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Taking Care of Our Bodies

“All It Takes Is Commitment”

“I have always been a vital, energetic person who has spent quite a bit of time in the gym throughout the years,” said Vickie Lane. “Yet as I grew older, I realized I had different needs in a workout and no idea how to address them. The gyms I had belonged to didn’t either. I gave in to my frustration and completely stopped taking care of my body. The result was lethargy, weight gain, loss of confidence, and low self worth.”

For years, Vickie had passed by the Northshore Fitness Together center and in desperation, gave them a call.

“I joined Fitness Together because I believed they could guide me in returning to the healthy, happy person I used to be,” she said. “And truthfully, I needed to be held accountable.”

Vickie was paired with her personal trainer, Elise.

“She was a blessing!” said Vickie. “She questioned me about my goals and consistently created custom programs to help me reach them. She challenged me, encouraged me, and celebrated with me as I attained one goal after another. And she made it fun! Honestly, I felt the entire Fitness Together team was behind me as they counseled me about nutrition, how the body works, and why I was doing specific exercises. For me, it’s important to know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.”

Vickie far exceeded her goals.

“I feel energetic, I’ve lost weight, gained confidence, and feel SO much better about myself!” she said. “And I recently competed in the Tennessee District Senior Olympic Games and won in my event!”

Vickie is constantly recommending Fitness Together to others because they deliver on their promise.

“All it takes is commitment,” said Vickie. “It’s imperative we take care of our bodies, especially as we get older. Fitness Together is a clean facility, always welcoming and never intimidating. If you find yourself where I was, please give yourself the gift of experiencing the free first visit.”

Fitness Together
865.273.0380
www.knoxft.com

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The Wellness Room

You Deserve to Look and Feel Your Very Best

By Stephanie Snowden

The recent advancements in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy are truly amazing. They offer each of us the opportunity to maintain not only a more youthful and vibrant appearance, but also help to enhance our own well-being and self-confidence.

For more than 10 years, I have been a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with certifications in hormone replacement therapy and a variety of cosmetic procedures. In addition to having worked as a critical care nurse, I have been privileged to work alongside some of the most prestigious plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills and Dr. Prudence Hall, renowned hormone replacement expert.

Although I’m a Tennessee girl, my career, and the promise of warmer winters, took me to Southern California. Aside from the weather, Southern California offered another huge advantage to anyone wishing to pursue a career in non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hormone replacement therapy. Most of the newest advancements in cosmetic procedures and HRT treatments are first introduced in communities like Beverly Hills years before becoming available elsewhere. In fact, I performed a variety of cosmetic procedures for several years that are just now being introduced here locally.

A Tennessean at heart, I returned home with the goal of sharing the vast experience I accumulated in my work in Beverly Hills. My goal in launching The Wellness Room was to help our clients look and feel their absolute best by offering this expertise and select services that I have successfully performed during the last 10 years. Clients deserve the peace of mind that comes from trusting an experienced provider.

Services we offer include:

» Botox Injections
» Dermal Filler Injections
» PDO Threading
» Micro-needling
» PRP Hair Restoration
» 24K Gold Botox Facial
» Chemical Peels
» Dermaplaning
» Hormone Replacement Therapy

One procedure that we are especially excited about is PDO Threading. Just recently introduced in the Knoxville area, I have successfully performed this procedure for several years now. PDO Threading is a non-surgical face, neck, and body lift. This revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting helps to restore that much desired V-shape to your face. Threads similar to surgical stitches are inserted beneath the skin to lift and hold the skin against the effect of gravity. The threads are absorbed in four to six months time, leaving nothing behind but the desired skin structure.

If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to look and feel your personal best and to enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence, then I invite you to contact The Wellness Room and discover the difference we can make in your life.

The Wellness Room
151 Sherway Road, Suite 1
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.274.0199
www.thewellnessroomknox.com

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believeRX

A Prescription for Transparency

By Ellen Phillips, PharmMD & Founder of believeRX

So many times in my career I have had patients asking me why their copay was what it was. I wanted to share a few things that I know about behind-the-scenes of retail pharmacy, as well as what you can do about it when you are charged an unexpected price.

First, I recommend that a patient shop around until they find a pharmacist they can trust and stay there due to the dangers of duplicate therapies and drug interactions. If something costs a little more than you expected, talk with your pharmacist and make an appointment to sit down and talk about your situation. If you have government funded insurance, you are not eligible for most advertised drug discount cards that allow patients to pay a certain amount for their prescription if they use the drug card put out by the manufacturer.

