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Table of Contents Fitness Challenge


Elk Haven Wellness Center


Youth Sports Injuries


Getting Fit 2018


Alternative Medicine


Park Ridge Health




Ear Infections


Transylvania Public Health




Dental Health


Losing Weight




The Benefits Of Water


Pardee Health




Physical Therapy




Gaia Herbs


Eye Care


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THE 2018 GET WALKING When adding walking to your fitness routine in the new year, set your walking goal. Are you walking to improve your cardiovascular health? Take part in a walking 5K? Build up to running? Your goal will help guide your walking workout plans. The general recommendation for physical fitness is 150 minutes a week, or 30 minutes a day, five days a week. RUNNING When running, having the right shoes is a must to pre-


vent foot problems and other injuries. Another thing to consider buying is wicking apparel, special clothing designed to remove moisture from the skin. Before running it’s also good to drink at least 8 ounces of water a half hour before you head out. After running, it’s important to have a cool-down jog and some stretches, followed by a hot bath.

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JOIN A GYM Have you just joined a gym or are thinking about joining one? The following are some tips to be successful: Be consistent — write out a schedule and stick to it. Work with a coach to scale a workout that suits your ability level. Keep track of your results. Make friendships at the gym, which, in turn, will help keep you accountable.



There are so many terrific ways to get in shape in 2018. Whether it’s walking, hiking, biking, running, yoga, or aerobics classes, here are some tips for taking The 2018 Get Fit Challenge.

YOGA For those who prefer a more sedate way to increase strength, balance and flexibility, there is yoga. It’s not a pre-requisite to be flexible or to be able to “touch your toes.” It’s recommended to begin with an introductory or level-one class to learn the various yoga postures and to move slowly. Beginners should arrive early to class and discuss any health conditions with the instructor.

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getting fit 2018 The great outdoors in Transylvania County attracts visitors from across the country and beyond. The county’s attractions — hiking, running, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing and canoeing — also provide the opportunity to get and to stay healthy. The Transylvania County Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of get-fit options — both through its own programs and through outside organizations — in its activity center, located behind Pisgah Elementary School on Ecusta Road. Programs include adult volleyball and basketball leagues, a youth volleyball league, pilates and yoga classes, pickleball, badminton and gymnastics. The department also directs programs at the Silvermont Opportunity Center in Brevard. The activity center, which opened in 1990, is located on a 34-acre park that includes fields for softball, baseball and soccer. The recreational area adjoins the city


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Ageless Grace/Functional Fitness Carol Gerson, certified ageless grace educator/trainer (828) 606-9931 Carol Gerson offers “Body & Brain Fitness by Ageless Grace,” where participants can learn how changing your aging brain can be as simple as child’s play. This fitness program promotes preventative maintenance and life-long optimal function, while playfully practicing to up-beat music. The class is offered by the Silvermont Opportunity Center from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Transylvania County Recreation Center. The class is free through March.

of Brevard multi-use path — a popular walking, jogging and cycling attraction — and the city’s sports complex, which has a full-sized soccer field and multiple baseball/softball fields. The town of Rosman also has its own community park, with ball fields and a swimming pool. For more information about the county’s recreation programs, call (828) 884-3156 or go to departments/parks-and-recreation. For information about the city’s recreation programs and opportunities, call (828) 862-4119 or go to There are also lots of individuals, groups and businesses to help you to meet and succeed with your fitness challenges:

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Brevard Health & Racquet Club 1325 Country Club Road, Brevard (828) 883-3005 • Brevard Health & Racquet Club offers a variety of workout options. The club boasts more than 30,000 square feet of building space, offering a wide array of strength and cardio equipment, more than 40 hours per week of group fitness programming (yoga and hot yoga additional cost) and an indoor playground area for child care. Other amenities include an indoor salt water/UV pool, along with an eight-lane outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Indoor and outdoor clay/hard tennis courts, three outdoor pickleball courts, outdoor basketball, a sauna and racquetball are also provided.

Features: • 24-hour access for all members • Matrix Selectorized Strength Training Equipment • Rows of cardio including: treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers and stationary bikes • Dedicated Plate Weight area featuring: Hampton free weight dumbbells, squat rack, flat and incline bench press, smith machine and a variety of assisted weight lifting equipment • Flat screen televisions • Use of all Workout Anytime facilities across the country • Monthly fitness evaluations • Certified Personal Coaching • Ergoline tanning beds • HydroMassage units • reACT Eccentric Anaerobic Core Trainer • Styku 3D Body-Scanning Technology • Free Wi-Fi access

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getting fit 2018 Brevard Rock Gym 240-B South Broad St., Brevard (828) 884-7625 Brevard Rock Gym (BRG) has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for beginners to learn rock climbing and for experienced climbers to hone their skills. Health benefits of climbing include: improving strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Other benefits are: development of self-esteem and confidence, goal-setting and problem solving. BRG offers climbing teams, youth programs, birthday parties and summer day camps.

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Curves Fitness Studio 259-12 N. Broad St., Brevard (828) 877-6169 The Curves workout program has helped millions of women get healthier by using its unique, 30-minute fitness workout. Curves International is the world’s largest chain of fitness centers for women. Among its classes are new ones — Boxing, Cardio and Core. Classes like Boxing allow the participant to be paired with a Curves strength machine offering a total-body conditioning workout, combined with core work in traditional boxing movements. Another class — Body Balance — is low intensity designed to improve balance, stability and core strength.

Next Level Fitness 264 Old Rosman Highway (828) 966-4419 Next Level Fitness is a locally owned and operated membershiponly gym that offers 24-hour access. Personal training is available upon request for additional fees. Next Level accepts Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers plans, too. Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Fitness Factory 1266 Asheville Highway, Suite 9, Brevard (828) 883-9832 The Fitness Factory is a fully-equipped gym, offering a wide variety of top-notch exercise equipment, personal training and programs. The Fitness Factory also has free classes, free 24-hour access, functional training, locker rooms, 18,000 square feet, cardio equipment and free weights. Members may join on a month-to-month basis or through an annual membership plan. Family membership is available, as well.

Workout Anytime 115 Forest Gate Dr., Pisgah Forest (828) 883-9628 • Workout Anytime is open 24/7, with more than 160 locations nationwide, with a mission to provide the most convenient, first-class fitness experience, with the best equipment in a fully-equipped gym. Members experience superior service and cleanliness in a neighborhood atmosphere. Flexible memberships provide options for today’s busy lifestyles: month-to-month, annual or family membership plans are available with 24-hour access. Visit for more information or to download a free trial pass.

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YOGA “STRETCH & BREATHE” Do you sit at a desk all day? If you don’t, are you standing on your feet all day? Are you a nurse, carpenter or grader? Are you retired and searching for a way to age gracefully? Are you a young athlete looking for that edge or a path to injury prevention? It’s likely you fall into one of those categories and there’s really no one who wouldn’t benefit from regular yoga practice. But just the word “yoga” scares some people. For some, a misunderstanding of the practice beckons up a quick “no, thanks.” For others, it conjures images of pretzel shaped hard bodies wearing next to nothing. But if you’re interested in relaxing muscle tension, combatting depression or anxiety naturally, and even alleviating insomnia in some cases, then, luckily for you, there are a number of local yoga studios and passionate teachers. There is something for everyone in Brevard — back care basics, power classes, hot classes and gentle flow practices, which can do wonders for your well-being. Lauren Agrella-Sevilla, owner of the Brevard Yoga Center, is doing some

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inspiring work with residents at both The Oaks and Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation. Agrella-Sevilla doesn’t call it yoga, though, she calls its “stretch and breathe.” Many of the residents are wheelchair bound, some have dementia and others have had strokes. That makes her job a bit more difficult than her typical Ashtanga class, but in many ways, more fulfilling. “Yoga is one of those words that is kind of intimidating for folks who haven’t heard it before or think it’s associated with a religion that might exclude Christianity or their belief system, so we call it ‘stretch and breathe,’” she said. “Most of these folks are really sedentary and they don’t do too many things in groups. I love to be able to come in here and work with these folks who are not very mobile. Just following directions and sitting in a circle is a big part of it.” She said there is a push among nursing facilities to expose residents to yoga classes to get them to breathe and move around. “Some folks can’t lift their arms, so we sing a song and encourage them to engage some part of their brain,” she said. “I see this practice as trying to

enliven people whose lives don’t have a whole lot to be excited about during the day. They sit next to one another, they encourage one another to sing and move. Some folks would say this is not yoga, but part of my excitement about this is that this is an expansive definition of what yoga actually is - what it means to embrace the life cycle and where we are in life.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, Charmaine Saulsbury teaches standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga. She is certified through the American Canoe Association and is a certified Level II paddleboard instructor. Saulsbury is just as comfortable on the water as she is on dry land. She races paddleboards, and she teaches at yoga studios in Brevard and in Asheville. A 500-hour registered yoga teacher, her style is more of the power yoga variety, but she teaches all styles and she is working on her Pilates teacher certification. She has been teaching since 2013 and has been practicing for 12 years on her own. “I also teach at the Forks of the Rivers tap room on Thursday nights, located at Headwaters Outfitters,” she said. “We have a 45-minute class and then we have a couple of beers. Also, I’ll be teaching up at Lake Toxaway this summer, incorporating some of the SUP yoga on the lake, as well as fitness paddling. It probably won’t last more than 30 minutes. It’s just intense. High lunge on a SUP board is hard!” New for 2018 is the Brevard Health & Racquet Club’s acquisition of the former Bikram yoga studio on the Rosman Highway. Now called “The Studio,” the racquet club still offers “Bikram” style classes, but they are now called “Hot 26,” a nod to the 26 postures that begin and end with breathing exercises designed to push the breath deep into the body.

