterior incision surgery. Both my patients and I were quite satisfied with the outcomes documented with posterior incision surgery. The anterior incision outcomes are dramatically and clearly superior,” explains Dr. McKenzie.

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WEIGHT LOSS

8 SIMPLE SWAPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS Looking to drop a few pounds? Don’t over think it. A few simple swaps in the kitchen will not only promote a slimmer physique, making the right swaps will result in a healthier body, too. Kimberly Standridge, center manager for Tracy’s Medifast Weight Control Center, says ditching take out and swapping fancy coffee drinks for regular coffee are a great place to start. Read on for her other food swap suggestions.

1. Choose salsa instead of cream-based dips.

Dip chips into this flavorful alternative to cheesy spreads and get extra nutrients for fewer calories.

2. Use oil and balsamic instead of processed dressings.

Think “less is more,” and lightly dress a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar—no additives included!

3. Swap mayo for mustard.

For tomorrow’s turkey sandwich, skip the fat-filled mayo and spread some tasty (and naturally fat-free) mustard on the bread instead.

4. Snack on air-popped popcorn instead of regular crackers.

Craving something salty? Air-pop popcorn—three whole cups is about 100 calories. Medifast offers both flavorful, low-calorie popcorn and cracker choices.     

5. 1 cup of Zoodles, 25 calories vs. 1 cup of spaghetti, 200 calories. This swap saves 175 calories! Instead of ordering carb-filled pasta, check the menu for veggie noodles. Order with your favorite sauce and toppings and it’ll taste like pasta, al dente!

6. Mash cauliflower instead of potatoes.

This skinny starch delivers almost a day’s worth of vitamin C for the small price of 27 calories per cup—compare that to potatoes, which clock in at 116 calories per cup. Cauliflower can be used as a rice or pizza crust substitute, too, so stock your fridge weekly. The possibilities are endless!

7. Eat a lettuce wrap, 1 calorie. Not a burger bun, 130 calories.

This swap saves 129 calories. That juicy burger topped with cheese and tomato is much better for you without the bun. Eating out? Ask for your burger in a lettuce wrap. You’d be surprised how popular this is.  

8. Lose the Soda! Replace it with a glass of ice water (0 calories).

One 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories, all of it from refined sugars that are pure trouble for people with diabetes. Replace it with water and add a squeeze of lemon, cucumber slices, or mint leaves to add flavor. Add it up—make this change once a day and you’ll slash 51,100 calories a year. That’s more than 14 pounds!

Brought to you be Kimberly Standridge; Center Manager of Medifast Weight Control Center of Tracy

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Cosmetic & Family Dentistry Caressa W. Louie D.D.S.

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Preventative Care . Crowns & Bridges . Periodontal Treatment . Fillings . Oral Surgery Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Design . Dentures . Partials . Root Canals Dental Implants & Mouth Reconstruction . Invisalign We offer affordable payment plans, senior discounts. We welcome new & emergency patients. Most Insurances Accepted.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH

They say breast is best. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding rates are up. Eightythree percent of babies breastfeed from birth, up 10% between 2004 and 2014. Babies are also breastfed for longer, lasting at least six months.    We talked to Eugenia Hurlbut, DO, of Gill OBGYN Medical Group in Stockton for her feedback on the subject. If you do plan on breastfeeding your baby, here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t realize:

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Because there is a tendency to suppress ovulation during breastfeeding, it can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Dr. Hurlbut says decreased numbers of ovulations means less scarring of the ovary and less chance for precancerous, dysplastic cells. Studies also suggest a lower rate of heart disease in breastfeeding moms later in life, but more research is needed to determine why.

You should continue taking your prenatal vitamins.

Breast milk doesn’t look like a glass of milk you get at the store. The hue can run from white to yellowish to pink, blue, or even green. “The color can be influenced by diet,” Dr. Hurlbut says, “so if you eat a lot of red beets, the milk is likely to be pinkish!”

