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ADDICTION
    In 1994, Dr. Ken Roy founded Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. on one basic principle: Addiction is a treatable disease. Since then, ARR, Inc. has developed into Louisiana’s premier private alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center, offering confidential, comprehensive and affordable care for individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction.
    Patients receive a free assessment upon arriving at the center, which offers a whole range of successful treatment options and programs including outpatient detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment, chronic pain management, outpatient psychotherapy, medical professionals’ evaluations and treatment and continuing care. All programs are accredited by CARF. A treatment team of certified and licensed physicians, counselors and nurses lead medically directed programs that address the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of addictive disease, including dual-diagnosis. When patients return to their homes, they are offered access to a continuing care program, which is statistically proven to increase the chances for long-term success.
    Dr. Roy is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, fellow of the American Society of Addictive Medicine and the recipient of the 2008 Annual Psychiatric Leadership Award, presented by the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association. Dr. Roy also was recognized as a 2008 Healthcare Hero by New Orleans City Business. In 2006, he was honored with the Excellence in Treatment Award from the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
     Call (866) 399-HOPE to schedule a free assessment for yourself or someone you love, or visit www.addictionrecoveryresources.net.

ALLERGIES
Board-certified in allergy and immunology, David L. Schneider M.D. specializes in asthma, sinus infections, hay fever, hives, drug allergies, insect sting reactions, sinus headaches, migraines, acid reflux and chronic cough. Dr. Schneider also leads a cutting-edge research team in ongoing clinical trials. Rather than just writing a prescription to match a symptom, Dr. Schneider’s team endeavors to establish the cause of the symptoms, thereby delivering focused therapy, which may allow superior symptom control with fewer medications. “It’s very gratifying to wean down medications,” explains Dr. Schneider. “This reduces costs, eliminates potential drug interactions and improves quality-of-life measures. We enjoy pinning down the diagnosis and endeavor to provide focused therapy for acute illnesses, as well as maintaining excellent control of chronic illnesses when present.”
    Additionally, because this is not a volume-based practice, the staff and physician can sit down and try to understand the whole story. “Patients’ conditions can be complicated and they often arrive with diagnoses that need consideration and confirmation,” Dr. Schneider says. “There may be multiple components associated with the specific condition.”
    Procedures done in the office include spirometry to measure lung function, allergy testing, tympanometry to measure the motion of the eardrum and rhinoscopy to obtain cultures and allow more complete examination of the throat.
    For more information, call (504) 889-0550 for the Metairie office, or (985) 429-1080 for the Hammond office.
    Alan Sheen M.D. is a highly respected allergist serving the entire New Orleans metropolitan area. Dr. Sheen is a graduate of LSU’s School of Medicine in New Orleans and a known specialist in allergies and asthma. He has previously been recognized as one of the city’s Top Doctors by New Orleans Magazine. Dr. Sheen’s medical practice focuses on immunology and allergies, treating adults and children. He has a strong interest in the management of infant and childhood allergies, especially problems with formula and food allergies.
    Dr. Sheen treats a whole spectrum of conditions as well, including allergic rhinitis, asthma, hives and related allergic conditions. Dr. Sheen has two convenient locations to greater serve area patients: 3701 Houma Blvd. in Metairie; and 185 Greenbriar Blvd., Suite B, in Covington. For more information, call (504) 456-1999 or (985) 246-6077.
    Dr. Irum Alisha Qureshi is board-certified in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She offers expert diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of allergic disorders of any type including asthma, eczema, sinus disease, recurrent infections, possible hypogammaglobulinemia, combined immunodeficiency and other conditions with possible immunologic basis. She treats children and adults.
    She takes pride in spending time and working closely with families to offer the latest information and treatment options to provide relief for acute conditions and long term control for chronic diseases such as asthma. “Educating parents and families certainly pays off” she says. “It improves their understanding of the disease process and helps patients avoid the cause of their symptoms when possible.”
    “To some, asthma and sinus allergies are only seasonal, but for others these can be very disabling and damaging,” Dr. Qureshi explains, “With the ability to define a specific immune defect and the range of treatments and cures available today, there is no reason to suffer unnecessarily. What’s more, children with allergies are often misdiagnosed and labeled with disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity.”
    Her practice provides a comprehensive range of services to create a very high quality allergy and immunology clinic using the most current best practice methods.
    She now practices in Covington. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call her Covington office at (985) 893-75780.

ASSISTED LIVING
    Located on three acres in scenic Uptown New Orleans, Poydras Home is a continuing care retirement community that has been serving the needs of the local area since 1817. Poydras Home is known nationally for its quality of care and innovative programs that allow our residents to enjoy life to the fullest in a beautiful and historic setting.
    Poydras Home is growing and expanding to meet the changing needs of the New Orleans area. Poydras Home offers a full continuum of care consisting of four units: Hunter House (Alzheimer’s unit), the Historic Home (assisted/nursing care), Garden House (independent living) and PHASE (adult day care). All rooms are private and overlook beautifully landscaped grounds. Poydras Home’s state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s unit, Hunter House, provides unparalleled special care with unique individualized activities, a secure outdoor garden and walking path.
    Poydras Home’s professional and committed caring staff delivers compassionate, quality supportive services. The staffing ratio for the nursing and assisted care residents is second to none; RN supervisors manage state-certified LPNs and CNAs to provide the highest quality of care.
    From independent living to highly individualized care, Poydras Home is the only full continuum-of-care community with dementia care and an adult day program in the Greater New Orleans Area. Poydras Home offers top-notch care in a warm and inviting home environment, second to none.
    For more information, visit www.poydrashome.com or call (504) 897-0535.
    EGAN Healthcare Services helps Southeast Louisiana patients improve and maintain their health, independence and quality of life by providing skilled nursing, rehab therapy, medical equipment, IV therapy and private duty – all in the comfort of the patient’s own home.
    During the last 20 years, EGAN Healthcare Services has developed their team of clinicians to provide the best possible quality of care. As a matter of fact, for the third consecutive year, EGAN Healthcare Services ranked in the top 25 percent in quality of care nationwide in the HomeCare Elite list of Outcome Concept Systems. Their Diabetes Center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standards in diabetes self-management for all EGAN locations. EGAN offers both at-home and out-patient diabetes education and diabetes testing equipment and supplies.
    EGAN’s Falls Risk Prevention Program has received national recognition as well. The chances for a fall are critically increased, particularly among the elderly who are challenged with uncertain balance, reduced control of the body muscles and frail bones. The consequences of falls can be devastating. EGAN Healthcare Services systematically screens all patients admitted under their care for falls’ risk and their rehab team performs a complete in-home falls’ risk assessment for high-risk patients. Without remodeling their entire surroundings or revolutionizing the way they go about life, EGAN Healthcare has developed a simple yet effective program that positively impacts patients’ chances of preventing a fall while they go about their daily life in the home.
   For more information, contact EGAN Healthcare Services at (504) 835-4474 or ask your doctor to refer you to EGAN Healthcare Services for your home health needs.

