There’s a doctor for everything—from surgeons who specialize in a particular kind of skin cancer removal to those who do joint replacements, cosmetic procedures, spinal surgery, and more. And while some practices and clinics are focused on one specialty alone, some house a variety of specialists all under one roof. Greater New Orleans is rich with highly qualified specialists in just about every field of medicine, which means that when you or a family member are in need of specific care or a particular treatment, you’ll likely find the help you need close to home. From cancer care to immunology, dentistry to dermatology, orthopedics to women’s health, specialties highlighted below may be useful to you when deciding what kind of care to seek and where. While some specialists require referrals, many do not. Explore your options and see what an abundance of gifted healthcare providers we have right here in New Orleans.
Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery
Microfat use in aesthetic surgery is fast becoming one of the best methods for skin rejuvenation. The rejuvenate cell in the microfat contains millions of growth factors and other key components that, when placed directly in the affected skin area, cause restoration of the skin and surrounding tissues. The skin is able to produce more and better collagen and elastin—two key components of healthy, youthful appearing skin. This is the same science and physiology behind the use of microfat injections to promote an arthritic joint surface to repair itself when used in orthopedic surgeries.
A minimal amount of fat is harvested under local anesthesia, and the microfat cells are prepared and isolated. These cells are then placed in the areas needing rejuvenation. The results appear within two months as the skin has a new luster and less wrinkly appearance. While the longevity of these rejuvenative cells is unknown, recent European studies have shown long-lasting effects.
Jansen Plastic Surgery’s unique group of plastic surgeons offers a complete package of cutting edge surgical techniques including use of microfat in skin rejuvenation. Call 504-455-1000 to schedule your consultation today.
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.
With a new office, 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.
Allergy & Immunology
Alan Sheen, MD, is a well-known and highly respected allergist serving both the Northshore and Southshore regions of the New Orleans metropolitan area. A graduate of LSU’s School of Medicine in New Orleans and a known specialist in allergies and asthma, Dr. Sheen has been recognized several times as one of the city’s Top Doctors by New Orleans Magazine. With a focus on immunology and allergies, Dr. Sheen’s long-standing medical practice treats patients of all ages. He has a strong interest in the management of childhood and infant allergies, especially food allergies and problems with formula.
Dr. Sheen also treats conditions such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, hives and related allergic conditions. He has two convenient locations to greater serve area patients. For Dr. Sheen’s Metairie office, located at 3701 Houma Blvd., call 504-456-1999. Dr. Sheen’s Covington office, located at 208 Highland Park Plaza may be reached by calling 985-246-6077. Find out additional information on Dr. Sheen and his practice at DrAlanSheenAllergist.com.
Drs. Daniel Bode and Alaina Johnson at Associated Hearing have been positively impacting patients’ lives for more than 40 years. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, they evaluate patients with hearing loss and tinnitus and provide customized treatment plans based upon individualized lifestyles and listening environments.
Employing the latest, cutting-edge hearing aid technology from leading manufacturers, Associated Hearing’s doctors create a personalized listening experience second to none for a more natural blend of sound. After the fitting of hearing devices, patients continue to enjoy their remarkable experience and the services they have come to expect.
Your complementary consultation awaits you. Please call today to begin your journey to better hearing, or visit AssociatedHearingInc.com for more information. Associated Hearing treats patients at its Metairie (504-833-4327) and Covington (985-249-5225) locations, as well as at assisted living and nursing care facilities on both sides of the lake.
Behavioral Health & Addiction Services
With earlier professions in massage therapy, then biochemistry and genetics, Arwen Podesta, MD, psychiatrist, addiction specialist, holistic medicine physician and forensic psychiatrist, has merged her interests in mind-body wellness and biology by opening Podesta Wellness. Operating in Mid-City, she collaborates closely with an extraordinary team of providers.
Tricia Brown, PLPC, received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education in 2005. She is experienced in working with anxiety, depression, addiction, co-dependency, relationships, stress management, self-esteem/self-worth, grief and trauma. Receiving her Master’s Degree from Naropa University, Tori Buckley, LPC-S utilizes mindfulness, experiential, and somatic therapies in treating clients. Tori has expertise with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, sex and gender related concerns, mood disorders, and trauma. Enrica-Anne Montalbano, a licensed massage therapist, specializes in Ortho-Bionomy, sports massage, craniosacral, and healing touch. She works well with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, injuries, and lymphedema. Nutritionist and Functional medicine specialist, Jan Johnson, RD, LDN, CLT, helps people achieve whole health by addressing the underlying disease etiology through nutrition and habits.
