2018 Health Care Guide

Health care is ever-changing and evolving.  Often it is difficult to keep up with the latest information.  We are fortunate in this area to be surrounded by outstanding medical facilities and professionals dedicated to being on the cutting edge of medical advancement.  Below is a list of health care providers who are employing the latest in medical treatments for the betterment of their patients.

Beaver Valley Foot Clinic Knows the Ins and Outs of Ingrown Toenail Treatment.  

IN: Having a recurrent ingrown nail fixed permanently (matrixectomy) by a trained podiatrist. OUT: Suffering every month with the same ingrown that just keeps coming back. During a matrixectomy, your podiatrist will gently cut back a portion of the toenail. Using a Q-tip, a special solution is applied to the nail root, which will prevent the ingrown from returning. Do not worry – your toe will be numb during the procedure, so you should not experience any pain! The remaining nail will look normal, we understand a girl has to wear sandals in the summer! 

If you suspect that you may have an ingrown toenail, call Dr. Teimouri today at 878-313-FEET (3338) or just stop on IN to schedule an appointment. We’ll have you OUT and feeling better in no time! For more information go to www.BVFootClinic.com 

The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

We are committed to providing high-quality, effective therapy services for children. We continually advance our treatment methods—by using new techniques, as well as new technology—to produce better therapeutic interventions for children. Quite simply, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is your best choice for outpatient pediatric rehabilitation and therapy.

Therapy services offered in Wexford include:
• Physical therapy
• Occupational therapy
• Speech/language therapy
• Nutrition services

Each child’s treatment is personalized and family-centered. Because we know that the key to long-term success is family participation and understanding, we focus on the needs of the patients and their caregivers. We incorporate families into our therapy sessions, promoting understanding, a sense of collaboration, and confidence. In our experience, this approach is key to our patients reaching their maximum potential and living the most fulfilling lives possible.

Treatments address:
• Concussions
• Chronic pain conditions
• Feeding & swallowing difficulties
• Orthopedic & sports injuries
• Brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Developmental delays
• Fine & gross motor difficulties

To learn more or to make an appointment, please contact us at 724.940.7660 or visit www.amazingkids.org.

Our Wexford office is located at 5000 Stonewood Drive, Suite 110, Wexford, PA 15090.

Chiropractic Family Health Centers 

It is estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy— pain, burning, numbness, pins and needles or tingling of the hands and feet. A variety of medical conditions can cause peripheral neuropathy—everything from diabetes to vitamin deficiencies. Peripheral neuropathy may result when small nerve fibers are damaged or die. This debilitating condition can cause in addition to pain, sleep disturbances, balance issues, and difficulty walking. This can lead to falls, broken bones and skin ulcers. Usually the medical solution for peripheral neuropathy is “to live with it” or to prescribe medications that only mask the pain but do not address the cause. At Chiropractic Family Health Centers, Dr. Shawn Richey offers the latest in technology, light therapy that stimulates tissue repair. A second breakthrough technology that has been added is giving astounding results for neuropathy suffers. The treatment is FDA approved, safe, non-invasive and non-surgical and giving patients a 90 percent satisfaction rate. The initial visit, consultation, exam and treatment is free. Most patients report that they feel 100 percent better after treatment. Various lengths of treatment plans are available, and Chiropractic Family Health Centers has two locations: Latrobe and Wexford.   

 Dr. Bridget Chufo

The history of dieting has evolved and changed many times during the past half century.  We’ve gone from the cans of Metrecal in the 60s to low-calorie foods to low-fat foods to low-sugar foods.  Finally, research keeps going back to the many foods that convert to sugar in the body.  Yes, sugar is the culprit.  But, sugar has many faces.  It comes in the form of bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, oatmeal (if it’s white, don’t bite).  It also can be liquid in the alcoholic beverages out there.  Alcohol is liquid sugar and converts almost immediately to sugar.  Rule of thumb is the clearer it is, the better it is.  Dairy is not a sugar but comes too close for comfort in the metabolizing category not to be scrutinized “like a sugar.”  So, yes, watch the cheese, yogurt, cow’s milk, and “creamy” casseroles and soups.  Most everyone recognizes that sweets generally are mostly sugar in different packaging with little to no nutritional value but boy, oh boy, they sure taste good.  Most individuals, if given a choice, would take the starches over the others.  Cheese is the most popular single ingredient with pizza being the overall choice food.  Interestingly enough, the remaining food groups of protein, vegetables and fruit for the most part, are the least desirable.  When the above four food groups (starches, alcohol, dairy and sweets) become secondary to the primary and most nutritious food groups (protein, vegetables and fruit), we will have won the battle of the bulge, but not before. 

