Is Going Vegan Good For You?

By: Angela Luciani -  Nutritionist

Many people choose to go vegan for one reason or another - perhaps it is concern for the treatment of animals, environmental factors or perhaps they are trying to become healthier.

A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes all meat, fish, poultry and dairy products as well as foods that are processed using animal products. While becoming vegan can reap some health benefits, it is not for everyone and there are some important factors to consider before making the decision to switch.

Vegan diets are typically higher in nutrients such as fiber (which can help lower cholesterol), magnesium, potassium, vitamins C& E, iron, antioxidants and overall tends to be lower calorie and lower in saturated fat; however, it involves more planning and discipline to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

Common nutrient deficiencies with a vegan diet include calcium, Vitamin D, omega-3, B12 and folate. Because you are eliminating food groups as a vegan, you are eliminating food groups that have these important nutrients. It is important to replace these nutrients so that your body is able to function properly. All vegans need to take some form of B12 whether it is through a supplement or nutrient rich food such as nutritional yeast.

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Patient Safety Month - What We Do To Keep You Safe

By: Maria Daly -  Practice Manager

As March is patient safety month we wanted to share a few ways we work to ensure patient safety in our practice!

Although we are just a little internal medicine office and not a huge hospital, there are still plenty of steps we take to try and keep our patients safe.

Employee Training: All of our employees receive various trainings on an annual basis. We provide our staff with training on HIPAA so that they become highly familiar with how to treat private health information. We also host a CPR training for our staff so that we always have employees who are able to provide emergency care. On an as needed basis, our MAs also receive refresher courses on best practice for venipuncture and any other procedures.

Processes: As a medical practice we have a few processes in place to ensure patient safety. All of our MA stations have label machines connected to our EMRs that allow our medical assistants to print legible labels for any laboratory samples collected at our practice. This is the best way to reduce any possibility of mislabeled specimens and potentially giving patients incorrect lab results. We also have specific sterilization processes for our different instruments - weather they need to be packaged or cleaned at a different temperature - these processes ensure that instruments we use in the office are not a source of infection for our patients.

Equipment: You may have noticed that we have gloves available in all of our exam rooms - gloves are an important barrier to keep our patients safe as well as keep our staff safe! We also have hand sanitizer available all over the building which is our go-to, especially during flu season!

To read more about the steps that we take to keep our patients and office safe, click here

"I got the orgasm shot and this is what happened..."

A small excerpt from an article written by a woman who got the O-Shot. Read the full article here. 

"But Why? This was the first question to pop out of all my friends' mouths when I told them my latest assignment. Here's the thing, once you get past the terror of needles lodging themselves into the most sensitive part of your entire body, there are some pretty awesome benefits which you can look forward to, especially if you're incapable of orgasming from penetration or during sex as a whole due to whatever reason.

To sum it up: An O-Shot, however cringe-worthy it may seem, is painless, requires zero downtime, and results in, apart from what's already been mentioned, everything from increased sexual desire and natural lubrication to greater arousal and stronger, more frequent orgasms. In other words, if you're with your partner and, no matter how hard you try, a "stars collide"-type orgasm isn't possible without doing it yourself, then this seemingly painful treatment could be totally life-changing."

                                Dana Shanis M.D         Jillian Rowbotham D.O.       Lauren O'Brien M.D

DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

All three providers above are board certified and available for Botox. 

Dana Shanis M.D. is available for Juvederm and Voluma injections. She will be available from  4:00pm-8:00pm. She has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has 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. 

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 


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Tara Mosser, 34, Medical Assistant

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you? 

Wellness is the process of being aware of and making healthy choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is not just about physical wellness but emotional and spiritual as well. 

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system? 

Honestly, I am not one for watching the news and keeping up on current events throughout the country. I have little knowledge of where we stand as a country. I can say that my role in the health care system is make sure my patients are comfortable and have the tools they need to keep themselves in the best health they can. 

3) What health advice do you promote to your family? 

Staying active is a big part of being healthy. I am always encouraging my children to ride their bikes, participate in sports activities and I do take them to play on the jungle gym at the park often in nice weather. 

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?

Working at RWWC I have become more active and this has helped me feel more positive and I actually feel less tired than I used to when I was home with my kids. 

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you you do to help you feel healthy? 

I have recently started looking into joining a gym. I also make sure to take at least 1 hour a day to myself no matter what. This gives me time to relax and process my thoughts and just focus on me. 

6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health? 

Make sure to see your PCP regularly, exercise daily and eat a healthy diet. 

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:

Sacred Heart Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Family Fun Walk
March 3rd, 2018
Starts 10:30am
Sacred Heart School
109 N. Manoa Rd. 
Havertown PA, 19083
2018 Leprechaun Run
March 10th, 2018
Starts @ 7:30am

Schuylkill Banks Palapa. Where MLK Drive 
meets West River Drive and the Schuylkill Trail 
Connector, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Celebrate Casey 5K  Run/Walk
March 24th, 2018
Starts @ 10am
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19131

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Nurse Practitioner Catherine McGinty is out of the office on 
Maternity leave until late April. Our other providers will be taking her patients while she is away - Thank you for your understanding.

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