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Last Call: Old is New Again

In the heat of a New Orleans summer, like now, for instance, creativity and more effort fade away to a “Let’s just get this done as quickly as possible” attitude. Understandable. The daiquiri cocktail takes its name from both a beach and an iron mine not far from Santiago de Cuba and can trace its […]

Food: Peachy Keen

I once tracked down the best routes out of New Orleans to load up on fresh peaches in August. That’s not to say the grocery stores weren’t selling them, but I have a childhood love of food fresh off the farm, not to mention how much I like a little jaunt away from home on […]

Table Talk: Weathering the Storm

Saying the last several months have challenged restaurants to adapt would be an understatement. Some became mini-groceries and others battened down the hatches to wait things out. Others have been lost entirely. Alison Vega, the chef and owner of Station 6, was deliberate regarding how she brought her Bucktown seafood outpost back online. “Our first […]

Streetcar: Fun with Fungi

A sure indication that the day was going to be slow was that one of the few diversions was a film entitled “Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us.” Slow days have been plentiful in the COVID-19 era, but mercifully Phase 2 had allowed for movie theaters to be re-opened, and that included the Broad Theater […]

Top Doctors

According to the company, Castle Connolly Top Doctors is a healthcare research company and the official source for Top Doctors for the past 25 years. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty […]

Mind + Body

With the introduction of COVID-19, health and wellness have become primary concerns for everyone. Not only is it important to follow safety guidelines during this time, but it is equally vital to be active—and maintain sanity—in the process of finding a “new normal.” The mind and body are inextricably linked with a complex relationship between […]

Behind the Front Lines

It was early in the day on March 9 when Jennifer Avegno, while working in her office on the eighth floor of City Hall, got a call from an emergency physician at New Orleans’ Veterans Affairs Hospital. A patient the doctor had admitted to the hospital had just tested positive for COVID-19, the virus that […]

Home: Living Elegance

Christine and Matt Lejeune had two young daughters and a third on the way when they decided to build a new house in Old Metairie where Christine grew up. The plan was to create a home that is elegant and uncluttered for adults, and lives comfortably and easily for a family with children.  Initially, the […]

Joie D’Eve: A Healthy Diet

For all of my childhood and adolescence, I was tiny. Not just short – although I’m 5-foot-nothin’ – but tiny, like size 0, make-jokes-about-how-I-skinny-I-am, count-my-ribs tiny. I gained weight in my early 20s at my first sedentary desk job, panicked when I realized I had to fit into a preordered bridesmaid’s dress for my best […]

Ok, Boomer

My nephew Comus is a boy genius, but he got a smart mouth on him. A few months ago, when we were all at Ms. Larda’s, she tells him to put down that phone and come eat.  He says “Okay, Boomer.” Uh-oh. I brace myself. Ms. Larda don’t stand for no back talk, even from […]

Making Doctors

I grew up around doctors. My dad was the Dean of Georgetown Medical School. He was an administrator, lecturer, researcher, clinician and editor of medical journals over a 50 year career. He was a wicked smart guy. He met my mom when he was in medical school and she was a nursing student at Georgetown. […]

Persona: Community Crusader

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, more than 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state have been African Americans. Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the first African American to head that department, is leading the charge of educating the community about the effects of […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Hi Julia, A couple of years ago, I was at an estate sale on the north shore and bought a framed poster from the World’s Fair in 1984. The poster features a man working on the Mississippi River and he is wearing an Army Corps of Engineers hardhat. The Army Corps of Engineers symbol is […]

Tulane Dermatology

Tulane University Department of Dermatology provides cutting-edge medical care. Innovators in the treatment of skin diseases, faculty physicians provide general dermatology care as well as treatment of complicated dermatological problems. In addition to Erin Boh, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, the department has experts in comprehensive psoriasis care, skin cancer treatment, and cosmetic dermatology. Tulane […]

New Orleans Weight Loss Surgeons

Dr. Matt French and Dr. Jimmy Redmann have helped thousands of people lose weight and gain control of their health. As advanced laparoscopic surgeons specializing in weight loss surgery, they are passionate about improving their patients’ quality of life. Together in private practice with five other partners, they are known as industry pioneers, constantly enhancing […]

The Skin Surgery Centre

At The Skin Surgery Centre, Dr. Keith LeBlanc, Jr., Dr. Elizabeth Bucher and Dr. Corey Rougelot are fellowship-trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, today’s most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer, offering the highest potential for cure even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method. The Mohs procedure allows removal of […]

