Celebrating Veterans Day

Thank you all military and veterans for your service to country. As a small thank you, we offer a practice discount to all military, veterans, and first responders.

Daylight Savings Time!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour now that daylight savings time is ending this year.

Follow these tips to help you transition from daylight saving time and sleep better every night:

  • Start now by going to bed and waking up 15-20 minutes later each day.  Incrementally working up to an hour can help you make a smoother transition.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule and stick to it.
  • Avoid eating big meals just before bedtime.
  • Make sure your room is dark enough, quiet enough, and cool enough when you go to bed.
  • Start your day with bright morning light and get as much sun light exposure as you can during the day.
  • Avoid bright lights and turn off blue light electronic devices like TV’s, smartphones and computers two hours before bed.

In October, We Wear Pink!

Before Breast Cancer Awareness month ends, we want everyone to remember that early detection can save lives. A mammogram can detect a breast lump before you can see or feel it. Make sure you stay up to date!

One of our patients says “Happy Friday!”

One of our patients would like to say Happy Friday! He is a founding member of my concierge practice and continues to delight our office. After recently attending our one year anniversary open house, he could not be happier that he was able to simply text me on short notice and was immediately able to be seen in the office.

You might notice the new practice water bottle he is holding. These are really nice insulated steel bottles that will keep your drinks either cold or hot. These are really easy to get – just post something on social media and stop by our office to pick one up.

Flu Season is upon us

It is that time of year again – cold and flu season is here. Influenza, more commonly known as the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can be mild or severe. Most people will have mild illness and will not need medical care and will recover in less than two weeks.

Although the cold virus and flu virus can cause similar symptoms, flu is usually more severe. Serious outcomes of the flu can result in hospitalization or even death. Some people are more susceptible to complications of the flu, including the elderly, young children, those with compromised immune systems, and people with certain health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Although flu has not hit Travis County in force yet, 10 people in our county have already died this season from flu complications.  There are some worrying indications coming from Australia that this flu season could be very severe – check out this article from the New York Times.

Here is what you can do:

  • The best way to prevent the flu is to get immunized. Do this now, as it takes a few days to take effect.
  • As always, avoid touching your face and wash your hands frequently. That is my secret to staying healthy in a medical office, and it will work even better for you.
  • If you get flu symptoms, contact me asap as you may be able to take an anti-viral drug to reduce symptoms. This has to be administered within 48 hours of symptoms though.
  • If you get a cold or flu, rest and drink lots of fluids.

Please see the CDC chart on how to tell the different between cold and flu.

Some background on Medical Assistant Colleen Viejo

Most of you already know Colleen well – she is my primary Medical Assistant, and she helps me with everything medical in the office. Here is some of her background directly from her:

Hi everyone! My name is Coleen Viejo and I’ve enjoyed working as one of Dr. Rhodes’ medical assistants since May 2018. I graduated from the University of Texas in 2018 with a degree in Psychology, and have made Austin my home ever since. I grew up in Dallas, but I was born in the Philippines and moved to the USA with my family in 2004. I’m bilingual and can still fluently speak my native Filipino language. Growing up with parents who are both nurses, I was always interested in the medical field and found that my passion to help others would be a perfect fit.

While the doctor’s office may not be the number one place to visit, I strive to make sure each of our patients are comfortable communicating with us and seeing us when they need to. Since the practice became a concierge practice, I’ve enjoyed getting to know each of our patients more and coordinating care with our patients’ other providers. Most importantly, I’ve been amazed at the impact it makes to be able to have more time with our patients to ensure we are giving them the best care we possibly can.

Outside of the office, I love to work out, hike, and swim. I enjoy reading and watching movies, and of course, going to Texas football games (hook ‘em!). I’m also a huge foodie and love trying out new places to eat!

My favorite quote is “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness” by William Arthur Ward.