Tips for Teens by Teens

By Behavioral Health, Covid-19 Resources

Kristin Avicolli, LCSW, shares some great tips for teens, written by a local student, to help teens combat the boredom that comes along with our Shelter in Place mandate.

Pets/siblings. Spend a little extra time with the people/animals you are stuck with!

Documentaries. Teens love watching TV, so why not make it educational TV? There are a lot of great documentaries online (Amazon and Netflix) about so many interesting things (nature, history, science).

Take a bath. Take time out of each day, all by yourself, and just relax. Quiet time can be helpful during this stressful time.

Dance! Since teens love to dance and the internet has lots of great dance apps, try dancing as a great way to stay active.

Online shopping/browsing. It’s always fun to browse around the internet and see all the cool things people are selling these days.

Self-care. Do a face mask, curl your hair, anything possible to pamper yourself and make yourself feel good!

Cleaning. Lots to clean! Clean your car, your room, around the house.

Hobbies. Spend time doing something you’ve always loved to do, but don’t usually have the free time to do on a regular day.

Hobbies, part 2. What’ is something new you’ve always wanted to try? Painting, sewing, playing an instrument, exercising?

Go outside! Take a walk around your neighborhood or go play in your front or back yard.

Do something with your parents. They love spending time with their kids! Go on a walk with them, try out a new activity, etc.

Reading. I bet there is lots of reading to catch-up on for school! Or start reading a book just because you want to!

Seek help! If you are still struggling, tell your caregiver and reach out to your therapist. See a therapist if you don’t have one as there are many video options for therapy and many talk and text crisis lines here for support.

California Youth Crisis Line – TEXTTEEN to 839863  CALL 1-800-843-5200

For Additional Links and Information, Visit our Covid-19 Resouces Page

Introducing DoctorPlan

By Feature, In the News

Introducing DoctorPlan

Comprehensive Wellness is pleased to introduce DoctorPlan, a mobile app that offers our patients a new way to manage your health between visits.

Think of DoctorPlan as your digital health diary—a place to record your symptoms, vitals, medications, and exercise. Your DoctorPlan information can only be accessed by you and your Comprehensive Wellness clinicians and staff to provide them with a wealth of information to make your calls and visits even more productive.

DoctorPlan will enable our patients to:

  • record and track symptoms, vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar), and medications;
  • answer intake forms and check-in questionnaires prior to visits;
  • receive messages from your providers at Comprehensive Wellness;
  • access videos for exercises, mindfulness lessons and more;
  • reference informational articles on common conditions and wellness topics; and
  • contact our office to schedule appointments and refill prescriptions.

Each of our patients will receive an email from DoctorPlan with instructions on how to confirm your email address and install the DoctorPlan app. We look forward to taking our personalized care model to the next level with the app.

Denise Hilliard, MD

A Message from Our Medical Director

By Covid-19 Resources, In the News, Our Practice

To Our Patients,

Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare needs at this unprecedented time. We are working hard to ensure that our team at Comprehensive Wellness is here to provide our patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right place. To that end, we would like to share with you how we are ensuring that we can do just that.

  • We will have a staff member available to answer phone calls during our normal weekday hours; however, in order to minimize contact, our office is not open for any walk-in appointments, prescription pickups, or any other services. After hours calls will be directed to our answering service and forwarded to the appropriate clinical contact.
  • If you have an acute/urgent care internal medicine/women’s health issue, please call the office. Our staff will provide a ‘pre-screen’ via the telephone (including screening for COVID-19 symptoms) and determine the best course of action. Each situation is unique. Depending on the specific need, we will be scheduling phone, web-based, in-office, and home visits as warranted. Our clinicians will be available for phone and web-based visits as their individual schedules permit.
  • Please contact the office if you have an urgent need in any of our other practice areas, including functional medicine, musculoskeletal health, nutrition, endocrinology, behavioral health, cardiology, aesthetics, or dermatology. Most of our clinicians are available for virtual visits (phone and/or web-based). Please call the office to schedule.
  • If you need to refill or pick up a prescription, please call the office to make arrangements to do so. Please do not come to the office without explicit instructions and a set pickup time.

We will continue to provide our patients with helpful information through the News section of our website, as well as via social media outlets. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

One of the most important things we can all do during this pandemic is to make every effort possible to stay home, practice diligent handwashing, and support one another. We are all in this together.


Denise Hilliard, MD
Medical Director, Comprehensive Wellness

Open House Event

By Uncategorized

As you might have seen in our last newsletter, we are delighted to be hosting our upcoming Comprehensive Wellness Open House on March 5th. Whether you are an existing member, patient, client or interested in finding out more about the value of concierge medicine, this event is for you. Many of our clinicians and community partners will be in attendance to answer questions. Some of the areas that we will be showcasing and available for questions include:

Concierge Medicine

WorldClinic – concierge telemedicine included in the Comprehensive Wellness Gold Membership

DoctorPlan – smartphone app that extends the clinician/patient/client relationship beyond clinic visits improving patient/client quality of care and satisfaction.