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Josh Vandergrift, part owner of the Racquet Club, said the club has offered yoga classes for years, but they are looking to expand on their class schedule. “We haven’t been able to offer any specialized classes like hot yoga or Buti yoga because we didn’t have the space,” he said. “That was a big draw for us to acquire that studio, so we can offer more to the community. It’s starting to pick up. Our membership can be an add-on. For $89 a month you get everything we have to offer. It’s a lot more than just the studio package; it’s everything we have.” Rhae Mozely teaches a gentle class at Elk Haven Wellness Center in Brevard. She calls her class “yoga stretch for boomers,” and is trying to market her expertise to the Baby Boomer generation. “We do a lot of stretching and building body awareness,” she said. “That translates into a healthier lifestyle off the mat, so you’re able to move more purposefully and regain some of the balance and muscle control that we lose slowly over time. You don’t even really realize you’re losing it. A lot of my focus is building that awareness and also giving modifications and ways to correct and get that strength and flexibility back. While it’s geared for an older population, anyone is welcome. The Thursday class is especially gentle, and we have a good time with it.”

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What are you doing differently to improve your health this year?

JILL MURRAY “I’m starting a program called Beach Body On Demand, and it gives you workouts through your TV or Ipad. It’s a program that you do on your own. It’s a different workout every day, with a protein shake that is delivered in the mail. I did one last year and lost 16 pounds doing that and spin class.”

BILL BAILEY “I’d like to push myself more on my fitness level and be more consistent, and keep away from the sugars that can sabotage us.”

REBEKAH ALEXANDER “I have cut out carbs, flower and sugar, so I’m eating quiche, but avoiding the crust, and taking up more vegetarian options.”

JEFF CARBUHN “I’d like to avoid even more sugar and trans fats.”


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Charmaine Saulsbury (Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga) Dancing Tree Yoga 131 Rollins Place Road (828) 707-0066

Brevard Yoga Center 29 W. French Broad St. Suite 11, Brevard (828) 551-6641

Rhae Mozely Elk Haven Wellness Center 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard (828) 862-3492

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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE they address any ailments or injuries they may have, which allows her to go about determining the best course of therapy based on their needs. From there, depending on those needs, Hedger said a client might see benefits after just one or two sessions. However, if the person is facing a more chronic condition, she said it’s important to make massage therapy part of their routine in order to see the greatest benefits. “We try to gear our work toward results. If the person has a chronic issue, obviously we may be able to get them some immediate relief, but we really emphasize wellness and maintenance,” Hedger said. Massages aimed at increasing circulation are another popular therapy, Hedger said. Those types of massages are particularly helpful for those with diabetes and/or neuropathy. “With those conditions, the circulatory systems in the extremities don’t have sufficient blood flow,” she said. “So, the massage helps increase that blood flow, dilates the blood vessels and oxygenates the tissues. It may not cure neuropathy, but it does reduce its effects and it can help desensitize tissues so that the nerves aren’t firing at irregular intervals and aren’t firing pain signals all the time.”

Whether it’s being used to recover from an injury, increase circulation or simply to relax, the benefits of massage therapy are wide reaching and can enhance the wellness of people of all ages. Although massage might primarily be thought of as a means to treat oneself to a relaxing session, there are also real medical benefits to be yielded from massage therapy. According to a survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 43 percent of people who received massage therapy in 2017 did so based on a medical need – with 89 percent of all people surveyed stating that massage can be effective in reducing pain. The AMTA lists a number of medical conditions that can benefit from massage, including, but not limited to: post-operative pain, fibromyalgia pain, insomnia, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine frequency and chemotherapy-related nausea. Valerie Hedger, a massage therapist at La Petite Spa, in Brevard, said most of the massage therapy she does is of a medical nature. “We do more muscular therapy than we do relaxation therapy,” she said. “We do offer relaxation massages, but it’s not the majority of our work.” Hedger said when she starts working with a new client, they fill out an intake form where

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Hedger said edema is another condition that can benefit from massage therapy, but reasserted that ongoing therapy sessions might be necessary for a person to receive the most benefit. Another popular business in Brevard that offers massage therapy is Elements Spa. Patti Beggs, owner of Elements Spa and a certified holistic skin and body therapist, said her business offers many different types of massage therapies. “Our most popular is what we call our signature massage,” she said. “It’s an integrated massage, which uses different modalities, like a little bit of Swedish massage and some firm pressure to

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break up stagnation in the body and move circulation. It also includes a little bit of reflexology.” Beggs said all massages include Elements’ aromatherapy blends, which assists in relaxing clients during the massage. Elements also offers deep tissue massage options, which Beggs said was primarily used in instances where a client had a specific injury or needed work on a certain part of their body, as well as hot stone massages, which she said are most popular during the winter months. While it can be relaxing, Beggs said the main benefit of massage therapy is increasing circulation throughout the body. “Most all massage therapies are about creating microcirculation, getting blood flow to the tissues and getting nutrients back into organs,” Beggs said. Beggs added that without massage therapy, lactic acid can accumulate in the body and, over time, increase the likelihood for pain and other ailments. “If you don’t have work done on a regular basis, it does add up and it does start creating pain and inflammation,” she said. “The liver can’t detoxify like it regularly does, as well as the kidneys, which are the main organs you need for detoxification. All our therapies are directed toward creating circulation and getting lymphatic drainage moving so the body can do its job naturally.” For new clients, Beggs said her staff would usually find out their specific needs over the phone before they came in to get a sense of what therapies might work best for them. “Depending on a person’s stage of ill health or imbalance, we might have them come in and do additional consultation. Most people do start with the signature massage, which can be 30 minutes or the full hour,” she said. In closing, Beggs said while the medical benefits of massage therapy are clear, the natural, holistic type of healing unique to massage is something that can enhance a person’s well-being beyond alleviation of pain. “Massage is a great means of de-stressing the body,” she said. “If we can take you out of your head and allow you to go inward and relax and have that experience, it’s a holistic approach to wellness. The touch therapy that is the healing that massage therapy provides is very beneficial for any age and any person.” 1 6

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Brevard Craniosacral Therapy & Therapeutic Massage Alan Puduano 41 N. Rice St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 384-0998

Advanced BodyWork Wellness Group Nancy McCullough Buddy Tompkins 100 Elks Club Rd., Brevard (828) 384-4132 • (828) 676-9532

Flow Skincare & Massage 22 Clara Valley Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 316-7411 •

Blue Ridge Comforts 26 N. Gaston St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 553-1000

John Gale Massage 516 S. Caldwell St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 577-1451

Brevard Massage 35 W. Probart St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 553-9166

Martha Gale Massage 516 S. Caldwell St. Brevard NC 28712 (828) 553-1782

Brevard Rolfing and Massage Chanley Layton 41 N. Broad St. Brevard, N.C (828) 421-9554

La Petite Spa 6 Park Place West, Building B, Straus Park Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 883-2238

Elements Spa 29 W. French Broad St. Suite 104, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-2701

Shanna Chambers Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 577-7934

Bobby Wilson, Massage Therapist Brevard Health and Racquet Club 1325 N. Country Club Rd., Brevard, NC (828) 384-3869

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SPAS In Transylvania County there are two main spas — Elements Spa and La Petite Spa and Wellness. The spa industry gained popularity in the U.S. in 1910, when Elizabeth Arden started her day spa, the Red Door Salon, in Manhattan, N.Y. In 1974, the first fitness spa opened in California, and in the mid-1990s medical spas began appearing more around the country. Elements Spa and Shop 29 W. French Broad St., Suite 104 Brevard (828)-884-2701 Elements Spa offers therapies to enhance overall wellness. Many of their signature massage and facial services include custom aromatherapy blends, which benefit the mind and body. Aromatherapy is also incorporated in the tearoom and retail boutique. Most recently added services include light therapy and far infrared therapy to help boost immune systems and minimize the effects of seasonal affective disorder. “Our FAR infrared light sauna, with Himalayan salt, burns calories and detoxifies seven times more than a traditional sauna,” said Elements owner and therapist Patti Beggs. “In addition, our MIGUN jade therapy acupressure table combines infrared heat, massage and acupressure for relief from back pain, arthritis, chronic pain and fibromyalgia. These additions to our spa have been well received by our customers.” Beggs said that Elements’ approach to beautiful skin and pro-aging is a “natural one,” including LED light therapy, natural peels and microcurrent. “We now offer permanent makeup,” she said. “This beauty option is

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great if you suffer from allergies to makeup, or have sensitive skin and frequently smear makeup due to itchy watery eyes. It can also be helpful if you have lost hair due to hormonal imbalances or chemotherapy. I believe that health, wellness and beauty are intricately linked, and that taking time to incorporate wellness therapies into your life will enhance your mind, body and spirit.” La Petite Spa and Wellness 6 Park Place West Building B, Straus Park Brevard, N.C. 28712 (828) 883-2238 La Petite Spa and Wellness is currently in its 13th year of business and is located in Straus Park to the left of the clock tower. La Petite offers advanced skin care services, including microcurrent facial sculpting, ultrasonic facials, microdermabrasion — both crystal and diamond tip — new age chemical peels and ampoule infused facials. La Petite also offers the skin classic machine, or high frequency treatment, which is an affordable non-laser treatment for minor skin imperfections.

