About Facial Skin Cleansers

Skin cleansers are an important part of your facial skin care routine and can help to reduce acne and other types of bacteria on the skin surface. There are many different types of cleansers which cater to different skin types. In general, you should choose your facial cleanser based on your skin type. Foaming agents are amongst the strongest cleansers because they remove oil from the skin’s surface, ensuring that makeup and debris are removed. Non foaming agents are less irritating and are a good option for dry or sensitive skin types. Antibacterial cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide, silver, hypochlorous acid, sodium hypochlorite, are a good option for acne-prone skin. Read more

What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) ?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:

  • Frequent need to urinate both day and night
  • Weak or slow urinary stream
  • A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
  • Difficulty or delay in starting urination
  • Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
  • A urinary stream that stops and starts

If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist2.

Normal Prostate

Normal Prostate

Enlarged Prostate

Enlarged Prostate

  1. Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
  2. IMS Health Urology 2013

 

BPH Treatment Options

If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate due to BPH, there are several treatment options available. Consult your physician to determine which treatment is right for you.

Treatment Options

Watchful Waiting

When symptoms are mild, your doctor may just monitor your condition and ask you to track your symptoms before deciding if any treatment is necessary.

Medications

Your doctor may prescribe medications to manage your symptoms. These medications include alpha blockers which relax the muscles around the neck of your bladder, making it easier to urinate, and alpha reductase inhibitors which act to shrink the prostate. While medications can be helpful in relieving symptoms for some men, patients must continue taking them long-term to maintain the effects.

Some patients may suffer side-effects including dizziness, headaches, or sexual dysfunction. Some may not get adequate relief of their symptoms. Over 16% of men on medication for BPH discontinue treatment early for reasons such as being dissatisfied with side-effects or not getting adequate symptom relief.1

UroLift System Treatment

The UroLift System treatment is a minimally invasive approach to treating BPH that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. Clinical data has shown that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without any impact to sexual function.

Learn more about how the UroLift System treatment works or visit our FAQ page for more information on the benefits, risks, and recovery.

Thermotherapies

Thermotherapies are minimally invasive treatments where heat energy such as microwave or radiofrequency is applied to destroy prostate tissue. Less invasive than TURP, these treatments are generally safe, can be performed under local anesthesia and provide moderate symptom relief for some patients.

Applying high heat to the prostate can cause tissue swelling and uncomfortable urinary symptoms during the healing period. Symptom relief does not occur immediately, and patients often need to have a catheter that is attached to a urine bag inserted into their bladder during the recovery period.

Laser

Laser Resection of the Prostate

TURP may be performed with a laser in procedures called photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) or holmium laser enucleation (HOLEP). Laser therapy lessens the bleeding risks of traditional TURP. However, since prostate tissue is still removed, there can be tissue swelling and an uncomfortable healing time. Typically, a catheter has to be inserted into the bladder after the procedure.

Surgery

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

TURP is the most common surgery to treat BPH. During this procedure, patients undergo general anesthesia, and prostate tissue is removed. TURP is often considered the “gold standard” for long-term results.

After prostate tissue has been removed, the body needs time to heal. The remaining prostate tissue may actually swell and become inflamed before the desired shrinking effect occurs. Patients may suffer an uncomfortable recovery period that includes short-term problems such as bleeding, infection, erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence. Patients have to have a catheter that is attached to a urine bag inserted into their bladder for several days after the procedure.

Symptom relief may not occur immediately, but lasts for a long time in many patients once it does occur.

There can be long-term side effects after TURP such as dry orgasm (retrograde ejaculation), erectile dysfunction or incontinence (leaking of urine).

  1. NeoTract US market model estimates for 2016 based on IMS Health and Drug Procedure Data

 

UroLift System

What is the UroLift System?

The UroLift System treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH, that lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

Clinical data has shown that the UroLift System treatment is safe and effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function1,4. The goal of the UroLift System treatment is to relieve symptoms so you can get back to your life and resume your daily activities.

