Thank you Dr. Toro and welcome Karla Adams
For 11 years, Dr. Peggy Jo Toro has brought highly qualified and compassionate medical care to the residents of Bingham County. She greatly appreciated her patient’s trust and confidence in allowing her to provide care to them through the years. She has retired from active practice as of September 2, 2014, and her and her husband will soon be leaving on a humanitarian mission to Rwanda, Africa.
It is with great excitement we announce that Karla Adams—a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 26 years of medical experience—will begin seeing patients at Dr. Toro’s practice.
Karla started her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Pocatello, Idaho—specializing in pediatric and family care. She then became certified as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Boise, Idaho, at Boise State University. Having attended Idaho State University, she now holds a Master of Science in Nursing as an FNP.
Specializing in family practice with an emphasis on pediatrics, Karla chose family medicine because she likes taking a holistic approach to healthcare by getting to know patients and treating an entire family. Karla enjoys seeing patients and appreciates knowing she can make a positive difference in their lives. She provides exemplary care for patients with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention.
She is very passionate about the people she cares for and says, “I go above and beyond to get to know patients as people, not just an illness. It comes from my heart and my caring nature is part of who I am.” She strives to help people with preventive medical maintenance and have a healthier lifestyle by educating her patients about positive choices early in life.
Having spent a large majority of her career in Boise, Idaho, returning to Bingham County is like coming home for Karla as she was raised in Aberdeen. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her husband and her three daughters, one of whom is following in her footsteps by attending nursing school.
Karla is welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call: 782-3990.
Bingham Welcomes Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Garry Martin II
Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to recommend Garry M. Martin II, MD. Dr. Martin specializes in plastic/reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; he also has a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery.
Dr. Martin received a bachelor and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering before attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After medical school he completed a six-year residency program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Martin finished a Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Hand and Microvascular Surgery.
As a physician, Dr. Martin enjoys all aspects of medicine; however, he is passionate about plastic surgery because it allows him to work on so many areas of the body as a specialist. Working as a plastic surgeon, he deals with the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of physical defects. Additionally, he uses surgical procedures to address undesirable qualities patients wish to change.
After completing his studies as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Martin chose to become fellowship trained in Hand and Microvascular Surgery. He is qualified to perform all aspects of hand surgery, including traumatic hand surgery, carpel tunnel and arthritis procedures. He is also a member of the Orthopedic Institute, east Idaho’s largest team of orthopedic physicians.
Microvascular Surgery is the practice of operating on very small blood vessels with specialized instruments and tiny needles. Microvascular surgeons reattach severed fingers, hands, arms, or other amputated parts of the body by reconnecting the small blood vessels and restoring circulation before tissue dies. This technique can also be used in reconstructive procedures, for example after cancerous tumors are removed.
Dr. Martin’s patients describe him as caring, personable and a great listener. He is devoted to his patients and places them first. He does this by helping them get whatever they need, spending extra time in appointments, and always doing what he can to exceed their expectations. This helps him develop lasting and strong relationships with his patients.
When not in the office, Dr. Martin enjoys running, cross training, and participating in track and field events. He and his family enjoy spending time and being active in the outdoors. Dr. Martin’s office is located on the first floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza in Blackfoot. He is accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin call his office at 782-2885.
NOW is the time to change your life!
Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans wonder the same thing.
Hi, my name is Penny. I struggled my whole life with being overweight. I’ve tried all those fad diets. I’ve counted calories. I’ve been on the roller coaster of weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain. I’ve been right where you are.
Well, eight years ago I made the best decision of my life. I chose to have weight loss surgery and it has changed my life and can do the same for you.
Like me, you’ll change your life so you can enjoy your vacation with your kids and grandkids. You’ll change your life so that your relationships are stronger and more enjoyable than ever. You’ll change your life so that you’ll enjoy going out with friends. You’ll change your life so that you have the confidence to excel and succeed in your professional life.
I know that when you’re searching for the right weight loss solution, information is very important. That’s why, after my weight loss transformation, I decided to form the Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group. We hold monthly support groups and FREE informational seminars.
I invite you to our FREE informational seminar with Dr. Anthony Davis, the region’s premier surgical weight loss specialist, on July 16th, August 6th / 13th, or September 13th. Dr. Davis will answer your questions about the surgical options available to you. Dinner will be served for you and a guest. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register click HERE or for more information please call 782-3993.
Same Day Appointments with Dr. Arya
Dr. Sushila Arya is the newest member of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center. As an Ob-Gyn, Dr. Arya is qualified to care for your healthcare needs. Dr. Arya provides services for women of every age, from contraception and family planning to menopause transition. Get seen quickly with Dr. Arya at the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center.
Call her office at 782-3900 to schedule a same day appointment.
Get Skin Smart!
Your skin is your body’s largest organ—and that’s a lot of surface area susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays, a major contributor to skin cancer. Before you head outside, test your skin smarts with this quick True/False quiz.
1. Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States.
2. A change in the size or color of a mole could be a sign of cancer.
3. Early detection is of little use in preventing skin cancer.
1. False. It’s No. 1, accounting for more than half of all cancers in the country. More than 1 million cases are diagnosed each year, and an estimated 10,000 people die.
2. True. When checking your moles and birthmarks, remember your ABCDEs: Watch out for asymmetry, irregular border, differing color, growing diameter or other evolving features.
3. False. If melanoma, the most deadly of all skin cancers, is caught before it spreads, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.
Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed early. Click HERE to download a Free Skin Care Guide. Call 233-4455 to schedule a skin cancer screening and receive a free bottle of sunscreen. Call 233-4455 for more information.