To inquire about an appointment, please visit PodestaWellness.com.
Tulane Cancer Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care with a distinguished team of experts who offer the most advanced cancer treatments and access to cutting-edge clinical trials. Radiation Oncologist Dr. Kendra Harris and the Radiation Oncology Department at Tulane provide curative therapy to patients using the best equipment and techniques. The department is excited to announce the installation of a new linear accelerator—the TruBeam®—which adds new capabilities, including breath-hold gated radiation treatment delivery. In addition, the department is receiving all new CT equipment, which will add the ability to take scans during patient breath holds, providing the data necessary to further focus radiation treatments on a patient’s tumor while avoiding normal tissues.
The department is also excited to welcome Dr. Audrey Dang as a faculty member. Dr. Dang returns home having recently finished a radiation oncology residency at UCLA.
“I’m proud of and excited about the care we deliver—it’s timely, multidisciplinary, and uses the best technology available while offering clinical trials,” says Dr. Harris. For more information, call 504-988-1070.
The newly expanded comprehensive Kidney and Bladder Cancer Program at Tulane Cancer Center is at the forefront of kidney and bladder cancer care in the state. The program offers access to a large number of clinical trials for kidney and bladder cancer patients in all stages of their disease. With a focus on access to care, the clinical team is able to see newly diagnosed patients in clinic within a few days and quickly develop a plan for treatment.
“It’s wonderful to be able to offer patients quick access to care in addition to novel treatments they won’t find anywhere else,” says Dr. Pedro Barata. Prior to overseeing the Tulane Kidney and Bladder Cancer Program, Dr. Barata worked extensively with clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic and at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As a GU-focused medical oncologist, Dr. Barata specializes specifically in the management of kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 504-988-1118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The number of treatment options facing prostate cancer patients can be confusing and daunting. And the appointments required to explore those options are often time consuming and inconvenient. That’s why Tulane Health System created the Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic, bringing patients and family members together with medical oncologists, urologic surgeons and radiation oncology specialists to discuss all options in one convenient visit. And because waiting is often the hardest part, a medical team member will speak with any patient within 48 hours of their initial inquiry.
“We’ve assembled the most experienced prostate cancer team in the Gulf South region,” says urologic surgeon Dr. Spencer Krane. “We offer the latest treatment options and cutting-edge clinical trials. We want to share this expertise with patients who need us and take away some of the stress of an incredibly stressful time.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 504-988-2342.
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates is a practice dedicated to always being on the forefront of technology and patient care. With four board-certified surgeons and a highly qualified staff of nurses and administrators, Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates is a comfortable place to seek help for uncomfortable problems, everything from hemorrhoids and ulcerative colitis to fissures, fistulas, and cancers of the colon, rectum, and anus. The practice of Drs. Hildreth McCarthy, Sean Mayfield, Jennifer Silinksy, and Matthew Zelhart, Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates is also equipped to treat Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis and diverticulosis, lower GI bleeding, infections, abscesses, and more.
The practice has participated on past research projects working to reduce surgical infection and post-operative nausea and remains focused on the latest news and research. To that end, the surgeons started three new research projects last year. Conveniently located in Metairie, the practice is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Learn more and make an appointment by calling 504-456-5108 or visiting nolacrsa.com.
Want a brighter, whiter smile? Drs. Kristie Reine and Edmund Ring are eager to answer your questions and help create a beautiful, brilliant smile while boosting your confidence. With a wide range of services and advanced equipment and technology, Lakeshore Family Dentistry can help you maintain clean teeth, restore shine and whiteness to your teeth, or restore lost or damaged teeth with services such as implants.
Drs. Reine and Ring are both Louisiana natives and proud graduates of LSU School of Dentistry. They are each active members of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and Lake Pontchartrain Study Club.