During the course of breastfeeding, mothers lose calcium in their bones due to the loss of estrogen. It also means a loss of calcium in the milk for the growing baby. Calcium stores return to normal levels within six months of weaning but continuing to take your vitamins is best for you and your baby’s health.

Colostrum is very nutritious and can provide immunity to your newborn.

Breast implants may pose a problem in breastfeeding.

Colostrum is the first milk that “lets down.” It too can be colorful, frequently dark yellow or orange from high levels of beta-carotene. When you breastfeed, you pass on your own antibodies to your baby keeping them immune from diseases. A Brigham Young-Stanford-Harvard research team identified a molecule in the mother’s breast milk that defends the baby against certain intestinal infections. Formula-fed infants have twice the incidence of those kind of illnesses as breastfed babies.

Dr. Hurlbut says breast implants and reductions can disrupt the flow of milk through the breast ducts and prevent breastfeeding or decrease milk production. It can also increase incidence of breast engorgement and mastitis. Other special conditions that may limit milk production are women with hypoplastic breasts (breasts that are underdeveloped) and women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. These conditions don’t exclude breastfeeding, but these women may have issues with having enough supply and may need to supplement with formula.

You may not be able to breastfeed immediately.

Consistent breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories a day.

Breast milk sometimes doesn’t come in right away. There is usually a bigger let down by the third day of breastfeeding and production will typically increase from there. Dr. Hurlbut says not to get discouraged, “So, stick with it!”

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A 2008 Danish study showed the “slimming


effects” of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was associated with a lower postpartum weight and body mass index. It could, in fact, eliminate weight retention by six months postpartum if the recommended breastfeeding regimen (up to one year) was followed.

The right breast produces more milk.

Some studies have shown that the right breast produces more milk than the left one. Milk production is a little over sixtyfive percent greater in the right breast and typically occurs early in lactation. Although, being a first-time mom versus a seasoned breastfeeder does make a difference. However, total milk output is not affected. When it comes to breastfeeding, there are plenty of resources available. “The bottom line is,” Dr. Hurlbut advises, “if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, ask your obstetrician, your pediatrician, or primary care physicians before or after birth!”

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DAMERON HOSPITAL

DAMERON

TEAMS UP WITH STANFORD MEDICINE TO DEVELOP NEW CARDIAC SURGERY PROGRAM In September 2017, Dameron Hospital partnered with Stanford Health Care and the Stanford School of Medicine to bring a new level of cardiac and thoracic treatment—and technology—to San Joaquin County.   “Stanford has a global reputation for excellence,” says Dr. Eric Keyser, Cardiothoracic Surgeon & Medical Director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Dameron Hospital, “and Dameron sought the partnership with Stanford to provide that same level of world-class care to the local community. As one of the top cardiac programs, Stanford will be supporting the program at Dameron with the latest in research and educational programs to complement the care and services already offered.”   The innovative program grants Central Valley residents access to highly rated physicians, state-of-the-art surgical procedures and technologies, and minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgeries close to home. Advanced coronary grafting techniques, aortic valve repair and replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement (including complex repairs), video-assisted surgery for lung cancer, and minimally invasive cardiac surgeries are among just a few of the top offerings.   Perfect for the frail and elderly, minimally invasive techniques are gentler on the body and allow for rapid recovery with lower risk of complications. “It also benefits patients who are not too old or ill because it allows them to recover faster and get back to the activities they enjoy,” Dr. Keyser adds.