Most common side effects are light blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort when urinating, some increased urge to go and discomfort in the pelvis that typically resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.

Advantages of the UroLift System:

  • Rapid symptom relief, better than reported for medications2
  • Risk profile better than reported for surgical procedures such as TURP3
  • Preservation of sexual function1
  • Return to normal activity in days not months
  • Increased quality of life
  • No ongoing BPH medications
  • 19 clinical study publications; 4 years published clinical data4

How the UroLift works:

The UroLift System treatment is a straightforward procedure that is performed by a urologist. The urologist places tiny implants to hold the prostate lobes apart, like open curtains on a window, to relieve compression on the urethra. This allows urine to flow normally again. The UroLift System treatment can be done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Typically, patients return home the same day without a catheter.2

How the UroLift System Works

Enlarged Prostate: An enlarged prostate compresses on the urethra, making it difficult for urine to flow.
Step 1: The UroLift Device is placed through the obstructed urethra to access the enlarged prostate.
Step 2: Small UroLift Implants are permanently placed to lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissues out of the way and increase the opening of the urethra. The permanent implants are delivered through a small needle that comes out of the UroLift delivery device and into the prostate.
Step 3: The UroLift delivery device is removed, leaving an open urethra designed to provide symptom relief.

 

1McVary J Sex Medicine 2014
2Roehrborn J Urology 2013; 2003 AUA Guidelines
3Sonksen, J Urology 2016
4Roehrborn Urology Clinics 2016

 

UroLift System Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the UroLift System?

The UroLift System is a new minimally invasive treatment designed to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

2. How does the UroLift System work?

The UroLift System consists of a delivery device and tiny permanent implants. FDA cleared in 2013, this unique technology works by directly opening the urethra with tiny implants that hold the enlarged tissue out of the way, like tiebacks on a window curtain. No cutting, heating, or ablating tissue is involved, making the UroLift System the first and only BPH treatment that does not remove prostate tissue and does not negatively impact a man’s sexual function.

3. How do I know if the UroLift System treatment is right for me?

The UroLift System is a proven treatment option for BPH patients who are looking for an alternative to drugs or major surgery. You may be considering or scheduled for a TURP/Laser treatment, or are unhappy with or have stopped taking medications. The UroLift System is appropriate for patients seeking a minimally invasive treatment and are concerned about preserving their sexual function and their quality of life.

4. What should I expect during the UroLift System treatment?

If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide the specific, detailed information relating to your condition. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift delivery device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment.

5. What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period?

After the treatment, almost all patients go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime post-treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as 2 weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. The most common side effects may include light blood in the urine, some pain or discomfort when urinating, some increased urge to go and discomfort in the pelvis that typically resolve within two to four weeks after the procedure.

6. Will having the UroLift System treatment affect my sexual function?

Sexual function has been preserved among the hundreds of patients treated in our clinical studies.1,2,3,4 This is a unique benefit of the UroLift System treatment compared with other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.

7. Is the treatment permanent?

The UroLift Implant is a permanent implant, and the treatment is intended to be permanent. Durability has been shown to at least 4 years in U.S. clinical data,1 and results will continue to be published as follow-ups continue. One unique aspect of the UroLift System is that it does not preclude retreatment or other BPH treatments, should that be needed and desired in the future.

8. What happens if the implants need to be removed?

The implant is made up of standard surgical implantable materials: a nitinol capsular tab, a stainless steel urethral tab, and polyester suture that holds the two tabs together. Your doctor can simply remove the implant, if needed. The suture can be cut and the urethral endpiece can be retrieved with a standard grasper. The capsular tab will remain outside the prostate capsule in place.

9. Are there any contraindications?

The primary contraindications are an obstructive or protruding median lobe of the prostate and a prostate with a volume of >80cc.

