We’re Growing! An Interview with Dr. Alexandra Mathern

We’re growing!  Meet the Couri Center’s new OB/GYN, Alexandra L. Mathern, MD.

Meet the Couri Center’s new OB/GYN, Alexandra L. Mathern, MD.  Dr. Mathern completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center through the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.  She received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  She also received a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Mathern’s Background

Dr. Mathern has explored many aspects of the medical field from an early age.  Her passion for women’s health began in medical school when she found herself surrounded by strong, compassionate women who prided themselves on taking the best, evidence-based care of the women in the community. She was inspired by their dedication not only to their craft but also the betterment of themselves and their families.

Her Passions

Dr. Mathern strives to make sure her patients are well informed and take an active role in their medical care.  She can offer a wide variety of medical and surgical options, stressing minimally invasive approaches, for multiple gynecologic issues. She has particular interest in reproductive age issues from menstrual irregularities, ovarian pathology, pelvic floor dysfunction, and perimenopause.

Born and raised in North Dakota she has made Peoria home with her husband and three children. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

How to Schedule

Dr. Michele Couri and the Couri Center team proudly welcome Dr. Mathern, MD, to our practice, August 2019!  Dr. Mathern is now accepting new patients and looks forward to meeting you.  Schedule your visit today:  692-6838 or visit our patient portal

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Family-Friendly Exercise with MPN Peoria Hike

Family-Friendly Exercise with Purpose:

Did you know hiking is a great exercise that burns between 400 – 700 calories per hour and is easier on the joints than activities like running? Moreover, hiking lowers stress levels, improves mood, and enhances mental well-being!

Bonus: Hike for a cause like MPN Peoria and help raise awareness + funding to find a cure for MPNs!  Registration is open up to the day of the event.

Click now for details and to register.

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.

NEW OlivDefense™: Cold & Flu Defense

Another way to help fight off colds and flu includes using OlivDefense™.  OliveDefense™ features science-based, patented Immune Guard® plus olive extract and elderberry to support the body’s natural immune defense mechanisms.

It’s that time of year again, the time when you start hearing coughing and sneezing throughout the home and office while a box of tissues is placed conveniently near your computer keyboard.  According to the CDC, people are most contagious during the first 2-3 days of contracting a cold and almost immediately and for about 5 days thereafter after being infected with the flu – even before symptoms develop.  However, there are many actions you can take to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses at home and work:

  • Wash your hands for at least 15-20 seconds with soap multiple times per day
  • Dry hands with an air dryer or clean paper towel
  • Use a paper towel to open a bathroom door
  • Use hand sanitizer between washing
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, or rubbing your nose
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get lots of fresh air
  • Exercise regularly and frequently
  • Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t smoke and decrease alcohol consumption
  • Relax – stress can lower immunity
  • Get plenty of sleep (7-9 hours is optimal)
  • Avoid contact with known allergens – allergies affecting the nose or throat may increase the chances of getting a cold or flu

 

IMPORTANT LILETTA IUD UPDATE from the Couri Center

IMPORTANT LILETTA IUD UPDATE:

As of October 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (a.k.a. IUD) known as Liletta for pregnancy prevention for up to 5 years.  Previously the only difference between Liletta and Mirena (which has the same amount of progestin) was the duration it was approved for contraception; with this new change, there is no difference in the approved duration for contraception.  Other shared characteristics between Liletta and Mirena, include the same shape, size, and material it is made from.  The Liletta is often a lower cost IUD, which makes it a great alternative for patients when their insurance may not cover other contraceptive devices.

HOI Peoria, IL News on Supplements featuring Dr. Michele Couri

Take Supplements?

Every day, patients of Dr. Michele Couri ask this very question.  It’s important, too, as many supplements interact with medications.   I’m eating a healthy diet, so how do I know if I need supplements? HOI News, Every Mom, with Jenise Rebholz, interviewed Dr. Couri on this topic.

Watch HOI Supplements in the news featuring Dr. Michele Couri here:

Health experts say catchy ads can lead to unnecessary supplement intake

Personalized MedPax at the Couri Center

Couri girl MedPax™ by Xymogen®

Schedule your visit to find out if supplements are right for you:

At the Couri Center, we take a detailed intake of our patient and then draw labs accordingly.  If you would like to find out more about your personalized supplementation needs, schedule your appointment or call 309-692-6838 today.

Catchy ads can lead to unnecessary supplement intake

Health professionals at Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women's Health and OSF at the RiverPlex say if you do need vitamin supplements, it's important to research reputable brands, because they are not regulated by the FDA.https://hoiabc.com/news/2018/10/08/health-experts-say-catchy-ads-can-lead-to-unnecessary-supplement-intake/

Posted by Jenise Rebholz HOI News on Monday, October 8, 2018

Couri Girl Spring 2018

At the Couri Center, we specialize in women’s health.  With years of advanced medical training and decades of experience, our success is easily measured in volumes of patient praise.  From traditional gynecology & surgical procedures, integrative health programs & aesthetics, take comfort in knowing you can trust the Couri Center with:

  • Well-Woman Exams
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Menopausal Management
  • Family Planning
  • Contraception
  • Pap Smears
  • Pelvic Ultrasounds
  • Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and/or Fibroids
  • Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears
  • da vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser
  • harmonié Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Customized Nutritional Supplements
  • TLC™ Integrative Lifestyle Programs
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy
  • Aesthetic Studio:  Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle/Age Spot Removal, Scar & Stretch Mark Removal, Rosacea & More
  • Injectables:  BOTOX®  & KYBELLA®
  • LATISSE®
  • Pro-Niacin® Skincare by NIA24®

New patients welcome!  Schedule today: 692-6838