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November 2017 Blog

It never fails to amaze me the number of people who are low in Vitamin D. By spending 15 minutes a day in the sun we should absorb enough vitamin D. However some people just don’t absorb their Vitamin D whether because of using sunscreen as we should, or they are simply just not a Vitamin D absorber. The significance of having a Vitamin D level below 30 means your calcium doesn’t get absorbed. If calcium isn’t absorbed, your bones will get thin leading you to osteoporosis. Low Vitamin D has also been associated with joint and muscle aches, depression, and dementia. The next time you are in your Doctors’ office ask for a Vitamin D level to be checked. Unfortunately some Insurance companies don’t want to cover the cost of this, although it is an important health issue.

October 2017 Blog

Canning is one of my most favorite things to do! It takes me back to my childhood where my mom raised and “dressed out” chickens and tended to two large vegetable gardens. We raised pigs, bought beef from friends and knew what they fed their cattle. Processed foods didn’t exist and everything was homemade. My Mom canned in a hot kitchen without air-conditioning, but never complained. I regret not spending more time helping Mom can, especially grape jelly and juice. I’ve had to learn how to do this on my own since Mom has passed. I am in my element when I am in the kitchen canning wine grape jelly from our vineyard grapes and apple butter and applesauce from my fruit orchard. I can’t wait until one of my best high school girlfriends comes to can with me for 2 glorious days in September! What a joyful time as “Lucy” and “Ethel” as we call ourselves, get together in my kitchen! I hope my 2 daughters will develop an interest in learning how to can with me. Passing on a family tradition….it doesn’t get any better that that.


September 2017 Blog

I can’t emphasize the use of sunscreens enough! When I was a teenager I used baby oil and iodine to get a tan. I hate to admit it but one time I put Crisco on, and laid out on the tin roof of our chicken coop! I can still hear my Mother fussing at me! I’m sure many of you can relate to this. However, now we are paying the price to lighten the brown spots and erase the wrinkles caused by years of sun damage. We also are at increased risk for skin cancer because of years of tanning. Use a sunscreen with a SFP of 30-50 on areas exposed to the sun in the summer, and use a SPF of 50 on your face all year.  SkinCeuticals has a great sunscreen and can be purchased at both of our office locations.


August 2017 Blog 

RECONNECT WITH A FRIEND. That was my New Years’ Resolution this year. Being a wife, Mother and a busy Physican has occupied my time for years and like many of you, you wake up and realize life is going so fast that you’ve missed out on the other “balancing aspects of life, which are “friends”. My oldest daughter affirmed this recently when she said most woman are busy going to school, becoming wives and mothers, raising their children and there is no time left for themselves or friends. She acknowledged most woman don’t make time for friends again until they are older and have their children raised.  I visited one of my best friends in San Antonio Texas earlier this year. We both cried at the airport as I left and vowed that it would not be another 16 years before we saw each other again. As a matter of fact her husband saw the joy we brought to each other and they’re coming with their three sons to visit me and my family in August. I also traveled to see an old high school bestie in Phoenix Arizona. Likewise, her husband saw the joy our friendship brought to each other and they are making the effort to visit us in September. We all promised to see each other more often. Make the effort to re-connect with old friends, life is too short not to. We need each other to help balance us out!


Pat Mooney Smith MD

My heart is saddened and heavy today as I said goodbye to a colleague,friend and my Doctor for 33 years! Pat Mooney Smith MD is retiring next year. It was not unusual for me to wait 2 hours to see her as a patient for my wellness exam but when she walked in the room and closed the door I felt like the most important person in the world to her. I have tried to emulate that in my own Family Practice office. She has had a great impact on our medical profession and for that we are all blessed and truly grateful. Her many thousands of patients will feel a void as she backs out of the medical arena but with hats off and heads bowed we will feel blessed to have known this great lady and wish her the best as she travels and reads her history books. She has been a faithful servant to God and made a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives. What more could we want.

July 2017 Blog

After spending 4 days at a medical esthetics conference in Las Vegas, NV, I must say I am glad to be home. I loved being in the midst of 3400 Primary Care Doctors, Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, Nurse Practitioners, and Estheticians from all over the United States with one goal in mind … learning new cosmetic injection techniques, advanced  cutting edge procedures & practice pearls to help people look & feel their best. Whether tall, short, thick or thin, younger or older, we all have a natural beauty God gave us. Cosmetic procedures and injections should recreate and enhance that natural beauty……not change it. Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted “The love of beauty is taste the creation of beauty is art.”