BRAIN AND SPINE
   The doctors at Southern Brain and Spine focus on degenerative diseases of the entire spine and brain surgery. We specialize in brain microsurgery and cutting-edge, minimally invasive spinal procedures, says Dr. Najeeb Thomas. Dr. Thomas works with three other neurosurgeons, Dr. Richard Corales, Dr. Rand Voorhies and Dr. Lucien Miranne; and with Dr. Justin Lundgren, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation in nonoperative treatments of the spine. The doctors treat all spine and brain-related problems, and are dedicated to providing personalized state-of-the-art care to the greater New Orleans area.
    The doctors are actively involved in research relating to treatment of spinal disorders, as well. At Southern Brain and Spine, minimally invasive decompressions and percutaneous fusions are performed on after nonsurgical options have been explored. Multiple nonsurgical treatment options are available to patients.
    In addition, the Physicians of Southern Brain and Spine can now offer their patients Novalis Tx, the new standard in radiosurgery. The procedure is noninvasive, with advanced technologies that deliver highly precise, fast treatment to brain and spine cancerous and noncancerous conditions. Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and lasts just minutes, so you can get back to life.
    The office is located at 4228 Houma Blvd., Suite 510 in Metairie. For appointments, call (504) 454-0141. For more information visit www.sbsdoc.net.
    Dr. Alexis Waguespack is a fellowship-trained spine specialist, providing treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders and trauma, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis (pinched nerve), tumors and infection. She also treats adult scoliosis and osteoporotic fractures. “I do whatever is necessary,” says Dr. Waguespack, “to return our patients to the lifestyle and activity level they are accustomed to. I identify the problem and plan out a course for recovery. This course can range from nonsurgical treatment to major reconstruction of spine.”
    Dr. Waguespack uses kyphoplasty for osteoporotic fractures, where cement is injected into the bone to restore height and provide immediate pain relief, allowing patients to stand and walk again. Dr. Waguespack and Spinecare Medical Group offer orthopedic services and pain management services. Dr. Waguespack is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a member of the North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. She maintains two offices in the metropolitan New Orleans area to serve the needs of her patients. Her east bank office is on Interstate 10, Service Road North at the corner of Lake Villa Drive. Her West Bank office is located in the Meadowcrest Professional Building next to Oschner Medical Center on the West Bank.
    For more information, call (504) 887-7207.

CARDIOLOGY
    Do you know your risk for heart attack or stroke? For many people, the first sign that they have cardiovascular disease is a heart attack or stroke. Cardiovascular Institute of the South is proud to offer the PLAC test, which helps identify patients who have “hidden” cardiovascular risk due to the formation of rupture-prone plaque. This test is designed to help in the prevention of stroke or heart attack and, when coupled with a Calcium Score, the PLAC test provides a comprehensive assessment of your risk for heart attack or stroke. Talk to your family physician about your risk factors and ask about the PLAC test.
    Cardiovascular Institute of the South is one of the most respected groups of cardiologists, representing nearly every specialty in heart and circulatory medicine. With more than 30 physicians and nearly 500 dedicated team members, CIS serves communities throughout the state, as well as national and international patients, at its 10 centers. CIS consistently positions itself at the forefront of technology by providing the most up-to-date technology coupled with compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 25 years of service to south Louisiana.
    For more information about CIS, visit www.cardio.com or call (800) 445-9676.
    The Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute encompasses leading clinical, educational and research programs for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The clinical program offers a broad and comprehensive array of cardiovascular services, including advanced interventional cardiology, arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation management, heart failure and cardiac transplantation, cardiac surgery and peripheral vascular disease management. Cutting-edge diagnostic imaging capabilities, including 64-slice CT angiography, allow for the early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease and its complications. Tulane University Hospital and Clinic was the first accredited Chest Pain Center in the state of Louisiana.
    The Heart and Vascular Institute looks forward to the opening of two new clinics in fall 2009, serving the West Bank and New Orleans East. For an appointment at either our Metairie clinic or downtown clinic, call (504) 988-5800 or (800) 588-5800.

CHIROPRACTIC
   Dr. Stephen Tramuta’s Advanced Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Center is a sports and general impact injury clinic. He specializes in the rehabilitation of all impact injuries, whether they occur on a sports field, in an auto accident, on a work site or anywhere. He utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach between chiropractic and physical medicine to tailor each individual’s treatment for the maximum effectiveness for each of his patients. Taking advantage of the best practices and cutting-edge, new techniques, his clinic has built a remarkable track record of success in rehabilitating athletes and patients.
    Years of experience have enabled Dr. Tramuta and his team to cut out a niche in both maximizing the outcome of the patient’s recovery from injury and navigating the legal process that usually is involved in these type of injuries. The clinic has a dedicated portion of staff focused on working with insurance companies and attorneys’ offices to expedite all claims. This approach ensures that patients can focus more exclusively on their own healing and progress.
    Dr. Tramuta also is proud to announce he has added a Hispanic liaison to accommodate the influx of Hispanic new patients. This has proved to be a real comfort to those patients with little or no English language abilities, and has improved the ability to resolve their medical needs.
    For more information call (504) 465-5553.

DENTISTRY
    Dr. Deborah E. Lesem provides personalized family dental care in a professional yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Her family dental practice is conveniently located in Lakeview in a Seaside cottage-inspired office.
    Many of her patients appreciate her eye for cosmetic procedures and her artful hand in providing cosmetic bonding procedures that can quickly, easily and affordably correct misaligned, chipped, discolored or broken front teeth while sparing healthy tooth structure. “Changing a patient’s smile is one of the most satisfying things I do. It feels good to know something so easy can make such a difference in a person’s confidence and appearance.”
    In addition to services like cosmetic bonding, bleaching or whitening, Dr. Lesem also performs “gum lifts” to correct gummy smiles and cosmetic contouring to even out crooked or chipped teeth. Additional procedures, such as implant restoration, bridges, partial dentures or flipper partials to replace missing teeth and even full dentures, have the ability to transform an otherwise “hopeless” mouth into a beautiful smile.
    Dr. Lesem is a graduate of LSU in Baton Rouge and LSU Dental School. She is a current member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association and New Orleans Dental Association.
    To schedule your appointment with Dr. Lesem call (504) 286-3880.
    Gizelle Poché Richard D.D.S. has been helping to create beautiful smiles for more than 24 years by offering a full range of dental treatments, focusing on cosmetics and full mouth rehabilitation. Regarded by her peers as one of the city’s top dentists, she uses her extensive experience and expertise to provide gentle, expert dental care, and her office is fully equipped with the newest state-of-the-art technology and procedures. Her mission is “to provide the highest quality dental care for her patients in a low-stress environment.”
    Quality services include porcelain crowns and veneers, implant restorations, Zoom whitening, tooth-colored fillings and nonsurgical periodontal therapy. In addition, she offers flexible payment plans to create effective affordable treatments for her patients.
    A graduate of LSU School of Dentistry (1985), Dr. Richard is a member of the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association and the New Orleans Dental Association. Dr. Richard also is an active member of the Crescent City Study Club. Her office is conveniently located on General DeGaulle Drive, between Rue Parc Fontaine and Kabel Drive in Algiers.
    For more information on Dr. Richard, check out her Web site at www.drgizellerichard.com or to schedule an appointment, call (504) 394-5056.
    Roger W. Sherwood D.D.S. leads his team at Sherwood Dentistry as they provide top quality care and help patients achieve and maintain a beautiful healthy smile with teeth that chew well and fit together comfortably. With more than 30 years’ experience in private practice, Dr. Sherwood and his whole team focus on developing a lasting relationship with patients by providing comfortable care and using high tech, skilled service with a friendly, courteous touch.
    Family services include preventative services and overall health (such as cleaning, X-rays, examinations), cosmetic bonding, teeth alignment with Invisalign appliances, porcelain crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, composite bonded fillings, implants, full and partial dentures, tooth whitening and much more. At Sherwood Dentistry they know that having a beautiful smile can change the way people look and feel about themselves, both socially and professionally, and the team strives to make every visit a positive experience.
    Dr. Sherwood is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association. He is past-president of the Louisiana Academy of General Dentistry, and the past-president of the Post Graduate Dental Seminar. He is currently a fellow of the Pierre Fouchard Academy and has been a part-time assistant clinical professor at the LSU School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Sherwood received the designation of “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry,” the highest award for dental continuing education.
    For more information, visit www.sherwooddentistry.com or call (504) 833-9552.

