Allergy Specialist Joins TPMG in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach

Christina F. Ortiz, MD, MPH, a fellowship-trained allergy and immunology specialist, has joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 220 specialty and primary care providers serving patients at 75 locations across Hampton Roads. Dr. Ortiz’s practice, TPMG Coastal Allergy, will open on June 19, 2018 with locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

“The addition of Dr. Christina Ortiz and the opening of TPMG Coastal Allergy allows TPMG to provide expanded services to the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach communities to further our commitment to true coordination of care for our patients,” said Chief Medical Officer-Southside, Larry Kagan, MD.

Dr. Ortiz earned her Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, with a focus on health management and communication.  She furthered her training through a pediatric residency with an emphasis on global health at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Ortiz recently completed a two-year fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she received the most current training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conditions. She is board certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is board eligible in Allergy and Immunology. 

Allergy Specialist

Christina F. Ortiz, MD, MPH

As an allergy and asthma specialist, Dr. Ortiz treats a variety of allergic conditions, including seasonal and indoor allergies, asthma, eczema, food and medication allergies, and sinusitis.  She also offers a variety of treatment options, including allergy testing to identify triggers of allergic symptoms or asthma and allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots), known to be one of the best individualized treatment options available.  

As a native to the Hampton Roads area, Dr. Ortiz is excited to return to her hometown roots to begin her first practice. “Over the years in training, I have greatly anticipated the day that I begin a practice to serve the needs of my hometown community.” said Dr. Ortiz. “I am excited to start this next chapter at TPMG Coastal Allergy. As a mother of two daughters with eczema and an allergy sufferer myself, I understand the complexity of allergic conditions and aim to improve the quality of life for my patients and their families.”

TPMG Coastal Allergy is located on 1405 Kempsville Road in Chesapeake and 3386 Holland Road, Suite 202 in Virginia Beach.  

To schedule an appointment at TPMG Coastal Allergy, call (757) 410-0981. 

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 220 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

Allergy or a Cold? Four Ways to Tell the Difference

Know the symptoms

Although allergies and the common cold cause a great deal of upper respiratory problems, there are slight differences between the two conditions. Allergic symptoms often include itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose with clear drainage. These symptoms are usually made better rather quickly with an antihistamine. Whereas cold symptoms may include runny nose with a cloudy or discolored discharge, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, and possibly fever.


Onset and duration of symptoms are also a great clue. Allergies start immediately after exposure to a known allergen, usually within minutes. Alternatively, most cold symptoms start a bit slower, and usually develop over a few days. The common cold may last 3-14 days, whereas allergy symptoms can persist for months with constant exposure to an allergen.

A repeat offender?

Allergic reactions are triggered by harmless substances in the air, such as pollen or cat dander. When exposed to these small substances, cells in the body release histamine and other compounds that cause allergy symptoms, like itching or sneezing. These reactions happen consistently after each exposure. So, individuals who are allergic to tree pollen will experience symptoms during the springtime every year. Another example is individuals with cat allergy who consistently experience symptoms while around cats.

Skin testing can help

It’s not always easy to tell the difference between allergy and cold symptoms. Skin testing in an allergy office is a very helpful way to identify the underlying cause. If allergies are the case, there are a variety of treatment options that can be tailored to each patient to find much needed relief. Long-term relief is also available through immunotherapy, or allergy shots, which can help not only treat allergies, but also prevent the development of asthma.

For further questions on allergic conditions, including skin testing and personalized treatment options, call (757) 410-0981 to make an appointment with Dr. Christina Ortiz at TPMG Coastal Allergy in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Gloucester Medical Practice to Remain Open Under New Name

TPMG White Marsh Family Medicine, a medical practice within the Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) network of primary care and specialty medicine providers serving the Tidewater area, will remain open following the retirement of Christine Conley, MD and will now be known as TPMG Internal and Geriatric Medicine of White Marsh.

Jacob Almeida, DO, CMD and Jeremy Baldwin, MD of TPMG Peninsula Internal and Geriatric Medicine, located in Newport News, have assumed management of the practice, and along with Meenal Walia, MSN, PA-C, MPH will be providing primary care to adult patients in the community. Meenal Walia, PA-C joins Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Almeida after practicing geriatric medicine at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News since 2015. Read more

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Early Screening Essential to Prevention and Increasing Cure Rate

Colorectal cancer expert Lisa A. Coleman, DO, FACS, FASCRS, a colorectal surgeon at the TPMG Center for Colorectal Surgery, is trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease.

“Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the USA and nearly five percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. At any time, over one million Americans are currently living with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Coleman explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.” Read more

Replacing Ankles at Peninsula Hospitals

He could hear the crunch of bone on bone. Every step reminded him of a multitude of youthful injuries from playing football and basketball. A year ago, his left ankle swelled from post-traumatic arthritis. “I had a lot of sprains. It rolled real easily. It hurt every step I took,” he said. “It can take from 20 to 40 years for the injuries to cause a problem,” said William “Kent” Pittman, 57, as he prepped for a total ankle replacement at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center last week.

Surgeon Matthew Hopson, a foot and ankle specialist with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, TPMG, performed the first such procedure at the hospital this spring. Since then, he and his TPMG practice partner Benjamin Proto have done 20 ankle replacements at Peninsula operating rooms, including at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate in Newport News, and most recently a first at Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg.


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TPMG Cardiolovascular Specialists, Virginia Beach earns Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds. Read more

The Healthy Side of Conflict – Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group

The Healthy Side of Conflict

When most of my patients talk about dealing with conflict, they express an unwillingness to rock the boat. They might envision all the negative things traditionally associated with conflict, such as yelling, frustration or the inability to get another person to see their point of view. And the thing about conflict is that it can (and does) pop up everywhere: home, work, among friends and romantic partners – quite simply, conflict is a part of life. Some people tell me they choose to avoid conflict because they don’t have the temperament for all that arguing and discord. Read more

Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist Offers Innovative Therapy Alternative to Opioids

Posted: March 21, 2018, Newport News, VA
Christopher A. Dawson, MD, Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist at Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) in Newport News, Virginia, is pleased to announce his latest therapeutic modality for pain—the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy. The MLS Laser Therapy, a Class IV Laser, synchronizes two distinct wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and pain. Read more

Don’t Just Sit There

We know sitting too much is not a great strategy but sometimes it happens.  You may work at a desk or just have a long weekend of binging on TV planned but what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we sit for extended periods of the day? Read more

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