July 2022 | Vol. 1 | Issue 21
Welcome to Your Monthly Checkup, an electronic newsletter sharing vital information with TPMG patients and keeping you up-to-date with the latest news.
Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) started as a small primary care group of 17 family physicians. With a goal to practice medicine with true autonomy of care, those physicians personally funded and administered the start-up of TPMG. Growing steadily over the years, TPMG now includes more than 220 providers and 30 specialties in more than 85 locations throughout​ southeastern Virginia. Our unique group model continues to contribute to our high-quality growth and success in a competitive market.

We recognize TPMG Day on July 22nd and kick off the celebration with our annual TPMG Spirit Week starting on Monday, July 18th. If you happen to be visiting one of our locations this week, look for team spirit, fun themes, and even some costumes. We thank you for being a valued TPMG patient!
Recent News & Announcements
Welcome Toné Boykins Taylor, PA-C to TPMG Thimble Shoals Family Medicine in Newport News.

Toné has a passion for building strong and long-lasting patient relationships in family medicine and primary care, ensuring each of her patients feels heard, loved, and seen. She treats patients of all ages for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, ranging from hypertension and diabetes management to vaginal infection and contact dermatitis. She also has a unique medical interest in women’s health and mental health. Toné is a member of the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants (VAPA).

Learn more about Toné by visiting her provider page.
Welcome Adrienne Jones, MSN, APRN, CNM to TPMG Obstetrics & Gynecology.

As a board certified midwife, Adrienne fosters trustworthy relationships with patients to ensure they have the best possible pregnancy and birth experience. Acting as a guide through their health journey, Adrienne educates her patients to ensure they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. With experience caring for women in both the birth center and hospital setting, her services span from routine primary care and gynecological services to family planning, preconception care, and care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

Learn more about Adrienne by visiting her provider page.
Welcome Rebecca R. Shoemaker, MD to TPMG Interventional Pain Treatment Center in Newport News.

Dr. Shoemaker is dedicated to using the latest minimally invasive interventional techniques to help patients find long-term relief without the use of opioids. With compassion and understanding, she works to pinpoint the source of pain and treat it effectively by utilizing a plan of care tailored to the unique health needs of each patient. She treats adults for a variety of conditions relating to neck pain, lower back pain, and sciatica. By reducing the intensity and possibly eliminating pain, her patients are able to regain function and reclaim a sense of normalcy.

To learn more about Dr. Shoemaker, visit her provider page.
Welcome Leanna West, FNP-C, MSN, OCN to TPMG General Surgery and Hernia Center in Newport News.

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Leanna aims to provide compassionate and empathetic care to all she serves. She is dedicated to each patient and aims to provide a positive experience for those under her care. She sees patients of all ages for a variety of medical conditions. As a provider, she strives to treat each patient with respect and understanding in regard to their medical needs. With over 15 years of experience, Leanna is a seasoned, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

To learn more about Leanna, please visit her provider page.
Practice Spotlight
Founded in 2011, this practice started as a small office in Mary Immaculate Hospital Pavilion. Since then it has grown into the thriving practice it is today!

Here are a few fun facts about TPMG Peninsula Internal & Geriatric Medicine:
  1. Office culture - dedicated individuals who work diligently together to provide excellence for our patients.
  2. Favorite holiday to celebrate - office excursions, the team has gone bowling together, chartered a fishing boat, and participated in a local 5K.
  3. Tone - a very warm group who laughs together and cares deeply for their patients.

Click here to learn more about TPMG Peninsula Internal & Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Jacob AlmeidaDr. Jeremy BaldwinDr. Chhaya Patel, and Family Nurse Practitioner, Meghan Pollard, are all currently accepting new patients.

TPMG Peninsula Internal & Geriatric Medicine
11848 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 401 | Newport News, VA 23606 | (757) 243-8550
Health and Nutrition
Are You Getting Enough Calcium?
In addition to bone health, calcium helps muscles contract, aids in blood pressure regulation, nerve transmission and hormonal secretion. A variety of foods are needed to provide the recommended intake of 1000 mg of calcium per day.
1 cup of milk = 300mg
1 cup of broccoli = 70mg
1 cup of collard greens = 360mg
1 oz of cheddar cheese = 200mg
1 cup of yogurt = 450mg
1 cup flavored yogurt = 100-150mg
1 cup of kidney beans = 80mg

As you can see, one food cannot provide the daily amount of calcium needed.

For more nutrition tips, reach out to our team of Registered Dietitians with TPMG Nutrition Services - (757) 232-8768.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes happen monthly and are led by our team of registered dieticians. DSME classes at TPMG Nutrition Services are devoted to helping people living with diabetes better manage their condition and still live their life to the fullest.