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EYEBRO ROWS EYELINER LIP LINER LIP COLOR La Petite Spa offers a variety of advanced skin care services. This year, the owners say they are excited to offer some laser options two days a week, laser hair removal, body contouring with sculpsure, photo facials, and treatment of vascular, pigmented lesions and rosacea. These services will be scheduled at Dermatology Medical Associates in Hendersonville. La Petite will continue to offer massage with its highly trained, licensed massage therapists for aches and pains, relaxation or stress relief. Reflexology, both facial and full body, will continue to be offered, along with healing touch.

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The mountains of western North Carolina are renowned for their beautiful scenery and lush foliage. In fact, Transylvania County’s temperate weather and plentiful rainfall make it home to an incredibly diverse range of plant species. Unfortunately, the county’s biodiversity is also a factor in something that’s not quite so beautiful – allergic rhinitis, commonly called “hay fever,” or just plain old “allergies.” There are many other types of allergies, including insect sting allergies, food allergies and asthma. But the common symptoms of allergic rhinitis – sneezing, runny nose and post-nasal drip, red, itchy eyes and headache – are prevalent in our region. These symptoms are caused by mast cells in the nose, which, when irritated, release histamines and other chemicals, which can cause inflammation. Allergy sufferers can have a wide range of triggers: pollen, strong scents from candles, oils and air fresheners, mold, dust mites and pets. And, depending on what people are allergic to, they can have symptoms in just one or two seasons, or year-round. M. Todd Cross, M.D., of Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, said it’s fairly common for people to develop allergic symptoms during childhood or within a few years of moving to a new environment. For example, he frequently sees patients who move here from another state and develop allergies after two to five years. And, because our region has plants that are common in both the North and the South, people can develop allergies here regardless of whether they’re coming from Florida or New York.

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Over-The-Counter Treatments The first line of defense against allergies is avoidance of your triggers. While you can’t easily avoid airborn pollen, if you’re allergic to pets or dust mites, there are some important steps you can take. Not allowing your pet to share your bed, and enclosing your mattress and pillows in protective covers, can make a big difference. Beyond avoidance, Cross said that over-the-counter drug treatments have become very good as former prescription drugs have been made available to the public. There are several brands of nasal corticosteroid sprays available over the counter, and Cross said recent studies have shown those to be very effective for people who suffer from allergic rhinitis. Additionally, once-daily oral antihistamines play an important role in alleviating symptoms. And, finally, rinsing your sinuses out with a Neti pot or Neil Med sinus rise is also important. (Cross said patients should always be sure to use distilled water in these devices in order to reduce the risk of infection.) “Those three things – what are described as the pill a day, spray a day and wash out your nose a day – that’s the mainstay of treatment,” said Cross.

Immunotherapy For people who don’t have success with over the counter options, or who don’t want to continue taking them, the next treatment option is immunotherapy.

Commonly referred to as “allergy shots,” Cross said they often describe the process to patients as a vaccine for their allergens. Once patients have been tested for their specific triggers, those allergens are mixed with salt water and preservative. Patients receive injections in gradually increasing amounts, and, over a period of several months, most people begin to lose their sensitivity. The primary drawback to allergy shots, Cross said, is that they need to be taken for three to five years or symptoms are likely to return. Fortunately, once a patient has reached a maintenance dosage (typically after the first few months), they often only need a shot once every three or four weeks. Many people are surprised to learn that immunotherapy injections have been used for 100 years. There has been a recent trend toward using sublingual immunotherapy, which is administered under the tongue, rather than as an injection. This method is still in development, and longterm results are still being studied. One thing many people don’t know, Cross said, is that immunotherapy can be very effective for people who are allergic to venomous insect stings from bees, hornets and wasps. According to Cross, if you’ve had a lifethreatening reaction to a sting, there’s a 60 to 70 percent chance you’ll have a similar response the next time you’re stung. Immunotherapy can reduce that likelihood of recurrence down to 3 percent. If you want to know more about oral antihistamines and corticosteroid sprays, ask your general practitioner or pharmacist for recommendations. Or, if you want to know more about immunotherapy treatments, Cross is one of several allergy specialists on staff at Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, which has several offices in the region. For more information, visit or call the Brevard office at (828) 884-5744.

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gaia herbs With questions about the efficacy of pharmaceuticals and their potential negative side effects, as well as a desire for environmentally safe and natural products, millions of consumers are turning to natural health remedies, including herbal supplements. One of the leading providers of those herbal supplements, Gaia Herbs, is located here in Transylvania County. The company was founded by Ric Scalzo in Massachusetts in 1987 and opened its operations here in 1997. In just 20 years the company has grown from less than 100 employees to 250 and expanded its local operation from a 36,000 square-foot facility to facilities encompassing approximately 150,000 square feet. The company has more than $50 million in annual sales. The reason for the explosive growth – is a laser focus on high-quality products and meticulous oversight of the entire production process. Many

of the herbs are grown onsite at the facility located off Island Ford Road. One reason the site was selected is that the climate and geology allow for the growth of a wide variety of herbs. Eighty percent of all plants grown in the U.S. can be grown at the local site. (The company has since opened a growing operation in Costa Rica.) The water and air near the growing operation also are free of contaminants. Thus, the seeds are planted in healthy soil. Gaia employees work to protect that soil. For example, radishes are planted as a cover crop because their taproots pull nutrients closer to the surface. The leafy parts of the radishes are then chopped up and left to decompose, thus resupplying the soil with organic nutrients. A similar natural approach is used to control pests. Instead of using artificial insecticides, Gaia Herbs plants marigolds because they are a

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Healthy Harvest Natural Foods, located in beautiful Brevard, is your local destination for all things healthy, yummy and organic. At Healthy Harvest, living organically is both a lifestyle and a cause for celebration. My name is Stella, and I am the owner of Healthy Harvest. As a child, I spent many afternoons with my mom on our organic farm in the mountains of North Carolina.

With baskets made from grape and honeysuckle vines in hand, ol’ floppy hats on our heads and smiles for days, we playfully tended our vegetable and herb gardens. We gathered our food and went inside before sundown each and every night to prepare amazing fresh meals! In the tradition of the Cherokee, we at Healthy Harvest know that herbs are food and that food is medicine. We pay special attention to ingredients and work very diligently to provide the highest quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements as well as locally grown and certified organic foods that are not genetically modified.

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When Elk Haven Wellness Center opened for business in the spring of 2016, the building at 100 Elks Club Road already had a long history of service as a community gathering place. For 30 years, the Brevard Elks Lodge had been a bustling venue for fine dining, lively billiard competitions, beloved Monday night bingo, and the many social and civic activities of a thriving Elks Club. As that chapter of the building’s life came to a close, it seemed to new owners, Bruce and Belinda Roberts, that a neighborhood wellness center would be a great way to keep it in service and to create a retreat-like space for Belinda’s new acupuncture practice. Since those earliest days, the wellness center has grown into the fullness of its intended mission. Here, in the completely remodeled and calming interior, there are tranquil treatment rooms, a sunny exercise space, consult rooms and offices, a large, bright commercial kitchen, and an unfurnished open room called the Community Room that is available for short- and long-term rental as space for meetings, classes, receptions and parties. Elk Haven offers affordable ways of supporting a person’s commitment to achieving and maintaining physical, mental and spiritual good health through holistic practices. There are two massage therapists, an

esthetician, a Pilates instructor and counselors available by appointment. Healing Touch, Reiki, Rapid Eye Technology, acupuncture and acupressure, Chinese herbal therapy, Zero Balancing, tai chi, yoga, spiritual workshops and aromatherapy are options to explore for their many documented benefits. The commercial kitchen at Elk Haven is another place from which a healthy lifestyle can be supported. Here you will find a gluten-free cookie bakery, a fresh organic, cold-pressed juice business, and an enterprise producing organic, fermented kimchi and kraut. These delicious, lifechanging products are available at the farmers’ market and in some of the local health food stores. Outside, on the grounds of the wellness center, there is a busy mossery and a recently installed monarch butterfly station. And there is ample parking for visitors and staff. Elk Haven Wellness Center is located at 100 Elks Club Road, off of Park Avenue, near the top of East French Broad Street. It is a welcoming oasis at the end of a short, tree-lined residential road. For more information, call (828) 862-3492 or visit


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Susan Popiel, RN, CST Popiel Holistic Therapy

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Alternative medicine describes medical treatments that are used instead of mainstream therapies. Roughly 40 percent of adults in the Untied States said they have used some form of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, energy therapies and herbal medicine. Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with mainstream therapies, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. In Transylvania County, those seeking alternative medicine have several practitioners to choose from: Ashgate Pathways Kimberly Wohlford (828) 885-5188 or (412) 867-1228 Kimberly Wohlford is a Reiki master teacher, medical Reiki master, earth energy medicine practitioner, herbalist, photographer and writer. Her studio and classroom are located in a forest setting only 10 minutes from downtown Brevard. A meditation garden and private trail that leads to a waterfall provide students and clients with an environment that enriches the healing experience. Belinda Roberts Livelong Acupuncture 100 Elks Club Road Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 862-3492 Belinda Roberts provides acupuncture and Chinese herbs, plus diet and nutrition recommendations.

Beyond Surgery 100 Elks Club Road Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 230-9388 Nancy Blue offers Healing Touch/Reiki with bio-mat, education in mind/body techniques, the Beyond Surgery program and rapid eye technology.

Brevard Craniosacral Therapy & Therapeutic Massage 41 N. Rice St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 384-0998 Alan Puduano, who is Upledger Institute certified, has 14 years of experience specializing in sports massage and injury rehab. Brevard Reiki/Martha Gale (828) 553-1782

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Martha Gale is a Reiki master-teacher-practitioner. She has been practicing and teaching Reiki for more than 25 years. Reiki is a healing touch holistic health approach intended to heal mind, body and spirit. It has been used to decrease pain, relieve anxiety, improve healing time from medical issues and to encourage overall well being. Reiki treatments involve a very light touch, a soothing environment, and the flow of energy between the patient and the practitioner.

