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Exercise: Your Key to Greater Longevity and Better Health

According to the Center for Disease Control, as Americans age, they exercise less.  According to the study, the older you are, the less exercise you get.  Inactivity ranged from 25% for those aged 50 to 64, 27% for those aged 65 to 74, and 35% for those aged 75% and older.  Inactivity is defined as moving around only to accomplish routine daily duties.

There’s no denying that routine physical activity among older Americans can boost not only their life expectancy, but it also lowers the risk of conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some kinds of cancer.  But is inactivity the result of age or our personal choices?  When you consider that a surprising 82% of older Americans living in Colorado exercise daily, you have to assume that inactivity is largely the result of personal choice.

So how can we motivate ourselves to exercise regularly?  An exercise partner can definitely be helpful, but a growing number of older Americans are discovering that a personal trainer represents your very best potential for success, as it combines both an exercise partner with fitness trainer that can help tailor a customer fitness program designed to help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Once thought to be a personal choice reserved for the mega-wealthy, Fitness Together now offers an affordable alternative for those individuals seeking to improve their health.  Fitness Together offers a proprietary fitness system that provides you with both a certified, professional trainer and a premier, private, one-on-one personal training studio.

“I was 64 when I became a client at Fitness Together with a goal to lose 30 pounds before I turned 65,” said Cheryl Haskins.  “I was probably my biggest obstacle!  It was difficult to stay motivated.  Life tends to get in the way, and as many women, mothers, and wives do, I would put anything and everything else ahead of what I wanted or needed to do for myself.”

Cheryl had been doing Jazzercise three to five times a week for several years.  While pleased with the cardio benefits she experienced, she was unsuccessful at losing the extra weight she wanted to lose, despite trying a variety of diet programs.

“I stopped by Fitness together one afternoon, got some information, and set up a time to do a fitness test,” said Cheryl.  “The rest is history.  I definitely needed to be held accountable.  I knew that having a definite time and place and someone to workout with would keep me on track.”

Cheryl is just one of the many people that Fitness Together has been able to help achieve their personal health goals.

“We can’t stop the aging process,” said Cheryl with a smile, “but we can make it more enjoyable by getting the most out of life, and you can only do that by being able to participate fully in life.”

Regardless of your reasons for not exercising as regularly as you know you should, why not join Cheryl and the professionals at Fitness Together and discover for yourself just how wonderful the rest of your life can become?


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Fitness Together

6513 Kingston Pike, Suite 112
Knoxville, TN 37919

11521 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934

Hardin Valley
10752 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37932

9430 S Northshore Drive, Suite 102A
Knoxville, TN 37922

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The Face Place

Sculpt an All-New You

The Face Place™ is an aesthetic practice that specializes in individual customized aesthetic treatment plans that offers each of their clients the improved appearance results they desire to achieve. Pamela Gott-Gavin, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is a Licensed Family Practice Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with nine years of aesthetic experience. Pamela has earned a reputation for her keen aesthetic eye for sculpting not only the face, but also body sculpting as well.

The Face Place™ is excited to announce the addition of the all-new, most technologically advanced CoolSculpting® system to safely eliminate stubborn body fat. This new CoolSculpting technology offers increased patient comfort, shorter treatment times, and increased tissue treatment areas. Since 2010, this FDA-cleared CoolSculpting technology has been used to complete more than four million procedures.

The latest CoolSculpting technology can eliminate your stubborn body fat safely and effectively, without the need of surgery or downtime. This fat reduction treatment is the only FDA-cleared procedure to use controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. CoolSculpting results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so you’ll look and feel great from every angle.

Freeze away fat?

It comes down to science. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding tissues. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target your stubborn fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), and over time, through your body’s natural processes, they are eliminated, leaving a much more sculpted you.

Together we can reshape your body! We will develop a customized CoolSculpting treatment plan that addresses your unique problem areas. You may desire additional sessions that may further enhance your personal results. Most importantly, your individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

Just sit back, relax, and say goodbye to stubborn body fat. After we select the area(s) to be treated, the CoolSculpting device is positioned on your body, and controlled cooling is applied. During your procedure, you may choose to read, check email, or even take a nap. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so you can typically return to work and normal activities immediately.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your stubborn body fat and hello to a healthier, more sculpted you, then you are invited to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.