Most discount cards put out by manufacturers always have a limit on what they will pay. A card may advertise that the copay will be a certain amount, but it depends on the commercial insurance plan’s copay. In other words, if a patient has not met their deductible, they may end up paying the difference between the maximum amount the discount card pays and what the insurance company pays. If a patient is a cash patient, they are sometimes not eligible for a drug discount card because eligibility criteria for the majority of manufacturer cards is that the patient must have commercial insurance.

As far as free discount cards that you can print off the Internet, sometimes the price listed under each pharmacy is not correct. Free discount card companies do not set pharmacy prices. The price you pay is based on how much the pharmacy paid for the drug, and it can vary from each distributor.

Most pharmacies do not match prices from wholesale businesses like Sam’s or Costco. Most of the time the price they advertise is part of being in a yearly subscription to their clubs.

As far as being an independent pharmacist, we actually look for the cheapest prices as long as we can receive quality medications. We are not big corporations, and we choose to be where we are so we can honor our patients the way they deserve.

Communication is key. You can call around and check prices all day long with the big chains, and you may even find a pharmacy that gives you the price that you are looking for. However, it is so important to sit down with the pharmacist you have and go over your medications and out-of-pocket cost. If not, you put yourself in possible danger by having your medications at more than one place. The software we have can only pick up what it knows. If you are a cash patient, it only picks up what we have filled.

We are your advocate! We can tell you if there is an equivalent that might save you money, and we can help point you in the right direction. We might even discover a medication that you do not even need anymore. We can find discount cards for you and can connect you with help if necessary. We are in this for you, and it is my pleasure to save you money and help you remain or get healthy. That is what I am here for. Call or come by for a consultation.

believeRX
9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931
865.214.6672
www.mybelieveRX.com

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believeRX

CBD Choice

By Ellen Phillips, Owner of believeRX

CBD (cannabidiol oil) is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Cannabis is the genus name for both marijuana and hemp. Today’s CBD comes from the hemp plant, which is rich in CBD while having negligible THC.

CBD Types

» Full Spectrum (Whole Plant) – Contains all hemp cannabinoids, as well as terpenes (essential oil with healing properties) plus trace amounts of THC. CBD and terpenes produce the entourage effect, which results in a variety of health and wellness benefits. Third party labs include a terpene profile, which shows the levels of each terpene in the product. Do not use full spectrum if drug testing is a concern.

» Broad Spectrum – Cannabinoids plus terpenes but no THC. These products have been processed to the isolate form, then have additional cannabinoids and terpenes added in.

When CBD has a strength, it’s the amount in the entire bottle. For example, 100mg has 100mg CBD per container, not per piece.

» Isolate – Pure CBD that has been isolated from the rest of the hemp plant up to 99.8%. The crystalline isolate CBD powder is usually in a carrier oil like MCT oil.

Oil Types

» Regular – Traditional oil good as an oral drop or mixed with food.

» MCT Oil – Extracted from coconut oil and mixed with honey. Good when cooked, as an oral drop, or mixed with food.

» CBD Honey Tincture – Mixed with honey and good when cooked, mixed with food, and as an oral drop.

» Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed is a natural source of protein that contains polyunsaturated and omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants.

» Olive Oil – Can be added to salads or foods.

The source of CBD is extremely important. Know where the product comes from. CBD from China is low potency and sometimes contaminated. Pick products grown in the United States

Extraction Method

The best extraction method is CO2 Extraction, which preserves all of the naturally occurring benefits found in the hemp plant. There are some cheap CBD companies that extract CBD with toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or butane, which is extremely hazardous.

CBD should never make someone high. Even though hemp contains small amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that makes someone feel high), hemp and marijuana are two different plants altogether.

How can people make sure they are buying the best CBD oil?

1. Read the label and make sure you know what is in the bottle.

2. Find a company that provides independent lab testing on their products and that makes it readily available to their customers.

3. Some companies have a customer experience team available to answer questions.

4. Third party lab testing-the lab checks for potency and for residual solvents and heavy metals. You can call the lab to verify if the report is real.

5. Do they have a current website? More important, does the brand have a website? Look for an address, email, and phone number. Search the address online to make sure it matches the company’s location.

6. Public feedback – A company’s reputation is very important. Don’t just believe ratings on their website; check other sites for negative information. Seek out news articles of police raids where the product might be mentioned.

7. Sourcing – Who is producing the hemp? Hemp from China tends to be low quality and high in heavy metals

8. Transparency – If a brand has their own farm, are they willing to discuss harvesting and processing practices? Would they be willing to let you visit the corporate office? You don’t have to go that far, but transparency and being willing to communicate with customers is very important.

