2011 Readers Voice Awards: Health

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BEST GENERAL PRACTITIONER
Jaime Vasquez, D.O.

The Vasquez Clinic
2929 Welborn St.
Open Monday–Friday at 9 a.m.
214-528-1083
VasquezClinic.com

In today’s doc-in-a-box society, a visit to your local sawbones can feel more like a NASCAR pit crew change than a physical checkup to assess your health. That’s not the case with Jaime Vasquez. He’s the kind of doc that remembers your name, not just your chart, and takes the time necessary to really figure out what’s really ailing you. In other words, he gives great bed…side manner. It’s not uncommon to enter Dr. V’s office complaining of a cold and leave feeling like you just finished a cheesecake on the lanai with Blanche, Rose and Dorothy. And if that’s not enough to love, he can also hook you up with the youthful glow of Botox on your way out the door. Forget the politics of HMOs and Obamacare. We vote for HOMOs and no-drama care. Oh, and that cute Jaime Vasquez smile, too.

— Jef Tingley


BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Eric Peay, D.C.

COREhealth Wellness Center
3131 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 820
Open Monday–Friday at 8:30 a.m., Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-219-3300
CoreHealthWellness.com

You avoided sidewalk cracks all your life for fear of breaking your mother’s back. You lifted with your legs. You ate plenty of calcium-rich foods and drank your milk. Yet here you are, filled with aches that simply won’t go away no matter how hard you work through the power of positive thinking. That’s where Eric Peay of COREhealth Wellness Center comes in. His hands of magic make the pain go away, whether in your neck, your lower back or even that cramp in the troublesome middle toe on your left foot. Through traditional chiropractic adjustments, massage and cold laser treatments, Peay and his team are experienced in working with each patient as an individual, so no cookie-cutter treatment plans here. And for everyone looking to get in better shape — and really, who isn’t? — patients can participate in nutritional education classes, small-group training and Peay’s Booty Camp group fitness program. From head to toe, Peay and his COREhealth team provide a one-stop shop for living a better, healthier life.

— Steven Lindsey


BEST OPTOMETRIST
William Henderson

Uptown Vision
2504 Cedar Springs Road
Open Monday–Saturday at 10 a.m.
214-953-3937
UptownVisionDallas.com

What makes a successful optometrist? Certainly Bill Henderson, having been in practice for 19 years, knows something. We could ask his patients, but we decided to ask another doctor. “He’s really one of the best optometrists in town in patient care and diagnostic ability,” says Nick Bellos, M.D. Of course, Bellos isn’t unbiased — for 14 years, the two have been a couple. It’s not just his care in the exam room but in the community that helps Henderson stand out: He’s played with DIVA and has volunteered at Legacy Counseling Center while co-rearing the couple’s two children, daughter Aryn, 14, and son Bryce, 13. “I think he’s a great guy,” says Bellos. Readers definitely agree.

— David Taffet


BEST PLACE TO TAKE
A FIST TO THE FACE
Oak Lawn Boxing Gym

1339 Crampton St.
972-497-1767
OakLawnBoxing.com

When Travis Glenn talks, you should listen. The Oak Lawn Boxing Gym owner knows his stuff when it comes to throwing a punch. Taking one? Well, you can do that, too. It’s easy to pass his gym, located on the industrial side of Oak Lawn — there’s no big signage. Inside, the place is a pristine modern gym with a boxing ring, punching bags and all the equipment you’d ever need to kick, duck and bob. Glenn, pictured, holds instruction for boxing, grappling and martial arts alongside the discipline for using them the right way and not as tools of aggression. But we know you’ll think it’s cool to be a downright badass if need be. Right?

— Rich Lopez

BEST DERMATOLOGIST  • TIE
Jeri Beth ‘J.B.’ Foshee, M.D.

Dermatology Center of Dallas
Presbyterian Professional Bldg. III
8230 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 500
Open Monday­–Friday
by appointment only
214-739-5821
DermCenterOfDallas.com

Farhad Niroomand, M.D., P.A.

2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 450
Open Monday­–Friday
214-303-1102
UptownDerm.com


BEST HIV SPECIALIST
Gene Voskuhl, M.D.

Uptown Physicians Group
2929 Carlisle St., Suite 260
Open Monday–Friday
214-303-1033
UptownPhysiciansGroup.com


BEST DENTIST
Clint Herzog, D.D.S.

Herzog Dentistry/Floss
2828 Routh St., Suite 310
Open Monday-Thursday
214-969-1000
HerzogDentistry.com


BEST MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
Chad Collom, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Solace Counseling
1475 Prudential Drive
214-522-4640
SolaceCounseling.com


BEST HOLISTIC HEALER
Michelle Bardwell

Flower Road Natural Therapies
4123 Cedar Springs Road,
Suite 1428
Monday–Friday by appointment
214-987-2766
FlowerRoad.net


BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
Billy Young, C.P.T.

