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Guide to Independent Medical Practices

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Private-practice healthcare providers, when combined with the work of local hospitals, culminate in our area’s medical excellence. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to independent providers in our area.

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Our Private Practice Physicians, Clinics & Medical Services Guide comes to you at an opportune time, with the state of healthcare in our region and country on a continual trajectory of change.

We’ve all dealt with routine and critical healthcare situations in our lives, whether for ourselves a family member or friend.

As it’s become more difficult to navigate the churning waters of how our medical care is provided, the ability of the medical community to diagnose, treat and heal patients is better than ever. Indeed, compared to a generation ago, it seems like truly miraculous cures are finally attainable, with even more breakthroughs on the horizon.

The question for us today is how best to access the high-quality healthcare available in our region. The answer, of course, depends on your level of need and the severity of your condition. The acute illness usually necessitates a hospital environment, while healthcare providers in private practice can handle almost all other healthcare requirements.

Until the early 1900s, healthcare in America was provided one-on-one, from a physician in private practice to the patient. Commonly, physicians traveled to homes to treat their patients or patients visited their doctor’s office.

With the growth of hospitals in the early 1900s, this model embraced its first big wave of change. In the beginning, hospitals were basically an extension of those privately practicing physicians, assisting their ability to provide a higher level of care to patients.

Patients still paid their doctors directly with cash and knew exactly what their healthcare would cost.

The very foundation of how healthcare works in America changed with the growth of insurance companies (third-party payers) in the 1930s. In the 1940s, wartime price and wage controls led to the development of employers paying for all, or most, of an employee’s health insurance premium. The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) follows this basic model, while attempting to cover more people with health insurance. At the moment, the future of the ACA is uncertain.

Hospitals in our region provide amazing medical care through dedicated teams of doctors and nurses. These modern medical centers possess the wherewithal to acquire new medical technologies and keep important advancements coming to our region. It’s their platforms, when combined with the work of local, private-practice healthcare providers, that have culminated in our area being a true region of medical excellence.

Our area has a surprisingly strong number of very accomplished healthcare providers who are dedicated to their independent practices.

For years, they have requested we provide them with a forum for highlighting their medical expertise, along with the unique advantages they provide to their patients.

Independent medical practices position physicians to freely pursue alternate approaches to delivering healthcare to their patients.

They can choose an approach that others might see as competitive in nature, but perfectly acceptable to that independent practice.

Equally important, these physicians make their homes in the region in which we all live. They have laid down roots here so that they can enjoy long-term relationships with their patients. Highlighting these uniquely dedicated professionals, for your consideration, is the primary purpose of this, our first Private Practice Physicians, Clinics & Medical Services Guide.

Within this section, you’ll find a variety of medical practitioners representing a wide range of skills and medical expertise.

If you’re looking for a refreshed personal appearance, we’ve found plastic and cosmetic surgeons as well as dermatologists who can help to create a new you. We’ve found experts who treat a wide range of conditions, from ocular, spinal and renal diseases to gastrointestinal conditions, varicose veins and chronic pain. Each of the experts we’ve found deliver groundbreaking treatments on the cutting edge of modern medicine. In some cases, we’ve found experts who’ve received national recognition for their achievements in medicine.

In our active society, expertise in orthopedics and chiropractics can help to keep an active body in motion, even when age-related conditions and sports-related injuries interfere. We’ve found experts who can help you to succeed in your recovery.

On a more everyday level, we’ve found dentists who specialize in serving adults and those who focus their practice on children. We’ve located locally owned businesses that can outfit you with the right medical equipment – in the fields of home medical supplies and mobility equipment.

As you read through this section, you’ll appreciate the meaning behind the independent status of their practices. They truly have a passion for providing excellent, compassionate healthcare services to their patients.

And, as an informed healthcare consumer, you can make a more educated choice when it comes to determining the best healthcare provider for you and your family.

Together, with this outstanding group of participating healthcare providers, we trust that our Private Practice Physicians, Clinics & Medical Services Guide will help to serve your family’s healthcare needs now and for years to come.

Medical Pain Management

Living with pain is a reality for millions of people today, and it interferes with the ability to enjoy even the simplest of pleasures.

At Medical Pain Management Services Ltd. (MPMS), thorough assessment is provided for a variety of acute, chronic and cancer pain diagnoses. Treatment is provided through interventional therapies by physicians specializing in the treatment of pain syndromes.

MPMS nurses are some of the most experienced in the field and understand the unique medical and emotional needs of patients with pain.

Acute pain is often your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong; the perception of pain is highly individualized. When pain is not resolved after medical treatment lasting a duration of six months or more, the pain then is considered to be chronic in nature.

Chronic pain often causes dramatic changes in a person’s ability to function and lead a normal life. The providers and staff at Medical Pain Management Services utilize the latest in treatment modalities to address the complexity of all acute, chronic and cancer-related pain conditions.

Early intervention in evaluation and treatment can reduce the impact of pain and restore a patient’s quality of life.

