Good for a rainy weekend

Good for a rainy weekend

I was saddened to hear of the passing of poet Mary Oliver this past week.

I have no doubt that at the intersection of a good poem and a warm fire on a long weekend there is a boost to the immune system!

Be it a tear, a smile , a gentle sigh or a deep breath that reading a poem invokes, its all good for you!

In honor of her great work, I wonder if any of you are poets or enjoy a good poem, would share one at your next visit? I will have a gift for you in gratitude for you sharing!

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver.

Autumn Wellness Challenge

Autumn Wellness Challenge

This weekend Autumn officially arrives. How will you celebrate fall?

You may have already settled into a new fall schedule, and this is a good time to explore ways this season can include your health and fitness goals.

Will your bike go into storage? Maybe replaced by a spin class?
Are you inclined to have a pumpkin spice latte ? (Calories 260-420 and sugar 48-50 grams) or will you cook some roasted root vegetables- packed with fiber, vitamins A,C, potassium and magnesium .
How about the darker mornings ? Will you sleep in a little later or put on one more layer, challenge the weather forecasters on the rain prediction and get out anyway with the rain jacket in your backseat.
I’m recovering from summer injuries and feel grateful every morning for the physical therapy exercises stretches and challenges that lead me to my next steps of healing. I see this new season as an opportunity to set new goals.
Maybe you too will find this time of year and weather change as an opportunity to spice up your routine for good physical and mental health.

If you know you suffer from mild to moderate seasonal mood changes such as SADD, makes plans to be proactive in prevention. There are a number of non pharmacological therapies that help boost mood in winter months , but you will want to start those now.

Whatever you do, remember this – each journey can benefit from a road map. Successful steps forward take some mindful planning.
If you feel stuck or you haven’t been in for a check up on how your health goals are going, please consider a follow up visit. I’ll be offering some extended hours this fall and winter.
In Wellness , Happy Fall !

Dr. A

Heat and Health advisory

Summer is officially here with hot days ahead!

Dr. Alvarez advices you check the forecast and plan ahead. If you have a lung condition, an autoimmune disease, allergies or neuropathic symptoms, being out in the heat ( even just to and from your car ) can be a major flare trigger. Plan your errands around daily temperatures. You might check the air quality index at the airnow.gov website.

This summer, we will offer early morning or evening appointments upon request. If you are due for a medication check in or refill or your annual exam , don’t let the weather keep you from scheduling. Give us a call or send a portal appointment request and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Mindfulness in March

“The path to healthy body, and happy soul is based upon self-study, mindfulness, love and awareness.”
– unknown

Happy March from Partners in Wellness!

How are your 2018 Health and Wellness goals coming along?                                                                                                                        Just a reminder to come in and discuss barriers to your goals or just to share in your successes and take something from my ” you are doing an AWESOME job” basket!

If at the end of the day, week, month, year we can look back at maybe just one mindful moment that helped change our pathway… we will have accomplished much.
Look for a mindful quote here each week this month in an effort to move us in that direction.  If you have one to share, please send it my way!
In wellness, Dr. Alvarez

“Wherever you are, be there totally.”
– Eckhart Tolle

PORTAL Update!

Our Athena Portal just had a new release and some functionality has changed, for the most part, to improve efficiency. PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN “check in” online, BEFORE your appointment. PLEASE do help us by using this function – it allows us to confirm any changes you may have had, It gives you a place to document briefly what you are coming in for, you can even pay your copay on line, AND there is a link to complete and update your HEALTH HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE.
FOR ALL NEW PATIENTS and all ANNUAL EXAMs/PHYSICALs of returning partners, Please DO update this if you will BEFORE the appointment date. **You do not have to worry about specific dates of surgeries/ procedures/ immunizations etc. We will fill in those for accuracy at your appointment.
I do find the social history update is the one that changes most often and ask that you fill this section in , as well as for women the Gynecological history. PLEASE phone our office if you are having problems with this process so we can walk you thru it, again to give you more time in the visit with Dr. Alvarez, and less at the front desk on our tablet.
**PLEASE NOTE – for the Health history questionnaire, this is not a function you can do on your cell – Please use a tablet or desktop or laptop.

THANK YOU partners for continued active participation ! The portal ( your open medical record and mode of non urgent communication with Dr. Alvarez) is a crucial part of how to keep the practice efficient.

Inclement Weather Conditions and Office Policy

Here at Partners in wellness, we always look forward to your visit. We wanted to post this message in effort to keep you safe in any potential risky weather conditions this season. Please note that in general, it is our office policy to follow the Portland Public School action for any given bad weather day. For example, if they are on a 2 hour delay, we will also be on a 2 hr delay, if they are closed for the day, we will also likely be closed. For certain, you will be contacted by Dr Alvarez or her staff to clarify and to reschedule if appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact us as well, via portal message or phone message.
In wellness, and safety ~
Dr. Kathy Alvarez and staff