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May 2019

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Allyson Mayo, DBH, Presenting at Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Allyson Mayo, DBH, is faculty and a key presenter at the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s 8th Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium on Friday June 28th.  This is a full day event held at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. The event is open to the pubic and features speakers addressing the new resurgence in legitimate psychedelic therapies and research, updates on medication-assisted treatment, neuromusicology and recovery, technological advances in the treatment of addiction, expert perspectives on trauma and conscious recovery, updates on approaches to substance use disorder education in the medical system, and the emerging workforce of dedicated addiction professionals.

Learn more about the UCSF Smith Family Foundation’s Annual Substance Use Disorder Symposium

Allyson Mayo, DBH

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Emotional Wellness: Strategies and Tools for Your Family

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness

Is your child exhibiting behaviors that have you concerned about their emotional well-being? Are they experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional difficulties, or stress that feels unmanageable?

Comprehensive Wellness, a John Muir Health Community Connect Practice, is hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop.  Dr. Mayo will discuss the new thinking around emotional and behavioral health. We are committed to providing families access to the skills and knowledge they need to promote health and wellness in their families and community.   

Dr. Mayo will answer your individual questions, ensuring that your concerns are heard and you leave with the tools you need to help your family today. 

May 16, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm 

John Muir Health Outpatient
1450 Treat Blvd – Thompson Conference Room
Walnut Creek CA  94597

Emotional Wellness Workshop
Allyson Mayo, DBH

Allyson Mayo, DBH
Behavioral Health Practitioner/Educator

Dr. Allyson Mayo is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and an industry expert educating on how to prescribe Lifestyle Medicine to the root causes of maladaptive behaviors. Through a revolutionary approach of Behavioral Fitness, Dr. Mayo brings us all a much needed new approach to mental health. A professor at USF and county mental health representative, she is helping our communities become behaviorally fit.  

For more information, contact Dr. Mayo at amayo@comprehensivewellness.org or call 925.464.3916.

FEATURE: Do I still Need a Women’s Health Check Up?

By | Feature, Women's Health

I Don’t Need a PAP Test. Do I Still Need a Women’s Health Check Up?

You’ve heard, with better understanding of abnormal paps, that you no longer need testing every year. That’s true. But do you need to see a women’s health clinician regularly? For some Comprehensive Wellness patients reading this, the answer is “no”—because you’re men. For the rest of you, the answer can be confusing. First, a little history of the confusion, then a few points that might direct you to visit your women’s health specialist.

We’ve heard the pretext of “needing a pap test” as the reason to schedule your annual gynecology exam. We are now finding that that logic may be hurting women. A pap test is about one disease—cancer, and only one body part—the uterine cervix. We can all agree there is much more to being a woman! Yet, in 2014 the American College of Physicians said healthy women do not need annual pelvic/gyn exams. Almost immediately the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists responded recommending that women do have annual specialty appointments. Neither organization is without bias. What does the research say?  

A recently published study looked at charts for 283 women over 40 years of age who came in for “well women” exams. The majority of the women were diagnosed with new gynecological conditions resulting in education, prescriptions, and work-ups. In other words, they identified issues that otherwise would likely have gone untreated. What are just some of the reasons for a regular checkup?

  • Dry vagina Yes, we get to say vagina in our multidisciplinary newsletter. For some women this occurs at any age, but for the majority it starts during the menopause transition. Unlike other symptoms, it progressively worsens; if left untreated, the structure of the genitalia experiences non-reversible changes. Even women without symptoms can have changes. 
  • Pelvic masses. Relax. Most pelvic masses are not cancer and, unfortunately, the exam isn’t great at finding ovarian cancer small enough for the most successful treatment. However, even benign masses can cause problems with urination or bowel movements, feeling full, heavy periods, or painful sex.
  • Leaking urine. Probably 80% of incontinence can be fixed without surgery. And it is not a normal part of aging. You need someone you can talk to about this so that you can get help.
  • Menstrual changes. Your menstrual cycle may become irregular or you may have heavier bleeding. While some changes can be normal, all menstrual changes merit attention.
  • Life stages. Though risks of birth control don’t change over time, women do! New health issues and life plans tweak not only the safety of methods, but also the added benefits. Clearing up myths about transitioning into menopause and maximizing the next third of your life needs individual teaching and planning.

But perhaps the most important reason to get an annual gynecology check-up—one hour each year dedicated to being the healthiest woman you can be—you deserve it!

Patricia Geraghty, FNP, WHNP | Director Women's Health | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Patricia Geraghty MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP is a nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience specializing in women’s health.  