Ease of listening and Cognitive Decline
Francis Audiology

Science now proves what we have suspected for years. Untreated hearing loss has ties to cognitive decline. Imagine walking down the street… now imagine walking down the street while juggling. Walking and juggling requires more of our brain power and is referred to as “cognitive load”. It’s very much the same with hearing. When we are unable to hear speech properly, we use additional brain power (cognition) to understand words rather than retaining what was just said. We can now see, through sophisticated brain mapping, how hearing loss requires us to use our brain power in ways that were unintended.  Over time, this can be harmful.

Fortunately, new “Brain Hearing” Technology has been developed to significantly reduce the “cognitive load” secondary to hearing loss. This is accomplished by feeding the brain auditory information in a way that our brain can more readily accept and use this information. This in turn, makes it easier to understand and more of our resources can be used for memory purposes.  Secondly, when people are able to understand more easily, they are more likely to participate in social events which is important stimulation for our mental health and sense of well being.

For more information please call Francis Audiology at 724-933-3440.

Genesis Medical Associates  

Genesis Medical Associates, established in 1995, is the largest, independent, primary care practice in the Pittsburgh Northern Suburbs. As a physician-owned independent practice, Genesis Medical Associates accepts all major insurance plans, including Highmark and the UPMC Health Plan and is committed to providing the highest quality patient care, even as the Pittsburgh health care insurance industry continues to transform.  All Genesis staff and providers work to improve the patient experience of care, reduce the cost of care delivery and improve the health of its patients. Known as the “Triple Aim,” this framework serves as a guidepost for our vision of pursuing value-based initiatives and population health management success. 
Genesis has been recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance since 2014 as a patient-centered medical home or PCMH (sometimes referred to as medical home, or advanced primary care).  The PCMH is an innovation in health care delivery designed to improve patient experience, improve patient and population health and reduce the cost of care.  This “seal of approval” demonstrates the achievement of the PCMH attributes and ensures patient confidence in the practice and its clinicians.   

The five core attributes of the PCMH as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are: 

  • Patient-centered: Genesis patients are supported and encouraged to learn how to manage and organize their own care based on their preferences.  Genesis providers ensure that patients, families and caregivers are fully included in the development of their care plans and encourages them to participate in quality improvement, research and health policy efforts. 
  • Comprehensive: Genesis provides a team of care providers that are accountable for the patient’s physical and behavioral/mental health needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care. 
  • Coordinated: The Genesis PCMH ensures that care is organized across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services and long-term care supports. 
  • Accessible: Genesis delivers accessible services with shorter waiting times, enhanced in-person hours, 24/7 electronic or telephone access and continues to develop strong communication through health information system innovations (IT). 
  • Committed to Quality and Safety: Genesis continues to demonstrate commitment to quality improvement and the use of data and quality registry/point of care tools to assist patients and families in making informed decisions about their health. 

For the majority of patients, primary care serves as the entry point of the health care system, delivering and coordinating care for patients and families, with an emphasis on promoting population health and managing chronic illness. As such, Genesis primary care providers are well positioned to help repair and optimize our fragmented care delivery system. With greater investment in and support for comprehensive patient-centered primary care through the PCMH, we can more systematically promote Triple Aim outcomes of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.  

 By consistently applying care management protocols to our patients and families, continuously informing the entire care team of progress toward plan objectives and optimizing technology, Genesis treatment programs utilize best care practices and improve care efficiency. 

 Genesis, as a patient centered medical home, provides the right care at the right time.  We will work with you and your caregivers to coordinate and navigate the medical neighborhood (specialists, hospitals, home health, nursing homes and other ancillary services) on your behalf.   

