Healthy Living

Get Answers: When to Message Your Doctor Though a Patient Portal and When to Call

April 26, 2018 | Primary Care, Provider

Having breakfast and logging into MyChartYou just saw your doctor yesterday, and she recommended you begin checking your blood pressure twice a day. She also suggested contacting her if your blood pressure stayed over a certain level for more than a day. However, you’re confused about the best times of day to take the blood pressure readings, and you’re not sure you remember her directions correctly. You could call the office, leave a message, and wait for the nurse to call you back. Or, if your doctor’s office offers an online health portal, you could log into your account and check the summary of your visit. You could also send a message to the doctor and be notified by email when he or she sends a response.

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A Healthy Balance: Physician Assistant Samantha Worley Shares Her Recipe for Wellness

March 27, 2018 | Primary Care, Provider

Samantha Worley, PA at LeBauer Horse Pen CreekSamantha Worley, PA, started helping patients achieve a healthy balance before she even completed her physician assistant training. She began her career as a registered dietitian, offering medical nutrition therapy for Cone Health patients for three and a half years.  She helped patients meet specific medical and health goals through nutrition counseling.

“I wanted to widen the scope of how I could treat patients and find other avenues of preventive care in addition to diet,” says Worley of her decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant.

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6 Fun Things to Do with Your Loved Ones that Will Boost Your Health

February 12, 2018 | Community, Primary Care

Mother and daughter spending quality time together.Flowers and chocolate may be the hottest selling items around Valentine’s Day, but the celebration isn’t confined to romantic relationships. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with anyone you love – from Grandma to your children to close friends. And research shows that people who have several healthy social or family relationships actually enjoy better health.

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Staying Active: A Passion for Sports Medicine

February 6, 2018 | Provider, Sports Medicine

LeBauer Horse Pen Creek Provider Michael Rigby DODr. Michael Rigby enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle. Outside of his work, he spends time with his wife and three children. He enjoys most outdoor activities and mountain biking. Rigby’s passion for health transfers to his love for his patients in sports medicine and rehabilitation.

“‘Objects in motion remain in motion,’ is not only a law of physics, but also of the human body. Finding opportunities to remain in motion throughout the day combined with a plant-based, well balanced diet is critical to staying well and healthy,” Rigby said.

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Breathe Better: 8 Rules for Managing Asthma and COPD in Winter

January 30, 2018 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

asthma patient managing in winterThe blasts of arctic cold temperatures we’ve had in North Carolina this winter have been especially hard for anyone who has asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Both of these respiratory conditions can be made worse by the cold weather. In fact, a six-year research study showed a direct link between cold weather and an increase in hospital admissions for COPD patients.

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A Love for Medicine, A Passion for Families: Dr. Erica Wallace

January 22, 2018 | Primary Care, Provider

A Focus on Patient Relationships

Erica Wallace, DO at LeBauer Horse Pen Creek

Dr. Erica Wallace grew up in a small town in northeast Georgia. She looked up to her local doctor,who treated almost everyone in town. “Since the age of 7, I knew I wanted to be a physician,” she said. Now, Wallace aspires to get to know her own patients as well as he did. “I enjoy taking care of the entire family, including multiple generations.”

Wallace is a graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Cone Health Family Medicine and worked for Kernodle Clinic in Burlington, NC, for five years. She currently resides in Greensboro, NC, with her husband and two children.

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Compassionate Care Began Before Medical School for Dr. Renee Kuneff

December 18, 2017 | Primary Care, Provider

Renee Kuneff, LeBauer DO at Oak RidgeDr. Renee Kuneff, board-certified family practice doctor at LeBauer HealthCare at Oak Ridge, started gaining insight into the patient experience long before she began medical school. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse and surgical scrub nurse for 14 years before deciding to go to medical school.

“I wanted to do more for patients and be more involved in their care,” says Kuneff of her motivation to become a doctor. “I believe my background in nursing made me into an even better doctor, giving me insight and experience into the medical field and providing me with the tools to give my patients compassionate, personal care.”

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6 Holiday Gifts to Inspire Health

December 13, 2017 | Community, Primary Care

Woman using athletic giftsYour holiday shopping has begun, but none of the usual holiday staples — slippers, sweaters, or electronics — seem meaningful. Try a gift that inspires health and fitness for your loved ones this year. You can find all sorts of health-focused items for a wide range of budgets. Try something from this list to help get 2018 off to a healthy start!

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