Take the first step towards a more beautiful smile and call Lakeshore Family Dentistry to make an appointment with Dr. Reine or Dr. Ring. A variety of payment options ensure a beautiful, healthy smile is within reach for everyone. The practice is located at 435 Robert Boulevard in Slidell. Call 985-643-1852, and visit LakeshoreFamilyDentistry.com.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jason Parker has been taking care of the dental needs for children of all ages with gentleness and compassion. Patients travel from within a 45-mile radius of his Metairie, Covington, and Slidell offices to see him and his incredible staff.
“The key is having an energetic, friendly, experienced staff that creates a relaxed, positive and fun experience for every child,” says Dr. Parker.
In 2008, Parker received the New Dentist Award from the Louisiana Dental Association. Throughout his career, he has extended care beyond his practice with a number of philanthropic endeavors. As chairman for the 2007 March of Dimes Gala, he raised $7,000 for neonatal research. Parker has also been involved in many levels of organized dentistry; he has served as chairman for Children’s Dental Health Month for the New Orleans Dental Association, helped to produce a documentary with the American Dental Association, and is a 2019 Honoree for the American Cancer Society Belles & Beaus Gala.
To schedule an appointment for your child or for more information, visit DocParker4Kids.com.
With almost 40 years of experience, Oak Family Dental, the family-run practice of Drs. Troy Sr., Jr., and Margaret Patterson has continued to adapt and grow with the advances in dental treatment. With the advent of digital dental technology, including radiology, impressions, same-day crowns, Invisalign, implants and cosmetics, this practice in Metairie has continued to excel by offering the latest and greatest dentistry has to offer.
A family-run practice, this father-daughter-son dental team works together creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Recognizing the wants and needs of their patients, this practice focuses on comprehensive care, with particular attention to overall health. A variety of procedures ranging from preventative to full-mouth rehabilitations, including implants, are offered. Providing top of the line procedures in house makes it more convenient for patients and reduces the overall cost.
A membership plan is available for non-insurance patients, which includes preventative and emergency visits at no charge, as well as a discount on all procedures. For more information, visit OakFamilyDental.com or call 504-834-6410.
All that is good begins with a smile. At Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, your smile is a top priority. Dr. Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile, whether it be through routine cleanings and checkups or through finding a solution to a more complex dental concern.
When you visit Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including the latest advancements that reduce discomfort and expedite care. Dr. Brahney 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.
Not only are Dr. Brahney and her team focused on the beauty of your smile, but they’re also concerned about your health. To that end, they focus on thorough exams and routine cleanings. For more information about Dr. Bridget Brahney and her practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit SmileNewOrleans.com or call 504-888-6860.
DeFelice Dental is committed to a conservative approach in patient care—focusing on preventative measures and maintenance as well as on patient education. They provide top quality care in a relaxed atmosphere. For patients who may require more complex treatment, the DeFelice Dental team provides comprehensive care with a gentle, caring touch. Services provided at the practice include gentle cleanings, tooth-colored fillings, nonsurgical gum care, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, natural looking crowns, and implants. In addition to visual cancer screenings completed during appointments, Velscope oral cancer early detection technology is available for patients needing or requesting more advanced screening.
Prior to leading his team at DeFelice Dental, Dr. Tre DeFelice worked as the Clinical Director of a unique specialty practice in New Orleans, where he planned, delivered, and coordinated patient treatment along with a team of dental specialists, gaining tremendous experience and knowledge along the way. Dr. DeFelice spends many hours in continuing education to advance in areas of comprehensive patient care, esthetics, and dental implants.
DeFelice Dental is conveniently located on at 1900 N. Causeway Blvd. near I-10. For more information, visit DeFeliceDental.net or call 504-833-4300.
From her beautiful, historic Uptown office, Dr. Elizabeth Riggs practices both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She performs every procedure to the highest standard while expertly creating beautiful life-like porcelain veneers, crowns, bonding, and implant/tooth replacement procedures. Additionally, she administers dermal fillers and Botox injections, emphasizing quality and comfort, to enhance the framework of her patients’ smiles.
Dr. Riggs also offers platelet therapy, a modern and effective procedure that promotes healing after dental and oral surgery. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her transformative work and her outstanding dedication to her patients, including the “Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Award” from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is empathetic and effective, truly dedicating her life’s work to fulfilling her patients’ goals for beautiful, healthy smiles.
