20% off Laser Hair Removal for Face and Body

20% off Laser Hair Removal Packages for Face and Body.  Sale ends 9/3o/2020.

No Razor bumps.  No ingrown hairs. No hassle.  Ditch the razor and enjoy smooth, silky skin year round!  Our state of the art laser technology gives you safe, effective, permanent hair reduction anywhere on your body including the face, legs, underarms and bikini areas.

How does laser hair removal work?

During laser hair removal, energy is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth. The follicle absorbs the energy and is damaged, slowing down the growth process.

Benefits of our state of the art laser hair removal:

  • Permanent hair reduction
  • Convenience (no more shaving/waxing/tweezing!)
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • No more unsightly ingrown hairs or bumps
  • Safe
  • Amazing, smooth results

For pricing and details, schedule your complimentary consultation

Dermaplaning:  What Is It & Why You Should Try It.   By Ashley Gardewine, LE, Laser Technician

If the idea of dermaplaning or shaving your face sounds a bit strange to you, it is understandable. Isn’t shaving the face a manly thing? After all, what about the age-old myth that if you shave your face, your hair will grow back thicker and darker? I’ll answer that question and explain what I mean by dermaplaning and why it may be your key to gorgeous, glowing skin.

What is dermaplaning?

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have practiced Dermaplaning for over 40 years; it can be found in many clinics today  by a trained skincare specialist or esthetician. Dermaplaning is a physical/mechanical exfoliation that is extremely safe. It essentially shaves your face by removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (better known as peach fuzz), leaving your skin smooth, supple, and vibrant. But it’s far more than just ‘shaving.’

How does dermaplaning work?

Your trained practitioner takes the special scalpel and carefully runs it over each part of the face in small strokes. Dermaplaning removes dead skin in a way that an at-home exfoliator simply cannot achieve. Before starting the treatment, the practitioner will remove makeup, cleanse, and tone the face to make sure it is free from as much bacteria and dirt as possible, and then begin the dermaplaning on dry skin. For best results, I recommend having dermaplaning once every 4-6 weeks.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

  • Immediately rejuvenates the skin!  Peach-fuzz and dead skin cells can cause the skin to look dull.  The exfoliation process of dermaplaning boosts collagen production making it highly effective for minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars while leaving the skin radiant and soft.
  • Helps prevent acne from forming.  By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, dermaplaning prevents oils, dead skin and debris from being trapped inside the follicle.
  • Increases the absorption of skincare products, and helps procedures (peels, laser, enzyme treatments) work even better. If you suffer from acne, for example, the products you use to combat it will be able to work more effectively.
  • Creates smooth, glowing skin.  Dermaplaning makes your skin the perfect canvas for makeup application! You end up using less complexion products like foundation, concealer and powder because they work more effectively on smooth, exfoliated skin.  Amazing! And the great thing is there is no downtime, no pain, and no irritation, so it’s perfect for any special occasion.  It sounds like a dream treatment, right?

Does shaving really make your hair grow back thicker and darker?

No, this is physiologically impossible. Dermaplaning, waxing, tweezing, or any other depilatory form of hair removal, cannot alter the type of hair grown in any given area. So, if this has been putting you off, rest assured you will not be looking like Chewbacca a few weeks down the road. I have personally had dermaplaning done for several years now and can vouch for this.

Dermaplaning at home vs. with a licensed professional/clinic?

Though there are tools that promise effective at-home dermaplaning, a razor (or at home tool) is not the same as a dermaplaning scalpel used in a professional setting.  Plus, there is no substitute for a licensed professional with years of dermaplaning training and knowledge of different skin conditions! Firstly, as a medically trained practitioner, I have years of experience using a surgical blade and can, therefore, safely perform the treatment that ensures results. Trying it at home, having never used such a sharp tool is a bad idea and can lead to damaging your skin and a lot of pain – no thanks! Secondly, you won’t get the same results at home using a razor, and you might experience nicks, stubble, or ingrown hairs.

Schedule your complimentary consultation:

Now that I have addressed all the ins/outs and many benefits of dermaplaning, I’m sure you are anxious to see how dermaplaning can improve your skin! I hope to see you very soon. I am in the office M-F 8-4:30, and I also offer free consultations to answer any further questions.

To healthy, happy skin,

Ashley Gardewine, LE, Laser Technician

Dermaplane Express

30-minute Dermaplane Express now available at the Aesthetic Studio at the Couri Center

Dermaplaning is a gentle exfoliation procedure removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz with a sterile surgical blade. With no downtime, dermaplaning promotes deeper product penetration, boosting the effects of skincare products while making the skin look smoother and also reducing acne scars. The treatment also works to remove facial hair that can trap dirt and oils that lead to enlarged pores.

Benefits of Dermaplaning:

· Provides deeper product penetration

· Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils

· Promotes smoother, glowing skin

· Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and vellus hair

· Reduces the appearance of acne scars

· Diminishes the look of fine lines

· Works on all skin types

· Instant results and no downtime

· Minimizes pore size

· Aids in smoother makeup application

 

Scheduling

For pricing and details, schedule your complimentary consultation with our Licensed Esthetician (309) 692-6838 or click below.

 

What I Learned During COVID-19 By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

It is hard to believe it has been almost four months since we unexpectedly altered our lives due to COVID-19. Schedules, plans, trips, and vacations are cancelled. Gym memberships are put on hold. Jobs are in limbo. Trips to the grocery store cause anxiety. Social media is anything but safe or positive. Stress is immense. Unlike celebrities, most of us have not had the ability or time during this pandemic to perfect our summer body.

