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Springtime means Mother Nature in bloom and allergies on the rise. Ryan Choplin, PA-C, a family medicine specialist with Utica Park Clinic, shares some tips on how to combat allergy attacks while enjoying the season.

• How to prevent or suppress an allergy attack

The best way to prevent allergy attacks is suppressing your seasonal allergy response. This occurs with daily use of an antihistamine and a steroid nasal spray for at least two weeks before the new season begins and throughout the season.  For individuals who have year-round allergies, it is best to take both... Read More »

We’re proud to share the Hillcrest HealthCare System 2021 Community Benefit Report. Along with hospital statistics, this report reflects Hillcrest HealthCare System’s impact on the community through unfunded care, discounts to uninsured patients and support to local vendors. It’s an honor to provide unsurpassed care and support to our community every day. Click here for full report.

For many of the patients Anthony Haney, M.D., a cardiologist with Oklahoma Heart Institute, treats, he recommends various methods of physical exercise in order to improve their health.

“A lot of times, patients will ask me what I do,” Haney said. “I’ll go into what I do and how it’s benefited me.”

Haney’s exercise of choice is cycling. More specifically, it’s gravel cycling, also known as gravel riding or gravel biking. As the name would suggest, gravel riding involves getting on a bicycle and riding on dirt and gravel paths. But his version of gravel riding requires more... Read More »

The omicron variant is a form of the COVID-19 virus that has spread throughout the United States and all parts of the world. 

Here is what we currently know about omicron from a variety of sources including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• What are the symptoms of the omicron variant?

Currently, there is growing evidence the omicron variant might cause different symptoms than prior COVID-19 variants. Runny nose, like a cold, seems more common. Cough remains frequent, but sore throat may even be more likely. Fatigue... Read More »

When the temperature drops to freezing levels, frostbite becomes a concern for many people. Russell Anderson, D.O., a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Hillcrest, gives tips on how to avoid frostbite or what to do if encountered.

What you need to know about frostbite:

• Frostbite can develop within minutes to hours. 

• Commonly occurs from exposure to wind or contact with a cold material such as metal, the ground or water.

• Alcohol predisposes someone to frostbite by impairing judgment and increasing heat loss from dilation of blood... Read More »

Every morning, Kelly Shuler has her shoes laced up, ready to begin her workout long before the sun makes its first appearance.

Shuler is a dedicated race walker, a sport that has taken her all around the country. She has completed more than 160 half and full marathons in 41 different states.

“It’s been fun because I’ve met a lot of people who are outside of the medical field,” Shuler said. “I’ve got good friends all over the country because of it.”

Ironically, Shuler, D.O., a family medicine specialist at Utica Park Clinic in Sapulpa, began her interest as a race... Read More »

Jack Sommers, M.D., has taken care of patients since he started practicing family medicine in 1981. Now, even when he leaves the office, his bedside manner is still valued by another form of life.

The Utica Park Broken Arrow provider and his wife, Mary, run an organic farm on their sprawling 75 acres of land. Known as the “manual labor” of the duo, Sommers takes care of 22 head of cows, a dozen chickens and two Great Pyrenees that keep watch of the place.

The ranch life can be therapeutic, according to Sommers.

“Coming out here on the back porch in the evening and... Read More »

Throwing out your back can be a sudden and major inconvenience. Zee Khan, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon for Utica Park Clinic, gives tips on what to do if this happens.

What to do:

• If able, use over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) or acetaminophens.

• Use heat/ice as needed.

• Rest initially but resume light activities when able. Light movements and stretching are important to prevent stiffness and restore motion... Read More »

Mark thought he might not see his family again when he was admitted for COVID-19 in 2021. In the first of our ‘Thankful’ series, Mark expresses his appreciation for the Hillcrest Medical Center staff that helped him through one of the darkest moments of his life.

Andrew Gottehrer, M.D., is well known for both his expertise in both medicine and music. And it is the correlation between those two fields that has enabled the New York native to achieve perfect harmony.

Gottehrer is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine with Utica Park Clinic (UPC). Prior to joining UPC, Gottehrer practiced independently on the Hillcrest Medical Center campus for two decades.

When he’s not treating patients, Gottehrer spends part of his time honing his skills as an accomplished clarinetist. The woodwind instrument was his ticket to perform... Read More »