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Achieving Wellness

Improving wellness is a growing focus in medicine. Rather than treating the body ailment by ailment, improving overall health and wellness takes a more comprehensive approach to achieving a better functioning body while often serving a preventative role as well. From prioritizing physical fitness to trying physical or massage therapy and dialing in nutrition, there are number of ways to access a more healthy life. In addition to helping one’s self, there are also ways to help others—blood donation remains an important and necessary contribution to the community. Improving wellness for an older loved one by helping them get the care they need, whether at home or from a doctor, can be helpful for families. Looking and feeling better go hand in hand when it comes to wellness. Find ways to improve your overall health today and look forward to a brighter tomorrow.


Wellness & Rehabilitative Therapy


Touro’s Back in Action Center provides comprehensive physical and occupational therapy services to adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients, as well as case management for patients with orthopedic diagnoses. The Center also offers therapeutic wellness through its multidisciplinary Therapeutic Wellness Program and physical therapy for women’s health services. From treating conditions such as shoulder, hip, and knee pain, sprains and strains, headaches, and joint replacement to improving wellness through restorative yoga and meditation, lifestyle adjustment and fitness, the Touro Back in Action Center is dedicated to helping patients restore their mobility and improve their strength.

Clinical services include skilled physical and occupational therapy, patient/family education, aquatic therapy, functional training, treatment of the spine, and Lymphedema treatment. Patients are required to have a prescription or referral from a Louisiana licensed physician, podiatrist, dentist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant for Touro’s Back in Action Center. The Center is located at 1525 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. For more information, visit Touro.com or call 504-897-8157.


The Wellness Center of Thibodaux Regional, located in Lafourche Parish, is changing the health of the community. The Center offers WellFit, which integrates wellness into clinical care. WellFit is an eight-week, physician-referred program that offers a customized plan for improving an individual’s health and well-being. Participants receive nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian along with fitness education and unlimited access to the Center’s Fitness Center. Smoking cessation options, physical therapy, and behavioral health screenings are also available if needed.

“The goal of WellFit is to help people live the highest quality, most active lifestyle possible,” says Education and Training Coordinator, Katie Richard, MA, BSN, RN. Physician specialists helped to shape the WellFit pathways. “We want people to feel that their unique needs are being met and that their doctor was a part of the process,” says Richard. Call 985-493-4765 for more information or visit Thibodaux.com.


Most people have some level of pain they deal with on a daily basis. It could be caused by an injury, a medical condition such as arthritis, or most commonly, from poor posture and overuse of today’s smartphones and mobile devices. At Metairie Massage Center, Mika Brauner works individually with clients to get to the source of their pain so that permanent changes can be made to increase health and happiness. Simply need to de-stress? Brauner offers world-class techniques for relaxation in an inviting atmosphere. Additionally, Metairie Massage Center offers neuromuscular, deep tissue, myoskeletal alignment, and sports massage.

Since graduating from the Florida School of Massage in 1979, Brauner has continued to study with top massage teachers across the country. She incorporates her degree in Health & Wellness with extensive experience in neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, myoskeletal alignment, and therapeutic exercise. At Metairie Massage Center, Brauner offers a calming and personable atmosphere to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible.

Book an appointment and let the healing begin. Visit MetairieMassage.net or call 504-723-7239.


After pursuing her own journey in weight loss and experiencing remarkable success, Registered Nurse Peggy Rodriguez became passionate about helping others get and stay healthy. Since founding Everybody Wellness in 2008, Peggy has built lifelong relationships with clients by educating them on how to both lose weight and maintain it.

“Losing weight is intimate and can be an intimidating process. There is no single path that works for everyone, and everyone’s goals are different,” says Peggy.

The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method at Everybody Wellness is scientifically proven—it is dependable, repeatable, and predictable. Based on the principles of being a low calorie, low carb, low fat, and “right amount of” protein protocol, the program helps clients lose fat pounds while maintaining muscle mass. Everybody Wellness’s team of registered nurses, dieticians, nutritionists and certified weight loss coaches educate clients in the understanding of the impact food has on the body, the mechanism that helps lose fat, and the food combinations that may lead to fat storage.

