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Practice News

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 28th

April 15, 2018

April 28th is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The goal of this day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs. Unused or expired medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescriptions drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. Teenagers are especially vulnerable to this form of abuse. The majority of teenagers abusing prescriptions drugs get them from friends and family in the home medicine cabinet. Unused drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused. Medications flushed contaminate the water display. Proper disposal of prescriptions drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Visit this page to find a collection site near you. Walgreens on Scenic and W. Republic is collecting medications in SW Springfield. The program lasts from 10am to 2pm on the 28th.


New Location, Same Great Care

February 13, 2018

After 13+ years of providing care to the Willard community, I made the extremely tough decision to move my practice to the new CoxHealth Chesterfield Village location. CoxHealth has given me the opportunity to practice closer to my home and be part of a new and exciting practice opportunity. I have truly enjoyed caring for each and everyone of my patients in and around the Willard community. I am hoping as many as possible will continue to allow me the privilege of caring for them at the new facility. I do understand this will be a disruption to many of my patients. Rest assured that myself and staff members in Willard and Chesterfield will do everything possible to minimize the impact to your care. For those wishing to continue their care with me at Chesterfield, my staff is calling to reschedule your appointments at the same date and time to facilitate a smooth transition. I will continue to see patients currently scheduled in Willard through the end of March. A letter with further details is being mailed to patients this week. You can find a copy of the letter here.

Thank you for entrusting your healthcare to me.


Is Flu Season Really That Bad?

February 2, 2018

In a word, Yes! Flu season is in full swing across the US and southwest Missouri is no exception. The number of flu cases continues to rise across the nation. Knowing a few important facts about cold and flu, as well as the flu shot may help you avoid serious illness this winter. This year the flu shot is estimated to be about 25% effective at preventing the flu. That may seem low, but consider that the flu shot is never 100% effective due to mutation of the flu virus. However, patients should not use this an excuse to give up on the flu shot. Even if it doesn't prevent the flu, it can still help lessen the severity and duration of flu symptoms. Find out more about symptoms and how to tell the different between the cold and flu at familydoctor.org.

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