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It is my esteemed honor to introduce myself to you all and I appreciate the warm welcome I have been given thus far. My name is Kaitlin Kraemer, PA-C and I am thrilled to join Dr. Lakin's practice as a physician assistant. Please feel free to call me Kaitlin or Katie.
I am basically an Arizona native, though my roots are in a small town in Wisconsin called Plain. I moved to Arizona when I was 2 years old, but my family and I have spent every summer back home in Plain and we still visit at least once a year to this day.
I graduated from Arizona State University with my bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2008, and then completed my physician assistant degree at A.T. Still University in 2012. I have practiced locally, specifically in primary care, in Phoenix and Scottsdale since December of 2012.
I thoroughly enjoy my career, but outside of work I quite enjoy hiking, going to movies and spending time with my family and friends. I am blessed with an older and a younger brother as well as four nephews and one niece.
I look forward to meeting you all as I join Dr. Lakin's thriving practice!
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Does Wearing Glasses Mean
You're Smarter?
Admit it: If you see someone wearing glasses, you think that person has a better chance than not of having an above-average IQ.

As a former Bronx assistant district attorney and author of the legal article "Eye See You: How Criminal Defendants Have Utilized the Nerd Defense to Influence Jurors' Perceptions," Sarah Mariucci told me that glasses are "associated with reading, significant amounts of reading in childhood days, a nerd persona, a smart persona."

This fact has made me extremely jealous of people who wear glasses. I just had an eye exam, and, as with every earlier eye test, I was found to have perfect vision.

But should I be worried? Does needing glasses mean you're smarter? And just where did our stereotypes about glasses -- good and bad -- come from?

5 Tips To Remove Water From
Your Ears. . . .
Swimming is a great way to get exercise and cool off—especially in the summertime. But if you’ve ever felt sloshing, a tickling sensation or pressure in your ears after taking a dip, you may have some water trapped inside.

There are several reasons water can get trapped, whether you have a narrow ear canal or excessive ear wax built up. Water can get stuck in your ears anytime you go underwater. Usually, water will naturally drain out of your ears on its own, but if it doesn’t, it can lead to some trouble.
“When water doesn’t trickle out on its own, you could risk developing swimmer’s ear, a type of ear infection in the outer ear canal or the opening of the ear to the eardrum,” said Heather Coffman, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist with Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. “You may experience ear pain, loss of balance and coordination, ringing in your ears and sore throat and possibly hearing loss.”

If you’ve got water in your ears, this probably doesn’t sound very fun to you. To prevent water from remaining in your ears and causing you problems, Dr. Coffman shared the following techniques.

How We Got Addicted To Using Q-tips
The Wrong Way. . . .
Every Q-tips box has a warning label: “Do not insert swab into ear canal,” and if you’re going to use it to clean your ears, gently swab the outer part only.

But extracting wax from our ear canals is precisely why most of us buy Q-tips in the first place. The humble Q-tip was so perfectly designed for this purpose that it turned into a generic word for a product.

Yet, somehow, we use it for the very thing it specifically warns us not to do!

Wobbly On One Leg? Ability To Balance Is Linked To A Longer Life, Study Finds. . . .
An inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in later life is linked to nearly double the risk of death from any cause within the next decade, according to a new study.
The simple balance test may be useful to include in routine physical exams for people in middle and old age, the research, which was published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggested.

While aging leads to a decline in physical fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, balance tends to be reasonably well-preserved until a person’s 50s, when it starts to wane relatively rapidly, the research noted. Previous research has linked the inability to stand on one leg to a greater risk of falls and to cognitive decline.

The study involved 1,702 people ages 51 to 75 living in Brazil, who were asked to balance unsupported on one leg during an initial check. Researchers told the participants to place the front of the free foot behind the standing leg, keep their arms by their sides and eyes fixed straight ahead. Up to three attempts on either foot were permitted.

Being able to balance on one leg is important for older people for a number of reasons, and it is also reflective of wider fitness and health levels, said study author Dr. Claudio Gil Araújo at Exercise Medicine Clinic - CLINIMEX - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“We regularly need … a one-legged posture, to move out of a car, to climb or to descend a step or stair and so on. To not have this ability or being afraid in doing so, it is likely related to loss of autonomy and, in consequence, less exercise and the snowball starts,” he explained.