 We put you, the patient, at the center of your care and will work with our complete team to create a personalized plan for reaching your goals so that our trusted relationships are enhanced. 

Laurel ENT and Allergy, PC 

Laurel ENT and Allergy, PC, is the only medical practice north of the city of Pittsburgh to offer patients Balloon Sinuplasty, a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. The procedure is performed in the office and opens the sinus cavity so that it can drain. No IV or anesthesia is administered. Dr. Samuel Mathur, an ear, nose and throat specialist, with Laurel ENT, simply numbs the nose with gel and spray and then passes a lighted guidewire into the nose and the sinus. Once there, a small balloon is then inflated, widening the opening of the sinus and allowing it to drain. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, and the patient can go home afterward. Balloon Sinuplasty is as equally effective as traditional treatment. 

In addition to Balloon Sinuplasty, Dr. Mathur and his team provide specialized Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy care. Their allergy program is unique in that it teaches patients how to self-administer maintenance allergy shots. This significantly reduces costs and improves convenience and continuity of treatment. 

Laurel ENT and Allergy has four locations: Beaver, Greensburg, Indiana and Wexford and accepts most insurances. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mathur, call: (724) 799-8014. 

 Preventing Colon and Rectal Cancer 
Brad Levinson, M.D.
Board Certified Colon & Rectal Surgeon

According to the American Cancer Society, colon and rectal cancers are the third-leading cause of cancer-related death for women and the second-leading cause of cancer-related death for men. While those statistics are chilling, colon and rectal cancer remains one of the most common cancers that is nearly always preventable. 

A simple test, a colonoscopy, can prevent colon and rectal cancer. Almost all cases of colon and rectal cancer come from polyps, benign tumors, located in the large intestine. If left alone, certain types of polyps have the potential to become cancer. Polyps rarely show signs or symptoms. Physicians and patients have no way of knowing if there are polyps unless a colonoscopy is performed. Once a polyp has turned cancerous, surgery may be required, and the cure rate averages about 50 percent.  

A colonoscope is a soft, narrow, flexible tube with which a trained specialist can view the entire five feet of colon (the large intestine) in about 30 minutes. If a polyp is detected during the procedure, it is easily removed, eliminating the chance of cancer ever developing in that spot. Colonoscopy is painless because the patient is asleep during this outpatient procedure. It is also very safe; the risks associated with a colonoscopy are almost negligible (significantly less than 1 percent).  

Everyone should have a colonoscopy beginning by age 50, unless there is a family history of colon and rectal cancer, chronic ulcerative colitis or certain hereditary conditions predisposing toward colon and rectal cancer. In that case, colonoscopy would be advised at a younger age. Colonoscopy should be generally repeated every 5-10 years unless polyps have been found on a previous test. Every 3-5 years would then be the recommendation.  

Some patients avoid colonoscopy because the preparation for it requires that they drink an oral liquid the evening before the exam that clears the colon. Patients should know that there are now low-volume preparations available in pleasant flavors. Preventative colonoscopy, by federal law at age 50, is covered by health insurance. 

The benefits of colonoscopy far outweigh any the minute risks associated with the procedure. To schedule your colonoscopy, you can call Brad Levinson, M.D., at (724) 473-4047. Dr. Levinson is a Board-Certified Colon and rectal surgeon with offices in Cranberry and elsewhere in the Pittsburgh area.    

Dr. Maura Massucci

Optometry for Children and Adolescents – “Often, it’s an eye problem, not just a learning problem,” says Dr. Maura E. Massucci, OD, FCOVD. “Many children are often misdiagnosed with a learning or reading problem when there could be an underlying issue with the way the eyes are working as a team. Even if a child has 20/20 eyesight, they can still have a problem with their eyes’ ability to change focus from far to close quickly, or trouble moving the eyes from left to right for reading without skipping words or losing their place. The solution for many is Vision Therapy. Similar to physical therapy, we can help children and adolescents coordinate their eyes so they can read longer and switch from blackboard to computer or desk better.  This can help improve academic performance in many children who are struggling.”