10. Will the implants interfere with having an MRI?

Non-clinical testing has demonstrated that the UroLift Implant is MR Conditional. That means that you can be safely scanned in an MR system meeting the following conditions:

  • Static magnetic field of 3 Tesla or less
  • Maximum spatial gradient magnetic field of 1500 Gauss/cm (15 T/m) or less
  • Maximum MR system reported, whole body averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 4 W/kg (First Level Controlled Mode)

Under the scan conditions defined above, the UroLift implant is expected to produce a maximum temperature rise of 2.4C after 15 minutes of continuous scanning.

In non-clinical testing, the image artifact caused by the device extends approximately 15 mm from the UroLift Implant when imaged with a gradient echo pulse sequence and a 3 Tesla MRI system.

Patient implant cards are provided to inform the patient that the UroLift implant is MR Conditional and can safely be scanned only under specific MR conditions.

If you have any questions about MRI safety, please consult your doctor.

11. Will the UroLift implants affect a digital rectal exam (DRE)?

No. The implants are placed on the anterior (front) side of the prostate, and a DRE is conducted on the posterior (back) side of the prostate. The implants are not expected to interfere in a DRE.

12. What clinical data is available for the UroLift System?

Over 950 patient-years of clinical data has been presented in peer-reviewed publications to date demonstrating that the UroLift System is safe and effective. Clinical studies have been conducted in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

13. How do I find out if my health plan covers the UroLift System treatment?

The first step is to make an appointment with your urologist to determine if you

are an appropriate candidate for the treatment. Your physician’s office staff can work with you and your health plan to learn more about your healthcare benefits specific to the UroLift implant procedure.

14. Does Medicare cover the UroLift System?

Yes, all Medicare arriers provide benefits for the UroLift System when medically necessary. Discuss the UroLift System with your physician to determine if the UroLift treatment is an option for you.

15. Who performs the UroLift System treatment?

A urologist, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the urinary system and sex organs, uses the UroLift System to treat urinary symptoms due to BPH. The urologist completes comprehensive training prior to using the UroLift System. Find a UroLift System doctor.

16. Where is the UroLift System available?

The UroLift System is available for sale in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.

17. Who manufactures the UroLift System?

NeoTract, Inc. manufactures the UroLift System. The company is based in Pleasanton, California.

  1. Roehrborn 2016 Urology Clinics
  2. Roehrborn, 2015 Canadian Journal of Urology, 3-Year Results L.I.F.T. Study
  3. Roehrborn, 2013 Journal of Urology, L.I.F.T Study
  4. McVary, 2014 Journal of Sexual Medicine, Preservation of sexual function with the prostatic urethral lift

 

Talking to Your Doctor About BPH

BPH is a very common condition and is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist. Whether you have just started experiencing symptoms or if you’ve tried various medications or even surgery, there are a range of treatment options available.

Before you visit the doctor’s office, you can take this BPH Symptom Quiz, designed by the American Urological Association, to determine the severity of your symptoms. We will discuss your symptoms together to decide which treatment option is best for you.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your BPH symptoms with us.

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Hampton Roads Physician Magazine Profile: Lisa A. Coleman DO, FACS, FASCRS

One basic hurdle impacts Dr. Lisa Coleman’s work almost daily: too many patients don’t get to her quickly enough, whether they have advanced colon cancer or have struggled for years with benign anorectal conditions such as fecal incontinence.

So Coleman’s mission is to alleviate fears, dispel myths and educate local residents and health care providers about colorectal care Lisa A. Coleman DO, FACS, FASCRSwhile offering the screening tools and advanced medical procedures that can save and change lives.

“There’s so much unnecessary shame and silence surrounding these health issues,” Coleman says. “I find great satisfaction in helping patients to feel comfortable and giving them renewed hope.”

Coleman chose to practice in Hampton Roads because the region is a known trouble spot for colon cancer death rates. According to a 2015 report published by the American Association for Cancer Research, southeastern Virginia ranked among the top three regions of concern – along with parts of the Mississippi Delta and Appalachia – with a rate 9 percent higher than the national average.