Bad Sunburn? Eight Tips to Treat and
Find Some Relief
Oops, you did it again. You spent too much time in the sun, and now you look like a human lobster.
In a perfect world, we’d lather up with sunscreen before we spent time in the sun—and would reapply often. But let’s face it: Mistakes happen. Most people at some point in their lives will get burned.

Having too much fun in the sun – and even partly cloudy weather – can hurt you in more ways than one. It may leave you looking like Ariel’s friend Sebastian and make you the butt of friends’ jokes, but even worse, it can cause lasting damage to your skin, putting you at greater risk for skin cancer.

“Repeated sunburns have been linked to skin cancer, so being aware of your surroundings and staying covered or using sunscreen is really important in the short and long term,” said Lyndsay Deeter, MD, a burn surgeon and director of the Western States Burn Center at North Colorado Medical Center Wound Clinic in Greeley, CO. “Burn prevention is an important step in preventing skin cancer, because it can help you completely avoid or minimize any issues while you’re in the sun.”

While you may know what you’re supposed to do to prevent a burn, you now see the error of your ways and need help STAT! for the red, warm heat radiating from your body.
Dr. Deeter shares a few dos and don’ts to help ease your suffering and soothe the pain.

Do’s and Don’ts for Treating Bad Sunburns:

Optimists Live Longer, Study Finds.
Here's How To Boost Positive Thinking. . . .
Expecting good things to happen may be key to a long life.

Having a high level of optimism was associated with longer lifespan past age 90, according to a recent study of almost 160,000 racially and ethnically diverse, postmenopausal women by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of public health.

The study enrolled women between ages 50 and 79 and gathered data and survey responses on them for up to 26 years. The 25% most optimistic participants were likely to live up to 5.4% longer and were 10% more likely to live beyond 90 than the least optimistic quarter participants.

These findings stayed the same after accounting for demographics, chronic conditions and depression. "Lifestyle factors, such as regular exercise and healthy eating, accounted for less than a quarter of the optimism-lifespan association, indicating that other factors may be at play," a press release noted.

Tom's Travels

'Helsinki, Capital of Finland'
Growing up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania we had neighbors of Finnish origin that we called Finlanders. They were good farmers with strange first and last names such as Reino Ristamaki.

When I made plans for a Scandinavian vacation I definitely wanted to see Finland's largest city, Helsinki, reached easily on an overnight boat ride from Stockholm.

On arriving I was extremely impressed by the Art Deco architecture seen in transport, commercial businesses and hotels. A contrast to this was in the downtown park called the Esplanade.

It had a tearoom/restaurant, Cafe Kappeli, that was a delicate Art Nouveau work both inside and outside. I took several of my meals there enjoying the atmosphere as well as the cuisine.
In the very heart of the city is a massive iron sculpture of three workers illustrating the mentality of this hard working city noted for its Nokia phones.

A walk uphill from the center leads to hotels and restaurants where I got a great shot of a sidewalk cafe diner with her companion dog.
Home to the Finnish composer Sibelius there is a metal sculpture in a park giving tribute to him.

I visited other museums of interest such as a clock museum with many clock shapes including that of a woman.

Helsinki even has an unusual church hewn out of a large rock where views are not of skies or mountains but the sides of the enormous rock and the roof consisting of a huge spiral of copper wire.

As you see, Helsinki had an enormous variety of tourist attractions that did not disappoint me in any way.

Happy Travels!

Can You Name Every State Capital?
One of the first things you probably remember learning in grade school is where all the different states on when looking at a map of the United States of America.

Later on closer to high school, you probably learned all the capitals.
Maybe you even needed to name them all on a test… but do you remember them now?

Take the quiz and see if you’re good with your state capitals.

Perfect Classic Stuffed Peppers
For Summer!


  • 1/2 c. uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 bell peppers, tops and cores removed
  • 1 c. shredded Monterey jack
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, prepare rice according to package instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  2. Return beef mixture to skillet, then stir in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until liquid has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place peppers cut side-up in a 9"-x-13" baking dish and drizzle with oil. Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and top with Monterey jack, then cover baking dish with foil.
  4. Bake until peppers are tender, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is bubbly, 10 minutes more.
  5. Garnish with parsley before serving.

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Paradise Valley Medical Clinic
Douglas M. Lakin, MD
Kaitlin A. Kraemer, PA-C
9977 N 90th Street, Suite 180 Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480.614.5800 (Ph) 480.614.6322 (Fax)