Beet Soup (Smooth and Velvety)

Beet soup isn’t just delicious, it’s also jam packed with nutrients. Beet soup is a mix of beets, parsnip, ginger, onion and garlic. This blended version is creamy, savory, and rich in flavor. Perfect to serve on it’s own, next to a salad or hearty main.
PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 30 mins
TOTAL TIME: 40 mins
SERVINGS: 4 servings
CALORIES: 145kcal 
AUTHOR: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large beets peeled and diced (or 4 beets, if smaller)
  • 1 medium parsnip peeled and diced (approx 1 cup)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or more for desired texture

Garnish

  • coconut cream or yogurt
  • parsley
  • black sesame seeds
  • cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the avocado oil in a large stock pot on medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add the diced beets, diced parsnips and vegetable broth. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the beets are fork tender.
  • Use a ladle to transfer the soup to a high-powered blender. Blend for one minute or until creamy.
  • To serve, pour the soup into a bowl and garnish with coconut cream or yogurt, parsley, black sesame seeds and cracked black pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 994mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

How Your Weight May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer By Dana Humes-Goff

We now have substantial evidence that overweight/obesity is strongly associated with breast cancer, and with poorer prognosis and increased mortality, especially in postmenopausal women. In fact, women over 50 who are obese have a 20% to 40% increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to normal-weight women.

A quick calculation based on U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that there are about 45 million women in the United States between the ages of 45 and 75 years, and it is estimated that 40% of them are obese. These findings are a strong motivator for two-thirds of American women to consider changing their lifestyles to reduce their risks.

It’s never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle change. A recently published, large prospective study evaluated 180,000 women, 50 years of age and older, over the course of 18 years and found that even a modest weight loss was found to reduce breast cancer risk. An over-accumulation of fat cells raises breast cancer risk by increasing the body’s estrogen levels. Women who are overweight also tend to have higher levels of insulin, and higher insulin levels have also been linked to breast cancer.

A healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine can help reduce breast cancer risk by 20-80%. That’s huge! And, losing even a small amount of weight can make a difference in your risk—not to mention your overall health. Without a doubt, even losing a small amount can be a big challenge. That’s why the Couri Center has an integrated health care program to address this critical issue. Our providers and our registered dietitian offer a team approach to a healthy diet, nutrition, food sensitivities, and exercise; thus, combining conventional medicine with functional medicine to provide care specific to your individual needs.

To get started, call 309-692-6838 or email and let us assist you in reducing your risk.

Three Things I’ve Learned By Leslie Ann Gilstrap, LE

 

  1. After the age of 30, we lose 1% of our collagen each year
  2. 80% of fine lines are caused by the sun
  3. I’m 100% ready to do something about it

If this sounds like you, let’s talk the ThreeforMe and what it can do for you. Our most popular treatment targets fine lines, sun spots, and facial vessels/redness. As we age, unfortunately, all these things seem to become more noticeable on the skin. If tighter, brighter, smoother skin is your goal, see me.

All consults are complimentary 30-minute sessions where I will evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns, expectations, and whether or not you are a candidate. If the Three for Me is not the right treatment for you, I’m confident we have something to make you feel your best.

Here’s what my patients love about the ThreeforMe:

  • Minimal downtime.  Most patients are back to their regular routine 24-48 hours later
  • Improved appearance in texture and fine lines, with the replenishment of collagen and elastin
  • Diminishment in brown spots and discoloration
  • Reduction in facial vessels

Take a look at what a few of my patients have said about ThreeforMe:

“I chose the ThreeforMe treatment because I wanted to reduce or eliminate some of the dark spots on my face that have occurred with the normal aging process. After only 2 of the three treatments, the results have far exceeded my expectations! My skin is refreshed and brighter. I am loving my results and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get rid of dark age spots and/or sun damage. ”   -Donna, Patient 2019

“After the ThreeforMe treatment, my wrinkles have diminished considerably, and my brown spots are gone! My face glows and feels amazing. I am told that I look ten years younger–which is what any woman in her 50’s longs to hear! I highly recommend it.”     -Becky, Patient 2019

“I had the ThreeForMe laser treatment and am impressed with my results! The tiny facial vessels I had around my nasal area are gone! The brown spots from years of sun damage and aging have diminished, so I don’t have to wear much makeup to even out my skin tone-which is a huge perk. Overall, my skin feels plumper and brighter. I am pleased with my results and recommend it to my friends!”  -Cheryl, Patient 2019

To learn if ThreeforMe laser treatment is right for you, schedule your free consultation today.

January 2020: The Girlfriend’s Guide to an Integrative Lifestyle

 

Girlfriend's Guide to integrative health event 2019

Free January Event: The Girlfriend’s Guide to an Integrative Lifestyle

Girlfriend, are you ready for a change?

What IS an integrative lifestyle anyway?  Why is it so vital to weight loss and optimal health?