   These techniques allow surgeons to access areas of the heart or lungs without opening the chest, breaking bones, or making a large incision in select patients. As Dr. Keyser explains, “The techniques we use here utilize long-shafted instruments, similar to what’s used by robotic operations, but handled directly by the surgeon. We combine that with 3-D direct visualization, providing the same benefits of robotic surgery, but with a greater connection between surgeon and patient and fewer incisions.” In this way, Dr. Keyser continues to maintain a personal touch with his patients.    Dr. Keyser finds this aspect to be the most fascinating, as he witnesses patients who may not have done well with traditional techniques “recover as quickly as a healthy patient would have, or even faster.”    But, it’s not all about surgery. “What I find to be the most important component is the attention to quality and outcome. We provide a personal level of care, the Stanford level of care, which is always the highest quality level of care for the individual patients’ circumstances,” Dr. Keyser says. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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WORLD-CLASS CARE IN THE

HEART OF SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

THE STANFORD CARDIAC SURGERY PROGRAM AT DAMERON HOSPITAL • Expertise from the brightest minds in medicine • State-of-the-art surgical procedures and technology • Minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgeries

“It makes perfect sense to create a presence in the Central Valley with Dameron. This new program will enhance the standard of surgical care available in the community and leverages the best of what Stanford Health Care and Dameron bring to the table.” –Dr. Joseph Woo, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chairman of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Cardiothoracic Surger y Depar tment

EXCELLENCE IN CARDIAC CARE

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BEAUTY

 BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

EAT YOUR WAY to BETTER SKIN Skin reveals to the world how healthy—or how old—a person may be. So it’s no surprise that positive lifestyle choices such as a well-balanced nutritional diet, or harmful habits such as tobacco and mass alcohol consumption, can all have great affects on how radiant or wrinkly skin appears.    As a registered dietitian and clinical diabetic educator at San Joaquin General Hospital, Dawn Siberts says the trick to glowing skin is no secret. Dawn regularly guides patients down a greener path to nutritional eating habits and living a healthier lifestyle that’s more than just skin-deep.    “Skin shows how well your body is doing on the inside,” Dawn says. “I think one of the advantages of living in the San Joaquin County is we get fresh fruits and vegetables that are at the height of the season and they’re going to taste the best.”    Dawn offers sundry tips on how to obtain naturally healthy skin with suggestions that embrace everyday nutritional choices and there’s even room for guilty pleasures in moderation.

H20

The general goal is to consume eight glasses of water per day and the exact amount of water needed is calculated based on a person’s weight and age.  Hydrated skin looks clear and smooth while dehydrated skin can be dry, flaky and show more wrinkles.

Fiber

Not only is fiber great for the body’s digestive system it also helps control blood sugar. High blood sugar can contribute to dry, flaky skin. According to Dawn, women should consume 25 grams per day and men should consume 38 grams per day. “High fiber helps to improve your glucose and your blood sugar control. High blood sugar makes your skin itchy and dry,” Dawn says. “By controlling blood sugars, your skin is able to heal faster and it’s able to be healthier.”

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Five a day

The saying, “eat the rainbow” couldn’t ring truer. Dawn recommends that her patients each five fruits and vegetables per day to maintain a nutrition-rich diet that will have a positive affect on the skin.

Moderation

An alcoholic beverage every now and then is A-OK, but mass consumption of alcohol or tobacco will not only dehydrate skin, but it encourages wrinkles and even jaundice when the liver is unhealthy. “When your liver gets to a certain degree of not functioning correctly

your skin will become jaundice and turn yellow,” Dawn says. “Once you see it on somebody, you never forget that shade of yellow.”

Vitamins

Dawn recommends multivitamins and vitamin C to help obtain radiant skin and also to promote faster healing in cuts or scrapes. “For healthy skin and a healthy body, I also recommend getting plenty of sleep, regular exercise,  eating healthy, and keeping your skin out of the sun,” Dawn says. “As a skin cancer survivor—I can’t recommend enough sun block, hats, long sleeves, and long pants.”


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2018 SJ HEALTH AND MEDICAL GUIDE

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San Joaquin Health 2018  

Our annual health and medical guide. Whether you're looking for a new dentist, specialist or updated information on what our local hospitals...

San Joaquin Health 2018  

Our annual health and medical guide. Whether you're looking for a new dentist, specialist or updated information on what our local hospitals...