Telehealth Options with Sound Family Medicine

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sound Family Medicine has created a variety of visit options for their patients. Everyone has different health statuses and comfort levels, and Sound Family Medicine wants to ensure each person has safe access to everyday care that they need. If you need to visit, Sound Family providers are ready and available to see patients in-office, over video or phone, or via car-side meetings.

Sound Family Medicine has worked hard to create a specialized telehealth platform for both their continuity clinics and our walk-in clinics. When you schedule a telehealth appointment, you’ll be visiting with the same Sound providers you know and trust. Working with health records and interacting with the providers will be the same as the in-person appointments we’re used to.

Whether you’re a new patient or a currently established patient with Sound Family Medicine, the telehealth platform is open for you. New patients must use the video visit option rather than the telephone visit, but the process is just as simple to be able to see a provider.

While the majority of needs can be quickly taken care of through a visit through the telehealth program, there are a few types of visits that can’t be treated virtually. These visits include:

  • Pregnancy-related visits
  • Physicals
  • Well child checks that require vaccination
  • Injuries with open wounds
  • STD testing 
  • Abdominal pain through our virtual care systems.

Appointments are required for all video visits. On the day of your visit, you will be contacted and provide with a room code for your video visit. If you do not have a scheduled appointment, you will not be visible to the Sound Family Medicine team members in the virtual waiting room.

Car-side visits are also a great option for many patients. Offered both through the continuity and walk-in clinics, a provider will come to your car for a consultation, allowing you to avoid the public exposure of an in-office visit. The car-side visit area has a walled canopy for privacy and bad weather, so your visit will be comfortable for both patient and provider. If your provider finds that you need lab work, or further evaluation, they may request that you do come into the clinic. 

Phone visits offer the chance to chat with your provider and are a great option for procedure follow-ups, medicine refills and simple questions. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Sound Family Medicine at 253-848-5951.

Spend Time in Nature to Reduce Stress

Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Whatever you call it – forest bathing, ecotherapy, mindfulness in nature, green time or the wilderness cure — humans evolved in the great outdoors, and your brain benefits from a journey back to nature.

Get Out

Have you been feeling down lately, especially with Covid 19 concerns? A little sluggish, stressed out, or maybe wondering, “What’s life all about?” 

Here’s another question: How much time have you spent in nature lately?
The answer to these two questions might be more closely related than you’d think.
The modern way we live has changed radically from life in the savanna, but our brains have mostly stayed the same. We still have a deep connection with nature, and research shows that if we don’t nourish that bond despite our technological advancements, we may suffer in many ways.

Feel Better

If you’re able to, get back to nature to energize your mind and body.

Depressed: If you’re feeling blue, try going outside to green, natural spaces. A stroll in the woods has been shown to help combat depression, and even just the view of the forest from a hospital room helps patients who are feeling down. Head for the hills if you need a boost to your mood.

Stressed: Nature presents scenes that gently capture your attention instead of suddenly snatching it, calming your nerves instead of frazzling them.

Anxious: You probably know that exercise is good for your state of mind. But did you know that working out in nature helps to reduce anxiety, among other benefits, even more than going to an indoor gym? Consider hitting some trails to get the best mental bang for your buck.

Self-Involved: If you dwell on your problems and just can’t stop, a walk through a meadow might put the brakes on the thought train circling through your head. Research shows that a 90-minute walk in nature lowers activity in the part of the brain linked to negative rumination.

Fatigued: Are you constantly multitasking at work as you switch between customers and phone calls, or click from spreadsheets to presentations? Even at home, you might face a combination of kids, chores and devices vying for your attention. Your prefrontal cortex can only take so much distraction before it needs a recharge. Luckily, time in nature has been shown to restore mental abilities like short term memory and processing 3D images based on drawings.

Uninspired: Changing the scenery is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and nature offers stimuli that you won’t find while staring at a screen. In one example, spending four days in nature improved problem-solving skills by 50%. If you haven’t found a way to tackle that next big project at work, or an obstacle that’s impeding your personal goals, try noodling on it in the great outdoors.7

Antisocial: Time in nature can help with your personal relationships, too. Natural beauty results in more prosocial behaviors, like generosity and empathy.

