While the world has been focused on one particular virus over the last few months, the infinite amount of other health concerns, diseases, and injuries have unfortunately not taken a break from affecting the lives of people everywhere. Fortunately, physicians and surgeons across all specialties and subspecialties have also continued their work, finding ways to safely see patients via telemedicine and in-person appointments. From treating allergic reactions and broken limbs to scheduling long-anticipated surgeries and procedures, specialists across Greater New Orleans are continuing to provide expert care despite challenging times. Learn more about the various specialties, new treatments and technologies, and practice information from the following area providers and their latest news. You or a loved one may benefit from their years of education and experience treating all manner of special concerns.
ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY
Dr. Alan Sheen
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.
The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana
Founded in 2000, The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana has become one of the most respected, experienced, and comprehensive bariatric programs in the country. The largest practice in the Gulf South, this group of advanced laparoscopic surgeons specializes in minimally invasive weight loss surgery. As laparoscopic procedures have progressed over the last 20 years, these surgeons have become known as industry pioneers and some of the most advanced laparoscopic surgeons in the U.S., having performed over 14,000 weight loss procedures.
Studies have proven that bariatric surgery is the only effective method for long-term weight loss in severely obese people. Additionally, weight loss surgery can greatly improve, if not cure, serious diseases including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. With medical, surgical and non-surgical solutions to weight loss, Surgical Specialists of LA offers every patient the tools to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Surgical Specialists has offices in Covington, Metairie, and Slidell.
For more information, call 877-691-3001 or visit whyweight.com.
BRAIN & SPINE
The brain is an amazing machine, comprised of over a billion neurons, each at work full time and especially in New Orleans, arguably the most stimulating city on earth. Culicchia Neurological is the synapses that helps not only your neurons connect, but helps you reconnect with who you are. For years, they’ve brought new advancements and understanding to their patients–people come from all around the region seeking care from award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists and sub-specialists.
The Culicchia team works together to diagnose and treat disorders such as brain tumors, aneurysm, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, and spinal disorders. Specialties include Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. Their affiliate, CNC Hearing and Balance Center, provides the latest in hearing healthcare.
Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Those needing cardiovascular care in New Orleans Uptown now have access to high-quality diagnostics and treatment at the new Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) clinic at 2633 Napoleon Avenue #500.
Dr. Sid Bhansali has practiced cardiology for 40 years in Uptown and is now partnered with CIS and joined by CIS interventional cardiologists, Dr. Owen Mogabgab and Dr. Michael Gaglia, in seeing patients at this location. Together, these three cardiologists are bringing an advanced level of care close to home for those in the Uptown area.
CIS is a world-leader in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of vascular disease, including peripheral vascular disease and venous disease in the legs, valvular disease and heart arrhythmias. Clinic services include pre-operative clearance, Coumadin management, stress lab, echocardiograms, cardiac rhythm monitoring, and a full vascular lab. In addition, CIS has an advanced structural heart program and a comprehensive tobacco cessation program.
To schedule an appointment at CIS New Orleans Uptown, call 504-897-9686. To learn more about CIS, visit cardio.com.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
St. Thomas Community Health Center
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. They also offer telemedicine visits from the convenience of your home.
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.
Services include primary care, pediatrics, OB-GYN, optometry, behavioral health, mammography, cardiovascular care, infectious diseases including Hepatitis C and HIV, as well as gastroenterology.
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 your appointment today.
Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry
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.
Your smile is one of your most important features; it’s unique to you. Everyone’s oral health, overall health, and financial position is different, so at DiMarco Dental, Drs. Damon DiMarco and Joanne Hoppe provide individualized care and solutions that fit your specific needs. From routine cleanings, custom snore guards, whitening, to implants and Invisalign, DiMarco Dental provides a variety of oral health services that will keep you both healthy and happy.
It’s never too early to visit DiMarco Dental. Patients start as early as two years old, as developing good habits early can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Young patients often require sealants and other preventative measures to combat the temptations of the modern diet, especially sugar found in foods and beverages.
To combat the spread of COVID-19, DiMarco Dental has implemented all CDC guidelines for the health and safety of
patients and staff. For more information on DiMarco Dental and the practice’s holistic approach to dentistry, call 504-366-5611 or visit DimarcoDental.com.
DERMATOLOGY & SKIN SURGERY
Dr. Martha Stewart
Whether you have a medical skin condition or want to enhance your appearance, you need to feel confident in your care. Dr. Martha Stewart’s expertise, dedication to state-of-the-art technology, and compassionate approach make her uniquely qualified to care for your skin.