Woman’s Health

Men’s Health

Aesthetic Medicine

And much more…

We will be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres at this informative evening and giving away some great raffle prizes, including:

30 minute massage

20 units of Botox

PicoSure Focus laser treatment (for skin rejuvenation & lightening dark spots)

Free hypnotherapy session for stress management

Teeth whitening

Microcurrent Face Lift Treatment with LED

(2) Functional Medicine Consultations

Brunch at Scott’s Seafood for 4

And more…

Our GRAND PRIZE will be a SILVER LEVEL membership! Valued at $3,500. Learn more about our membership levels


Date: March 5, 2020 Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Comprehensive Wellness 
 1110 La Casa Via, Suite 205
 Walnut Creek, CA 94956

Please RSVP by clicking the following link: event/membership-information-night/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Coronavirus - What you Need to Know

2019 Novel Coronavirus

By Covid-19 Resources, In the News

As you are probably aware from the news, there is a current outbreak of Coronavirus (CoV). These are a large family of viruses that include the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and new strains that have previously not been identified in humans, Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). The current outbreak is a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV); it is under investigation by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and is a rapidly evolving situation.

For the most up-to-date information, we recommend you consult the CDC’s website and that of the World Health Organization (WHO). Both sites provide excellent information on the virus, it’s spread, how best to protect yourself and treatment.



As always with your health, prevention is the best course of action. According to the CDC:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Again, for more detailed information, please consult the CDC and WHO websites.


salmon lavash wrap

Salmon Lavash Wrap

By Nutrition, Recipes

This salmon lavash wrap makes for a great breakfast, lunch, or light meal—and you can substitute the cream cheese for avocado for a dairy-free alternative.


8 oz. smoked salmon

1/2 cup cream cheese (plain or herbed)
-or-one mashed avocado

1 cucumber, sliced

fresh spinach

4 slices of lavash bread

1. Spread two tablespoons of cream cheese (or mashed avocado) over each slice of lavash bread
2. Add cucumber slices, spinach, and two ounces of smoked salmon to each slice
3. Roll up, cut in half, and enjoy

Happy Healthy New Year

Happy Healthy New Year

By Nutrition

Start the New Year by making a healthy resolution. Here are five worthy goals for the new year to help keep the body healthy.

Jumpstart your metabolism, burn fat and improve cardiovascular health by exercising at least 20 minutes a day.

Cane sugar is the number one enemy for lowering the immune system and decreasing gut health. Start being more conscious of the sugar content in the foods you choose to eat. The simple rule is always to try picking items that have 0-5 grams of sugar per serving. Indirectly, your caloric intake will decrease by choosing items that are lower in sugar.

Apple Cider Vinegar
End your day with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a small amount of honey. It is a great probiotic and helps to digest food faster by increasing stomach acidity.
Experiencing heartburn? A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will help resolve it.
Apple cider has also shown to help lower belly fat, lower blood sugar and helps to lower cholesterol.

It’s important to keep bodies hydrated at all times. In adult men, 60 percent of their body is water and 55% in adult women. As we get older, our metabolism slows down and our bodies have a harder time flushing out waste so it becomes even more important to drink plenty of water to flush away waste and detox our bodies.

The latest research has shown that you can actually lose weight and boost the immune system by adding more color to meals. Nuts and seeds are also great ways to add more flavor and color to foods. Increase omega and fiber intake by just simply adding one tablespoon of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to oatmeal, granola, yogurt or even salads.

Tips for Healthy Travel

By Nutrition

Traveling can be a stressful situation on its own.  It starts from packing to long airport lines and finally long flight times, and that’s assuming there are no delays.  Planning ahead, creative packing and letting go of expectations can help you distress.

These are 5 simple tips to stay healthy while traveling

1.  Water

Dehydration is the number one problem to fatigue, crankiness, headaches and even constipation.  Making sure to hydrate yourself at all times, especially if flying is important.  Before getting on the plane it is best to buy at least one bottle of water.

2.  Magnesium

Magnesium is a great mineral that helps with insomnia.  It can also help with muscle cramping that can happen either from long flights or from sightseeing.  It can also help you avoid becoming constipated. The best dosage is 400 mg.

3.  Antioxidants

Traveling has a way of wearing down the immune system.  Airports, rest stops and planes are loaded with germs.  Our immune system also gets compromised depending on what time of year you are traveling and climate change. It is best to travel with Emergency C or NUUN. Having fruits and vegetables as much as you can is a great way to get in vitamin C and boost the immune system.

4.  Probiotic Drinks

Fermented drinks like Kombucha, Got Shot or apple cider vinegar are great to help boost the good bacteria in the gut.  Probiotics in fermented drinks work to help with tummy trouble while traveling.

5.  Tea Bags

There are teas that help with relaxation and sleep.  The tiny tea satchels are perfect for travel because they take up very little space.  They can also be used to soothe tired eyes and puffiness that can happen from long flights.


Always remember to wash your hands as much as you can or carry with you natural hand sanitizers.  Enjoy your trip and stay healthy!