Disconnected: One of the most basic human needs is to feel that you belong and you’re part of a larger tribe. But studies show that this concept goes beyond human relationships alone. Time in nature results in a sense of belonging to the wider world that is vital for mental health.9

Angsty: At times, you might feel lost, and begin to wonder what life is all about. A dose of awe might remind you just how wondrous the world is. Nature provides trees that were hundreds of years old before you were even born, towering mountains that touch the clouds and a sky full of uncountable stars. When it comes to awe-inspiring awesomeness, nature leaves our jaws dropping and spines tingling, and rekindles the realization that we’re a tiny part of an incredible universe. What’s more powerful than that?

Consider seeing a mental health professional if your symptoms are serious, but if you’re feeling a tinge of any of the blues listed above, try something like:

  • Add a daily walk on a local hiking trail to your regimen.
  • Go on a bike ride around your neighborhood.

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Puget Sound Women’s Show

Puget Sound Women’s Show Goes Red

Saturday, February 8th, 11am-4pm

Tacoma Mall’s Macy’s Court

Tacoma Mall and ShowCase Magazine and the American Heart Association co-host the Puget Sound Women’s Show. This heart felt event focuses on having fun and loving yourself!

Imagine the bliss evoked while having a free chair massage and hand aroma therapy…ohhhh la la! Discovering cutting edge health knowledge, great wellness and beauty advice and new fashion ideas. The American Heart Association will share a story of heart felt challenge and change.

The first two hundred and fifty ladies to register receive a FREE gift bag and are entered to win an overnight stay and dinner at the award-winning Alderbrook Resort and Spa. The resort was selected as the best resort by Evening Magazine in 2009 and was awarded four crowns by Northstar Media Travel.

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Healthy Family Show


April 6th, 11am-4pm
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Where Healthy Habits Collide with Style

Bring the family to enjoy a free day learning about what is new for keeping your family healthy. This one day event is an opportunity for families to check out hot trends, health information and learn about camps, classes and services! Families can also enter their child in the  Cutest Child Contest.  Plus the first 250 families who attend receive a FREE gift bag.

Interested in entering the (fun and not serious)  Cutest Child Contest and having your cute child walk the cat walk? Register at the welcome table the day of the event at noon.  This is a low-key and fun contest! Winners photo’s will be featured in on social media for ShowCase Magazine.

For further information contact info@showcasemedialive.com

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Caring for families impacted by age or illness

It can be hard to see our parents struggle as they get older. It can be difficult to take the time to be there for their needs. This is why a home care agency, such as Synergy HomeCare, has become an essential part of daily lives for many seniors.

When their own home is made into a safe place, the seniors themselves can be in charge. They believe their opinion is heard and their preferences are recognized. There is an easier transition to accepting and understanding why in-home care is the best option for them. They need to feel and agree that they need a little support, but they are “the boss.”

When it’s time for this topic to be addressed with your parents, it’s important to remember that first, you may need to plant the idea or seed and then revisit the topic a number of times. Do not give up. Change takes time to adjust to and is harder for seniors in particular. Follow these three steps:

  1. Decide the care your loved one needs.

Whether the need is for a few hours a week or constant care, it’s important to understand the need and establish this expectation with the individual.

  1. Use a soft approach to bring up the idea.

Gently tell your loved one how this care will enhance their life and that you are their advocate, that you desire their independence. Synergy HomeCare can also provide a safety home assessment to help you and your loved one to better understand their needs for safety devices.

  1. Give it a try.

There are no contracts with Synergy HomeCare, so trying the service and support is a perfectly workable plan. Perhaps your loved one would agree to try home care for a few weeks or a month. To stop service, you simply call the office.

