Holiday Grief: When Your Loved One Won’t Be Home for Christmas

“I’ll be home for Christmas; you can plan on me…” This popular song used to bring a warm, nostalgic feeling to my heart around this time of year, but now it brings tears. My family and I have grieved over these last few years, and the loss of a loved one feels especially raw around Christmas when I would give anything just to see, hear and touch that person again. Read More »
Mental Health · McKennan

What is Your Plan for Health Insurance?

It’s official, it is the holiday season. Have you scoured the internet for the best deals or are you one of those who brave the cold to shop the Black Friday early morning deals?  I’ll be the first to admit, on Thanksgiving morning, I made a run to the gas station to find the big, thick newspaper that became the focal point of discussion for hours after our family’s Thanksgiving Day meal. Read More »
Health Insurance, News · Avera Health

An Early Christmas Gift: Health Care Enrollment Extended!

Isn’t it a great feeling when you just change someone’s whole day? I was able to do that the other day and it was just wonderful. You see sometimes when elves get frazzled around the holidays; they know they can count on me for a little help. Read More »
News · Avera Health

Kegel Exercises: What are They? Who Should Use Them?

What are Kegel Exercises? Kegels are exercises used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder, uterus and bowels. They are a set of contraction and relaxation exercises that take only a few minutes each day, but can make a big difference in your quality of life! Read More »
Primary Care · McKennan
haiti pt 4

Haiti Mission: Grateful to Serve

Many women eager for breast care arrived each day we were at the local hospital. We used two rooms for this project and in the end, we had provided more than 150 ultrasounds and about a dozen biopsies. With the help of our interpreters, we also provided breast health education to women and some health care workers. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

Holiday Cheer for the Ear: Gift Ideas for Every Family Member

Each year I find it harder and harder to pick out that special gift for my loved ones. This year, I’ve decided to give the gift of hearing! As an audiologist, my job is not only to treat hearing loss, but to also help with hearing loss prevention as well. Read More »
Just for Fun, Primary Care · Sacred Heart