June 2022 | Vol. 1 | Issue 20
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
June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataract is the world's leading cause of blindness, accounting for approximately 42% of all cases of blindness around the world. A cataract is when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Its similar to looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look hazy, blurry, and less colorful.

If left untreated, cataracts can lead to vision loss and even blindness. Visit your eye doctor regularly as early detection is critical for preserving sight.
You can reduce your risk of developing cataracts! Here are some helpful tips:

  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants

June is also Alzheimer's Awareness Month
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to rise to 13 million by 2050. While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, the earlier the diagnosis, the more effective the treatment will be. If you've noticed changes in yourself or a family member related to memory loss, thinking, or behavior, consult a medical professional for a full evaluation. Click here for more resources.
Welcome Dana Crosby Blake, FNP-BC to TPMG Hidenwood Family Medicine in Newport News.

Well experienced in the medical field, Dana served as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and as a Nurse Practitioner for more than 10 years. She treats patients aged two and up for a variety of chronic and acute conditions including hypertension, diabetes management, thyroid disorders, ear infections, weight management, and preventative medicine. Dana invites new and established patients to come to her with all concerns, big or small, taking time to educate them about various treatments and plans of care available.

Visit Dana's provider page to learn more.
Welcome Lindsay Elliott, PA-C to TPMG City Center Family Medicine in Newport News.

Lindsay is a board certified physician assistant, providing quality, continuous care to patients of all ages. She administers care for a variety of chronic and acute conditions, working with patients to diagnose injury and illness, develop treatment plans, and prescribe medications. Along with a heartfelt desire to help others and improve community health, Lindsay also has a special interest in cardiovascular conditions including hypertension, heart failure, and stroke. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Learn more about Lindsay by visiting her provider page.
Welcome Derrick C. Whiting, DO to TPMG Tidewater Family Medicine in Hampton.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Whiting provides comprehensive care to all ages, addressing wellness visits, urgent care issues, minor surgical procedures, and chronic conditions. He believes in providing holistic medical care, considering the whole person’s mental, physical, and spiritual needs when developing a healthcare strategy. He has a special interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT), and is committed to empowering his patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare, offering up-to-date and evidence-based treatment options.

To learn more about Dr. Whiting, please visit his provider page.
Regain Your Quality of Life
New Coverage for TRICARE Patients! 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for tennis elbow and mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee are covered by TRICARE. This treatment works to promote healing and stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself. Unlike steroids, PRP injections target the source of pain - degeneration around ligaments, cartilage, joints, and discs.

Sports medicine specialist, Saunora Prom, DO, FAOASM, strives to promote long-term solutions, enhanced recovery, and improved quality of life for his patients.

1100 Volvo Parkway, Suite 100 | Chesapeake, VA 23320 | Phone (757) 410-3231
Dr. Triepel recently appeared on the Hampton Roads Show to discuss acute and chronic pain in the hand, wrist, and/or elbow!
Orthopedic Hand Surgeon, Caroline R. Triepel, MD, FAAOS, CAQ, shared what's causing the pain, as well as the best treatment options.

Watch her full segment on the Hampton Roads Show here to learn helpful tips on relieving hand, wrist, and elbow pain.

4421 Virginia Beach Boulevard., Suite 114 | Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 734-1228
Saturday Screening Mammograms - June 11

Do you need to schedule your mammogram, but can't seem to find time during the work week? TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers in Newport News, Williamsburg, and Hampton are offering screening mammogram appointments on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 8:00 AM and going through 4:00 PM.

Fellowship trained radiologists offer imaging services in private, discrete, mammography suites. Screening mammograms are fully covered by most insurance carriers one time per year for patients starting at age 40.

Appointments can be made by contacting the TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers in Newport News at (757) 873-1936, Williamsburg at (757) 707-3510, Hampton at (757) 504-1170, or through a Primary Care Provider’s office.

Support the Fight. Spread the Hope. Learn more here.
TPMG On the Move
Wishing Dr. Lawrence Hyman a fond farewell from all of us at TPMG!

Dr. Lawrence Hyman has been serving patients in the Tidewater area since 1982, and joined TPMG in 2013. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and has served as an Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School for the past 15 years.
Dr. Hyman officially retired on May 13th and is pleased to welcome Dr. Derrick Whiting to TPMG Tidewater Family Medicine in Hampton.

