10 Goals to Help You Prioritize Your Health

**By Kristopher Dunbrack, MD** Prioritizing your health is important at any age, and the good news is that any time is a good time to start. If you’re wondering where, or even how, to start, the following tips are for you. While many of us have … [Read more...]

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: 4 Reasons to Consider Getting Your Flu Shot This Year

**By Christopher Baliga, MD** The flu is a contagious disease caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, causing mild to severe illness and, in extreme cases, can lead to death. Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate both … [Read more...]

Have fun in the sun and keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays with these 3 tips

**By Natalie Moriarty, MD** Whether it’s summer or not, every day you are outside is a good day to protect your skin. It might be surprising, but you can still get a sunburn when it’s cloudy outside. Ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) comes from the … [Read more...]

How to Ensure You Get the Health Care You Deserve

**By Jane Dunham, MD** While your health care team does everything in their power to provide appropriate care, the fact is, nobody knows your body better than you. Therefore, it’s important to be a partner in your medical care: speak up about your … [Read more...]

Warm Weather Stresses Your Heart: Tips to Stay Cool

**By Mariko W. Harper, MD, MS, FACC** Did you know that warm weather can put stress on your heart? When temperatures rise, the heart must work harder to keep the body cool. This isn’t great news for those living with heart disease because these … [Read more...]

Get the Pelvic ‘Floor-One-One’

**By Kathleen Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS** While pelvic floor health disorders can seem alienating, it is important to know that you’re not alone and there are a variety of ways to treat bothersome symptoms. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in … [Read more...]

Q&A with a Family Doctor: Tips for a Happy, Healthy, Safe Birth

There are lots of articles out there about birthing styles, the best ways to give birth and how to prepare for birth. However, despite what they might tell you, it turns out there is not one “right” way to give birth. We sat down with Dr. Juliana … [Read more...]

Boost Self-Care by Knowing Your Numbers

**By Teera Crawford, MD** When you think about self-care, you might think of yoga, meditation and journaling – not measuring your blood pressure. However, tracking your critical health numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1C and waist … [Read more...]

Show Your Heart Some Love with These Five Tips

**By Mariko Harper, MD** February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to encouraging you to take control of your cardiovascular health. As the pandemic rages on, leaving those with poor heart health at a higher risk for developing severe … [Read more...]

Triumph Over Diverticulitis: Nancy’s Story

There’s not much that slows Nancy Fauls down. She was one of the first female skippers to race schooners in the Pacific Northwest and knows how to stay calm and keep everything moving forward. Then in January 2019, the Port Townsend resident … [Read more...]