Put your health in the hands of Chattanooga experts

Put your health in the hands of Chattanooga experts

September 30th, 2015 by Brandi Dixon in Health Experts
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Leading a healthy lifestyle and staying on top of your game can be challenge in today's fast-paced world. Thankfully there's a selection of Chattanooga professionals who are to help locals thrive.

When it comes to caring for your aging loved ones, 5 Star Home Care offers services and care that fit every need, especially for those suffering with alzheimer's or dementia.

Kenny Higdon, owner of 5 Star Home Care, suggests art therapy as one method of engaging these loved ones and keeping their minds sharp. His company employs caregivers who help seniors and those living with a disability or recovering from an injury or illness to perform day-today activities. 

"My heart goes out to anyone with Alzheimer's and their family," Higdon said. "We take care of the bathing, dressing, doing laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation so they can concentrate their energy on reaching out and staying connected to their loved one."

The business carefully connects caretakers with clients across Tennessee. For families who are concerned about the health and safety of a loved one, reach out to 5 Star Home Care at 423-893-8181.

Choosing the right treatment or technology for cosmetic improvement can be downright vexing. Dr. Chad Deal and the team at Southern Surgical Arts have the tools and the time to help clients find the best solution for them.

"In the world of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, energy based technologies have transformed our practices, and overhauled the industry dramatically," Dr. Deal said. "They have given us more non-invasive treatment options than ever before. And the advancements are ongoing."

Southern Surgical Arts offers a full array of the most effective and broad energy-based technologies. When visiting a practice, take the initiative to ask questions and get the information you need in order to make informed decisions. For more information on energy-based cosmetic technologies and to view our Before and After Gallery, visit southernsurgicalarts.com.

From the time patients make the first phone call to the time they set foot in the office for an appointment, the doctors and staff of Johnson Audiology work to provide first-class customer service. Patient care coordinators Monica and Keran take great pride in being the first point of contact. 

"I make it my goal to be friendly and make sure [patients] are comfortable when they come in," Monica said.

The audiologists allow plenty of time for each individual patient. "We want to listen to our patient and find out what they do daily and what activities they enjoy," said Dr. Megan Johnson. "We want to get to know them as a person, not just fix their hearing issues." 

To learn more about the services offered at Johnson Audiology, visit johnsonaudiology.com. To set up an appointment, use the contact form on the website or call the office's 1618 Gunbarrel Road location at 423-933-3623 or its 105 W. Main St., Cartersville, Ga. location at 770-334-3062.

Complete Eye Care is committed to providing the latest technological advances to our patients, and we are happy to provide laser assisted cataract surgery as part of our services. For those dealing with cataracts, laser assisted cataract surgery is available, and while ultrasound is still necessary to finish the procedure, laser can be used to do most of the cataract surgery in ways that make it safer and with better outcomes for the patient. 

"One of the reasons people choose laser assisted cataract surgery is to reduce or eliminate corneal astigmatism," said Dr. J.D. Bonner with Complete Eye Care. "While many people are able to achieve 20/20 vision with traditional ultrasonic cataract removal others have irregularly shaped corneas causing astigmatism making them unable to achieve 20/20 vision without glasses after cataract surgery."

For more information about Complete Eye Care's services or to schedule an appointment, call 423-332-8222 or visit completeeyecare.org.

Advanced Foot Care has added a new provider, Dr. Jalpa Patel, to help better serve their patients and she's already out working to educate folks on ways to treat and avoid problems with bunions. 

"A lot of people think that wearing high-heeled shoes or tight fighting shoes leads to bunions, but the truth is, that's really just a myth," said Dr. Jalpa Patel of Advanced Foot Care. "In reality, you're born with a certain foot type and function, and that's the primary contributor to bunions."

The podiatrists at Advanced Foot Care are all on the cutting edge of technology and have a wide variety of custom orthotics and over-thecounter straps and pads to help treat bunions in-house. Advanced Foot Care now has six providers in six locations. Offices are in Tennessee at 4308 Brainerd Road; 7550 East Brainerd Road; 5617 Highway 153, Suite 102; and 3742 Tennessee Ave. in St. Elmo. Georgia locations are at 2368 Battlefield Parkway and 1716 Cleveland Highway, Suite 104, in Dalton. For more information about Advanced Foot Care's services, or to schedule an appointment, visit advancedfootcarecenters.com.

Brushing your teeth may seem like an easy task that does not require much technique, but as it turns out, there are several things that are crucial for you to do when brushing to maintain a bright and healthy smile. Drs. Robert and Mandy Shearer at Soddy Daisy Smiles shed some light on the matter with some important truths. Most people do not spend nearly enough time brushing their teeth, according to Robert Shearer. 

"Dentists recommend brushing for two or three minutes," he said. "To help get the job done, bring an egg timer into the bathroom and set it for two or three minutes before you get started, or use an electric toothbrush with a two-minute timer."

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Soddy Daisy Smiles at 423-332-5275 or visit soddydaisysmiles.com.

Fall and the coming cooler months can mean difficult times ahead for patients who deal with asthma and those who find discomfort because of indoor allergens. Dr. Lee Perry with Chattanooga Allergy Clinic said the main triggers this time of year for patients with asthma are viral infections and the common cold. 

"With kids back in school, germs get passed around and it's really easy to trigger those asthma symptoms, especially this time of year," he explained. "Flares vary depending on the severity of the patient's asthma some experience a slight increase in coughing or have difficulty exercising and breathing, while others are more severe and experience chest tightening, wheezing, or even lack of response to medications and rescue inhalers."

Chattanooga Allergy Clinic treats all types of allergic disorders and problems. It has eight locations and 11 providers. For more information about summer allergies or to find an office near you, visit chattanoogaallergyclinic.com or call 423-899-0431.