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July 2012

The skin you’re in

Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Tie shares a few tips TRAVEL SMART

Don’t lose a single day to sickness


Get summer color without sun


Quick fixes for hot-weather beauty woes


What’s the story on energy supplements?

this Issue

July On the cover


She knows skin Dr. Cynthia Tie talks about how she came to her field, dermatology, and about what she tells patients on skin care.



The careful traveler Take precautions to make sure you don’t bring home an unwelcome souvenir.

Also inside... 06 Mind | Body | Soul Counselor Robin McDougall offers advice on changing the patterns that make us feel stuck. About the cover

08 MAKEOVER Frizzy hair, puffy eyes, uneven tan lines – how’s a person to look pretty when it’s so darned hot?

Dr. Cynthia Tie offers both medical and cosmetic treatment options as part of her practice with Skin and Cancer Associates, which has an office in Tallahassee at 1903 Welby Way. Photos by Long’s Photography 702 West Tharpe Street, Tallahassee

10 ESSENTIAL NUTRITION Tuna, either out of a can or fresh from the sea, is a long-time American favorite with real health benefits. 18 BEST BODY Professional spray treatments and self-applied lotions take the sun out of suntan. 22 ALTERNATIVE HEALTH What’s in those potions, pills and powders claiming to boost energy levels?


24 MIND MATTERS A nap can do a body good, but it’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep.

26 SMART FITNESS On vacation, you can see something new and do something new, including stepping away from a sedentary routine.

28 YOUR TIME In Tallahassee, we’re surrounded by wonderful spots to pitch a tent and get away.



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The creative you


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Sitting under the canopy tent one


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looking like guinea pig fur, I thought, “It doesn’t get any better

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than this.” All I was doing was sitting. Listening. Observing. It was a moment of Mother Nature at her finest. What a show she puts on for us every day, and I’m not sure I notice very often. Do you?

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Those thoughts prompted me to begin writing and painting with renewed vigor. What better way to be in the moment than creativity?


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I’ve had many people over the years say, “But I’m not creative,” and I can often point out the ways they express creativity every day. It can be in the colors chosen for walls, the special way of seasoning meals and the laughter brought out by compelling storytelling. So I’ll offer a challenge, as I sometimes do to the readers of


Your Health. Go to your favorite place and sit, listen, observe.


What can you do today, tomorrow and always for yourself

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that brings a feeling of creativity forward? Embrace it and go


forth with the knowledge that you are a unique, valuable and


creative being meant to make a difference in this world!


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Stuck on repeat

How to change the patterns that keep us from moving forward

By Robin McDougall, LCSW


very one of us has felt stuck, unable to move towards goals and frustrated when we can’t figure out how to get unstuck. Yet humans are the most versatile animals on the planet, so surely we can overcome.  Our own thought patterns have great influence on us and, therefore, on our ability to progress and achieve.  But what are thought patterns?  Where do they come from?  And if they are in the way, how can we change them?

not remember the words. Today she remembers her anxiety and the embarrassment on her father’s face.  Though she knows she can sing, the beliefs from her early experience still create a pattern of anxiety which prevents her from performing for others.

From the moment we become conscious, we begin to learn and form beliefs about ourselves, those around us and the world. These beliefs can be conscious or can sink into our unconscious. They become the foundation for patterns that affect how we grow and become who we are. Whether they are conscious or unconscious, we have the power to identify them. We can choose to accept, alter or discard our beliefs. 

Question your beliefs, even those you know you want to keep. No one says you have to change anything, so you are free to look at it all. The decisions about what to change are completely yours.

We are all familiar with beliefs that have changed with historical discoveries. For example, just a few centuries ago, people believed the Earth was flat.  That belief caused a universal “stuckness”; explorers were afraid to venture far across the ocean, believing they would simply fall off the edge of the world. Courageous explorers pushed past the limits of popular belief and revealed the truth about our planet. They began to sail the world and opened new possibilities for every human being. 

Keep the changes that move you toward the results you want.

We can accomplish these same explorations in our own minds and hearts. We can look for our own limitations and the beliefs that surround them.  It will be easier to identify beliefs of which we are conscious.  But we can also discover those of which we are unconscious if we become a curious explorer and scientist in our own lives, observing, testing and making note of what we discover.  I have a friend who can sing.  But when it comes to singing for others, she is limited by a belief that she will fail.  Her belief was born from an early experience.  At age 9, she was asked to sing a solo in a school performance.  She felt completely confident and eager for the opportunity.  However, no one schooled her about what to expect, taught her that she should practice and prepare for a public performance.  So she innocently waited for the day without preparation.  When the time came to sing for an audience, she could 6


So, how do we change our beliefs and the patterns they create? Observe yourself and pay attention to what you notice.

Play with your behavior like a scientist who changes one or two factors in an experiment to see how that changes the result. If you had different beliefs, how would you behave? Try it once or twice and see what happens.

There is another significant obstacle to changing our patterns. We take things so seriously!  When I suggest we pay attention and question our beliefs, I also suggest we play with making changes.  When we were children, we played!  That’s how we learned to pop wheelies, climb trees, do cartwheels, sing, play musical instruments, swim and a host of other skills.  We played!  That is the perfect frame of mind and position of heart to bring to your life today.  Keep your sense of curiosity and playfulness involved in all you do. One last bit: If you feel alone in your stuckness, it’s perfectly fine to ask for help, just like you would have when you were a child. Sometimes our family or friends can help and are willing to play with us. And, when we need more support, we can read books, listen to inspirational speakers, or talk to our spiritual leaders, our teachers and counselors for the boost that we need.  Robin McDougall is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She draws on a variety of therapeutic modalities, ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to insight-oriented self-examination, to meet people where they are and help them find their strength to live fully. Reach her at or call 212-0760. v

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Hot weather can play havoc with your appearance – here are some quick fixes for common summer problems





ven in sunny Florida, many women wait until summer comes to bare it all, unveiling the sexiest dresses, strappiest sandals and hottest hair styles when the mercury soars. Why, then, is that the precise moment heat and humidity conspire to create beauty catastrophes that make us want to hide? Whether it’s brassy hair, shiny skin, puffy eyes or uneven pigmentation – or a dozen variations of these issues – the reality is that the rigors of summer weather can seriously sabotage our style. “Over the summer, the rate of clients having problems is definitely higher because they’re spending more time in the sun or at the pool, which is more distressing on hair and skin,” says Katalina Mitchell, marketing director at Envy Salon and Spa in Tallahassee. “They stop in or call us more to ask for advice.” We spoke to Mitchell and Lisa Mergel, an esthetician at Kanvas Luxury Beauty Essentials, to get their guidance on disguising and healing some of our most embarrassing beauty concerns. Here are some of their best tips of the trade.

Oh no! I’ve got: Green hair from the pool: Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the chlorine in pool water that gives a greenish tint to blonde hair – metals such as copper and iron are the culprits. Try pre-soaking your hair with tap water before hitting the pool “to prevent hair from grabbing as much of those metals so it won’t turn green,” Mitchell suggests.

Uneven tan lines: Ever take off your sunglasses to realize you have reverse raccoon eyes? Even though most women use sunscreen to avoid sun damage, some skin areas inevitably turn darker than others from the rays. Use a sunless tanning product to fill in the gaps, or blend some bronzing powder with moisturizer and dab it on lighter sections.

Frizzy or limp hair: When the heat has literally gone to your head – either swelling strands or sucking moisture from them – certain products can come to the rescue. Massage a serum containing jojoba oil into your hair to combat frizz, or spray a little dry shampoo on the roots to add volume to limp locks. “It’s so addicting – our clients absolutely love it,” Mitchell says.

Shiny skin: Oil and sweat glands shift into overdrive in hot temperatures, creating a slick complexion. But too many women “over-attack” the problem with drying toners and astringents, stripping their skin. “You still need a moisturizer,” Mergel says. “You have the oil, but you’re lacking the water content, and moisturizer will add water to the skin.”

Puffy eyes: Warm weather alone doesn’t usually lead to puffy eyes - it’s the late-night parties and long weekend trips that accompany the summer season that seem to be the culprit. Keep a couple of metal spoons in the freezer and place them gently over puffy eyes for several minutes in the morning. “And lay off the alcohol – it increases the puffiness,” advises Mitchell.

Brassy ends: Too many rays can make blonde or red hair look brassy, but a salon glaze (about $20) can make quick work of fading this annoying development. “A glaze can make your hair look warmer or add a hue,” Mitchell says.

Ugly red bumps on my arms: Chlorine and heat exposure can worsen so-called “chicken skin” on the arms, which are red bumps that erupt around hair follicles. Exfoliating with a body scrub should temper these unsightly mounds. “You can use something as simple as a washcloth or loofah to apply it,” Mergel says. “Some products have alpha hydroxy acid in them,” which promotes skin cell turnover. v

Sexy summer looks without the payback Want sexy “beach hair” – you know, that tousled, sunand-surf look – without the straw-like feel? A product called sea salt spray – found in most pharmacies – offers the best of summer hair without the payback, says Katalina Mitchell, marketing director at Envy Salon and Spa. “Salt sprays should be applied very close to the root of the hair,” she suggests. “It won’t really dry the hair out, it just adds texture.” A “deep waver” – a three-barrel crimping iron – can also lend that windswept look to your locks. “Summer hair does have a different texture than during the winter, so you can play that up,” she says. “We love a summer beach wave or fishtail braids – they’re really fun.”




Talking tuna This versatile seafood serves up rich culinary and nutritional benefits

By Leigh Farr In addition to being a great source of lean protein, tuna is also chock full of nutrients, including vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been shown to lower the risk of some forms of cancer, and vitamin K, which boosts blood clotting. Tuna also contains potassium (known to help muscles contract), iron (which carries oxygen to your tissues) and iodine, which supports thyroid function. To reap the most health benefits, Gwynn recommends buying fresh tuna.


“Canned is not as good as fresh because processing involves salting the tuna to make it last and heating it to pasteurize it,” he says. “The heat takes some of the vitamins and minerals away.”

“Tuna is a great option, as far as fish and seafood goes,” says Chris Clark, owner of Avenue Eat & Drink in Tallahassee, which offers a selection of high-quality tuna dishes on its menu. “It’s a very versatile fish.”

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mericans love tuna. Whether it’s prepared fresh at a cutting-edge gourmet eatery or enjoyed from a can at a picnic in the park, we just can’t seem to get enough of this tasty, protein-packed fish.

Depending on your culinary style, tuna serves up a variety of flavors and hues for just about every taste preference. If you prefer Asian-style cuisine, bluefin tuna provides a flavorful, dark red meat perfect for sashimi. Yellowfin, a pale-pink tuna, is slightly more abundant than bluefin and is a good type of tuna for grilling, baking or sautéing. For those of us who prefer tuna in a can, skipjack and albacore make good choices for sandwiches, casseroles or quick and easy salads.

Nutritional powerhouse When it comes to heart healthy foods, tuna is at the top of the list. This cold water fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to boost your cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends consuming tuna along with other fatty fish twice weekly for heart protective benefits. “Tuna is a healthy alternative to red meat and you can prepare it in the same way because of the meatiness of it,” says David Gwynn, owner of Cypress Restaurant in Tallahassee. “Unlike flakier fish like flounder, grouper or snapper, which all have a lighter style, tuna tends to have a meatier flavor.” 10


We’ve all heard the warnings that tuna contains mercury. The good news is, by consuming tuna in moderation, you can still enjoy the benefits of this nutritious food. For expectant mothers, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers and young children, the Food and Drug Association recommends eating up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury, such as canned light tuna. Canned albacore tuna and tuna steaks contain more mercury than canned light tuna, so limiting these varieties to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week is recommended. You can learn more about mercury in fish and shellfish by calling the FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD or by vising the FDA’s Food Safety website at ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm110591.htm

Your turn to cook Whether you’re preparing a gourmet dinner or a backyard get-together, tuna is a popular menu item that can be served for any occasion. “Tuna is very versatile,” says Chef Greg Brown of Avenue Eat & Drink in Tallahassee. “You can do a lot of the same things you can do with meat, whether it’s grilling or sautéeing, or glazing it Asian-style.”

Here are some recipes to try. Cypress Restaurant: Fresh Tuna Salad Serves two. For the salad: 2 6-oz. tuna steaks Italian vinaigrette to dress lettuces Lettuce mix or Arugula 1 dozen green or red seedless grapes, cut in half, lengthwise A handful of toasted pecans 1 dozen thin carrot slices 8 to 10 thin cucumber slices 6 to 8 red or sweet onion rings 1 dozen thin celery slices For the vinaigrette: ½ cup mayonnaise 2 tsps. Dijon mustard Zest and juice of half a lemon Splash of hot sauce 1 Tbsp. dill or sweet pickle relish 1 tsp. liquid from relish 1 tsp. chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste Mixing the vinaigrette: Combine the dressing ingredients and mix well. Thin with a splash of cool water if the sauce is too thick to pour. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Making the salad: Season tuna with salt and pepper. Grill over hot coals or sear in a pan with oil over medium high heat, making sure to turn the fish midway through

the cooking process. Cook to desired temperature. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Slice tuna if desired and set aside. Mix lettuces, grapes, pecans, carrots, cucumbers, celery and red onion to make a salad. Toss with vinaigrette. Divide equally between two plates. Arrange tuna slices on top of each salad. Pour sauce over tuna. Serves two.

oil and sear 2 to 3 minutes each side, remove from the pan and chill. Heat the remaining oil to 350 degrees and fry the wonton skins until they are a light golden brown and crisp. Season the wontons with salt and pepper as soon as they are removed from the oil. Slice the cooked tuna steak into 10 thin pieces. Place the tuna on the crispy wontons and garnish each one with a orange segment, drizzle of soy and a few slices of the scallions.

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Serves 10 Ingredients 1 12-oz. tuna steak 1 Tbsp. black sesame seeds 1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds 1 Tbsp. orange zest Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup grape seed oil 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 5 wonton skins (cut into triangles) 2 ounces thick sweet soy sauce 10 orange segments 6 scallions (sliced thin bias) Heat a large sauté pan with the grape seed oil and sesame oil. Mix together the sesame seeds, citrus zest, salt and pepper. Press this mixture into each side of the tuna steak. Place the tuna steaks into the heated

Serves four. 2 lbs. fresh tuna steaks, ½-inch dice 1 cup soy sauce 1 orange, zested and juiced ¾cup green onions, thin bias cut 2 Tbsps. sesame oil 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds 1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce(optional) 2 Tbsps. finely chopped macadamia nuts In a medium non-reactive bowl, combine tuna, soy sauce, orange zest and juice, green onions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, sriracha and macadamia nuts; mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. v

Sustainable Choices

In order to maintain healthy fish populations and reduce our ecological impact, we can do our part by making seafood choices that are good for the environment. To find out more about sustainable fishing practices, visit www.seafoodwatch. org, a helpful guide provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.



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‘I really love what I do’ Dr. Cynthia Tie helps others care for the skin they’re in

Photo by Kira Derryberry Photography, 12 YOUR HEALTH July 2012 583-1644,

Dr. Cynthia Tie, shown here at Hotel Duval, says she is blessed with trouble-free skin. In fact, she washes with soap and water. She notes, however, that her soap is Dove, which is a synthetic detergent rather than an oldfashioned soap. What you should use “depends on your skin type,” the doctor says. “If you don’t have a lot of problems … you don’t need fancy cleansers.”

By marina brown


et’s face it, the first thing one does upon meeting Dr. Cynthia Tie, a board- certified dermatologist at Skin and Cancer Associates and the Center for Cosmetic Enhancement is to look at her skin. And yes! Just as you expect in a dermatologist, it is fine-pored, unblemished and seemingly untouched by the sun. But that is where assumptions about Dr. Tie (pronounced ‘Tee’) could end. The delicately-built, petite Asian woman comes with a few contradictions. Tie is a Chinese name. But she was born in Indonesia. “My father was Chinese, a physician, like my uncles and cousins,” she says. “Even though I had a privileged upbringing, there was discrimination against Chinese at that time. When my brother was born, we fled Indonesia for Europe. First Germany, then the Netherlands. I was 12.” Was life complicated for a citizen of Indonesia? “Actually, I am a citizen of the Netherlands,” Tie says. “Indonesia was a colony until 1945, and through my father, we retained our Dutch citizenship.”

Dr. Tie demonstrates a laser treatment to minimize blood vessels on the face at her Welby Way office. She explained that different attachments allow the machine to treat different problems. Photo by Long’s Photography, 339-5799,

Tie continued her studies in the Netherlands in private schools, eventually graduating from the prestigious University of Leiden, the alma mater of the current queen of the Netherlands. Along the way she picked up Spanish, German and English, as well as Indonesian and Dutch. “My first dream was to be an engineer,” she says. “Or a scientist. I wanted to do research.” But honoring a cultural tradition, Tie bowed to her mother’s suggestion that, while engineering was fine, following the line of medical people within the family was better. Yet Tie yearned to break out of the mold. She wanted to study abroad.

To hear the office staff tell it, Dr. Tie doesn’t spend a lot of time tucked away in her personal office, but is more often with patients. Photo by Long’s Photography

“I had a wonderful professor,” she says, “who told me about three fellowships: one to Vienna—where I said it was too cold; one to Florence — except I didn’t speak Italian; and finally, to Miami! Ah, I thought — sunlight, the beach, Disney World! The Netherlands didn’t have any of those!” July 2012 YOUR HEALTH


The staff at Skin and Cancer Associates, including Dr. Tie, dressed up in purple for a holiday card in late 2010. The group includes doctors and a host of other medical professionals and support staff. Photo by Kira Derryberry Photography

For healthy skin Not a shrinking violet, the effervescent Dr. Tie eagerly describes the Do’s and Don’ts of what it takes to maintain healthy skin and avoid the ravages of sun and age. Q: What about getting a tan, either from the sun or in a booth? A: Tanning is the increase in melanin, the dark pigmentation that skin forms in an attempt to protect itself. But skin reacts to sun in other ways. The UV rays break down collagen and elastin lying in the deeper layers of the skin. This causes deeper wrinkles and sagging. Everyone should put sunscreen on every morning. sunny or raining. And reapply it frequently if you are sweating or in the water. As for tanning booths, studies show that only 10 sessions in a tanning booth increase the chances of skin cancer six-fold. Q: What else is up there with the sun in damaging skin? A: Smoking. The nicotine causes narrowing of the superficial blood vessels starving them of



oxygen vital for regeneration of cells. There is a cocktail of dangerous chemicals, including ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and arsenic in each puff that break down collagen. And even the facial movements involved in smoking will, after a few years, make lip creases and other lines prominent.

The physician’s routine Q: What is your own skin care regimen? A: I’m 46 now, but I started early. My grandmother sat me down before I was a teenager and showed me how to apply moisturizer. Now I keep it simple. Soap and water every morning, followed by moisturizer, sunscreen and light make-up. At night, soap and water followed by Retin-A (a cream or gel that increases the turnover of dermis cells and helps the body build new collagen.) I also try to eat really well , mostly organic, but we’re still omnivores — we haven’t given up on meat yet. My husband and I are also runners and members of the Gulf Wind Track Club.

At your service Q: What are some of the skin maintenance services you offer? A: We provide a variety of highend skin care and cosmetic products. In addition, we do Intense Light Pulse for removing age spots and redness, chemical peels, cutaneous surgeries, sclerotherapy for dissolving spider veins and laser hair removal, as well as Botox and a variety of fillers to reduce facial lines.

Facial enhancements such as Restylane, Radiesse, Juvederm and Botox now account for 20 percent of our practice.

Q: And what would you be doing if you weren’t a dermatologist? A: I really love what I do, so that would be hard to answer. But when I retire, I think I might like to do archaeology (she laughs) — dig up old bones.

Contacting the doctor Dr. Cynthia Tie (pronounced “Tee”) practices at Skin and Cancer Associates, 1903 Welby Way, 402-9444,

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It was perhaps that one impulsive and serendipitous decision that changed the course of Tie’s life. One month later, at the home of her University of Miami professor, she met the professor’s son, home from college where he was completing his Ph.D. in sociology. Tie and John Taylor, now a professor at Florida State University, married a year later and today have two sons.

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But Miami may have had another influence that directed Tie. Interested in cellular research of the skin, she also noted the way light-skinned people were drawn to the beaches, to tanning salons, to any light-flooded environment that would turn their pale skin darker. She also knew that every time that skin turned tan, or worse, burnt pink, there was damage accruing to the largest and most exposed organ of the body.

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After working for some time at the Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale and at the University of Miami, in 2002 when her husband accepted a faculty position at FSU, Tie decided it was time to turn her devotion to caring for the skin to a private practice. In her own office with Drs. Richard Taylor and David Pascoe since 2006, Tie sees patients ranging from young children with eczema to older adults with acne, as well as those suffering from skin cancers and patients merely hoping to retain the luminous skin of their youth. v

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Travel well

Take precautions to make sure you don’t arrive sick or return with an unwelcome souvenir

By Marina brown


h - the Caribbean cruise you’ve dreamt of since retiring. Or maybe an adventurous gambit to Gambia! What about London or Paris in the spring? Sounds good, but each of these venues – even the tame escorted ones – can pose potential risks for the traveler who is unprepared for a health emergency.

A few real life cases in point: Tallahassee resident Sam Murphy assists a man with a concussion as the patient is MedEvac-ed from a tallship off the coast of Argentina. Me, with a broken hand after being thrown from a terrified horse on a coffee plantation in Guatemala. And of course the outbreaks of noroviruses on cruise ships that in recent years have ruined thousands of vacations and given those cruise companies big black eyes. Each needed immediate medical intervention. So stay home? Certainly not. With some thought and preparation you can pack your bags and have a wonderful time. Dr. Philbert Ford of the Southeastern Center of Infectious Diseases in Tallahassee, and the go-to physician for out-of-country immunizations, offers an evaluation of risk and plan for prevention for any given trip.

breath, confusion, bleeding, pain in the legs or calves – all of these are symptoms of illness that should be reported and treatment begun. • Collect all of your medicines in plastic containers with drug name, dose/ frequency, dates and name of physician. Carry an extra week’s supply in a compartmentalized container in your purse or hand luggage should your larger valise be lost or delayed. • In some underdeveloped countries water bottles are reused – filled with contaminated water. Drink carbonated beverages so you know they’re safe. Avoid questionable uncooked vegetables and fruits. Try to eat food that is recently cooked and hot. And always wash your hands with soap, then use antibacterial gel.

“Your itinerary, planned activities and exposure to both infectious and environmental risks is assessed,” he says. He suggests visiting your physician at least a month in advance.

• Carry insect repellents (Deet from 30-50 percent or Picaridin at 15 percent and Permethrin sponged on clothes) and anti-itch meds for after you’ve been bitten. For gastrointestinal symptoms, Pepto Bismol pills 4 times a day reduces incidence of diarrhea from 40 to 14 percent. Some people carry CDC-approved oral-rehydration salts (ORS), available in pharmacies.

And there is much you can do on your own:

• Check with the CDC for what illnesses currently are problematic in the countries you are visiting.

• Six months before your trip (or earlier) begin to get yourself in shape. Walk more; trim off a few pounds. Anyone who travels will be asked to do activities unlike those at home. Be as fit as you can be before the holiday starts.

• Consider trip health insurance. Check with your own provider as to whether you are covered out of the U.S. If not, your travel company or insurance company can help you find health insurance that covers not only medical costs, but evacuation to another country or back to the States. Preferred credit cards of VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as the American Embassy, all provide emergency medical hotlines for locating local doctors.

• Know the signs and symptoms of illness. It seems obvious, yet people are overcome by heatstroke because they didn’t self-intervene early enough. Diarrhea can become an emergency because the symptom wasn’t addressed at its onset. Headaches, weakness, jaundice, fever over 100, shortness of 16


• Then go have a wonderful time. And take lots of photos! v

Numbers to know, info to check It’s good to carry a list of important numbers on your person when traveling. In addition to contact information for relatives, have your physician’s name and telephone number, your health insurance carrier and policy number, and any important emergency medical information, history or instructions. Sources of information and help include: • CDC: 800-CDC-INFO • Medical Information for Americans Abroad • American Embassy telephone number for country you’re visiting • International Association for Assistance to Travelers (IMAT) 716-754-4883 • Cruise lines list their scores on health inspections. And though a ship may score 100 percent, gastroenteritis-causing noroviruses are highly contagious and can easily be carried aboard. Check with CDC for cruise line scores.

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Tanning, sans sun It’s never been easier to get bronze without baking your skin By Anne Marie Cummings


f you can’t make it to the beach this summer you can still look like a golden goddess thanks to professional spray tanning or over-the-counter self-tanning products. Today’s most effective quick spray-tanning solutions contain the FDA approved ingredient dihyddroxyacetone (DHA), typically derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. Once DHA makes contact with the outer most surface of your skin (dead skin cells), your new complexion will fool every native from Brazil. Sunless tanning specialist Miranda O’Bryan, with BlueWater Tans in Tallahassee, told us fun facts about DHA spray tanning solutions: varying levels create differing degrees of bronze, your tan will take two-to-four hours to appear, and it will continue to darken 8-to-12 hours after the initial application. Be sure to keep one thing in mind before you apply a tanning product at home or get a spray tan at a salon — exfoliate. Says Bonnie Venclauskas, a certified spray tanning specialist with Tallahassee’s Sun Fusion Tans, “After exfoliating, the top layer of skin will be thin and it will take time for it to build up again, increasing the longevity of your tan.” For that long-lasting glow without the harm from UV rays, see the sampling of Tallahassee spray-tan specialists on Page 20. 18


Marilyn Robertson, spa consultant at Tallahassee’s Planet Beach, says a number of things can go wrong when your tanning yourself at home. The two worst things? “Missing areas of your body,” she said, “or having an allergic reaction.” Robertson recommends testing the product on a small area of your body before covering the rest. • Shave and exfoliate before your application. • Wash your hands immediately after spray tanning.

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Eat your … energy? There are all kinds of herbs and supplements labeled as energy boosters. Is there any truth to the claims?

By Amber Dawn Barz Those containing stimulants which increase metabolism; Those containing other substances (such as B vitamins) which aid the body’s ability to convert food into energy (metabolism); and, Those containing calories (with ingredients like sugar) that produce energy in our body when metabolized.

Stimulants “Caffeine is a common ingredient found in many products marketed for energy enhancement,” Coates says. “Among the sources of caffeine in these products are kola nut, yerba mate, guarana and tea.”


alk down the supplement aisle of a local Tallahassee drug store and you may begin to wonder whether everyone in town is experiencing a lack of energy. You’ll find caplets, powders and potions claiming to help you stay awake, refuel or perform better. Do any of these products work, and if so, are they right for you? “There are dozens of ingredients in products claimed to enhance your energy level, ranging from the familiar — like caffeine and sugar — to the exotic—such as a kola nut, also a source of caffeine — to the puzzling — such as coenzyme Q10,” says Dr. Paul M. Coates, Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. “It can be difficult to determine which ingredients actually work, particularly in the amounts and combinations in which they’re found.”

Energy Supplement Categories According to Coates, energy products can be divided into three overlapping categories: 22


“Caffeine creates an adrenal rush burst of energy that leaves a toxic residue that must then be cleansed from the body,” says Dr. John Cottone, a Tallahassee naturopathic doctor, nutrition consultant, and the director of the KaTone Health Education System. “The ultimate use of adrenal energy would be for a flight or fight situation, not for increasing your daily energy level. I do not consider products with large amounts of caffeine and sugar (to be) healthy supplements. The vitamin and herbal content in those products are minimal and not likely to clean up the negative after-effect of the caffeine and sugar.” “Ginseng, another ingredient found in energy supplements, is not a caffeine derivative but it may also serve as a mild stimulant,” Coates says. “There’s a lot of historical use of the different species of ginseng as a tonic that invigorates or strengthens. The available scientific evidence, however, is not sufficient to know whether it actually improves stamina and energy. Often, the dose of ginseng in these products is well below what some studies have suggested would have an effect.”

Dr. Marti Springer, a Tallahassee acupuncture physician, says there are different types of ginseng and it’s not an end-all herb that works for everyone. Different ginseng species have diverse effects on people of various ages and genders.

B vitamins also support the energy metabolism process, and B supplements may help boost energy levels, especially in people who are deficient in one or more B vitamins (which can be determined via a simple blood test performed by your health care provider).

“Before taking any supplement, I always suggest you seek the advice of your health care professional,” Springer says. “Your body type, level of health and lifestyle all affect your nutritional needs. Once we determine the root of your specific issue, then we can come up with an individualized program for supplements.”


Components to Aid Metabolism There are two energy supplements that Springer says may help with general energy concerns. They are DRibose and Rhodiola. Our bodies make D-Ribose from food, Springer explains. Supplemental D-Ribose may help prevent muscle fatigue by boosting muscle energy. Rhodiola is a plant that, when ingested, may help increase stamina. “Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme also produced by our bodies,” Springer explains. “CoQ10 supplements may be beneficial to people who take statins for high cholesterol as these drugs deplete the body’s natural supply of the enzyme. CoQ10 helps prevent serious side effects from statin use one of which may be low energy levels.”

Approach with caution Dr. Marti Springer, a Tallahassee acupuncture physician, and Dr. John Cottone, a Tallahassee naturopathic doctor and nutrition consultant concur: Err on the side of caution. Supplements containing excessive amount of stimulants may overly stress your body, inhibit performance and put your health at risk. “I prefer herbs and vitamins that are in a mixture rather than full strength on their own for the well being of the general public,” Cottone says. “Herbs that would be used on a curative strength could have side effects like prescription drugs. Full strength herbs should be recommended by a practitioner who

Foods that can are quickly digested can provide a quick source of energy. Items in this category include sugary candy bars and sports drinks. Sugar can rev you up temporarily by spiking blood glucose and causing a reactive insulin surge, Coates says. However, the energy benefit fades quickly and afterwards you are likely to feel even more tired than you did before ingesting the sugar. The calories you don’t burn will be stored as fat.

Energy Boosting Ability So, do any of these energy supplements really boost energy? “Maybe, briefly,” Coates says. “For any individual, it will depend on the product chosen and amount consumed.” “Discuss your symptoms with your health care professional,” Springer says. “Uncover the cause of your low energy level first. Once you discover what is wrong, the right combination of supplements taken in the proper dosage may give the boost you need.” v

understands the positive, negative and interactions of herbs with each other and prescription drugs.” The bitter about orange Another popular stimulant added to some energy supplements is bitter orange, an extract from the rind of a different citrus species than the supermarket orange. It is unrelated to caffeine, and though it hasn’t been studied much, some experts are concerned about potential risks. “Its active ingredient—synephrine—is chemically similar to ephedrine, the active ingredient in ephedra, which was taken off the market in 2004 because of life-threatening health risks, including heart attacks, strokes and seizures,” says Dr. Paul M. Coates, director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. “Some preliminary reports have raised concerns about heart and vascular effects with the use of bitter orange.” July 2012 YOUR HEALTH


mind matters

Need a good nap? And are you getting enough of the right kind of sleep at night?

BY Kenya McCullum


o you like to take a cat nap in the middle of the day? Most people, at some point, enjoy using a nap as a refreshing reset to their day — especially if they have a long day ahead of them and need a little spring in their step later. Naps, however, do have a downside — particularly if you need to take a nap every day just to get through your day. If that is the case, your napping is no longer a refreshing reset for your body and may actually be indicative of a sleep problem that you need to address.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Generally speaking, it’s best to get seven to eight hours of sleep per night in order to get through the day without getting tired. It can often be difficult to do this as we navigate our busy lives, but taking a nap is not an adequate substitute for getting enough sleep in the first place. “Napping is a second- or third-rate substitute for getting adequate sleep,” said Dr. David Huang, the medical director at the Tallahassee Memorial Sleep Center. “It’s better to get adequate sleep, which is seven or eight hours of sleep every night.”

Are You Getting Quality Sleep? If you are getting enough sleep each night, but you still need a nap to get through the day, you should then think about the quality of the sleep you’re getting. The following are some common problems that may impact your quality of sleep. Distractions. Do you have a TV in your bedroom? Your laptop? Your phone? Any other distractions that can keep you from falling asleep? If so, you may be sabotaging your ability to get a good night’s sleep. “Those kinds of things are not conducive to sleep. You need to pretty much use the bedroom for sleep and for sex, and that’s it, but a lot of people eat in bed, get on their laptop in bed and watch TV in bed,” said 24


Darrell Bishop, program director at HealthSouth Sleep Disorder Center. But what if you need the TV or radio to fall asleep? You may not realize it, but those devices may actually be causing your sleep to become fragmented because of the changes in brightness on the television or the fluctuations in volume that regularly occur on both radio and television. Sleep apnea. Does your partner tell you that you snore loudly or you appear to stop breathing at night? You may have sleep apnea, which occurs when your airways get obstructed throughout the night. People with sleep apnea tend to be sleep deprived and fatigued during the day, and they may also have difficulty with their concentration and memory. Restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome occurs when you wake up at night because of jerking and tingling sensations in the legs. Similar to sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome can interfere with the ability to get a good night’s sleep and can lead to daytime fatigue.

Napping do’s and don’ts If there is nothing wrong with the quantity or the quality of the sleep you receive at night, taking a nap can be a good way to recharge your batteries. The following tips can help you get the most out of your naps.

Do set limits. Try to limit your naps to about 20 minutes—which is the ideal amount of time for you to feel refreshed. “It’s probably best to set a timer for 20 minutes because if you progress into deeper and deeper stages of sleep and someone wakes you up, it’s going to take you a while to get back to normal alertness,” said Bishop. Don’t eat too close to nap time. Also avoid things that are designed to keep you alert, such as coffee, soda and tea. Do choose the right environment. In order to get the best out of your nap, find a quiet, cool place where you will not be interrupted. Don’t rely too much on naps. Although a good 20-minute nap here and there can be refreshing, you don’t want to make naps a regular part of your sleep regimen. “There are people who are severely sleep deprived because they only get four hours of sleep a night. If they take a short nap during the day, they feel a little refreshed and they do function little bit better,” said Huang. “That’s probably a good thing, but what would better would for them to get seven or eight hours of sleep every night.” v


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By Elise Oberliesen


ver think about avoiding the much needed vacay for fear that too many buffets, late-night pub crawls and days of inactivity might weigh you down? What if your vacation helped do the opposite? Sneak some fitness in each day and watch the pounds stay away. With the right focus plus a healthy dose of discipline, you can get fit and recharge at the same time, says Sherman Rosier, owner of Fit and Functional, a Tallahassee-based gym that offers fun, calorieblasting workouts such as Dancetrance, a choreographed dance workout that pumps up your sweat glands with some added fun. When Rosier heads to a new city he likes to sample something different from the exercise menu. “Find a nearby health club and try a new class you haven’t done before,” he suggests. He recently tried ballet and a new core class. Whether you take a trip to Virginia Beach for waves and sun, or book a girlfriend getaway in Las Vegas, in either town, you could shimmy away calories with Dancetrance.

Resistance bands can help you sneak a workout in as well. Anchor resistance bands to the bed frame or a door knob for a quick set of chest presses and rows, says D’Attile. Stand on the band and try a combo move— squat and then curl. “The workouts may not be exactly what we would do in the gym, but the idea is to maintain (some activity),” says D’Attile. Even small bursts of movement during your vacation help you stay on friendly terms with the scale upon the return trip home. Matt Stager, owner of Impact Health and Fitness likes to keep it simple. Even so, he still packs the right gear to blast away calories. He starts with his running shoes because he can run anywhere. Need a few time savers? Something else Stager keeps close by – a gadget that wakes up his upper half. “My perfect push-up. They’re fairly light. They allow you to do a full upper body workout, chest, shoulders, back and core,” he says. Stager runs 2 minute push-up drills and he’s done in 5 minutes. He varies his stance with feet either wide apart, close together or propped on a foot stool, for example. “It’s pretty intense, but short,” says Stager.