DERMATOLOGY
    For world-class health care in the heart of southern Louisiana, be sure and check out Benson Dermatology in Ponchatoula, where Dr. Robert Benson, Dr. David Powell and nurse practitioner Sandra Thornhill provide years of combined experience in dermatology, cosmetic surgery and general medicine. Alongside the QnA Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa, Benson Dermatology offers patients advanced services, such as the lipolift breast enhancement, which uses the patient’s own fat tissue to beautify and amplify the breast safely and effectively. They also offer Pearl Fractional laser resurfacing, which utilizes pinpoint laser energy pulsed through the outer layers of the skin to remodel the collagen and elastic tissue of the dermis below, creating younger-looking skin with faster healing and far fewer complications.
    Dr. Benson was among the first physicians to perform liposuction and fat transfer procedures in the U.S., and his surgery center is one of only four “Center of Excellence” facilities chosen by Cynosure, the manufacturer of Smartlipo, to train other doctors in advanced laser lipo techniques. Dr. Benson has practiced dermatology and cosmetic surgery in both Louisiana and New Zealand, where he has refined his skills in laser lipo, laser resurfacing, laser eyelid surgery, neck lifts and skin cancer surgery. His QnA Medical Spa also offers traditional spa services, such as facials, microdermabrasion, massage therapy and nail services.
    For more information visit www.bensonderm.com or call (985) 370-SKIN (7546).
    Westside Dermatology Associates is a group of four fully trained, Board eligible, certified dermatologists who together have a combined practice experience of more than 83 years. They are doctors Daniel Marshall, Gordon Russo, Glenn Russo and Stephen Klinger. Assisted by an efficient and courteous staff, their goal is to provide the best dermatologic care available. This would include the evaluation and treatment of skin problems such as acne, rashes, moles, removal of skin cancer and also preventative care as regards sun exposure. Their competence and courtesy towards patients can be judged by the return of patients and the fact that they are treating the kids of the kids they treated. They also are able to provide cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX, filler materials such as Evolence and Juvederm, and lasers such as the Fraxel laser and intense pulse light. Cosmetically, their goal is to help the patient without overpromising. They also have a full line of dermatologic products available in their office.
    Their office is located at 120 Meadowcrest St., Suite 160 next to Ochsner Medical Center West Bank. Their phone numbers are (504) 391-7525 and (504) 391-7620. They look forward to serving you and offer convenient after-work appointments on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays.

ENDOSCOPY
    Alliance Endoscopy Center is a free-standing endoscopy center, which includes gastroenterologists and colo-rectal surgeons. A wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies are performed at the center. Screening colonoscopy, indicated for all patients by age 50, is performed daily at Alliance. Patients with a family history of colon cancer or polyps should start screening in their 40s. This procedure has gained wide acceptance as the gold standard for colon cancer prevention, and is covered under most health insurance plans. In 2007, the physicians and staff of Alliance elected to expand the center to include additional family waiting areas, a pre-procedure interview area and a staff lounge. The goal is enhanced privacy and patient comfort. Covered parking for patients is immediately adjacent to the Alliance elevators. Alliance Endoscopy’s mission is to provide quality outpatient health care with respect to patients, staff and community, with positive outcomes in the most safe and cost effective manner. Procedures are performed in a state-of-the-art facility that ensures outstanding care and privacy.
    Alliance Endoscopy Center is located at 3717 Houma Blvd., Suite 200 in Metairie. For more information, call (504) 885-7676.

EYECARE
    There has never been a better time to have a cataract. “We’ve seen major advances in IntraOcular Lenses during the last two years,” says Dr. Stephen Brint of Singer-Brint Custom Vision. “With cataract surgery, when we remove the cloudy lens of the eye, whether a little cloudy or very cloudy, we replace it with a new lens, the IOL.”
    With the new generation of implants available today, improved quality of vision, comparable to that of a 30-year-old, is possible, correcting existing nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism.
    “Taking it one step further, over 30 percent of our patients are now choosing one of the three FDA-approved lifestyle IOLs that correct for multiple ranges of vision – distance, intermediate and near. “
    “While cataract surgery has become extremely successful and easy for the patient,” says Brint, “this new generation of IOLs allows us to take it to the next level – one where patients who have worn glasses all their lives may no longer need them.”
    While most patients are excellent candidates for these “next” generation lenses, the only way to be certain is a complimentary evaluation offered at Singer-Brint Custom Vision. Amy at (504) 888-2020 would be pleased to schedule this evaluation for you.
    For more than 30 years, Eyecare Associates has been serving the eye care needs of individuals and families in the New Orleans area. Eyecare Associates emphasizes overall eye care and lifelong ocular health, and to that end their practice includes a network of ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians and highly trained professionals who provide surgical as well as nonsurgical care for the treatment of a variety of ocular diseases and vision problems.
    Offering a full range of services that provide exceptional patient care for the entire family, this team of health care professionals offers everything from routine exams and preventive treatments to the most advanced laser and surgical procedures.
    Eyecare Associates continues to be a leader in their field, offering the latest technological advances available in refractive surgery. In fact, Eyecare Associates has been named one of the TOP 25 Laser Vision practices in the U.S. for several years running, and the founding physicians are recipients of the prestigious Gold Surgeon Award for the sixth consecutive year
    The full-service, Metairie-based clinic also provides LASIK surgery, retina services, cataract surgery, the treatment of glaucoma and other eye conditions, diabetic services, contact lenses and cosmetic services, such as BOTOX and LATISSE.
    For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.eyecareneworleans.com or call (504) 455-9825.
    Faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine are among the most experienced leaders in the field. Tulane ophthalmologists have developed many of the innovative approaches to vision care and surgery in use today, and they are continually looking for new and better treatments for patients. In addition to acquiring the latest, greatest technology for vision correction – iLASIK – Tulane now offers premium cataract surgery. With this new approach to surgery, many cataract patients are enjoying vision, even without glasses, that is comparable to the vision they had at age 20 with their glasses.
    In addition to comprehensive ophthalmologic services, Tulane offers a full-range of vision correction services, including contact lenses for the most difficult cases.
    The Tulane Ophthalmology Clinic is located downtown at 1415 Tulane Ave. Valet parking is available. To make an appointment or obtain more information, call the clinic at (504) 988-5831 and the Tulane Refractive Center at (866) 355-3970.
    Ellen Schneider M.D. is a board-certified Ophthalmologist who specializes in the personalized treatment options of advanced cataract surgery. Her patients who opt for premium intraocular lens implants rarely wear glasses after cataract surgery. The toric premium lens corrects astigmatism, providing a crystal clear image at distance. The multifocal premium lens provides clear vision near as well as at a distance. BOTOX and LATISSE are very popular among her patients. Dr. Schneider has been eliminating wrinkles with BOTOX since 1987. For those looking for longer, thicker and darker eyelashes, LATISSE is the long-awaited miracle.
    Dr. Schneider has offices in Metairie and Slidell and can be reached at (504) 304-5475 and (985) 781-7531.

