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Stockton Cardiology Medical Group Our greatest reward is to see our patients smile again after a challenging health event.

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STOCKTON CARDIOLOGY MEDICAL GROUP was established in the mid-1950s. Our philosophy remains steadfast in that “it is a privilege to care for the people of the San Joaquin, Calaveras and Tuolumne communities.” Our relationships with our patients continue to enrich our lives. Today, the pace of medicine is so fast that there are multiple interventional options to prevent heart attacks, even before they happen. Stockton Cardiology offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program that includes cardiac risk factor assessment for the prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD), invasive and noninvasive cardiovascular evaluation, intervention for congenital heart disease, intervention for coronary artery, electrophysiology service and peripheral vascular intervention. Complex coronary and peripheral endovascular interventions, including carotid stenting and limb salvage procedures are areas of special interest for the physicians of Stockton Cardiology.

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when the blood vessels outside the heart are diseased or clogged, interfering with normal blood flow to the arms, legs and stomach. It is reported that an estimated 20 million people in the United States have PAD, with many being undiagnosed and untreated.

“Our greatest reward is to see our patients smile again after a challenging health event.” STOCKTON CARDIOLOGY LOCATIONS: Stockton: 415 East Harding Way, Suite D • 209-944-5750 Tracy: 1530 N. Bessie, Suite 101 • 209-832-0343 Manteca: 1148 - 3 Norman Drive • 209-823-1555 San Andreas: 704 Mt. Ranch Rd., #101 • 209-754-1012

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BYPASSING OBESITY There’s no question that losing weight can be difficult. But what do you do when you have a lot of weight to lose? We sat down with two local women who made the big decision, to chat surgery, recovery and more.

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BY NISSA HALLQUIST

BYPASSING

OBESITY There’s no question that losing weight can be difficult. But what do you do when you have a lot of weight to lose? What if you need to lose it quickly? Most importantly, what if, despite all your best efforts to exercise and eat right your body still refuses to do what you wish?

   Rebecca Rich had been heavy her whole life. None of the diets she tried worked and having four kids didn’t help much either. Two years ago, she was the biggest she’d ever been. It hurt her to walk. Her self-confidence was nil. Then her birthday came, and as she blew out the candles, she swore to herself that she wouldn’t have another one being that heavy ever again. A couple years earlier, Martha Post had arrived at the same conclusion. She’d tried all kinds of diets, but none of them worked for her either. She was uncomfortable, her blood pressure was high and her legs were always swollen, making it difficult to perform her duties as a restaurant manager.

That’s when both ladies chose gastric bypass surgery.   If sheer willpower, a proper diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick, that’s where more extreme measures come in. A variety of bariatric surgeries exist to give you a choice about just how extreme you really need to go. The most common bariatric procedure is a gastric bypass, which facilitates weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach and rerouting the digestive system. Both Post and Rich knew people who had had it done, so were aware going in of the risks as well as the benefits. When he was first introduced to it 14 years ago, Dr. Dat Tien Nguyen was not entirely convinced of the positive effects of weight loss surgery… but then he saw the results for himself. He was amazed to see that, alongside the dramatic loss of weight, related health issues were also resolved. High blood pressure, diabetes, joint issues, sleep apnea – all of these things eased significantly, or even disappeared entirely, along with the pounds. PUBLISHED YEARLY BY SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

   Today, as a practicing weight loss surgeon in Pleasanton and Manteca (Doctor’s Hospital), Dr. Nguyen laments our current obesity epidemic and the need for surgery to help people lose weight. He wishes there were some less invasive means to solve the problem. But until there is, he cannot deny the advantages that gastric bypass surgery affords people today. “Right now there is no magic pill,” he says. “But until there is, weight loss surgery is the closest thing.” Under the general category of gastric bypass are the more specific procedures of Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB) and Roux-en-Y. AGB, better known under the LAPBAND label, is a restrictive surgery by which a silicone ring is fastened around a patient’s stomach near the esophagus. A port in the ring allows it to be inflated or deflated as needed to control the amount of food to be passed into the digestive system.

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Percent of American adults who are obese: 35.9%

Average percentage of weight lost with AGB: 30-40%

Approximate number of gastric bypass surgeries performed every year in the U.S.: 150,000

Average percentage of excess weight lost (and kept off) with Roux-en-Y: -First 2 years: 50-75% -5 to 15 years later: 50%+

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MARTHA POST   According to Dr. Nguyen, the main benefits to AGB are its adjustability and reversibility. However, weight loss may not be as quick as with other weight loss surgeries. And rare but well-publicized instances of mechanical failures (the band breaking, access port problems, stomach perforation, etc.) have greatly reduced the number of requests for AGB. Roux-en-Y is what people envision when you say gastric bypass (and is the procedure that both Rich and Post had done). By reducing stomach size and bypassing other parts of the stomach and intestine during digestion, the Roux-en-Y procedure is both restrictive and malabsorptive. The surgery involves stapling the stomach into a small upper section and larger lower section. The upper stomach, or “pouch,” is where food will go. It then is connected to the small intestine via a new shorter route, or “Roux limb.” The larger lower portion of the stomach is bypassed completely. Whatever specific procedure a patient decides to go with, improving technologies make gastric bypass surgery in general continually safer and more effective. As much as possible, Dr. Nguyen employs laparoscopic techniques for gastric bypass procedures. This requires single incisions about one-inch wide, just big enough to accommodate surgical instruments and the camera that allows him to see what he’s doing. Not only does this technique hasten recovery time, it also results in minimal scarring.

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   Even then, these are major surgeries, and should not be gone into lightly. In fact, before they get to the operating table, there is a fairly thorough screening process that patients must go through to prove that 1) they are eligible for the surgery, and 2) they are prepared both mentally and physically for their new body and digestive system. Gastric bypass is not a viable option for someone simply because they’re overweight. The National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) eligibility guidelines dictate a body mass index of 40 or more (80 pounds overweight for women, 100 pounds overweight for men), or 35 or more if the surgery will also address a further-reaching medical condition like heart disease or diabetes. Such figures would classify someone as clinically obese. Once physical requirements are met, a candidate has to show a history of continual attempts to lose weight, which exemplifies their determination and willingness to follow through. Over a period of several months there are appointments with nutritionists and psychiatrists, orientations and information sessions, so the patient knows exactly what will happen and what will be required of them. Then after getting through all that, they have to adhere to a presurgery diet to get their body prepared and minimize any operative complications.   All of this screening and preparation is designed to inform a patient that, while initial results after surgery are often swift and dramatic, a gastric bypass is not the quick fix some perceive it to be. Rather, it’s just the first step in a complete lifestyle change. “It’s just a tool,” Post says. “It’s up to you to make it successful.” With a functional stomach a fraction of the size it used to be and a new, shortened digestive tract that doesn’t absorb as many nutrients, ongoing maintenance and specialized nutrition is required for the rest of the patient’s life. You have to limit your intake of food, make what you do eat as nutritionally beneficial as possible and take a variety of vitamins. After surgery, a liquid diet segues into soft solids and then finally regular food. Meals are very small, with a focus on high protein, low calories and avoiding sugar and fats as much as possible. No alcohol or carbonated beverages, and any drinks you do have should be consumed between meals, not with them (since they can give you a full feeling). In order to get a full balance of nutrients, you also need to take a multi-vitamin, B12 and calcium supplement every day.    Not following these rules can result in pain, illness and, in the case of overeating, actually reversing the procedure by stretching the stomach back out. But those who are able to adapt to their new lifestyle find the benefits far outweigh any inconveniences. And if they do ever feel like they’re slipping, ongoing support groups are usually available to help gastric bypass patients overcome their fears and hurdles.

“It was hard at the beginning,” Rich recalls. “But then the weight starts coming off. You still have to work for it, but it gets easier.”    A little over one year after her surgery at Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Rich has gone from 242 pounds all the way down to 146. As the weight has gone away, so has her pain, both physical and emotional. Feeling better about herself, she’s started socializing more and actually enjoys buying new clothes. Best of all, she is the first in her family to get a college degree. Being able to finish something is an example she’s excited to set for her children. And since having her gastric bypass in December of 2010 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Post has lost 127 pounds, reaching her goal weight and going from a size 26 down to a size 14/16. She had the loose skin around her stomach removed. Her blood pressure went down, as did the swelling in her legs, which also allowed her to remove varicose veins. And she’s found that

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SLEEVE? If you like the results of the gastric bypass, but maybe are concerned about keeping up with the strict nutritional requirements, you have another surgical option: vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Basically, a section of the stomach is removed, with the remaining portion stapled together and formed into a tube-like sleeve roughly the size and shape of a banana. The smaller stomach can only hold about 1/10th the food of a normal stomach. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure differs from gastric bypass in that there is no cutting or altering of the muscles that allow food in and out of the stomach, nor does it affect the absorption of nutrients and calories. According to Dr. Nguyen, it is because of these aspects that the sleeve gastrectomy procedure has actually surpassed gastric bypass in popularity.

having to watch what she eats has actually helped influence the people she works with as well as her family. Being able to teach others how to make good nutritional decisions is just another unexpected and wonderful side effect that came from her gastric bypass surgery. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: If you’re curious to find out if gastric bypass is for you, Doctors Hospital in Manteca offers free monthly informational seminars. For more information, call (800) 470-7229 or go the weight loss surgery page at www.doctorsmanteca.com. Sutter Memorial Medical Center in Modesto also offers free informational seminars. Call (888) 547-0935 to register, or go to www.memorialmedicalcenter.org/ bariatrics.