COREhealth Wellness Center
3131 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 820
Monday–Saturday by appointment
214-219-3300
CoreHealthWellness.com


BEST GYM
L.A. Fitness

4540 W. Mockingbird Lane
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-453-4899
LAFitness.com


BEST YOGA STUDIO • TIE
Sunstone Yoga

2907 Routh St.
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-219-3300
SunstoneYoga.com

Uptown Yoga

2636 Thomas Ave.
(and additional location)
Open daily
214-965-9642
UptownYoga.com


BEST PHARMACY
Walgreens

3802 Cedar Springs Road
(and additional locations)
Open daily
214-443-5160
Walgreens.com

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Laser treatment offers alternative to smokers who are trying to quit

Study: LGBTs smoke at more than twice the rate of non-LGBT peers

Tammye Nash  |  Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com

PAINLESS  |  Xena Sebastian of Anne Penman Laser Therapy of Dallas demonstrates the laser she uses to help smokers kick the habit. She said the laser is a non-invasive and painless alternative to other smoking cessation aids. (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)

PAINLESS | Xena Sebastian of Anne Penman Laser Therapy of Dallas demonstrates the laser she uses to help smokers kick the habit. She said the laser is a non-invasive and painless alternative to other smoking cessation aids. (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)

According to a report released in July by the American Lung Association, the smoking rate among gay and lesbian Americans is twice as high as among other Americans.

The report — “Smoking Out A Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community” — says that gay, bisexual and transgender men are two to two-and-a-half times more likely to smoke than straight men. Lesbians, bisexual and transgender women are one-and-a-half to two times more likely to smoke than straight women.

And, the report notes, bisexual boys and girls have the highest smoking rates when compared to both heterosexual and LGT peers.

Why? Well there are a number of reasons, the ALA suggests in its report: “possible contributing factors to the LGBT smoking rate includ[e] stress and discrimination related to homophobia, the tobacco industry’s targeted marketing to LGBT consumers, and lack of access to culturally appropriate tobacco treatment programs.”

And quitting smoking is not easy. Studies have indicated the relapse rate for those who quit to be between 75 and 80 percent, even with aids like gums, patches and pills.

But Xena Sebastian believes she has a solution that is almost sure-fire: laser therapy.

Sebastian, a registered nurse, said she spent most of her professional career working in cardiovascular intensive care units, “but I got a little old for ICU duty, which is pretty intense.”

So she began working doing infusion treatments, and from there learned about laser therapy. She now operates Anne Penman Laser Therapy of Dallas.

Sebastian explained that the laser is a holistic, drug-free method of treatment developed by Anne Penman of Scotland specifically to help smokers become non-smokers. And, Sebastian added, the success rate for laser treatments is “higher than any other kind of [stop smoking aid], including gums and patches and pills. The best part is that it is non-invasive, drug free and pain free.”

Penman is based in Scotland, and according to her website, she used laser therapy to end her 60-cigarette-a-day habit in 1991 after her husband, also a longtime smoker, had a heart attack at age 39. That same year, she trained to become a laser therapist, and quickly developed her own protocol for the treatment. By 1994, she was training others to use her protocol.

Sebastian said that laser therapy works along the same lines as acupuncture, using the laser instead of needles to target energy points throughout the body, causing the release of seratonins and endorphins, “the same chemicals that are released when you workout.”

The laser, Sebastian said, “is a healing light that works on an intracellular and cellular level” to help detox the body, flushing out harmful substances, and to dampen that craving for nictotine.

Laser therapy can also be used for pain management and to reduce stress, and there are other applications, as well, although Sebastian said she does not promote laser therapy for those.

All Anne Penman clinics use the Thor Laser, which has been approved by the FDA for “tissue healing, inflammation, pain relief and wounds,” according to the Thor Laser website.

The smoking cessation packages at Sebastian’s clinic cost $499 for three treatments. She said patients come in for their first treatment and are then asked to return within 48 hours for the second treatment. The third treatment can be used down the line if the patient relapses.

Sebastian said many patients are ready to quit smoking after the first treatment, and almost all of them quit after the second treatment.

The package price also includes a supply of nutritional supplements and vitamins that help the patient detox and reinforce healthy habits.

Sebastian acknowledged that the nearly $500 price tag seems high to many people. She also noted that few insurance plans cover the cost of laser treatment to quit smoking.

But, she said, “If you smoke one pack a day and this treatment helps you quit, then you have paid for the treatment in a month and a half” of not buying cigarettes.

Sebastian said she is not condemning other smoking cessation treatments that use pharmaceuticals. “I am a registered nurse. I certainly believe pharmaceuticals have their place. But if you can [quit smoking] without them, with a holistic and non-invasive treatment, then try that first,” she said.

Anne Penman Laser Therapy of Dallas is the only Anne Penman treatment center in Texas. It is located at 6518 LBJ Freeway. For more information, call 214-503-7955, e-mail annepenman_dallas@yahoo.com, or go online to AnnePenmanLaserTherapyDallas.com.
For more information about Anne Penman and Anne Penman Laser Therapy, go online to AnnePenman.com. For more information about the laser used in Anne Penman Laser Therapy, go online to ThorLaser.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 10, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas