Teen Girls: Starting the Conversation By Renee Alwan Percell, PA-C

 

 

Adolescence means the process of developing from a child to an adult.  There is not only biologic growth occurring but emotional/social growth too.  Healthy development will likely occur if risk factors are limited.  The most common threats to the well-being of adolescents typically result from lifestyle habits, experimentation, and psychosocial stressors.

The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend the initial visit with a gynecologist should occur between ages 13-15.  This initial visit provides an opportunity to start a patient-provider relationship, build trust, and counsel patients and parents regarding healthy behavior.  Risky behavior among adolescent high school students in the U.S includes poor diet and low physical activity, sexual activity, and substance abuse.  Other safety concerns should also be addressed, such as the use of wearing a seat belt and no texting while driving. The most common cause of death among people ages 10-24 is motor vehicle crashes.  Following closely behind are unintentional injuries and suicide.

When we think of a gynecological or physical checkup, we think of preventing future disease and prolonging longevity.  For young adults, this includes addressing common safety issues and addressing social and emotional issues.  To promote well-being, adolescents need to be encouraged and feel valued.  In preventing harmful factors, it is vital to empower young adults by focusing on an individual’s strengths, so they form healthy social connections and develop healthy lifestyle habits.

Physical health and mental health go hand in hand.  Meeting with a dietitian for guidance in developing healthy eating habits helps to create a positive body image.  This can help ward off negative mental and emotional thoughts.

At the Couri Center, we treat the whole person.  In a world with mass social media, cell phones, and Snapchat, it can be challenging to help your adolescent stay happy and healthy.  Early conversations and education can make a big difference later.

We are happy to help.

 

Be well

Renee Alwan Percell, PA-C

Bikini Medicine: The Brain Game  

“Bikini Medicine” is the misconception that women are similar to men in all ways biologically, except for those body parts that fit under a bikini. In other words, women were assumed to be men, but with breasts and uteri. Women have long been understudied in science and medicine, and this has led to non-existent funding for medical studies which would be tailored towards women. Specifically, the female brain has received astonishingly little attention and was rarely studied by medical researchers, resulting in a wealth of misinformation about women’s health.

Women’s brains are significantly different from men’s brains. For example, in men, the path to Alzheimer’s disease is primarily vascular, whereas in women, it’s more metabolic and hormonal. These differences are significant in understanding the processes which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Male and female brains age differently, and hormones affect the brain in different ways. Estrogen, the female hormone, is neuro-protective, boosts the brain’s energy levels, which supports the immune systems and also keeps the brain young. Testosterone does the same in men; however, estrogen and testosterone have different life spans: testosterone declines gradually, while estrogen declines quickly. The estrogen deficit in women can potentially trigger episodes of mood changes or increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The focus is often on hormone deficiency and how those deficiencies impact women’s menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, weight gain, bone density, etc. While those issues are critical in the quality of life and protection of bone density, brain health should also be considered equally important.

Women are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, 2 out of every 3 Alzheimer’s patients are women and twice as likely to end their lives suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, even when their longer lifespans and family history are taken into account. In addition, women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer; however, breast cancer has been clearly defined as a women’s health issue, while Alzheimer’s is not. 

Dr. Lisa Mosconi, the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornel Medical College, has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and is the author of The XX Brain. Dr. Mosconi has extensively studied the female brain and its connection with Alzheimer’s and has found that as women age, life events can be the cause of increased stress, and stress can steal estrogen away from the brain. When experiencing stress, the body produces an overproduction of the hormone cortisol. When cortisol increases, estrogen decreases. Estrogen protects the female brain and keeps the brain from shrinking, and since estrogen begins to decline in the 4th decade, proactive brain health is the key to preventing Alzheimer’s risk. Proactively embracing a healthy lifestyle, a low-fat, high fiber diet, and the consideration of bio-identical hormone replacement can optimize brain health in women. Women need to reclaim their health. It takes discipline, perseverance, and knowledge.

Luckily, it is never too late to take care of yourself. No matter when you start, the benefits are undeniable. Let us help you live your best life.

 

To your brain health,

Dana Humes Goff, APRN, CNM, DNP

 

 

 

 

10% OFF All Supplements

Supplement Sale:  10% OFF ALL SUPPLEMENTS.  Sale ends May 15.