For more information, call 504-891-1115 or visit SmilesByRiggs.com. The practice is located at 3442 Magazine Street in New Orleans.
A family and team of native New Orleanians, Tufton Family Dentistry is the practice of Dr. Peter Tufton, who works side-by-side with his wife, a dental hygienist, and his son, Dr. Michael Tufton. Dr. Peter Tufton founded the practice in the ‘70s and offers decades of invaluable dental experience.
A comfortable and inviting space for patients of all ages, Tufton Family Dentistry is equipped with advanced technology to provide outstanding care. They use the Trios 3D scanner for digital impressions, intraoral cameras, and digital x-rays for more accurate diagnoses. DentalVibe is used by the practice for pain-free injections.
Each treatment room is equipped with a touch-screen computer, which allows patients the opportunity to see firsthand the images of their teeth while discussing the diagnosis and treatment process directly with doctors. The wide range of services offered by Tufton Family Dentistry include implants, veneers, and botox.
Tufton Family Dentistry offers affordable care and several financing options. Visit Tuftondds.com for more information.
At Clearview Dental Care, Dr. Eva Jessup wants her patients to feel at home and comfortable while receiving the quality dental care they deserve. The Clearview Dental Care team offers comprehensive general dentistry services for the entire family—everything from routine cleanings to tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, partials, veneers and implants. With over 21 years of experience practicing in the Metairie area, Dr. Jessup remains committed to excellence in all areas of her practice, from utilizing advanced technologies and procedures to continued education for herself and her entire staff.
A New Orleans native, Dr. Jessup is a graduate of Archbishop Chapelle High School, LSU Baton Rouge and LSU School of Dentistry. She completed her general practice residency at Charity Hospital and an externship at Guy’s Hospital in London, England.
Clearview Dental Care is located at 2221 Clearview Parkway in Metairie. Interest-free financing is available for qualified patients and senior citizen discounts are also available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 504-455-1667 or visit ClearviewDentalCare.com.
Dermatology & Skincare Services
At The Skin Surgery Centre, Dr. Keith LeBlanc, Jr., Dr. Elizabeth Bucher and Dr. Corey Rougelot are fellowship-trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today. This gold-standard treatment modality offers the highest potential for cure even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another method. Using the Mohs method, the surgeons at The Skin Surgery Centre are able to remove as little skin as necessary to cure the cancer. Their training includes advanced reconstruction techniques to achieve an excellent cosmetic result.
Patients go from cancer to cure and repair, all in a state-of-the-art facility, usually in just one day. The Skin Surgery Centre—your skin cancer and Mohs surgery experts with locations in greater New Orleans, the Northshore, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. If you or a loved one has questions or concerns about skin cancer and skin cancer prevention, contact your board certified dermatologist right away. If you are facing a skin cancer diagnosis, you could be a good candidate for Mohs micrographic surgery.
Innovators in the treatment of skin diseases, faculty physicians at Tulane University Department of Dermatology provide cutting-edge general dermatology care as well as advanced treatment of complicated dermatological problems. Led by Erin Boh, MD, PhD, the department offers expert treatments for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and cosmetic dermatology.
Their physicians also provide phototherapy, photopheresis, and unique biologic-targeted treatments for skin diseases in addition to mole mapping, a photographic service for individuals with numerous moles, melanoma, and those possibly at risk for melanoma.
Tulane Dermatology works in consultation with many physicians to ensure that each patient receives the best possible treatments. All patients have access to highly specialized care in addition to general dermatology. No matter the health concern, Tulane Dermatology is the go-to destination for skincare and concerns that go deeper than the surface. Tulane specialists’ ability to overlap into the other medical fields allows for big-picture care and better, quicker outcomes.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-504-988-1700 (Downtown) or 985-893-1291 (Covington).
Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center specializes in cosmetic dermatologic procedures that include facial injectables, laser treatments, body contouring, and cellulite reduction. Co-owned by board-certified dermatologists Dr. Lisa Donofrio and Dr. Kyle Coleman, Etre Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center is equipped to provide patients with anything from subtle changes to dramatic results. In addition to rejuvenation with Botox, Fillers and Lasers, Etre also specializes in non-and minimally invasive body contouring procedures like Coolsculpting, Laser Liposuction and Cellulaze.