Join us for a casual, FREE Q & A interview with Dr. Couri & our team of providers!  Couri Center’s Registered Dietitian, Leslie Rusch-Bayer, and our Couri Center providers for an open discussion on how food sensitivities, hormones & our personalized lifestyle programs have helped women lose weight, reduce medications, & restore health!  We’ll give you all the tools you need to achieve your wellness goals! From in-depth labs to personalized nutrition & fitness, we’ll guide you to feeling great again!

Invite your girlfriends.  RSVP today!

 

 

Read Leslie Rusch-Bayer’s latest article: A Team approach to Weight Loss

Freedom from bladder leaks and incontinence

Enjoy freedom from bladder leaks and incontinence.

The Couri Center has a simple solution for Urinary Incontinence.  The EMSELLA chair is the first device of its kind–strengthening your pelvic floor muscles similar to 11,200 Kegel exercises!  EMSELLA is a nonsurgical and noninvasive FDA cleared treatment for Urinary Incontinence.

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!

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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Schedule your consultation today or call 692-6838.  

The Magic Behind the Couri Center By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

Recently, the Couri Center was awarded for the 3rd consecutive year, Peoria’s Best of the Best Award for Obstetrics and Gynecology. We were genuinely honored and humbled to accept this award. Even though the plaque states, Dr. Michele Couri, as the recipient, I must say that it is truly my staff and our patients that rightfully deserve this award. First, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to every single patient who took the time to vote for us. Your generosity and caring hearts are what makes it a privilege to care for and serve you. You have likely heard me say on numerous occasions that we have the very best patients in the world. For that, I am and forever will be grateful. Next, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our staff for their selfless dedication to enriching and empowering the lives of our patients every day.

Co-physician: Alexandra Mathern, MD
Physician Assistants: Hope Placher, Renee Alwan-Percell, Deb Collins
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate of Nursing: Dana Humes Goff
Licensed Dietician/Exercise Physiologist: Leslie Rusch-Bayer
Nursing Staff: Theresa Bowles, Kristine Cox, Geni Randle, Gail Williams, Christine Gorman, Karen Kelley, Heather Dentino
MOAs: Lisa Dearing, Janet Rocke
Sonographer: Amber Katz
Lead Biller/Insurance Specialist: Rhonda Britton
Surgery Scheduler/Referral Coordinator: Alyce Couri
Front Office Personnel: Kelly Beeney, Deb Seyller, Donna Rademaker, Jacquelyn Collier, Susan Spears, Susan Korfias, Carina Schilling
Pellet Coordinator: Becky Descamps
Marketing Director: Cheryl Neumann
Phlebotomists/Lab Personnel: Carmen Reese, Betty Quotskyva
Esthetician: Leslie Ann Gilstrap
These ladies are undeniably some of the most talented women in their specialty.

Lastly, for those that are not aware of the history of the Couri Center, I would like to briefly share its story. First of all, our building that houses our office sits on the land that I and my five siblings grew up on as children. That land used to be our baseball diamond, our field for go-karting and snowmobiling, and a gateway to the mystical woods that used to exist at the north end of the property that made many a magical adventure for our imaginative little minds. You can say that the Couri Center, which came into existence in 2001, has been in my blood for as long as I can remember.

The Couri Center building recently underwent an expansion, adding an additional 3,500 square feet of space, providing more exam rooms, procedure rooms, and offices. That expansion was masterfully carried out by my brother Bob and his team of craftsmen at RJ Unes Construction. My father, John Unes, was a brilliant and impeccable carpenter and cabinet maker, and he, along with my brother, was instrumental in the construction of the original space in 2001. My dad took great pride in his work, never settling for mediocrity, never performing less than his potential, and never sacrificing quality as his customers always deserved the best. He passed those traits on to me and my siblings, and for that, I am beyond blessed. That mantra has served me well so far in my career of eighteen years.

Collectively, the contributions of my dad, my brother, my amazing staff, and most importantly, the trust and inspiration of our patients have made and continue to make my time at 6708 N. Knoxville as special as it was growing up. Thank you, and God bless.

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri

Wine & Wellness Intimate Health Event November 2019

Join us for a casual, FREE Q & A on revolutionary, FDA-cleared treatments for women’s intimate health:

Are these symptoms getting in the way of your intimacy?

  • vaginal dryness, burning, itching
  • painful intercourse
  • urinary symptoms/incontinence

Sit back & enjoy chocolate and a sip of wine as Dr. Michele Couri hosts a panel of women-JUST LIKE YOU-to share how MonaLisa Touch™ & Emsella have changed their lives!

RSVP as seating is limited

FREE Talk: Do Not Suffer in Silence By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

Free Program at the Pekin Public Library Presented by the Couri Center

Do Not Suffer In Silence.  What Your Symptoms May Be Saying.

Have you ever tried a new diet? Did you feel it worked for everyone but you? Many people struggle to find resolution for a myriad of symptoms, including weight gain, headaches, GI problems, joint pain, and eczema, to name a few.

