May 2022 | Vol. 1 | Issue 19
Welcome to Your Monthly Checkup, an electronic newsletter sharing vital information with TPMG patients and keeping you updated with the latest news.
Recent News & Announcements
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month

Join us in raising awareness about high blood pressure, also called hypertension - a major risk factor for heart disease. You can take steps each day to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Did you know?
  • High blood pressure affects nearly 1/2 of adults in the U.S.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • 1/3 adults don't know they have high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure may be linked to dementia.
  • Sometimes called the "silent killer," high blood pressure usually does not have any symptoms.

Learn more about preventing and managing high blood pressure HERE.
Welcome Kanda B. Giles, FNP-C to TPMG City Center Family Medicine in Newport News.

Kanda is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and she sees patients from childhood to adulthood for a variety of conditions. She has a particular medical interest in genetics and the way they form a roadmap for the body as well as an interest in mental health and its involvement in primary care. Kanda strives to empower each of her patients to take an active role in their health, while meeting them where they are on their journey to better health. Through compassion, empathy, and understanding she aims to make each patient visit as pleasant as possible.

To learn more about Kanda, please visit her provider page.
Welcome Heidi Houston, MS, FNP-BC, ANCC, CEN to TPMG Edinburgh Family Medicine in Chesapeake.

Heidi is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience caring for patients. Her holistic philosophy of care centers on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and optimal care tailored to each individual's needs. She sees patients of all ages for a variety of primary care services including hypertension, COPD, asthma, upper respiratory infections, UTIs, wellness visits, diabetes, and more. Heidi also has a special medical interest in chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, women’s health, pediatrics, musculoskeletal injuries, and preventative and addiction medicine.

To learn more about Heidi, please visit her provider page.
Welcome Latisha Murray, MD to TPMG Grafton Family Medicine in Yorktown.

As a primary care physician, Dr. Murray treats a variety of chronic and acute conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, respiratory infections, and urinary tract infections. She sees patients of all ages and takes a special medical interest in preventative medicine, women’s health, and adolescent health. A strong advocate for her patients, Dr. Murray encourages them to take an active role in their health. Working as a team, they can consider all possible health decisions and come to a consensus on the best care plan. She strives to make sure her patients are heard and takes time to truly listen to their concerns.

To learn more about Dr. Murray, please visit her provider page.
Welcome Anne Nicholson, LCSW, ACSW to TPMG Behavioral Health in Newport News.

As a licensed clinical social worker, Anne has practiced mental health treatment and consultant/case management for over 25 years. She strives to contribute to her patients’ lives through accurate assessment and evidence-based resources, considering all of her patient’s individual biological, social, psychological, and spiritual needs. Anne treats patients 18 years of age and older for a variety of mental health issues including insomnia, grief, family concerns, and serious mental illness. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety and depression disorders.

To learn more about Anne, please visit her provider page.
Welcome Stefanie Schwarz, DPN, CNM, RNC-MNN, CLC, C-EFM to TPMG Obstetrics and Gynecology in Newport News.

With a passion for helping others, Stefanie considers it a privilege to help patients during the delivery of their baby. She sees patients from adolescence to child-bearing age, offering care during their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. As a lactation counselor, she has a particular medical interest in helping women succeed in breastfeeding, teaching new mothers how to establish good milk supply, and offering guidance on optimal breastfeeding positions and latching techniques. Stefanie warmly welcomes new patients at the Newport News location of TPMG Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Visit Stefanie's provider page to learn more.
Welcome Caroline R. Triepel, MD, FAAOS, CAQ to TPMG Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery in Virginia Beach.

A fellowship trained orthopedic hand surgeon, Dr. Triepel brings over 15 years of experience to TPMG Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery. She is excited to open her practice in May on the Southside, conveniently located in Town Center. Dr. Triepel welcomes both new and established patients. She specializes in the treatment of arthritis, fractures, sports injuries and nerve issues. She strives to partner with her patients to develop personalized treatment plans so that each patient can reach their own goals.

Learn more about Dr. Triepel by visiting her provider page.
TPMG Partners with Velocity Urgent Care

We are pleased to announce that six TPMG offices are conducting a pilot project to see if a partnership with Velocity Urgent Care works well for our patients and physicians. If so, other TPMG locations will be added to the project to deliver after-hours urgent care services to our patients.

TPMG understands that patients require access to safe and affordable urgent care services, which is why this partnership with Velocity Urgent Care aims to provide patients with high-quality urgent care services, saving them from costly emergency room visits after hours. TPMG primary care physicians will work with Velocity providers to provide accurate and thorough patient records, expedited referrals for those who need specialist attention, and test results ahead of time.
Velocity's services include emergent illness management (flu, fever, asthma, sore throat, sinus infections, and more), injury care (abrasions, back pain, fractures, dislocations, and more), and emergency X-ray services. While these services should never replace the services of a TPMG primary care provider, they do provide a safety net for those who require quick medical care.

"Now TPMG patients can get efficient, affordable, quality, after-hours care with visit notes that go back to your TPMG provider, keeping our patients well and out of the emergency room," Sibby Wilson, COO of TPMG.

Velocity Urgent Care services are not intended for medical emergencies. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
TPMG On the Move
Dr. Valerie Harvey and her staff are pleased to announce that TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology is expanding to Virginia Beach Town Center!
Opening on May 12, TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology - Virginia Beach will be led by board certified Dermatologist, Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH, FAAD. Like its sister location in Newport News, TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology - Virginia Beach will provide advanced facilities, dedicated professionals, and cutting-edge treatments and techniques for disorders or conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.