A board certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology, Dr. Stewart is passionate about helping her patients look their natural best and has been doing so for almost 20 years. Her extensive cosmetic training, vast experience in performing minimally-invasive, nonsurgical procedures (such as fillers, neuromodulators, plasma resurfacing, and various radiofrequency treatments) and her sense of artistry and attention to detail leave her patients looking relaxed, refreshed, and never overdone. She is also a key opinion leader for several aesthetic companies and is actively involved in various clinical research trials.
Dr. Stewart’s office is equipped with innovative devices that allow for amazing transformations with little downtime. She and her staff are committed to giving each patient a customized treatment plan to produce exceptional results.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 985-727-7701 or visit drmarthastewart.com.
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, the most effective and advanced treatment for skin cancer today. Mohs surgery 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 is 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.
For more information call 504-644-4226 or visit TheSkinSurgeryCentre.com.
Tulane University Department of Dermatology
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, cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer.
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. Their doctors offer surgical and nonsurgical treatments for skin cancer, including Mohs surgery.
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).
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.
In addition to the new technology offered for cataract patients, Eyecare is excited to offer new treatments for dry eye sufferers. In addition to multiple new dry eye drops and tears now available, Eyecare offers treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction with LipiFlow treatment.
Optometrists at Eyecare Associates offer the latest options in daily wear contact lenses that are known for exceptional comfort and clear vision. Patients at Eyecare Associates 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.
Dr. Gary Birdsall Medical Clinic
With a small, single-practitioner Family Medicine clinic in Cut Off, Louisiana, Dr. Gary Birdsall is affecting big positive change. With over 33 years of clinical experience providing care to individuals from birth through old age, Dr. Birdsall has a reputation for providing quality care that exceeds expectations.
Consistently recognized by fellow physicians, health insurance companies, and accountable care organizations, Dr. Birdsall takes pride in his ability to care for patients both effectively and efficiently, achieving better health outcomes at less cost. With extensive experience in pediatric, adult, and geriatric care, Dr. Birdsall performs comprehensive evaluations and treatment of many chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disorders, and respiratory disorders. To help prevent disease, he offers wellness education, screening, and testing.
Dr. Birdsall is passionate and hardworking, evidenced by his commitment to patients during the Covid-19 crisis. By incorporating telehealth but also setting up precautions for safe face-to-face appointments, Dr. Birdsall was able to save lives by treating serious illnesses that may have gone undiagnosed without an in-person evaluation.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 985-632-5222 or visit garybirdsallmd.com.
The Hand Center of Louisiana
For more than 40 years, the physicians and staff of The Hand Center of Louisiana have pursued a passion for patient-centered care. As a fully integrated healthcare facility offering all medical, surgical, and therapy services for patients with upper extremity conditions, the Hand Center of Louisiana continues its legacy as a leading healthcare provider in the Gulf South.
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 handsurgical.com or call 504-454-2191.
Westside Orthopaedic Clinic
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 1,000 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.
Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is the clinical practice location of long-established orthopedic surgeon and New Orleans native, Dr. R. Douglas Bostick, III. Dr. Bostick 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), Lipogems, and state-of-the-art arthroscopic procedures such as in-office arthroscopy. He is also trained in robotic joint replacement procedures. 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 joint injections.
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.
Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy
The Orthopaedic Center for Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy (OCSM) is a multidisciplinary clinic delivering high quality patient services with compassionate and personalized care. Luis Espinoza, MD, William Sherman, MD, and Chadwick Murphy, MD, are all fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians who specialize in treatment of the shoulder, knee, hip, and spine. Additionally, the practice welcomes Andrea Espinoza, MD, a fellowship-trained and board certified Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine specialist. Dr. Andrea Espinoza brings her Pulmonary expertise back to Metairie with a passion for prevention and lifestyle optimization for all patients.
After more than 19 years of service, OCSM continues to deliver comprehensive state-of-the-art care for local athletes and family members. OCSM also specializes in work-related or school yard injuries and can see patients the same day of injury to provide a quick plan to recovery. With an on-site Physical Therapy department, MRI scanner, X-ray unit, and Pulmonary Function machine, the practice provides total patient convenience.
OCSM is conveniently located on Airline Drive in Metairie. To schedule an appointment, call 504-889-2663 or book online at nolasportsmedicine.com.
