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Allergy & Immunology

New Orleans

Margaret Huntwork

Tulane Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

7th Floor

(504) 988-8600

Reena Mehta

Uptown Allergy & Asthma

2622 Jena Street

(504) 605-5351

Laurianne Wild

Tulane Lung Center

1415 Tulane Avenue

(504) 988-8600

 

Slidell

Jennifer Olivier

Slidell Memorial Hospital

SMH Physicians Network Allergy Clinic

1051 Gause Boulevard, Suite 400

(985) 280-5350

 

Cardiac Electrophysiology

New Orleans

Colleen J. Johnson

Tulane Cardiology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

4th Floor

(504) 988-6113

 

Cardiovascular Disease

New Orleans

Sapna V. Desai

John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute

1514 Jefferson Highway

3rd Floor

(504) 842-4721

 

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

New Orleans

Ashley Weiss

Tulane Doctors Specialty Psychiatry Clinic

4000 Bienville Street

Suite G

(504) 988-0301

 

Child Neurology

New Orleans

Allison H. Conravey

Ochsner Health Center for Children

1319 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-3900

Ann Tilton

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

200 Henry Clay Avenue

(504) 896-2888

Maria B. Weimer

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Department of Neurology

200 Henry Clay Avenue, Suite 3040

(504) 896-9319

 

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Metairie

Jennifer D. Silinsky

Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates

3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 303

(504) 456-5108

 

Dermatology

Mandeville

Martha E. Stewart

Martha E. Stewart Dermatology

4060 Lonesome Road, Highway 190

(985) 727-7701

 

Metairie

Elizabeth F. Bucher

The Skin Surgery Centre

1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101

(504) 644-4226

Patricia Farris

Sanova Dermatology

701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A-205

(504) 836-2050

Mara Alena Haseltine

Pure Dermatology

3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 203

(504) 226-7873

Marilyn C. Ray

Ochsner Health Center – Metairie

2005 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

5th Floor

(504) 842-3940

Nicole Elaine Rogers

Hair Restoration of the South

3100 Galleria Drive, Suite 201

(504) 315-4247

 

New Orleans

Erin E. Boh

Tulane Dermatology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

5th Floor

(504) 988-1700

Patricia R. Hickham

Hickham Dermatology & Med Spa

4141 Bienville Street, Suite 108

(504) 224-6040

Deirdre O. Hooper

Audubon Dermatology

3525 Prytania Street

Suite 501

(504) 895-3376

Leah G. Jacob

Tulane Dermatology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

5th Floor

(504) 988-1700

Kathryn G. Kerisit

Ochsner Health Center – Mid-City at Canal

4100 Canal Street

(504) 703-2750

Mary P. Lupo

Lupo Center for Aesthetic & General Dermatology

145 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Suite 302

(504) 288-2381

Julie Mermilliod

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, 11th Floor

(504) 842-3940

Andrea T. Murina

Tulane Dermatology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

5th Floor

(504) 988-1700

Suneeta S. Walia

Ochsner Medical Center

1516 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-3940

Laura C. Williams

Tulane Dermatology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

5th Floor

(504) 988-1700

Katy L. Wiltz

Southern Dermatology of New Orleans

2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 1020

(504) 891-8004

 

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Marrero

Marideli C. Scanlan

West Jefferson Medical Center Endocrinology

1111 Medical Center Boulevard, South Tower Suite 850

(504) 349-6824

 

Metairie

Dragana Lovre

Tulane Multispecialty Clinic

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101

(504) 988-8050

 

New Orleans

Brandy Panunti

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4023

 

Family Medicine

Kenner

Ariel Aguillard

Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner

200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 210

(504) 464-8588

 

Mandeville

Nathalie Mascherpa-Kerkow

St. Tammany Physicians Network – Mandeville

201 St. Ann Drive

Suite B

(985) 898-4001

 

Metairie

Clarissa J. Hoff

Tulane Doctors – Family Medicine

2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

Suite 140

(504) 988-0501

Rachana Sus

Tulane Multispecialty Clinic

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 101

(504) 988-8050

 

New Orleans

Rebekah Byrne

Tulane Medical Center

200 Broadway Street, Suite 230

(504) 988-9000

Vernilyn N. Juan

Crescent City Physicians

3525 Prytania Street

Suite 301

(504) 897-8118

Radha Raman

Oak Street Medical

8708 Oak Street

(504) 865-0805

Priya P. Velu

Ochsner Health Center – Tchoupitoulas

5300 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suite C2

(504) 703-3070

 