Transformations Plastic Surgery

Landon Pryor, MD, FACS, is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and has extensive training and experience in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Transformations Plastic Surgery also offers a wide array of non-surgical and minimally invasive services through its comprehensive Medical Spa and Wellness Center. Combining the best of surgical precision with an artistic balance, Dr. Pryor skillfully improves a patient’s natural appearance and helps them boost their confidence.

“Patients experience immediate results and significant improvements in self-esteem and quality of life,” Dr. Pryor emphasizes. “It’s an extremely rewarding transformation to witness.”

Dr. Pryor is triple-fellowship trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Other professional associations include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Clef Palate-Craniofacial Association, the Rhinoplasty Society, the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Pryor’s goal is to provide individualized aesthetic treatment recommendations, customized for each patient’s unique priorities and goals. In addition to the many surgical procedures that Dr. Pryor performs, Transformations Plastic Surgery’s Medical Spa – supervised by the talented Nurse Practitioner Susie Artale-Fritz – is designed as a state-of-the-art facility that has many complementary treatments and technologies for both men and women including SmartLipo™ in-office laser liposuction, NeoGraft™ hair restoration, FemiLift™ vaginal rejuvenation, CoolSculpting™ non-invasive permanent fat loss, and Bellafill™, the longest-lasting and only FDA-approved filler on the market for acne scars.

When patients visit Transformations Plastic Surgery, they can expect a friendly and courteous consultation, set in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dr. Pryor and his talented staff share a passion and vision for excellence to ensure an exceptional patient experience every time.

Rockford Nephrology Associates

Nephrologists care for patients who suffer from diseases of the kidney, have electrolyte disorders, need help in controlling their blood pressure, or require dialysis. At Rockford Nephrology Associates, our goal is to serve nephrology patients with quality care and continuing education.

Our medical staff includes 10 highly trained and board-certified nephrologists as well as three Nurse Practitioners, all working exclusively in nephrology. Our physicians are assistant professors for the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford. Our practitioners teach in the classroom as well as in the hospitals and participate in the education of medical students, residents and advanced practice nurses.

Our goal is to identify the cause of kidney disease and tailor therapy to treat that specific disease. We focus on education and lifestyle management as well as medication adjustment. We are trained to deal with complex cases of high blood pressure as well as uncommon electrolyte disorders. We are able to deliver quality care to those who have lost their kidney function with several forms of dialysis including in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, nocturnal hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Our interventional nephrologists serve dialysis patients in an outpatient setting to ensure the best possible dialysis access care. We also partner with universities throughout the Midwest to provide comprehensive care to our patients after they have received kidney transplants.

Because we believe it is important to empower patients to learn about kidney disease, Rockford Nephrology, with the help of DaVita, offers free kidney education classes. These classes are aimed specifically for patients diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3, 4 and 5. Classes are held at the Rockford main office and the Beloit office and cover everything patients need to know about disease progression and healthy lifestyles, including treatment options and delaying disease progression.

Our main office is on Roxbury Road in Rockford, however, we provide outpatient appointments at several convenient satellite locations including in Beloit, Freeport, Dixon, Sterling, Rochelle and Sycamore. We see patients in consultation in 12 area hospitals and care for patients on hemodialysis in 13 dialysis units in the region.

RNA accepts all patients whether from a physician office or by self-referral. Our goal is to ensure that all patients in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin receive quality, personalized nephrology care. “RNA cares for your kidneys.”

Melissa Stenstrom, M.D., Board-Certified Dermatologist

Over the past three years, MD SkinCenter has been privileged to provide top-notch dermatologic care to over 20,000 patients in the Rockford region. Even so, due to a chronic nationwide shortage of dermatologists over the recent years, rising skin cancer rates, and the demand for healthcare in general increasing, this region has unfortunately experienced longer appointment wait times. In order to help meet the high demand for dermatology care and reduce wait times, MD SkinCenter offers services through nurse practitioners (NP) and a physician assistant (PA). These important healthcare professionals form an integral part of our team at MD SkinCenter. We care about providing the best access to healthcare, and our NPs and PA provide our patients with an opportunity to be seen earlier. They spend valuable time with patients, counselling and educating them about their illnesses and customizing their care.

We also believe patients should know and trust their healthcare professionals. It is ultimately your right to see the specialist of your choice. As such, patients should feel comfortable asking questions about their healthcare professionals. Some common questions about NPs and PAs include: “What is the difference between them?” or “Can they diagnose and treat my issue?” While there are some differences in education, training and practice structure between these fields, they also share many parallels or similarities.

Both NPs and PAs have completed higher education and have state licensure and certification requirements. Both are subject to substantial continuing medical education requirements, periodic license renewals and re-certifications. Their relationship with physicians should be one of collaboration with a supervising physician. This means that they have a formalized relationship with an overseeing physician to define the type of care, treatment and procedures they may perform, among other things. Of note, the type of services performed by the NP and PA must be those that the physician generally provides to patients in the normal course of his or her clinical medical practice. The purpose of this is to ensure that the physician has the experience and ability to provide meaningful collaboration, consultation and direction to the NP or PA.