“Because we offer both non-invasive and minimally invasive surgical body contouring procedures, we are able to tailor treatment to each patient’s specific problems,” says Dr. Coleman. “When it comes to cosmetic procedures, there is no one-size-fits-all,” he says. Drs. Coleman and Donofrio use cutting-edge therapies along with combination treatments to optimize their patient results.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit EtreCosmeticDerm.com or call 504-227-3873.
Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates (MGA) has provided state of the art gastroenterology care to the greater New Orleans community for the past 36 years. The practice started with four gastroenterologists in 1983 and now has 25 gastroenterologists and four physician assistants servicing the city from three convenient locations in Metairie, Uptown, and on the Westbank.
In addition to providing painless colonoscopy with the assistance of staff anesthetists, MGA is on the cutting edge of all new GI modalities. The staff includes sub-specialists additionally trained in advanced endoscopic procedures and hepatology. MGA has been the city’s premier GI group for 36 years and is poised to continue this tradition.
Compassionate, superior care is just a call away. Call 504-349-6401 for a prompt consultation at any location.
“Surgical advancements in hair restoration have really evolved,” says Dr. Nicole Rogers. “From 1950s plugs until now, it’s like we’ve moved from the horse and buggy to a sleek modern racecar,” she says.
Dr. Rogers explains that as follicular groupings get smaller, results are more and more natural. Although the traditional linear strip still delivers quality follicles, FUE (follicular unit excision) now allows for harvesting hair without leaving a linear scar. Men who prefer a shaved back of the head in hot weather love the styling flexibility.
Besides hair surgery, Dr. Rogers offers numerous medical therapies including platelet rich plasma (PRP), finasteride, dutasteride, spironolactone, and minoxidil. Additionally, she has a dedicated photo room to help track patients’ hair regrowth over time. Usually, six to twelve months are enough to start seeing results.
Dr. Rogers is a board certified dermatologist with fellowship training in hair transplantation in Manhattan. She has lectured and published extensively and enjoys working with dermatology residents at Tulane and LSU. Her Metairie-based practice, Hair Restoration of the South, is devoted exclusively to hair restoration for men and women.
Call 504-315-4247 or visit HairRestorationoftheSouth.com for more information.
For over 40 years, the physicians and staff of The Hand Center of Louisiana have pursued a passion for patient-centered care. A one-stop shop for all medical and surgical services for patients with upper extremity conditions, the Hand Center is proud of their facility upgrade, and excited to bring the Therapy Center back under one roof. With comprehensive services all-in-one facility, the Hand Center of Louisiana is the leading provider in the region.
Board certified Hand Center surgeons are widely recognized for their expertise and successful outcomes. Using the most current approaches in surgical and non-surgical treatments, they develop a plan of care suited to each individual patient.
Certified Hand Therapists at The Hand Therapy Center use advanced techniques and protocols for post-operative management of surgical patients. Therapists are often able to move patients into therapy more quickly, resulting in earlier clinical results and recovery.
At The Center for Rheumatology and Neurological Testing, advanced diagnostic tools such as ultrasound imaging, Bone Mineral Density, and Nerve Conduction Studies are being used to customize treatments.
For information and scheduling, visit HandCenterofLouisiana.com.
Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. is a multi-specialty clinic caring for people’s health in New Orleans and the surrounding area for well over 60 years. Committed to personalized care for each patient, the practice emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. Its team of specialists, nurse practitioners, and staff provide comprehensive care to patients in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Endocrinology; Family Medicine; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Internal Medicine; Nephrology; Pulmonology. The practice also offers pulmonary function testing, ultrasound, echocardiography, x-ray, bone density scans, and nutritional and weight loss programs.
Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. would like to congratulate Dr. Charles C Smith, III on being named Top Pulmonologist. Dr. Smith is a board certified pulmonologist practicing in New Orleans since 1989. He is committed to improving the health of patients with pulmonary disease. He provides care to patients at the Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. practice and in the hospital.
Please call 504-897-1887 to schedule your appointment today. The practice is located Uptown at 3525 Prytania Street, Suite 526.
The faculty of Tulane University’s Section of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics are dedicated to providing high quality patient health care and resident education through several clinical programs and locations across New Orleans, including Tulane Medical Center, University Medical Center, and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care.
