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...]

Prioritizing Your Health During COVID-19

**By Donna L. Smith, MD** Reports indicate nearly one-third of U.S. adults have avoided seeking medical care because they are worried about contracting COVID-19, and experts are concerned about deaths from non-COVID-19 illnesses that could be due to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child, Even During a Pandemic

**By David J. Schneider, MD, FAAP** The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported a plunge in vaccination rates for children, with numbers suggesting childhood vaccination rates essentially halting from March to April 2020 during the … [Read more...]

Tips for Summer Travel During COVID-19

**By Chia Wang, MD** Summer is underway and many of us are feeling restless and ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Some of us are itching to see family and friends whom we may not have seen for a while. But is it safe to travel this summer … [Read more...]

When COVID-19 Comes Home: How to Protect Healthy Family Members

Learn how to protect yourself and other family members when someone in your household contracts COVID-19.

**By Gabrielle Worzella, DO** Let’s say someone in your household shows symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus. It’s a reality that many of us have now experienced personally or know of a family who has. If your loved one is confirmed … [Read more...]