From Heels to Heart
Over 10 local experts share the latest in women’s health
Illustrations by Jane Sanders
Managing heart health, reproductive health, mental health and nutrition – all while balancing work and family life – can make it a full-time job to stay happy and healthy as a modern woman. Our bodies have complex needs and our lives are often filled to the brim. So who can we turn to when a particular health issue presents itself, or when we just need someone to listen? The Greater New Orleans Area has a wealth of specialists across a wide variety of fields who focus on the physical and psychological needs of women, whether you’re looking for a gynecological check-up, a personalized vitamin regimen, fertility help or just a little “me time.”
1401 Foucher St.
Founded in 1852, Touro Infirmary has a 165-year history of caring for the New Orleans community. As one of the city’s most enduring institutions – and its only not-for-profit, faith-based hospital – Touro represents stability and dependability above all. Touro has treated more than 1 million patients and delivered tens of thousands of babies. As Arelis Figueroa, an OB/GYN with Crescent City Physicians, explains: “Touro is known as the place where babies come from. But did you know Touro offers comprehensive preventive healthcare for women? We offer high quality, compassionate, comprehensive and convenient care for women of all ages including: routine wellness care, gynecology, mother and baby, breast care and imaging services, women’s urogynecology, women’s heart health, wellness and nutrition.” With physicians all over the Greater New Orleans Area – Uptown, downtown, Mid-City, Metairie, New Orleans East and on the West Bank – finding a Touro specialist to meet your needs
Quality Life Mental Health Clinic and Wellness Center
3400 W. Esplanade Ave., Apartment A • Metairie
4000 Bienville Ave., Unit G
309-6267 • New Orleans
As a counseling center offering a wide array of treatment specialties, such as couples therapy, perinatal women’s issues, trauma and family therapy, Quality Life Counseling New Orleans, LLC can be trusted with your most challenging and sensitive mental health needs. Danielle Pizzolatto, LCSW, elaborates on QLC’s particular offerings for female clients: “We are a team of women therapists who provide an array of women’s services that include: trauma recovery (sexual, physical and emotional abuse), anxiety, depression, post-partum counseling, pregnancy loss, fertility support and general support around the challenges of parenting and life in general. We strive to create a supportive and safe environment where women are free to heal, learn and grow personally and in their relationships with others. We offer a holistic approach that contributes to the woman’s overall well-being, and can extend those services to partners, children and family.”
The Fertility Institute of New Orleans
3525 Prytania St., Suite 220 • New Orleans • 454-2165
4770 S. I-10 Service Road W., Suite 201 • Metairie • 454-2165
800 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 2C • Mandeville • (985) 892-7621
8585 Picardy Ave., Suite 418 • Baton Rouge • (225) 726-2031
If you’re looking to start or to grow your family and have questions surrounding fertility, The Fertility Institute, with locations in Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is one of the nation’s leading clinics for infertility treatment. Their state-of-the-art services include both traditional treatments as well as the latest in reproductive technology, including IVF, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, intracytoplasmic sperm injection and cryopreservation of eggs. According to a representative from the Institute, “The Fertility Institute was the first clinic in the world to achieve a pregnancy from its first IVF procedure 30 years ago, and continues to have the highest reproductive success rates in the Gulf South.” This kind of time-tested expertise means the Fertility Institute can offer hope to families experiencing all types of fertility challenges.
The Amma Center
4833 Conti St., Suite 211
It is important to remember that healthful living often goes beyond the purely physical. For a holistic self-healing experience that you’ll be able to take into your everyday life, consider spending some time at The Amma Center. Since 2004, The Amma Center has offered individual and group psychotherapy, tai chi and qi gong classes, organizational consulting, meditation guidance and retreats and seminars geared toward providing “self care that extends beyond the session or class and into daily life,” says Program Director Marilyn Yank. “It is important to us to offer pathways to living with integrity and joy, through the body, heart and spirit.”