Change can be difficult, so Synergy HomeCare is available to talk if you need help. Call 360-338-0837 to find out about all of the services available, including help with bringing up the subject with your loved one. Synergy HomeCare can give you peace of mind and the tools you need to help your parents. Kate Redmond

 

Summer Synergy: Run/Walk + Yoga

People doing yoga outdoors

Have you been interested in launching your meditation practice, but don’t know quite how to get started? Have you been curious about group meditation? These topics have been on the cover of Newsweek and Time magazines, so come see why they’re trending! Join us for the South Sound’s biggest group mediation in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is a chance for our own community to come together around peace, compassion and healing in a group setting to positively influence the community in which we live. On a personal level, the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps you manage stress and bring about positive outcomes in your life. Experts in the field of mindfulness and mediation will guide you every step of the way.

Start the morning with coffee from our coffee truck or frozen yogurt drinks from JoeFroyo, and then go for a peaceful walk or run around Waughop Lake. Robyn Beckman, an expert in mindfulness, will lead a trail walk for those interested in “mindfulness in nature.” Those interested in staying at the main stage will experience aerial yoga demonstrations, Buti Yoga, MixxedFit and Zumba.

Then hop on your mat for a 75-minute yoga flow class set to upbeat music and led by Alicia Barrett from Tuladhara Yoga Studio. This is for all levels, so don’t worry if it is your first time or your hundredth.

At this point you will be ready for the relaxing 25 minutes of soul-reviving meditation led by Erin Josse from Source Yoga. Register today—the cost is $20 all-inclusive!

July 15, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499

Register today: http://www.tuladharayoga.com/event/summersynergy/

Schedule:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Check In, Drop Your Bag & Grab Coffee
Arrive early to sign in, drop your bag. Set up your yoga mat, and head to the  1.5 mile run/walk starting line. Or stay at the main stage for some upbeat MixxedFit and Demos!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Pre-Run Stretch at the Main Stage
Start with a dynamic warm-up at the main stage led by our enthusiastic run leader Marc Chung.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM OR Stay at the Main Stage for MixxedFit, as well as other FUN activities to move your body!
1.5 mile run or walk
Start with a dynamic warm-up lead by our run leader.
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Yoga:
Hop on your mat for a yoga flow class led by amazing Alicia from Tuladhara Yoga set to upbeat music.
11:15am – 11:45 pm
Meditation:
25 minutes of soul reviving meditation led by professional instructors to teach you the fundamentals of a great meditation practice and to lead you through a guided meditation
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop Grab Lunch or Chill. Dance at the main stage, get a massage, explore vendors.
Cost for the event is $20 if you register by July 13!
Cost for the event after July 13th is $25

Summer Synergy At Fort Steilacoom Park

Questions contact: Sally Martinez smartinez@cityoflakewood.us

Meet Clarus Eye Centre’s Executive Director

When you meet Marta De La Torre, the new executive director at Clarus Eye Centre, you will be impressed by how genuine, courteous, collected and engaging she is. She says with a smile that she has been interested in health care “since she was almost 2”! The New England native has traveled around the world and now calls Tumwater home.

De La Torre says one of the most interesting positions she has held in her career was as a third-party health care administrator for the government of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Health care in that country, she says, was different because of gender inequality. “A male doctor can only work on males and female doctors only on females,” De La Torre explains. She said they also have different entrances to medical facilities.

Perhaps inspired by that experience, De La Torre, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, is interested in mentoring young women. She thinks it is important to build up all people to foster strong community.

What attracted De La Torre to Clarus Eye were the long-term employees at the location. She says employees of such long tenure provide an unparalleled level of expertise. She was also impressed that the practice is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “There is a lot to celebrate!” she says.

One of De La Torre’s working goals is to offer a tuition program for employees who want to go back to school. She also wants to cultivate an optical training program at the local colleges. She aims to help Clarus engage with schools and continue to build its relationship with families and the community.

“This job comes as a welcome challenge and a responsibility,” says De La Torre. She looks forward to giving back to the community and carrying into the next 50 years the legacy of compassionate service that Clarus Eye Centre has become known for.