The Face Place™
10404 Jackson Oaks Way
Knoxville, TN 37922

Supervising physician – Dr. Vaughan Hall, FAAFP

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Aesthetic Practice Consulting

For Results You Can See

If you are ready to look as young as you feel, there are variety of non-surgical procedures you might wish to consider that will allow you to achieve that younger, more vibrant look that you have been dreaming of. As with any medical procedure, even non-invasive procedures, you will discover that knowledge is your best friend. Thanks to the experience of Aesthetics Nurse, Cynthia St. Germain, BA, RN, BSN, you now have an experienced, compassionate, and dedicated healthcare professional that can help guide you in making the right decisions to create real results that you and others can see.

Several of the non-surgical services offered by Cynthia include:

1. If you would like to brighten your appearance, then you might consider HyrdaFacial MD® that produces healthy, hydrated skin without any invasive action. It is a much more effective and painless system for reaching deep-seated cellular debris in the pores, resulting in a softer, smoother appearance, reducing the signs of sun-damaged skin.

2. For the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pore size, surgical scars, hyperpigmented skin, and stretch marks, you will appreciate the unique features of Collagen P.I.N., also referred to as microneedling. Collagen P.I.N. is simple and efficient and can be repeated safely anywhere on your body, including areas where laser treatments and deep peels are not usually performed, regardless of skin type and color. And because the procedure does not use heat, there is no risk of burning the patient, which is a potential in laser treatments, further reducing patient discomfort, downtime, and possible complications.

3. A great solution for erasing frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet (around the eyes), or forehead lines can be achieved with neurotoxins such as Dysport® and Botox®. And since there is a 97% patient satisfaction rate, we are confident that we can help you soften and awaken your appearance, resulting in a more youthful looking you.

4. Are you concerned about facial volume loss that often results from aging? Facial volume loss can be safely treated with injectables such as the Restylane® and Juvéderm® family line products. Another dermal filler, Sculptra® Aesthetic, also adds volume to areas of the face to restore a soft, natural, more youthful appearance.

Also, the next generation of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers has arrived! These new products, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne, could be game changers in the facial aesthetic industry. They are both FDA-approved and have been used since 2010 in Europe under the name Emervel. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in human skin. Its production, however, diminishes with age. Therefore, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have become an important component in helping rejuvenate facial tissue. Furthermore, this new generation of products allows more flexibility with facial expressions, thus preventing an unnatural or hardened look. The effect of treatment can last up to 12 months and is especially successful in softening moderate to severe laugh lines. This new technology may be the answer you have been looking for!

Because of the unique needs of each patient, the variety of treatments available and the fast paced evolution of available cosmetic treatment options, Ms. St. Germain offers every client a free, no-obligation consultation designed to help you achieve that younger “look” that you have been dreaming of.

Regardless of your individual goals, you can rely on Ms. St. Germain to provide you with the trusted guidance you can depend upon to help you achieve your personal best.

Cynthia St. Germain, BA, BSN, RN
9123 Cross Park Drive, Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37923

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You’re Invited to The Face Place “Girl’s Night Out” Holiday Event

You’re Invited to The Face Place “Girl’s Night Out” Holiday Event
By Pamela Gott, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Aesthetic Injector

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, and with our thoughts turning to shopping, holiday events, and out-of-town guests, why not take a few moments from your hurried schedule and do something special just for yourself? Have you ever considered recapturing that healthier, more radiant looking you? Why not?

I would like to personally invite you to attend what promises to be an exciting “Girl’s Night Out” Holiday Event that will allow you to discover all of the latest products and techniques that can provide you with all-natural, elegant results without surgery. Our event will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Enjoy refreshments, great conversation, meet new friends, and ask questions. We will be offering special event pricing and drawings for both products and services.

Not sure if facial rejuvenation is for you? This event is the perfect opportunity for you to answer all of the questions you’re likely to have. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a master’s degree in nursing, in addition to being a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), I invite you to discover for yourself just how you might benefit from our skills and unique ability to artistically create and transform your present look into a more youthful and younger you.

I would also like to extend a special invitation to you to attend our Lunch and Learn on Monday, November 21, from 12 to 1 pm, where we will discuss “Hand Rejuvenation with Dermal Fillers.” Space is limited, so we request that you RSVP by Wednesday, November 16, at 865-789-3162.

We live in exciting times, and breakthrough medical innovations offer each of us the opportunity to recapture our youth. But it’s your face, so I encourage you to carefully select a medical practitioner before you undertake any cosmetic procedure. Choose wisely.