To learn more and read success stories, visit EverybodyWellnessNola.com.


Blood Donation


Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional health facilities.

Blood shortages typically occur during the summer season when schools are out and families are taking vacations. Your business or organization could help combat shortages—donating blood is a great team-building exercise for organizations both big and small. If you can get 25 or more people to sign up to save a life, The Blood Center will help you host a blood drive and send a team to your business, school, civic, or religious center. If you’re a small group, visiting one of their dozen fixed site locations in Southeastern Louisiana or Southern Mississippi is easy and convenient.

Visit TheBloodCenter.org to find a blood drive or donor center near you, and consider calling 800-86-BLOOD to organize your own blood drive.


Home Care


Poydras Home is reaching deeper into the Greater New Orleans area to fulfill the diverse care needs of even more seniors with the acquisition of an independent, in home, sitter companion services company, Home Care Solutions. Continuing Care Retirement Communities such as Poydras Home recognize that community living is not the only option available to our aging population. By offering support at home, seniors and their families can choose their optimum environment.

For the first time in its 201-year history, Poydras Home will now be able to offer in-home sitter companion services to those who elect to remain at home. Through Home Care Solutions, Poydras Home can also deliver Life Care Management services, personally advising seniors and their families as they face a wide variety of healthcare choices. This new venture will allow greater flexibility to meet the growing needs of more New Orleanians.

For more information about Poydras Home visit PoydrasHome.com or call 504-897-0535.


Pharmacy & Medical Equipment


Generations of families have turned to Patio Drugs for assistance in managing their healthcare needs. Family owned and operated since 1958, Patio Drugs helps customers understand their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and provides free prescription delivery throughout East Jefferson. A full-service pharmacy and the oldest independent pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs is also a leading provider of home medical equipment. For everything from a Band-Aid, to medication, to a hospital bed, Patio Drugs is the one-stop source for your family’s healthcare needs. In addition to providing retail and medical equipment, Patio Drugs can assist with long-term care as well as specialty and compounding services.

Patio Drugs is accredited by The Joint Commission in Home Medical Equipment, Long Term Care, and Consultant Pharmacy Services. Their Compounding Pharmacy is PCAB accredited through ACHC. Patio Drugs is located at 5208 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. For more information, call 504-889-7070. Patio Drugs, “Large Enough to Serve You, Yet, Small Enough to Know You.”


Men’s Health


It is not uncommon for men to avoid discussing their health, even with their loved ones and medical providers. That is especially true when the health issues concern sensitive topics like sexual dysfunction or urinary incontinence. The Tulane Urology Clinic is leading this conversation—and this medical field—by creating a comprehensive men’s health program to educate those in the New Orleans region about the health risks, issues, and solutions unique to men.

Common men’s health conditions treated by the clinic include male infertility, sexual dysfunction and erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, low testosterone and hypogonadism, hormone imbalances and kidney stones. The Tulane urology team offers a wide variety of the latest, most advanced treatment options available, including many minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment tools and procedures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit TulaneHealthcare.com or call the Tulane Urology Clinic at 504-988-5271. Men’s health services are also now provided at Tulane Multispecialty Clinic Metairie, and appointments can be made there by calling 504-988-8050.


Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery


Does your appearance reflect your inner energy? If it doesn’t, consider a consultation with board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black. There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical techniques available to help individuals enhance and refresh their appearance.

“Surgery is not the only option these days,” Dr. Elliott Black emphasizes. “Laser technology and other developments in the cosmetic field such as Botox and fillers offer alternatives to surgery with excellent results,” Dr. Summer Black adds. “The patient benefits with little downtime and minimal or no swelling or bruising. Many non-invasive procedures also provide immediate results,” she says.

The father and daughter team have expanded their facilities to house a full range of laser equipment, including SculpSure non-invasive fat melting, IPL, laser hair removal, fractionated erbium, and fractionated CO2.

For information on available surgical or non-invasive cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black at 504-883-8900, or visit their office at 3798 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.


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