Our program is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), which has met national standards for diabetes patient education. A qualified nurse and certified diabetes educator, certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators, leads the program. DSME classes are offered in group sessions and individually. Learn more here.
DSME classes occur monthly, and are currently held online in a virtual meeting from 5:00 - 8:00PM. Call TPMG Nutrition Services at (757) 232-8768 to sign up today!
Group Fitness Classes

Whether you're looking for boot camp, strength training, or flexibility and balance, Strive has a class for you! Group fitness classes are an exciting way to incorporate fitness into your routine while getting in shape.
  • These classes can challenge and motivate you to work harder.
  • Our personal trainers take into consideration your goals, needs, and any limitations to develop a tailored fitness plan that fits your unique needs.
  • Ask about an InBody assessment and other functional assessments available to help you achieve your goals. 

Classes are kept small for specialized attention and incorporate strength, cardio, and balance. And with Strive Fitness & Sports Performance, there is no commitment and no membership fees. Learn more here!
Open Gym 

Have you ever found yourself at the gym struggling to create a workout that fits your needs? The professionals at TPMG Strive Fitness and Sports Performance can provide you with a personalized workout.

Our personal trainers take into consideration your goals, needs, and any limitations that you may have to create a fitness plan specifically tailored to you. Using an InBody assessment and other functional movement assessments, our staff can help you achieve your wellness goals. Contact TPMG Strive Sports & Sports Performance to learn more - call (757) 345-2512 or email Strive at strive@tpmgpc.com.
Celebrating our Healthcare Heroes
Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 
Best Of Readers' Choice Awards

Congratulations to the following TPMG practices - who have proven that they are thriving and have what it takes to get people's attention AND their vote. Thank you to all of our patients who voted!
Best Dermatology Practice - Bronze: TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology

Best Pediatric Practice - Silver: TPMG James River Pediatrics
Best OB/GYN Practice - Silver: TPMG Obstetrics & Gynecology
Best Orthopedic Group - Silver: TPMG Orthopedics
Best Cosmetic Surgery - Silver: TPMG Peninsula Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Best Physical Therapy - Silver: TPMG Physical Therapy

Best Psychiatric Practice - Gold: TPMG Behavioral Health
Best Podiatry Practice - Overall-Gold: TPMG Foot & Ankle
TPMG Family Practice of Hampton Roads surprised Office Manager, Natalie Wright, with a special graduation celebration breakfast. Natalie recently obtained her Master's Degree from Colorado State University with a focus in Healthcare Administration.
We honor this outstanding achievement of hard work and dedication - Congratulations Natalie!
On the Move
TPMG is sad to announce the departure of two highly-skilled physicians, Drs. David and Sara Zelinskas, who will be moving this summer to care for ill family members. We want to thank them for their dedicated service to TPMG and the Southside community over the years. We are pleased to welcome, Dr. Emma Robl who will be serving Dr. David Zelinskas’ patients and Dr. Benjamin Proto and Dr. Zachary Rasor who will be serving Dr. Sara Zelinskas’ patients.

Your medical records will stay within the TPMG system; however, if you wish to transition care outside of TPMG, please contact TPMG Medical Records Dept. at (757) 232-8840.
Clinical Research
Do You Suffer from Hypothyroidism?

The TPMG Clinical Research Division in Newport News is actively enrolling participants in a research study for those suffering from hypothyroidism. Researchers are studying an investigational product to assess its effects on your thyroid hormone levels and your quality of life.

You may be eligible for this study if you:
  • Are between 18 - 75 years old
  • Have been diagnosed with primary hypothyroidism
  • Have been on continuous thyroid replacement therapy with levothyroxine for at least 12 months.

To learn more about this study, contact (757) 232-8836.
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.
Beyond Caffeine and Energy Drinks

Do you find yourself reaching for coffee or soda throughout the day? With a balanced diet, you can regain energy and feel more awake to face the day.
4 Ways to Avoid Heat Illness While Exercising

Hyperthermia, or heat illness, is a condition where the body becomes incapable of cooling itself off, leading to serious illness. Read here for ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer safely.
Trauma Resurfacing: Identifying and Treating PTSD

Although common, many people with PTSD remain undiagnosed. Learning how to spot the signs of PTSD is often the first step in finding treatment. Read more.
Accepting New Patients
Latisha Murray, MD of TPMG Grafton Family Medicine in Yorktown is accepting new patients.

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.
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?
FDA Approves First Systemic Treatment for Alopecia Areata
The FDA recently approved the medication Olumiant (baricitinib) for "systemic treatment” of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the body's immune cells attack the hair follicles, leading to hair loss and bald patches on the scalp.

TPMG board certified dermatologist, Valerie M. Harvey, MD, MPH, FAAD, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients with alopecia. There are many different forms of hair loss, and some require early diagnosis and treatment to prevent permanent hair loss.

If you think you may have alopecia, seek help from a board certified dermatologist.

Dr. Valerie Harvey with TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology in Newport News and Virginia Beach can be reached at (757) 232-8856 for more information.
The Patient Portal is free, simple, and secure. Enroll today!
The Patient Portal gives you access to:

  • View lab 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.
Dawn - TPMG Imaging and Breast Center
Malia - TPMG Colonial Endocrinology
Barbara - TPMG Coastal Endocrinology
Marianne - Regional Operations Manager
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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