The Face Place™
10404 Jackson Oaks Way
Knoxville, TN 37922
Supervising Physician Vaughan Hall, MD

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Knox Essential Oils

Knox Essential Oils
Change: The Only Constant in Life

We have some exciting changes to announce at Knox Essential Oils, but first let us take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous support and encouragement during the last year. Thanks to your continued interest in essential oils, our sales have continued to grow, as has your demand for even more information on oils and their use.

Because our clients find it convenient to consult with us not only during our normal business hours, but evenings and weekends too, we have decided to eliminate our “brick and mortar” store in lieu of the convenience of our new online store that so many of you have requested. With our new direction, we will be able to be able to provide an even higher level of service to those of you interested in learning more about the benefits of essential oils. We will still be available for personal consultations, home parties, work groups, lunch and learns, and more, allowing us to reach many more people and providing a greater presence. We will also be available for a variety of special interests groups such as children with special needs, military veterans, and natural health organizations.

For your convenience, our store will remain open during this transition throughout November. Afterwards you may still make your purchases of your favorite essential oils at, or you may contact us at 865-474-1340 or email us at

If you are interested in signage and/or t-shirts, Hemp Monkeys Graphics will continue to provide these services. Please contact us at 865-474-1340 or email us at

Knox Essential Oils
4928 Homberg Drive, Suite A-5
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Garde Bien Spa Salon

garde-bien-spasalonHair Loss Hurts

Hair loss is just one of many side effects of chemotherapy visible to others.  At Garde Bien, we simply want you to have the most natural and beautiful hair options available both during and after your treatment. Garde Bien has become the preferred choice among women searching for alternative hair options during and after treatment, including wigs, hairpieces, volumizers, and extensions. Working with alternative hair is our passion.

Wig: Not a four-letter word anymore!

Because today’s treatments are so vastly improved, many women can return to work and remain active, so maintaining your natural haircut, color, and style is fantastic! And because human hair wigs have improved as well, they now offer women the beauty and comfort they’re searching for. Garde Bien clients are able to achieve a look so natural that even their husbands and kids have to look twice.  Human hair is an economical investment lasting years with proper care while replacing regular salon visits.

Thoughtful guidance from an expert stylist

A master stylist for nearly 40 years, Garde Bien owner and founder, Stacey Handel, has acquired all of the important skills needed to properly recommend, fit, and style the variety of human hair options available to her clients. Stacey has acquired multiple certifications throughout the U.S., including Beverly Hills exclusively, and with the world’s top quality wig designers in England to provide her clients with the variety of textures, densities, and colors, as well as cap designs, for partial or complete hair loss. As a national educator with Evolve, Stacey shares her skills with women asking for wearable hair; a unique option for partial hair loss. These highly specialized experiences enable Stacey and her staff to fit each client with a custom color and to cut these full or partial wigs to blend into an existing hairstyle or to completely transform their look. That’s why women fly from all across the country to visit Garde Bien.

Go dancing!

It’s not just about what you look like on the outside; it’s more than hair quality, style, and color. A great medical wig or cranial prosthesis helps you feel and look great from the inside, too.  Top medical wigs are hypoallergenic, hand-knotted for lightness and breathability, and very comfortable.  Silicone and polyurethane are added for grip and stability for confidence, even while dancing.  Choose from a variety of fine, medium, or course human hair fibers for the most compatible appearance. But, most importantly, it’s about the expert prosthesis stylists who create, cut, and color human hair to your desired style.  We now even offer human hair brows in a variety of shapes and colors.

Home care is a breeze! 

Wigs can be removed to shampoo, dry naturally, and style at home with lessons from us and the proper tools (such as a blow dryer, iron, and rollers), or you can bring them to us for styling and maintenance every few weeks if you prefer.

It’s also about giving back!

Garde Bien also accepts gently used wigs that they refurbish.  In conjunction with local medical centers, they provide a lower cost option for many women who need financial assistance in human hair and synthetic wig selections.

It’s time to get started!

Many brands are exclusive to Garde Bien SpaSalon. Samples of the various hair types and caps are available to learn individual preferences. Orders can arrive in one day or five days with free shipping. Call to schedule a private fitting during a risk-free consultation appointment. In addition, your first haircut on human hair full cranial prosthesis is complimentary. To learn more, call Stacey or Jenn at 865-671-1996 or visit  We’ve Got Hair When You Don’t.

Garde Bien SpaSalon, Inc.