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy is a multidisciplinary clinic delivering high quality patient services with compassionate and personalized care. Dr. Luis Espinoza and Dr. William Sherman are board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Chadwick Murphy is a board certified, fellowship trained pain medicine/interventional spine specialist. OCSM welcomes the addition of […]

Neil Maki, MD & David Ryan Kesterson PA-C

One of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Neil Maki practices in Thibodaux and is on staff at Thibodaux Regional Health System. He and the staff at Thibodaux Regional Orthopaedic Clinic, including David Ryan Kesterson PA-C, ensure that patients’ individual needs are met by the most effective means. Dr. Maki specializes in the shoulder and […]

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers

Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers is leading the way in providing pain relief without pain pills. Dr. Eric Lonseth is a specialist known nationwide for excellence in interventional pain management. He helps patients overcome their low back pain, neck pain and headaches in order to regain their strength and improve their function and mobility. Dr. Eric […]

LA Pain Doctor – Firas Hijazi, MD

Dr. Firas Hijazi has specialized in Pain Management since 2004. After receiving his medical degree from a top medical school in Italy, Dr. Hijazi completed an anesthesiology residency at Tulane University Medical Center and a Pain Management fellowship at The University of New Mexico Albuquerque. Dr. Hijazi is an expert in treating chronic neck and […]

Jansen Plastic Surgery

Jansen Plastic Surgery’s unique group of plastic surgeons offers a complete package of cutting edge surgical techniques. Patients can expect excellent surgical results accompanied by a caring and gentle bedside manner. Dr. David Jansen brings 27 years of experience to his patients. He specializes in facial rejuvenation, body aesthetics, and all aspects of breast reconstruction. […]

Bridget Brahney, DDS

Dr. Bridget Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. Always expanding, the practice offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family, from Velscope oral cancer screening to fillings, crowns, and tooth whitening. […]

Dr. Gary Birdsall Medical Clinic, LLC

Dr. Gary Birdsall, Board certified Family Physician, provides comprehensive care, services and treatments to patients of all ages. A graduate of LSU Medical School with over 33 years of experience, Dr. Birdsall is accomplished in pediatric, adult, and geriatric care. In order to deliver the highest level of quality care, the practice offers same-day appointments […]

DiMarco Dental

DiMarco Dental has provided quality care for over 50 years in a friendly, family environment. DiMarco Dental provides a holistic approach to dental health. Doctors Damon DiMarco, DDS and Joanne Hoppe, DDS offer individualized care and tailored solutions unique to each patient’s health and smile. We love creating and keeping beautiful smiles. We keep up […]

Crane Rehab Center

Crane Rehab Center has been helping New Orleanians overcome challenges and achieve their highest level of function for two decades. Their team of certified orthopedic manual therapists, McKenzie-certified therapists and certified LSVT Big Parkinson’s therapists offers physical, occupational and aquatic therapy, as well as wellness, personal training and massage. Both of Crane’s outpatient orthopedic locations […]

Collins Pediatrics

Collins Pediatrics was founded by in 2005 by Dr. Keith Collins.  What began with one doctor, one nurse and one staff member on Metairie Road has now expanded to add a second office in Lakeview.  The practice now boasts four doctors, one doctor of nurse partitioning, ten Registered Nurses, one Medical Assistant, and a large […]

Dr. Alan Sheen

Dr. Sheen received his medical degree from LSU Medical School in N.O. He completed his internship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, residency in pediatrics at Charity Hospital of LA, Tulane Division and post doctoral Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Charity Hospital of LA, LSU Division and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington DC. Dr. Sheen […]

Richard Gitter, MD, FACS — Thought Leader

Gitter Vein Institute One Galleria Boulevard Suite 100, Metairie 504-833-0111 GitterVein.com As a board certified cardiovascular surgeon, Richard Gitter, MD, FACS, was trained to understand and address the intricate details of the heart and blood vessels. After many years of working away as the Director of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Gitter returned to New […]

Resources for Physical and Financial Health and Wellness

When times are tough, it’s helpful to have resources to turn to—people and professionals who know how to provide assistance and guide you in the right direction. From financial retirement questions to in-home care needs, insurance, uniform and medical supplies, where to find swim lessons, and much more, locating a knowledgeable professional is fortunately not […]

Hospital Buzz

From small surgical hospitals to large, comprehensive health systems, hospitals provide necessary services that help improve lives across all communities in New Orleans and beyond. From offering 24-hour emergency services in the heart of a neighborhood to housing world renowned surgeons sought for their specialties, hospitals provide dedicated space for caring for patients at their […]

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