CLINICIANS IN THE COMMUNITY: Rebecca Berke, BCH, at Oakwood’s Commit to Get Fit Event

By | Clinicians in the Community, Health & Wellness, Therapy

Rebecca Berke, BCH, will be presenting “Mindfulness into Total Body Alignment” at Oakwood Athletic Club’s 2019 Commit to Get Fit Event.  Using the Powerful Mind/Body connection Improves health, well-being, energy and creativity. We all have the resources within us to tap into a sense of calm confidence to release the negative cycles. A very doable and practical daily practice will be explained to use inner resources to achieve a more fully present and happier life.

Monday, May 13
6:00-7:00pm

Oakwood Athletic Club
4000 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA

Rebecca Burke | Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Specialist | Comprehensive Wellness, Walnut Creek, CA

Rebecca Berke, BCH, is a board certified hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher/coach who facilitates self-leadership in positive ways. Her talent lies in the ability to help clients create clear and confident visions for their lives. She aligns them through the mind/body connection with cohesive and confident engagement with their natural gifts and strengths.

CW NEWS: Welcome Bess Inzeo

By | Health & Wellness, In the News, Our Practice

Comprehensive Wellness is pleased to announce that Bess Inzeo, MA, PPS will be joining our practice this month. Bess is a counselor and child wellness advocate for children ages 3-12 years old. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. She creatively teaches social skills, how to manage anxiety, and coping strategies for the home and school environments.

Learn more about Bess Inzeo

Bess Inzeo, MA, PPS | Counselor/Child Wellness Advocate

FEATURE: Menopause & Weight Management

By | Feature, Nutrition, Women's Health

Menopause & Weight Management

I just can’t lose that extra pound no matter how much I try? Is this something that you struggle with? As women our bodies go through many changes starting from menstruation into the menopausal period.

It would be nice if menopause happened overnight and our bodies would get back to normal.

Did you know? The transition often begins between the ages 45-55. It usually lasts about seven years, but can go as long as 14 years.

During Menopause the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone changes. Our bodies begin to use energy differently and women may gain weight more easily.

In a four-year cohort study done by Dr. Samuel in Family Practice journal, they found that 25% of women aged 35-47 gained ≥10 lb. in 4 years. Women in the 35-39 age group and 40-44 were more likely to gain ≥ 10 lb. than women in the 45-49 study group. Women who were normal weight at baseline were more likely to gain ≥ 10 lb. than overweight or obese women.1

As a Licensed Dietitian having practiced for more than 15 years int the area of Integrative nutrition. I recommend five steps for Weight Management:

  1. Lower your caloric intake. As we go through menopause our metabolism slows down and we tend to need 200 fewer calories a day during 50’s than we did in our 30s and 40s.
  2. Exercise. The best way to burn excess calories is to increase cardiovascular exercise. A continuous movement at an intense pace of 45 minutes or more helps to increase heart rate and assists with weight loss.
  3. Sugar. My general rule is to try to keep sugars in your snacks, foods and beverages to 0-7 grams per serving.
  4. Vegetables. Did you know that a cup of vegetables has only 25 calories, while a cup of fruit is generally around 90-100 calories depending on the type. Fruits are great, but if you are trying to lose weight, then its best to lower their consumption to one to two servings per day.
  5. Limit Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages add excess calories to your diet and increase risk of weight gain.

In conclusion, menopause is inevitable, but with the right behavioral modifications and diet, weight management is possible.

Sahar Berjis, RD

Sahar Berjis, RD, MPH, is a licensed Registered Dietitian with 17 years of experience in traditional and functional nutrition. She practices Functional Nutrition, looking at each patient individually using the whole body approach. She spends time analyzing nutritional imbalances using in-office stomach acidity testing and more invasive testings if needed. She creates individualized plans to restore and re-balance gut health and the body using diet & natural remedies.

CW NEWS: Allyson Mayo, DBH, Joins the CW Team

By | Health & Wellness, In the News, Our Practice

Comprehensive Wellness is pleased to announce that Allyson Mayo, DBH, will be joining our practice this month. Dr. Allyson Mayo is a Doctor of Behavioral Health and an industry expert educating on how to prescribe Lifestyle Medicine to the root causes of maladaptive behaviors. Through a revolutionary approach of Behavioral Fitness, Dr. Mayo brings us all a much needed new approach to mental health. A professor at USF and county mental health representative, she is helping our communities become behaviorally fit. 

Learn more about Dr. Allyson Mayo

Allyson Mayo, DBH