9. Synthetics – If you see a report that a product has even a hint of synthetic cannabinoids, steer clear. If a product gets someone high, there is a big chance that it contains synthetics.

believeRX

9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931
865-214-6672
www.mybelieveRX.com

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Heritage Family Dentistry

Say Hello to Your New Smile

“I believe that I may have a rare concept regarding the dental profession,” said Billymac, a small business owner that provides services to area telecommunication and data entry businesses. “As a child, I was raised to perform those personal dental hygiene steps every day. However, being the last of nine children, the personal attention to some of those tasks was not watched as close as maybe they should have been. As a result of this neglect, my teeth suffered.

“My personal attention to my teeth came much later in life when I sought those that could help me have and keep a better appearance and longer lasting, healthy smile,” continued Billymac. “I would cover my natural smile, because I realized it was from neglect. Also, the expense to improve my smile was always a major factor. After years of visiting a variety of dental providers, I finally found the level of dental care I always sought at Heritage Family Dentistry when my dentist retired. Heritage Family Dentistry was committed to helping me achieve the new smile I desired.

“At an age of 61, I really enjoy the compliments from others that my new smile brings,” said Billymac. “One of the best things that has happened to me is my renewed self-confidence and the new doors of opportunity that have opened up to me thanks to Heritage Family Dentistry. I love their professionalism as well.

“I would highly recommend Heritage Family Dentistry to everyone, particularly if you enjoy smiling and laughing, which is contagious and begins the moment you enter their office and you meet Ms. Brandy.”

Heritage Family Dentistry offers a full line of advanced dental services and procedures including:

» Family Friendly Care

» Implant Dentistry

» Crowns & Bridges

» Cosmetic Dentistry

» Sedation Dentistry

» Prevention & Gum Treatment

» Digital Radiography

» Mercury Free Restorations

» Invisalign Orthodontics

Invisalign offers you that perfect smile that you’ve always dreamed of. Using the latest advancements in orthodontic technology, these virtually “invisible” aligners will help you create that beautiful smile that will enhance both your appearance and self-esteem.

To learn more about Heritage Family Dentistry, call 865-816-9211 or visit them online at www.hfdsmiles.com. Your new smile awaits you.

Heritage Family Dentistry

11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.816.9211
www.hfdsmiles.com

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Fitness Together

Test, Correct, and THEN Train!
By Andrew Henderson, Owner of Fitness Together

A personal trainer since 1997, I have witnessed many fitness trends come and go, including super-slow training, boot camps, High Intensity Interval Training, cross-training gyms, and even hanging upside from drapes suspended from the ceiling. And yes, there’s some benefit to each of these fitness options… for the right person.

What I love about personal training is how we can recommend the best type of exercises for each client’s current fitness and mobility level. But first we need to assess the client and their ability to move properly.

To receive the greatest benefit from your exercises, you should focus first on the areas of your body that are most likely to cause future problems. That may be weak core muscles, inflexible muscles, and poor posture from too much time on computers, smartphones, behind steering wheels, or poorly rehabilitated injuries that still plague you. And almost all of us sit way too much.

Typical gym assessments often include the standard weight, blood pressure, and body fat percentage. But fitness professionals are realizing the benefit of seeing how well people move. Programs like Functional Movement Screening© (FMS) help trainers identify flaws in how clients and athletes move and prescribe the appropriate stretches and exercises to help make improvements. Equally important is it lets trainers and clients know which exercises to avoid.

The goal of exercise should be to feel better. Knowing what to do and what not to do is the logical first step in a new or existing exercise program. Successful trainers will take time to do baseline measurements with you, as well as determine how well your body moves. They will show you exercises and stretches you can do at home to help improve your in between days at the gym. They will reassess so you can track your progress over time and make adjustments to your program as needed.

If working with a professional trainer sounds appealing but beyond your budget, training is likely less than the cost of a few meals at a nice restaurant. You will discover what exercises are best for your particular body, eliminating the pain and frustration from injuries and poor results caused by choosing the wrong exercises. Train smart and be kind!

Fitness Together
865.273.0380
www.knoxstrong.com

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Heritage Family Dentistry

Discover a New Level of Dental Care

By Tom Irmen

My patient relationship with Heritage Family Dentistry began in a somewhat unusual manner. Dr. Jonathan Bradshaw originally contacted me to discuss the different marketing opportunities available with Everything Knoxville to help promote his new Farragut location.