Gastroenterology

New Orleans

Natalie H. Bzowej

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans

4429 Clara Street, Suite 600

(504) 842-3925

Rebekah H. Lemann

Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates

2820 Napoleon Avenue

Suite 720

(504) 896-8670

Shamita Bhupendra Shah

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4015

 

Gynecologic Oncology

New Orleans

Pui C. Cheng

Crescent City Physicians

3434 Prytania Street

Suite 320

(504) 897-7142

 

Infectious Disease

New Orleans

Katherine Baumgarten

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4005

Sandra A. Kemmerly

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4005

 

Internal Medicine

Covington

Susan F. Ovella

Lakeview Circle Primary Care

130 Lakeview Circle

(985) 892-6858

 

New Orleans

Jennifer M. Bertsch

Crescent City Physicians

3700 St. Charles Avenue

4th Floor

(504) 897-7007

Jan Cooper

New Orleans East Hospital

5620 Read Boulevard

(504) 592-6760

Gloria M. Leary

Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness

1401 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4747

Erica V. Tate

University Medical Center

2001 Tulane Avenue

2nd Floor

(504) 962-6330

 

Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Metairie

Chi P. Dola

Tulane Center for Women’s Health

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302

(504) 988-8070

Cecilia Gambala

Tulane Center for Women’s Health

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302

(504) 988-8070

Gabriella C. Pridjian

Tulane Center for Women’s Health

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302

(504) 988-8070

 

Medical Oncology

New Orleans

Bridgette Collins-Burow

Tulane Cancer Center Clinic

150 South Liberty Street

(504) 988-6300

 

Nephrology

Metairie

Jill S. Lindberg

New Orleans Nephrology Associates

4409 Utica Street, Suite 100

(504) 457-3687

 

New Orleans

Catherine Staffeld-Coit

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans

Multi-Organ Transplant Institute

1514 Jefferson Highway

1st Floor

(504) 842-3925

 

Neurology

Covington

Rana Abusoufeh

Tulane Doctors Neurosciences

101 Judge Tanner Boulevard

Suite 402

(985) 951-3222

 

New Orleans

Bridget A. Bagert

Ochsner Medical Center

Department of Neurology

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-3980

 

Raceland

Jamie B. Huddleston

Ochsner Specialty Health Center

141 Twin Oaks Drive

(985) 537-2666

 


Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Hangover

Drink Plenty of Water

Alcohol is a diuretic and contributes to dehydration. A good rule of thumb, that can be hard to stick to, but may save you the next day is to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. This also slows consumption.

Steer Clear of Congeners

When sugar fermenting yeasts produce ethanol and methanol, active ingredients in alcoholic beverages, congeners are formed. Drinks with high levels of congeners increase the intensity of a hangover. These include dark alcohols like whisky, red wine and cognac. Colorless drinks like vodka, gin and rum have lower levels. Cheers!

Eat Before You Drink and Don’t Skip a Healthy Breakfast

Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach sends toxins right to your intestines and it is absorbed by the bloodstream quickly. A full stomach will ensure your blood alcohol level stays lower. Healthy fats like avocado delay absorption. Hangovers can also cause low blood sugar, contributing to several unpleasant symptoms. Eating a meal before bed or a substantial breakfast that’s not loaded with junk or empty calories will help maintain blood sugar levels. 

Supplements

Evidence suggests that many hangover symptoms are caused by inflammation. Prickly pear and ginger have both proven effective in impacting hangovers and lessening symptoms. 

Additional Hydration Before and After

Alcohol inhibits your antidiuretic hormone. Drinks high in electrolytes are formulated to help your body absorb fluid faster. Many swear by pre-gaming with a tall glass of Pedialyte and drinking one or two on ice (the ice cuts the sweetness) the morning after a night out drinking. 