CoCreative Physical Therapy, LLC 110-A Oakdale St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 489-2422 Kim Keifrider has been a physical therapist for 24 years and a practitioner of craniosacral therapy for 22 years. In addition to providing standard physical therapy treatment and orthotic fabrication, Keifrider provides the innovative healing modalities of craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, mechanical link and lymphatic drainage.

Deep Rooted Wellness (828) 406-0948 Leah Webb, a certified health coach with Deep Rooted Wellness, is passionate about natural healing and cultivating authentic nourishment through food. She practices a holistic approach to wellness, which means that she works with each individual in all areas of their life to create balance, health and happiness in a way that’s fun, rewarding and flexible. Webb offers one-on-one health coaching and a variety of food and wellness programs.

Gift of Life Pisgah Forest (678) 431-9089 Suzie Betts, a certified BioEnergetic practitioner, provides a wellness alternative, using the science of Stress Assessment in conjunction with Spectra Vision Technology. Lotus Path Health & Wellness Center 170 S. Broad St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 384-0390 Lotus Path was established in 2008 by Kelley Toms, licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist. Now a unique health and wellness center, with numerous practitioners offering a multitude of different modalities and specialized types of treatments, Lotus Path is committed to providing an individualized, holistic and compassionate approach to optimal health and healing for all ages.

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Natural Pathways Acupuncture & Nature Based Healing 235 Rosman Highway, Brevard NC 28712 (828) 484-1050 • Sarah Fields offers acupuncture for pain, fertility, insomnia, emotional well being, digestive issues, autoimmune and more. Popiel Holistic Therapy Offices in Brevard and Hendersonville (828) 490-7175 • RN Susan Popiel provides natural therapies to encourage healing and well-being, including craniosacral therapy, clinical and process acupressure, and zero balancing. Through the Woods Natural Health 1 Market St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 233-5576 Naturopathic doctors Glenn and Marty Ingram specialize in helping people find balance and restore their energy and vitality through nutrition, herbal medicine and lifestyle inspiration. Build your immunity, lose weight, heal your digestion and rediscover what a healthy you feels like. Traditional Acupuncture 455 S. Caldwell St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-8812 Paul J. Buchman offers facial renewal acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha, Zen Shiatsu, Chinese herbal formula, herbal medicine, smoking cessation and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Herbal Remedies/Healthy Foods and Drinks Elise and Carolyn Sampson/Reason to Bake 100 Elks Club Road, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 421-9617 Elise and Carolyn Sampson produce gluten-free cookies and cakes.

Food Matters Market 1 Market St. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 885-3663 Food Matters Market offers natural health supplements in addition to organic produce and body care products, gluten free products and a café with healthy madeto-order deli options.

Gaia Herbs 101 Gaia Herbs Drive Brevard, NC 28712 (800) 831-7780 Gaia herbs, a leader in the herbal supplement industry for over 25 years, is Transylvania County’s very own grower and manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts. Hallelujah Natural Foods & Deli 1222 Asheville Highway. Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-3777 Using everything from homeopathic health remedies to organic deli meats, Hallelujah Health Foods offers organic and all-natural foods, supplements, vitamins and more. Healthy Harvest Natural Foods 29 W. French Broad St. Suite 105 Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 885-2599 Healthy Harvest offers mineral and herbal supplements as well as local and organic, non-GMO (non-genetically modified) foods. Jon Strom Morningside Ferments 100 Elks Club Road Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 403-9743

Jon Strom produces organic fermented krauts and kimchi. Katie Flanagan Green Heart Juice 100 Elks Club Road Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 275-4008 Katie Flanagan offers fresh organic cold-pressed juices.


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The following information about ear infections is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

tions, including AOM. Cold and Flu Season AOM often occurs after a cold. Viruses cause OME (fluid in the middle ear), and then bacteria can grow in the fluid leading to AOM. Ensure your child is up to date on vaccinations and gets a flu vaccine every year. Injury to the Ear Foreign objects, like cotton swabs and bobby pins, can cause cuts and bruises in the ear canal that can get infected, causing acute otitis external

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Ear infections can affect the ear canal or the middle ear. Acute otitis externa (AOE) is the scientific name for an infection of the ear canal, which is also called swimmer’s ear. Middle ear infections are called otitis media, and there are two types of middle ear infections: Otitis media with effusion (OME) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear without pain, pus, fever, or other signs and symptoms of infection. Acute otitis media (AOM) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear and is often caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses. How are ear infections caused and how can they be prevented? Bacteria AOM is often caused by bacteria, and Streptococcus pneumoniae is a common bacterial cause of AOM. Ensure your child is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the pneumococcal vaccination, which protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae. Breast feeding exclusively until your baby is 6 months old and continuing to breastfeed for at least 12 months can protect your baby from infec-

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AOE. Avoid putting foreign objects in the ear. Cigarette Smoke Exposure to cigarette smoke can lead to more colds and more AOM. Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Family History The tendency to develop AOM can run in families. Family history is not preventable. Instead, focus on other prevention methods, like staying upto-date on vaccinations, breast feeding and avoiding smoke.

How are ear infections treated?

AOE is usually treated with antibiotic ear drops. OME usually goes away on its own and does not benefit from antibiotics. AOM may not need antibiotics in many cases because the body’s immune system can fight off the infection without help from antibiotics, but sometimes antibiotics are needed. Watchful Waiting Mild AOM often will get better on its own without antibiotic treatment, so your health care professional may recommend watchful waiting before prescribing antibiotics to you or your loved one. This means that your provider may wait a few days before deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics, while treating the symptoms of AOM. Watchful waiting gives you or

your child’s own immune system time to fight off the infection first before starting antibiotics. If you or your child don’t get better in 2–3 days or get worse, your health care professional can recommend starting antibiotics. Another form of watchful waiting is delayed prescribing. This means that your healthcare professional may give you an antibiotic prescription, but ask you to wait two to three days to see if you or your child are still sick with fever, ear pain, or other symptoms before filling the prescription. Symptom Relief There are ways to relieve symptoms associated with ear infections – like ear pain – whether or not antibiotics are needed. Consider using acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain or fever. Ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist what medications are safe for you or your loved ones to take. Antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, are used to treat severe ear infections or ear infections that last longer than two to three days. If your child has a fever of 102.2°F (39°C) or higher, discharge or fluid coming from the ear, symptoms are much worse, or symptoms last for more than two or three days for AOM, you should contact your health care professional. If your child has symptoms of OME for more than one month or hearing loss, contact your health care professional.

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DENTAL HEALTH The following information comes from the National Institute on Aging. Healthy teeth and gums make it easy for you to eat well and enjoy good food. Several problems can affect the health of your mouth, but good care should keep your teeth and gums strong as you age. Tooth Decay Teeth are covered in a hard, outer coating called enamel. Every day, a thin film of bacteria called dental plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can harm enamel and cause cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth can prevent decay, but once a cavity forms, a dentist has to fix it. Use fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth from decay. If you are at a higher risk for tooth decay (for example, if you have a dry mouth because of a condition you have or medicines you take), you might need more fluoride. Your dentist or dental hygienist may give you a fluoride treatment during an office visit or may tell you to use a fluoride gel or mouth rinse at home. Gum Disease Gum disease begins when plaque builds up along and under your gum line. This plaque causes infections that hurt the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place. Gum disease may make your gums tender and more likely to bleed. This problem, called gingivitis, can often be fixed by brushing and flossing every day. A more severe form of gum disease, called periodontitis, must be treated by a dentist. If not treated, this infection can ruin the bones, gums, and other tissues that support your teeth. Over time, your teeth may have to be removed. To prevent gum disease: •Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. •Floss once a day. •Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. 3 2

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•Eat a well-balanced diet. •Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk for gum disease. How to Clean Your Teeth and Gums There is a right way to brush and floss your teeth. Every day: •Gently brush your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. •Use small circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes. •Brush carefully and gently along your gum line. •Lightly brush your tongue to help keep your mouth clean. •Clean around your teeth with dental floss. Careful flossing removes plaque and leftover food that a toothbrush can’t reach. •Rinse after you floss. People with arthritis or other conditions that limit hand motion may find it hard to hold and use a toothbrush. Some helpful tips are: •Use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush. •Slide a bicycle grip or foam tube over the handle of the toothbrush. •Buy a toothbrush with a larger handle. •Attach the toothbrush handle to your hand with a wide elastic band. See your dentist if brushing or flossing causes your gums to bleed or hurts your mouth. If you have trouble flossing, a floss holder may help. Ask your dentist to show you the right way to floss. Dentures Sometimes, false teeth (dentures) are needed to replace badly damaged teeth. Partial dentures may be used to fill in one or more missing teeth. Dentures may feel strange at first. In the beginning, your dentist may want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit. Over time, your gums will change shape, and your dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. Be sure to let your dentist handle these adjustments. Be careful when wearing dentures because it may be harder for you

to feel hot foods and drinks or notice bones in your food. When learning to eat with dentures, it may be easier if you: •Start with soft, non-sticky food. •Cut your food into small pieces. •Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. Keep your dentures clean and free from food that can cause stains, bad breath or swollen gums. Brush them every day with a denture-care product. Take your dentures out of your mouth at night and soak them in water or a denture-cleansing liquid. Dry Mouth Dry mouth happens when you don’t have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth wet. It can make it hard to eat, swallow, taste and even speak. Dry mouth can accelerate tooth decay and other infections of the mouth. Many common medicines can cause this problem. There are things you can do that may help. Try sipping water or sugarless drinks. Don’t smoke, and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Sugarless hard candy or sugarless gum that is a little tart may help. Your dentist or doctor might suggest using artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet. Oral Cancer Cancer of the mouth can grow in any part of the mouth or throat. It is more likely to happen in people over age 40. A dental checkup is a good time for your dentist to look for signs of oral cancer. Pain is not usually an early symptom of the disease. Treatment works best before the disease spreads. Even if you have lost all your natural teeth, you should still see your dentist for regular oral cancer exams. You can lower your risk of getting oral cancer in a few ways: •Do not use tobacco products, such as cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes or cigars. •If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. •Use lip balm with sunscreen.