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  Most people have heard of acupuncture, either during casual conversation or as a suggestion for treating muscle pain. However, what some may not have guessed is that acupuncture treats a wide variety of ailments, including infertility and the struggle to lose weight. Acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. These points reside on channels or meridians that are pathways through both the exterior and interior of the body. The points on the body can regulate the way in which the body functions, specifically when it comes to treating fertility and weight loss.    Infertility in women can be caused by any number of reasons, Scott Evans, DOM, L.Ac. at Acupuncture of Lodi, stresses the importance of looking into a patient’s history in order to determine the best course of action. Evans explains, “I like to evaluate the patient and see if the problem is coming from deficiency or excess

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and then determine the best course of action for that person”. Deficiency, in this case, may suggest a deficiency in blood. Evans suggests a treatment plan for such a patient that involves nourishing their blood and Qi (chi or life force) and the prescribing of Chinese herbs.   Infertility can also be caused by stress putting pressure on the body. Evans states, “Oftentimes patients can’t relax and allow pregnancy to happen; then we work with trying to relax the body and get their sleep regulated. Busy lifestyles and stress are increasing factors in a woman’s infertility, causing women to become bound up emotionally. Acupuncture allows them to relax.” Another way to treat infertility is with the use of moxibustion, a method of acupuncture used to heat the body. A long cigar-shaped bundle of dried leaves is lit on one end and held above acupuncture points. Evans measures pulses to determine heat condition—a slow pulse is considered cold and a fast pulse is considered hot.   Using acupuncture to increase fertility involves a relatively short treatment plan for some women, typically requiring only two or three visits. Evans commends the

use of acupuncture in treating infertility. “I’ve had pretty good luck with it actually; of course, the age of a person is always a factor as well as their relative health.”   Weight loss can also be treated with acupuncture; however, it is most effective when the patient is willing to change their lifestyle. The acupuncture needles are inserted in the body into specific points to release endorphins, which have a calming and relaxing effect. This allows patients to deal with their stress, frustration and anxiety more positively, diminishing their desire to overeat and binge on harmful foods.

TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT CONTACT:

Dr. Scott Evans, DOM, L.Ac. 755 So. Fairmont Ave. Suite B Lodi, (209)339-9888 www.aculodi.com/scott-evans/

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Simmulation Mannequins

Simmulation Mannequins BY KADIE JEPSEN

Kaiser Permanente provides an extraordinary training program for their medical staff to ensure quality performances with patient care and enhanced teamwork capabilities. According to Gigi Baniqued, Director of the Clinical Education, Practice, and Informatics Department at Kaiser Permanente, “The vision for the program is to promote learning and practice using simulation-based education to improve safety and create highly reliable teams.”    Baniqued discusses the enhanced mannequins used in the Simulation Lab program. “There are five different types of mannequins, each with their own functionality.” She goes into detail about one of the mannequins called SimMan3G, “He can talk and breathe; we can also program him to do different things. He’s very high tech.” When asked about the various performances SimMan3G is put though, she replies, “We practice different kinds of things on him. For instance, code blue, various drills or even CPR. We can even put him through septic shock and have a team of providers and nurses in the room figure out how to take care of him.” The mannequins are good for clinic skills as well as practicing emergency situations. Through the various drills, they enhance the skill level of both providers and nurses.   Baniqued goes on to describe another of their mannequins – a full functioning pregnant mannequin called Noel. “She can give birth to a baby, and even the baby is a Sim newbie that can be given CPR. We can put a heart rhythm onto a monitor so we can do shocks on the mannequins and see the different rhythms on the monitor.” The mannequins allow the physicians and nurses to be able to perform real life scenarios on the equipment.    The Simulation mannequins have been a part of Kaiser since the hospital opened. “It’s taken awhile to incorporate the mannequins into different operations, but it has definitely gained momentum,” Baniqued admits. “We are now incorporating simulations into education for nurses and physicians.” Hands on is the best way to train to really understand how it all comes together. Kaiser has a full Sim lab, and the Simulation mannequins are mobile as well. “We are able to take them into patients’ rooms for a live environment while the physicians practice on the mannequins,” she continues. After the training on the mannequins has been completed, there is an indepth discussion about what happened. “That’s when the learning happens, while discussing what they did well or what they could have done different.”    Part of the mannequin training includes the switching of roles--the physician takes on the role of the nurse and vice versa. “That way they understand each other’s role better and have a clear understanding of who does what,” Baniqued concludes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIMULATION MANNEQUINS CONTACT:

Gigi Baniqued, RN MHA CHC Service Director-Clinical Education, Practice & informatics (CEPI) Kaiser Permanente-Central Valley Area 4601 Dale Road Modesto, (209) 735-4553 Gigi.Baniqued@kp.org

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Health Coverage

Health Coverage is Now Within Reach for

Young Adults BY KADIE JEPSEN

   The Affordable Care Act has many people talking about changes to the healthcare system. Much of the conversation has been about Covered California, the “marketplace” for individuals to shop and compare health insurance options, enroll, and qualify for financial subsidies that help them pay for their coverage. Did you know there are also changes to California’s Medi-Cal program? MEDI-CHANGES = COVERAGE FOR MORE PEOPLE As of January 1, 2014, more people qualify for Medi-Cal, California’s version of the national Medicaid program. Available in the past to lower income families, seniors or people with disabilities, the program is now open to more state residents, including young adults who are not on their parent’s coverage, single or married childless adults with low incomes, and former Foster Care children (to age 26). “In San Joaquin County, it’s estimated that as many as 35,000 uninsured residents now qualify for Medi-Cal based on new eligibility rules and higher income allowances,” says David Hurst, vice president of external affairs for Health Plan of San Joaquin, a regional not-for-profit health plan serving most of San Joaquin County’s Medi-Cal participants. “For many people who thought that affordable healthcare was out of reach, they may just be an application away from having access to comprehensive benefits.” Medi-Cal coverage provides preventive care visits, specialty care, prescriptions, emergency services, lab and diagnostic services, immunizations, and more. REACHING OUT TO ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS    Efforts are underway to promote the availability of MediCal to eligible residents. Health Plan of San Joaquin and the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency have funded an outreach effort by area non-profit agencies to not only spread the word, but to also ensure application assistance is available. “It’s important to help people understand whether their income qualifies them for nocost Medi-Cal or a subsidy-eligible plan through Covered California. Several agencies throughout San Joaquin County have experience helping people understand the

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various programs and their eligibility. When people call Health Plan of San Joaquin, we connect them to an agency that can help them look at their options.”   Hurst notes that funded agencies are reaching out to people potentially eligible for Medi-Cal who may not be aware of the program changes, as well as those who may not be considering the importance of coverage. “There’s a focus on reaching out to young adults and others who may be going without coverage due to the expense, but very much need preventive care and checkups, and are vulnerable to the costs of urgent or emergency care with their active lifestyles, such as with

a cycling accident, sunburn, or sports injury,” says Hurst. While applicants to Covered California seeking subsidized coverage are only able to do so during the annual Open Enrollment period, those eligible for MediCal can enroll throughout the year.

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Orthodontics

ORTHODONTICS BY KADIE JEPSEN

  Each year, people are challenged with the decision of whether or not to correct their smile and which method of correction to choose. With orthodontics, there are many different options available, and it’s important to speak with the orthodontist about the best choice for you. One of the more increasingly popular options when choosing braces is the Invisalign system. Invisalign uses a custom-made aligner created for you and only you. The aligner is a comfortable and virtually invisible plastic piece that is worn over your teeth that gradually shifts them into place. The main benefit of Invisalign is the aesthetic appeal; since there are no metal brackets or wires, Invisalign is virtually undetectable. Dr. Wheeler DDS, MS from Wheeler Orthodontics, states that he sees a wide range of ages wearing Invisalign braces but recommends the patient have all of their adult teeth before choosing Invisalign as the right method for them. Recently, Invisalign launched Invisalign Teen, which Dr. Wheeler says specifically caters to adolescents.

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   Traditional metal braces are still a viable option in today’s world, Dr. Wheeler says. “Invisalign is more popular, but by far conventional braces are the lion’s share of the market.” Using either traditional braces or Invisalign takes about the same amount of time and cost for teeth correction and regarding efficiency, he explains. “For the most part, it’s about even.” One of the more exciting treatments Dr. Wheeler offers is Incognito braces. These braces are placed behind your teeth so no one will even know you’re wearing them. Incognito uses state-of-the-art technology and the braces are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and dental situation. Since the brackets are placed behind your teeth, it offers a lot of aesthetic appeal for those looking for a less noticeable option.    Another option Dr. Wheeler offers in his office are Damon braces. Damon uses traditional metal, but the amount of friction is greatly reduced. A patient can also choose Clarity braces, which feature a comfortable design with a translucent appearance. Dr. Wheeler says this type has clear

ceramic brackets, so it is a good option for those looking for a more aesthetically pleasing approach. When choosing braces, it’s important for you as the patient to speak with the orthodontist and choose the best form that works for you. “It’s all about finding the best tool for the job that matches the patient,” Dr. Wheeler states. Whether a patient is looking for something more traditional such as the metal brackets, or an option that is more modern, there are many choices available.

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth

BY KADIE JEPSEN

SENSITIVITY   Sensitive teeth can be caused by any number of reasons. When the hard enamel of the tooth is worn down, pain can be caused by hot or cold beverages, foods or even exposure to air. If the pain becomes unbearable, consult with your dentist and determine the best course of action. Dr. Rafat Razi, a pediatric dentist in Tracy, says sensitive teeth among children can occur if the enamel of their teeth does not form correctly. “It could be from an environmental insult when their teeth were developing, which can eventually lead to sensitivity to hot and cold products,” she explains.   Stockton’s Dr. Maywell Inong explains the various ways to treat sensitive teeth and the materials used. “There are different types of materials used to seal the root surfaces of sensitive teeth,” she says. “They primarily act by chemically bonding to the dentinal root surface to seal the open pores that transmit temperature and sweet or sour sensitivity to the nerve.” The seal is not permanent and may need to be reapplied every six months due to surface wear. However, the material used is clear and unnoticeable once it is placed.   Whitening strips are also a common cause of tooth sensitivity. Dr. Inong notes that all whitening methods will more than likely cause sensitivity. “Since teeth whitening systems open up the dentinal tubules to draw out stains, sensitivity is likely with all whitening systems. For my patients, I recommend two weeks of desensitizing fluoride toothpaste prior to starting any whitening system if sensitivity is an issue.”   Dr. Razi advises her patients to

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wait until they have all of their permanent teeth before they consider whitening. “Teenagers may request it,” she admits, “but I recommend over-the-counter methods – they tend to be less abrasive than products used by the dentist office.” There are even certain mouthwashes that have a whitening ingredient, but Dr. Inong advises it could increase the risk of tooth sensitivity, as can tartar control toothpastes. She explains, “Tartar control toothpaste is more abrasive than other toothpastes. Since exposed root surfaces are softer than enamel, the abrasive properties of tartar control toothpaste increase surface wear on exposed root surfaces and can increase the risk of sensitivity by opening up the dentinal tubules.”    There are many people who suffer from grinding their teeth at night. Not only is the habit annoying, but it can also cause tooth sensitivity as well. Dr. Inong advises using a night guard to correct the problem. “The forces generated from grinding cause hypersensitivity by causing the nerve of the tooth to become hyper-reactive to temperature and pressure. A night guard is worn at night and during the day depending on the patient.”

