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By Medi Center 21 Mar, 2017

Ionic Foot Baths and How It Works...

The ionic foot bath is a system used to detoxify the body using a process of osmosis/electrolysis to move particles through a membrane from an area of lower concentration to an area of greater concentration. The water in the foot bath contains ions that have a positive or negative charge, which causes them to establish an electrostatic field that attracts and neutralizes oppositely charged particles and pulls them out of the body via osmosis.

Detoxification in this manner stems back thousands of years to Eastern Indian traditions of Ayer Vedic medicine, using concentrated sea salt baths to draw out impurities in the body. The electrical charge of the foot baths may also stimulate acupuncture points, especially relating to the kidney and liver which may further aid detoxification mechanisms.

Come try an Ionic Foot Bath at MediCenter Integrative Clinic today! 

Call 283-9119 to schedule.

By Medi Center 03 Mar, 2017
Integrative Medicine uses certain modalities to improve the physical health of our patients.  One of these modalities is EWOT or Exercise with Oxygen Therapy.

What is EWOT?

The EWOT is surprisingly simple. All it involves is breathing high levels of oxygen while exercising. The higher oxygen level in the lungs creates a greater head of pressure to drive oxygen into the pulmonary capillaries. The exercise moves the circulation much faster, ensuring a greater oxygen carriage. Initially, the oxygen pressure in the veins rises, as more oxygen is getting through to the venous side, but it is this oxygen that allows the capillaries to repair the transfer mechanism. Once the mechanism is fixed, more oxygen can diffuse through the capillary wall to oxygen-thirsty tissues. This transfer of oxygen from the blood to the cells is perhaps the most significant underlying factor in whether you live a healthy life or not. The more damaged the transfer mechanism becomes the more likely you will become ill. This is why you are more susceptible to illness as you age.


 How many times a week do I need to do this?

Only 15 minutes a day can help you feel better and fight back against chronic disease.


How might the EWOT Therapy benefit my health?

Some affects you might see:

  • Decrease in systemic inflammation.
  • Increase in energy.
  • Increased circulation especially to the legs and feet for diabetics.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • De-acidifying the body and improving alkalinity.
  • Anti-aging effects on the body by improving the function of cellular enzymes and cell metabolism.
  • Protect the body from cancer and also as an adjuvant treatment to cancer, helping to decrease the toxic effects of chemo and radiation and increase the body's energy.
  • Improve weight loss and help the body to burn fat.

How do I Schedule for this therapy?

Talk with Dr. Carlson or Leah by calling 907-283-9119 and scheduling a consultation.  
By Medi Center 10 Feb, 2017

What is Ozone and what does it do?

Ozone is O3 (3 oxygen atoms combined) and forms an energetic molecule that readily donates its third oxygen atom to free radicals that are usually causing damage to our bodies through oxidation. If there is Ozone present in our bodies then the oxidation damage caused by these free radicals is halted.

Ozone stimulates the production of white blood cells. These cells protect the body from viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer. If deprived of oxygen, these cells malfunction. They fail to eliminate invaders and even turn against normal, healthy cells (allergic reactions).

Top 10 Benefits of Ozone:

  • Ozone strengthens your immune system
  • Ozone kills bacteria and viruses on contact
  • Ozone increases the oxygen level of your cells
  • Ozone detoxifies your body
  • Ozone reduces inflammation
  • Ozone has been known to kill HIV
  • Ozone can kill cancer cells
  • Ozone is anti-aging
  • Ozone increases energy
  • Ozone reduces acidity

Ways to get Ozone into your body:

  • Drinking Ozonated Water
  • IV Therapies (UBIT)
  • Injection
  • Rectally/Vaginally  

Speak to your provider about the benefits Ozone can provide you in your treatment plan.  

Call us at 907-283-9110 to schedule an appointment.

By Medi Center 14 Dec, 2016

What’s a HEP? It stands for Home Exercise Program


 A HEP is prescribed by a medical professional, often a Physical Therapist .   It is a highly specific, individualized movement program that is made to treat your pain or difficulty with daily activities.   Think of it as your prescription to help you solve your problem.

 

Why can’t I just do my own thing? Of course you can do your own workout!  Consistent physical activity is essential to good health. There’s a long list of benefits including reducing cardiovascular and cancer risk, controlling, weight, improving emotional health, and decreased fall hazard.   The difficulties caused by a sedentary lifestyle are many, too numerous to discuss here.  

 

But not all workouts are created equal. A workout shouldn’t contribute to the pain or symptoms that you already have. A Physical Therapist is precisely trained to diagnose your problem, design an action plan, and assist you in learning new movement patterns. Targeted training for specific muscle groups is essential to solve your problem.