 

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Covington

Nancy N. Thomas

Ochsner Women’s Health Center

71380 Highway 21

(985) 875-2828

Kenner

Veronica Gillispie

Ochsner Health Center – Kenner

200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 501

(504) 464-8506

Amy Truitt

Ochsner Health Center – Kenner

200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 501

(504) 464-8506

 

Metairie

Amy N. Grace

Tulane Lakeside Hospital

Lakeside Women’s Services

4720 South I-10 Service Road, Suite 205

(504) 779-8282

 

New Orleans

Elizabeth Lapeyre

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

2700 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-4155

Angela M. Parise

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

2700 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-4155

Rebecca U. Perret

Crescent City Physicians

3434 Prytania Street

Suite 130

(504) 897-7580

Margaret Roberie

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

2700 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-4155

Janet Ross

Crescent City Physicians

3525 Prytania Street

Suite 206

(504) 897-8281

Donna S. Waters

Crescent City Physicians

3434 Prytania Street

Suite 320

(504) 897-7142

Anna White

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

2700 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-4155

 

Slidell

Diana L. Clavin

Camellia City OB/GYN

1150 Robert Boulevard, Suite 360

(985) 781-4848

 

Ophthalmology

Mandeville

Marilu O’Byrne

O’Byrne Eye Clinic

1580 West Causeway Approach, Suite 3

(985) 624-5573

 

New Orleans

Rebecca C. Metzinger

Tulane Ophthalmology Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

4th Floor

(504) 988-5831

 

Thibodaux

Nano Karen Zeringue

Southern Eye Institute

900 Canal Boulevard, Suite 3

(985) 448-3353

 

Orthopaedic Surgery

New Orleans

Mary K. Mulcahey

Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine

202 Janet Yulman Way

(504) 988-8476

Leslie Elaine Sisco

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, 5th Floor

(504) 842-3970

 

Otolaryngology

Covington

Kathy L. Chauvin

ENT & Plastic Surgery Specialists of Louisiana

350 Lakeview Court

Suite A

(985) 845-2677

 

New Orleans

Elisabeth H. Rareshide

Ochsner Health Center – Baptist Napoleon Medical Plaza

2820 Napoleon Avenue

Suite 820

(504) 897-4455

 

Pathology

New Orleans

Shams K. Halat

Tulane Medical Center

1415 Tulane Avenue

(504) 988-5224

 

Pediatric Allergy & Immunology

New Orleans

Cathryn C. Hassett

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-6742

 

Pediatric Cardiology

New Orleans

Kelly Gajewski

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

The Heart Center

Cardiology Department

200 Henry Clay Avenue

(504) 896-9751

Patricia E. Thomas

Ochsner Health Center for Children

1319 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-5200

 

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

New Orleans

Lolie Yu

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

200 Henry Clay Avenue

(504) 896-9740

 

Slidell

Tammuella E. Chrisentery-Singleton

Louisiana Center for Advanced Medicine

2053 Gause Boulevard East, Suite 200

(985) 259-8045

 

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Metairie

Margarita Silio

Tulane Pediatric Specialty Clinic

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 401 

(504) 988-6253

 

Pediatric Otolaryngology

New Orleans

Kimsey H. Rodriguez

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-4111

 

Pediatric Pulmonology

New Orleans

Kristin N. Van Hook

Ochsner Health Center for Children

1315 Jefferson Highway

(504) 842-3900

 

Pediatric Surgery

New Orleans

Mary L. Brandt

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

200 Henry Clay Avenue

1st floor

(504) 896-9756

 

Pediatrics

Covington

Sharon Lilly

Fairway Pediatrics

7020 North Highway 190, Suite C

(985) 871-7337

Nancy Mula

Fairway Pediatrics

7020 North Highway 190, Suite C

(985) 871-7337

Kathryn Quarls

Fairway Pediatrics

7020 North Highway 190, Suite C

(985) 871-7337

 

Mandeville

Pamela E. Richard

Ochsner Health Center – East Mandeville

3235 East Causeway Approach

(985) 875-2828

 

Metairie

Diane M. deFrance

Sunrise Pediatrics

3116 6th Street, Suite 101

(504) 837-9000

Patrice Evers

Tulane General Pediatric Clinic

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 401 

(504) 988-6253

Reita Lawrence

Pelican Pediatric Physicians

3100 Kingman Street

(504) 887-6355

 

New Orleans

Theresa L. Dise

Children’s Hospital Pediatrics

2633 Napoleon Avenue

Suite 707

(504) 269-3955

Betty P. Lo-Blais

LSU Healthcare Network

3700 St. Charles Avenue

2nd Floor

(504) 412-1366

M. Nora Oates

Hales Pediatrics

3525 Prytania Street

Suite 602

(504) 897-0744

 

River Ridge

Janine T. Lissard

Ochsner River Ridge – Pediatrics

9605 Jefferson Highway, Suite J

(504) 703-3270

 

Slidell

Tara E. Mitchell

Ochsner Health Center for Children – Slidell

2370 Gause Boulevard East

(985) 639-3755

 

Thibodaux

Anne T. Boudreaux

Preferred Pediatrics

142 Rue Marguerite

(985) 449-7529

 


Tips for Staying Healthy and Avoiding Temptation During the Holidays

Ah, the holidays – a festive time, filled with joy, celebrations, gifts and quality moments with loved ones. But with that comes extra obligations, additional work, financial burdens and unnecessarily nutty traffic and delays. The following tips will help ease seasonal stress and can be hard to stick to but are offered by experts for a reason. They work. 