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Chipped Teeth

CHIP OFF THE

OLD BLOCK BY KADIE JEPSEN

  Our smiles are important to us all, and when there is a chipped or missing tooth, it can greatly affect not only our self-esteem but our dental health as well. It is important to find a local dentist who will fix the problem before it creates further damage or pain. Chipping a tooth can damage the nerve and cause extreme sensitivity with increased pain due to the nerve ending being exposed to air and hot or cold drinks. Sensitivity can also be caused by a cracked tooth as well. Todd Franklin, DDS in Lodi says his approach to fixing chipped teeth is different than most. “Teeth don’t chip just to chip; there are usually underlying causes to chipped teeth,” he explains. “Usually,

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a person has a bad bite.” Dr. Franklin says putting materials such as a veneer or cap on a tooth won’t necessarily work if you don’t first address the gap. He notes that there are specific steps he puts patients through. “I analyze the bite to make sure we can root out any underlying cause for chipped or broken teeth.” The important thing to remember is if you’re going to spend money and time on fixing a tooth, you don’t want to return in a year if the bite is not corrected.    There are different types of materials used to repair a chipped tooth--the plastic composite comes in two colors and lasts typically five years, while the porcelain or ceramic glass lasts around five to ten years.

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A person can also suffer from other dental ailments such as a missing tooth, which when left untreated, can cause gaps and spaces to form. There are various ways to replace a missing tooth. One is a titanium post that is put into the jawbone with a crown then placed on top. Dr. Franklin says that particular method has been around the longest, but he also uses what is called a bridge to replace the missing teeth. The bridge utilizes teeth on either side of the space as anchor points; they look like individual teeth but are glued in. When evaluating whether or not to repair a chipped tooth, you should consult your dentist and determine the best course of action. If a chip

is small, then the dentist may smooth out the chipped area and the tooth won’t require a filling. A cracked tooth can be easily repaired depending on the severity. A minor crack rarely needs treatment, but a fully cracked tooth will need to be repaired with filling material, a crown, or possibly a root canal.

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Gynecologist

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD ASK YOUR

GYNECOLOGIST BY NISSA HALLQUIST

It can be embarrassing when you actually have issues…down there. But being too embarrassed to ask the important questions can leave you vulnerable to dangerous and potentially deadly conditions. Dr. R. Afiba Arthur of P. Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology helps us answer ten questions you might be afraid to ask but should:

I’VE NOTICED THAT I’VE STARTED TO SMELL BAD. WHAT COULD BE CAUSING IT?

The most obvious culprit is improper hygiene. But if the change has occurred while your bathing regimen hasn’t, there could be a disease at work. WHAT IF IT HURTS TO HAVE SEX?

Painful sex is often due to vaginal dryness or tenderness brought on by a yeast or urinary tract infection. SHOULD I BE WORRIED IF MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER HAD BREAST CANCER?

While an indicator, family history is not always definitive. You’ll just want to be diligent in your screenings, conduct them with greater frequency then what is normally recommended and consider genetics counseling/screening.

WHY CAN’T I GET PREGNANT?

It could be due to multiple factors. If you’ve been trying for a year or more without success, both you and your partner should be examined. FOR ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE MY PERIOD, I GET VERY IRRITABLE, TIRED AND BLOATED TO THE POINT WHERE IT AFFECTS MY DAILY LIFE. CAN I DO ANYTHING TO STOP IT?

It could be PMDD, or premenstrual dysmorphic disorder. After ruling out any other issues, you can try to manage PMDD with a diet change, exercise, nutritional supplements, antidepressents or birth control pills. MY PERIODS SEEM REALLY HEAVY AND LONG. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO LESSEN THEM?

Heavy periods, or menorrhagia, are caused by a variety of things, including hormonal imbalance, uterine fibroids or use of blood thinners. A doctor can determine that it’s not anything more serious.

SOMETIMES I PEE A LITTLE WHEN I SNEEZE. WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING?

Urinary incontinence is usually the result of weakened pelvic muscles. Kegel exercises can help tone them. WHAT ARE THE SAFEST AND/OR MOST EFFECTIVE FORMS OF BIRTH CONTROL?

Long-term contraceptives like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and Depo Provera are effective and convenient. 1HOW CAN I TELL IF I’VE STARTED MENOPAUSE?

Perimenopause usually presents with hot flashes, mood changes and abnormal menstrual bleeding. After a year of no menstruation, that’s menopause.

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I JUST NOTICED A BUMP ON MY VAGINA. WHAT COULD IT BE?

It depends on what the bump looks like. If it causes you pain, go see your doctor. If not, it might just be an ingrown hair.

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Protein and Fiber

Chicken or

Bran?

BY NISSA HALLQUIST

At one time, fiber was touted as the best way to keep digestion regular, make you feel fuller and generally help you be fit and healthy. Now it seems you don’t hear as much about fiber, as protein enjoys its time in the spotlight. But is one more beneficial than the other? How (and how much) should they be incorporated into a healthy diet?

PROTEIN

Protein helps build lean muscle and burn fat, which helps you make the most of any exercise regimen. Ideally, according to Gabe Subry, one of the owners of Crossfit 209 in Stockton, a little protein should be consumed at every meal throughout the day. His formula for good protein intake is based on a person’s lean muscle mass: 1g of protein for every pound of lean muscle.

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When you’re working out, the National Academy of Sports

Medicine recommends approximately 15-30% of your diet come from protein. According to Jason Coulie, Training and Development Manager for InShape Health Clubs Personal Training Dept., this equates to 1.2-2g of protein per kg of body weight, or about 80-135g (2.8-4.76 oz.) for a 150-pound person. Something to keep in mind is that fat and calories often come along with animal sources of protein. So try to keep to leaner animal sources like red meat with no marbling, skinless poultry, non- or low-fat dairy products and fish. For vegetarians or people with food allergies, protein can be found in beans, nuts and tofu.

FIBER

“Fiber is much easier to understand and get,” says Coulie, “but less than half of us are eating the FDA recommended 20-30g of fiber per day.” In other words, you might not need as much fiber, but you do need some. It assists with cardiovascular health and weight management, helps lower bad cholesterol and may even help in fending off several forms of

cancer (mostly along the digestive tract). Substantial amounts of dietary fiber are found in many breakfast cereals, bread, pastas and breakfast bars. Someone with gluten issues will find good sources of fiber in quinoa, beans, and a variety of fruits, berries and dark, leafy greens like spinach. While you’re shopping for fiber sources, keep an eye on sugar content – you don’t want it to exceed 40g per serving. So ultimately, any perceived focus on fiber or protein is just a marketing technique. You need both fiber and protein for ideal nutrition. Lean too heavily one way or the other and you risk throwing your diet – and your health – off balance.

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Stockton Urgent Care Medical Clinic Inc.

Stockton Urgent Care Medical Clinic and Family Practice has had the proud honor of serving the Stockton community for over 27 years. In that time, Stockton Urgent Care has evolved in response to the requests of the community by incorporating Family Practice into its scope of care and has embraced advancing medical technology by implementing Electronic Medical Records and on site Digital X-Rays to further enhance the streamline medical care at Stockton Urgent Care. Along with numerous professional recognitions including Certification by the Urgent Care Association of America, the greatest accolades have been being named “Best of San Joaquin County” a record SEVEN times by the Greater Stockton Community. With heartfelt appreciation, it is hoped that Stockton Urgent Care Medical Clinic and Family Practice will be able to continue to participate in the Stockton Community’s health care for many years to come.

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MEDICAL GUIDE | LASIIK Surgery

Clearer Vision in the Blink of an Eye

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   Back in the 1980s, laser-based refractive surgery was first developed as a safe, precise and fast way to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism by reshaping the cornea. The result was permanently improved vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Since then, the effects – and technology – have only gotten better. Of the refractive eye surgeries available today, the most popular is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), first approved by the FDA in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Joseph Zeiter began performing it for patients in the San Joaquin area, the first in the area to do so.    Even after all that time, Dr. Zeiter still

remains impressed with the procedure’s results. It’s so effective that vision is vastly improved in a matter of minutes. Literally. In most cases, both eyes can be corrected in 15-20 minutes. To be eligible for LASIK, as with most other kinds of surgery, your body needs to be able to adequately heal itself. You must be in general good health, with no autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, diabetes, HIV or AIDS. LASIK is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, as hormones can affect the shape of the eye. When it comes to the eyes themselves, the ideal LASIK candidate is someone over 18 years old with mild to moderate myopia, hyperopia or

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OTHER OPTIONS TO LOOK AT PRK

(photorefractive keratectomy) Also known as surface ablation surgery, PRK is the precursor to LASIK. Instead of cutting a flap, a laser is applied directly to the corneal surface. Post-operative recovery and healing take longer than LASIK, but the final outcome is the same.

VISIAN ICL

(phakic intraocular lenses) Instead of altering the eye, the Visian ICL is inserted into the eye to work with the existing cornea. Essentially an implantable contact lens, it is ideal for near or farsighted patients with thin corneas. While permanent, it can be removed if further vision correction is needed in the future. It is not suggested for astigmatism.