 

A Physical Therapist is also qualified to train you in proper form for exercise. Physical activity without correct form could be hazardous. For example, squats are a wonderful exercise for the muscles of your legs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Done correctly, they can help prevent knee and back pain. Squats are also a great tool for helping the elderly arise from a seated position. On the other hand, when performed incorrectly, squats can cause permanent injury to your knees, back, neck, and hips.  Why take a risk when you can ask an expert? We are here to help you!

 

What happens when you are prescribed a HEP? You and our Physical Therapist , Leon Richard DPT, will sit down and discuss the issues that brought you to Physical Therapy. He is a doctor of Physical Therapy and he will prescribe a specific program for you.

 

Yes, Leon prescribes treatment just like a doctor prescribes medication. Think of movement as medication for your condition. He puts together your program and then prints the program for your usage. Then you both will discuss and do the exercises together in order to ensure you clearly understand how to do your exercise. Leon will answer any questions you have regarding your prescription, or HEP. No question is silly or stupid. He is here to help you feel better, and talking about your HEP is part of this process.

 

Like any other prescription, there are specific expectations regarding your responsibilities. You are responsible to do the exercises as often and precisely as you are able. You should contact our office if HEP increases your pain. Effort is required during this process, but it will not be superhuman. We do our jobs because we like to help you feel better. Then you can return to the activities that you love.

 

Come to MediCenter Physical Therapy today. We would love to be your new medical home!


Call us at 283-9110 to schedule a visit.  We can see most patients with a referral, same day.

Visit us on the web at  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/physical-therapy
By Medi Center 03 Nov, 2016

My doctor says I need to come to Physical Therapy. What will they do to me? All of my friends say it’ll hurt. I’m scared!

Physical Therapy (PT) is one of the most misunderstood specialties in modern medicine.  Perhaps you’ve heard the secondhand account of someone’s PT treatment. Unfortunately it may not have been a happy story.  Did you know that many people avoid PT because of fear or confusion about what will happen during their Initial Evaluation?

Why do I need PT? Quite often a Primary Care Provider (like a family doctor, DO, or a Physician’s Assistant) will recommend PT for patients who are experiencing pain, reduced function, or limited movement. These symptoms may be in any area of the body. Often these symptoms have not responded well to other interventions, so now it’s time to try something different.   Your Primary Care Provider may be trying to do some problem solving. Sometimes you may be referred to PT to determine if a specialist or a surgeon visit will be beneficial. Occasionally a patient may come to PT without a referral, depending on their health care insurance. This is called Direct Access and will be discussed in a later blog.

The referral is basically a prescription that your medical provider writes. It includes your diagnosis and specific directions for PT.

Unfortunately, there is lots of misinformation out there regarding PT. There are many varying types of Physical Therapists, as well as people who specialize in certain issues.   To optimize your experience, do your homework. If you would rather be treated by a certain gender due to religious or ethical considerations, say so. If there is a Physical Therapist that a friend strongly recommends, find them. If you would like to meet our therapist prior to treatment, please let us know. We are here to make this process more comfortable for you. We want to be your Medical Home.   This involves making your feel at ease, and taking care of you just like we would our own families.

When you arrive at a PT visit at the MediCenter, you will be greeted by our friendly Front Desk Staff. They will confirm your name and date of birth. You will receive an Intake Packet regarding your medical history and your treatment concerns. Upon completion of your Intake Packet, our Physical Therapy staff will meet you and escort you to our Physical Therapy department.

Upon entering our department, you will meet your Physical Therapist, Leon Richard. Leon is a doctor of Physical Therapy. This means he has advanced training to help you reduce your pain and improve your movement. You will sit down in a private room with him and discuss your condition, including the history of the symptoms that brought you to PT. He will ask you for your treatment goals. Often goals include reducing pain, returning to work or recreational activities, or improving tolerance of movement.

After you discuss your history and goals, Leon will perform a physical exam. This is not a typical exam that includes checking blood pressure or temperature. This is an exam to determine exactly what is causing your pain or dysfunction. Leon will observe your posture for imbalances. He will ask you to perform certain movements, in order to determine your limitations.   He will check your strength and nerve function. He will assess your balance and coordination. This process will also include finding your painful areas.

Did you say painful areas? Wait! Will this hurt?

You may discover that some regions of your body are tender during the exam. Some movements may increase your symptoms. However; other movements may actually decrease your symptoms. Take heart! Leon will not ask you to endure severe discomfort. This process is about problem solving, not increasing your suffering.

After Leon determines what structures and movements are problematic, then he will work with you to determine a Plan of Care.   What is a Plan of Care?