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DENTAL HEALTH The following provide dental care in Transylvania County: Alvaro Lopez, DDS, Family Dentistry 117 N. Broad St., Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-4411 Blue Ridge Health 89 Hospital Dr., Suite B, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 883-5550

Carolina Smiles Family Dental 4 Market St., Suite 4202, Brevard NC 28712 (828) 974-3326

Mountain Perio 4 Market St., Suite 4204, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-7150

Cozart Dental 344 Gallimore Road, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-4433

Sylvan Valley Family Dentistry 134 S. Johnson St., Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-2144

Dr. Joe Farrar, DMD PA, Orthodontist 4 Market St., Suite 4204, Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 884-7122

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The Hidden Benefits of Water • Water can help people maintain healthy weights. Dieting fads come and go, but water is a mainstay for people who want to control their caloric intake in an effort to maintain healthy weights. Water has zero calories, so reaching for a bottle or glass of water instead of a soda, lemonade or another caloric beverage can help people keep the pounds off.

• Water helps to fight fatigue. The fatigue-fighting properties of water are another of its lesser known benefits. When the body is not adequately hydrated, it can experience muscle soreness. And fitness enthusiasts who do not drink enough water may notice their bodies require extensive recovery time after working out. Each of those consequences can be prevented by drinking enough water, and doing so can even improve performance, as studies have shown that just a 3 percent loss of body weight due to dehydration can cause as much as a 10 percent drop in performance level.

• Water can improve the appearance of the skin. Skin that does not get enough water can turn dry and flaky and feel tight. In addition, dry skin is more likely to wrinkle than adequately hydrated skin. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to ensure the skin is getting enough water is recommended. • Water helps the gastrointestinal tract. Water can help maintain normal bowel function. When the body lacks sufficient fluid, the colon will pull water from stools in an effort to stay hydrated. That can lead to constipation, a condition in which people experience difficulty emptying their bowels. By drinking enough water, people can ensure their colon will not have to pull water from stools to stay hydrated, thereby helping them stay regular.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY When many people hear the words “physical therapy,� they often associate it with sports injuries and post-surgery strengthening and rehabilitation. But physical therapy, a non-invasive approach to promoting healing, restoring movement and relieving pain, plays a critical role in treating and managing a diverse range of conditions: neck and lower back pain, balance issues, shoulder, arm and hand problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, post-stroke rehabilitation, repetitive motion injuries, and much, much more. Fortunately, whether you’re a teenager with a sprained ankle or a grandparent with chronic back pain, Transylvania County has several excellent physical therapy providers to help you get moving in the right direction. The physical therapists at Elevate Physical Therapy in Brevard like to say they will “Get you back into life.� At Elevate they are committed to offering a “comfortable and caring environment,� with a mission to provide “compassionate, personalized and revolutionary treatments.� Elevate has a general orthopedic rehabilitation program that is the foundation for its practice. Its physical therapists have extensive experience in treating orthopedic injuries and conditions. Elevate will identify the source of the problem and design an individualized treatment program, using the latest research, to get the patient back on the road to recovery. The benefits of its program include reducing pain and discomfort; restoring joint range of motion and flexibility; maximizing muscle strength and power; improving joint stability; promoting a quicker and safer return to normal functional activities; reducing the risk of re-injury or continuing limitation from a condition; and sleeping better and having a higher level of energy and alertness. Among its other services, Elevate provides a free consultation, a vertigo/dizziness program, a balance and fall prevention program, a post operative program, a sports rehabilitation program, a sciatica/back rehab program and a wellness program. Another local provider, Perfect Balance Physical Therapy (PBPT), treats a wide range of conditions, including orthopedics, neurological rehab, sports injuries, auto and work related injuries, women’s health and pelvic health. PBPT serves patients from its home base in Brevard and additional locations in Asheville and Woodfin. Services offered include fitness and 3 6

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wellness programs, personal training, aquatic therapy featuring Transylvania County’s only underwater treadmill, massage and dry needling. This year, Perfect Balance installed a Safety and Overhead Support (SOS) system, an overhead track and comfortable harness that supports full body weight, ultimately granting patients freedom of movement without the fear of falling or injury. The SOS system encourages a higher level of activity from patients while their therapist stands back to fully evaluate progress, producing better functional outcomes in fewer visits. Perfect Balance also offers free balance screenings to quantify a participant’s level of fall risk. The screenings utilize advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help patients realize points of improvement in balance, reactionary times and general walking ability through body awareness education. “We have a team of therapists with a unique and complementary skill set to address the many different aspects of improving balance and decreasing fall risk,” said Alex Litaker, physical therapist at the Brevard office. Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) Rehabilitation Services offers both inpatient and outpatient care. Both departments offer full physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The TRH team has physical, occupational and speech therapists as well as physical therapy assistants and a certified occupational therapy assistant. TRH Inpatient Rehab Services focuses on skilled needs of the hospitalized patient during their recovery. Outpatient Rehab Services provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for a wide range of community rehabilitation needs, including orthopedic and sports medicine programs, post joint replacement programs, balance and fall prevention programs, vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo and dizziness), hand therapy, stroke recovery, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, and post discharge wellness and maintenance programs. At TRH Rehabilitation Services, the multidisciplinary team believes in partnering with patients to build a strong provider-patient bond through honest conversations beginning with their initial evaluation. The goal is to make it a priority to understand how their current functional limitations are impacting patients’ daily lives and then partnering with them to develop an individualized treatment plan to attain their treatment goals. The TRH staff treats patients with respect and fairness and strives to build a relationship to foster empathy and trust and teach the importance of patients participating in their care in order to maximize optimal outcomes and to reduce the likelihood of recurrent issues. The Oaks-Brevard, a skilled nursing home and assisted living facility, offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy for its clients. The Oaks also provides these services on an outpatient basis. •Elevate Physical Therapy is located at 4 Market St., Suite 4103, Brevard. For more information, call (828) 877-2110 or go to •Perfect Balance Physical Therapy is located at 59 Oakdale St., Brevard. For more information, call (828) 966-9036 or go to •Transylvania Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Services is located at 316 Chestnut Street, Suite 1, Brevard, NC 28712. Call (828) 883-4967 for more information or to make an appointment. •The Oaks-Brevard is located at 300 Morris Road, Brevard. For more information, call (828) 877-4020 or go to

““A A qualified, capable, and happy crew” is how one of our patients recently described our physical therapy office,” stated Kevin McAlister, DPT and co-owner of Elevate Physical Therapy. Conveniently located in Straus Park is a 4,000 square ft. building with ten physical therapy assistants and three Doctors of Physical Therapy. The gym is full of state-of-tthe-art equipment to suit the capabilities of all patients, including a traction machine, balance stability machine, arm bikes, treadmills, ultra-sound and more. “We wanted to be a provider er of excellent physical therapy care for Transylvania County. Kevin, being a native off Brevard, saw the n need” states co- owner Mark Blak akely DPT. “The open and friendly environment where everyone gets to know w each individual patient becomes more of a friendly and productive community, rather than an intimidating and painful physical therapy experience“ is how Laura Kruger, e m p l o y e e o f f o u r y ea r s , d e s c r i b e s w h y she thinks Elevate patients love coming so much. h When asked what keeps nine year employee of Elevate, Emily Bryson, so excited about this company she s replied, “Them! Mark and Kevin are so good at what they do and they have been in physical therapy combined over 30 years – they know what works and what doesn’t work.” In addition to specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation, both Kevin and Mark have been involved in the development of Elevate’s vertigo rehabilitation program, which has been very successful in restoring patients with chronic and severe vertigo to all functional activities. “We were seeing so many patients who would come in for one thing, but they couldn’t function because they were dealing with vertigo” stated Kevin. “We had heard stories of the diffficulty in trying to treat verrtigo, but knew our patients needed some relief so we began to study BPPV V (benign paroxysm mal positional vertigo)”. Elevate Physical Therapy now has a very high success rate treating several vertigo cases each month. Rehabilitation services include post- operative care, balance and fall prevention, sports rehabilitation program, sciatic/ back rehab and more. Elevate Physical Therapy can effectively treat a wide range of patients aging from pediatric to geriatric. Elevate accepts all major insurances and direct access patients.


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What health amenities would you like to see added to the community?

Cassie Smatana “Because I work at a health club, I have all my needs met. I’m glad that Mission took back Blue Cross, so I can see my doctors, health wise. Maybe it would be nice to get healthier restaurants.”

Richard Ciarlante “Maybe a new running track with obstacles, where you can do sit-ups and pull-ups like every quarter mile.”

Morgan Hoxit “I would say healthier restaurants to choose from, because we have lots of fast food and things like fried foods, so if we had a restaurant that we could go to that has healthier food that would be great.”

