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...]

Yes, You Need a Flu Shot This Year — And Here’s Why

**By Christopher Baliga, MD** Flu season is fast approaching, which means it may be harder for you to tell the difference between a flu symptom and symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those affected with either illness have the potential to run a … [Read more...]

Managing Screen Time in a Virtual Learning Era

**By Traci McDermott, MD** Many students this year are attending school virtually. This means around eight hours of their day will be spent in front of a screen — far more than the recommended 60-minute daily screen-time limit. This can pose a lot … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19

**By Rebecca Partridge, MD** If you are a parent of a young child during the pandemic, you know firsthand how hard it can be to explain what is going on and why your child must wear a face covering when in public places or around people outside of … [Read more...]