4421 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 106A
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone (757) 568-5423 | Fax (757) 917-5101 Click here for more information.
Health and Nutrition
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Looking for a healthy, stress-free weeknight meal? Serve up this low-carb, high-protein dish in under 30 minutes. TPMG Registered Dietitian, Gale Pearson, shares her simple sheet pan shrimp fajitas. Sheet Pan cooking requires very little prep and clean-up time.

See the ingredients and instructions here ... and enjoy!

If you are looking for help with healthy eating and nutrition, contact one of our Registered Dietitians with TPMG Nutrition Services at (757) 232-8768.
The Silver Power Hour - Fitness Class

The Fitness Specialists at TPMG Strive Fitness & Sports Performance have designed a fun and safe fitness class tailored specifically for older adults. The Silver Power Hour provides a safe way to socialize and engage with others while working on improving strength, flexibility, and quality of movement.

The Silver Power Hour is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 PM as well as Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 AM. Click here to see class schedules and pricing information.

With Strive Fitness & Sports Performance, there is no commitment and no membership fees. Learn more here!
Celebrating our Healthcare Heroes
Michael Bolosan, PT, DPT of TPMG Physical Therapy in Newport News has recently received his certification for Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT).

Individuals suffering from vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbances, and/or imbalance. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized exercise-based program intended to alleviate problems due to vestibular disorders by reducing vertigo, dizziness, gaze instability, and/or reducing imbalance and fall risks as well as address any secondary impairments that are a consequence of the vestibular disorder.

Congratulations, Michael! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call TPMG Physical Therapy in Newport News at (757) 223-9403.
Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2022 Top Docs All-Stars Awards

A very special congratulations to these TPMG physicians who have been Top Doc recipients for five consecutive years or more! We are excited and proud that so many in TPMG have been recognized in this new category.
Featured Blogs
New blogs are written every week by our providers, staff, and medical experts. See if any of the below articles interest you, or click here to view our library of blogs and articles.

Talk to a physical therapist with a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certification.
5 Things Runners Should Know to Avoid Injury

Whether you are new to the sport or a long-time runner, following these guidelines can help reduce your risk for injury. Read more.
The Best Times to Go to Sleep and When to Wake Up

Learn how you can get the right amount of sleep each night and maximize your energy! Read more here.
Accepting New Patients
Fred Bagares, DO, FAAPMR of TPMG Tidewater Sports and Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Beach is accepting new patients. Dr. Bagares specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal conditions including concussions, overuse injuries, spinal pain, work or sports-related injuries, as well as other disorders of the upper and lower extremities. He provides nonoperative services including EMG/nerve conduction studies, musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional spine injections, biomechanical assessment, and disability/impairment assessment. His medical interests include sports and overuse-related injuries, regenerative injection therapy (prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma), and ultrasound guided injections.

4421 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 114 | Virginia Beach 23462 | Phone: (757) 659-6290

TPMG Urology - Newport News is accepting new patients. Serving patients in the Hampton Roads area since 1997, they are recognized as an Axonics Center of Excellence by Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.

These experienced and well-trained physicians provide comprehensive medical and surgical urological care. This includes kidney stones, benign and malignant prostate, bladder and kidney disorders, male and female incontinence, overactive bladder, and sexual dysfunction.
For patient convenience, TPMG Urology offers in-office prostate biopsies, vasectomies, cystoscopies, and Axonics therapy. Our physicians have medical privileges at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Sentara CarePlex and Riverside Regional Medical Center.

860 Omni Boulevard, Suite 107 | Newport News, VA 23606 | Phone: (757) 873-2562

At TPMG, we have over 220 primary care, specialty physicians, and advanced practice clinicians who are working every day to help you maintain optimal health.

To see all TPMG providers who are currently accepting new patients:
  • Visit our Find a Provider page.
  • Check the box labeled Accepting New Patients.

For questions related to insurance, please visit our website for a comprehensive list of accepted insurance carrier plans. We also ask that you call the office you are inquiring about, as not all TPMG physicians participate in the list of plans featured on our website. It is up to each office location as to the insurance plans that they accept.

Did You Know?
The Patient Portal is free, simple, and secure. Enroll today!
The Patient Portal gives you access to:

  • View labs and test results quickly
  • Send secure messages to your provider
  • Schedule or change your appointment
  • Request a prescription refill
  • Access test results

Recognizing Excellence
The Beacon Award is a TPMG employee appreciation program that rewards and celebrates staff members who demonstrate an exceptional level of skill, care, and passion for the meaningful work done with, and for, our patients every day.

Each of the staff members you see below recently received this award for providing excellent care and customer service to patients, providers, and fellow coworkers.
Morgan - TPMG Norge Family Medicine - Williamsburg
Patty- TPMG James River Pedicatircs - Newport News
Angie - TPMG Central Lab
Did you know that you can recognize a TPMG employee for outstanding work and excellence? If you have had a great experience with a TPMG employee and believe they should be recognized, please consider nominating them for the TPMG Beacon Award by clicking here. It is quick and easy, and you might just make someone's day!
Career Opportunities
By becoming a part of the TPMG team, you have the opportunity to provide care to patients in the Hampton Roads area and beyond. Our mission is to deliver exceptional medical care to every patient at a competitive cost, to improve the health of our communities, and to provide a premier work experience for our employees and physicians.

Visit our career page for clinical and non-clinical job opportunities and see if TPMG is a fit for you!
TPMG has a ZERO Tolerance Policy for:
  • Abusive or offensive language
  • Threatening or aggressive behavior or unwanted touching
  • Refusal to follow staff member instructions

Please allow us to keep our offices as safe and welcoming environments to heal and improve the well-being of our neighbors. Our staff has the right to be treated with dignity and respect while working. This behavior will not be tolerated in our offices and may result in the offender’s dismissal from the practice.
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