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Professional and Personal Orthopaedic Surgery Group Brings Women’s Touch to Treatment
(L-R) Jamie L. Lynch, M.D., Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez, M.D. and Naomi Shields, M.D. are physician partners in TruOrtho, the only all-woman, fellowship trained, orthopaedic surgery practice in the nation. By Amy Morgan
ain. Whether the chronic throb of joint deterioration or the shooting stab caused by a break or tear, pain catalyzes change. The injury may have built over time or originated suddenly, but when you or your loved one’s pain reaches the tipping point, you need help – NOW.
“We see the patient as a whole,” Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez said. “They are not just an arthritic knee. We are worried about their overall bone health, underlying medical condition, family impact, and their social support system, instead of just that problem and that problem only.”
The team at TruOrtho, an all-female orthopaedic surgery practice in Stone Oak, stands ready to create a solution to your bone or joint problem. Three highly skilled, orthopaedic surgeons with a combined total of 50 years of experience specialize in fixing hurting feet, ankles, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders.
As fellowship trained specialists, each doctor is willing and able to address a patient’s physical needs surgically, but that is not their first and only option. Dr. Lynch has developed close relationships with physical therapists and Airrosti providers to ensure her patients, many of whom are athletes, are able to achieve best outcomes and get back to doing the things they love.
Dr. Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez founded TruOrtho, located at 18626 Hardy Oak Blvd. Suite 101, in 2018. She was quickly joined by Dr. Naomi Shields and Dr. Jamie Lynch. The three like-minded female physicians are the only all-woman, fellowship trained, orthopaedic surgery practice in the nation. The name TruOrtho reflects the nature of their work to make damaged bones and joints right, straight and true once again. The three have created a practice that reflects their commitment to holistic patient care. They stressed they are concerned about each patient’s well-being, not just their diagnosis. The doctors take time to evaluate each patient’s unique situation to create the best treatment solution.
Patient care is of utmost importance to every member of TruOrtho’s professional team. The physicians listen, understand the problem and develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. They consider pre- and post-operative therapies and treatments, address recovery expectations and answer every question before concluding an office visit. “We love teaching,” said Dr. Shields. “You are not just an ankle fracture. We get the details. We want to know who you are, what are your goals, what you want to do. It takes time do that.” “We strive to remain industry leaders in treatment options, efficiency and patient outcomes so our patients can achieve award-winning results while having a spectacular experience.” The personal touch begins in the waiting room, which is decorated attractively and even includes an espresso bar. No mismatched chairs and sterile colors here, artifacts collected by the doctors on their many medical mission trips across the world add warmth and personality.
TruOrtho’s staff extends the experience. Many have followed the doctors from previous practices. Dr. Lynch mentioned they kept every staff member employed even when elective surgeries ceased during the height of COVID. Communication remains an area where the physicians at TruOrtho stand above the rest. Calls to TruOrtho are answered and returned promptly. The physicians innovate to do what’s best for the patient. They’ll even operate together simultaneously. Dr. Shields recently performed a bunion surgery on a patient while Dr. Lynch fixed the shoulder. The benefit to the patient: one anesthesia, one hospital stay, one recovery. “We want you to have the best outcome possible. We are a team when it comes to fixing your problem. That’s how the three of us approach things,” Dr. Shields said. “That’s why we work so well together.”
Jamie L. Lynch, M.D. is a board-certified, sports medicine, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in injuries to the shoulder, knee and upper and lower extremities. Dr. Lynch is pictured here showing a model of a total shoulder implant.
Meet the Doctors: Jamie L. Lynch, M.D. is a board-certified, sports medicine fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with a focus in shoulder injuries who brings to TruOrtho her extensive experience in orthopaedic disorders and sports injuries of the upper and lower extremities. Dr. Lynch has experience caring for professional athletes in the NFL and NHL and served as the medical director of the South Central Regional Crossfit Games in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Lynch is married and raising four children under the age of six.
Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez, M.D. is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. Dr. Marshall is pictured here demonstrating a total knee implant model, in TruOrtho’s in-office X-Ray room.
Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez, M.D. specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements and complex revision joint reconstructions. She was the first woman to be trained at Rush University’s joint reconstruction fellowship. She’s traveled extensively worldwide in the last 10 years through WOGO – Women Orthopedic Global Outreach – and has provided more than 400 free joint replacements as part of Operation Walk. Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez is married with four grown children.
Dr. Lynch noted, “We are not just palliating; we are not just putting on a Band Aid. We are making somebody’s life better. We are a team of women surgeons caring for all patients, simultaneously, giving young women an opportunity to see their future.” In fact, all three doctors have spent time working with the Perry Initiative outreach program helping introduce a new generation of young women to orthopaedic surgery and biomechanical engineering. Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez finds giving patients back their mobility and ability to enjoy life most rewarding. Dr. Shields’ wisdom, “When opportunity knocks, open the door.” Sentiments that motivate all three. Naomi Shields, M.D. is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery. She was the first woman Orthopaedic Surgery resident at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB in 1985. She has completed over 50 volunteer medical missions to Vietnam, Haiti, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and spoken at international conferences in Bolivia, Egypt. England and Germany.
Naomi Shields, M.D. specializes in foot and ankle surgery. She was the first woman Orthopaedic Surgery resident at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB in 1985. After finishing her AF career in 1994 as a Lieutenant Colonel, she practiced in Wichita, Kansas, for 24 years. She has completed over 50 volunteer medical missions to Vietnam, Haiti, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and spoken at international conferences in Bolivia, Egypt. England and Germany. In 2021, she received the first Foundation Pierce Scranton Humanitarian Award.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about TruOrtho’s doctors and their qualifications, https://www.tru-ortho.com.
18626 Hardy Oak Blvd Suite 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Tel: (210) 878-4116 Tru-Ortho.com
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Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions
By Camp Bow Wow
t’s customary to make resolutions for positive changes in January. Don’t forget your furry family member as you plan for a happier, healthier New Year. Whether it’s losing extra holiday pounds, becoming less sedentary or picking up a good habit, bond with Fido while improving your outlook. #1 Measure your pup’s food instead of just pouring into the dish. Just like us, your pup can start to accumulate extra weight as that puppy metabolism slows down. Read the recommended amount on Fido’s food package and use a consistent measure to prevent overfeeding. #2 Increase activity. Resolve to get your pup outdoors to help him work off those calories. Enjoy San Antonio’s mild winter weather and sunshine as you hit the trails or visit a park. Even a trot around the neighborhood is a step in the right direction. #3 Plan for more playtime. When the weather doesn’t cooperate or you miss the window of daylight in winter’s short days, spend time playing with your pup indoors. You can gently throw a ball for a game of fetch, tug with a chew toy, or entice him to chase a moving flashlight beam. You’ll engage his brain and share your love rather than vegetating in front of the television.
#4 Banish furry fuzz. Grooming your pup is another cozy activity that will help you bond on cold nights. Dogs actually like being brushed, and the more hair you remove from his coat, the less you’ll find on clothes and furniture. Your pleasant touch and presence will comfort your furry family member and just might relax you, too. Cuddling a pet has been proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate. #5 Try a new activity. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do with your pup, but just never made the time to do it? Get out of a rut and go for it! Whether it’s a group hike, a ride to the coffee shop for a pup cone, dock diving, or agility training, there’s something that will appeal to every interest, ability and temperament. Your next adventure is just an internet search away. #6 Get serious about training. Now that you are planning excursions with your furry family member, you’ll want to make sure he minds you and socializes well with others. While wellbehaved pups are a hit at a dog park or restaurant patio, no one is pleased if Fido forgets his manners. The New Year is a great time to commit to health and well-being, both for you, and your furry family member.
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Shiny Smiles Schedule Your Family’s Dental Cleaning Today By Amy Morgan
ut your money where your mouth is and focus on your shining smile — the first thing people will notice about you, whether in person or on Zoom. The advent of the New Year replenishes dental benefits for many traditional plans. Now is a wise time to schedule the first of your covered dental cleanings, exams and X-rays for your whole family – and especially your older kids while they are still home from college. Some dental restorations like bridges, implants and crowns may take a little more time and multiple visits to complete. You may have begun a treatment last year and realized you had already exceeded your maximum coverage allowed. Benefits have renewed, so you can pick back up where you left off. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your brightest smile. 7to7Dental & Orthodontics is able to accommodate multiple family member appointments simultaneously, offering parents’ teeth cleanings during their children’s orthodontia checks, for instance, making it a one-stop solution for family dental care. The office, located at 20122 Stone Oak Parkway, includes 12 patient rooms with TV screens on the wall and ceiling and on-site X-Ray equipment. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. As an added incentive to schedule appointments in a timely manner, 7to7 Dental provides trays and a free tube of whitening gel to patients with each cleaning. “We consider it an honor to position our company so we are there when our patients need us,” said Co-Owner Tiffany Winburn, D.M.D. 7to7 Dental is committed to being a good neighbor, said Director of Marketing Travis DeZuba. The company has upgraded its membership plan to make dental care even more affordable for existing and new patients alike. Unlike traditional insurance that expires on the calendar year, 7to7 Dental’s in-house plan allows patients to begin anytime. “It starts when you are ready and continues for a year from that date,” Travis said. “There’s no waiting period or annual maximum.” Individuals and families who might have missed an employer’s enrollment period or changed jobs can sign up and be treated immediately. 7to7 Dental’s plans cover cleanings as well as fillings, extractions, crowns, implants and orthodontics. Businesses that aren’t able to afford the cost of traditional coverage can set up a private link through Travis to offer a 10% discount for their employees. Patients can consider which of the three plans best fit their family. Monthly payment is easy. Plans range from $20.99-$49.99/month, depending on level of coverage desired. Contact Travis at DentalCoverage@7to7Dental.com to compare the value of 7to7 Dental’s plan with the cost of current dental coverage. The professionals at 7to7 Dental & Orthodontics care about your oral health and are available 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., seven days a week, for dentistry for the whole family and emergencies. 7to7 Dental is a local business grown in 13 years from the practice of one dentist and six staff, which now employs 240 San Antonio community members. Co-Owners Dr. Tiffany Winburn and Justin Coke live in Stone Oak with their families and are part of the community.
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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival – Friday, Jan. 28 – Saturday, Jan. 29. 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. A championship event with competitive Bar-B-Que team, live music, family activities. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund. AT&T Center, 723 AT&T Center Parkway 78219; www.sarodeo.com/bbq.
Single Professional Networking Meeting - Friday, Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professional for a relaxed social event. Eggspectation, 402 N. Loop 1604 W. 78232; www.spn-sa.org.
Nature Roars Back by National Geographic Live – Sunday, Jan. 30, 2-3:30 p.m. Join acclaimed cinematographer Bob Poole for images and stories of the majestic animals of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle 78295; https://www. eventvesta.com/events/6058-natureroars-back.
San Marcos Half – Sunday - Feb. 6, 13.1, 10k, 5K, 7:30 a.m. The second of the Texas Hill Country Challenge Series. Start at the Tanger Outlets, 4015 135 N., San Marcos 78666; www.scallywompus.com.
Disney Princesses – the concert – Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30- 10 p.m. Experience your favorite Disney Princess songs performed live by Broadway stars. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle 78295; https://www. tobincenter.org/box-office/2022-02/ disney-princess-concert.
River Road Run – Saturday – Jan. 8, 13.1, 10k, 5K, Staggered starts beginning at 8:01 for the 13.1. The first of the Texas Hill Country Challenge Series. Start at the Anytime Fitness, 1175 FM 2675 #8, Canyon Lake 78132; www.scallywompus.com.
One Singular Sensation – Saturday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m. 26th anniversary of the variety show featuring NEISD cheerleaders, dance and drill teams, and pep squads. The entire cast of 1,200 girls will dance in the finale. Littleton Gymnasium at Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road, 78216; www.neisd.net.
San Antonio Coffee Festival – Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. Taste fresh coffee, learn about beans and roasting, enjoy live music and food. La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St. 78205; www.sacoffeefest.com.
Single Professional Networking Meeting - Friday, Jan. 5, 4:30-7 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professional for a relaxed social event.Embers Wood Fire Kitchen & Tap, 815 N. Loop 1604 E. 78258; www.spn-sa.org.
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2022 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo - Feb. 10-26. Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has grown to one of the largest, most prestigious events in the city. AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Center Parkway 78219; www.sarodeo.com.
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Reagan Senior Student Mentors, Produces Announcements By Amy Morgan
econd period on Friday is a highlight of the week for Ronald Reagan senior student Matthew Bridges. That’s when the school’s video announcements he produces air across campus. Each week, he and a handful of others in Ms. Donley’s AV2 class put together segments including campus news, man on the street interviews, and even comedy. A recent piece featured satirical takes on students’ favorite movies, one he particularly enjoyed as he “loves to make people laugh.” Matthew’s father earned an AV degree from the University of North Texas (where he met Matthew’s mom, a kindergarten teacher at Stone Oak Elementary). Matthew signed up for the AV class at Bush Middle School in 8th grade, inspired by the experience of some of his father’s classmates who now work in Hollywood (including one who participated on the Marvel hit movie, Ant Man.) Last year, Matthew returned to campus as soon as in-person learning was available. “I was an early adopter. I knew I needed to be around people,” he added. He found that the greatly reduced class sizes allowed him to bond with his teachers and benefit from personal instruction, which he credits as allowing his AV skills to advance more rapidly. Another Reagan highlight — being part of PALS, the ambassadors of the school. These student leaders are trusted to guide tours and leave campus to mentor younger students at Stone Oak’s elementary and middle schools. Matthew mentors three PALees this year, two at his mom’s school. “It feels nice to go interact with those kids. They need a friend,” he said. He remembers his mother sharing that a PAL may be the only one who cares to see their kid smile that day. “We all go through different struggles and trials, maybe need a hug or to vent. Being that person for somebody is very important for me,” he said. Matthew counts the day he found out he was selected for PALS as one of his favorite Reagan memories. It was the Friday before spring break 2020. The sponsors planned to send a letter home but instead told the new PALS in person that exciting day. Little did they know students wouldn’t return to campus that year. "Sponsors 'Ms. A' and 'Coach' worked to make PALS
a type of family environment, going out of their way to encourage their students when they struggled with isolation," Matthew said. Sadly, Coach Hernandez succumbed to COVID this fall. Matthew attends Community Bible Church and is working to start a Bible study among his PAL peers. He also was elected as a senior class officer and recently planned Kindness Week activities. His brother, Andrew, joins him at Reagan as a freshman. This summer, Matthew coached the Sonterra Sharks neighborhood swim team on which he competed as a child and joined his mom serving at church food drives. He’s weighing whether to choose a career path in AV or follow his mother’s footsteps into teaching.
Healthy New Year Good Habits to Start Now By Amy Morgan
urning a new page on the calendar inspires many to take a panicked look at the scale. We resolve to get healthy but need a little help knowing what to do about the quarantine fifteen. The professionals at Physicians Premier are ready with some strategies to help you feel better inside and out. Both Aaron Terry, M.D. and Regional Marketing Manager, Jennifer Meachum, a registered dietitian, advise you start with small, attainable goals that allow you to build upon successes, whether it’s making healthier food choices or beginning an exercise routine. “If you spread out the goals, your eyes can see the benefit when you improve. It’s good for the psyche to say, ‘I can accomplish this and continue on this path,’” Dr. Terry said. He has been practicing medicine for the past 10 years, the last seven with Physicians Premier. How do you even start an exercise program? Movement! “Do more than what you are doing now,” Dr. Terry said. Walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week is enough to see real health benefits. “Most people think that exercise has to be so strenuous. A two-mile daily walk is realistic and doable.” Other benefits of exercise: improved mental health, better sleep and a boosted immune system. If you decide you are ready for more than walking, a good program should include both aerobic (running, bike, stair climber, elliptical) and anerobic (weight lifting, barre) components. While you might be tempted to jump in enthusiastically, Dr. Terry recommends giving the body time to adjust to new requirements to keep you out of the emergency room with strained muscles or injury. A little-known tip – warm up with aerobic exercise until you start to sweat BEFORE stretching. Stretching at the beginning of explosive movement leads to more injury than if you stretch when you are warm, he advised.
rather than weight,” he said. “Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, all are driven by waist circumference, (which is measured straight across the biggest section of the belly). Weight may plateau, but waist circumference can continue to drop, he added. Men’s waists should measure less than 40 inches, and women below 38 to avoid health risks. If someone pre-diabetic starts a consistent diet and exercise program, “we almost always see them drop their A1C by at least a point or more, which can take them out of the range and immediately improve their health,” he said. “Keep your legs moving, keep your body moving – that’s going to help everything!” Dr. Terry said. Stay tuned next month for Part Two, where Dr. Terry and Jennifer offer nutrition tips and an inspirational recipe to start you on the right track.
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