 

Here are some of Dr. Couri’s most-recommended supplements for women:

  1. Multivitamin – a good quality multivitamin helps to fill in the “gaps” of what we may not be eating in our diet. Our favorite is ActivNutrients without Iron by Xymogen.
  2. Calcium – 600 mg daily
  3. Vitamin D – at least 2,000 units of D3 daily. The recommended dose is based on a blood test result of your Vitamin D levels.
  4. Fish oil – Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these healthy fats are so important for heart and brain health. Again, the quality of the fish oil does matter. One of my favorite brands is Nordic Naturals ProOmega. If you are using a different brand, make sure the dose is correct. Look at the label on the back of the bottle. The sum of EPA + DHA should equal at least 1,000mg.
  5. CoQ10 – this supplement is so critical to energy production in our cells. Anyone taking a “statin” for high cholesterol should take CoQ10 since statin drugs deplete our CoQ10. The standard dose is 100mg daily.
  6. Probiotic – the “good” bacteria that we need for the health of our gut, but also for vaginal health. Anyone with recurrent vaginal infections should be on a good quality probiotic daily. ProbioMax Daily DF by Xymogen is one of my favorite.

Many other supplements may be of benefit for certain medical problems. The Couri Center providers may suggest certain ones to fit your needs. If you have any questions, please ask.  Our #1 priority is to keep you healthy- mind, body, and spirit!

How do I place an order?

Simply fill out the form above and we will call you for payment information or just call the Couri Center at 309-692-6838.  We will have your items bagged, and ready for pick up inside our foyer for easy, safe pick up M-F 8-4:30 PM.

Prefer to have your items shipped?  Choose our flat rate $8 shipping or FREE on orders over $100.

 

 

As Easy As 1-2-3: Telemedicine Consultations

Talking to your provider has never been easier. Consult your provider right from your phone, computer, or iPad.  

New patients welcome!

Telemedicine Video visits allow you to stay in control of your health, from the comfort of your home.  It’s easy.  Just schedule via phone 309 692-6838 or from our 24/7 online patient portal.  When your appointment is set, you’ll receive an email link for easy access to your video appointment.  Visits are billable to private insurance and Medicare.  Some insurances are waiving co-pays for telemedicine.  Here are just a few examples of consultations:

  • General gynecologic issues
  • Hormone consultations
  • Integrative wellness consultations
  • Bone health consultations
  • Contraception/family planning
  • Food Sensitivity consultation
  • Weight loss
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Surgical consultations
  • Myriad cancer-risk results
  • Lab results
  • Prescription refills
  • Many more!

Your healthcare providers at the Couri Center are available to provide telemedicine visits while the office is temporarily seeing only gynecologic patients with emergent issues. Whether you are a NEW or established patient, we welcome you to call (309) 692-6838 M-F 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or reach out to us through our patient portal.

We are here for you always and will do our very best to continue to provide compassionate and timely care. 

 

Do you have Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance? You may be COVERED!

Do you have Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance?  You may be COVERED!

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the importance of optimal health and disease prevention into mainstream conversation. Do you understand your current health? Are you truly healthy?

It is understood that chronic inflammation contributes to chronic disease, but did you know 80% of the human immune system is found in the gut? Many factors, including medication, environment, and DIET can impact your immune health.

If you struggle with any of the following symptoms, BCBS may cover appointments with a Registered Dietitian.

Gut dysfunction:

  • IBS
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • acid reflux
  • bloating
  • food sensitivities

Abnormal labs:

  • cholesterol
  • triglycerides
  • blood sugar
  • insulin

Bone health:

  • osteopenia
  • osteoporosis

Other issues:

  • autoimmune disease
  • migraines
  • acne
  • chronic congestion
  • fatigue
  • joint pain

The time for change is now. It is not worth the risk.

To schedule an appointment call 692-6838 or visit our 24/7 online patient portal.

For questions regarding your BCBS coverage email Leslie.

Nutritional Supplement Pricing

PERSONALIZED MEDICINE — IT IS WHAT WE DO HERE AT THE COURI CENTER.

Our number one goal is to deliver the best care to every patient, each and every time. No one size fits all so we have partnered with the most well-respected leaders in the industry:

  • Xymogen
  • Metagenics
  • Thorne
  • Nordic Naturals
  • ECS Therapeutics CBD Oil

How do I place an order?

Simply fill out the form above and we will call you for payment information or just call the Couri Center at 309-692-6838.  We will have your items bagged, and ready for pick up inside our foyer for easy, safe pick up M-F 8-4:30 PM.

Prefer to have your items shipped?  Choose our flat rate $8 shipping or FREE on orders over $100.

 

 

Telemedicine: A Patient-Centered Approach By Deb Collins, M.S., PA-C

Understanding Telemedicine (Tele-consult)

Telemedicine, (when a patient is physically separated from the provider), is not a new concept. However, with the recent Pandemic, we have found a use for it more than ever. Telemedicine has been used for centuries in one way or another. Back in the ancient times, smoke signals were used to notify other African villages of disease outbreaks. In the middle ages, bonfires were used to warn people in Europe of the bubonic plague.  Then, as telecommunication progressed, the telegraph was used to transmit information about epidemics and war casualties. Eventually, the telephone and internet facilitated what we now call “modern-day telemedicine.”