Make Sleep a Priority

The proper amount of rest is essential for avoiding a hectic day. There are several helpful tools for hitting your sleep sweet spot. Natural remedies like melatonin, CBD and magnesium are many folks’ current “go to.” There are also hip new devices like the Oura Ring that provide tons of sleep-tracking data and a clearer picture of what’s happening inside your body and what needs adjusting. Studies show that when you get a proper night’s sleep you make better food choices as well. Win-win.

Fine Tune Your Morning Routine

Give yourself plenty of time in the morning to get out the door. That extra 15 minutes hitting the snooze button does you absolutely no good. Get into the habit of rolling out of bed and hitting the shower for an instant wake-up. A short meditation or stretch to your favorite music provides a sense of calm and clears the mind. 

No Matter What, Carve Out Time For You

Everyone will thank you and you will be a saner and healthier person for it. Make sure you find time every day to up your serotonin levels by staying active, be it at the gym or simply an evening walk. Take a short break and savor a cup of your favorite warm, cozy beverage. (Chamomile tea acts as a mild sedative and may help ease anxiety.) And lastly, breathe. Hit your internal pause button and set a few minutes aside to take deep breathes and think of 3 things you are grateful for. It will instantly lift your mood.

Smart snacking

Eat before you hit the celebrations. It can be hard to remember to fill up before you leave for a holiday lunch or party, but it’s the same philosophy that you should use when you head to the grocery. Even if you only have time for a healthy snack, not hitting the aisles or the beautifully crafted cheese puffs and deserts in a ravenous rage will save you countless empty calories and give you more energy to get through the day. There’s nothing like a hangry holiday shopper!


 

Plastic Surgery

Metairie

Abigail E. Chaffin

Tulane Breast & Surgery Clinic

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 100

(504) 988-8100

 

Pulmonary Disease

Kenner

Carol Mason

Ochsner Health Center – Kenner

200 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 701

(504) 412-1705

 

New Orleans

Nereida A. Parada

Tulane Lung Center

1415 Tulane Avenue

(504) 988-8600

 

Radiation Oncology

New Orleans

Ellen L. Zakris

Crescent City Physicians

Radiation Oncology

1401 Foucher Street

(504) 897-8387

 

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility

Metairie

Belinda M. Sartor

Fertility Institute

4770 South I-10 Service Road West

(504) 454-2165

 

New Orleans

Lindsay M. Wells

Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine

4321 Magnolia Street

(504) 891-1390

 

Rheumatology

New Orleans

Madelaine Feldman

The Rheumatology Group

2633 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 530

(504) 899-1120

Chandana Keshavamurthy

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

5th Floor

(504) 842-3920

Karen A. Toribio

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

5th Floor

(504) 842-3920

Tamika A. Webb-Detiege

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway

5th Floor

(504) 842-3920

 

Sports Medicine

New Orleans

Christine M. Keating

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

Pain Management

2820 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-2000

 

Surgery

New Orleans

Mary Killackey

Tulane Transplant Institute Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

6th Floor

(504) 988-5344

Shauna M. Levy

Tulane GI & Surgery Clinic

1415 Tulane Avenue

6th Floor

(504) 988-5110

Shawn A. McKinney

University Medical Center New Orleans

2000 Canal Street

(504) 702-5700

 

Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Metairie

Margie Kahn

Tulane Center for Women’s Health

4720 South I-10 Service Road West, Suite 302

(504) 988-8070

 

New Orleans

Leise R. Knoepp

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center

2700 Napoleon Avenue

(504) 842-4155

 

Urology

New Orleans

Melissa M. Montgomery

Ochsner Medical Center – Urology

1514 Jefferson Highway

4th Floor

(504) 842-4083

 

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Gretna

Dee Malkerneker

Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank

2500 Belle Chasse Highway

(504) 391-5177

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