NIA24 Gentle Cleansing Cream

NIA24 Gentle Cleansing Cream

Rich and replenishing, this daily gentle, non-foaming cleansing cream removes surface impurities and makeup. With a moisturizing formula that binds the skin, it leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Ideal for dry or more sensitive skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Continuous, deep delivery of Pro-Niacin® strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture and hyperpigmentation.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate holds up to 200 times its weight in water helping the skin retain essential hydration.
  • Evening Primrose and Olive Oil deliver supple moisture.

Usage:

Use in the morning and at night.
Apply a small amount to wet hands. Rub together. Gently
massage on face and neck with circular motions. Rinse well.
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes. For external use only.

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What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

Science-based, TLC™ incorporates in-depth labs, nutrition, and exercise. TLC™ is based on traditional and integrative medicine principles.

Tailored just for you, TLC™ incorporates food sensitivity, hormone, metabolic and expanded lab profiles. Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, we 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!  Choose from a 60-minute integrative consultation, TLC™ Core, a 12-week program or TLC™ Plus, a robust 15-week program.  Each is customized just for you.  Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

Monalisa Touch Laser Therapy for feminine wellness

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After menopause, when estrogen levels decline, many women experience changes that can really affect their quality of life.  Symptoms include:

  • Painful intercourse
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How does MonaLisa Touch™ work?

MonaLisa Touch™ delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks.

  • Painless
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  • No downtime
  • Minimal side effects
  • Each treatment is <5 minutes
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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.

Do I Really Need an Antibiotic? By Renee Alwan Percell, MMS PA-C

 

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As we start the New Year, many of us will make a New Year’s resolution involving our health, diet, or exercise.  One thing we must keep in mind this time of year is healthy habits to avoid the common cold, the flu, sinus infection, and pneumonia.  A healthy habit that many of us forget is when it is appropriate to use an antibiotic for our illnesses.  Everyone plays a critical role in improving antibiotic use and preventing antibiotic-resistant illnesses.  The CDC has started an initiative for health care workers, hospitals and nursing homes to guide providers in evidence-based findings on when an antibiotic is appropriate for treatment.  Working together we can improve and protect the health and well being of everyone.  This is crucial for the well being of generations to come.  We need to be sure the life-saving antibiotics we have today will continue to be useful for years to come.

What are Antibiotics Used for?

We rely on antibiotics to cure life-threatening illness. Antibiotics do not come without risk, however.  Antibiotics can cause diarrhea, GI upset and allergic reactions.  Also, when we take an antibiotic, it kills not only the harmful bacteria but also the good bacteria.  Killing these good bacteria will make you more susceptible to other illness.  This can take your body months to recover, therefore posing a risk to you for getting another illness.

Most importantly, the overuse of antibiotics has created bacteria that are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we have available.  This makes it extremely difficult for some to improve without complications from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Over 2 million people are infected with a resistant bacterium where nearly 23,000 people end up dying as a result.

An antibiotic is not necessary for the common cold, bronchitis, the flu, most sinus infections, and sore throats.  Up to 70% of antibiotics given are not needed.  That means that 7 out of 10 of us take an antibiotic for an acute respiratory infection or something similar that we did not really need. That causes a cascade of effects making our bodies weaker in the long run.  Antibiotics are necessary for the treatment of urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and strep throat.

What Can I do to Stay Healthy?

There are many things you can do to stay healthy.  Healthy lifestyle habits of having a good diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and exercise regularly will help your body fight off infection when exposed.  Also taking a daily vitamin and probiotic will help to maximize your body’s ability to fight infection.  That doesn’t always work, so when you start feeling like you may be getting a cold, you can begin a supplement like OlivDefense.  This is a supplement we have at the Couri Center that lessens symptoms and limits the duration of your illness.  It promotes immune function and provides antioxidant activity.  Resting and drinking plenty of water when you feel something coming on also makes a big difference in limiting your symptoms.

Stay warm and healthy this winter.

Be well

Renee Alwan Percell, MMS PA-C

 

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

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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

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