Breast Cancer Awareness  Month  

Catherine McGinty

We may recognize that it is October by the smell of pumpkin spice, but if you look carefully, you should also see the pink ribbons of breast cancer awareness month. We wanted to take the opportunity this month to go over preventative measures and risk factors, screening recommendations and signs of the disease that hits close to home for so many of our patients.  

Preventing Breast Cancer

While there is no sure way to completely prevent breast cancer, there are lifestyle recommendations which can help decrease your risk of developing it.  Many of these recommendations may sound familiar; they are the same as the ones our providers counsel our patients on at annual wellness exams!   These include: 

  • Alcohol:  Some studies have shown a link to an increased risk in breast cancer, as well as many other cancers, when women consume alcohol excessively.  For this reason, The American Cancer Society recommends that women drink no more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day.
  • Weight:  Research has shown that women who are overweight after menopause or women who carry more excess fat around their waist may increase their risk of breast cancer. Therefore, it is recommended that all women try to maintain a healthy weight by regularly exercising and maintaining a balanced diet.
  • Exercise:  Regular physical activity, especially after menopause, has been shown to decrease one's risk of breast cancer.  The amount of physical activity to decrease this risk is not clear, but The American Cancer Society suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
To learn about more recommendations on preventing Breast Cancer, early detection, signs and symptoms, read the full article  here


Increase Awareness by entering our Instagram Contest!!

Post a picture on Instagram of how YOU are helping to spread awareness using the hashtag


and tag  Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center as your location!

10 randomly selected winners will receive $200 off our new treatment ThermiVa, or a Mammorgasm t-shirt! 

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is classified as acute (lasting less than 4 weeks), subacute (lasting 4-12 weeks) and chronic (lasting 12 weeks or more).  Even though 84% of adults will develop back pain at some point in their lives, it is reassuring that for only 1% is life threatening systemic conditions.

The risk factors for developing low back pain are smoking, age, obesity, gender(being female), both sedentary lifestyle and physically strenuous work as well as psychologically strenuous work.

The red flags (this is the terminology that physicians use to signify things that should alert the physician that something serious may be causing the back pain) for low back pain are: new onset urinary retention, fecal incontinence, significant muscle weakness, having a history of cancer, fever and malaise.  Other significant risk factors to be considered contributory are obviously severe trauma, presence of contusions and abrasions and prolonged use of corticosteroids, such asPrednisone and Methylprednisolone. 

As serious as these symptoms may seem, the majority of patients will have "nonspecific" low back pain, which means patients will have back pain that is not due to any specific underlying condition.  Most of these cases are due to musculoskeletal pain that will improve within a few weeks.  

To read more about back pain, visit our blog here

Laser Hair Removal

Shireen Mustafa

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the DermaCenter.  It's fast, convenient and affordable.  Laser hair removal targets the hair follicles melanin with bursts of intense light energy. This damages the hair follicle, reducing unwanted hair. There are a handful of different effects included with this treatment; therefore it is important to consult with a certified laser technician to provide you a safe and effective treatment.

There is a common misconception that people believe that laser hair removal is permanent. It provides hair reduction, but not permanent hair removal.

Clients should expect to have treated hairs fall out in one to three weeks. Clients can expect to lose 10% of hairs in each treatment session. The melanin of your skin varies and determines how many treatments you should sign up for. Most clients require 6 to 10 treatments spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart to see a 70% to 80% reduction.  Typically, annual maintenance treatments are needed for a few years. Every client is different; some may notice regrowth in a few months, while others may never need to shave again.

The question I am commonly asked is if facial hair removal and body hair removal are the same. Facial hair is very different than hair on the body.  The body will yield faster results.  Keep in mind lasers cannot completely prevent more hair growth because our bodies are constantly changing as we age, some people will lose body hair and some may grow more in new places. Lasers can destroy your hair follicles but cannot prevent new ones from developing.

For more information on laser hair removal, click here



DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dr. Dana Shanis, M.D.,is board certified and available for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma injections.  Dr. Shanis, who will be available from  4:00pm-8:00pm  has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has recently completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. For more information on Dr. Shanis,  click here.

Catherine McGintyMSN, FNP-BC,  is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections from 12:30pm-4:00pm. For more information on Catherine McGinty, click here

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our  Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

30% off Laser Hair Removal

Safely achieve permanent and effective reduction of most hair colors on all skin types. This no down-time virtually painless procedure can effectively reduce unwanted hairs on all body parts. 

35% off EMatrix

Sublative Rejuvenation is clinically proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks, texture irregularities caused by excessive sun exposure, and skin tightening.

Have you neglected your hands over the years? Do your hands tell your true age? We are excited to launch our new hand peel which will lessen the appearance of blemishes, age spots, fine lines and wrinkling, in addition to rejuvenating dull lifeless skin. One peel can make a dramatic difference! It takes just one short treatment to erase years of time and restore that youthful glow to your hands.

Special Introductory Price for October is $99.00.

Call the Dermacenter to book your peel today! (215) 735-7990 ext. 104/105

Refer a friend to the DermaCenter and receive $50 off any treatment or $100 off any package! Both you and your friend will receive the same discount!

We are thrilled to announce our NEW PARTNER!

Orangetheory fitness specializes in heart rate
based interval training.  Backed by the science of
Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (or
EPOC), Orangetheory's heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. They call it: the afterburn. Members burn an estimated 500 to 1,000 calories in 60 minutes. And keep burning calories for up to 36 hours. 

Our member discounts include...




Click here to learn more.

As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk(s) we will be attending:

Out of Darkness Walk
Walk for Suicide Prevention
October 1st, 2017
8:30am - 11:00am
Philadelphia Art Museum
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Walk for Wishes
Hosted by Make a Wish Foundation
October 8th, 2017
7:30am - 12:00pm
[More info here]
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Gerard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Autism Speaks Walk
October 21st, 2017
8:30am - 10:00am
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Walk for type 1 diabetes (T1D)
October 22nd, 2017
7:30am - 9:00AM
Philadelphia Art Museum
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

We look forward to seeing you there!

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder who is helping you book your follow-up appointments or draws your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, please feel free to read our " Meet  the  Staff " segment! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.
Tameka Burch
Medical Assistant

1.) What does wellness mean to you?

For me, wellness is more than making sure you are physically fit and healthy - which are very important - however, it's about taking care of your mind. WELLNESS equals HEALTHY, MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT. 

2.) How do you feel about health care in the U.S. and your role within the system?

Based on my above statement, health care in the U.S. has improved in some aspects but we still have a long way to go. As far as my role goes, clinical support plays a very important role. We are at the front lines so to speak. We access the patient first and last in the clinic. Helping patients feel comfortable and ready to open up to the provider.  

3.) What health advice do you promote to your family?

In my family, it's healthy eating and peace of mind.

4.) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

Yes, there are two: One being my diet, I became more aware of what I was putting in my body and it has helped me maintain my weight loss of over 120lbs. I've also started meditating daily and I'm a much happier person for it. 

5.) What activities do you participate in? What do you do to help you feel healthy?

I do a lot of yoga and walking.

6.) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?

Well legally, I'm not able to give advice. (lol) But I would say as a woman and mother, we need to take care of our whole mind and body. Talk with your provider about ways to improve the healthiness of your body. Taking care of your mind or mental health starts with you. Try meditating. 

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