RLE

(Refractive Lens Exchange) Similar to cataract surgery, RLE is an option for improving agerelated presbyopia and reducing dependence on reading glasses. The natural lens of the eye is replaced with an advanced multifocal or accommodating IOL to allow clear vision at all distances.

astigmatism who has been kept stable for at least a year and with adequate corneal thickness. The overall health of the eyes is generally good, with no infections, keloids or other serious ailments, including dry eye syndrome.    So, how exactly does LASIK work? The patient is kept awake for the entire procedure. The eye surgeon applies numbing drops to alleviate any discomfort. There is no pain, just a bit of pressure. But even with such reassurances, patients are often tense, so Valium or Ativan is also administered to keep them relaxed. The eyelids are held open with a special speculum, and then the eye itself is held still by a suction cup in order to create a circular flap in the cornea. It is this flap that sets LASIK apart from other refractive surgeries and minimizes post-surgical discomfort. This flap is usually created by a microkeratome, a handheld tool that makes

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an incision as it travels around the cornea, creating a flap in about 15 seconds. Alternately, a method called InterLase can create the flap using rapid pulses of laser light, which form a microscopic layer of bubbles just underneath the surface of the cornea.   The flap is folded back to expose the corneal tissue underneath, which is then sculpted using an excimer laser. The laser removes microscopic amounts of the cornea to reshape it and refocus the light coming into the cornea. If someone is nearsighted, the cornea is flattened. If farsighted, the cornea is made steeper. And in cases of astigmatism, the irregular surface of the cornea is smoothed out. The flap is set back into place, and the cornea is allowed to heal naturally. Within 24 hours (if not sooner), patients can experience improved vision, although it can take several days

for full healing and to experience the crystal clear vision of their newly sculpted eyes. According to Dr. Zeiter, the biggest downside to LASIK is that it’s still considered an elective cosmetic surgery by insurance companies. This means that the cost of the surgery--which can be upwards of $5,000 for both eyes--is an out-of-pocket expense. On the other hand, most of the patients who have the procedure find it a small price to pay for being able to see clearly again.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LASIK SURGERY OR OTHER OPHTHALMOLOGICAL PROCEDURES:

ZEITER EYE MEDICAL GROUP (209) 466-5566, zeitereye.com

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MEDICAL GUIDE | Social Anxiety Disorder

Don’t Feel

SAD

BY NISSA HALLQUIST

   It’s not unusual to want to be alone sometimes. Nor is it odd to dislike public speaking or make small talk at a party. It’s when that dislike turns to fear and avoidance, or when you actively choose to be alone all the time, that it becomes a problem. Because then you’ve let the fear take control. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is the debilitating fear of certain social situations and, more specifically, the judgments of other people in such situations. It most commonly causes persistent self-conscious and negative thoughts and can even manifest itself physically with sweating and trembling. In order to avoid such unpleasant feelings, people with SAD tend to avoid the situations that cause them.

  Christopher Van Schenk, MD, MB, BCh, BAO is a psychiatrist with the Stockton Medical Group, specializing in mood/personality and anxiety disorders in adults. According to him, SAD is one of the most common anxiety disorders, with 13% of the population experiencing it at least once during their lifetime. One of the main difficulties in treating SAD is getting a correct diagnosis. SAD resembles other conditions and/or can often overlap with them, including bi-polar disorders, body dysmorphic disorder and avoidant personality disorder (AvPD). AvPD in particular is quite similar to SAD, but is much more extreme. Whereas someone with SAD might be afraid of one or two social situations, someone with AvPD is afraid of most and to even greater excess. (SAD may even be mistaken for introversion. However, while introverted people tend to be over-stimulated and tired out by social situations, they’re not necessarily afraid of them.)   Once SAD has been confidently diagnosed, Dr. Van Schenk prefers to start therapy before medication. The first step is finding out the cause of the disorder, whether it’s biological, emotional, psychological, or some combination thereof. Why are you afraid of interacting at a party? Was there a specific traumatic experience? Or have you always felt this way? From there, a combined effort of medication with cognitive therapy seems to be the most effective plan of attack. An anti-anxiety medication like Zoloft or Paxil makes the patient more relaxed and able to respond to therapy, which often includes exposure response exercises (putting yourself in the situation that makes you apprehensive).   So eventually, you can go to that party and feel good talking to people. You can speak up at a meeting if you have an idea. You can give that speech. You may still care about other people’s judgments, but they won’t stop you from being yourself and enjoying life any longer.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SOCIAL PHOBIAS, CONTACT:

DR. VAN SCHENK’S OFFICE (209) 946-6868 ST. JOSEPH’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER (209) 948-2100

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This state of the art technology allows surgical precision that is not otherwise possible with human hands. With the bladeless cataract surgery offered at Zeiter Eye, we offer the best refractive result, bringing the joy of clear vision to our patients.

“When sight is restored with cataract surgery, there are not many things in life more gratifying than sharing in that celebration with our patients.” -John H. Zeiter, M.D.

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SCOTT BEATTIE

ESTATE PLANNING FOR PROFESSIONALS

In recent decades estate planning lawyers have had their hands full keeping up with the increasing complexities of the modern world. Diverse client asset holdings, ever-changing tax laws, the advent of blended families, and the increasing use of IRAs and deferred compensation plans have all added to the complexity. Planning for professionals such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, adds another layer of complexity that must be specifically addressed. Traditionally, estate planning was death-oriented. It was seen as the process of putting your affairs in order to transfer assets at death. The death-oriented definition of estate planning developed at a time when the principal assets owned consisted of real estate and cash (and maybe a small farm or family business). The vehicle of choice was the “Will” and the primary issues to be addressed were (1) what assets are you giving away; and (2) to whom do you want to give them. As discussed below, giving away a professional practice poses special challenges. A Will may control the disposition of real property, bank accounts and even a business or profession, but you have to “go through probate” if these assets are not held in a Trust (or in joint tenancy which is not advisable). To “avoid probate” the vehicle of choice is the Living Trust. But the focus of modern estate planning must go beyond the creation of the Trust in order to properly plan for the lifetime management and disposition of your assets, particularly if a professional practice is involved. If you have a “Living Trust”, the Trust will control the disposition of your assets to the extent the assets are properly vested to the Trustees. However, neither a Will nor your Trust will typically control the disposition of assets such as life insurance, annuities, and deferred compensation arrangements such as IRAs and profit sharing/401k plans. Such “hot assets” are disposed of by beneficiary designations. Unless your Trust is named as beneficiary, its terms will not apply. A Trust can own and control the disposition of a professional practice, however to do so the Trustee generally has to be a person licensed to practice in the profession. When you create a “living trust” the licensed professional is alive and capable of acting. The problem arises on the death or incapacity of the professional.

Most successor trustees are not qualified to act as a fiduciary for purposes of managing and disposing of a professional practice. This makes dealing with a professional practice a challenge similar to dealing with other hard to devise assets such as annuities, IRAs and deferred compensation plans. If not dealt with carefully and coordinated with your estate plan, your family could be left exposed to unintended dispositions of property or adverse tax consequences. Frequently Buy-Sell Agreements are used in estate plans to address the concerns of handling business interests and professional practices. When the professional has partners, such agreements are designed to transfer the deceased professional’s interest in the practice to his or her partners in exchange for the buy-out of the Trust’s interest. This helps put the person’s interest in the hands of licensed individuals while producing liquidity for the decedent’s surviving spouse or family (if unlicensed). Such agreements are very helpful, but they don’t address all the issues. Experienced Estate Planners will often name a “Special Trustee” in the professional’s Living Trust to address additional concerns. A Special Trustee is someone who is entrusted with exclusive Trust powers over a particular Trust asset such as a professional practice where the other named Trustee is not qualified to be in charge. The Special Trustee must be licensed in the area of the practice (e.g., a licensed physician). So, while the surviving non-licensed spouse may be the Trustee for all other assets, a Special Trustee should be appointed to wind-up the affairs of the practice, sell the practice assets and transfer the net proceeds to the Primary Trustee for distribution. Addressing these additional concerns doesn’t mean everything is solved. More so than others, professionals tend to own a complex array of assets. Professionals often own more real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities, some held in traditional accounts, others in annuities, IRAs, and in various types of deferred compensation plans.It is not unusual for professionals and other business or real estate investors to hold promissory notes, partnership interests, LLCs, and life

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insurance. These require special attention to plan the estate and income tax consequences of the disposition. Professionals also generally have more liability concerns than others (not all covered by E&O insurance). A strategy should be put in place for managing and protecting assets during your lifetime. In other words, the focus should include (1) how to preserve your wealth (or asset protection) from taxes, creditors and mismanagement during your lifetime; (2) how to optimize your holdings during life and at death to address estate, gift, income, and property taxes; and (3) how to integrate a succession plan to minimize the risk of loss upon transfer to the next generation. One of the best things a professional expecting to receive an inheritance can do is to not receive an outright distribution. If you are a professional who stands to inherit any wealth from your family, you should have it set up in a Trust if asset protection is your goal. Trusts created by a third party for a professional and his or her children (e.g., multi-generational trusts) provide one of the strongest forms of asset protection available. That in combination with your E&O insurance and building asset holdings in qualified deferred compensation plans can put a defensive plan in place long before the need arises. The above ideas only scratch the surface of solid planning for professionals. Complex legal and tax issues need to be addressed. In short, you should seek qualified advice to ensure you put a comprehensive estate plan in place prepared by qualified specialists who understand the depth and breadth of the issues raised by your particular circumstances.

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   Caring for an elderly or sick parent can be a difficult thing to face alone – but it can sometimes be even more of a challenge when there are multiple family members involved in the decision making process. Naturally, differences of opinion are going to arise at some point, and if they aren’t resolved in a mature, constructive manner, the aging parent will unfortunately be the one who suffers the most. The following is a list of 5 tips for dealing with common family conflicts that often come up regarding senior issues before they interfere with the care of your loved one:

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One Share Responsibility

Some family members may not be able to handle the reality of watching their aging parent or relative deteriorate mentally or physically or may not have the time, so when they choose not to be involved, one or more others are left to shoulder all of the burden. Often the child or relative who lives closest to the elderly or sick parent will be the one who takes on the role main caregiver – whether they are equipped to deal with it or not. This person and those who are helping them should not be afraid to ask other family members for help. Sometimes it is necessary to directly relate your needs rather than presume they are already understood.

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Which brings us to the next tip on identifying strong suits. There will undoubtedly be a lot involved in caring for your ill or aging parent, so divide and conquer. Everyone has both strengths and weaknesses, so family members should choose roles accordingly. For example, the person who is the main caregiver may not be the best one to also handle the finances. And someone else may be more effective at communicating with the doctor or medical staff and reporting information to the group.

Three Hold Regular Family Meetings

Life gets hectic and you won’t always feel like you have the time to check in, especially when family members live across the country from one another. Thankfully, in this day and age there are many outlets that enable everyone to be a part of the discussion, even if they can’t be there physically like FaceTime or Skype. In each meeting, make sure everyone gets the chance to talk and express his or her true feelings and opinions without being shut down or ridiculed. Remember, you all want what’s best for your loved one, and you are a team.

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Assign someone to plan a schedule for the first meeting on topics that need to be talked about so everyone has a clear idea of what needs to be discussed. Items may include sharing feelings, medical updates, discussion of your aging parent’s wants and needs, living arrangements, cost of care and funding, support for caregiver (shopping, transportation, cleaning, laundry, etc.), visitation schedule, etc. Be sure to recap everyone’s responsibilities at the end of the meeting so there is no confusion as to who has agreed to take on what tasks.