FAMILY MEDICINE
    With the opening of a new medical office in Lakeview, Crescent City Physicians, Inc. contributes not only a new option for top-quality medical care in the neighborhood, but one more step in the revitalization and rebuilding of the historic neighborhood in the long wake of Hurricane Katrina. Board-certified physicians Sherri Godbey M.D. (family medicine) and Jennifer Mills M.D. (OB/GYN) administer excellent care to individuals and families from their office at 145 Robert E. Lee Blvd. in the Smith-Lupo Center.
    The Lakeview neighborhood, a community deeply impacted by flooding from Hurricane Katrina, enthusiastically welcomes the Crescent City Physicians offices as portents of a renewed Lakeview. “We are very excited about this new location in Lakeview,” said Dale Mertens, president of Crescent City Physicians. “CCPI is dedicated to offering comprehensive, quality, healthcare, and we’re delighted to be in the thriving Lakeview community doing just that.”
    Crescent City Physicians is an affiliate of Touro Infirmary, and has delivered comprehensive primary care in a private, family oriented environment in locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area since 1994. CCPI currently has 14 physician offices in Orleans Parish, including offices on the Westbank and in New Orleans East; CCPI shares its mission with Touro Infirmary to provide the best possible care as it works to become the region’s preferred health care provider.
    For more information or to make an appointment, call (504) 304-7949 or visit www.touro.com/ccpi.

GASTROENTEROLOGY
    From food-borne illnesses to colon cancer, disorders of the digestive tract are a specialized field of medicine, and no one is better prepared to help their patients achieve and maintain healthy bodies and lifestyles than Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates. The 19-member physician group specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. With convenient locations throughout the metropolitan area, in Uptown, Metairie and on the West Bank, they provide a full spectrum of services, from preventative exams to advanced treatments and procedures – all in the comfort and safety of their well-equipped, private offices and facilities.
    In addition, they provide regular colon cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy for screening of colon-rectal cancer beginning at age 50 – earlier for individuals at higher risk. In most cases, endoscopic procedures can be performed in our own state-licensed, accredited endoscopy center, which provides a friendly, convenient and safe alternative to the hospital setting.
    For more information, visit www.metrogi.com, or call (504) 349-6401.

HANDS
    Hands are not only one of the most expressive features of people, but one of the most functional, as well, and the team of professionals at the Hand Center of Louisiana is committed to helping patients from all over the region to regain their strength, mobility, independence and overall health. Combining the highest quality surgical care with the utmost in personal attention and individualized treatment, patients and families are provided complete information about diagnosis, treatment and recovery options throughout the entire experience.
    Specializing in injuries and conditions specific to the hands allows physicians and health care providers at the Hand Center for Louisiana to excel in their areas of expertise and provide some of the most effective and advanced treatments and surgical procedures available today. Doctors specialize in conditions such as basal joint arthritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, Dupuytren’s contracture, flexor tendon lacerations, ganglion cysts, hand fractures, tennis elbow, trigger finger and wrist fractures.
    For more information visit www.handcenteroflouisiana.com or call (504) 454-2191.

HERNIA
HERNIA
    The Hernia Institute of Louisiana, founded in 1999, offers world-class hernia repair to patients in the New Orleans region as well as the Southeast. The Hernia Institute of Louisiana is directed by David C. Treen Jr. M.D., a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a key member of the American Hernia Society. Dr. Treen, who is certified by the American Board of Surgery, also is the director of the Advanced Laparoscopic fellowship training program for Tulane’s Department of Surgery on the West Jefferson Medical Center campus.
    David C. Treen, Jr. M.D. has hosted a monthly hernia surgery training symposium at West Jefferson Medical Center for the last 10 years and has shared advanced techniques in hernia repair with countless surgeons from across the U.S. Dr. Treen is a knowledgeable educator, having trained hundreds of surgeons in advanced hernia-repair methods not only here in New Orleans but in cities across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Central America and Japan.
    As the director of the Hernia Institute of Louisiana, Dr. Treen has conducted live telesurgery broadcasts to the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons and the American Hernia Society, and has served as a consultant to numerous corporations involved with innovations in materials, products and techniques for hernia repair.
    For more information, call the Hernia Institute of Louisiana at (504) 349-6860.

HOSPICE CARE
    Anyone looking for compassionate and dignified care for their terminally ill loved ones should take a look at the services offered by Canon Hospice. Serving Baton Rouge, the Northshore, Greater New Orleans and the Mississippi coast, the caring team at Canon is dedicated to a hospice ministry that helps patients and families accept terminal illness positively and resourcefully. Their stated goal is to “allow our patients to live each day to the fullest and enjoy their time with family and friends.”
    With special expertise in pain management and symptom control, Canon Hospice designs individualized plans of care for each patient based on their unique needs. Home Based Services provide doctors, nurses, specialists, pastoral care and volunteers who tailor their services according to patients’ diagnoses and home situations.
    For patients with more intensive symptom-management needs, Canon has an Inpatient Hospice Unit. This unit provides 24-hour care in a home-like environment where patients are permitted to receive visits at any hour.
     All donations and fund-raising activities at Canon Hospice go to support the nonprofit Akula Foundation. The Akula Foundation’s many projects include: indigent patient care, the Canon Hospice Health Hour on WIST 690-AM and Camp Swan, a bereavement camp for children ages 7-12. Akula Foundation’s newest venture is the Grief Resource Center, offering free counseling and services to anyone who has experienced any kind of loss or grief.
    For more information visit www.canonhospice.com or call toll free: (866) 504-5740.

MRI
    The Stand-Up MRI is whole-body, Open MRI system that allows patients to be scanned in a position of pain, sitting or in any of the conventional recumbent positions. This multi-positional MRI system accommodates an unrestricted range of motion for flexion and extension. Previously difficult patient scanning positions can be achieved using the system’s MRI-compatible, three-dimensional, motorized patient handling system. True image orientation is assured via computer read-back of the table’s position. Spines and extremities can be scanned in weight-bearing states; brains can be scanned with patients either sitting or recumbent. The Stand-Up MRI is Mega-Open, making it the most non-claustrophobic, whole-body MRI scanner. Patients can walk into the magnet, sit for their scans and then walk out.
    Stand-Up Open MRI Centers of Louisiana is located in Metairie, and appointments start at 7 a.m. For more information, call 934-4000 or visit www.standupmrila.com.

NEUROLOGY
    Patients of Culicchia Neurological Clinic benefit from an entire team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, pain and rehabilitation specialists working together in the same office. Very often, a neurological condition requires the attention of not only a neurologist but also a neurosurgeon, interventional neuroradiologist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.
    Established in 1961 by neurosurgeon Carl Culicchia M.D. and continuing today under the leadership of his son, neurosurgeon Frank Culicchia M.D., the Culicchia Neurological Clinic is known throughout the region for the care it provides to stroke patients as well. Physicians from the Culicchia Clinic lead West Jefferson Medical Center’s stroke team, which is mobilized every time a patient with stroke is admitted.
    The Clinic specializes in the treatment of a wide array of neurological disorders as well. The skilled team performs neurological rehabilitation, neurosurgery, complex spinal surgery, neurovascular skull base surgery, interventional diagnostic neuroradiology, CyberKnife, physical medicine, chronic pain management and neuroscience clinical research. Frank Culicchia M.D. is chairman of LSU Health Sciences Department of Neurosurgery. Through an association with the LSU School of Medicine, neurosurgeon Erich Richter M.D. has teamed with neurologist Charles Fiore M.D., of Culicchia Neurological Clinic to offer the latest treatment of Parkinson’s Disease using deep brain stimulators and other therapies.
    For more information call (504) 340-6976, or visit www.culicchianeuro.com.

