I’ve worked in Corporate Communications at Sentara Healthcare for the past 25 years. I am the editor of the Sentara Today blog, working behind the scenes to capture inspiring stories about our employees and patients. Currently, I am also working on Sentara Nurse, a new blog we just launched. I’ve had the opportunity to be closely involved in helping preserve our organization’s historical archives. In my spare time, when I am not blogging, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga as often as I can.


Dizziness and BPPV: What you should know

Have you ever felt like the room was spinning when you were standing still? Dizziness can be scary and sometimes easily written off as standing up too fast or feeling lightheaded. However, feeling dizzy can be the side effect of many things, and one treatable condition that may be responsible is BPPV. What is BPPV? BPPV stands for benign … Continue Reading


Don’t let ticks take a bite out of your summer

Summer is here and it’s time for some outdoor fun. But before you enjoy a long hike, embark on a family camping trip or even spend some time in your garden or yard, remember to protect yourself from ticks – and other unexpected guests that may be lurking outdoors! Ticks, in particular, can attach to any … Continue Reading


Could it be heat illness?

By Scott Allyn, Sentara Therapy Services Heat illness happens when your body becomes overheated and is not able to cool itself. Water is the key to the body’s cooling system. Sweat, produced on the skin, evaporates and cools the body down. In an ideal world, this happens very quickly. Factors like outdoor temperatures, humidity and … Continue Reading


Aquatics for arthritis

By Phyllis Tacik, LPTA            Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Many individuals are affected by it with varying degree of limitation. It is a chronic condition that causes the material which cushions your joints to break down. As a result your bones begin to rub together causing stiffness, … Continue Reading


What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


By: Mary T. Dobias, PT/CHT Do you wake up at night with your thumb, index, middle and/or radial half of the ring finger?  Are you finding that you are dropping objects? You may be experiencing symptoms related to compression of the median nerve at the wrist commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The median nerve … Continue Reading


Staying safe at home: Are you at risk for a fall?


Written by Rita Brereton, MPT The Centers for Disease Control report that one of every three adults, age 65 years or older, falls each year In the United States – 60 percent of those falls happen at home.  How do you know if you are at risk for serious injury from a fall? Ask yourself these questions: … Continue Reading


Gardening safety: Keep the aches away


The painstaking grounds and well-manicured flowerbeds of great gardeners can come at a cost. Many of the activities of gardening – if not done correctly —can put added stresses and strains on your body. Some of the most common complaints of avid gardeners are backaches, repetitive motion injuries, muscle soreness and blisters. Here’s how you … Continue Reading

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5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Walking or Running Program


By Jesse Cornelius, MPT, Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center It’s never too late to start a new walking or running program. In light of Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 28, we’d like to offer up a few tips if you’re thinking about walking, jogging, or even participating in a race! 1. Listen to … Continue Reading


5 Ways Seniors Stay Healthy


By Dr. Kimberly Smith-Griffin As we age, it’s even more important to play an active role in our health. Here are some key ways to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. 1. Get tested Be proactive about having tests done. Have a physical at least once a year. Know your numbers and know what screening tests … Continue Reading


Swimming and Arthritis


By Amy Gardner, PTA, ATRIC Arthritis can be very painful, which makes it difficult to find pain-free ways to exercise. Swimming is an great way to exercise without irritating your joints. The best thing is it can easily be done year-round if you join a gym with an indoor pool. Top five benefits of swimming: … Continue Reading

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