Clarus Eye Centre

345 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503

360.456.3200

claruseye.com

 

Synergy HomeCare: Independence for Aging

Kind one. Smiling senior woman with her home caregiver

“I work with people because I love people and it brings me joy,” says John, a caregiver at Synergy HomeCare.

Synergy HomeCare offers in-home care to help seniors maintain their independence and give their family members peace of mind. Synergy has flexible options such as around-the-clock care for seniors who need it, or just a few hours a week for minor needs.

When a client is first interested in Synergy HomeCare services, an office member greets potential clients and their family members for a free in-home assessment. The staff takes the time to learn about the senior’s routine and individual needs, and analyzes the home to identify potential solutions to make the senior’s life easier.

If the client’s family decides that Synergy HomeCare is the right fit for them, the staff works to match the personality of the client to a caregiver. With a full background check having been done, a Synergy care coordinator introduces the two parties to each other.

Synergy offers more than just nursing care inside the home. As Samantha, a Synergy caregiver, notes, “We are not there just as a certified nursing assistant. We offer cooking, cleaning, companionship, running errands, and taking clients to the doctor. We don’t tell them what to do, as expected in a nursing home. I always ask, ‘How can I help you?’”

Maintaining independence can be very important to seniors, and Synergy wants to help make that possible. Moving into an unfamiliar facility with lots of different caregivers can be overwhelming. Synergy HomeCare offers peace of mind, independence and personal relationships with each client.

For more information or a free home assessment, call the Olympia office of Synergy HomeCare at 360-338-0837.

Katie Redmond

synergyhomecare.com

 

At one-year anniversary, Aurora LASIK

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In June, Rhodes had LASIK eye surgery at Aurora LASIK in Lacey.  “My vision is now 20/15. Even as a teenager my vision was never this good. I can actually see the textures on trees.”

As Aurora LASIK has it’s first anniversary in November, its founder, Dr. Jay Rudd, has been impressed by the results seen by his patients over the past year.

“We were the first LASIK surgery center in Washington to invest in the WaveLight Refractive Suite, and it has paid huge dividends to our patients,” said Rudd. “Over 95% are seeing 20/20 vision or better. And more than half are seeing 20/15 or better.”

Rudd said the outcomes of today’s LASIK exceed what many people enjoy with contact lens correction, without the ongoing costs and inconvenience.  “I’ve performed more than 3,700 LASIK procedures,” notes Rudd. “But I’ve never tired of seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they are able to see so clearly without glasses or contacts. It’s a very rewarding procedure for both me and the patient.”

“The WaveLight Refractive Suite bladeless technology provides the most precise mapping and quickest recovery possible, says Rudd. “The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. And most patients are able to return to work the following day, with much clearer vision.”

A fellowship-trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon, Dr. Rudd has performed more than 15,000 vision correction surgeries since 2000. “Because of our experience with vision correction, we feel confident in also backing our LASIK procedure with our signature Lifetime Enhancement Policy. It’s extra peace of mind for our patients.”

Visit AuroraLASIK.com to learn more about LASIK eye surgery.

 

blade-free laser cataract surgery in lacey

 

Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible vision loss in the United States.  Over three million cataract procedures are performed each year in this country.  While the surgery has come a long way, new technologies continue to make the procedure more precise, with even better outcomes.

Until recently, surgeons have been limited to handheld instruments and blades to access the cataract and correct astigmatism.  With the traditional bladed cataract surgery, we are able to improve vision and often help patients see more clearly.  However, less than 50% of patients with traditional surgery see well enough to retire their glasses.

Clarus Eye Centre, announce the arrival of the femtosecond laser designed to enhance an already successful cataract procedure. The Catalys Precision Laser System helps reduce the need for the hand-held instruments.  With unparalleled precision, the laser can create very accurate incisions in the cornea, correcting astigmatism to a degree not seen with hand-held instruments.  In addition, the laser can open the cataract and then pre-soften the lens prior to its removal.  The softening allows for a more gentle removal of the cataract, speeding recovery and enhancing the patient experience and outcomes.

To learn more, please visit:  ClarusLaserCataractSurgery.com Rudd