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As one grows older, things like daily tasks become more difficult. At Access Home Care, we understand and want to help you and your loved ones maintain a comfortable and safe environment at home. In home care can be too costly for many families; that is why Access Home Care is rolling out our cost friendly bathing visits. Our experienced care givers will come out to the home simply to bathe your loved one. Bathing tends to be the number one reason the elderly are forced out of their homes into an assisted living. Access Home Care is here to change that pattern and keep people in their homes. Merced to Elk Grove, (209) 918-8010 myaccesshomecare.com

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Since establishment in 2001 by Phalin Klusman, The Senior’s Choice has provided in-home care services to the disabled and senior members of San Joaquin County and beyond. This has allowed our clients to continue living at home while being safely cared for. The services provided by our “Caregivers” may be Homemaker or Personal Care type assistance. While our services are not Home Health nursing, Physical Therapy or Hospice, we do support and compliment these medical services by having our caregivers available up to 24/7 if needed. The Senior’s Choice has qualified as a “Certified Home Care Aide Organization” from the California Association for Health Services at Home (cahsah.org). The Senior’s Choice 1806 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite L, Lodi, (209) 369-7712 seniorschoice@sbcglobal.net, www.seniorschoiceoflodi.com

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n RIO LAS PALMAS

It feels good to belong.  At an early age, we discover how comforting it feels to belong.  As we grow older, it’s even more important to be accepted and understood.  At Rio Las Palmas, creating a spirited atmosphere where residents and their families belong is the secret to our long-lasting success in Stockton! We are independent, assisted living, respite care, and so much more: • Spacious apartments • Restaurant-style dining • Housekeeping and linen services • Activities and social events • Scheduled local transportation • Warm, friendly staff

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n OCW ENGAGING AND ENRICHING!

Living at O’Connor Woods Retirement Community is an engaging, enriching experience! Although our campus is beautiful…filled with century old oak trees and walking paths... living here is about a lifestyle that most say they wish they had chosen much earlier.Residents enjoy beautiful apartments and cottages, designed with full kitchens, washers/dryers, and complemented by an array of services included in the affordable monthly fee. Additionally, they may choose to partake in a multitude of life enrichment programs, events and activities… running the gamut from stimulating trips and outings, to oncampus lecture series (affiliated with the university), to clubs and themed celebrations. 877 EAST MARCH LANE |STOCKTON | 209-957-4711 | WWW.RIOLASPALMASRETIREMENT.COM

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Living with advanced illness? When is the right time to call Community Hospice? The answer might surprise you.

“The 36th annual Senior Awareness Day is excited to celebrate seniors, caregivers and their families with a fun filled day 60’s style. Peace, Love and Seniors is the theme. Main stage will include Joni Morris, and the event will conclude with a “Hippie Show” by John Covert and Crystal Image. There will be a costume contest for those who come dressed for the occasion. Information is plentiful, with many new exhibitors expected this year. As usual, a Classic Car show, Bingo and Senior Art Show is available for your delight. The event is free along with transportation provided by RTD. For information call 209-468-1104.”

If you or a loved one is experiencing two or more of the following challenges:

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A nonprofit serving the Central Valley since 1979

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Aseracare Hospice focuses resources to serve the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the associates, patients and families with a sense of compassion, urgency and customer service. We preserve the dignity at end of life for our patients and families so that no one will ever reach the end of life in pain or alone. We create a culture that is dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering which finds expression through the ongoing gentle act of kindness, sympathy and compassion. Aseracare Hospice serves, educates and supports the local communities and referral sources as to the benefits, dignity and nobility of end of life care. AseraCare Hospice-Stockton 2529 W. March Lane, Stockton, (209) 474-8349, AseraCare.com

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Senior Awareness Day Information Fair for Seniors, Families, and Caregivers

Wellness Walk, Exhibitors, Classic Cars, Bingo, Senior Art Show, Entertainment, Free Park Entrance

Thursday, May 29, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. V Micke Grove Park in Lodi www.SJSeniorDay.org or call at: 209-468-1104 or E-mail: seniorawarenessday@sjgov.org John Covert & Crystal Image Hippie Show 12-1:15 p.m

Joni Morris & the After Midnight Band 10:00-11:30a.m. On Main Stage

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) provides free shuttle service to Senior Awareness Day event at Micke Grove Park. From 8 am to noon, shuttle buses will leave every half hour from eastbound Yokuts Ave, just east of Claremont Ave, in Stockton. Returning buses will leave the park every half hour until 3 pm.

(prize for best costume)

Main Stage 9:00 Wellness Walk

9:00-Uke.me and the Tremelos

9:30 Sassy Senior Tappers

San Joaquin County Aging and Community Services

Information & Assistance Program

Help is just a phone call away. We may be able to connect you with services to help you or someone you know.

Have Medicare? You may qualify for Extra Help Have trouble affording your prescription medications? Ask About: ▪ Medicare Savings Programs ▪ Extra Help for Prescription Drug Costs

Aging & Adult Services • Adult Protective Services

(Physical, Financial, or emotional abuse to seniors and dependent adults)

209-468-3780 • Ombudsman; Advocacy Care or Skilled Nursing Facilities 209-468-3785 • In-Home Supportive Services • Caregiver support and assistance • Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors • Senior congregate meals • Senior legal services • Volunteer opportunities for seniors and retired persons

• Medication management • Senior safety programs

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

CALL: 209-468-1104 or 1-800-510-2020 Visit us on the web: www.sjaging.org

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From independent living through memory care, the Commons on Thornton offers a true sense of belonging for seniors and their families. It’s a feeling that begins the moment you’re invited to “make yourself at home” and continues through every thoughtful, personal detail. Because not only do we understand the importance of world-class customer service, we thrive on it. That’s why every Team Member is empowered and trained to anticipate needs and create solutions on the spot with one goal in mind: to surprise and delight every day. By combining our signature WESTclass service with comfortable, elegant surroundings, we’ve created a warm, welcoming place to call home. The Commons on Thornton Stockton, (209) 476-1500

n ARBOR PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

Arbor Place Assisted Living, Lic #297004352, is located at 17 Louie Ave., Lodi, CA 95420. An assisted living center for the senior community, Arbor Place is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassionate staff 24 hours a day. We understand the varying needs of your loved one and offer three levels of care that address each individual’s particular needs. Our home environment and intimate setting provide a comfortable atmosphere, and our daily activities and social functions offer carefree enjoyment for our residents. We invite you to tour our facility and experience why Arbor Place is the assisted living center of choice. Arbor Place Assisted Living 17 Louie Avenue, Lodi, (209) 369-8282

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Alzheimer’s Assisted Living “We are Family Serving Families”

We know that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia not only affect those who have the disease, but those who love them as well. We provide care for our families no matter what stage of the disease your loved one has reached. Start off in our Adult Day Program...come for a weekend stay of respite or join our permanent family of residents. Our activity programs keep our residents and day care attendees active and engaged all day. Whatever your needs are...we can provide you the comfort and much needed breaks that come with caring for someone with dementia. Call to schedule a tour of our beautiful 60 bed Assisted Living, located in Brookside and learn more about our various programs and services. Friendly Caring & Compassionate Staff Medication Management Supervised with Nursing Staff 7 Days A Week Rehab Services Diabetic Management Salon Services Overnight Respite Care Adult Day Care Program Alzheimer’s Support Group Elegant Home Like Environment Sitting on 2 Acres Internal Medicine & Geropsych Physicians Available Hospice Care Available

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Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for 2010! They exceeded Quality of Care in 4 Clinical categories EVERY month in the year 2010! Arbor Nursing Center is centrally located in the quiet northern part of town. A few minutes from downtown, a few blocks from H.W. 99 and only 5 minutes from Lodi Memorial Hospital and our Doctor’s offices. Their 149 bed family facility provides some Private Rooms, Private Dinning and Private Family room all located on the Terrace Unit. In addition their semi-rooms have views of one of two different large outdoor patios. The state-of the-art Therapy gym with full windows on three sides and access to one of the patios creates a very enjoyable atmosphere. Please come by for a visit and receive a complimentary gift from us. Have a very Happy & Healthy Holiday Season. “We are Family Serving Families”. Arbor Nursing Center, 900 North Church Street Lodi, (209) 333-1222

n SOMERFORD PLACE

Somerford Place in Stockton, California is an assisted living community home specifically designed to care for people with a Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis since its inception in 1988.  Somerford Place is nestled in the Brookside area, away from busy streets and noise of the city, in a safe and secure environment. Our only focus is helping those affected with memory loss live a quality life. At Somerford Place, our unique approach to caring for residents with memory loss includes helping each person to continue engaging in the world around them. Somerford Place offers Adult Day Care, Respite Stay and Permanent Residency. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living & Adult Day Care 3530 Deer Park Dr., Stockton (209) 951-6500

3530 Deer Park Drive, Stockton RCFE License# 397001229 Adult Day Care # 397001230

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It is stressful being a caregiver for a loved one, no matter how much you care for them. There can be a significant amount of disruption to your life, as well as the worry and sorrow of watching the one you love become more needy. There can also be feelings of frustration, guilt, and hopelessness. Ways to combat the stress of elderly care include maintaining your health, staying organized, and getting professional help. Maintaining your personal health helps deal with the stress of elderly care. Getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise allows for your stable physical and mental health. Neglecting your health will lead to emotional exhaustion, depression, and illness. You must stay organized and aware of the details of the loved one’s care. You should be educated about legal matters, finances, and have knowledge of their medical condition. This helps the care process move smoothly so that you do not become overwhelmed with logistics. Allowing yourself assistance and support is critical to managing stress when caring for someone. Seek additional help from professionals, community resources, or support groups. Visiting Angels is the premier provider of in- home care that can provide the professional support you need. Their professional and caring staff offers a full range of services to help your loved one. They provide respite for family members with services like meal preparation, housekeeping, hygiene assistance, shopping, transportation services and companionship.

For more information on why Visiting Angels is “Americas Choice in Homecare” please contact their office at (209) 952-3585

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MCNEMAR COSMETIC SURGERY

THOMAS B. MCNEMAR, MD, FACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

2301 Camino Ramon, Ste., 215, San Ramon, (925) 866-0177 2160 W. Grantline Rd., Ste. 250, Tracy, (209) 834-0626 www.mcnemarcosmeticsurgery.com www.bariatricplasticsurgeon.com

Dr. McNemar was named amongst the “Best of the Bay” by KRON-4 television. A respected authority on plastic surgery, he is coauthor 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.