At MD SkinCenter, we take a collaborative “team-approach” to medicine where experience and knowledge are shared among the providers and staff to achieve excellence in patient care. Our highly specialized physicians head the team and ensure that high-quality, comprehensive care is always being provided. We strongly believe patients benefit from formalized “collaborating” or “supervising” physician relationships with NPs and PAs. Our NPs and PA work very closely with Dr. Stenstrom. They hold case conferences, study medical articles together, and hold frequent discussions and consultations, particularly on anything that is of higher acuity or complexity. All providers participate in ongoing continuing education to ensure that they are current in their fields. In short, when patients are seen by any of the healthcare professionals at MD SkinCenter, they are getting the best, most comprehensive care.

Dr. Stenstrom and the rest of her team at MD SkinCenter welcome new patients and look forward to meeting you. MD SkinCenter: The region’s premier center for medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Rockford Gastroenterology Associates

Rockford Gastroenterology Associates is one of the largest single-specialty, independent gastroenterology groups in Illinois. For nearly 40 years, RGA has been dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care, and our Center of Excellence delivers a comprehensive, patient-focused approach to meet all of your digestive health needs.

Our board-certified gastroenterologists have trained at renowned international centers, including Cleveland Clinic, Harvard, Mayo Clinic and Stanford. Many have extensive experience in treating specific diseases, received additional training in advanced endoscopic procedures, and have developed special interests. This allows us to deliver the comprehensive care you would expect from a large university center, with the convenience of being close to home.

Through our Center of Excellence, you can be assured that the care you receive is tailored to your specific symptoms or condition.

These include colon cancer prevention, the region’s only specialized liver center, swallowing and esophageal diseases, GERD, inflammatory bowel disorders and interventional endoscopy.

Our dedicated staff includes advanced nurse practitioners who utilize their specialized training and extensive clinical experience to help us to provide the best possible patient care.

To learn more about how RGA provides exceptional care to our community, visit rockfordgi.com and like us on Facebook.

Care for Women by Women Who Care

Founded in 1996 by Dr. Jodi Holbrook, Cornerstone Clinic is an independent practice, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, where the hallmark is patient-centered care. We’ve been offering complete gynecologic care for women of all ages since 1996. Our founder, Dr. Jodi Holbrook, and our staff are sensitive to your needs. Your comfort and health are our top priorities. We work hard to give you the specialized care you expect and deserve.

Pregnancy is a life-changing event in a woman’s and family’s life. Our team of professionals is here for you every step of the way. Dr. Holbrook is a board-certified physician who attended medical school at the University of Iowa and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida.

Our state-of-the-art technology and advanced techniques ensure that you and your baby receive optimal care in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.

An experienced labor and delivery nurse, Brittany Frisella, APN, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Rebekah Carey is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from University of San Diego, a post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate from University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama. She has 19 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, as well as several years as an RN in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics. Serving three years in a medical mission in Zambia was a unique opportunity and has enriched her practice ever since.

Cornerstone Clinic is not only high-tech but high-touch – the way women’s healthcare is supposed to be. “Caring for Women by Women Who Care.”

Jerome Weiskopf, M.D., Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Aesthetically Pleasing Results

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Weiskopf went on to medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from which he graduated in 1969. He completed a residency in general surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1974 and a fellowship on plastic and hand surgery in 1976, also at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1975 and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1977, Dr. Weiskopf has been in private practice in cosmetic and plastic surgery in Rockford since 1976. Twice elected president for the Winnebago County Medical Society, he has also been a clinical associate on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford.
Dr. Weiskopf practices actively at all three Rockford hospitals, including OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, SwedishAmerican Hospital and Mercyhealth Hospital (formerly Rockford Memorial).

“Right now, I am seeing more patients who are focused on breast reconstruction,” Weiskopf says. “However, liposuction is also a common request. Truth is, people love to eat, and that can lead to excess fat in areas of their bodies that become unsightly. Excess fat can also be the result of postpartum weight that has not dropped off naturally after giving birth. In male patients, we see a need to quickly eliminate belly fat and saddle bags. Liposuction is an effective treatment for such conditions.”

“With liposuction, however, the down side is that the skin surrounding the fat does not shrink easily. It may get rid of the fat but still leave issues with droopy skin. We can remedy that.”

Modern plastic surgery is certainly more than beautification or enhancement. At Dr. Jerome Weiskopf’s office, we continue to provide full-service treatment of conditions, treating skin diseases, accidental situations and congenital deformities, as well as beauty and enhancement. We address all aspects of plastic surgery with equal skill and enthusiasm.

Whether you want to reshape your nose or breasts, smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin, remove excess fat, or correct a problem resulting from surgery, birth defects or the effects of aging, the wide array of procedures available at our office can help you achieve the appearance you desire.

Come on in and see how friendly and cooperative our staff is. We welcome all concerns with our best face forward.

