ATTENTION:
Our office will be closed July 1st-4th due to the holiday.  If you need to speak with a practitioner for emergencies please call  215-735-7992 .

Sexual Dysfunction and Painful Sex
Dana Shanis, M.D. Gynecologist


A woman's sexuality is a complex mix of many physical and psychological responses, which can affect the way a woman thinks and feels about herself and her relationships. More than 40% of women in the United States report some kind of sexual dysfunction, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). While common, problems with sex often cause personal distress and can interfere in the relationship with a partner. Many women are hesitant to discuss these concerns with their providers and some women have had their concerns dismissed by healthcare providers in the past, left to suffer in silence.

Sexual Dysfunction
Women can experience problems in any of the stages of sexual activity, including desire, arousal, or orgasm. Psychological and intrapersonal issues can have a significant effect on all aspects of sexual function. It can be helpful to discuss your concerns with your partner and many couples benefit from individual or partnered counseling with a therapist trained in sexual dysfunction. 


Painful Sex
Painful sex affects 2 out of 3 women at some time in their lives, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). There are some causes that are temporary, such as a vaginal infection or changes in hormones or medications. But others causes can remain until addressed. Occasionally, pain with sex can be a sign of a more significant illness, infection, or tumor, a reason discussing your symptoms with a provider is important.

To read more about sexual dysfunction and painful sex, click here









The Importance of Annual Dermatology Skin Checks
Allison Andrews, WHNP


Why are we recommending "annual" dermatology skin checks? Well, because the most important strategy in combating skin cancer is early detection. By having a proper screening by a licensed dermatologist yearly, you significantly reduce the chance of developing skin cancer.
 
Skin cancer is the most common cancer that anyone will face and one of the only cancers that can be seen on the surface of your skin. Yet, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and one person dies from the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma every hour.
 
The most common cause of skin cancer is sun-damaged skin. It is also important to know, that this means all levels of damage; not just sunburn. No matter the season, any unprotected exposure can cause damage to the skin, because natural skin has no protection from UV rays of the sun. 

To learn more about the importance of annual dermatology skin checks, 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. Benjamin Lam, double board certified in both general surgery as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery, is our visiting plastic surgeon, available for injections and plastic surgery consultations from 8:30am-12:30pm. He specializes in both non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, Juvederm and Voluma as well as surgical procedures on the breasts, body, and face.

Dr. Lam is a pioneer in the plastic and reconstructive surgery world and one of the area's only double board-certified plastic surgeons. His surgical techniques continue to be referenced in the most prestigious national publications and emulated by leading surgeons in this field.  Call us to set up a cosmetic consultation while he is here at the DermaCenter. For more information,  click  here.

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. 




Deanna Stevenson is a medical aesthetician at DermaCenter Medical Spa. With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Stevenson is a wonderful addition to the DermaCenter team. She received her license and board certification in 2002 and has advanced skills in the medical skin care field.

She is highly skilled in many procedures including: laser hair removal, photofacials, body contouring services and much more!  At DermaCenter™ Medical Spa, Ms. Stevenson plans on using her capabilities to offer her clients the best individualized care possible. 

To read more about Ms. Stevenson, click here

To schedule an appointment, call 215-735-7990.


SPECIAL OFFER: Schedule a chemical peel with Deanna before 
July 15th* for ONLY $50!



To take advantage of this great offer, call  215-735-7990.

*Appointment must be before or on  July 15th

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 Package

 
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.


3 VelaShape Sessions for $800
(Reg. $1,000)



VelaShape eliminates cellulite and improves your overall figure.  Ths procedure uses a combination of BiPolar Radio Frequency, Infrared Light Energy, Vacuum and Mechanical massage to visibly smooth the look and feel of your body with no down time.


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:

July 15th, 2017
6:00am-7:00am
Kelly Pool / Memorial Hall
4231 Ave of the Republic Philadelphia, PA  19131

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 out " 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.

Amanda Smith
Receptionist, 25 years old

1.) What does 'wellness' mean to you?

Wellness means living your life in a healthy, positive way. To me, it encompasses your emotional, physical & spiritual well being. I believe wellness is something to constantly strive for, since there is always room for improvement in every aspect of life.
 
2.) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?

I'm a little worried about healthcare in the United States. I hope one day we can come to an agreement as a country that healthcare should be available and affordable for everyone. I've worked in the healthcare industry for the past 3 years and I have always tried to respect every patient I've encountered. Everyone is going through a battle you know nothing about so being kind can go a long way.
 
 
3.) What health advice do you promote to your family?

The health advice I promote to my family is to eat relatively healthy and exercise regularly.  Now that it is summertime and my family visits the shore often, I would promote to be safe out in the sun and use sun block.
 
4.) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

My health was positively affected when I bought a bicycle last summer. Riding my bike, instead of jumping into my car to go places, had a positive impact on my health. Also, a large part of my everyday life has always been being active with my dogs. They have a positive impact on my emotional and physical well being.
 
5.) What activities do you participate in? What do you do to help you feel healthy?

I grew up in a sports centered household. I have always enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball. I love to swim, that always makes me feel really great. Also, yoga and any kind of stretching makes me feel healthy.
 
6.) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?

My advice for patients seeking optimum health would be to never give up on their lifestyle goals.




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