January 2019: 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!

 

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

 

ginger roasted pumpkin + quinoa salad w/ mint, chilli + lime


ginger roasted pumpkin + quinoa salad w/ mint, chilli + lime recipe

Compliments of MyDarlingLemonThyme.com

Ingredients (serves 2-4 or more as a side)

1 kg piece of pumpkin
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 green or red chilies, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
a handful of finely chopped coriander (cilantro) roots and stems, optional
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water

The juice of two limes (or large lemon)

A good handful each of fresh mint and coriander (cilantro) leaves
toasted pumpkin (pepita) seeds

 

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 400F. Peel pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut into even chunks approximately 2-3cm wide. Combine pumpkin with ginger, chili, garlic, olive oil, maple and coriander roots and season well with salt and pepper. Combine well before turning out onto a large oven tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice or until the pumpkin is lovely a golden and soft right through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place quinoa into a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well. Bring the water to the boil in a small saucepan before adding the quinoa, covering with a lid and reducing the heat down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from the heat, leave the lid on and set aside to steam for a further 5 minutes before fluffing up with a fork.

When both the pumpkin and quinoa are cooked, combine the two in a large bowl, making sure you scrape any lovely bits of ginger and oil from the bottom of the roasting tray into the bowl too. Squeeze over the lime, stir through the herbs, season with more salt and pepper if desired and scatter over the pumpkin seeds to serve. You can eat this warm or cool the pumpkin and quinoa first before stirring through the herbs and serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!

Osteoporosis: How to Prevent a Silent Killer By Deborah Collins, PA-C

Every year more than 200 million people will suffer from Osteoporosis, and 3 million new US cases will be diagnosed. In fact, half of all adults 50 years and older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be screened before they require medication. The reason Osteoporosis is often overlooked is because there are usually no symptoms. “You cannot feel your bones becoming weaker.” It is for this reason that it is often called “a silent disease” until a fracture occurs.  What is especially alarming is that 80% of the people who suffer a fracture over the age of 50, will not be advised to be tested or treated for Osteoporosis.  If you knew that your risk of a fracture was equal to the combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, would that change your mind about the importance of early screening?

At the Couri Center, our providers recognize the importance of your bone health. It is just as important to us as your breast and cervical cancer screenings.  We want to help PREVENT you from this disease before a fracture occurs. In fact, we have customized Couri girl MedPax supplements for this very purpose!  Couri girl Osteopenia is for women diagnosed or at high risk of developing osteopenia and Couri girl Osteoporosis, is for women diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, 24% of hip fracture patients, over the age of 50, will die in the first year following a hip fracture. Osteoporosis is not only costly, but it can be deadly. However, with early intervention, it is not only preventable but treatable.  If you have any one of the following risk factors, please have a conversation with your provider and consider a simple test for screening.

  • All women age 60 and over, independent of risk factors
  • Menopausal females under the age of 60 who have risk factors such as:
  • Low body weight< 130 pounds
  • Prior fracture- non-traumatic or low trauma as in falling from standing height or spine compression fractures. Basically, a break over the age of 50
  • High-Risk medication use – steroids, chemotherapy agents, Tamoxifen, Depo-Provera >5 years, anti-seizure medication
  • Chronic disease associated with bone loss (Hyperparathyroidism, Malabsorption, Malnutrition (Bulimia/anorexia), Premature Menopause, Hyperthyroidism, Chronic Liver Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes
  • Regular alcohol use, more than 3 drinks a day
  • Cigarette smokers

Here are a few tips to prevent Osteoporosis

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, which can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.
  • Talk to our registered dietitian to make sure you are getting enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet.
  • Get a screening bone density test, which is the best way to diagnose low bone mass before it becomes Osteoporosis.
  • Let us help you determine a treatment plan. If your screening test indicates that you may have Osteoporosis, or have other significant risk factors for breaking a bone, call the Couri Center to schedule today:  309 692-6838.

 

 

Infrared Sauna Sale 2 for $50

 

Shed calories, worries & stress!

Infrared Sauna Sale: 2 for $50

Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy:

  • Detoxification
  • Pain Relief
  • Relaxation
  • Weight Loss
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Improves Circulation
  • Skin Purification

Sale ends October 31, 2019.

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Are You The One In Ten? By Dana Humes Goff, APRN, CNM, DNP

Did you know that it is estimated that 10% of women may be affected with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), but are undiagnosed? PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women who have infrequent, absent, or prolonged menstrual periods; excess facial or body hair; and excessive weight gain.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment, along with weight loss, may reduce the risk of long term complications related to PCOS, such a type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and infertility.

In addition to those mentioned above, other complications to PCOS include miscarriage or premature birth; liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation; metabolic syndrome; sleep apnea; abnormal uterine bleeding; endometrial cancer; and obesity.

To diagnose PCOS, your health care provider will analyze your blood to measure hormone levels, glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, and insulin levels. A pelvic sonogram will also allow for evaluation of the uterine lining and ovaries.

Once diagnosed, treatment for PCOS includes lifestyle changes with a healthy diet and exercise since even a modest reduction of body weight can improve the condition. A dietary consultation with a registered dietitian can help your nutritional status and provide helpful strategies, as well as, suggest food sensitivity testing, which can help you achieve lifestyle goals.

Other treatment options include low dose birth control pills or cycling on a natural progesterone to achieve a hormone balance and regulate menses. If glucose or insulin levels indicate cell resistance to insulin, an oral medication such as metformin can help to avoid type 2 diabetes and help with weight loss.

Other medications such as spironolactone and Vaniqa can help with the effects of excessive androgen on facial hair growth. Laser hair removal and other procedures to remove unwanted facial and body hair are also options.

You can help to decrease the effects of PCOS by maintaining a healthy weight, limiting simple carbohydrates, which can increase your insulin levels, and being active.

So, if you or a loved one feel you may have symptoms of PCOS, please contact your health care provider or come and see us at the Couri Center so we can identify and develop an individualized plan of care for to live your best life.

 

Dana Goff