Wondering if exercise fights fatigue? With all the heart-pumping, you bet it does. “Exercise increases endorphins and you will be more alert throughout the day. Blood flow and circulation helps the body become more energized,” says Rosier.

Maybe you’re the exercise gadget type. Then don’t leave home without gliders, small plastic discs that you place under the foot to facilitate gliding lunges, plies and other fat-burning moves, says Steve D’Attile, fitness director at Gold’s Gym.

If you’re a minimalist who packs lightly, try a few quick sets that use your own built-in exercise equipment.

“Do a backwards lunge with a glider and curl your arms,” he says. Use soda cans, milk jugs or two liter bottles for added resistance.

“Use your body weight,” says Rosier. It’s easy to do in a hotel room, tent or a cruise ship cabin. Try push-ups, squats, lunges and planks. v



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Headed overseas for some urban action and sightseeing? Pack the camera and comfy walking shoes. Munich, Germany is one city worth considering for its calorie-slashing guided tours—by foot or by bike. Tourists stroll their way through the city while stopping along the way to hear a brief history lesson or watch street performers. Stop by the Pagoda Biergarten to wet your whistle and grab a snack—the perfect resting place before finishing up the tour. A true calorie burn with a little entertainment that keeps you rolling.

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Your Time

It’s a short hop to happy camping We’re surrounded by wonderful spots to pitch a tent and roll out a blanket

By Brandi Schlossberg


efore summer speeds to a close, make time to reconnect with nature — plan a camping trip at one of the many magnificent parks surrounding Tallahassee. Going on a regional outdoor vacation is an easy and inexpensive way to access the perfect blend of exercise, adventure, quiet and relaxation. Nearby parks in both Florida and Georgia offer a broad array of activities, from hiking and swimming to birdwatching and guided historical tours. Reserve a campsite at the park that appeals to you, then start packing. Here, we place the spotlight on a small sampling of campgrounds and parks within 120 miles of Tallahassee.

Torreya State Park Located about 50 miles to an hour from Tallahassee, Torreya State Park seems to offer something for everyone, beginning with breathtaking views of the Apalachicola River. The park is named for a rare species of Torreya tree that grows on the bluffs along this river. There also are plenty of birds to view from the campgrounds, as park staff reports that more than 100 species have been spotted. For history buffs, a ranger gives guided tours of the fully furnished Gregory House, a plantation home built in 1849.

Camp sites here cost around $25 to $35 dollars, and the cottages cost between $125 and $135 dollars per night. To learn more, you can contact Seminole State Park at 229-861-3137.

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area Deemed Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon,” this park includes gullies as deep as 150 feet. Soil within the canyons is a surprising rainbow of pink, orange, red and purple. The combination of these features makes Providence Canyon a great place to go camping amid stunning scenery. This park is a hiker’s delight, with trails carved out along the rim of the canyons and into the forest. There are six hike-in-only camp sites along the back-country trail, which cost $9 dollars per night. Nearby, the George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge offers accommodations as well.

Camp sites here cost around $16 per night, and reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Call 800-643-2674 for more information.

To find out more about camping and playing in and around on Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area, call 229-838-6870. The park is located roughly 130 miles, or two hours and 40 minutes, from Tallahassee.

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Inside this Georgia park, the camping options abound — from 14 cottages to treehouse camping to 50 standard camp sites. Nestled on the edge of Lake Seminole, about 50 miles from Tallahassee, this park offers plenty of water-based fun.

In less than an hour, campers can leave the Tallahassee area and arrive at Three Rivers State Park, where Florida collides with the southwest corner of Georgia, and where two rivers — the Flint and the Chattahoochee — meet to form Lake Seminole. This is the place for water lovers, with lake-front camp sites and activities ranging from swimming and sailing to jet skiing and kayaking.

There also are all kinds of opportunities to observe vegetation and wildlife at Seminole State Park, including a nature trail that winds past gopher tortoise burrows, a wetland boardwalk and one of the biggest longleaf pine forests in the Georgia State Park system. 28


Sites at Three Rivers State Park cost $16 per night. For more information on this specific park, call 850-482-9006. v

Camping 411: How to book and what to bring When it comes to reserving camp sites, the booking rules tend to differ from park to park. In general, try to make your reservation as early as possible to get greater options and availability. To find more information on campgrounds within Florida State Parks, or to search for and book a camp site, visit You also can call 800-326-3521 to make your reservation. For camp sites within Georgia State Parks, reservations may be made online at or by phone at 800-864-7275. Once you’ve picked your camp site, it’s time to start packing. According to J.C. Gayhartt, who owns Trail & Ski in Tallahassee and who has been camping in this region for more than four decades, several key pieces of gear should be on your checklist. “Must-have camping items are a good LED flashlight or, better yet, a headlamp, for finding your way in the dark,” he says, “along with a comfortable, properly fitted backpack, and either two one-quart water bottles or a two-to-three liter water bladder.” As for clothing, Gayhartt recommends packing layers made from materials such as nylon, polyester and wool, so you “add and subtract” according to the weather.

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Celebrate America, City of Tallahassee Celebrate America has been a Tallahassee Fourth of July tradition since 1985 and has grown from a small home-town celebration to become one of Tallahassee’s top four major events. Annually, thousands of people flock to Tom Brown Park to enjoy a free concert and fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. Celebrate America is a fun-filled event for the entire family featuring a Naturalization Ceremony, two stages of live entertainment, a children’s area with pony rides, water slides and bounce houses, and a hands-on activity area. There will also be plenty of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and exhibitors. This year’s headline act is the world-renowned Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson. The evening will come to a close with the breathtaking “Sky Concert” fireworks display powered by the City of Tallahassee’s Your Own Utilities. Celebrate America’s Sky Concert is one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the region, drawing people from South Georgia and from throughout the Florida panhandle. Parking is limited inside Tom Brown Park. Early arrival is suggested. On July 4 StarMetro will run free shuttle buses approximately every 15 minutes from the Koger Center on Capital Circle SE ( just south of Old St. Augustine Road) to Tom Brown Park. The last shuttle to Tom Brown Park will leave the Koger Center at 8:30 p.m. Return shuttle service from Tom Brown Park back to the Koger Center will resume at approximately 10:15 p.m following the fireworks. The final bus will leave Tom Brown Park at approximately 11 p.m. More information: Jan Bubsey, 891-3860, or www. Tom Brown Park, east of Capital Circle SE between Mahan Drive and Apalachee Parkway, 1125 Easterwood Drive July 3, 7:30-9 p.m.