Khoobehi & Associates
3901 Veterans Blvd. • Metairie
4500 Magazine St., No. 1• New Orleans
465 N. Roxbury Drive • No. 1001 • Beverly Hills, CA
Dr. Kamran Khoobehi and Dr. Jules Walters III of Khoobehi & Associates bring their education, unique skills and innate artistic eye to the most advanced reconstructive surgical procedures available today. Dr. Khoobehi explains, “We understand that patients can go through a very difficult time after the diagnosis of breast cancer. Our goal is to help our patients make the best decision about their reconstruction options. We offer the latest techniques in breast reconstruction including DIEP, PAP and stacked flaps, fat grafting and one-stage implant reconstruction. The main thing that distinguishes our approach is the combination of our reconstruction and aesthetic skills to give our patients a great breast reconstruction result, but also a great donor site due to our body contouring expertise.”
Sean R. Weiss M.D.
Facial Plastic &
2201 Veterans Blvd.
Dr. Sean Weiss, a Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, is a leading physician in the field. “The most common reconstructive procedures I perform are rhinoplasty to correct nasal deformity from injury or natural causes, and reconstruction of skin defects of the face, head and neck following surgery or trauma. I incorporate aggressive laser therapy to enhance patient outcomes from surgery,” he continues. “I also perform minimally invasive procedures using injectable fillers in patients with facial asymmetry to create or restore balance.” Look for Dr. Weiss’ new practice location opening in Metairie this month.
Être, Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center
1224 St. Charles Ave.
Être Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center, co-owned by board-certified dermatologists Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Kyle Coleman, offers safe, non-invasive cosmetic dermatologic procedures. Two of their most popular non-invasive options are Coolsculpting, developed by Harvard scientists, and the silk peel “hydro facial.” “Coolsculpting is a non-invasive, painless, safe and predictable way to rid the body of unwanted fat,” Dr. Coleman explains. “It works by cooling the fat under the skin to a temperature where the fat cells under the skin are damaged and eventually (over two to four months) eliminated from the body naturally.” The center’s “hydro facial,” suitable for either the body or the face, pairs exfoliation with therapeutic infusion to improve complexion, dry skin and the appearance of fine lines. Être Cosmetic Dermatology, aside from their wide range of other services and products, also carries Elta brand sunscreens and the 21 Drops line of aromatherapy tinctures targeting everything from weight management to lethargy to cold and flu symptoms.
Associated Hearing, Inc.
433 Metairie Road, Suite 101 • Metairie • 833-4327 • AssociatedHearingInc.com
Although it may not be an obvious, hearing loss is actually linked to other important women’s health issues. The Better Hearing Institute states that, “In the United States today, as many as one-third of women in their 50s have some degree of hearing loss, along with nearly two-thirds of women in their 60s. A 2008 study also found that the prevalence of hearing loss among younger adults, specifically among those in their 20s and 30s, is increasing.” New Orleans’ Associated Hearing, Inc. Reminds us that understanding your hearing loss means gaining insight into other health issues you might be experiencing, such as depression, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, long-term cognitive issues and issues surrounding weight gain. Fortunately, Associated Hearing’s expert audiologists, the state-of-the-art technology they offer and their collaborative, comprehensive approach means you have everything you need to address your hearing loss – and in doing so to improve your general health and your quality of life.
Pate Wellness Center
At the Pate Wellness Center in Covington you’ll receive a truly unique healthcare experience. Conceived of as a “one-stop shopping” clinic, patients can get naturopathic care, primary care, dietetics, counseling, supplements, skin care, detox and weight loss plans and many other services from a compassionate and accomplished team of specialists. Dr. Lisa Marie Pate, Naturopathic Physician at Pate Wellness Center, sums up the center’s main focus: “We strive to provide patients with top quality care by looking for the underlying cause of disease and really listening to patients and their concerns. Our clinic specializes in women’s health. So many women aren’t treated appropriately in the medical setting and feel lost. So many of them are told they are just depressed, when they truly have a biochemical deficiency, like thyroid deficiency for example.” She continues, “Many women have what we consider subclinical dysfunction and therefore are not treated appropriately. We offer a comprehensive look at the thyroid, adrenals and female hormones, which most other practitioners don’t do. We strive to uncover the underlying cause of a women's symptoms and to treat them appropriately so they actually heal!”