NURSING
    Operating since 1925, Nurses Registry exists to meet the human health needs of the community by assisting patients in their move toward self care, new levels of wellness, optimum quality of life and a return to the community. The care is Patient-Centered and they are committed to meeting the individual needs of the patient, the family and other care givers; to treating the whole patient – body, mind and spirit; to collaborating with the physician and others who share in the care of the patient; and to educating the community concerning health and wellness.
    Their “Patients First” mentality is what drives their operations. Founder Rose Mary Breaux RN, BSN, firmly believed that it is a privilege and honor to serve the sick and elderly in our community and instilled those values in the staff. Today, the Nurses Registry staff continues in that tradition. Combining skilled nursing, quality home care assistance and state-of-the-art technology, the Nurses Registry provides services in four main areas: home health; aide, sitter/companion, private support and personal care services (free, individualized, in-home assessment for prospective clients); private duty and per-diem nursing; and a Care Center Foundation. The Registry aim is to provide customized care based on individual client needs and desires, including meeting spiritual needs of the patient and families, as their foundation was built on prayer. Call now for your free, individualized in-home assessment and let them get you or your loved ones started on your way to safe, independent living. Nurses Registry is committed to helping seniors remain healthy, active and young-at-heart.
    To find out more about services and career opportunities, visit their Web site at www.mynursesregistry.com, or call (504) 736-0803 or toll free at (800) 736-6744. Job seekers can fill out an online application, or call to schedule an interview. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the office as well, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

OB/GYN
    Samuel Alexander M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, who specializes in the latest technological advances, such as laparoscopic hysterectomy. This type of hysterectomy has the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure with tiny incisions and rapid recovery. His office also is at the forefront of technology, with a 3-D/4-D ultrasound, which creates detailed realistic pictures of the baby. His individual attention of each patient with pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, in addition to obstetrics and gynecology, is his focus. Dr. Alexander has offices in Metairie and Slidell and can be reached at (504) 455-1107 or (985) 781-7531.
    Following the loss of teaching facilities in the New Orleans area, Drs. Labadie and Labadie have devoted a significant amount of time to teaching Tulane University medical residents and medical students. Dr. Juan Labadie and Eugenio Labadie became clinical assistant professors for Tulane University School of Medicine, creating an opportunity that has become mutually advantageous for both parties. As chairman of the Department of OB/GYN for West Jefferson Medical Center, Dr. Eugenio C. Labadie has been able to expose the students to state-of-the-art medical advances and has worked tirelessly to ensure that each of the students have had excellent clinical exposure to the study of OB/GYN. Dr. Juan J. Labadie’s interactions with the students have been so successful that he was voted “Best Teacher of Obstetrics and Gynecology” by the last two graduating classes of physicians at Tulane.
    One of the greatest accomplishments of this relationship is that the Labadies have been able to recruit an excellent physician. Their newest associate, Dr. Amy Vaughan, was the administrative chief resident, and upon graduation, she was awarded for her teaching excellence in OB/GYN and was voted for “Outstanding Residency Performance in OB/GYN.” The Labadies are extremely pleased to have Dr. Vaughan join their practice.
    For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (504) 349-6207.
    With a special focus on the complete health of women, the Tulane University Health Sciences Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been providing leadership and cutting-edge medical services in the New Orleans area for more than 100 years. “Our department has the full gamut of services,” says Gabriella Pridijan M.D., professor and chairman at Tulane School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “We offer women’s comprehensive health care and we strive to take care of the entire person.”
    Tulane’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department has specialists in gynecological cancer, high-risk obstetrics (maternal fetal medicine) and reproductive endocrinology and fertility. The doctors and staff provide individualized attention for every patient’s needs. “The strongest part of our department is our consideration of each woman as unique and we spend time with her during the visit,” says Pridijan. Additionally, the open-minded environment created by a university hospital means that problems are looked at from multiple angles in order to find the best path of care for each patient.
    As part of the greater Tulane Medical Center, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology also offers some of the finest facilities and technologies in the field today, including the cutting-edge ultra sonography, used for first trimester screenings and for measuring the size of an early fetus and the amount of lymphatic fluid present – measurements that can predict some birth defects.
    The clinic office is located at 4720 S. Interstate 10 Service Road, Suite 300 in Metairie, on the Tulane-Lakeside Hospital campus. For more information, visit www.som.tulane.edu/departments/ob-gyn, or call (504) 988-8070.

ORTHOPAEDIC
    A healthy musculoskeletal system is the foundation of a healthy body. LSU’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery is staffed by fellowship-trained orthopaedic specialists. These specialists provide state-of-the-art orthopaedic care, along with a nationally recognized and approved training program for orthopaedic residents and fellows.
Adult Orthopaedics
    Dr. Vinod Dasa is the director of Orthopaedics at Ochsner-Kenner, and specializes in joint replacement, and uses gender-specific knee replacement, MIS and computer navigation to treat patients. Dr. Peter Krause is the director of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Interim LSU Hospital, the regional referral center for high energy trauma; he sees patients with ongoing problems from previous trauma. Dr. Hal Stokes specializes in hand surgery. Dr. Robert Dugas specializes in Sports Medicine and treats all aspects of sports-related injuries. Dr. Wame Waggenspack is our nonoperative Sports Medicine physician and is currently the team doctor for the New Orleans Shell Shockers professional soccer team and Brother Martin High School athletics. Dr. Monroe Laborde focuses on foot care and has a special interest in the care of foot problems in people with diabetes. Dr. Ronald J. Rooney focuses on orthopaedic growths and tumors of bone and soft tissues.

Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Dr. Andrew King treats all pediatric spine abnormalities, focusing on scoliosis. Dr. William Accousti is an expert in all aspects of pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis surgery. Dr. Vinitha Shenava also is a general pediatric orthopaedic surgeon but with a special interest in problems of the hips, knees and legs, and cerebral palsy.
    Just southwest of New Orleans, one of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Neil Maki, runs the Thibodaux Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic. Since 1980 Dr. Maki and his staff of trained professionals have assisted thousands of patients in their surgical treatments and recovery from sports-related and other injuries as well as debilitating medical conditions. Ten staff members, including physician assistant, Nicole Orgero, PA-C, ensure that patients’ individual needs are met by the most effective means possible. Advanced services include ultrasound technology, as well as physical therapy equipment and regimens that are carefully developed and administered.
    Although Dr. Maki does most orthopaedic procedures, including joint replacements and fracture care treatment, he specializes in the shoulder and sports medicine. Dr. Maki pioneered many of today’s most advanced shoulder arthroscopic procedures. He performs shoulder replacements, including the recently approved reverse shoulder replacement. He is one of few specialists in the region who perform endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
    Dr. Maki is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He is on the active staff at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, holds a clinical professorship in Orthopaedics from LSU School of Medicine, and serves as a team physician for the Nicholls State University athletic programs.
    Located in the heart of Uptown, Orleans Orthopaedic Associates has a long and trusted history of serving the Greater New Orleans community. Caring for patients since 1973, doctors and staff have helped restore and maintain orthopaedic health care for thousands of New Orleanians. Dr. Kenneth Adatto, Dr. Bernard Manale, and Dr. John Watermeier have more than 50 years of private practice experience. Together with the certified physician assistant, Ellen Edmondson, they provide one of the most trusted teams of board certified orthopaedic surgeons in the region. Top quality customized care, combined with state-of-the-art technology and procedures, ensures that patients receive the most effective treatments and follow-up programs. The group is dedicated to caring for patients with problems of the musculoskeletal system, including injuries and degenerative processes involving the extremities and spine that require surgery. While the top-flight team makes every effort to achieve a conservative resolution before considering surgery, when it becomes necessary, they specialize in spine surgery (including minimally invasive, outpatient cervical spine surgery), arthroscopic surgery, carpal tunnel release and many aspects of orthopaedic conservative care.
    Dr. Adatto, Dr. Manale and Dr. Watermeier are fellows with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, each also is affiliated with a number of professional medical associations, including the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and the International College of Surgeons.
    Orleans Orthopaedic Associates participates with most insurance plans as well as workers’ compensation. For more information, visit www.orleansortho.com or call (504) 895-2055.
    At the Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine, Charles Murphy M.D., Thomas Lyons M.D., and Luis M. Espinoza M.D. are all fellowship-trained, board certified orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in treatment of the shoulder and knee. “We are an orthopaedic practice with subspecialty expertise in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery,” says Dr. Lyons. He adds, “Arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder offers significant advantages over older treatment methods.” One element that sets the practice apart is an in-office MRI scanner that is accredited by the ICAMRL. “Patients who come in and need an MRI can schedule it right here,” says Dr. Lyons.
    The Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine maintains a special focus on delivering quality orthopaedic care to athletes. “Every effort is made,” says Dr. Espinoza, “to accommodate our patients with timely appointments and a broad range of services all aimed at helping them heal and return to pre-injury form.” To that end, arthroscopic, minimally invasive surgeries have made a great difference in patient outcomes. “There is less disruption of soft tissue,” says Dr. Espinoza, “which promotes less scar tissue and decreases post-operative pain.”
    In addition, the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine has been affiliated with the New Orleans Zephyrs since their arrival in New Orleans in 1993. “Over the years,” says Dr. Charles Murphy, “we have coordinated orthopaedic care with the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, New York Mets and currently the Florida Marlins.”
    For more information, call Metairie office at (504) 889-2663, or the Kenner office at (504) 467-5900.
    For 38 years, the doctors at Pontchartrain Bone and Joint Clinic have been providing expert orthopaedic services to the people of the New Orleans metropolitan area. “We treat musculo-skeletal disorders in children, athletes, and up to elderly people,” says Jeffery J. Sketchler M.D. Treatment is offered for sports injuries, arthritis, joint pain, motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation injuries and fractures. Dr. Sketchler says that less invasive surgical techniques, such as computer-assisted knee replacement and arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery, are now available. Conservative treatment is always considered first before a decision for surgery is made. Patient input is given the highest consideration during any course of treatment. Returning to a normal, active lifestyle is of the upmost importance after an injury or due to a chronic problem. Doctors and staff strive to achieve that goal whether surgery or conservative treatment is involved.
    Pontchartrain Bone and Joint Clinic has two offices that are conveniently located in Metairie, next to East Jefferson Hospital, and in Destrehan, one block off Ormond Boulevard. Call either office for more information at (504) 885-6464 (Metairie), or (985) 764-3001 (Destrehan). Their Web site, www.pontbone-joint.com, provides detailed information about the practice and also a wealth of medical information concerning orthopaedic injuries and conditions.
    The surgeons at Westside Orthopaedic Clinic are trained in all areas of modern orthopaedic surgery. Board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons Dr. Chris DiGrado and Dr. Ralph Katz are leaders in their field, performing advanced, minimally invasive procedures that help restore strength and independence, returning patients to their regular activities quickly and successfully. Dr. Chris DiGrado, a shoulder and hand specialist, handles upper extremity and sports-related shoulder injuries, and he is one of very few local surgeons able to perform complete arthroscopic shoulder surgeries. Dr. Ralph P. Katz specializes in treating all spinal disorders, and is one of the few surgeons in the Greater New Orleans Area who performs minimally invasive spinal surgery, including microdiscectomy and spinal fusion. These advanced techniques are less painful and offer patients dramatically shorter recovery times.
    Westside Orthopaedic Clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest-standing orthopaedic clinics in the city. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including worker’s compensation. Westside Orthopaedic Clinic also provides full-service in-house X-ray and physical therapy services, as well as bone mineral density testing.
    The clinic is located at 4500 10th St. in Marrero. For more information call (504) 347-0243 or visit www.westsideortho.com.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

    Pain can be a debilitating condition, especially for those people who suffer long-term or chronic pain. The caring team of physicians and staff at Parish Pain Specialists are here to help. Specializing in Interventional Pain Management, our physicians treat back and leg pain (radicular pain, facet pain, spinal Stenosis, Discogenic pain, sacroiliac joint pain); noncardiac chest pain syndromes (intercostal pain); abdominal pain (chronic pancreatitis, interstitial cystitis); complex regional pain syndrome (RSD); cancer pain; shingles (post herpatic neuralgia); headache and facial pain syndromes, as well as other chronic painful conditions. All procedures are performed at our state-of-the-art facility in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
    Doctors Joseph Crapanzano, Kevin Martinez and Brian Rosenberg use a multidisciplinary approach that includes injections, medications, physical therapy and psychological support. They are proficient in the latest techniques and use specialized equipment to achieve success in treating patients.
    Board-certified pain management physicians, personalized service, prompt scheduling, plenty of parking and a safe convenient location makes Parish Pain Specialists your best choice for pain management in the Greater New Orleans area.
    To schedule an appointment or to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members, give us a call at (504) 779-5558, or visit our Web site at www.parishpainspecialists.com.

PHYSICAL THERAPY
    Magnolia Physical Therapy is a woman-owned business, operated entirely by Louisiana licensed therapists who are dedicated to patients’ needs. Their goal is to “provide freedom from pain” and to rehabilitate, treat and educate the Greater New Orleans community on healthy living and wellness. The clinic, with two great locations, offers all the benefits of conventional physical therapy rehabilitation with a special emphasis in women’s health and pregnancy rehabilitation.
    The team aims to get their patients better faster and provide great results, and to that end two therapists are currently achieving specializations in manual therapy and women’s health. “Our practice goal is happy and well patients,” says Beth Winkler-Schmit, co-owner and licensed physical therapist. “We give personal care to every single patient.”
    Magnolia Physical Therapy sets itself apart by the determined efforts made for each patient in order to return them to their normal activities as soon as possible – and their efforts have been recognized far and wide. Lisa K. George PTA received Distinguished PTA of the Year award from the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association. Beth Winkler-Schmit is the only physical therapist in the state to have fellowship status in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and Shellie Parchman has achieved her Certificate in Pelvic Physical Therapy.
    Centers in both Harahan and in New Orleans provide excellent access to services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.magnoliatherapyla.com or call Harahan at (504) 733-0254 or the new Faubourg Marigny location at (504) 943-8026.
    Southshore Physical Therapy is Metairie’s premier post-surgical, orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic. The clinic is privately owned by Lee Couret, physical therapist, and is known across the region for its effective and fun approach to patient care and rehabilitation. The Southshore team works with patients to bounce back from a wide range of sports-related and other injuries, and areas of specialty include rehabilitation of surgical reconstructions of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee; surgical repairs involving the shoulder; and total joint arthroplasties/replacements of the shoulder, hip and knee; rehabilitation of cervical and lumbar spine.
    State-of-the-art equipment and facilities help to accurately develop customized rehabilitation programs for each individual patient. From the latest diagnostic equipment to the most effective strength and mobility training, patients receive some of the most effective and hands-on care available in the region. More than just a facility, however, Southshore Physical Therapy prides itself on world-class customer service. Their motto is “Where physical therapy is fun,” and the whole team takes pride in making it that way for their patients.
    The clinic’s dedication to education and local community has earned it acclaim, as well, and the Southshore team has been featured in local media outlets during the past six months regarding their ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program and their ACL/Knee injury prevention program that they have instituted for some of the local area high school girls’ athletic teams.
    For more information visit www.southshorephysicaltherapy.com or call (504) 885-8969.