 

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TPMG Presenting Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference

TPMG Presenting Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference in March 2018

Newport News, VA, January 8, 2018 –

Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a local medical group with over 200 specialty and primary care providers, serving the Tidewater area at over 75 locations, is pleased to present the 19th Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference in early 2018 accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The conference will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, located on Coliseum Drive in Hampton on March 3rd from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The conference is open to all family and internal medicine physicians and advanced practice clinicians to attend.

TPMG physicians, Saunora Prom, DO, CAQSM of Tidewater Sports and Osteopathic Medicine, Ifeanyi Ani, MD of TPMG Urology in Newport News, and Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH of Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology will lecture on stem cells, early detection of prostate cancer, and dermatology, respectively. Further presentations will be given by Retired Air Force Colonel, Brian Reamy, MD on cardiovascular disease prevention and the challenges of safe prescribing for chronic pain management by William Steele Kanich, MD, JD.

The full program is accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians for a total of 4.75 credits towards continuing medical education. Dr. Kanich’s lecture will qualify for the State of Virginia’s requirement of 2 CME credit hours related to opioid prescribing.

“This conference is an opportunity for physicians and advanced practice clinicians to gather with their peers and engage with speakers lecturing on current, relevant topics at a convenient location while earning credits towards their continuing medical education requirements,” said TPMG Medical Director Jennifer Sharp-Warthan, MD.

Breakfast, lunch and snack breaks will be provided at the Convention Center.  The cost to attend is $60 for physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

If you are a local area company, pharmaceutical company, or healthcare affiliate interested in attending as a sponsor, call (757) 232-8764 for more information on available sponsorship opportunities — space is limited.

To register or learn more about the 19th Annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference presented by TPMG, call (757) 232-8764.

ABOUT THE TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

 

CONTACT

Paula Lumsden
(757) 232-8793
Paula.Lumsden@tpmgpc.com

Edenvale Hospital Aims for New Procedures

Dr. Steven Hopson, from the USA (TPMG General Surgery and Hernia Center), was part of the team that operated on a patient during the hernia workshop hosted at Edenvale Hospital last week.

Dr. Jann Kruger, the Head of Surgery at the Edenvale Hospital, said the hospital hopes to build a centre which is dedicated to hernia procedures.

“The wish is for Edenvale to have a centre that specialises in all types of hernia procedures, and it is important that the public knows of this development. These kinds of procedures are often offered at private hospitals and this is the first public hospital I know of in the Gauteng region that offers this procedure,” said Dr. Kruger.

A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the muscular wall that usually keeps abdominal organs in place.

Day two of the workshop focused on laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.

Dr. Kruger said the Edenvale Hospital will dedicate two days per week to hernia operations.

TPMG West Point Family Medicine Adds Nurse Practitioner to Care Team

TPMG West Point Family Medicine Adds Nurse Practitioner to Care Team

[For Immediate Release]

Newport News, VA, December 12, 2017 –

The providers at West Point Family Medicine, a division of local medical group, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), an organization of over 200 primary and specialty physicians serving patients throughout the Tidewater area at over 75 locations, welcome family nurse practitioner, Somer Randall, expanding access to patient care for the West Point community.

Randall is certified by the American Board of Nurse Practitioners and has additional certification in advanced and pediatric cardiac life support. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and her Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  Throughout her career, Randall has gained valuable experience in the hospital setting as a registered nurse in surgical, cardiovascular and pediatrics units.

Somer Randall, FNP-C

Somer Randall, FNP-C

 Mike Hanger, FNP

Mike Hanger, FNP

Randall joins Mike Hanger, FNP, a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive clinical training in various local family medicine offices, who has been with the practice for over a year and has a special interest in providing care for infants and children.

“The addition of Mike and Somer allows us to offer patients greater access to care and a complete team of healthcare professionals who are devoted to providing the highest quality medical services,” said TPMG West Point Family Medicine physician, Dr. Lisa Cash. “The providers in our office work closely, and careful consideration was taken in selecting these two outstanding practitioners as members of our team to meet the needs of our patients.”

Randall and Hanger joined family nurse practitioner, Patricia Branch, a long-time member of the West Point Family Medicine team with an extensive background in nursing and family medicine.