As if a critical global shortage of providers was not enough; we now find ourselves facing situations that we never dreamed we would see in our lifetimes.  Modern-day activities have being transformed, and children and adults alike are grasping new ways of learning, overnight.  With that being said, challenges can induce new ways of thinking and brings innovative ideas that will help us all have a progressive mindset.

We all know that in a perfect world, having the right person at the right time is not always possible, especially when mighty viruses turn our world upside down. Having the ability to incorporate audio and video technology and perform video-to-video communication has led to extreme growth in the medical community.  It has changed healthcare delivery and allowed clinicians to consult with expert doctors, where treatments may have been delayed. Also, the ability to reach out to the rural or elderly population and provide a specialist is a miracle in and of itself. Emergency doctors have been using telemedicine in the pre-hospital setting to quickly diagnose stroke and heart attack patients before they arrive at the ER doors. We have learned that a quicker diagnosis leads to better clinical outcomes.

Scheduling a Tele-Consult

Now with COVID-19, providers have had to learn best practices for serving our patients, while simultaneously adapting to this new ever-changing environment.  At the Couri Center, your health is our number one priority!  We understand that gynecological problems and integrative wellness are no different.  Through a short video conference from your computer, phone, or iPad, we can diagnose and treat many common conditions we see in our practice.  Visits are billable to private insurance and Medicare. Some insurances are even waiving co-pays on telemedicine video calls through April 30, 2020.  If you need a telemedicine appointment, please call us at 309-692-6838 or visit our 24/7 online patient portal–new patients are always welcome. We are here to serve you during this difficult time. 

Please stay healthy, and we hope to see you soon.

Deb Collins, M.S., PA-C

 

Strengthen you pelvic floor with Emsella

Stronger Pelvic Muscles in 28-Minutes.

Maybe it happens when you sneeze, laugh too hard, or during certain types of exercise like jumping or running.  If you experience bladder leakage during any of these activities, you may have urinary incontinence.

The Couri Center offers an exclusive, FDA-cleared treatment; Emsella.  Emsella gives women a safe, non-invasive option for treating this delicate issue.

Schedule your telemedicine visit today to find out if this treatment may be right for you: 309 692-6838 or

 

 

Couri Girl Proud

Isn’t It Time You Become a Couri Girl?

At the Couri Center, we specialize in women’s health.  From traditional gynecology & surgical procedures, integrative health programs & aesthetics, take comfort in knowing you can trust the Couri Center. We are proud to provide Central Illinois women with an individualized approach to optimal health and well-being during every stage of life.

  • 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/In-Office Surgeries
  • MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Laser
  • Emsella for Bladder Leakage
  • harmonié Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Customized Nutritional Supplements
  • TLC™ Integrative Lifestyle Programs
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Integrative Cancer Programs
  • Genetic Screening
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy
  • Aesthetic Studio:  Laser Hair Removal, Wrinkle/Age Spot Removal, Scar & Stretch Mark Removal, Rosacea & More
  • SkinCeuticals Skincare

New patients welcome!  Telemedicine appointments also available. Schedule today: 692-6838  

NEW: Tele-consults Now Available!

Consult your provider right from your phone, computer, or iPad.  

New patients welcome!

Video visits allow you to stay in control of your health, from the comfort of your home.  It’s easy.  Just schedule via phone 309 692-6838 or from our 24/7 online patient portal.  When your appointment is set, you’ll receive an email link for easy access to your video appointment.  Visits are billable to private insurance and Medicare.  Some insurances are waiving co-pays for telemedicine, now thru April 30, 2020.  Here are just a few examples of consultations:

  • General gynecologic issues
  • Hormone consultations
  • Integrative wellness consultations
  • Bone health consultations
  • Contraception/family planning
  • Food Sensitivity consultation
  • Weight loss
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Surgical consultations
  • Myriad cancer-risk results
  • Lab results
  • Many more!

Given the current novel Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suspended normal HIPAA regulations to allow good faith use of video platforms for patient care.  Having said that, the healthcare providers at the Couri Center are available to provide telemedicine visits while the office is temporarily seeing only gynecologic patients with emergent issues. Whether you are a NEW or established patient, we welcome you to call (309) 692-6838 M-F 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or reach out to us through our patient portal.

We are here for you always and will do our very best to continue to provide compassionate and timely care.