Tulane Orthopaedics has world-class, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons who combine their expertise and sub-specialty areas into a single comprehensive program. Patients have access to some of the most capable surgical care in the nation as well as one of the finest rehabilitation programs. This ensures a faster and more effective recovery, regardless of whether you’re trying to get back on the sports field or back to daily life.
Specialists offer care and prevention of sports medicine injuries, total joint replacements of hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and ankles, treatment of pelvic and other bone fractures, and treatment of spine-related conditions ranging from scoliosis in children to adults with disc herniation and spinal stenosis. Other conditions treated include hand and wrist injuries, painful foot ailments such as bunions, and painful nerve compressions.
With multiple locations, including the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, in Uptown New Orleans, Sports Medicine Plus in Lakeview, Tulane-Lakeside in Metairie, and downtown at Tulane Medical Center, their doctors and staff are able to serve the entire Greater New Orleans community.
For more information, call 504-988-0100, or visit OrthoTulane.com.
Covington Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute
Dr. Kevin Darr of Covington Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute is board certified and fellowship-trained in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, orthobiologic medicine, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Darr is committed to providing comprehensive, progressive orthopedic care, including today’s most innovative practices to achieve optimal orthopedic performance and function.
“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,” says Dr. Darr.
Nationally recognized for his orthopedic treatment options, Dr. Darr frequently lectures across the country on his outcomes. He most recently lectured at the 2020 TOBI virtual OrthoBiologics Symposium where he presented his findings on “Effective Clinical Modulation of Knee OA Symptoms Through Combined Cellular Therapy (lipoaspirate, BMC and PRP)”. This presentation and more information can be found at drkevindarr.com.
Southern Pain & Neurological
At Southern Pain & Neurological, Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. Low back pain is one of the most common sources of pain, and it’s important to note that 15-25 percent of people with low back pain actually have SI joint dysfunction.
At Southern Pain & Neurological, the advanced, minimally invasive PsiF System allows your doctor to stabilize your SI joint from a familiar posterior approach by inserting strategically designed implants directly into the joint. The procedure is done through a small incision and typically takes less than thirty minutes. Patient testimonials have demonstrated that treatment with the PsiF system improved pain, patient function, and quality of life.
If you are experiencing low back pain, sciatic-like pain, hip/pelvis/groin pain, stiffness, leg instability, disturbed sitting and sleeping, and pain when active or lying on one side, the PsiF System may be an option for you. To learn more about SI joint dysfunction, the PsiF System, and Southern Pain & Neurological, 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 four doctors, one NP, several RNs, a MA, 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.
Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Sean Weiss is the premier New Orleans specialist in facial plastic surgery. He is double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery, and he is considered one of the best aesthetic plastic surgeons in the New Orleans area.
Dr. Weiss is recognized for excellence in facelift, facial rejuvenation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, hair restoration, and laser procedures, providing comprehensive care for your aesthetic needs. In addition to Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Weiss is known for his expert attention to detail using injectable fillers, botulinum toxin, and non-surgical therapies to complement his surgical outcomes.
Trust your face to board certified and fellowship trained Dr. Sean Weiss. Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery is located in Metairie just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Learn more at seanweissmd.com or call 504-814-3223 to schedule your consultation.
Aesthetic Surgical Associates
Stephen E. Metzinger, MD, MSPH, FACS, welcomes patients to Aesthetic Surgical Associates, his cosmetic plastic surgery practice serving the Greater New Orleans area. Dr. Metzinger’s team puts your safety and well-being before anything else. Understanding that pursuing cosmetic plastic surgery is an extremely personal and often emotional choice, Aesthetic Surgical Associates works to provide an inviting, spa-like atmosphere where you feel welcome and relaxed. Dr. Metzinger has over three decades of plastic surgery experience and is the only triple board-certified plastic surgeon in all of Louisiana.
Dr. Metzinger and his staff use some of the most advanced surgical techniques to provide outstanding natural results while minimizing scarring and recovery time. Whether you want to improve the look of your face, nose, breasts, or body, Dr. Metzinger can create a customized surgical or non-surgical plan to help improve your appearance and self-confidence.
To learn more about Dr. Metzinger and Aesthetic Surgical Associates, or to schedule a consultation, contact the office at 504-309-7061 or visit AestheticSurgical.com.
Dr. Elliott Black & Dr. Summer Black
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.
Jansen 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.