Carlson Orthopedic Clinic

Orthopedic Care Centered on You!

Mark E. Carlson, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at locally owned Carlson Orthopedic Clinic, in Rockford. From carpal tunnel syndrome to repetitive sports injuries, Dr. Carlson treats each patient with personalized attention.

Carlson Orthopedic Clinic can perform minimally invasive scoped wrist, ankle, elbow, knee and hip treatments. Outpatient and overnight hospitalization surgical procedures are performed at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.

Also, if you have any diseases or injuries of your bones and joints, Dr. Carlson has a treatment for you. When you need to get your body back after invasive or non-invasive surgery, our office provides therapeutic care, physical therapy and pain management to get you back on track.

Dr. Carlson diagnoses, treats, rehabilitates and prevents disorders of the musculoskeletal system. His clinic has provided comprehensive orthopedic and physical therapy healthcare since 1995. Whether you suffer from back and neck pain, joint pain, arthritis or headaches, we can help.

We happily accept new patients. Our specialties include: joint surgery, minimally invasive carpal tunnel release, new open MRI and sports medicine.

Make an appointment today at (815) 398-9100 to get the healthcare you deserve.

Andrew Jun, M.D., Board-Certified Head and Neck Surgeon

Dr. Jun is a board-certified head and neck surgeon and co-founder of MD SkinCenter, located at the Cornerstone Building in Rockford. He is a Chicago native who graduated from Northwestern University and received his medical training at the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa before calling Rockford his home. Practicing in Rockford for over 16 years, he has been selected by patients through a national online ranking system for several Patients’ Choice Awards. He performs Mohs skin cancer removal surgeries, medical/cosmetic reconstructive/facial plastic surgeries, and treats other disorders of the head and neck.

Dr. Jun is the only surgeon in the Stateline area who is certified to perform in-office balloon sinuplasty, a revolutionary technique to help treat sinusitis. Balloon sinuplasty opens sinuses similar to the way in which cardiologists open up blocked arteries with balloons. This procedure is quick and minimally invasive (no cutting of tissue); no need to visit a hospital; no nasal packing required. Patients do not need to be put to sleep and they typically return to work the next day. In contrast, the downtime of typical sinus surgery may be a week or more. After these procedures, patients are amazed at the difference it has made in their lives.

Another great advantage to having balloon sinuplasty done in-office is that it is the most cost-effective treatment option for sinusitis. The average hospital typically charges more than $50,000 for a hospital stay and, after insurance discounts, the hospital will charge the patient an average of $15,700. Having the procedure performed in-office by Dr. Jun avoids hospital fees, resulting in significant savings to patients. While balloon sinuplasty may be offered in hospitals, Dr. Jun is the only surgeon in the Stateline area performing in-office balloon sinuplasty.

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Dr. Jun’s clinic is the center of excellence for balloon sinuplasty in the Stateline area. He understands how debilitating sinusitis can be for his patients and is committed to scheduling them within a week. The clinic is conveniently located in the Cornerstone Building in Rockford at the corner of Mulford and Guilford roads.

Pediatric Dentistry of Northern Illinois

When Dr. Jeff Johnson completed his residency at Children’s Memorial Medical Center, which is now called Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, he was determined to practice pediatric dentistry in Rockford. That was 25 years ago and since then, he’s provided pediatric dental care to infants, children and adults with special needs at Pediatric Dentistry of Northern Illinois, 4903 E. State. St., Rockford.

The demographics of the children’s clinic have continued to grow over the years and include patients from the surrounding five counties in the Rockford area.

Dr. Johnson, a board-certified pediatric dentist, and Dr. Pamela Lu, who joined the practice in 2004, emphasize the need for early childhood and preventive care. One of their main focus areas is welcoming children to the dentist when they get their first tooth or by the time they become a year old.

In the past, unless a child had a trauma or oral injury, their first experience in a dental office was right before they started kindergarten. Unfortunately, if they wait until then, a child may already have tooth decay, which sometimes progresses beyond the ability to save the teeth creating potential future problems.

Dr. Johnson and his team frequently hear parents say they don’t understand how their child developed so many cavities, since they brush their teeth and don’t eat a lot of candy. But, those things are only part of what contributes to cavities.

Today’s diets consist of many processed foods with high amounts of sugar. Even foods that are deemed healthy have natural sugar in them.

Genetics, developmental deficiencies, certain medical conditions and medications all contribute to determining the risk factors for cavities. Sharing food utensils and cups with someone who has active decay provides a route of transmission for the bacteria that cause decay.

Seeing a child 2 years old or younger with cavities is not unusual and is heartbreaking to children, parents and the dental team. But satisfaction comes from working together to find options and treating the child and then seeing a healthy child with a healthy smile.

Dr. Johnson’s key process in achieving healthy smiles for patients is addressing risk factors for their developmental age and scheduling Oral Wellness visits accordingly.

“We recommend techniques to use at home and offer numerous incentives within our office to achieve this goal,” Johnson says.

Not only does Dr. Johnson continue to check and clean teeth, but he also expands oral health education to both the general and professional communities.