All of us at TPMG want to thank you for your dedicated service to TPMG and the Hampton community over the years. 

We wish you all the best in retirement!

TPMG Tidewater Family Medicine
2205 Executive Drive, Suite C | Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: (757) 826-3460
TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology is now open in Virginia Beach!

Board certified Dermatologist, Dr. Valerie Harvey, and her staff are excited to now be operating out of this second location in Virginia Beach Town Center. Like its sister location in Newport News, TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology - Virginia Beach provides advanced facilities, dedicated professionals, and cutting-edge treatments and techniques for disorders or conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.
TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology - Virginia Beach
4421 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 106A | Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone (757) 568-5423 | Fax (757) 917-5101 | Click here for more information.

Clinical Research Seeking Participants
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.
Health and Nutrition
5 Benefits of Quinoa

Native to South America, quinoa (pronounced keen waa) has been a staple crop in the Inca culture for centuries. In the past decade, it has gained popularity for its numerous health benefits.

  1. Rich in fiber - 1 cup = 5 grams of fiber
  2. Gluten-free - but rich in nutrients like zinc, magnesium, fiber, and folate which many gluten-free diets lack.
  3. High in protein - 1 cup cooked = 8 grams of protein
  4. Helps with blood sugar regulation
  5. Helps reduce triglyceride levels

This seed is easy to incorporate into your diet. Try adding on top of salads, use as a rice alternative, or include it in a breakfast bowl. For more nutrition tips, reach out to our team of Registered Dietitians at TPMG Nutrition Services - (757) 232-8768.
TPMG Strive Fitness & Sports Performance - June Special!

Existing clients can enjoy 15% OFF any package of their choice. (1 per client.) This offer is valid June 1 - 30, 2022.

To inquire for more details or to buy a package, please call (757) 345-2512.

Our trained professionals are here to help you achieve greater health and fitness, all while in a welcoming and comfortable environment.
Celebrating our Healthcare Heroes
Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 
2022 Top Docs All*Stars Awards

We are pleased to announce we have three additional providers who have received this special recognition of being a Top Doc recipient for five consecutive years or more!

A very special congratulations to these TPMG physicians.
We are excited and honored to call you All*Stars!
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.
Consider Trying Couples Counseling Before a Fight

Couples' counseling doesn’t always have to be a last resort to an almost indisputable conflict. Read more here.
Anemia: Your Exhaustion Might Require More Than a Good Night’s Sleep

Left unchecked, this disease can disrupt your daily life and even cause harm to your body. Read more.
Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammograms

Although similar tests, there is a big difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. Read more.
Accepting New Patients
Christopher A. Dawson, MD of TPMG Interventional Pain Treatment Center in Newport News is accepting new patients.
Dr. Dawson specializes in spine pain management, providing treatment for back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. Using state-of-the-art technology, he enhances function through interventional practices that are minimally invasive and non-surgical. Patients can avoid surgery, reduce pain, and decrease pain medications with procedures such as epidural steroid injections for sciatica, and radiofrequency ablation for spine arthritis. Dr. Dawson is a firm believer that pain relief is achievable without the use of opioids. 

TPMG Interventional Pain Treatment Center
860 Omni Boulevard, Suite 115 | Newport News, VA 23606 | Phone: (757) 232-8844
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?
Men’s Health Week is June 13 - 19

If you've neglected preventative screenings or annual visits, now is the perfect time to make an appointment with your primary care doctor.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising, and visiting the doctor for routine check-ups and screenings is a year-round task.

Are you in need of a primary care provider? Click here to find providers accepting new patients.
Baby Formula - a Pediatrician's Message

In light of the recent infant formula shortage, Dr. Carol Steiner of TPMG James River Pediatrics would like to answer some questions that are on the minds of many parents. Click on the picture to hear her message.

If you have further questions or concerns, our Pediatrics team will gladly assist.

TPMG James River Pediatrics
12655 Warwick Boulevard, Suite B
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (757) 595-3570
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.
Karen - TPMG Coding and Compliance
Christina - TPMG Otolaryngology | Head & Neck Surgery | Allergy
Lakishia - TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine
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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