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O’CONNOR WOODS 3400 Wagner Heights Rd. Stockton, (209) 476-4089 or (209) 956-3400 Contact: Marci Valverde www.oconnorwoods.org O’Connor Woods, a Continuing Care Retirement Community Expands! Living at O’Connor Woods provides an active and enriching experience! As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, residents can rest assured that their needs will be met should health changes occur with the availability of various levels of living. Options include home care, assisted living at Garden Oaks and Oak Creek; skilled nursing and rehab at Meadowood; or the specialized support of their newest addition, Laurel Pointe, designed to address those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. And, should caregivers need a break, their new “A Day Away” offers a social engagement program for seniors. Fitness classes are available as well to the senior public, both in a classroom and in their heated, enclosed pool, along with Aqua Therapy for in and outpatient rehabilitation. O’Connor Woods is the only not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in San Joaquin County. Join the Grand Opening Celebration and Open House of Laurel Pointe on May 16th from 2-6 PM.

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Detox Consultant/Colon Hydrotherapist THE DETOX COTTAGE

470 Krider Ct., Tracy (408) 680-1739 www.DetoxCottage.com Take a look at the world around you, it is very important to understand how toxic our world really is. The fact is that we are full of toxins, from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat, we are constantly putting toxins in our bodies. The problem is that we can’t see these toxins. However, you know the toxins are there and you know they can cause severe health problems. Approximately 60 to 80 percent of "CANCERS" are the result of the poor air quality we breathe, the chemicals in our water, the hormones, pesticides and food additives we consume. The absolute truth is that "NATURAL"and "PREVENTATIVE" wellness can eliminate most of the toxin build up in our bodies that cause you to be SICK. The following are a few health problems that arise when a body is full of toxin build up. • CONSTIPATION • GAS • HEADACHES • BLOATING • FATIGUE • DEPRESSION • ACNE • BAD BREATH • OVERWEIGHT • ACID REFLEX A healthy colon is important – When toxins build in the colon, it makes the whole human body feel lethargic and ill. Here at the Detox Cottage we specialize in complete wellness, by Naturally detoxing the body from these harmful "Toxins". The way this can be achieved is through Colon Cleansing (Colonic) Holistic Consulting, Detoxing Foot baths, Ear Candling, Infar Red Sauna and Detoxing Body Wraps!

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RONALD S. NORIESTA, DDS General Dentistry

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

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.” To find out more, contact us at (209) 472-7500 or visit us online at www.oneappointment.com.

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GURRINDER S ATWAL DDS, MSc, FAGD Family, Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry

COMFORT DENTAL CARE

2766 N. Tracy Blvd, Tracy, CA (209) 836-5393, www.mytracydentist.com

Dr. Gurrinder Atwal has over 15 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 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. Dr. Atwal is happily married and has a 7 year old son. In his spare time he is a private pilot who travels, hikes, plays acoustic guitar, practices and teaches Kundalini Yoga. For services and education, please visit: www.mytracydentist.com, or call (209) 836-5393.

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BHAGYA NAKKA,MD, FACOG

BHAGYA NAKKA, MD. INC.

420 W. Acacia St., Ste. 22 • Stockton, CA 95203 Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Tel: (209) 242-2690 • Fax: (209) 242-2694 www.drnakkaobgyn.com Dr. Bhagya Nakka would like to welcome you to her medical practice specializing in child birth and all women’s health issues. She is a 1993 graduate of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India. She has fulfilled a residency in the Flushing Hospital Medical Center, NewYork, where she served as Chief Resident, as well as residency in the Nassau University Medical Center in NewYork. She is a Board Certified Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Nakka has experience in normal and high-risk obstetrical management and gynecologic surgeries including minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. She also offers annual screening, contraception, management of abnormal pap, infertility treatment and other women’s health issues. Dr. Nakka’s office is conveniently located adjacent to Dameron Hospital and offers a very centralized location to residents of Stockton and neighboring towns. She is affiliated with Dameron Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medical Centers of Stockton.We encourage you to go through our website t o learn more about Dr. Nakka’s family oriented practice. If you are looking for a personal relationship with a caring young physician specializing in women’s health care, please visit or call our office to schedule an appointment. For complete Women's Healthcare, Dr. Nakka is welcoming new patients and would like to meet with you personally to discuss your healthcare.

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VALERIE SUGIYAMA M.D., Gyn/Onc

SUTTER GOULD MEDICAL FOUNDATION

1409 Briggsmore Ave. Modesto, (209) 550-4720 Suttergould.org

Valerie Sugiyama, M.D. has recently joined Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. Dr. Sugiyama is double-board certified in OB/Gyn and Gynecologic Oncology. She completed her fellowship at University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. Her professional interest includes gynecological cancer (oncology) involving ovarian, uterine, vulvar, and vaginal malignancies.

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ILIA GUR

M.D., General Surgery

SUTTER GOULD MEDICAL FOUNDATION

2545 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 941-0127 Suttergould.org

Ilia Gur M.D., a general surgeon, has recently joined Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. Dr. Gur has received his medical education at Israel Institute of Technology and completed his surgical residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital at Pasadena, CA. Dr. Gur has acquired advanced training in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. His professional interests include colorectal and liver tumors. Dr. Gur is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.

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AJAY RAMANAKUMAR, MD, MPH Interventional Cardiologist STOCKTON CARDIOLOGY

415 E. Harding Way, Stockton, (209) 944-5750 Medical Education and Training Fellowship: Saint Vincent Hospital,University of Massachusetts,Worcester, MA Interventional Cardiology Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow

Residency: Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA Chief Resident, Dept of Internal Medicine Categorical Resident, Dept of Internal Medicine Medical Education: M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Professional Memberships: American College of Cardiology Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Certifications: Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease Board Certified in Internal Medicine Diplomate, Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAMÂŽ) Diplomate, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, ARDMS Special Clinical Interests: Preventive Cardiology, CAD, Heart Failure

I am committed to providing compassionate; evidence based cardiovascular care in a patient centered manner. I will work closely with my patients and their family and actively involve them in the decision making process. Ajay Ramanakumar has joined Stockton Cardiology Medical Group and is on the medical staff at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact: (209) 944-5750.

VITUNE VONGTAMA, MD DAN VONGTAMA, MD

Radiation Oncology

ST. TERESA COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

4722 Quail Lakes Drive, Ste. B Stockton, (209) 472-1848 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; and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Dr. Vongtama is a board member of San Joaquin Medical Society and a member of ASTRO and ACRO. 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 and ACRO.

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ST. JOSEPH’S WOMEN & INFANTS CENTER  

ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER

1800 N. California Street Stockton, (209) 943-2000 www.StJosephsCares.org/Baby

St. Joseph’s Women & Infants Center provides the perfect place for the arrival of your new baby. The Women & Infants Center features private rooms, garden views, a hostess to take your order at bedside, and freshly baked cookies delivered in the afternoon. St. Joseph’s is San Joaquin County’s first Baby-Friendly® hospital, a distinction that supports a global initiative launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to provide optimal care for newborns. St. Joseph’s Women & Infants Center provides advanced care for your newborn with a state-of-the-art neonatal ICU, two C-section surgical suites, as well as highly-trained, compassionate caregivers.

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GERALD N. BOCK, MD CALIFORNIA SKIN & LASER CENTER

1617 St. Marks Plaza, Suite C Stockton, (209) 751-4292 www.californiaskinlaser.com Dr. Bock keeps California Skin & Laser Center at the forefront of advances in cosmetic medicine by regularly attending advanced training sessions and visiting the offices of other leading cosmetic physicians. He has equipped the medical facility with advanced technology available in few other facilities. California Skin & Laser Center can provide non-surgical fat removal with CoolSculpting and long term replacement of lost facial volume with long lasting fillers such as Juvederm Voluma and Sculptra. With other fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane he is one of the few physicians in Northern California who can safely fill very superficial facial lines. With three different resurfacing lasers Dr. Bock is able to improve facial wrinkles, lines skin texture and brown and red spots. Dr. Bock is the only physician in the area who performs the MACS lift which gives the results of a face lift with significantly less cost, risk and downtime.

CAMERON R. WHEELER, DDS, MS Board Certified Orthodontist WHEELER ORTHODONTICS

4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. D Stockton, (209) 951-0151 www.wheelerortho.com 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. 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.

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ST. JOSEPH’S REGIONAL CANCER CENTER

Featuring board-certified radiation oncologists, nationally certified oncology nurses and clinical nurse specialists, and the area’s only American Board of Radiology Certified full-time physicist

1800 N. California Street Stockton, (209) 467-6560 www.StJosephsCares.org/Cancer

St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center offers the area’s most advanced medical technology with support and compassion to patients and their families. The diagnosis of cancer is a life altering experience that touches each person in a unique way. No matter what your response is to this challenge, know that there are individuals who care at St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center. When you are treated here, you have a team of dedicated professionals, as well as the best technology and equipment in San Joaquin County. St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center is the only center in San Joaquin County that has been accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer. St. Joseph’s Regional Cancer Center also provides better access to the latest clinical trials with a new collaboration with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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LINCOLN SQUARE

Post-Acute Care 24 Hour Skilled Nursing 1032 N. Lincoln St. Stockton 209.466.5341 www.lincolnsquarerehab.com Physical therapy focuses on identification and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain, as well as future injury prevention. Following evaluation, the physical therapist develops an individualized treatment program for every patient. Lincoln Square is equipped with all of the necessary workout equipment one needs to recover from a hospital. The therapy team is trained to teach proper body mechanics to help patients recover from surgeries and other medical conditions, increase motor control, manage pain and improve balance and coordination. Recovering from a hospital stay involves more then simply getting stronger. The occupational therapy gym at Lincoln Square is specifically designed with home-like amenities to help with activities of daily living. Activities such as getting dressed, doing the dishes, cooking a meal or bathing will oftentimes be difficult after a hospital stay. Our occupational therapists are trained to set goals for each patient to regain or surpass previous functional independence with these and other activities of daily living.

