The Couri Center Welcomes Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C

Training/Education: Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C


Meet Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C.  Dr. Michele Couri, and the Couri Center team proudly welcomes Deborah to our practice, May 2019.  Deborah received her Physician Assistant training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1997. She completed her Women’s Health and Internal Medicine training at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, UCLA in 1999. She subsequently worked in Community Health Clinics specializing in Family Planning, Obstetrics and Family Medicine for nearly 15 years. Read more on training/education

Deborah is excited to join the Couri Gynecology Center, where she can incorporate her family medicine background, while expanding her knowledge of Integrative and Functional Medicine. We hope you enjoy learning more about her in the following interview.

Interview Q & A with Deborah Collins, M.S., PA-C:


What is one word you would use to describe yourself? Adventurous.

What are you most proud of?  My three wonderful children.

 How do you recharge?  By having coffee with a friend or going for a walk.

Do you like to cook? What is a favorite recipe? I love to cook!  Homemade Chicken Enchiladas is my favorite.

Which sports teams do you root for? I used to be a Padres fan, but now I am a cubbies fan!

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?  Probably my mom! She always worked hard and was a great example to me. She was a Chief in the United States Navy who served 20 years of Active Duty.

 What movie or novel character do you most identify with?  “Patch Adams.” Developing compassionate connections with my patients is what brings me joy. I also have a pretty humorous side and can be quite silly at times. I sincerely feel that laughter is an essential part of healing, and simply good for the soul.

 When are you the happiest? When I am spending quality time with my family.

 If you really knew me, you’d know…. that I love adventures and traveling.

 What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life? I have no regrets, and I am blessed beyond measure – anything else is a gift!

 What characteristic do you most admire in others? Integrity and honesty.

What are you most passionate about?  Helping others pursue their dreams, and watching them succeed.

 What one memory do you most treasure?  Holding my father’s hand while he passed away.

 What would a “perfect” day look like for you?  Breakfast with my children, going for a beautiful hike or a walk as a family, followed by a short nap. After that, I would prepare dinner for some good friends, coupled with a nice bottle of wine and a delicious dessert to end the evening.

 What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?  Since I had a house fire in 2018, I learned that “things” don’t mean much to me. Everything is replaceable, except your family and pets. I don’t put as much value into objects anymore. Life is so much simpler!

 If you could volunteer your time, what would you do? I would serve Veterans in some capacity.

 What is your favorite season?  Why?

I love the summer because I love to be outside, barbecuing, swimming, gathering with friends/family.

 If you had just one box for all your stuff, what would you put in it?  Funny, I have actually had to do this. I put all my family pictures, important papers, Military medals/coins, grandmother’s jewelry all in one box.

 What type of music do you enjoy? I love all genres, but probably Hip-Hop above all.

What is your least favorite exercise? Probably running.  What’s your go-to workout?  I like the Arc Trainer or Elliptical

 Favorite book(s)?  Any Biography, I love to learn about people!” Self-Help books, “Letting Go,” “The Secrets of Forgiveness,” “The Grief Handbook,” “Lean In.”  Nonfiction: “Educated” by Tara Westover, “This is Going to Hurt” by Adam Kay, and of course, The Bible by God.

We have so many incredible female patients here at the Couri Center.  What would you most like to share with them?  I would like them to know that I am a relatable woman who has endured heartbreaks and joys over my lifetime, as they may have. I am probably the most open-minded person they will ever encounter. I consider it an honor to get to know them individually, and feel their healthcare journey begins with a partnership between the two of us, to help them achieve their goals.

 

Deborah is accepting new and existing patients. Schedule today at 309-692-6838 or visit www.couricenter.com.

EMSELLA for Urinary incontinence-No More Worries!

Exclusively at The Couri Center, this revolutionary, FDA-cleared treatment- EMSELLA for urinary incontinence.  No more worrying about pads, accidents, or trying to find the nearest bathroom!

TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE:

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control or leaking urine.  EMSELLA for urinary incontinence treats all types of incontinence:

  • stress (leak urine with a cough or movement)
  • urge (leak urine after you cannot suppress the urge to urinate)
  • mixed (the combination)

WHAT IS THE EMSELLA TREATMENT LIKE?

