Healthy Living

Introducing Dr. Allison Wolfe: New Primary Care Provider at LeBauer’s Horse Pen Creek Location

May 14, 2019 | Primary Care, Provider

Allison Wolfe, MDWith prescription drug use at an all-time high in America, Dr. Allison Wolfe has an important perspective on patient care. She calls it a “do-no-harm approach” – a strategy to help people make progress toward their health goals without using drugs whenever possible. This approach is used across all nine LeBauer Primary Care teams.

“I practice evidence-based medicine and advocate for lifestyle changes over medication in the appropriate setting,” Dr. Wolfe explained. “This gives the patient leadership and a voice in their healthcare.”

Dr. Wolfe is board certified in family medicine and welcomes patients of all ages to schedule an appointment with her at LeBauer HealthCare’s Horse Pen Creek office.

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5 Tips to Fight Fatigue

May 7, 2019 | Primary Care, Wellness

Exhausted woman at homeTiredness throughout the day is a familiar feeling for most adults. Whether it’s due to a rough night of sleep or an afternoon slump after a big lunch, it’s easy to yearn for the days of childhood when a daily nap was a given. However, there’s a difference between tiredness that is linked to a specific cause (a busy season at work, a newborn baby at home, etc.), and true fatigue — an unshakeable exhaustion that interferes with your ability to focus. Fatigue often points to an underlying health condition that can’t be remedied by simply getting more sleep.

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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Help Mom Take Care of Herself

May 1, 2019 | Primary Care, Wellness

Mother and daughter on Mother's DayWhen May comes around, most people find it difficult to choose the perfect Mother’s Day gift. You’re probably already seeing ads for jewelry, flowers, and chocolate covered strawberries. If none of these seem to adequately convey the gratitude you have for your mother, you’ve come to the right place. Our list of health-conscious gift ideas will show Mom that you love her and want to make sure she’s prioritizing her long-term wellness.

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Lunch on the Run: Easy Ideas for Nutritious Meals

April 16, 2019 | Primary Care, Wellness

Healthy lunch options for workIt’s an all-too-familiar scenario. Noon rolls around and you’re distracted by a growling stomach withno plans for lunch. Sure, you want to eat healthy and stay budget-friendly, but you’re in a time crunch, with less than an hour to spare. Giving over to hunger, you make a quick run to the nearest fast-food spot or order in to the office. By afternoon, you feel sluggish, full, and regretful about spending $15 on a single meal.

Over time, this lack of planning not only takes a toll on your wallet, but it also affects your overall wellness. According to the CDC, 84.8 million adults in America consume fast food on a given day. Regularly consuming meals loaded with fat and calories, and low in fiber can lead to many health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

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Connecting with Patients at LeBauer Grandover Village: Meet Dr. Cody Matthews

April 2, 2019 | Primary Care, Provider

Cody Matthews, DO at LeBauer Grandover VillageIn an age of technology, many people think the days of having a doctor who knows you really well are gone. However, physicians are finding ways to connect with patients and focus on meaningful discussions at each visit. One example is Dr. Cody Matthews, who recently joined the team at LeBauer Grandover Village.

“I learned early on in my medical training that you establish a much better connection with patients if you really take the time to listen to them instead of just typing notes the whole time,” says Dr. Matthews. “In a time of electronic health records and tight schedules, I strive to listen to my patients and their concerns. I enjoy getting to know all of my patients and their families and the continuity of care that primary care provides.”

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6 Tips for Choosing a New Doctor

March 28, 2019 | Primary Care, Provider

Patient talking with new doctorThe search for a doctor can be prompted by all sorts of reasons: moving to a new town, dissatisfaction with your current doctor’s office, or just realizing you need something besides an urgent care clinic to keep you healthy.

Having a regular doctor to take care of most of your medical needs  — referred to as a primary care doctor by the health care industry — means you’ll be healthier overall and more likely to avoid costly or painful complications from illnesses.

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What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

March 22, 2019 | Gastroenterology/Endoscopy

Colon cancer facts signColorectal cancer (cancer found in the colon or rectum) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. This means, especially if you are 50 or older, you need to make colorectal cancer screening a priority.

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Meet Psychologist Jenna Mendelson: Helping Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities

March 19, 2019 | Behavioral Medicine, Provider

Jenna Mendelson, PhD at LeBauer Behavioral MedicinePsychologist Jenna Mendelson became interested in helping individuals with autism and their families through a high school internship. During the internship, she had opportunities to interact with children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. That experience led to her working in autism research, obtaining a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and training at autism centers at Duke and Emory universities. Now, Dr. Mendelson is offering diagnostic evaluations across the lifespan, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapeutic interventions for adolescents, adults, and families at LeBauer HealthCare at Summerfield and Oak Ridge.

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Antibiotics: When They’re Helpful, When They’re Not

February 19, 2019 | Primary Care

Medical prescriptionIf you’ve ever suffered a relentless cough or congestion that just won’t stop, chances are you’ve probably asked your doctor for antibiotics to offer relief. While antibiotics can work wonders for clearing up bacterial infections, they are useless when combating viral infections. The trouble is, often times both bacterial and viral infections present very similar symptoms.

So, when do antibiotics help and when do they hurt?  

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