From the very beginning, it was difficult not to recognize the totally unique atmosphere one experiences the moment you enter. Not your typical dental office, it employs an open office environment, modern, airy, beautiful lighting fixtures, lots of well placed indirect lighting. It’s not the typical assembly line feel of many medical offices. But what really won me over was the Heritage Family Dentistry dental team. They’re incredible. They’ve never met a stranger. They go far out of their way to make you part of the Heritage family.

Imagine being asked what music you enjoy listening to. Would you like a warm neck wrap? Would you prefer to watch something else on your personal entertainment monitor?

They weren’t trying to sell me on Heritage Family Dentistry. I sold myself and my wife, Judy, who had been somewhat apprehensive about visiting the dentist in the past. This has truly been the best dental experience we have had in our lives.

Both of us also appreciate their expertise and the length they go to when explaining a procedure. We believe that even the most apprehensive patient would be at ease under these conditions. In addition to our routine dental checkups, we have both had a dental implant and crown replacement. And Judy is already seeing the results from her Invisalign aligners. With little or no discomfort, all of these procedures could not have been easier.

And in case you’re wondering, I was not asked to write this testimonial. In fact, unsolicited, I asked Dr. Bradshaw if I could write this article.

We encourage you to discover just how easy it is to enjoy the beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of with your new future friends at Heritage Family Dentistry. And a special thanks to Dr. Bradshaw and his team, from the both of us, for providing the highest level of caring and compassionate dental care. You’re all incredible.

Heritage Family Dentistry

11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C

Farragut, TN 37934

865.816.9211

www.hfdsmiles.com

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Farragut Family Practice

Introducing truSculpt® 3D

A New Dimension in Body Sculpting

You’re watching what you eat, you’re staying active, but you’re still unhappy with your body shape.  Sound familiar?  That stubborn problem area on your waistline can be annoyingly resistant to diet and exercise.  That’s where the truSculpt® 3D procedure can help.  Developed by Cutera, the global pioneer in performance and innovation within the cosmetic and aesthetic laser device field, the non-invasive, truSculpt® 3D procedure can help you sculpt your body by quickly and easily targeting both large and small problem areas.

We recently interviewed J. Kevin Buchanan, MD, Knoxville area’s family practice physician and truSculpt® 3D practitioner, to discover just how this revolutionary, new, state-of-the-art medical breakthrough can help patients treat those problem areas around their midsections.

EK: Dr. Buchanan, truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency technology to help decrease circumference and diminish fat in patients.  Tell our readers just how this technology works.

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D uses conductive radio frequency to achieve selective and effective disruption of the subcutaneous fat tissue, the fat that lies directly beneath the skin, while maintaining comfortable surface temperatures.

EK: Just how safe is truSculpt® 3D?

Dr. Buchanan: truSculpt® 3D, which is FDA cleared, is a safe, non-invasive body sculpting technology, where the temperature of the skin and subcutaneous tissue are maintained at comfortable levels while consistently achieving the best results.

EK: How quickly will clients see visible results?

Dr. Buchanan: Visible results can usually be seen as soon 6 to 12 weeks, with maximum benefits at 12 weeks.  Some clients report seeing results in as little as 4 to 6 weeks.

EK: How much fat thickness reduction will patients experience?

Dr. Buchanan: Clients can expect fat reduction of targeted areas of up to 24%.

EK: Is it possible to treat more than one problem area per session?

Dr. Buchanan: Yes, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single session, including the neck, upper arms, abdomen and flanks, back, and thighs.

EK: Should clients experience any discomfort or downtime after the procedure?

Dr. Buchanan: Some clients may experience some redness of the skin that typically resolves itself in 8 to 12 hours. Others report soreness of the treatment area that may last for a few days. There is no restriction on activity following the procedure.

EK: Treatments are administered by an NP or medical assistant under your personal supervision, correct?

Dr. Buchanan: We have a nurse practitioner, two medical assistants, and myself who are all trained and certified to perform the truSculpt® 3D procedure.

EK: How can our readers who are interested learn more about the truSculpt® 3D?  What is the best way to reach you?

Dr. Buchanan: Call Ashley Burchfield at 865-675-1953 ext. 224 for more information or to schedule a free consultation or visit www.tru3dbody.com.

 

Farragut Family Practice

11130 Kingston Pike, Suite 7

Knoxville, TN 37934

865.675.1953

www.farragutfamilypractice.com

 

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believeRX

Discover the Power of a Positive Pharmacy

You need your prescription filled, and then you experience this at your local pharmacy:

» You’ll need to call your insurance company.
» You’ll need to call your doctor.
» We don’t have your medication in stock.
» Your refill is too soon.
» We’re not open yet.
» We closed at…
» It’s going to be 35 minutes or longer.
» Your prescription is not covered.
» We open at 9 am, and we’ll need an hour to get your prescription ready.
» You finally make it to the register and have to wait for an associate to acknowledge you.
» You feel worse now than when you walked in the door.