EMSELLA takes all the work and time out of strengthening the pelvic floor muscles.  The EMSELLA chair strengthens the pelvic floor muscles by focusing electromagnetic waves causing the muscles to contract and relax, exercising them in a similar way to Kegel exercises.  Each 28-minute session will provoke contractions equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises!

WATCH THIS ANIMATED DEMONSTRATION:

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EMSELLA?

  • painless
  • simple (you sit on a chair!)
  • non-invasive
  • no downtime
  • remain fully clothed
  • 4-week treatment

 

Schedule your consultation today or call 692-6838.  

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FAQ:

What is EMSELLA?

EMSELLA is a chair that uses a high-intensity electromagnetic field to activate motor neurons in the pelvic floor. Similar to an MRI, the technology is known as High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Technology (HIFEM), and it causes deep pelvic floor muscles stimulation.

Who is a candidate for EMSELLA?

Women with stress incontinence (leak with a cough or movement), urge incontinence (leak after you cannot suppress the urge to urinate), or mixed incontinence. Stress incontinence is generally caused by vaginal childbirth and hormonal changes due to age. The stretching and increased laxity of the tissues cause the bladder to sag over the anterior wall of the vagina, which can interfere with the proper function of the bladder when it is full.

How effective is EMSELLA for urinary incontinence?

In as few as three weeks, patients strongly agree their quality of life improved by 95%. Two-thirds of treated patients eliminated or decreased the use of pads for leakage and maintained results at a 6-month follow-up.

How does the treatment work?

EMSELLA is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for stress or urge urinary incontinence. Patients sit comfortably in a chair in their regular clothes. The chair focuses on targeted tissue in the pelvis. Muscles are strengthened, restoring the support for the pelvic organs. EMSELLA tightens the vaginal walls. Incontinence decreases. Also, sexual satisfaction may be improved.

Can Kegel exercises do the same thing as EMSELLA?

EMSELLA is powerful. In fact, during one short 28-minute treatment, EMSELLA will provoke contractions equivalent to performing 11,200 Kegel exercises!

Is EMSELLA painful?

The treatment is not painful. You can feel a sensation in the pelvic floor area during the procedure. There is no downtime afterward. You can come during lunch break, eat, read a book, and have a treatment!

How long does it take for EMSELLA to produce results?

There are some immediate results. The treatment protocol is two treatments per week for four weeks, for a total of 8 treatments.

Does insurance cover EMSELLA?

The treatment is FDA-cleared.  Insurance does not cover the procedure; however, we gladly accept CareCredit.  We believe EMSELLA is an investment in you. The Couri Center offers reasonable packages for our patients.

How do I learn more?

Schedule your visit today or call 692-6838.  

 

Mental Fortitude By Hope Placher, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP

 

Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash

During the winter that has seemingly never ended, I’ve found the need to escape in a good book. Completely by accident, I stumbled upon Dr. Edith Eger’s memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.”  Although this book would never be classified as medical literature, I wanted to share it with you in regard to something equally as important, mental strength and how that can affect the physical body.

Dr. Eger’s book is a powerful, moving memoir about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, as well as a practical guide to healing, in which she shares stories of how she helps patients escape the prisons of their minds.

Incredibly, Edith Eger became a clinical psychologist after surviving Auschwitz and immigrating to the United States. She still practices to this day at age 90. Fear not, this book is anything but a bullet point self-help book -far from it. Dr. Eger shares her remarkable story of physical survival, and can recognize the mental blocks that prohibit her from complete healing following the brutality of Hitler’s reign. She reflects back on the power of her mental fortitude to not only physically survive, but to prosper years after living through trauma emotionally.

One of my favorite pieces of wisdom that she shares is that “Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.” I know that so many of us have walked through very dark seasons in our life. Maybe you’re in the midst of the shadows right now. I hope you cannot only learn from Dr. Eger but find healing from the pages of her eloquent transcript.

 

Hope Placher