 

 

West Point Family Medicine is accepting new patients.

West Point Family Medicine is located at 408 16th Street, West Point, VA 23181.

To make an appointment with the physicians and nurse practitioners of West Point Family Medicine call (804) 843-3131. To learn more about the practice and providers visit www.mytpmg.com.

ABOUT THE TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

 

CONTACT

 

Paula Lumsden

(757) 232-8793

Paula.Lumsden@tpmgpc.com

Rosacea

Rosacea also known as adult acne, is a chronic skin condition which affects as many as 14 million Americans. It is characterized by the development of red papules, pustules, and cysts. Patients can also develop broken blood vessels and facial flushing. Rosacea usually involves the central aspect of the face- including the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Hot liquids, spicy foods, and alcohol are known triggers of the symptoms of rosacea. There are various treatments for laser including prescription creams, oral antibiotics, and laser therapy. Dr. Harvey is skilled at treating both mild and severe forms of rosacea.

If you are in need of Rosacea Treatment, please call our office at 757-232-8856.

TPMG Expands Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Group in Suffolk

TPMG Expands Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Group in Suffolk

Newport News, VA, December 13, 2017 –

The physicians of local pulmonology and sleep medicine group, TPMG Lung and Sleep Specialists, a division of Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), an organization of over 200 specialty and primary care providers, serving the Tidewater area at over 75 locations, have returned to the Suffolk community to provide pulmonary and sleep medicine care at their practice in the Harbour View area.

Having practiced in the Suffolk community prior to joining TPMG, the physicians, Subramanian Malaisamy, MD, Amit Patel, MD, Anil Patel, MD and Rutul Shah, MD, look forward to the opportunity of welcoming patients with respiratory and sleep problems.

“The new pulmonology and sleep medicine office in Suffolk allows TPMG to continue its commitment to patient access and continuity of care,” said Medical Director Jennifer Sharp-Warthan, MD.

The physicians of TPMG Lung and Sleep Specialists have extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary diseases and conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis), asthma (including immunotherapy for allergic and eosinophilic asthma), chronic cough, bronchiectasis, and lung nodules.  The group also has a special interest in the management of pulmonary fibrosis (Interstitial Lung Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis), Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension and Lung Cancer.

Treatment and diagnosis of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome are also available.  Depending on the needs of the patient, sleep studies are conducted overnight at the Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, or in the comfort of the patient’s home with take-home kits provided by the office.

The practice also offers evaluation of sleep for commercial drivers to maintain, or obtain, a Commercial Driver’s License, as well as evaluations for commercial pilots in accordance with current FAA regulations.

The physicians of TPMG Lung and Sleep Specialists are accepting new patients. The Suffolk location is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TPMG Lung and Sleep Specialists’ Suffolk office is located on 5818 Harbour View Boulevard, Suite C-2. Patients are also seen at their location in Newport News on 860 Omni Boulevard, Suite 114.

Contact the office at (757) 975-8255 to schedule an appointment at the Suffolk location and at (757) 234-8770 for an appointment in Newport News.

Same-day appointments are available at both locations and may be made by contacting the office.  A physician referral is not needed, unless required by insurance.

To learn more about the physicians and the practice visit, www.mytpmg.com.

 

ABOUT THE TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

 

CONTACT

Paula Lumsden
(757) 232-8793
Paula.Lumsden@tpmgpc.com

TPMG Orthopedics Opens Call Center

TPMG Orthopedics Opens Call Center For Access, Same Day Appointments and Patient Care

Newport News, VA, November 18, 2017 –

TPMG Orthopedics, a division of Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), has opened a centralized call center to better serve its patients. TPMG, with its more than 200 specialty and primary care physicians, serves the Tidewater region of Virginia from more than 75 offices. The call center features dedicated schedulers and clinical contacts available to answer a variety of questions ranging from prescription refill requests to procedure specific recovery inquiries.

The eight physicians and advanced practice clinicians see patients at three locations and specialize in general orthopedics to include: sports medicine, total joint replacement, foot and ankle treatment, and spine care to meet your complete orthopedic needs.