Join us for an evening exploring the topic of food sensitivities with Leslie Rusch-Bayer, Registered Dietitian at the Couri Center for Gynecology and Integrative Women’s Health. Leslie will discuss how our diets can influence inflammation, weight gain, and/or chronic disease.

 

Let’s Talk About HPV By Alexandra Mathern, MD

If you have seen a gynecologist since 2011, you likely have been tested for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) at the time of your pap smear. The virus was first discovered in 1956, but it was not until 1986 that two specific subtypes of the virus were linked to cervical cancer. Currently, there are over 200 types of HPV. HPV 16 and 18 account for 60-75% of all cervical cancer cases worldwide. There are about 12 other types that account for the remainder of cervical cancer cases. These cervical cancer-causing HPV types are what are included routinely in pap smear collections in those 30 years old or older.

Approximately 80% of sexually active individuals will contract HPV during their lifetime. Just like any other virus that can infect the human body, the body has the ability to fight off the infection. Unlike other viruses, however, HPV infection is generally symptom-free. On average, it takes about 8-12 months for a healthy individual with a functioning immune system is to clear an HPV infection. Those less than 30 years old tend to be able to fight the infection off more quickly and completely. Therefore, a pap smear collected between 21 and 29 years old is not routinely run for HPV unless the pap smear is found to be abnormal. Because of the ability of most individuals to clear an HPV infection, treating each positive HPV result may result in overtreatment; however, the frequency of testing may be increased.

Cervical cancer screening is one of the most effective screening tests available across medical specialties in detecting and treating precancerous changes. The addition of HPV screening has further advanced the screening to the point that HPV testing/screening alone may be sufficient. In 2014-2015 HPV testing alone became an option approved by the FDA but is not yet routinely used. Due to this strong link between HPV and cervical cancer, an HPV vaccine has been developed against the HPV types most strongly associated with the development of cervical cancer. In the US, the vaccine is currently available for males and females between the ages of 9-26 years old regardless if already infected by HPV. The vaccine is so effective that in Australia (where there is a high rate of vaccination), high-grade precancerous pap smear results were significantly decreased in only three years of implementing the vaccination.

Next time you find yourself at the Gynecologist’s office for your pap smear, rest assured that that uncomfortable experience is quite possibly the most effective testing offered today as screening to prevent cancer.

Dr. Mathern

 

 

References:
Palefsky, J., UpToDate: Human Papilloma Infections: Epidemiology and Disease Associations. Updated June 2018. Literature review Sept 2019.
Cervical Cancer Screening. ACOG Practice Bulletin #168. October 2016.
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cervical Cancer. Last Reviewed Jan 2019.

OB/GYN Physician, Peoria, IL Private Practice

OB/GYN Physician

Peoria, IL Private Practice

Full-Time         Relocation Assistance           Sign-on Bonus      No OB Call               Work/Life Balance

Tired of the demands of being on-call/delivering babies?  Looking for an excellent base salary with work/life balance? Desire proximity to a big city?  Join the Couri Center!

Successful Gynecology-only boutique practice; No Obstetrics

  • 20 years+ well-established practice voted #1 in Central IL 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Patient growth averages 100 new/month
  • Full patient load from day one
  • Da Vinci Robotic Systems in two local hospitals
  • Modern, beautiful facility with 2019 expansion of 3,725 square feet; totaling 10,000 square feet
  • Beyond gynecology-thriving integrative and aesthetic divisions
  • MonaLisa Touch and Emsella services
  • In-office hysteroscopy/Endosee

Financials & Benefits:

  • Generous base salary with performance bonus/incentives
  • PTO: six weeks
  • Six paid holidays
  • Six paid weeks maternity
  • CME-1 week
  • Full Benefits: 401K, Health, Dental, Life, Disability, Malpractice
  • Low volume call; limited hospital visits
  • Dedicated RN for continuity

Boutique Specialties:

  • Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, Medical Director, started private practice in 2001
  • Gynecology only; no obstetrics with emphasis on gynecologic surgery (both in hospital and in-office) hormone replacement therapy, traditional gynecology, well-women exams, and wellness.
  • In-office surgical procedures in state of the art facility
  • Integrative division includes a Registered Dietitian overseeing food sensitivity testing, lifestyle programs, weight loss, osteoporosis programs, infrared sauna therapy, and supplementation
  • Aesthetics division includes a Licensed Esthetician offering laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, waxing, & complete skincare lines.
  • Two physicians, three PA-C’s, one DNP

Community:

  • A diverse community blending agriculture, industry, retail, service, education, and culture
  • Centrally located and affords a low cost of living
  • Safe, great community to raise a family; solid Midwestern values
  • Progressive medical community boasts an extensive collection of medical & health care research, educational, and clinical facilities, including the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Jump Training Simulation & Education Center.
  • Peoria, IL boasts the most advanced medical community in downstate Illinois, and as for Gynecology, it facilitates minimally invasive surgery with DaVinci Robotic Systems at both OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Unity Point Methodist.

Please email your cover letter and CV to HR@couricenter.com