MILLENNIUM DENTAL Family Dentistry

Dr. Ramon Chicchon, D.D.S Dr. Lita Rodriguez, D.D.S Dr.Ralph Callender, D.D.S Dr.Ljubica Petrasic,D.D.S Stockton: 2363 W. March Lane • (209) 952-3951 Tracy: 436 W. Beverly Place • (209) 835-6487 At Millennium Dental we are committed to providing our patients with quality dentistry at affordable prices. We have a team of well rounded professionals, each with a different area of expertise so that we may provide our patients with both comprehensive and highly skilled dental care. Patients of all ages are welcome! Aside from general dentistry, our services also include orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry (for infants too!), implants, cosmetic dentistry, sedation, and general anesthesia. It’s our philosophy at Millennium Dental to become part of the community we serve. Thus, our doctors regularly volunteer their time to provide gratuitous dental care and they collaborate on several community service events throughout the year. We hope that you’ll consider us for your next dental visit. We’re online at www.millennium-dental.net.

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ST. JOSEPH’S DESIGNATED STEMI HEART ATTACK RECEIVING AND STROKE CENTERS

ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER

1800 N. California St. Stockton, (209) 943-2000 www.StJosephsCares.org/Heart

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has a legacy of leadership, excellence, and innovation in stroke and cardiac care. St. Joseph’s leads the county using state-of-the-art technology to identify the most deadly heart attacks and improve response times. As San Joaquin County’s first designated STEMI heart attack receiving center, St. Joseph’s is saving more lives in our community. As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, St. Joseph’s is committed to the survivorship and recovery of more stroke victims in our community. With highly-trained stroke intervention teams and state-of-the-art medical equipment, St. Joseph’s meets the highest standards for emergency and follow-up care for stroke victims. At St. Joseph’s, we’re turning minutes into lifetimes.

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RAFAT S. RAZI, DMD, MPH

Pediatric Dentistry

2160 W. Grant Line Road, Suite 130 Tracy, (209) 834-1307 www.RaziPediatricDentist.com 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 faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University in New York City. She has practiced in West Palm Beach, FL, Manteca, CA, and now is at a state-of-the-art office in Tracy, CA. Her expertise in her specialty is over ten years. 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 radiography, 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-of-the-art office, and its prime location provide an excellent place for children’s dental care.

MAYWELL L. INONG, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. E Stockton, (209) 477-9105 www.inongdental.com

Dr. Inong practices in Stockton and is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. “Our goal is to help patients pursue a lifetime of optimal dental health and achieve winning smiles,” says Dr. Inong. “We strive to build long lasting relationships with our patients so that we can help them achieve lifelong oral health through prevention, maintenance, and quality care.” Dr. Inong utilizes the latest in dental technology to provide general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. During dental appointments, Dr. Inong places an emphasis on patient comfort by providing warm neck wraps and heated exam chairs with back massage. Dr. Inong provides nurturing and caring dentistry in a professional, state of-the-art atmosphere so that patients can enhance and maintain their winning smiles.

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YUSUKE SUZUKI DMD & ASSOCIATES Family Dentistry

801 South Ham Lane, Ste. L Lodi, (209) 334-0630 www.suzukidmd.com

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.

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SALIDA SURGERY CENTER 5712 Pirrone Road, Salida (209) 543-9299 www.SalidaSurgeryCenter.com GREAT FOOD EQUALS GREAT TEETH The food you eat directly affects your general health and your oral health. If you eat foods that contain no or low vitamins and nutrients your body’s immune system has a difficult time fighting off infection. Dental diseases related to your diet include cavities, developmental defects of enamel, dental erosion and periodontal (gum) disease. Eating patterns and food choices are important when thinking about the care of your teeth. Bacteria stick to the film on your teeth called plaque. Bacteria feed on what you eat, especially sugars and cooked starch (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta). Children consume record amounts of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks that affect the health of their teeth. A few tips to help keep your teeth and the teeth of your children healthy. Eat foods from all food groups; eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and less sugary foods. Limit the number of between-meal snacks. Choose snacks that are low in sugar and fat. Parts of this article adapted from the California Dental Association

ADVICE FROM THE DENTIST'S CHAIR... 1. See a Dentist every 6 months for routine check-ups. 2. Brush your teeth 2 to 3 times a day. If you are unable to brush during the day, rinse with water and/or chew sugar-free gum, but always at night before sleeping. Water is the only thing to drink after brushing at night, before bed. Also a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing teeth at night is recommended.

3. It is recommended not to share eating utensils with anyone because the bacteria in the mouth causes cavities and can be passed from person to person. Cavities are a bacterial disease. 4. Limit snacking between meals. A. Good Snacks: almonds, nuts, skim milk string cheese, low sugar fresh fruit (all berries) B. Bad Snacks: sodas, fruit juices, processed foods (chips, crackers)

5. All carbohydrates and starches such as: rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, and candy turn into sugar as they break down and they are known to cause cavities. If you eat these be sure to brush your teeth. 6. All children should have their first orthodontic evaluation and consultation for braces by age 7 to rule out possible skeletal and/or dental problems. 7. Floss Daily

DR. NICHOLAS BIRLEW

Stockton Urgent Care Medical Clinic and Family Practice STOCKTON URGENT CARE

1148 W. Hammer Lane Stockton, (209) 952-9696 Dr. Nicholas Birlew has happily been a part of the Stockton Medical Community for over 27 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.

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HUGH L. VU, MD, MPH, FACS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

VU PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY

1617 St. Marks Plaza, Ste E & F Stockton, (209) 476-7074 www.vuplasticsurgery.com

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 and 2013! We look forward to serving you in 2014!

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JOSEPH RUSSELL, DC TIMOTHY COYKENDALL, DC, FICPA, QME Chiropractic

VALLEY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

438 W. Beverly Place, Ste. 101 Tracy, (209) 832-9221 www.tracychiro.com At Valley Chiropractic Center, you will experience the most compassionate and reliable care. Dr. Timothy Coykendall and Dr. Joseph Russell combine the latest skills and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Committed to bringing you better health and a better way to live, they teach and practice the true principles of chiropractic wellness care. • • • •

Most progressive techniques and equipment in the Valley Extensive training on injuries to the spine and entire body Evening appointments available Open 6 days per week

Combining over 14 years of experience, you are assured of receiving only the finest quality care utilizing the most modern chiropractic techniques and equipment in the Valley. The entire staff has a genuine concern for you and your well-being.

MANTECA DENTAL

Dr Ricardo Cuevas Cosmetic and family dentistry in the heart of Manteca. MANTECA DENTAL

132 Sycamore Avenue Manteca, (209) 823-2164 www.mantecasmiles.com Our commitment is to provide you with the highest standard of personalized dental care in a gentle, efficient and professional manner. We trust you will find the atmosphere calming, the staff friendly, and our dental services exceptional. Dr. Ricardo Cuevas uses state-of-the art lasers for a variety of aesthetic dental treatments. We use digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, Invisalign, ZOOM one-hour bleaching, and do CEREC crowns in one visit. We are a people practice. Establishing lasting relationships with our patients based upon mutual trust and open communication is key to our success. Dr. Ricardo Cuevas believes everyone deserves a healthy beautiful smile. Call us today at (209) 823-2164 or visit us online at www.mantecasmiles.com or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ricardocuevasdds

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AMY WUSSTIG, AU.D. Clinical Director

UOP HEARING & BALANCE CENTER

757 Brookside Road Stockton, (209) 946-7378

Amy Wusstig, Au.D., is the Clinic Director of the University of the Pacific Hearing & Balance Center. Since joining the University in August 2010, she has provided comprehensive diagnostic and hearing device services to the local community. Her experience with hearing aids, cochlear implants, BAHA implants, neurophysiologic monitoring, aural rehabilitation, audiologic and vestibular testing give her a well-rounded background and the ability to meet the diverse hearing needs of San Joaquin County residents. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and served on the Board of Directors for the California Academy of Audiology from 2010-2013. A native of nearby Galt, Dr. Wusstig attended California State University Sacramento, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, before attending Utah State University in Logan, where she earned her Doctorate in Audiology. She received her clinical training at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, CA before returning to the valley. Dr. Wusstig is passionate about educating and helping those with hearing loss. She believes people with untreated hearing loss often become isolated as they withdraw from social settings and is dogged in her determination to find ways to help them communicate more effectively. She loves the challenge of finding creative solutions to facilitate better communication between family members and friends, and finds it rewarding to help patients rediscover their hearing and reconnect with their loved ones. Her passion for helping those with communication difficulties is reflected in the classroom, where she encourages students to consider Audiology as a profession. Dr. Wusstig is thrilled to be assisting Dr. Robert Hanyak in the development of University of the Pacific’s new doctoral program in Audiology, scheduled to open at the new San Francisco campus in the Fall of 2015. The University’s efforts to educate uniquely qualified students to become audiologists are much needed as there is an extreme shortage of audiologists in the state of California. In her spare time, Dr. Wusstig enjoys camping with her two boys, playing tennis and taking trips to the ocean. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the Stockton community as well as University of the Pacific faculty, students and alumni.

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TRAVERS J. MCLOUGHLIN

Medical Director, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist BEN SCHAFFER CANCER INSTITUTE

311 South Ham Lane Lodi (209) 365-1761 www.bschaffercancer.com 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, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, and gynecologic cancers. He is highly trained in prostate, breast, and gynecologic brachytherapy and stereotactic radiation. Dr. McLoughlin is currently serving as Chief-of-Staff of Lodi Health.

DR. ANUREET SOHI, DDS General Dentistry ALL ABOUT SMILES

5904 North El Dorado Street, Ste. C Stockton, (209) 957-8907 aboutsmiles@ymail.com MEET DR. SOHI Dr. Sohi is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials & procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sohi is a careful listener & will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs. After earning a bachelor’s degree in genetics from UC Davis, Dr. Sohi received her doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco Dental School. She has since taken many continuing education courses & is certified Invisalign provider. Dr. Sohi is also a member of the San Joaquin dental Society, the California dental Association & the American Dental Association. Dr. Sohi is continually improving her practice with the latest techniques & products to bring you state-of-the-art, personalized dental care in a sterile, safe environment.

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Is it just us, or do San Joaquin area hospitals just seem to keep getting better and better? Year after year, they continue to grow, modernize and acquire all the latest medical technologies. And year and year, they are graced with numerous accolades and awards for their efforts. This past year is no exception. So read on to find out more about our local San Joaquin hospitals, where they’ve been, where they are now and where they’re going next.