If you have experienced any of the above, then your pharmacy isn’t fully serving you. You deserve a positive pharmacy experience. In fact, positive thoughts and a positive outlook can be very healing and reassuring in many cases. We recognize the power of positivity in healthcare, as well as in healing from disease. At believeRX, we believe in you so much that our entire team is fully committed to providing you with the most positive experience possible – a level of positivity that you may have thought no longer existed in today’s fast-paced, assembly-line, medical marketplace.

At believeRX, we will call your insurance for you. If the insurance company wishes to speak to you, we will allow you to use our in-house phone and remain with you to answer any questions that may arise so that you can leave with your prescription.

We will also call your doctor on your behalf and keep you informed on our progress. If your doctor tells us you need an appointment or that they need to hear from you, we will contact you directly with that message.

Also, at believeRX, we will make arrangements to deliver your medication to you should it not be available when you place your prescription.

Should your prescription be refilled too soon, we will contact you before you come to pick it up, and we will provide you with the date that your medication will be available.

If you call or come to the pharmacy before we open, we will make every effort to make you feel appreciated and welcome. If you are trying to drop off your prescription, we will accept it so you can run an errand while we are getting it ready. If you need to pick up your prescription before you start your day, you are welcome to do so.

If we’re closed when you drop by, you can still drop off your prescription, pick up your prescription, or have it delivered. Remember, we are available to serve you after closing with our after-hours drop off box, on-call number, and home delivery.

Thirty-five minutes is not an option! Our goal is as soon as possible. At believeRX, we are here to serve you, and we will not add unneeded extra minutes to your already busy schedule.

If a medication is not covered, we will inform you if there are similar medications available, a discount card, or any other option that you may benefit from.

You should also feel comfortable showing up at opening time, knowing that we will make every effort to have your prescription ready before you walk in our doors.

Should you experience a queue, we will move as expeditiously as possible. You will be warmly greeted when you first enter through our doors and when you arrive at our prescription counter. We are here to provide you with the highest level of service possible – it is just that simple.

Get ready to experience the power of positively for yourself. Our mission and value statements say it all. Becoming your pharmacy choice is based on the positive relationship offered by our team of like-minded healthcare professionals committed to serving you and your family.

Our Mission
We recognize that we are in a strategic place to touch and/or change our patients’ lives with a positive impact. We are committed to meeting our patients where they are and to help them become the best version of themselves in all areas such as diet, exercise, health, disease management, and stress reduction with mind and body working together in the same forward direction.

Our Values
Our most important value is we believe. We believe in you. We believe in faith, abundance, empathy, loyalty, family, honesty, integrity, respect, good health, realizing and chasing our dreams, and in making a difference.

At believeRX, we invite you to discover for yourself the power of positively that our pharmacy can offer you on your life and the lives of your family members as well.

believeRX
9627 Countryside Center Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931
865.214.6672
www.mybelieverx.com

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Fitness Together

Take That First Step to a New Healthier You

“We have been married for more than 27 years and have three kids – two out of college and one in college,” said Michael Jones, CFO of a local civil engineering firm. “So we are basically empty nesters except for our four dogs – two greyhounds and two mixed breeds.”

A few years ago, Michael and his wife, Sandra, a physical therapist, decided it was time to get back in shape.

“We both love being active and enjoy standup paddle boarding,” he said. “I am more into sports and play volleyball, golf, and basketball when I can. We were both getting older. We had two kids running track and cross country in college, and we knew we were both out of shape and needed to lose weight.

“We selected Fitness Together because the trainer that we started with understood the weight loss process from his own personal experience.  My wife thought that this would help him understand the challenges of getting started, and she was right.  Our trainer was very good at designing programs to do both with him and on our own at home, and to us, this was invaluable to get started and to keep our momentum.  That inspired us to run a Spartan Race along with our trainer.”

When asked if they had achieved their individual goals, Michael responded, “I lost about 20 pounds, and my wife lost nearly the same. I would recommend Fitness Together to others because they create workouts for the level you are at and push you to improve.”

Would you like to experience a healthier lifestyle? What are you waiting for? Just pick up the phone and call or text Fitness Together at 865-273-0380 today to arrange for your no-cost, no-obligation, complimentary consultation and training session and take that first step to a healthier you.

Fitness Together
865.273.0380
www.knoxft.com

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