“With the New Day Comes New Strength and New Thoughts” -Eleanor Roosevelt
We are well into summer, and I thought I would take this opportunity to update all of our patients and readers of what is new at the Couri Center. As a very dynamic and ever-evolving practice, there are many state of the art treatments and educational opportunities available here. We want nothing more than for our patients to have access to a vast array of resources that empower and enhance the lives of women of all ages.
One of the most exciting new additions to the Couri Center is Renee Alwan Percell PA-C. Renee is a physician assistant whom we are very grateful to have joining our team. Renee received her Masters in Medical Science-Physician Assistant Studies in 2005 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. In 2004, Renee completed her OB/GYN rotation with me, and I witnessed firsthand her dedication and passion for her patients. Renee is a champion for women locally and globally, as she has experience working in a women’s clinic during her time in the Peace Corps. In addition, Renee has provided preventative and acute care for women during her time working in a community health center. She is looking forward to helping in our community and providing optimism and excellence in patient care. Renee will be an extension of my office-based services, as she will be performing well-woman examinations, pap smears, breast exams, and will be seeing patients for a variety of gynecologic issues.
In addition to Renee, there will be 2 more new lives at the office, however these are of the baby variety. I am more than thrilled to announce that our other physician assistant Hope Placher is expecting twins, a boy and a girl. They will most likely make their debut in October, and we couldn’t be more excited for Hope and her husband Jesse. Hope recently completed her certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She continues to provide integrative gynecologic care and in my opinion, is the area’s leading expert in integrative gastroenterology as it pertains to food sensitivities, gut inflammation, and imbalances in the beneficial bacteria within our gut called the microbiome. Hope also continues to assist me in providing our harmonié bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. This personalized and completely individually tailored hormone replacement system that is plant-based has revolutionized the treatment of perimenopausal and menopausal women throughout central Illinois. In all my years of providing gynecologic care; I have not encountered any other hormone replacement system that even comes close to its effectiveness and safety profile.
Another new addition here at the Couri Center is the MonaLisa Touch® Laser system. The MonaLisa Touch® is a novel, FDA-approved life-changing treatment for women who are experiencing vaginal dryness, burning and itching, pain with intercourse, or urologic symptoms such as urinary frequency and urgency related to the loss of estrogen due to menopause. It is a vaginal carbon dioxide laser that completely restores the vaginal and vulvar tissue to their healthy premenopausal state. This painless treatment takes less than 5 minutes per session, is done in the office without the need for anesthesia and eliminates the above-mentioned symptoms without hormonal therapy. Because of this, it is particularly well suited for breast cancer patients or other patients who cannot or prefer not to use hormone replacement therapy but are suffering with these symptoms nonetheless. I cannot reiterate enough how successful this therapy is, and if you are interested in learning more about it, I encourage you to attend one of our free MonaLisa Touch® educational lectures. For more information about the MonaLisa Touch® System including our lecture schedule, please refer to our website at: http://couricenter.com/monalisa-touch-innovative-laser-treatment.
Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to expand on a new trend that is universally occurring in healthcare today, not just here at the Couri Center, and it involves the efficient utilization of advanced practice nurses and physician assistants in expanding access to care for patients worldwide. I have said over and over that we are blessed with the best patients in the world. I have been in practice now for 15 years and by the grace of God, have built a wonderful practice full of very inspiring and motivated patients. In order to be able to keep up with the volume of established and new patients that seek our services and to be able to continue to see patients in timely fashion, I heavily rely on my team of 2 advanced practice nurses, Sue Lang and Terry Polanin, as well as our 2 physician assistants, Hope and Renee. Inherent to comprehensive gynecologic care is surgical services and advanced procedures. As the practice grows, I invariably spend more time in the surgical and procedural realm of the practice, i.e. performing hysterectomies, endometrial ablations and other gynecologic surgeries and procedures as well as performing the MonaLisa Touch® laser procedure as outlined above or inserting bioidentical hormone pellets. Because of this, the less complex services such as yearly well woman exams and pa
p smears typically are more and more being performed by our advanced practice nurses or physician assistants. We are seeing a trend towards this redistribution of services nationwide due to physician shortages and increasing patient volume tied to Obamacare. I am currently in the process of recruiting additional physicians to work at the Couri Center, but until that happens, I ask for your patience during this time. I have the utmost confidence in the skills of Sue, Terry, Hope and Renee as I have personally trained them all. In fact, I along with many of my family members see Sue, Terry, Hope, or Renee for our gynecologic care. I trust them that much. In addition, I personally review every patient chart and office note that is generated by one of the APNs or PAs, and if there is a more advanced problem that requires the services of an M.D., of course the patient will be seen by me. It is a given that the face of medicine is changing worldwide, but we will never compromise on patient care or on compassion. That is a promise, and that my friends, is definitely not new.
To Your Health,