PLASTIC AND
RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

    Dr. David Jansen is a nationally recognized, double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the face, breast and body. Aside from his numerous professional awards and recognition, he has been a pioneer in innovative techniques and procedures that have helped his patients achieve remarkable results under his safe and caring direction for more than 15 years. Dr. Jansen is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed surgical training at University of Illinois Cook County Hospital Medical Center, and his fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center.
    Dr. Jansen specializes in breast augmentation, abdominal body contouring and shaping, permanent lip enhancement, and correction of wrinkles and facial deformities. His full range of services also includes liposuction, breast lifting and reductions, face lifting, breast reconstruction, eyelid surgery, browlifting through an eyelid incision, abdominal surgery and tummy tucks, body lifts after massive weight loss, and gluteal and calf implants.
    A beautiful office and full service medi-spa with a full-time licensed aesthetician offers facials, medical grade peels and dermabrasion. He also offers Cutera Laser for hair removal, vein therapy, skin rejuvenation and tightening and sun damage repair.
    Dr. Jansen’s offices are located at 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie and 2100 Audubon Ave. in Thibodaux. For more information visit www.drdavidjansen.com or call (504) 455-1000.
    For more than 20 years, patients have trusted the skilled hands of R. Daniel Jacob M.D. At his New Faces facial rejuvenation center, Dr. Jacob offers many of the area’s most sought-after treatments and procedures for the face and neck. Dr. Jacob received his board certification as a head and neck surgeon in 1985, and became a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989. As a surgeon specializing exclusively in the head and neck area, his sole focus and expertise is in cosmetic procedures and treatments of those regions.
    Popular surgical procedures include rhinoplasties, otoplasties and chin and cheek implants. As the face ages, Dr. Jacob can help patients achieve a more youthful appearance with facelifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and blepharoplasty. New Faces also offers an extensive assortment of nonsurgical interventions for the aging face and for preventative maintenance. These include product lines, like Vivite, Obagi, Cellex-C, Neocutis and Revale. Also available are BOTOX, facial fillers, chemical peels, lipo-suction and laser skin resurfacing.
    New Faces is located at 4228 Houma Blvd. in Metairie. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call (504) 456-9068.
    Some of the most advanced health care in the U.S. can be found right here in New Orleans, and at the forefront of women’s reconstructive surgery is Dr. Maria M. LoTempio and Dr. Joshua L. Levine, both part of Omega Hospital’s top-flight surgical staff, and members of the NOLA Group for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction. Dr. LoTempio is one of the few people in the world, and the first in the U.S., who performs microsurgical lymph node transfer for women with a history of upper and lower extremity lymphedema. Dr. LoTempio trained under Corinne Becker, the doctor who pioneered the lymph node microsurgical transfer, in Paris.
    Dr. Levine completed his general surgery residency at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where he completed his plastic surgery residency with Dr. Berish Strauch, a founding father of microsurgery. Dr. Levine completed a fellowship with world-renowned surgeons Dr. Donald Wood-Smith at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Dr. Robert Allen at LSU. He currently performs perforator flap breast reconstruction at Omega Hospital in Metairie, at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, at Einstein Hospital and Montefiore Hospital.
    For more information, visit www.omega-institute.com or call (800) 535-4177.
    Dr. Ruth Owens specializes in facial plastic surgery. She performs face, forehead, eye and neck lifts, along with rhinoplasty as the bulk of her practice. The facilities are state-of-the-art treatment and operating rooms, with a licensed aesthetician and laser facility on the premises. All age groups are drawn to Dr. Owens’ practice. Younger patients request rhinoplasty and/or chin augmentation, whereas more mature patients seek out eye, face and neck lifts. Dr. Owens performs botox and filler material injections in accordance with the latest trends in noninvasive facial rejuvenation.
    Dr. Owens’ practice is set apart from others by offering specialized care and experience in facial plastic surgery and BOTOX and filler materials. Specialized training and years of experience in only facial rejuvenation sets Dr. Owens apart from her peers, as do meticulous attention to detail and personalized attention for her patients. She is double board-certified and provides the most definitive care for her facial surgery patients.
    Medi-spa services include drastically reduced rates on the laser “Titan” procedure, which functions to give a “mini-facelift.” Those patients that are looking for a facial “pick-me-up” without the downtime and expense of a full facelift would benefit from the laser “Titan.”
    Dr. Owens’ office is located at 3900 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie. For more information visit www.ruthowensmd.net or call (504) 455-1000.

URGENT CARE
    An accident doesn’t make an appointment to see you, and illness can strike at any time – East Jefferson After Hours Urgent Care Centers provide high-quality, cost-effective walk-in care for minor injury and illness.
    East Jefferson After Hours has two convenient locations – Metairie and Kenner. Their state-of-the-art facilities have on-site lab, digital X-ray and diagnostic equipment. They are open 365 days a year, at times when most physicians’ offices are not. They treat all patients on a walk-in basis, and our goal is to treat and release patients within one hour of their arrival. Patients are referred back to their primary physicians for follow-up. Most insurance plans are accepted.
    East Jefferson After Hours and its affiliated clinics were asked by the Urgent Care Association of America to be the first centers in the U.S. to undergo accreditation survey by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The Joint Commission is known as the “The Gold Standard” for measuring quality of health care organizations. East Jefferson After Hours underwent the extensive JCAHO survey in January 2009 and passed with flying colors.
    The Metairie location is at 2215 Veterans Blvd., (504) 838-3524 or visit the Kenner location at 708 W. Esplanade, (504) 461-9660. The care you need, when you need it, www.ejafterhours.com.
    For minor medical emergencies, one of the best options for immediate, high-quality treatment is New Orleans Urgent Care. One of only five urgent care facilities in the metro region to be certified by the Urgent Care Association of America, New Orleans Urgent Care is a centrally located facility, providing quick and easy medical treatment. With no appointments necessary, and no lengthy wait time, it’s ideal for anyone in and around the downtown area who can’t take time off from work, or doesn’t want to incur the expense of the emergency room.
    A team of board-certified physicians and staff provide top-quality medical care, and offer years of experience in urgent care, family medicine and emergency medicine. The clinic offers seven exam rooms, a mini lab and a digital X-ray machine, which enables doctors to conduct a fast and thorough medical exam. Patients are supplied with written discharge instructions and follow-up instructions after every visit, and staff doctors are happy to work with patients’ primary care providers and provide any records of treatments.
    Open seven days a week, they accept most major insurances, and offer a deposit system for those patients without insurance. The office is located at 900 Magazine St., in the Warehouse District. For more information call (504) 552-2433.