Patriotic Concert Tallahassee Senior Center’s annual Patriotic Concert — a red, white and blue celebration of revolutionary proportions featuring some fine musicians from Tallahassee Community College — will ring in our nation’s birthday on July 3. The cost for this toe-tapping, chill-bump-producing show is $5. More information: Andrea Personett, 891-4000. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St., Second Floor Auditorium July 6, 6-10 p.m.

First Friday Gallery Hop @ Railroad Square Art Park

Railroad Square Art Park houses many of Tallahassee’s artist studios and lots of eclectic retail shops and art galleries. On the First Friday



of each month, the Art Park holds an open house with food vendors throughout the park, and locals come out to see what’s new. There is live music throughout the park on several different stages. Come early for limited parking inside Railroad Square Art Park, or park across from All Saints Cafe on Railroad Avenue. More information: 224-6666, or visit facebook. com/railroadsquare, or communityatrailroadsquare. org. Railroad Square Art Park, 567 Industrial Drive July 7, 1-3 p.m.

Long Art Summer Series, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

Jody Winter will discuss and demonstrate the art of painting on silk. Jody will bring completed work, work in progress and start a piece

during the presentation. The session if free, but generous donations are appreciated. Each Saturday throughout the summer, a different artist will bring a finish piece of work, a work in progress and start a piece in their chosen media. Join LeMoyne for a cool glass of lemonade and to find out about the variety of art, styles and inspirations in our community. More information: 222-8800 or LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, 125 N. Gadsden St. July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6-8 p.m.

Sizzlin’ Saturdays Concert Series This free concert series returns to Kleman Plaza once again. Every Saturday night features a different act on stage that’s sure to get your feet thumping and your groove on. Parking is available in the Kleman Plaza Garage, or free on the street during

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~ Physician Profiles MICHELLE HOGGATT, MD

Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery Dr. Hoggatt received her undergraduate degree in genetics from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and she received her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical Univ. of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. After completing her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Tulane Univ. Medical Center, Dr. Hoggatt began practicing obstetrics and gynecological medicine in Sacramento, CA. She relocated to Tallahassee and has been in a group practice specializing in gynecology and gynecological surgery. Dr. Hoggatt is a member of the AMA, Capital Medical Society and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hoggatt uses her specialized skills in gynecological medicine to help educate her patients about the importance of managing the challenges of women’s health issues. Contact: 2009 Miccosukee Road., Tallahassee, 850.656.2128


Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Kirbo is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing in the N. Florida and S. Georgia area for more than 15 years. Dr. Kirbo completed his medical degree at the University of Miami. Dr. Kirbo completed general surgery residency at the University of Kentucky and plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. His particular interests are cosmetic, breast, post-bariatric weight loss surgery, correcting undesirable plastic surgery results and body contouring. He was recently recognized as a recipient of The Tally Awards top surgeon in Tallahassee. Contact: Southeastern Plastic Surgery, 2030 Fleischmann Rd., Tallahassee, 850.219.2000,


General and Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Ronald G. Willis Graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Willis specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry, TMJ/TMD Neuromuscular Dentistry, Neuromuscular Orthodontics, and Veneers. Dr. Willis has treated missing and discolored teeth. Many treatment options exist for his patients as well as finishing the frame around the teeth and face with Botox and Derma Fillers. Dr. Willis received an award for Best Dentist in 2003 & 2005 and Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies Clinical Instructor of the year. Contact: Centre Point Dental Group, 2470 Care Dr., Tallahassee, 850.877.5151 or

Jana Bures-ForsthoeFel, MD

Gynecology and Obstetrics Dr. Jana Bures-Forsthoefel has been practicing in our community for 25+ years and is now delivering the next generation. Dr. Bures -Forsthoefel received her doctorate in from the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine and did her residency at Emory University Grady Hospital in Atlanta Georgia. She is Board Certified in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Contact: Gynecology & Obstetrics Associates, PA Professional Office Building, 1405 Centerville Rd. Suite 4200, 850.877.3549,


Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Rosenberg attended Emory University for college and medical school. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and Plastic Surgery. He has written articles on facelifts, breast reduction and reconstruction, abdominoplasty, melanoma and non-melanoma reconstruction. He has a many specializations; eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction, augmentation and reduction, abdominoplasty, hand surgery, treatments of skin disorders and body contouring for massive weight loss patients. Dr. Rosenberg is the only board certified physician in N. Florida and S. Georgia to perform a hair restoration procedure of transplanting individual follicular units. Contact: Southeastern Plastic Surgery, 2030 Fleischmann Rd., Tallahassee, 850.219.2000,


Family Medicine Dr. Robert Frable is a board certified family practice physician established in Wakulla County for 24 years. Originally from Pennsylvania, he attended undergraduate school at Northeast Missouri State University and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Family Pratice Residency was completed at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri. Contact: Capital Regional Medical Group, 2832 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, 850.926.6363


Cadiology/Internal Medicine Dr. Sangosanya has joined Capital Regional Cardiology Associates. He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his cardiovascular disease training at the University of MiamiJackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Sangosanya is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine. He is also board eligible in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Sangosanya is committed to providing accessible care to the Big Bend and provides same day appointments to patients. Contact: Capital Regional Cardiology Associates, 2770 Capital Medical Blvd, Ste 109, Tallahassee, 850.877.0216,


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Shawn Ramsey specializes in minimally invasive surgery, female pelvic reconstructive surgery, and aesthetic procedures. He is certified in the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Dr. Ramsey received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania and he did his residency at the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan. Contact: Gynecology & Obstetrics Associates, PA Professional Office Building, 1405 Centerville Rd. Suite 4200, 850.877.3549,

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Your Health July 2012  
Your Health July 2012  

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