Joe Alexander “I’d like to see more green space and walking trails. I walk a lot, so I don’t always have time to load up and go out to the forest, so a downtown trail could be beneficial.”

What are you doing differently to improve your health this year?

Liz Frias “Every day I’d like to do something positive and healthy for myself, whether it be reading a book, more yoga, extra walks for my dog and hitting the gym.”

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Jim Fatland “I’m going to cut back on sugar.”

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Katina Hansen “I’m going to get back on my diet and lose my last 40 pounds.”

Shirley Hutchins “I plan on working with my trainer five days a week instead of three.”

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eye care The following information about eye care is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Going to the doctor, going to the dentist—all part of taking care of your health. But going to the eye doctor? Also important! Eye exams at every age and life stage can help keep your vision strong. Many people think their eyesight is just fine, but then they get that first pair of glasses or contact lenses and the world comes into clearer view— everything from fine print to street signs. Improving your eyesight is important—about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision. Only Your Eye Doctor Knows for Sure Eye diseases are common and can go unnoticed for a long time—some have no symptoms at first. A comprehensive dilated eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist (eye doctor) is necessary to find eye diseases in the early stages when treatment to prevent vision loss is most effective. During the exam, visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment and eye movement are tested. Eye drops are used to make your pupils larger so your eye doctor can see inside your eyes and check for signs of health problems. Your eye doctor may even spot other conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, sometimes before your primary care doctor does. Vision Care Can Change Lives Early treatment is critically important to prevent some common eye diseases from causing permanent vision loss or blindness: •Cataracts (clouding of the lens), the leading cause of vision loss in the United States; •Diabetic retinopathy (causes damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye), the leading cause of blindness in American adults; •Glaucoma (a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve); •Age-related macular degeneration (gradual breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye); and •Of the estimated 61 million U.S. adults at high risk for vision loss, only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Regular eye care can have a life-changing impact on preserving the vision of millions of people. Start Early Though people tend to have more vision problems as they get older, children need eye exams to ensure healthy vision, too. But less than 15 percent of preschool children get an eye exam and less than 22 percent receive vision screening. Vision screening can reveal a possible vision problem, but can’t diagnose it. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is needed to diagnose eye diseases. Amblyopia (reduced vision because the eye and brain aren’t working 4 0

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together properly) is the most common cause of vision loss in children— two to three out of 100 children. Eye Exams: How Often? Children’s eyes should be checked regularly by an eye doctor or pediatrician. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children at least once between age 3 and 5 years to detect amblyopia or risk factors for the disease. People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year. Some people are at higher risk for glaucoma and should have a dilated eye exam every two years: •African Americans aged 40 years and older; •Everyone older than age 60, especially Mexican Americans; and •People with a family history of glaucoma. Need Assistance? No matter where you are in NC, dial 2-1-1, and talk 24/7/365, with a trained call specialist, to find local health and human service resources. Mental Health Physical Health Aging & Disability Services Homelessness Prevention Food & Utilities

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hen it comes to eye care, you want the most advanced procedures from the most skilled and knowledgeable hands. For more than 35 years, the surgeons of Carolina Ophthalmology have been leaders in providing state-of-the-art eye care and the latest technologies to patients throughout Western North Carolina. Today, their experienced team of physicians continue to bring our region revolutionary treatments that result in extraordinary outcomes for patients, including such ground-breaking procedures as:

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• Laser Cataract Surgery—The only practice in WNC that performs this bladeless, more precise cataract removal surgery. • The ORA System™—This technology is exclusively available at Carolina Ophthalmology. It makes lens selection possible during cataract surgery, resulting in more reliable post-operative vision. • iStent—This remarkably small implantable shunt removes fluid and relieves eye pressure caused by glaucoma. See for yourself—the future of eye care is available today. Call or visit their website for more information.

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Other Reasons to See Your Eye Doctor If you have any of the following eye problems, don’t wait for your next appointment—visit your eye doctor as soon as possible: decreased vision, draining or redness of the eye, eye pain, double vision, diabetes, floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes), circles (halos) around lights and flashes of light.

Looking Ahead Due to our aging population, the number of blind and visually impaired people in the United States is estimated to double by 2030. Encouraging people to take care of their vision health as part of their overall health and wellness could significantly reduce that number and improve quality of life for millions of Americans.

Diabetes and Your Eyes Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. High blood sugar damages the blood vessels in the retina (a light-sensitive part of the eye), where scarring can cause permanent vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is also one of the most preventable causes of vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment can prevent or delay blindness due to diabetic retinopathy in 90 percent of people with diabetes, but 50 percent or more of them don’t get their eyes examined or are diagnosed too late for effective treatment. People with diabetes are also at higher risk for other eye diseases, including glaucoma and cataracts. If you have diabetes, an eye exam every year is necessary to protect and preserve your eyesight and eye health.

Eye Care/Optometry Carolina Ophtamology, PA Offices in Asheville, Hendersonville Toll Free 800-624-6575 •

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Looking Glass Eye Center of Excellence 188 Medical Park Drive, Suite C, Brevard (828) 884-7320 • Pisgah Vision 3536 Hendersonville Highway, Pisgah Forest (828) 884-8485


ffinity Living Group provides care and life services for more than 7,400 residents… one at a time. We understand the importance of making each day a little easier, more comfortable, convenient, enjoyable and secure. Affinity Living communities encourage their residents to enjoy assistance when required and freedom when desired as “We strive daily to create the best life for all we serve”

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On-site Rehabilitation with Broad River Rehab Companion & Private Room Accommodations On-site Beauty Salon & Barber Shop Cable TV Available in All Rooms Housekeeping & Linen Services, including daily bedmaking & trash removal • In-Room Emergency Response System

Amenities Include: • Complete Dining Program (3 Meals & Snacks Daily) with Special Diets accommodated as needed/required • Transportation • Building & Grounds Maintenance • Medication Assistance (if required) by licensed, qualified staff • Comprehensive Activities & Social Programs • Respite Care

Cedar Mountain House is nestled in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of town living. Our residents and staff equally enjoy a peaceful and relaxed family atmosphere, fantastic dining, and a very active community. Call for a tour today!

11 Sherwood Ridge Road Brevard, NC 828-884-9510

Kingsbridge House is Transylvania County’s only stand alone Alzheimer’s and Memory Care community. We provide a secure, supportive environment including life enrichment programs that are Montessori-based; and our staff members undergo specialized training to care for those with Alzheimer’s and memory-related dementia.

10 Sugar Loaf Road Brevard, NC 828-884-6137

AFFINITY Living Group

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ffinity Living Group provides care and life services for more than 7,400 residents… one at a time. We understand the importance of making each day a little easier, more comfortable, convenient, enjoyable and secure. Affinity Living communities encourage their residents to enjoy assistance when required and freedom when desired as “We strive daily to create the best life for all we serve”

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On-site Rehabilitation with Broad River Rehab Companion & Private Room Accommodations On-site Beauty Salon & Barber Shop Cable TV Available in All Rooms Housekeeping & Linen Services, including daily bedmaking & trash removal • In-Room Emergency Response System

Amenities Include: • Complete Dining Program (3 Meals & Snacks Daily) with Special Diets accommodated as needed/required • Transportation • Building & Grounds Maintenance • Medication Assistance (if required) by licensed, qualified staff • Comprehensive Activities & Social Programs • Respite Care

Cedar Mountain House is nestled in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of town living. Our residents and staff equally enjoy a peaceful and relaxed family atmosphere, fantastic dining, and a very active community. Call for a tour today!

11 Sherwood Ridge Road Brevard, NC 828-884-9510

Kingsbridge House is Transylvania County’s only stand alone Alzheimer’s and Memory Care community. We provide a secure, supportive environment including life enrichment programs that are Montessori-based; and our staff members undergo specialized training to care for those with Alzheimer’s and memory-related dementia.

10 Sugar Loaf Road Brevard, NC 828-884-6137

AFFINITY Living Group

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Repetitive Use Activities Swimmers, tennis players, pitchers, and quarterbacks may experience something called a repetitive use injury. This is pain in an area of the body that is used over and over again. Inflammation of muscles and tendons may appear, but repetitive use injuries also may result in stress fractures, which the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines as hairline fractures in bones that are subjected to repeated stress. Rest between exercises can help alleviate these types of injuries. Ice, compression, elevation and immobilization may be used if pain is persistent. Growth Plate Injuries Kids Health says growth plates are the areas of growing tissue near the ends of the long bones in the legs and arms in children and adolescents. A growth plate produces new bone tissue. If the growth plate is injured, it cannot do its job properly. That may contribute to deformed bones, shorter limbs or arthritis. Growth plate injuries most often result from falling or twisting. While thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surefire way to prevent growth plate injuries, getting proper and immediate care after an injury can help prevent future problems. An orthopedic surgeon has the expertise to diagnose and treat these injuries. Youth sports injuries are common, but preventable. Warming up, being in good physical shape and not overtaxing a growing body can help kids avoid pain and impairment.

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park ridge health Since its founding in 1910, Park Ridge Health has grown from a destination for people seeking to improve health through nutrition, exercise and rest, to a leading health care organization, directly caring for more than a thousand people across western North Carolina every day. Their mission, Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, is grounded in a legacy of faith-based health care built on the philosophy of whole person care, including body, mind and spirit. In the more than 107 years of caring for the people of western North Carolina, Park Ridge Health has grown into a multispecialty health care system. Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 35 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 250 physicians and providers, boardcertified and fellowship-trained in 40 primary and specialty fields of care.