During the past 25 years, much of Dr. Johnson’s success has been measured by the numerous names listed on the No Cavity Club wall in his office and the number of current patients whose parents are former patients.

“My office is a busy place filled with a lot of blessings,” Johnson says. “I have great team members who’ve worked with me for an individual average of 10-plus years. Best of all, we have kids who tell us they actually like coming to the dentist.”

Northern Illinois Retina

Your Choice for the Treatment of Retinal Diseases

Susan Fowell, M.D., is a leading ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and surgery of diseases of the vitreous and the retina. Dr. Fowell graduated college from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., with summa cum laude honors and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then graduated from Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical School in Chicago and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in vitreoretinal disease – all at Northwestern University in Chicago. She began her practice in Rockford in 1990.

She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmolgy and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Retinal Surgeons (ASRS). She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, attends two major CME meetings per year, and offers state-of-the-art, university-level care on a full-time basis to Rockford and surrounding communities.

Practice at Northern Illinois Retina is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the back portion of the eye, the retina, macula and vitreous. These include but are not limited to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, ocular trauma, retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and uveitis. Diagnostic procedures performed in the office include Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), OCT angiography and fluorescein angiography. In-office surgical treatment includes laser photocoagulation, cryopexy of retinal tears and pneumatic retinopexy for retinal detachment, and intravitreal injections of Avastin, Lucentis 0.3 and 0.5, Eylea, Ozurdex and Iluvien. Intraocular surgeries are performed in the hospital and include scleral buckling surgery, pars plana vitrectomy and membrane peeling.

Our patients are usually referred by other ophthalmic and optometric colleagues, but if you have concerns or questions, please feel free to visit our website (niretina.net) and click on the education tab to learn more about specific eye conditions affecting the retina and its treatment.

Lymphedema Clinic at Brynwood Myofascial Therapy

Lymphedema is a serious condition in which excessive lymphatic fluid collects in the interstitial tissues of the body, due to protein situations in the body that have chemical attraction to water molecules. This abnormal buildup of fluid can cause swelling, pain, discomfort, and feelings of tightness in specific areas of the body or, more generally, throughout the body itself.

Symptoms of lymphedema may include any or all of the following:
• Swelling in the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, face/neck, shoulders and abdomen
• Skin indentations that may stay after being pressed (early onset)
• Weakness or heaviness of legs and arms
• Tightness or stiffness of the skin, pain/heat and/or redness of affected areas
• Aching in the neck, shoulders, spine, or hips
• Decreased range of motion in upper and/or lower extremities
• Difficulty fitting into clothing, tight fitting rings, shoes, or watches.

What is Lympathic System?
The lymphatic system plays an integral part in the body’s immune system. It consists of specialized vessels and nodes which help to transport lymph fluid back towards the heart after helping to cleanse the body of metabolic and cellular debris.

There are two types of Lymphedema, Primary and Secondary, with Secondary being more prevalent in society than Primary.

Lymphedema can be caused by multiple attributing sequelae in the body including:
• Cancer that causes a blockage in the lymphatic drain system
• Surgery (removal of lymph nodes) and/or radiation that affect nodes or vessels
• Infection or physical damage to lymph system or nodes
• Scarring in and around vessels/nodes
• Blockage of a vein by clotting, trauma, or other diseases.

Typical cancers that bring on an increased incidence of Lymphedema include, but are not limited to, breast cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma, gynecological cancers, lymphoma’s, blood cancers, and sarcoma’s. If left untreated, the accumulation of fluid eventually results in fibrosis (hardening) of the extremity tissues.

How Does Decongestive Therapy Help?
The overall goal of treating lymphedema is to allow the lymphatic system to flow freely once again and this approach is called Decongestive Therapy. The Brynwood Myofascial Therapy clinic focuses on treating the entire person with lymphedema from a Complete Decongestive Therapy model that includes: education, exercise, manual lymphatic techniques, compression/garments, counseling in regards to nutrition/wellness and skin care/hygiene, as well as assist with activities of daily living through compensatory means, if needed.

The overall goals of Brynwood Myofascial Therapy for their patients include: reduction in fluid in a safe manner, improve skin pliability, improve pain, improve range-of-motion, improve self-confidence, and a return to a normal lifestyle. The use of up-to-date evidence-based research and on-going education for the providers at Brynwood Myofascial Therapy allows us to improve the treatments that our patients receive.

Comprehensive Healthcare to Women of All Ages

Woman’s Wellness Services • Gynecological Care • Mental Health • Physical & Massage Therapies

Lenox Healthcare for Women is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare for women of all ages, through the integration of personalized medical and mental health services.

The office provides gynecological, women’s wellness, mental health and physical therapy services in a comfortable environment. Our group of experienced providers forms a respectful partnership with patients, which is essential to address all healthcare needs.

Jack W. Lenox, M.D., has been providing gynecological care in the Rockford community since 1986 and has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, using the most current technologies, including daVinci robotic surgery.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners Jane Kiley, Lucy Martin and Andrea Rossow help women with a variety of primary care and gynecological problems, in addition to providing examinations and wellness visits.