12752 Kingston Pike, Suite 101

Knoxville, TN 37934


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Reconstructing the Reconstruction

By Jason J. Hall, MD, FACS

In the past few years, we have seen a quantum shift in the treatment of breast cancer.  Medical treatments for breast cancer – chemotherapy, hormone treatments, and genetic treatments – have changed significantly, and although no cancer treatment is “easy,” newer therapies are much more effective and patient-friendly than in the past.  Likewise, radiation treatments have become more targeted, meaning less “normal” tissue is affected.

Surgical treatments for breast cancer have also undergone significant changes.  Here are just a few:

» Mastectomy techniques have changed for the better.  Gone is the “breastbone to armpit” scar of the “old” mastectomy; a modern mastectomy respects the anatomy and shape of the breast instead of destroying it.  Contemporary mastectomy incisions are designed like breast reduction or breast lift incisions with the assistance of the plastic surgeon responsible for reconstruction.

» Nipple-sparing mastectomy techniques have been proven safe and effective.  In the right patients, a mastectomy that spares the nipple can result in a reconstruction that is difficult to differentiate from a normal breast.

» The “lumpectomy,” or partial mastectomy, is becoming more common.  In women who are able, removal of the tumor itself, sparing the rest of the breast, is becoming a more common form of surgical treatment.  The lumpectomy must be combined with radiation treatment but with newer forms of radiation (such as implantable radiation treatments or “partial breast” irradiation).  This is quickly gaining favor among breast cancer patients.

» Lymph node removal is rarely performed anymore.  With the advent of targeted “sentinel” lymph node biopsies, removal of the lymph nodes of the armpit are no longer routinely performed.  Removing the lymph nodes can cause severe arm swelling, which is difficult to treat without sophisticated surgery.

» Breast reconstruction is being planned as part of the cancer treatment process.  The most important aspect of a cosmetic breast reconstruction is that as much normal tissue (skin and the fat immediately under the skin) is left behind as possible.  Collaboration between the general surgeon and plastic surgeon BEFORE surgery is essential for this to occur.   

The benefit of breast reconstruction for a woman’s psychological and physical well-being has been well documented.  Proper tumor removal is the most important factor in a successful reconstruction, and “newer” techniques that respect the anatomy of the breast are the best first steps to achieving a satisfying reconstructive result.  Once we, as plastic surgeons, are left with a healthy skin “envelope,” any number of techniques can be used to recreate the breast itself.   A few of the newer techniques include shaped silicone implants, fat grafting, and perforator flaps.

Shaped silicone implants.  Newer, breast-shaped implants allow us to recreate the normal shape of the breast and avoid the “stuck-on” look that was common in older reconstructions.  When combined with nipple-sparing mastectomy techniques, these newer implants can allow us to reconstruct a breast in a single stage instead of the three stages that were common in the past.

Fat grafting, where fat is harvested from one area of the body with liposuction and re-injected somewhere else, has allowed plastic surgeons to further recreate the natural shapes and curves of a beautiful breast.

Perforator flap techniques, such as the DIEP flap, allow for reconstruction of the breast without the need for implants.  A DIEP flap is a lengthy, complex operation that requires a few days in the hospital to recover.  Every year more plastic surgeons are adding it to the list of techniques they use for breast reconstruction.

If you are a woman (or know a woman) who had breast reconstruction already, you may have a reconstruction that isn’t satisfying or that you feel you have to “live with” for the rest of your life. This is not the case.  Fortunately, asymmetric, unnatural breast reconstructions can be salvaged or, in some instances, completely transformed using newer reconstructive techniques.

» Hollowness in the upper part of the breast can be eliminated.  A hallmark of older breast reconstruction techniques, this can be eliminated using fat grafting, shaped implants, or a combination of both.

» Breast crease asymmetries can be fixed.  Using newer, shaped implants or acellular dermal matrix, the crease below the breast can be recreated in an even position.

» Old transverse scars can be corrected, either surgically or with the use of laser treatments or fat grafting (which, in addition to adding shape, can significantly improve the quality and texture of overlying skin).

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Introducing Gallian Medical Group

gallian-medical-groupWhen husband and wife team, Scott Gallian, MD, and Lauren Gallian, NP, set out to create a fresh and new approach to providing full-service primary health care, they relied on their own past experiences, and the experiences of their dedicated team of health care professionals, to create Gallian Medical Group.