SURGERY
    For those looking to minimize the pain and inconvenience of surgical procedures, the New Orleans area offers some top quality alternatives to hospital-based surgery. One such alternative with a 30-year track record of success is the Greater New Orleans Surgery Center. Located in the heart of the Metairie medical district, this multispecialty outpatient surgery center has been in business since 1989 and under its current ownership since 2001. Seven local orthopaedic surgeons share ownership with Symbion Inc. out of Nashville, Tennessee, allowing the center to avoid the big business approach to health care and provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care for each patient who comes through the doors. Top specialists in their fields provide individualized care for patients from beginning to end. Cutting-edge facilities, combined with a smaller-scaled approach, provide a safe and relaxing atmosphere and experience for patients.
    The center focuses primarily on orthopaedic surgery, cosmetic surgery and podiatric surgery, and offers a whole range of specialized procedures and services. Additionally, the center is licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and their competent and caring staff has numerous years of experience providing compassionate and specialized care to patients.
    For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.gnosc.com or call (504) 454-2017

VASCULAR

    Mohammad Suleman M.D. is a general and vascular surgeon who has operated a successful private practice in the New Orleans area since 1981. After completing his residency in general surgery and fellowship in vascular surgery from New York Medical College, he moved to the New Orleans metro area and started private practice at East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Suleman has trained extensively in laprascopic surgery and has been practicing this surgery since its inception in 1980s. Presently he is also working as medical director at the Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Treatment Center at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner. He performs vascular surgery for dialysis patients, and he also performs peripheral vascular surgery on patients with Vascular disease.
    Dr. Suleman is a strong believer in organized medicine to help improve the quality of medical care and protect patients’ rights. He has been a member of the American Medical Association since 1972, and he has been a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Jefferson Parish Medical Society since 1981. In addition, he has served on several committees on medical staff at East Jefferson General Hospital and Kenner Hospital. Presently, Dr. Mohammad serves as president of the Jefferson Parish Medical Society.
    For more information, call (504) 712-8872.
    Since 1987, the Tulane Hayward Genetics Center has been the Gulf South’s only comprehensive clinical genetic center. The center has expanded its clinical and laboratory services substantially in recent years. Hans C. Andersson M.D., who became director of the center in June 2006, sees patients of all ages with heritable disorders, with particular expertise in clinical biochemical genetics. Marilyn Li M.D., director of clinical cytogenetics and molecular laboratories has substantially expanded the clinical lab services, including the only Louisiana lab offering the clinical microarray chromosome analysis. Gabriella Pridjian M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology, is the only Louisiana specialist who is board-certified in both maternal fetal medicine and clinical genetics; she sees patients for preconceptional and prenatal counseling with specialization in high-risk disease diagnosis and management in pregnancy. TaraChandra Narumanchi M.D. became clinical faculty in July 2005, and sees patients of all ages with heritable diseases, including all birth defects and cancer risk assessment. Chris Dvorak MS, CGC was recently joined by Jessica Hoffman MS as the only two full-time genetic counselors in Louisiana. Amy Cunningham MS, LDN, RD offers the only full-time metabolic nutrition services to metabolic patients throughout the Gulf South. Phaidra Browning-Floyd, RN, a nurse geneticist, has joined the center as a full-time newborn screening coordinator. Through laboratories and clinical services, Hayward Genetics Center offers comprehensive genetic care from prenatal thru geriatric ages in all areas of genetic disease. State-of-the-art diagnosis and treatments are developed and practiced by our specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized experts in their fields.
    Appointments can be scheduled at (504) 988-5101.
    Tulane Orthopaedics is a private practice group of elite fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons who combine their expertise and sub-specialty areas, including spine, foot and ankle, trauma, pediatrics, hand and shoulder/elbow/sports surgery. The group is renowned for both their cutting-edge technical skill and their comprehensive patient care and rehabilitation. Operating in multiple locations, doctors and staff are able to be a part of and serve the entire Greater New Orleans community. Facilities are located downtown at the Tulane University Medical Center, Lakeside in Metairie, on the Northshore in Slidell and Covington, and Uptown at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine on the campus of Tulane University.
    The Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine is a remarkable, fully contained sports clinic with X-ray, MRI, physical therapy and orthopaedic and physical medicine specialists trained in the care of the athlete. The entire clinic has been designed with sports in mind, being located in the Reilly Center and adjacent to the Tulane football practice facility. It is the only on-campus sports clinic in New Orleans, and physicians Dr. Buddy Savoie and Dr. Mike O’Brien have formed a Center of Excellence for revision and reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery for all ages and levels of activity. The highly skilled surgeons have achieved notable advances in arthroscopic management of instability of the elbow, including dislocations. They also are pioneering surgery related to resurfacing of the degenerative elbow, which promises a whole future of advanced treatments for their patients.
    For more information or to schedule an appointment visit www.tulaneorthopaedics.com or call (877) Tortho-1 or (504) 988-6032.
    Dr. Abigail E. Chaffin and the Tulane University Division of Plastic Surgery have recently opened the Tulane Aesthetic Center, where they offer a complete range of cosmetic procedures. Dr. Chaffin’s dedication to excellence runs deep. After a rigorous fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Tulane, she was rewarded with a Tulane Department of Surgery faculty appointment, where she’s now an Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She and her team strive for excellence in patient satisfaction, safety and overall wellbeing.
    Dr. Chaffin designs an aesthetic plan tailored to patients’ individual needs while responding to any questions and concerns patients may have. Dr. Chaffin carefully reviews each step of the procedure and explains how she can help patients achieve the desired results.
    The Tulane Aesthetic Center offers the full spectrum of skin care and cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX; wrinkle reduction with Restylane and Perlane; lip augmentation; skin care, including the full Obagi skin care line and Retin-A; liposculpture; body contouring, including neck, arm, thigh and lower body lifts; mommy makeovers; eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty); ear surgery (otoplasty); nose surgery (rhinoplasty); breast surgery, including augmentation, reduction, lift and cancer reconstruction; male breast reduction (gynecomastia); tummy tuck (abdominoplasty); and scar revision.
    To schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaffin and her team of experts, call (504) 988-4167.
    At the Venous and Arterial Surgery Clinic, Dr. George Barnes commits his experience of more than 40 years in the field of vascular surgery to provide noninvasive, in-office procedures for the treatment of varicose veins. A board-certified cardio-vascular surgeon, he limits his practice exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of this common malady.
    VASC, a vascular laboratory, is accredited by The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories and is located in Covington. All procedures are done in the office, and patients are allowed to resume normal activities soon after. Dr. Barnes also is a registered vascular technologist and uses advanced ultra-sound guidance to assist him on all procedures. EVLT, ultra-sound guided foam sclerotherapy, and spider vein ablations are treatments offered at VASC. Most are covered by insurance.
    If you suffer from the painful and unsightly varicose veins, please give Dr. Barnes a call and schedule an appointment.
    The Venous and Arterial Surgery Clinic is located at 180 Greenbriar Blvd. in Covington. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (985) 893-5958. You can also visit the Web site at www.vasclinic.net.
 

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