Their Internal Medicine clinics provide excellent care in the areas of wellness, prevention, management of chronic illness, and acute care for adults. Faculty are trained in a variety of areas such as ambulatory medicine, geriatrics, hospital medicine, medicine-pediatrics, palliative care, and preventative health care.
To find a clinic near you, visit Tulane.edu/som and select Medicine under Departments. Under General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, you can find additional information. Schedule an appointment by calling 504-988-1001 (Tulane Internal Medicine Practice), 504-988-8050 (Metairie-Lakeside Hospital) or 504-988-9000 (Tulane-Uptown Square).
Multispecialty Health Care Centers
CrescentCare provides whole-person health services to anyone living in the greater New Orleans area, regardless of income, insurance, or any other circumstance. So often, all sorts of barriers to care stop New Orleanians from accessing vital health services—especially those who work in the service industry or who are part of the LGBTQ community. That’s why as a Federally Qualified Health Center, CrescentCare is dedicated to serving the unique needs of those individuals.
It doesn’t stop there—to anyone who needs services, CrescentCare offers primary care, dentistry, behavioral health, OB-GYN, gender-related care, pediatrics, sexual health services, insurance/Medicaid enrollment assistance, and so much more, all on a sliding scale. Building on over 30 years of history as the NO/AIDS Task Force, CresentCare is also a leader in HIV care in Southeast Louisiana.
CrescentCare operates facilities across the city and continues to expand its reach to care for more New Orleanians. For more information, visit CrescentCare.org or call 504-821-2601.
Stuck with long delays in getting care? High copays? St. Thomas Community Health Center can help. With their affordable, income-based sliding scale, you can receive care with or without insurance.
Since 1987, St. Thomas Community Health Center has continued its mission of providing comprehensive primary care to the community regardless of ability to pay. As a Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home, their robust teams of dedicated providers work to address individual health needs and ensure delivery of the highest quality of care.
Completing their 31st year of providing the community with primary care, pediatrics, OB-GYN, optometry, behavioral health, and mammography, St. Thomas now offers same-day and next-day cardiology appointments at the new St. Thomas Heart and Vascular Center.
All St. Thomas sites offer same-day and next-day appointment scheduling with office hours from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 504-529-5558 to schedule an appointment for basic services at any of their eight convenient locations. For the St. Thomas Heart and Vascular Center, call 504-529-9115.
Eyecare Associates physicians are excited about new cataract surgery technology, now available for New Orleans area patients. The Catalys Precision Laser System is designed to make cataract surgery safer and more accurate, while new lens implant options, such as the latest in multifocal and extended focus intraocular lenses, provide patients with the best-corrected vision for both distance and near at the same time. The Ora System, used at the time of surgery, delivers the most accurate calculation for determining the power of the intraocular lens implanted.
In addition to the new technology offered for cataract patients, Eyecare is excited to offer a non-dilated thorough retinal examination with the OPTOS ultra-wide retinal imaging system. This system allows physicians to detect diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and even cancer much earlier than previous options have allowed. Optometrists at Eyecare Associates offer the latest options in daily wear contact lenses that are known for exceptional comfort and clear vision. Patients have access to comprehensive routine and medical examinations as well as refractive surgery, glaucoma treatment and retina services and procedures.
For more information, call 504-455-9825 or visit EyeCareNewOrleans.com.
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Serving the West Bank and Greater New Orleans region, Westside Orthopaedic Clinic provides superior general orthopaedic treatment with a specialty in spinal care. The clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest standing orthopaedic clinics in the city.
Dr. Ralph. Katz is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic specialist who has performed over 500 minimally invasive procedures with consistently excellent outcomes. For the right patient who has failed conservative treatment (e.g. medication, physical therapy, injections), a minimally invasive microdiscectomy can be done in an outpatient setting with an incision that can be covered by a band-aid. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to six weeks. Additionally, Dr. Katz performs cervical and lumbar spinal fusions, utilizing small incisions with minimally invasive systems. He is one of few local surgeons who perform both cervical and lumbar disc replacements.
Westside offers full-service, in-house x-rays, as well as physical therapy services with access to new rehabilitation equipment. Same day appointments can be accommodated. For more information, visit WestsideOrtho.com or call 504-347-0243.
At Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, patients experience care that goes above and beyond normal expectations. A group of seven orthopaedic surgeons, six physical therapists, and a hand therapist, Southern Orthopaedic Specialists offers prompt, comprehensive Orthopaedic care to Greater New Orleans with locations in Uptown (2731 Napoleon Avenue) and Metairie (1615 Metairie Road).
Each Physician not only specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery but also has a sub-specialty as well. Their specialties and sub-specialties include: General Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacements and Revisions, Upper Extremity, Hand, Shoulder, Foot and Ankle, and Back and Spine Care/Surgery. This level of advanced specialization allows Southern Orthopaedic Specialists to provide the absolute best treatment for patients. As a team, they can treat just about any orthopaedic problem. Southern Orthopedics is excited to welcome Dr. Ryan Charles and Dr. Jourdan Cancienne.
For more information, visit SOSNewOrleans.com. Both locations are easily accessible and provide complimentary parking. For all departments, as well as scheduling, call 504-897-6351. They accept all major health insurance plans and worker’s compensation insurance plans.
Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is the new clinical practice location of long-established orthopedic surgeon and New Orleans native, Dr. R. Douglas Bostick III. Although he has developed a reputation as a “shoulder specialist,” he specializes in Sports Medicine and is proficient at arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of both upper and lower extremities.
Dr. Bostick prides himself on staying on top of the latest surgical and non-surgical orthopedic treatments. His expertise includes emerging technology such as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), Adipose Cell Therapy (commonly referred to as “Stem Cells”) and state-of-the-art arthroscopy procedures to quickly repair a variety of orthopedic conditions. These techniques give his patients the best possible results with the quickest recovery time and little to no hospitalization. Additionally, the practice offers ultrasound guided injections and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Bostick is also a trusted surgeon for worker’s compensation and litigation support and has extensive experience testifying as an expert in the field of orthopedics. Metairie Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is located at 3001 Division Street, Suite 204, in Metairie. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, visit MetairieSportsMed.com or call 504-541-5800.
Tulane Orthopaedics is proud to announce the opening of Tulane Doctors – Sports Medicine Plus. Located at 7030 Canal Blvd. in New Orleans, the clinic marks a new effort to provide greater access in a residential area with a full service office and extended hours. Tulane Doctors – Sports Medicine Plus will be open for physician visits from 3 – 8 p.m. during the week, “plus” Saturday mornings and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. If your insurance allows specialist visits without a referral, you are welcome to just walk in. The clinic also, of course, offers scheduled appointments.
At least 90% of the time you will be seen by a physician, the same ones you are accustomed to seeing at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and at Tulane Medical Center. Additionally, the clinic offers daily full service Physical Therapy provided by Team Exos, a national leader in PT and Sports Performance Training. For more info, go to SportsMedicinePlus.com or call 504-988-0100.
One of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Neil Maki practices in Thibodaux and is on staff at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. He and his orthopaedic staff insure that patients’ individual needs are met by the most effective means.
Dr. Maki specializes in the shoulder and has pioneered many shoulder arthroscopic procedures including obtaining patents on arthroscopic instrumentation. He also performs joint replacements and is one of few specialists in the region who performs endoscopic carpal tunnel (wrist) and endoscopic cubital tunnel (elbow) surgery.
Board-certified in both orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Maki is also fellowship trained in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He has served on the medical staff of the New Orleans Saints and the Nicholls State University athletic programs. Dr. Maki holds a distinction as a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics and Honorary Alumnus at LSU Medical School. He may be reached by calling 985-446-6284.
Dr. Kevin Darr of Covington Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute is board certified and fellowship trained in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, regenerative medicine, and musculoskeletal ultrasound and is committed to offering comprehensive, progressive orthopedic care, including today’s most innovative practices to achieve optimal function and performance.
“In addition to traditional treatments and surgery, I offer minimally invasive alternatives utilizing cutting-edge technology and integrative orthobiologic therapies and treatments. I believe in the body’s natural ability to heal itself and keep abreast of the latest orthopedic and sports medicine advances and research,” says Dr. Darr.
Nationally recognized for his orthopedic stem cell research, Dr. Darr frequently lectures across the country on his outcomes. He is currently conducting 10 IRB-approved research studies using advanced adult stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma to improve function and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis, soft tissue pathology including tendon and ligament disorders, and osteonecrosis in various joints.