Anxiety, depression, and mental health issues continue to rise throughout this pandemic. Increased stress often results in stress eating. Alcohol sales are skyrocketing. Soda, sugar-sweetened coffee drinks, and candy help many people push through their mid-day slump. Inexpensive, processed, and packaged foods, which are often calorie-rich and nutrient-poor, may be the only form of substance for families struggling with the unexpected financial loss. The stress of this pandemic, children and spouses at home, gym closures, sports cancellations, and ever-changing Illinois spring weather has also decreased personal and family physical activity. No wonder #COVID15 is trending.

The medical community is starting to accumulate new research and hypothesize what affects the broad spectrum of COVID-19 symptom severity. Symptoms could be affected by duration of exposure, vitamin D levels, gut health, uncontrolled chronic disease, and overall health. COVID-19 has exposed possible insecurities in our health.

We must all take measures to understand, protect, and improve our health, especially during the pandemic. Do not let COVID-19 negatively affect health and weight. Instead of relying on “youth” and hoping for immortality, we should focus on improving health, instead of depending on medical options that manage health. Treating a symptom is not the same as finding the root cause of the symptom. The most significant lesson I have learned during COVID-19 is to protect and prioritize my family’s health.

As sunshine, summer weather, and slightly looser regulations approach Central Illinois; it seems many are starting to seek change. Is it possible to flourish and avoid the #COVID15, while maintaining proper risk reduction from COVID-19?

Taking Charge of Your Health:

  1. Understand your health. Seek information and new recommendations if you do not understand your current health. If current medical recommendations are not helping, seek alternate options. The Couri Center specializes in women’s health and integrative medicine. Objective and comprehensive labs will identify areas where improvement is needed. If you have never had labs drawn, the time is now! Consider a personalized disease prevention program like TLC: Total Lifestyle by Couri, which is now on sale in JULY!
  2. Move. Exercise at an intensity that challenges your lung capacity. Sweat! The heart and lungs are organs that require exercise and adapt to intensity levels over time. Remember to alternate low, moderate, and high-intensity levels throughout a variety of exercise options.
  3. Consider your gut health. If you struggle with IBS, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, I recommend a consultation to further discuss dietary options.
  4. Evaluate your weight and your lifestyle. Plant a garden to help decrease grocery store costs. Decrease consumption of inflammatory foods. Consider an exercise buddy for accountability. Quit nicotine use. Seek positivity. Weight loss is never easy and can be very frustrating. If you are struggling to implement weight loss changes, please call the office to discuss our new TLC: Weight Management program.
  5. Check your mental health. Prioritize stress management. Reflect. Enjoy the sunshine. Talk to your spouse or a friend. Enjoy the sounds of your children laughing. Breathe. Figure out ways to appreciate what you have. Consider counseling or therapy.
  6. Detox. Detoxification may look different for many people. Consider a dietary, alcohol, financial, social media, or mother-in-law (HA!) detox. Everyone has a weakness for something unhealthy. Balance is key. A detox will help “reset” your lifestyle. If you are looking for a dietary detox, consider the 6-Day Micro Detox by Xymogen.

Women’s “health” is multi-factorial, complex, and never the same for each person. Let the practitioners at the Couri Center help you to understand better and improve your health. Consider a complimentary consultation to discuss our many programs and options.

Difficult circumstances and “storms” in life force great change, and most challenges are understood in hindsight. Charge yourself to implement positive change during this pandemic. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD said “As a doctor, on the front lines of the chronic disease epidemic, it is increasingly clear that our health crisis, along with our social, environmental, climate and economical challenges start with food.” Seeking an “outside the box” perspective may change, and improve, your life. Do not be the person looking back wishing things would have turned out differently.

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

 

 

SALE: $99 Peel + Free Dermaplaning

Welcome back to the Aesthetic Studio!  We’re celebrating re-opening/Phase IV with our NEW customized SkinCeuticals Peels and Dermaplane services!  Enjoy our favorite $99 SkinCeuticals Peel and get a FREE Dermaplane ($160 value).  Dermaplaning, when combined with one of our custom peels, helps generate smooth, exfoliated + youthful skin.  Learn more at your complimentary consultation with Ashley.  Call 692-6838 or click below.

SALE: Integrative Wellness Programs

Take advantage of our summer sale: $50-$100 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends July 31, 2020.

Programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

TLC™ is a customized lifestyle program based on traditional and integrative medicine principles. Total Lifestyle by Couri is science-based and incorporates your lab results, detoxification, nutrition, physical/exercise goals, and infrared sauna therapy. Together, your provider and our Registered Dietitian/Certified Personal Trainer, prepare a wellness program based on in-depth labs including:

  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Hormone balancing/labs
  • Metabolic and expanded lab profiles

Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, our experienced team can help guide you.

In 2012, Dr. Couri, MD, graduated from a 2-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of the all-inspiring Dr. Andrew Weil. Inspired to share the integrative principles gleaned from her Integrative Fellowship, with her patients, Total Lifestyle By Couri was born. The TLC™ program combines the power of Integrative Medicine with the foundation of traditional Western Medicine for an unsurpassed experience that you will benefit from for years to come.

Is TLC™ a one-size-fits-all program?

No. TLC™ is completely personalized and programs can incorporate tele-health visits, if preferred.  At your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine what best suits your needs:

  • Integrative Consultation: 60-minute consult with nutrition/labs/detox/exercise
  • TLC™ Core: 12-appointment program
  • TLC™ Plus: 15-week program

Each is customized just for you. Some also utilize our infrared sauna therapy. Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

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.