Christine Lenox, a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC), can assist with mental health issues. Paula McKenzie, a physical therapist, specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders and bladder problems, as well as treatments for musculoskeletal problems. Abbey Hunter, a massage therapist, provides relaxation and therapeutic massage treatments.

By offering a variety of services on site, Lenox Healthcare for Women is able to evaluate and manage medical and mental health problems efficiently, while providing care that focuses on the individual to address all healthcare needs.

Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics

Now You Can Treat Every Muscle, Bone & Joint, All at One Place

Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics is a full rehabilitation facility offering the best in chiropractic care, nonsurgical orthopedic care, physical therapy, sports medicine, occupational medicine and nutrition. We pride ourselves in quickly rehabilitating routine conditions and difficult conditions such as slipped discs; rotator cuff shoulder injuries; scoliosis; arthritic problems; neck and back pain; and knee, ankle and foot disorders.

Staff members in our office are dedicated to helping patients regain and maintain the best in health, enabling them to stay more active in their early and later years of life. Dr. Jacob Caraotta is the only physician in Rockford board-certified in Chiropractic and Orthopedics. Dr. Agnieszka Cluchey, Dr. Lance Myers and Dr. Nicholas Micka are also trained in orthopedics and are proficient in chiropractic, nutrition, sports injuries and advanced muscular rehabilitation, treating every muscle, bone and joint throughout the body.

We offer spinal and joint rehabilitation classes at no charge to our patients and their family members. Individuals who attend these classes are instructed in things they can do at home to take stress off their joints to speed up the healing process. The first Saturday of each month is “Kids Day,” in which parents can bring their children up through age 13 for complementary treatments.
You can request an appointment 24 hours online at orthochiro.com or by calling (815) 398-4004.

World-Class Spine Care

Rockford Spine Center is dedicated exclusively to diagnosing and treating spinal conditions. We offer the most advanced diagnostic capabilities and leading-edge care to the region in a state-of-the-art facility. Patients can access a variety of treatments, ranging from low-risk, conservative options to progressive surgical procedures.

Our three fellowship-trained surgeons and Mayo Clinic-trained physiatrist, along with a comprehensive team, are proficient in diagnosing a variety of complex spinal disorders, including disc herniation, degenerative and arthritic disease of the spine, spinal trauma and scoliosis. Our facility offers imaging, pain management, physical therapy and diagnostic consultation, all under one roof.

RSC’s team of experts uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat spinal disorders, maintaining the highest standards for evaluating, diagnosing and treating specific needs for every patient. They’re proudly one of the most comprehensive, specialized independent practices in the region, and they work every day with the goal of creating a center of excellence specifically for spinal surgery. It’s why Rockford Spine Center is one of the leading referral centers in the Midwest, offering world-class spine care here in Rockford.

Hemochromatosis Patients Can Give Blood at RRVBC

Just because you’ve been diagnosed with Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) doesn’t mean your blood can’t be used to help others.

Rock River Valley Blood Center, 419 N. Sixth St., Rockford, allows HH patients to become volunteer blood donors.

HH is an inherited iron metabolism disorder that happens when the body loads too much iron. This extra iron can gradually build up in the body’s tissues and organs, particularly in the liver cells, heart, pancreas, joints and pituitary gland. If left untreated, this iron buildup may lead to tissue and organ damage over time.

Common symptoms of HH include joint pain, abdominal pain, fatigue and weakness. Additional, more serious symptoms include diabetes, heart failure and liver failure. If treated early, especially before organ damage, a person can live a normal life expectancy.

HH can be treated by removing red blood cells to deplete the excessive iron supply, a procedure called therapeutic phlebotomy. It’s similar to a blood donation, only it requires a doctor’s order. RRVBC is able to perform this procedure on patients with HH. Depending on the amount of iron overload at the time of diagnosis, reaching and maintaining normal levels requires frequent and regular phlebotomy. It can take months and even years to treat.

Once iron levels are back to normal, a person can begin maintenance therapy, which involves making a blood donation every two to four months for life. Some patients may need to give blood more or less, depending on how quickly their body absorbs iron.

“Hereditary Hemochromatosis is a condition that people have to be treated for, often resulting in their otherwise healthy blood being disposed of,” says Jen Bowman, public relations and marketing manager for RRVBC. “Since 2007, Rock River Valley Blood Center has performed over 5,000 therapeutic phlebotomies, resulting in more than 2,100 usable HH units being added to the community blood supply.”

Because HH is hereditary and not an infection, it can’t be passed through transfusion. HH patients must meet regulatory donor eligibility requirements in order for their blood to be used by hospitals.

RRVBC has a dedicated RN who coordinates these specials services and works with physician offices to enroll patients in the Therapeutic Phlebotomy program, even if the blood has to be discarded.

RRVBC provides patients this convenience at no cost, and it can be performed at all four donor center locations in Rockford, Belvidere and Freeport.