Unfortunately, eye teaming, focusing, and tracking skills often are not assessed when children are examined in school screenings. Do not be misled by believing that 20/20 eyesight alone is all your child needs to reach his or her full potential.

If you or your child experiences any of the following signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Massucci, one of Wexford’s leading developmental optometrists, to determine if your child is struggling with a learning-related vision problem.

Physical Clues

  • One eye turning in or out
    • Squinting, eye rubbing
    • Excessive blinking
    • Blurred or double vision
    • Dizziness or nausea after reading
    • Head tilting, closing or covering an eye

Performance Clues

  • Avoidance of near work (close distance)
    • Frequent loss of place
    • Omits, inserts, or rereads words
    • Poor reading comprehension
    • Letter or word reversals
    • Difficulty copying from the school board
    • Poor handwriting
    • Inconsistent or poor sports performance

To learn more about secondary symptoms, how vision therapy works and the benefits from vision therapy, visit http://massuccivisionplus.com.  

Pawlowicz Dentistry

The world of dentistry continues to advance to include implants, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and more. Pawlowicz Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Whether you are looking for general dentistry, or a specialized treatment such as implants, orthodontics, sleep appliances and TMJ treatment, they can take care of it all! They also specialize in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain crowns, veneers, teeth whitening and invisible braces. You can trust them to restore your smile to beautiful form and function.  For those with heightened dental anxiety, they offer sedation dentistry under a certified, licensed anesthesiologist, so you are under the best care possible. For more information about any of their services, please contact Pawlowicz Dentisty today at 724.287.4000 or visit our website www.wowsmilenow.com

St. Barnabas Health System
You will soon have another option when considering living assistance for yourself or a loved ones!

Renovations are underway at Washington Place located on the main campus of St. Barnabas in Gibsonia.  Once finished, this facility will become one of five living assisted communities at St. Barnabas in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties.

A variety of accommodations for singles and couples are available at St. Barnabas.  Suites are designed with the residents’ convenience and safety in mind.  The caregivers and recreation staff work as a team to provide day-to-day care and numerous activities for the residents while providing peace of mind for their families and loved ones.

Individual suites may include amenities such as: kitchenette, washer and dryer, pull cords for assistance, individual climate control system, cable TV, Wi-Fi and fireplaces.

The communities offers additional amenities including: assistance as needed 24 hours a day, access to our nursing staff and specialty physicians, chef-prepared meals, recreational and spiritual activities, spacious activities area, on-site beauty/barber shop, beautifully manicured courtyards, easy access to parking.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reserve a suite at the newest St. Barnabas location today!

Call 724-625-4000 ext 258 ,and our admissions representative will be glad to assist you.

UPMC Senior Communities
Telemedicine technology enhances patient care 

UPMC Senior Communities skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities was among those who pioneered the use of telemedicine to expand access to high quality clinical care and to prevent potentially avoidable hospitalizations, while promoting comprehensive patient-centered care. Since its inception, the telemedicine process, equipment and utilization has evolved dramatically and reduced hospital readmissions for residents at the UPMC skilled nursing sites currently utilizing this service.  

When clinically appropriate, the nurse can request a telemedicine consult with the attending physician’s permission and within an average of 12 minutes, the care provider is having a real-time, interaction with the patient using interactive audio-video equipment. This state-of-the-art technology, which includes EKG capability, highly sensitive stethoscopes, otoscopes and high definition cameras, enables virtual care collaboration, enhanced access to physicians, nurse practitioners and other specialty providers giving them the ability to assess and treat residents on-site.  

Telemedicine technology has permitted orthopedic surgeons to follow up on their post-op patients, facilitated geriatricians and CRNPs assessing changes in condition and provided various other consultants such as wound care and psychiatry to assess and order treatments for our patients without the need to uproot and transport them by ambulance to the busy Emergency Departments, offices or clinics. Elaine Hatfield, Chief Nursing Officer for UPMC Senior Communities, reports, “The interdisciplinary team has utilized telemedicine to include family members in care conferences for their loved ones and provided the opportunity for a long-distance son to share his last goodbyes with his father. It is an invaluable resource in the care of our residents.”