For more information on these studies and services, visit DrKevinDarr.com or call/text 985-273-5888.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Selecting an OB/GYN is a very important choice, and Touro hopes to make that choice a little easier. Whether you are becoming a mother for the first time, expanding your growing family, or looking for a doctor for annual wellness and pre- or post-menopausal health needs, Touro OB/GYNs offer unique, comprehensive care to women at every stage of life.
The extensive OB/GYN services at Touro include comprehensive gynecology for adolescents and adults, family planning and contraceptive, peri/postmenopausal care, preconception counseling, prenatal, birth, postpartum care, and STI testing and counseling. Additionally, the practice is pleased to offer midwifery services to patients. Their Certified-Nurse Midwives help care for women across their lifespan and assist expectant mothers with their individualized birth plan. Midwives are available to care for patients at Touro’s Uptown, Mid-City, West Bank, and St. Claude locations.
Touro offers eleven convenient clinic locations throughout Greater New Orleans with delivery at Touro’s Family Birthing Center—“the place where babies come from.” Learn more at Touro.com/obgyn or call 504-897-7197.
Around the age of 52, most women will go through menopause, a typically 3-7 year process in which the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone hormones. During this time, periods become infrequent and eventually stop altogether. Unpleasant symptoms that can accompany menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and pain with intercourse. If symptoms are severe, a gynecologist will often recommend a temporary course of hormone replacement.
According to Dr. Jessica Shank, Gynecologic Oncologist at Tulane Cancer Center, menopausal women and postmenopausal women should talk with their gynecologist about proper courses of treatment for the symptoms and effects of menopause, as hormone replacement doses will differ for women who have and haven’t had a hysterectomy.
“If a woman ever experiences vaginal bleeding after stopping her periods, she needs to be evaluated by her OBGYN for precancerous cells or cancer of the endometrium regardless of whether she has taken hormones or not,” says Dr. Shank.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Shank or another Tulane OB/GYN downtown at the Tulane Cancer Center by calling 504-988-6300 or in Metairie at the Tulane Center for Women’s Health by calling 504-988-2160.
Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive approach to treat lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap of treatment offerings between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90% patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75% for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period.
Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, which disables them from an active lifestyle. The stress from the walking and standing pain negatively affect personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, please call 1-800-277-1265.
Collins Pediatrics strives to provide the highest level of personal and professional care to patients and their families. Founded by Keith and Jennifer Collins in 2005, Collins Pediatrics has grown from a three-person team to two offices with five doctors, one NP, twenty RNs, and a large support staff of professionals who attend competently, politely, and efficiently to patient needs. Many of Collins Pediatrics’ providers and staff are parents themselves and know firsthand the primary importance of a child’s well-being and health. The practice offers convenient, same-day sick appointments.
“We appreciate your trust in this practice and respond by providing exceptional care for your children from birth through young adulthood. It is the goal of the practice for everyone to leave our office feeling good, despite illness,” says Dr. Heather Porche. A longtime Collins pediatrician, Dr. Porche purchased the practice after the passing of Dr. Keith Collins.
Collins Pediatrics has offices located in Old Metairie and in Lakeview. For more information, visit CollinsPediatrics.com. To make an appointment, call 504-832-8022.
Has someone you love been diagnosed with prostate cancer, kidney cancer, or bladder cancer? The Department of Urology at Tulane University Medical Center, a national leader in providing minimally invasive surgical procedures for various urologic maladies, stands at the forefront of cancer treatment through state-of-the-art robotic procedures, breakthrough treatments, and research.
Tulane Urology is proud to be recognized as the first and most experienced robotic urologic surgical center in the entire Gulf South. Using the daVinci high-definition robot, Tulane Urology’s expertly trained surgeons offer patients a highly advanced therapeutic option for cancer treatment. This cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical technology, combined with the extensive experience of the Tulane Urology team, has made Tulane Urology the go-to center for the treatment of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers.
Visit MyProstateCancer.com and TulaneUrology.com for more information on the various treatments and procedures offered at Tulane Urology. Call 504-988-2536 to schedule an appointment or get a second opinion today.