Innovating Your Care Options

Leading the way in medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health is the first hospital in western North Carolina to offer nanomedicine in the operating room, with the nanoLOCKTM Spinal Implant technology. It is also the first and only hospital in the region with the ProAxisTM Spine Surgery table, the MisonixTM Ultrasonic Spinal Surgery technology, and NAVIO™ Robotic Assistance for partial and total knee replace-

ment. In 2017, Park Ridge Health received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Spine Center of Excellence Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Park Ridge Health has also achieved national recognition and awards for


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Most people don’t think about public health very often. Only when something goes wrong—like a disease outbreak or a natural disaster—do we really take notice of the systems in place that help keep people healthy and safe. You might not know it, but there’s a lot that Transylvania Public Health does to keep our community healthy. Here in Transylvania County, the public health department is at work every day to help keep our communities healthy through child wellness, disease prevention, education, disaster relief, clean water, safe food, access to health care and much more. One of the newest programs at Transylvania Public Health is its testing program for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a serious, blood-borne disease that causes serious liver damage, but often shows no symptoms for many years. Hepatitis C is on the rise, both in N.C. and the nation, but about half of infected people don’t know they have it. Transylvania Public Health now offers free hepatitis C testing for uninsured and Medicaid-eligible individuals who might be at risk, including all Baby Boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965). For anyone who tests positive for Hepatitis C, the agency provides a “bridge counselor” who will follow up with the patient to set up a medical visit and other needed services. Hepatitis C testing is just one of the many services available at Transylvania Public Health that help keep people healthy. The personal health staff offers free and confidential testing, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV. They offer family planning and sexual health services with fees based on income, including complete physical exams, birth control options and pregnancy testing. They also offer exams to identify health concerns, such as blood pressure screenings, blood lead screening for children, well-child exams and access to free or low-cost mammograms and PAP smears for women. Immunizations for adults and children that protect against many common diseases are also available. Transylvania Public Health works to keep our children safe and healthy. School nurses offer basic care, train staff to assist with medical procedures, provide health education, screen for special health needs and coordinate efforts to prevent illness such as immunization clinics in all Transylvania County public schools. The child care health consultant works with child care facilities, preschools and daycares throughout the county to support healthy 4 8

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growth and development in young children. Public health nurses work with at-risk pregnant women and children with special health care needs to make sure they can access needed care. The Healthy Smiles dental hygienist provides education, screenings, referrals to treatment and dental care supplies for children at the county’s preschools, child care centers and elementary schools. The WIC Program provides nutritious food vouchers, counseling on how to shop for and use healthier foods, breastfeeding support and referrals to other community resources for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth and children from birth to age 5. The environmental health program helps ensure access to clean water, safe food and sanitary public accommodations by permitting and inspecting restaurants and other places that serve food, lodging facilities, tattoo artists, and even swimming pools and spas that serve more than one family. They make sure that septic systems and drinking water wells are located, installed and functioning properly, and provide advice on controlling environmental pests such as bed bugs and mosquitoes. Transylvania Public Health also helps keep outbreaks and health-related emergencies under control. Communicable disease nurses monitor disease patterns, conduct investigations and implement control measures to prevent the spread of diseases. The public health preparedness coordinator works with partners to plan responses to infectious disease outbreaks, health hazards and natural disasters. They track health-related data and statistics. The health educator gathers data on the county’s health status, works with community members to determine priority health needs and advocates for resources and policies that promote health. The deputy registrar processes vital records certificates for all births and deaths in Transylvania County. That’s a lot, but that’s what public health does every day. To learn more about Transylvania Public Health and what they can do for you, call (828) 8853135 or visit Their offices are located at 106 E. Morgan St. in downtown Brevard; personal health and WIC offices are on the third floor, while environmental health and administrative offices are on the first floor.


With a new year, one of many peoples’ top health goals is to shed unwanted pounds. To accomplish that goal, there are many different techniques for losing weight, and medical experts say it’s important to go about losing weight in a way that combines exercise with other healthy lifestyle decisions. Marty Ingram is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in natural health care for women and their families. She operates Through the Woods Natural Health in Brevard with her husband, Glenn, who is also a naturopathic doctor. Ingram says one of the first things she does when a client comes in wanting to lose weight is to help transition their diet and develop better eating habits. “When a client comes in for weight loss, we help them transition to a nutrient-dense whole foods diet low in refined carbohydrates and sugar. The goal is to help people develop healthy eating patterns that will be sustainable as a lifestyle,” Ingram said. While some people may believe crash-diets or drastically cutting the amount of food intake is the best way to lose weight quick, Ingram said those methods often impair the body’s natural metabolism and make it more difficult to keep that weight off in the long run. A big part of cleaning up one’s diet is cutting back on artificial food additives, hormones, antibiotics and synthetic pesticides often contained in food. Ingram said all of those could negatively impact the body’s ability to process cholesterol and tend to promote fat storage. This also ties into the risk of type II diabetes. Ingram said unnatural additives and preservatives in food impair the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, thus increasing the risk for developing type II diabetes. When people think about problem areas for weight loss, most want to drop pounds around their midsection. Ingram said excess “belly fat” is a risk factor for type II diabetes, as this fat is hormonally active and can lead to insulin resistance and chronic inflammation. Eliminating those hormones and food additives will not only help you lose weight in a natural way, it will also give you more energy. “Eating ‘clean’ and losing weight reduces the risk of Type II diabetes (as well as heart disease) with the added benefit of increasing overall energy and vitality,” Ingram said. Ingram said other lifestyle issues that can make weight loss difficult include lack of movement, inadequate sleep and too much stress. All of those, as well as other lifestyle factors, are taken into consideration as Ingram helps individuals find the path to lose weight in a healthy and effective manner. She added that possible hormonal imbalances and disruptions in the gut microflora might make it more difficult for some people to lose weight, as opposed to others. 2018 Transylvania Health & Wellness Guide 4 9

pardee health care

Since 1913, Pardee UNC Health Care has provided high-quality, compassionate health care to residents of Hendersonville and surrounding counties. A not-for-profit hospital managed by UNC Health Care, Pardee is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has multiple facilities separate from its main campus throughout Henderson County, south Buncombe County and Haywood County, making health care even more accessible and convenient. These locations include a state-of-the-art cancer center, a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations (with a third location opening in Mills River), three rehabilitation and wellness centers, and five orthopedic clinics. The medical staff represents more than 40 specialties, including oncology, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, bariatric surgery, sports medicine, pulmonology, women’s health, family medicine, internal medicine, diabetes care, rheumatology and more. As Henderson County’s second-largest employer, Pardee has more than 1,400 employees and offers business health services to a variety of industries throughout the region. Pardee UNC Health Care has been honored with national awards and accreditations for patient safety, service, quality and value by many well-known organizations, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare, Healthgrades, U.S. News & World Report, The Leapfrog Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healogics, Women’s Choice Awards and Nerd Wallet. Most recently, Pardee earned a five-star rating from the CMS Hospital Compare program, placing the Henderson County hospital among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation. Heart & Vascular The Heart & Vascular program at Pardee offers patient-centered care using advanced technology to diagnose and treat conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels throughout the body. The program recently earned an American College of Cardiology (ACC) Chest Pain Center Accreditation, 5 0

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based on a rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. The team offers advanced diagnostic testing and screening technology; an expanded, fullservice cardiac catheterization lab; minimally invasive procedures to treat heart conditions; a full spectrum of vascular care, including vascular surgery and minimally invasive procedures; cardiac rehabilitation; heart health education and exercise programs. Cancer Care The Pardee Cancer Center opened its doors in December 2016, thanks to an innovative partnership with Henderson County, the city of Hendersonville, Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University. The Cancer Center is housed in the Health Sciences Building adjacent Pardee’s campus and is also home to Pardee Surgical Associates and allied health care, pharmacy and physician assistant studies programs from Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University. The Pardee Cancer Center can treat nearly all cancer types and gives patients access to more than 40 clinical trials. All the services a patient needs for the cancer treatment journey can be found under one roof, including chemotherapy, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, national clinical trials, cancer screenings and patient navigation services. The latest in radiation equipment, a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, provides a greater variety of treatment options, including non-surgical treatment for early-stage lung cancers. Pardee also offers low-dose CT scan lung cancer screenings for qualified candidates as well as navigational bronchoscopy, a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that allows physicians to find and access tumors in the lungs and take biopsies. Pardee has expanded its cancer navigation program with the addition of a lung cancer nurse navigator, who serves as the go-to resource for patients undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The lung nurse navigator joins the general cancer nurse navigator and the breast cancer nurse navigator. As part of its commitment to offering the best in breast cancer care,

Pardee hired Jennifer McAlister, M.D., the only board-certified breast surgeon in western North Carolina, and invested in 3D mammography and biopsy technology to better detect breast cancer. Pardee Cancer Center offers cancer screenings and information sessions throughout the year for skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and more. Orthopedics Pardee’s team of orthopedic surgeons perform traditional and minimally invasive surgery for hand, back/spine, hip, knee, ankle and shoulder injuries; total joint replacement surgery; sports medicine services; physiatry (non-surgical treatment of orthopedic conditions) and physical rehabilitation. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Healthgrades recognize Pardee for excellence for its performance in total joint replacements, hip fracture treatment and spine fusion surgery. Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, a department of Pardee UNC Health Care, also offers a weekday morning walk-in clinic for anyone in need of orthopedic care. Bariatric Surgery Minimally invasive weight loss surgery is now offered through Pardee