For more information about all services provided by RRVBC, visit rrvbc.org.

Chris Scott Wellness

Chris Scott Wellness (CSW) provides a variety of services including chiropractic, medical massage, myofascial release and physical therapy.

“The goal of CSW is to offer better innovative solutions to get people out of pain fast by addressing the root of their problem, rather than the symptoms, using the latest technology and research,” says founder and owner Chris Scott.

The doctors on staff include a board-certified anesthesiologist and a chiropractic physician who work with patients to formulate a comprehensive plan of care. Every member of our wellness team is distinguished in his or her own field. Their extensive education and experience provide distinct advantages for our patients because they can quickly discover a better way to a better you.

Chris Scott, founder and owner, is the sports medicine therapist of the Olympic Kickboxing Team USA. “A Better Way to a Better You” is our slogan, says Scott. What does that mean? It means that we don’t do average patient care within the realm of chiropractic, medical massage, myofascial release and physical therapy.

In our state-of-the-art treatment center, located at 1752 Windsor Road, in Loves Park, Ill., we work with people of all ages and abilities, from 3-month-old babies and pregnant women to 104-year-old adults. Our focus is to help as many people as we can by making a difference in their lives. At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing: Improving the quality of life for our patients so they can function at their most optimum level.

Dr. Brittany McMullen provides high-quality chiropractic care with immediate relief in treating a wide range of pain conditions, such as disc problems, sciatica, neck and back pain, pinched nerves, headaches, sports injuries, and shoulder, hip, knee and joint pain. A chiropractic adjustment reduces subluxation to increase range of motion, improve function and reduce nerve irritability. By combining chiropractic with medical massage, the adjustment can last longer.

We believe the true purpose of medical massage is to alleviate muscle pain through individualized pain management plans administered by Advanced Medical Massage Therapists. We can help with nerve impingements, restricted range of motion, post-surgery rehab, frozen shoulders, sciatica and much more. By receiving a medical massage prior to a chiropractic adjustment, the muscles are loose and the adjustment will last longer. The medical massage will keep the muscles relaxed longer, allowing the joints to stay in place and not be pulled by the muscles. Remember, muscles pull on bones, and that’s what creates movement. We all know you have to move in order to improve!

Some unique aspects of this practice include the revolutionary technology of the PowerPlate Pro 7 HC, which is a certified medical device that you stand on. We’re the only practice in the state-line area providing this service, which impacts a broad range of disciplines, from physical therapy to workout programs. It is quite extensive in treating Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal cord injuries, and in helping people to walk better.

“This device never ceases to amaze me,” says Scott. “I’ve witnessed people in wheelchairs who just put their feet on the PowerPlate platform for 5 minutes and afterwards they’re able to get up out of their wheelchair and walk with a walker. It’s like a healing miracle from God because, before then, it was impossible for them to get out of their wheelchair, let alone walk.”

Chris Scott Wellness accepts insurance, care credit and cash for services rendered. We do not want finances to stop a patient from receiving the care they need and deserve. Therefore, flexible payment plans can be made in advance to fit anyone’s budget. The practice is considered clinical and family-oriented. Patients come to CSW for healing and stay for maintenance. The patients and staff get to know one another over time and form a family-like bond.

For a free consultation, call us today at (815) 977-3747. We think you’ll agree that Chris Scott Wellness, 1752 Windsor Road, in Loves Park, Ill., is the clinic you can trust for proven, quality holistic healthcare.

Yavitz Eye Center

At Yavitz Eye Center, 4105 N. Perryville Road, at Perryville and Riverside, we combine state-of-the-art testing with precision surgery and always lead with compassion.

Our patients are treated like family. Instead of using an answering service, Yavitz gives every patient 24/7 access to his personal cellphone. We don’t overschedule, so typical waiting room times are less than 15 minutes.

Yavitz has been inventing techniques and equipment since his days at Harvard Medical School and now has 37 patents, with new ones pending on the potential treatment for dry macular degeneration. As a corneal specialist, he founded the eye bank in Rockford (now part of Eversight) and continues to perform corneal transplants. He draws patients from Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa for LASIK, and his fees are up to 50 percent less than most other offices. Strong word-of-mouth referrals from 25-plus years of excellent service and results power this practice.

Yavitz knew he wanted to become an eye surgeon from high school on. His father had very poor vision and required three different pairs of glasses to function at different tasks. He hoped his son would one day be able to improve his vision. Back in 1990, when his father developed cataracts, Yavitz did, indeed, keep his promise and performed his father’s cataract surgeries, resulting in his ability to play golf and drive without glasses. His father, now 95 years old, continues to do so.

Integrated HomeCare Services

Since 1988, Integrated HomeCare Services, 5027 Harrison Ave., Rockford, has been serving the respiratory, sleep therapy, and home medical equipment needs of customers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

Our on-site CPAP clinic teaches new and returning sleep apnea patients about their CPAP machines and accessories. Trained respiratory therapists will assist you in finding the most appropriate oxygen equipment and make sure you know how to use it properly.