DAMERON HOSPITAL 525 West Acacia Street Stockton, (209) 944-5550 www.dameronhospital.org

  Dameron Hospital is a fully accredited, non-profit community hospital with specialized acute and tertiary care. The 200+ bed community hospital has been a trusted partner in San Joaquin County for over 100 years – and continues this leading-edge tradition under the current leadership of President and CEO Lorraine P. Auerbach. Over the past decade, Dameron’s continued success has allowed it to expand its campus, upgrade facilities and equipment and become the county’s third-largest private employer with over 1,200 employees and physicians. Dameron’s commitment to providing the highest quality care has earned Dameron Hospital various state and national recognitions, including a national Five Star rating from HealthGrades® for their Joint Replacements in the Stockton Region, since 2012.    In addition to being a top-rated joint replacement center in the Stockton area and the county’s leading orthopedic hospital, Dameron also ranks in the top 10% for clinical performance among hospitals nationwide as recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer for its Quality Metrics.    The San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency has named Dameron as a designated STEMI (ST segment Elevated Myocardial Infarction) receiving center for treating heart attacks. Thanks to Dameron’s LifeLine technology and cardiac-prepared ER staff, emergency responders now have a local care partner that is also a Certified Cardiac Care Hospital and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Center with an active Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Dameron Hospital continues its leading-edge tradition and is continually updating its facilities and services to help fulfill its mission of delivering top quality care to our community. Dameron services include Emergency and Intensive Care, Neonatal ICU, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Orthopedic and Bariatric surgery, as well as general acute care, occupational health and ambulatory care services.

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DOCTORS HOSPITAL 1205 East North St. Manteca, (209) 823-3111 www.doctorsmanteca.com

  Doctors Hospital of Manteca was founded in 1962 to meet the needs of the growing Manteca community. It started with 28 beds, 41 employees and nine physicians. Today, as part of the Tenet California network, Doctors has evolved into a 73-bed acute care facility, with nearly 400 employees and 160 physicians delivering the most technologically advanced medical care and treatment.   As proof of this dedication to employing state-of-the-art

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equipment and the latest techniques, Doctors has recently started offering MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing. The minimally invasive procedure was created for adults with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that hasn’t progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is performed using the RIO robotic arm system, combining the skills of a surgeon with the precision of a robot. The procedure not only preserves healthy tissue, it results in faster healer time and natural range of motion.    Also last year, Doctors Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center was accredited as a Level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This accreditation was earned by meeting the stringent BSCN standards for quality bariatric surgery performance and care. The accolades continued last year when Doctors earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation. And they received Tenet’s 2013 Circle of Excellence Award, one of only nine Tenet hospitals to do so, in recognition of their ongoing achievements in quality care, service excellence and operational performance.

KAISER PERMANENTE MANTECA MEDICAL CENTER 1777 W. Yosemite Ave. Manteca, (209) 825-3700 www.kp.org/centralvalley

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renowned care and compassion. Within its walls, which extend more than 80,000 square feet, the hospital performs a full range of general surgery and emergency services. It also boasts nearly a hundred beds, a highly regarded Skilled Nursing facility and a full spectrum of health and wellness classes. Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center operates under a joint license with the Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center in order to provide quality care for patients in southern San Joaquin county and northern Stanislaus county. Including the medical offices nearby and in Stockton, this means that Kaiser Permanente has created a comprehensive and collaborative healthcare network for the San Joaquin region.   In addition to supporting the healthy bodies and minds of its members, Kaiser Permanente also works to support the community at large: Healthier Communities Coalition, University of the Pacific, San Joaquin County Office of Education, San Joaquin County Public Health Services, and Give Every Child a Chance. In 2014, J.D. Power and Associates named Kaiser Permanente the highest-rated health plan in California. California’s Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) ranked Kaiser Permanente 4 Stars – its highest rating – for quality and service. They were a Joint Commission “Top Performer” in quality and service, received an “A” Grade from The Leapfrog Group in patient safety, and received the Silver Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get With the Guidelines” for stroke care. Kaiser was also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.    In an effort to make their members’

health care experiences as thorough and satisfying as possible, Kaiser has established a Patient Advisory Council in the Central Valley area. If you’ve received care in the past year at any of the Central Valley facilities and would like to participate, you are encouraged to call (209) 735-7737.

KAISER PERMANENTE STOCKTON MEDICAL OFFICES 7373 West Lane Stockton, (209) 476-2000 www.kp.org/centralvalley

  As part of the comprehensive network of medical centers and professional medical offices throughout the Central Valley, Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Offices provide a full range of outpatient and specialty medical services in support of the Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center. Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Offices have you covered from head to toe, with departments ranging from neurology, psychiatry and head and neck surgery all the way down to podiatry. And you can be assured

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Healthy that every body part in between will be taken care of there, too. The medical offices also offer a wide range of additional services and amenities, including radiology, a pharmacy, lab and optical center.   Kaiser Permanente has been providing services in Stockton since 1985. As a proud, long-term member of the Stockton community, Kaiser offers continuing support through charitable donations and volunteerism, as well as through direct collaboration with organizations such as Healthier Communities Coalition, University of the Pacific, San Joaquin County Office of Education, San Joaquin County Public Health Services, and St. Mary’s Dining Room. In 2014, J.D. Power and Associates named Kaiser Permanente the highest-rated health plan in California, and California’s Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) ranked Kaiser Permanente 4 Stars – its highest rating – for quality and service.

LODI MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Lodi Health) 975 S. Fairmont Ave. Lodi, (209) 334-3411 lodihealth.org

   Lodi Health is a private, not-for-profit health system located in Northern San Joaquin County.  It was founded in 1945 by the residents of Lodi.  As part of the Lodi Health

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system, it now serves residents of the fivecounty area surrounding the main hospital campus. The system consists of a hospital, two hospital campuses, 15 primary care and specialty care medical practices, an emergency room, an urgent care center, a durable medical equipment company, a home health agency, a child care center, an adult daycare center, a medical services organization and more. The hospital itself, Lodi Memorial Hospital, is licensed for 214 inpatient beds and offers a range of services from obstetrics, to intensive care, to medical surgical services. Lodi Health physicians have been successfully performing gynecological, urological and general robotic surgeries for the past two years, including single-site surgeries. Lodi Health was an early adopter of electronic health records and among the first hospitals in the nation to achieve State One Meaningful Use status.   Lodi Health collaborates with San Joaquin County General Hospital in a surgical residency training program in an effort to train surgeons and bring more surgeons to provide care for those in San Joaquin County.  The Lodi Health Emergency Department also collaborates with the UC Davis hospital in areas of telemedicine. The Lodi Health medical staff and administration have been collaborating in a variety of initiatives spawned by the Affordable Care Act, including the development of a medical foundation.

DID You KNOW? The recent Healthier San Joaquin Community Health Assessment in 2011 compiled statistics to show how well area hospitals are serving their communities and to provide an overall health profile of San Joaquin in comparison to the state as a whole. In 2009, 24% of adults in San Joaquin County enrolled in Medi-Cal, compared to 18.5% in California 69% of women received first-trimester prenatal care, as opposed to 85% in all of California 16% of children under 18 diagnosed with asthma, in line with California 15% of adults diagnosed with asthma, 13% in California 30% of adults are obese, 23% in California 23% of San Joaquin children (ages 5-17) are obese, in line with California WWW.SANJOAQUINMAGAZINE.COM


Hospitals 2014 SAN JOAQUIN GENERAL HOSPITAL

500 West Hospital Rd., French Camp (209) 468-6000, sjgeneralhospital.org   San Joaquin General Hospital is a leading General Acute Care facility providing a full range of inpatient services including General Medical/Surgical Care, High-Risk Obstetrics and Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatrics. In addition to the 196-bed Hospital, the medical campus includes multiple facilities dedicated to comprehensive Outpatient Services including Primary Care, specialty clinics and a Primary Care Walk-In Clinic. The Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Network, including 11 provider sites throughout San Joaquin County, provides over 200,000 outpatient clinic visits a year. San Joaquin General Hospital has a fully staffed, centrally located clinic at 1414 North California Street in Stockton offering convenient access to Primary, Maternity and Specialty Care services.    San Joaquin General is under the leadership of David Culberson, C.E.O.and is supported with a staff of over 1,200 medical professionals. During the past year the Hospital has continued its growth to meet the needs of our community. In 2013 San Joaquin General Hospital constructed San Joaquin County’s only designation medical trauma center with emergency air transport services. The Hospital has also been recognized as a designated stroke receiving center.     In addition to providing direct community medical services, San Joaquin General has trained many of the physicians and surgeons practicing in central California. The Hospital is a major provider of medical education for health professionals through post-graduate residency programs in General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Family Practice and has trained over 3,000 physicians since the residency programs were established in 1932. The Hospital also participates in clinical affiliation agreements for training programs in a variety of health professions including Registered and Licensed Vocational nurses, Pharmacists, Radiology Technologies, Social Workers and Respiratory Therapists. The Hospital’s General Surgery Resident Program was recognized as one of only two programs in the US that have had 100% of graduates pass the American College of Board Certification exam each year over the past ten years. In support of the Hospital’s nationally recognized academic program the facility is complimented with the highest level of medical equipment, technology and support services today. Some of the many medical services include: digital radiographic 64 slice CT scanner, nuclear technology, cardiac catheterization laboratory, ultrasound / digital stereotactic mammography, in-house Clinical Core Laboratory, and MRI diagnostic technology. In support of our maternity OB/GYN physicians, the Hospital has a fully accredited Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit staffed with an on-site Neonatologist. Other Hospital services include: Diabetic Management programs, Dietician Services, Speech Therapy, Orthopedic Medical Services, Rehabilitation and Psychiatry.   San Joaquin General Hospital is ranked among the top 20% of hospitals nationally for quality patient care by the Joint Commission, the nations leading independent accreditation and certification agency. Whenever you are in need of Primary, Maternity or Urgent Care Medical Services, contact San Joaquin General Hospital- We Are Here For You! PUBLISHED YEARLY BY SAN JOAQUIN MAGAZINE

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

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San Joaquin General Hospital was recently recognized by The Joint Commission as one of the top 20% of hospitals nationally for quality patient care. This achievement was earned through the care and dedication of our entire hospital staff. We are here to help you and your family with all your healthcare needs. San Joaquin General Hospital’s on-site

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