Bariatrics and Weight Loss, led by Chris Edwards, M.D., a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon. Edwards has practiced in WNC for more than 10 years and performed nearly 2,000 bariatric procedures since 2006. Free information sessions are offered the second and fourth Tuesday of each month for people interested in weight loss surgery. Registration is available at Business Health Services Pardee UNC Health Care is dedicated to high-quality and cost-effective managed care, including occupational health and wellness programs. By partnering with businesses to customize a plan to fit their employees’ needs, Pardee helps to create a healthier workforce and reduce downtime. Pardee Occupational Health offers drug and alcohol screenings, DOT physical exams, worker’s compensation services, biometric screenings, immunizations, on-site flu clinics, pre-employment physical exams, CPR and first aid training, medical wellness programs, health education and more. To learn more about Pardee UNC Health Care, register for an upcoming information session or screening, or to find a physician, visit www.pardee

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natural pathways 235 rosman Hwy. Brevard, nc (828) 484-1050

carolina Smiles Family Dental 4 market St., Suite 4202 Brevard, nc (828) 884-3702

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Healthy Harvest natural Foods 29 W. French Broad St., Suite 105 Brevard, nc (828) 885-2599

Livelong acupuncture Belinda roberts 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 862-3492

cozart Dental 344 Gallimore rd. Brevard, nc (828) 884-4433

traditional acupuncture 455 S. caldwell St. Brevard, nc (828) 884-8812

Water oak Dental Group 123 e. main St., Suite 300 Brevard, nc (828) 884-3421

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GymS/FitneSS centerS Brevard Health & racquet club 1325 n. country club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 883-3005 www.brevardhealthandracquet

HearinG ServiceS Brevard Hearing center 424 S. caldwell St. Brevard, nc (828) 966-4327 


arcHitectS Harris architects 33 W. probart St. Brevard, nc (828) 883-5535

automotive charlie’s tire center, inc 177 n. caldwell St. Brevard, nc (828) 883-2815

Beauty anna utter esthetics anna utter 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 231-9755 permanent makeup by Joann 29 W. French Broad St., Suite 104 Brevard, nc (828) 333-1261

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DermatoLoGy High Falls Dermatology 5 park place east, Suite 101 Brevard, nc (828) 883-2151

eye care/opHtHaLmoLoGy carolina ophthalmology 1701 old village rd. Hendersonville, nc (828) 693-1773 pisgah vision center 3536 Hendersonville Hwy. pisgah Forest, nc (828) 884-8485

GeneraL HeaLtH ServiceS elk Haven Wellness center 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 862-3492  nc 2-1-1, Brevard, nc (888) 892-1162

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the Fitness Factory 1266 asheville Hwy. Brevard, nc (828) 883-9832 Workout anytime – Brevard 239 Forest Gate Dr., Suite 115 pisgah Forest, nc (828) 883-9628

park ridge Health 100 Hospital Dr. Hendersonville, nc (828) 684-8501  transylvania regional Hospital 260 Hospital Dr. Brevard, nc (828) 884-9111 sylvania-regional-hospital.php

HeaLtH FooD proDuctS Green Heart Juice 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 275-4008   morningside Ferments/Jon Strom 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 403-9743

HoLiStic treatmentS Gift of Light, pisgah Forest, nc (678) 431-9089 popiel Holistic therapy 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828)490-7175

HeaLtH FooD StoreS Food matters market 1 market St. Brevard, nc (828) 885-3663

therapeutic essentials nancy Blue 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828)230-9388


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Joy on your Shoulders p.o. Box 951   pisgah Forest, nc  (440)476-0960

through the Woods natural Health 1 market St. Brevard, nc (828) 233-5576

Steve owen & associates 6 e. main St. Brevard, nc (828) 877-6006

elements Spa & Shop 29 W. French Broad St., Suite 104 Brevard, nc (828) 884-2701


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appalachian orthopaedics 1027 Fleming St. Hendersonville, nc (828) 697-1944

center for Spiritual Wisdom 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (828) 577-8168



asheville Head, neck and ear Surgeons 188 medical park Dr. Brevard, nc (828) 884-6702

Brevard yoga center 29 W. French Broad St., Suite 211 Brevard, nc (828) 551-6641

maSSaGe tHerapy Brevard craniosacral 41 n. rice St. Brevard, nc (828)384-0998 www.brevardcraniosacraltherapy.m

peDiatricS Hendersonville pediatrics, pa 157 medical park Dr. #a Brevard, nc (828) 884-3440

perSonaL traininG Better yet massage 320 carolina ave. Brevard, nc (828) 884-4058 Brevard rolfing and massage chanley Layton 41 n. rice St. Brevard, nc (828) 421-9554 Bobby Wilson, massage therapist Brevard Health & racquet club 1325 n. country club rd. Brevard. nc (828) 384-3869 advanced Bodywork and Wellness Group nancy mccullough (828) 384-4132 Buddy tompkins (214) 676-9532 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc

naturopatHic meDicine ashgate pathways Kimberly Wohlford, cmrm Brevard, nc (828) 885-5188

Jessica D. payne, cpt, ceS 121 Scarlett Dr. pisgah Forest, nc (828) 577-5383

piLateS the Studio of pilates and movement 100 elks club rd., Brevard, nc (828) 384-1536

Dr. Stewart trimble 1664 probart St. Brevard, nc (828) 884-4119

pHySicaL tHerapy a perfect Balance physical therapy 59 oakdale St. , Brevard, nc (828) 966-9036 elevate physical therapy 4 market St., Suite 4103 Brevard, nc (828) 877-2110

puBLic HeaLtH transylvania county public Health 106 e. morgan St., Suite 105 Brevard, nc (828) 884-3135

retirement communitieS affinity Living Group cedar mountain House 11 Sherwood ridge rd. Brevard, nc (828) 884-9510

Dancing trees yoga 131 rollins place rd. Brevard, north carolina (828) 707-0066 rhae mozley elk Haven Wellness center 100 elks club rd. Brevard, nc (301) 873-5267 the Studio Brevard Health & racquet club 167 rosman Hwy. Brevard, nc (828) 883-3005 http://www.brevardhealthandrac

affinity Living Group Kingsbridge House 10 Sugar Loaf rd. Brevard, nc (828) 884-6137

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TRANSYLVANIA REGIONAL HOSPITAL Transylvania Regional Hospital, a member of Mission Health, is a fullservice, not-for-profit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. The hospital offers 30 inpatient rooms and 10 transitional care unit rooms. With more than 500 employees and 125 volunteers, Transylvania Regional Hospital offers comprehensive services through more than 300 physicians and advanced practitioners representing a full spectrum of specialties. New Emergency Department The new emergency department (ED) at Transylvania Regional Hospital is now open, complete with 12 beds in larger rooms, new and expanded support spaces and much more. Additional rooms will mean less wait time, a more comfortable environment and more privacy for emergency department patients, visitors and caregivers. Given the number of individuals who use the emergency department at Transylvania Regional Hospital, this expansion was necessary to decrease wait times for patients, provide safe rooms for individuals who have behavioral health needs, family-friendly waiting rooms and spaces for physicians to confer with families privately, and allow the staff to operate at peak efficiency. Privacy and comfort are priorities in the new space. ED physicians have dedicated space for updating notes and consulting with family members. Those who have minor injuries have a place away from the EMS entrance and those who accompany people to the emergency department have a more comfortable place to wait. There are a total of 16 treatment areas, including four dedicated behavioral health rooms and four chairs for treatment of minor issues.

Community Benefits Transylvania Regional Hospital is pleased to share the recent addition of Gregory Carter, MD, to our team at Pisgah Urology. Dr. Carter and Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, with Pisgah Urology, see patients at their office at 87 Medical Park Dr. Suite A, in Brevard. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carter or a Pisgah Urology provider, call (828) 883-5858.

Volunteering More than 125 volunteers work in a wide variety of jobs touching just about every hospital department. In addition to their work, volunteers enjoy benefits such as luncheons, a semi-annual newsletter, free flu shots, service pins and free cafeteria meals while on duty. For more information about current vol5 4

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unteer opportunities at Transylvania Regional Hospital, contact the volunteer coordinator at (828) 883-5130.

Distinctions The Transitional Care Unit of Transylvania Regional Hospital earned a 5star overall rating (out of 5 stars) in 2017, for the fourth year in a row by Nursing Home Compare on Only 12 percent of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities received this highest ranking. is the official federal government website managed and paid for by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. All of the data found on Nursing Home Compare is available to the public. Receiving this 5star overall rating sets apart the Transylvania Regional Hospital Transitional Care Unit in comparison to the others in the country, providing above average quality of care, promoting health and improving quality of life to all residents in western North Carolina.

Home Services CarePartners Home Health was founded as a hospital-based department of Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. It continues to provide a smooth transition from inpatient to home health care and is state licensed as a Medicare/Medicaid provider and certified by The Joint Commission. Home health care provides skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social workers, home health aides and more. In addition, CarePartners also provides Home Hospice Care. Hospice is a special way of caring for individuals who are in the final stage of their lives due to a life-limiting or terminal illness. The hospice approach to care focuses on comfort (palliation) and symptom management, rather than curative care. Hospice services help patients who are no longer seeking aggressive treatment or a medical cure and wish to manage their terminal illness at home or in a home-like environment. Hospice care addresses the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family. Help with making end-of-life decisions, meeting life goals and enhancing family relationships is available. To learn more about CarePartners Home Care and Hospice in Transylvania County, call (828) 883-5254.

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Transylvania Health And Wellness Guide - 2018  

Learn the latest about local health service providers in the Transylvania Health and Wellness Guide produced by The Transylvania Times