“We constantly strive to improve our patients’ experience and understand that when you are in pain or unsure of how to proceed, the last thing you want to do is leave a message with our receptionist and patiently wait for a clinical team member to return your call,” said Division Manager, Stephanie Huffman. “We want to answer our patients’ questions immediately and offer the best patient service available.”

With the range of services available to patients, a variety of questions range from return to play, surgery recovery, prescription refill requests and procedure specific concerns are all answered by a Licensed Practical Nurse with more than 14 years of orthopedics experience, over half of which was gained with the TPMG Orthopedics group.

“Our nurses are very aware of the expectation our physicians have for our patients’ care and recovery, and they work diligently to meet that expectation on a daily basis,” said TPMG Orthopedics physician Matthew Hopson, DPM.

Scheduling across the three locations is managed by multiple schedulers, who have a thorough understanding of each provider’s specialty and schedules to ensure patients are given the earliest possible access to appointments and are seen by the appropriate provider.

The call center is open during regular office business hours, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. TPMG Orthopedics also offers same-day appointments for acute injuries, as well as a daily walk-in clinic for acute sports injuries from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Newport News and Williamsburg locations.

TPMG Orthopedics is accepting new patients. Offices are located in Newport News, Williamsburg and Gloucester.

For scheduling and clinical questions, the call center can be reached at (757) 345-5870 and (757) 327-0657. To learn more about the division visit, www.mytpmg.com.

ABOUT THE TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

 

CONTACT

Paula Lumsden
(757) 232-8793
Paula.Lumsden@tpmgpc.com

TPMG Expands Physicians and Practices on Southside

TPMG Expands Physicians and Practices on Southside

Newport News, VA, November 17, 2017 –   Local medical group, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), has expanded its number of providers and locations throughout South Hampton Roads with the addition of Dr. Luciana Bester at TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine. Established TPMG physician, Dr. Eric Byman has transitioned from TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine to assume management of TPMG Independence Family Medicine in Virginia Beach. Also joining TPMG are Dr. Lisa Kennedy and her long-established practice, Greenbrier Family Practice, in Chesapeake.

Dr. Luciana Bester, a Virginia Beach native and board-certified family medicine physician has returned to her home town after practicing in the Suffolk area.  She completed her undergraduate education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 2013. Dr. Bester completed her Family Medicine Residency through VCU/Riverside Family Medicine in Newport News.

She is an active member of multiple professional organizations including the Medical Society of Virginia and the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Bester takes a family-centered approach to care and her clinical interests include pediatrics, women’s health, chronic disease management and preventive medicine.

Dr. Bester’s predecessor at Holland Road Family Medicine, Dr. Eric Byman has assumed management of Independence Family Medicine, the practice of his former medical school professor and now-retired family medicine physician, Dr. Michael Moro. Dr. Byman received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati.

He joins TPMG Independence Family Medicine at its new location on 4501 N. Witchduck Road, Suite B in Virginia Beach.

Dr. Lisa Shea Kennedy, and her practice of over 25 years, Greenbrier Family Practice, joined TPMG in October. Dr. Kennedy received her undergraduate and medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed her residency at Ghent Family Medicine through EVMS, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year.

Dr. Kennedy has been a continuous member of the Tidewater Medical Women’s Association and Chesapeake Medical Society for over 25 years. She also volunteers her time as a physician with the Medical, Eye and Dental International Care Organization (MEDICO) in rural Honduras. Dr. Kennedy is currently the Southeastern Virginia Regional Chair for Admissions Interviewing for Brown University.

Doctors Bester, Byman and Kennedy are accepting new patients.

To make an appointment with these physicians, please call: Dr. Bester – (757) 499-5550, Dr. Byman – (757) 333-7625, Dr. Kennedy – (757) 547-0999.

To learn more about these physicians and their practices visit www.mytpmg.com.

 

ABOUT THE TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

CONTACT

Paula Lumsden
(757) 232-8793
Paula.Lumsden@tpmgpc.com