“As a former member of the United States Air Force, and having been employed as a physician within a large health care organization, I experienced health care on a variety of levels,” said Scott.  “The entire field of medicine has changed and will likely continue to evolve to where growing numbers of health care providers will become employees of large regional and national health care organizations.”

“We became increasingly concerned about this loss of independence that we know to be so important when working in partnership with our patients to help them achieve their optimal level of health,” said Lauren.  “Our goal was to combine the latest innovations in health care with the one-on-one relationships our patients were seeking but thought no longer existed.”

Gallian Medical Group may be new to the community, but their team of caring and compassionate health care professionals is not.

“Each of our medical team members has worked extensively in the health care industry, with one member having acquired 20+ years of experience,” said Scott.

Gallian Medical Group sees patients 12 and up, focusing on evidence-based medicine and close collaboration with patients. Dr. Scott Gallian and Lauren are providing full-service primary care, including wellness and nutrition management, x-rays, physicals, sport and D.O.T. physicals, disease and diabetes management, mood disorder management, hypertension management, and much more.  Conveniently located with even more convenient office hours, from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, with walk-ins welcomed, you are invited to discover an all-new level of health care that puts you first.

Gallian Medical Group

10744 Hardin Valley Road, Suite 106

Knoxville, TN 37932


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Do You Wish Your Vision Was Perfect?

Premier EyecareIf you see 20/20, does that mean you have perfect vision?  If you are like most people in America, your vision is not perfect, especially without help.

Many refractive conditions exist, but the main three are myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism (distortion caused by a misshaped cornea or crystalline lens).  Depending on the severity of your refractive error, you may have several options, or you may be limited.

Wearing eyeglasses is the standard method of correcting refractive error.  Since our vision is very subjective, it is important to obtain an accurate prescription from an experienced eye doctor.  Of equal importance is the optician fitting your glasses and the quality of the eyeglasses.  Beware of cheap alternatives to high-quality eyeglasses.

Contact lenses are a good choice for those wanting an alternative to eyeglasses.  If you have ever been told that you are not a candidate for contact lenses, it may just be that you require specialty contact lenses.  Prescribing specialty contact lenses can be challenging and requires an experienced contact lens practitioner who is skilled in fitting specialty contact lenses along with the more standard contact lenses.

Refractive surgery is another option.  LASIK is the most popular refractive surgery and does come with risk.  However, many find the benefits outweigh the risk involved.

Dr. Fry has been prescribing specialty contact lenses for nearly 20 years and has been very successful in fitting patients who were told they were not good candidates for contact lenses.  Premier Eyecare has three licensed opticians on staff who are educated, trained, and licensed to fit eyeglasses properly.  LASIK consultation is also available. During your eye exam, you will encounter a friendly, well-trained staff, high-tech equipment, and a comfortable environment.

If you have not been satisfied with your vision, call Premier Eyecare today to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.  You may be surprised to finally see what you have been missing.

Premier Eyecare
11121 Kingston Pike, Suite A
Knoxville, TN 37934

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Women’s Health and Medicine on the Move

By Kathleen O. Edmunds, MD

While many independent health practices are being swallowed up by huge hospital conglomerates, I remain a solo practice with an all-female staff where we strive to provide a level of compassionate caring for our patients that is growing increasingly more difficult to find today.  In fact, with our October relocation to an all-new, state-of-the-art medical office in Bearden, we will be expanding the gynecological services we offer to our patients.

With the belief that women’s health care should be affordable, our patients can now take advantage of the Mona Lisa Touch® laser therapy, which treats vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and urge incontinence at the lowest price in the Knoxville area.  We also offer low cash payment options for Gyn Ultrasounds, Dexa Bone Density Screenings, and 4D Obstetric Ultrasounds.  With so many patients having high deductibles, this may be a better option for many.

My passion for women’s health and medicine has only grown since I first started my practice 28 years ago.  We strive to provide all of our patients with the latest technological medical advancements, at prices they can afford, with an all-female staff committed to your privacy, empathy, and understanding.  Our investment in our newest facility will enable us to maintain our level of patient care that will go above and beyond what you might have come to believe was available.

To learn more about our full-service gynecological medical practice, which I am confident will exceed your expectations, as well as updates on the projected October opening of our newest, state-of-the-art medical office located on Kingston Pike in nearby Bearden, I invite you to follow us on Facebook or visit us at  When it comes to women’s health and medicine, you deserve the very best treatment available!

Kathleen O. Edmunds, MD

930 Emerald Avenue, Suite 712
Knoxville, TN 37917

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