A Plan of Care is an action plan based on your specific concerns and issues. For instance, Helen has difficulty squatting down to pick up her grandchild, due to knee pain. The concern would be pain and decreased movement in her knee.  The action plan (or Plan of Care) may include treatments to decrease symptoms in her knee as well as exercise to help the knee move more efficiently.   While determining your Plan of Care, you and Leon will also decide how often and how long you should attend PT.

So now that you and Leon have developed your Plan of Care, what’s next? Now Leon will also help you with strategies to help you feel better at home. This may include changing how you sit, modifying your sleep position, and doing home exercises.

But I don’t like exercise!

These are not your average exercises. They are selected specifically for you based on your problem. The object is not to “working up a sweat,” but rather to use correct form. Leon and his staff guide you through individualized, targeted exercise designed to treat your painful areas. We will help you learn to perform these activities correctly, because using poor form may actually be harmful.   Our goal is for you to feel confident while doing your homework.

Finally, when your Initial Evaluation is done, we will escort you back to the Front Desk. You will be assisted with the checkout process, including making more PT appointments if necessary.   Also, if Leon determines further referrals to a specialist or a surgeon is required, he will recommend this to your Primary Care Provider. Your well-being and good health is of utmost importance to the PT department.

Now that the mystery is gone from Physical Therapy…we would truly enjoy being your bridge back to the activities that you enjoy. 

 Feeling better isn’t a puzzle, it’s attainable. 

 Come to MediCenter and establish your new Medical Home!


Visit us on the web at  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/physical-therapy

Visit us on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/medicentermedicalgroup/  and  https://www.facebook.com/KenaidoctorPT/

Schedule a visit by calling us at 907-283-9110

By Medi Center 27 Oct, 2016
MediCenter Medical Group has opened a new clinic across the street from the Kenai courthouse  at 100 Trading Bay Suite 4., Kenai, AK 99611.  

People will see a big sign over the doorway that reads "MediCenter Integrative Medicine" and our hours of operations are9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

MediCenter Intregrative Medicine has two practitioners R. Lynn Carlson, MD, IFMCP who has over 26 years of Medical Experince and 

Leah Streich, RD, MCHS, PA-C.


You will find Integrative Medicine provides a powerful new operating system and systems-based clinical model to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a big part of Functional Medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other health care providers.  Our providers have a main goal to reverse today's epidemic of chronic disease through top education, research, and medical collaboration. 

The consult is an hour-long appointment.

Your practitioner will take a detailed history and review medications/supplements, diet, and lifestyle factors.  We will then decide how integrative therapies could be helpful to you and develop an integrative treatment plan.   

Our care enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Integrative Medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. 

So, changing your environment can make the genes work the way they were designed to, returning you to health.  

Call us at 283-9119 or visit us at the web by clicking  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/Integrative





By Medi Center 19 Oct, 2016

Leon obtained a new important certification specific to helping our patients on the Kenai by improving healthy outcomes after complicated surgeries and so much more.

We are proud to announce that Leon is our MediCenter certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist by the ABPTS ( American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty).

We are extremely happy to recognize Leon Richard, DPT with a new credential next to his name of OCS.

What is an OCS Certification?

  • Must complete minimum patient care experience (2000 hours in last 10 years, 500 of which must be in last 3 years) or evidence of completion of accredited residency in orthopedics.
  • Must also pass examination.
  • PTS (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties) recognizes an orthopedic certified specialist as a PT with exemplary knowledge of an orthopedic population.

The Kenai Peninsula has only two certified individuals currently and one of them is Leon!

Why we feel this is so important to our patients on the Kenai is that you have a  provider who understands that our patients demand more from a Physical Therapy provider and he is one who is interested on continual education to better himself.

Here at the MediCenter, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve you and to have providers who are open to challenge themselves to be better.

MediCenter is taking action to build an Orthopedic Center of Excellence in our Physical Therapy Department.

Thank you Leon and Congratulation!!!


Joseph Hurley, Executive Director and the Entire MediCenter Board of Directors

By Medi Center 16 Oct, 2016
The MediCenter is proud  to announce the addition of a new provider to our group.

Coming in July, we welcomed Timothy Miller, DO to our Kenai Family Medicine clinic at 10543 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai, AK 99611.

Dr. Timothy Miller, DO is a Board Certified Alaskan Provider of Osteopathic Medicine who practices family practice and urgent care. Dr. Miller is a full spectrum family practice doctor and he welcomes infants, adolescents, OB, adults, and geriatric patients to his practice.
 
Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Miller grew up in Southern Oregon. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics at Oregon State University, he transitioned from working at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, to managing clinical research trials, and finally building clinical research centers for several medical groups. Desiring to have a greater impact on patient care, he attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Alaska Family Medicine/Providence Alaska Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Miller practiced in bush Alaska at Norton Sound Health Center serving as a family physician in the ER, urgent care, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency air medical transportation settings working with OB, pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations.  
 
As an osteopathic physician, he has a special interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), to facilitate body positioning and tissue function to help alleviate pain and restore proper function. He enjoys the challenge of finding the underlying cause of illness and partnering with the patient to help them achieve their goals of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.
 
Away from the office, Dr. Miller loves spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and dog. He is an avid fisherman and outdoors-man. He enjoys hunting, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, rafting, wildlife viewing, surfing, and travelling abroad.

To call or schedule an appointment, call us at 283-9118 and visit our page on the web at  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers
By Medi Center 25 Sep, 2016

Becca’s 5 Tips to Fight Back the Challenges of Winter

 

Winter has set in and we need to protect ourselves and our families from colds/flu, depression and fatigue. There is no reason you shouldn’t have just as much energy as you do in the summer.

 

1. Bring in the Heat!

    Since we aren’t getting much sun here in Alaska during the wintertime we have to look for other sources to absorb our vitamin D and bring back the energy we had in the summer. The two sources are: Light and vitamin D

    Light boxes: The Mayo Clinic started advising light therapy for those with Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD). This means everyone in Alaska could benefit from this light therapy because we hardly see the sun. Just 30 minutes a day can do the trick.

    Vitamin D supplementation: Vitamin D helps boost the immune system, build strong bones, heal the gut, stabilize moods, and so much more.  Get the D3 form and at least 5,000IU daily.

 

2. Keep the Colds Away

With winter comes the flu season. Here are some tips to fight back against bacteria and viruses this season.

    Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight bad bugs. We recommend buffered vitamin C for best absorption.

    Sinus or flu tone: These are homeopathic remedies that are created with this years antibodies to destroy bacteria and viruses. They are highly effective if taken when symptoms are first starting or well into the cold/flu.

    Vitamin D: Don’t forget this helps boost your immune system as well.

 

3. Trade Bad Bacteria for Good

     Probiotics: Probiotics are healthy bacteria that is naturally found in our small intestines to help fight off bad bacteria. Most of us have too much bad and not enough good. Probiotics help support your immune system and heal many intestinal problems such as acid reflux, irritable bowel, constipation or diarrhea. Help support your gut and immune system by taking 25-100 billion CFU of mixed strained probiotic. We recommend Ther-Biotic Complete by Klaire Labs.

 

4. Enough of the Whites, Bring on the Greens

     Too much white foods like white rice, potatoes, noodles, crackers, cakes, sweets and candy creates within our body an acidic environment. What this does is makes us more susceptible to infection, disease and cancer. We don’t actually need many grains in our diet in order to be healthy, so trade out the white or brown for the green, where loads of nutrients are found. Green foods include spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus etc. These contain lots of B vitamins and magnesium, which both aid in the creation of energy within our body. Who doesn’t like energy?

    Greens also help your body detox, whether it is from chemicals, the environment, foods, tobacco or alcohol, greens help push things through your liver to clear your body of all the unnecessary and damaging junk. A great way to eat more greens in the wintertime is by roasting them in the oven or creating your own green smoothies.

 

5. You Like to Move It Move It

    Exercise is particularly important in the winter when we seem to be less active. Exercise helps raise serotonin, and boost endorphins to fight the winter blues.

Get fresh air as much as you can. Go for a walk, sled with the kids or build a snowman. Exercise should be fun and enjoyable. Try swimming, walking/running, Yoga, Pilates, Tabata (high intensity 15 min exercise), Zumba, etc. Try something at home or a group class at the gym. Get people to go with you, and surround yourself with a great support group. Remember to consult with your doctor before you begin an exercise program.

 

 

    Now that you have read my top 5 tips, remember to turn up the heat, protect your body with antioxidants and probiotics, bring the green back into your winter and get a move on every day. One last tip I would like to suggest for your New Years resolutions this year. With the help of the MediCenter, we’ve created a 10-day detox that can stop cravings completely, boost your energy levels and get you on the path to take back your health in just 10 days. I can help you start the program with a one-on-one consultation or you can come to our big Detox Event Friday and Saturday January 9th and 10th. Be sure to look for fliers and more information to come about this event. Now go fight the challenges of winter.

 

Schedule an appointment with Becca Richardson, MS, Clinical Nutritionist by calling 283-9119 or look at her bio by typing  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers
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