Integrated HomeCare Services also carries the power wheelchairs, power mobility scooters, modular wheelchair ramps and other mobility equipment you’re looking for and back it up with a caring and knowledgeable staff to help you. The power mobility division can assist you with all of your power wheelchair and power mobility scooter needs. The services we provide also include in-home evaluations, assessments and insurance billing.

The Women’s Health Division carries supplies to meet the specific needs of women going through and recovering from different types of cancers. Our certified mastectomy fitter can help women regain their health, appearance, and sense of well-being with the help of compression therapy garments, breast prostheses and bras.

For your Home Medical Equipment needs, please contact us at (815) 227-0202 for referrals; (815) 965-9454 for the retail store; or toll-free at (800) 747-6994.

Benassi Family Dentistry

With two practices located in Rockford & Winnebago, Dr. Antony F. Benassi has been practicing dentistry for over 26 years. Dr. Benassi received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery when he graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry in 1991.

A Rockford native, Dr. Benassi took over the 35-year old practice of Dr. Leo Sabien at Fairview Plaza. He practiced at this location for 19 years and has built his own reputation through hard work and patient loyalty. In 2006, Dr. Benassi opened a second location in Winnebago, Ill., to serve the small community in which his family lives. The Rockford practice relocated to a larger facility in November 2012. Located next to Crimson Ridge, the larger facility allows for more patient and hygiene rooms, plus more space for all of the new dental technologies they have acquired.

Both practices are equipped to offer a wide range of the latest in general and cosmetic dental treatments, including CEREC same-day/one-visit crowns, Galileos 3-D X-ray Technology, Digital Impressions, Bicon Dental Implants, Invisalign, and more.

Benassi Family Dentistry has built a very loyal customer base over the years. In addition to their professionalism and community involvement, the friendly staff attributes this to their willingness to educate their patients and help them decide on the best treatment for them.

Benassi Family Dentistry is truly a “family” practice. Dr. Benassi proudly works with his son, Nathanael, and daughter, Isabella. The family team invites you in today to help create your beautiful smile for life. AND DID WE MENTION? FREE WHITENING FOR ALL PATIENTS!

Freeport Home Medical

At Freeport Home Medical Equipment, our goal is to provide solutions for your needs to help you remain comfortable and safe in your home. Our friendly, professional staff will work to provide personalized patient education and training.

Customer service has always been our hallmark. We strive to offer the sales and service people expect from a national supplier, with the flexibility, rapid response and attention to detail that only a local supplier can provide.

Our experienced staff includes respiratory therapists, mastectomy fitters and certified technicians. They will work with you to find the best products for your individual needs, from equipment and supplies ordered by your health professional to products to keep your home accessible and safe.

Many items are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans, and we’ll do the paperwork for you.

Our skilled technicians can repair home medical equipment at affordable labor costs, and we can check and honor most manufacturers’ warranties, no matter where you made your purchase. Delivery and pickup are also available for equipment that’s in need of repairs.
At Freeport Home Medical Equipment, we make it our mission to bring comfort and safety into your life. Call or visit today.

Orthopedic and Sports Therapy Institute

The clinics of Orthopedic and Sports Therapy Institute (OSTI) specialize in outpatient orthopedic, sports and industrial rehabilitation. Our clinics take that “extra step” with each patient through the care of qualified, experienced clinicians.

Locally owned and operated by physical therapists, OSTI consists of nine convenient locations where patients can receive quality care close to home. Our experienced clinical team is committed to providing patients with personalized care that puts their needs first.

Over the past 15-plus years, our goal has remained the same at OSTI. We are committed to providing patients with the highest standard of care. From the resources we invest in to train and certify our team in the latest treatment techniques, to the focus on hiring energetic and friendly support staff, all is done to provide the patient with the best physical therapy experience.

Mobility Connection

Illinois’ Leading Full-Line Mobility Dealership

Mobility Connection Inc. has been committed to providing personal freedom and independence to its clients for 30 years. Through a large selection of mobility products and equipment, they work on an individual basis to find the perfect solution to specific mobility needs.

Mobility Connection sells new and used wheelchair-accessible vans. If it’s not on the lot, staff members can help you find what you need. Other driver and passenger aids include transfer seats, hand controls and tie-down systems. All staff members will try to work within set budgets.

The showroom has a large display of products that can aid all aspects of mobility, and helpful staff can answer your questions about making your or your loved one’s life easier and fulfilled. Many hard-to-find, small items for simple solutions to daily living challenges can be found there. Mobility scooters, power wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs can help clients “on the go,” while lift chairs assist with the extra boost one may need. Portable, threshold and modular ramps are also available. Stairlifts are another product that can help inside the home. Most modular ramp systems and stairlifts can be installed within 10 business days.

This locally owned small business has been serving the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area for more than 30 years. The Assisted Technology Professional (ATP) and staff are prepared to help with all of your mobility needs. Call for an appointment or drop in to visit the showroom.

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