Meet Dr. Arya
Dr. Sushila Arya is the newest member of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center. As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Arya is qualified to care for your healthcare needs. Dr. Arya is also a wife and a mother. She understands the challenges women face today in their home, personal and professional lives. She encourages her patients to be open with her so she can provide the best care for them as an individual. Dr. Arya is welcoming new patients.
Call 782-3900 to schedule a free get acquainted visit.
Putting the Brakes on Diabetes
Facing a diagnosis of prediabetes? The good news is, you can thwart diabetes.
Hearing that you have prediabetes is scary, but you can choose to use the diagnosis as motivation to make important lifestyle changes. Think of it as a wake-up call.
**If you haven’t met with a doctor, but think you may be at risk of diabetes or prediabetes, take this quick assessment to find out: Click Here
What is Prediabetes?
There are two main types of diabetes. Those with type 1 can’t produce insulin, the hormone that helps the body use glucose (sugar) for fuel. Type 2, the more common, results from the body’s inability to process insulin. If the glucose can’t go to the cells, it builds up in the blood, which is why blood glucose levels are used to diagnose the disease.
Prediabetes, which affects 57 million people in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is the precursor to type 2 and is defined by high blood glucose levels that aren’t high enough to be classified as diabetes.
Left unmanaged and untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to complications such as heart disease, blindness and kidney damage.
“Being diagnosed with prediabetes is a warning sign. At this stage of blood glucose abnormality, people can definitely make a difference for their future health and whether or not it will include type 2 diabetes,” says Angelo Capricchione, M.D., an Endocrinologist and Diabetes Specialist at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Studies show that you can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing 7 percent of your body weight. The takeaway? Get active and watch what you eat.
1. Get Moving
Method: Aerobic or cardio exercise to strengthen your heart.
Try: Brisk walking,swimming, or cycling.
When: 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
2. Build Muscle
Method: Resistance training, which improves and maintains blood sugar levels.
Try: Bands, free weights or gym circuit machines.
When: The other two days.
3. Swap Foods
Method: Reduce intake of added sugar; eat more vegetables.
Try: A salad or a vegetable-rich soup for lunch. For dinner, opt for a chicken option with plenty of veggies.
Dr. Angelo Capricchione, Diabetes Specialist
Dr. Capricchione is a board certified Endocrinologist at Bingham Memorial Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of diabetes and can help you manage your diabetes care. If you feel you are at risk for diabetes or prediabetes, please contact Dr. Capricchione’s office at 785-3865.
**If you haven’t met with a doctor, but think you may be at risk of diabetes or prediabetes, take this quick assessment to find out: Click Here
Symptoms you had when you were younger may mean something different years later. Learn what you need to know.
Ah, youth. When you’re a female in your teens or early adulthood, so much can be written off to, well, youth.
The sight of your latest crush quickens your heartbeat or flushes your face. Too many late nights studying or socializing causes fatigue.
Of course, older women sometimes experience the same things. The causes could be identical or they might be different, often as a result of hormonal changes.
Ladies, here are a few common symptoms you might want to take note of as you age (gracefully, of course), and what to do next.
1. Mood Swings
Then: What teenager isn’t moody? It’s usually the result of normal hormone fluctuations but could be a sign of bullying or peer pressure, says Dr. Sushila Arya of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center.
Now: Hormones may be the culprit again, especially as levels change before and during menopause.
What to do: If you’re experiencing menopause-related mood swings, talk to your doctor to rule out depression. Physical activity and adequate rest typically reduce mood-aggravating stress. Hormone replacement therapy also may be an option.
2. Broken Bones
Then: Teenage and young adult athletes are at risk for broken bones, as are young women who don’t get enough calcium, according to Dr. Arya. A combination of the two makes young women even more prone to fractures.
Now: After menopause, women go through a phase of rapid bone loss. The rate of bone loss slows but continues as they age, making women more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, which can lead to bone fractures.
What to do: Most bone mass is created by age 20. From childhood on, you need to get plenty of calcium—about 1,200 milligrams a day. Bone density testing identifies bone loss, and medications can slow bone loss or help maintain bone density. Regular aerobic and weight-training exercise is important, too.
3. Frequent Urination
Then: Drinking too much of any beverage can keep you running to the bathroom regardless of your age.
Now: As you get older, your pelvic wall may weaken, causing bladder irritation and uterine prolapse. “Your pelvic wall is like a hammock, and if it droops, then your bladder and uterus will droop along with it,” says Dr. Arya. “This can lead to urinary tract infections and increased urinary frequency.”
What to do: Do Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor. Squeeze and relax your pelvic muscles, then your rectal muscles, whenever you think of it. If that doesn’t help, talk to your doctor about medications or outpatient procedures to relieve urinary incontinence.
4. Sleep Troubles
Then: Sleep issues could be as simple as caffeine-induced insomnia during exams or extreme fatigue brought on by mononucleosis.
Now: Many women have sleep disruptions before and during menopause due to fluctuating hormones. Hot flashes don’t make it easy to get a good night’s sleep, either.
What to do: Proper sleep hygiene may help you sleep better if hormones are keeping you awake. Make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet, and avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime. Try keeping a cloth with a bowl of ice next to your bed to cool down quickly when hot flashes hit. A low-dose hormone replacement therapy or other non-hormonal methods may also ease your symptoms.
Periodic Problems: Something else to consider as you age
Some changes in your menstrual period are normal, especially as you age. Others, however, could be the sign of a potential problem.
Heavy bleeding. If you’re changing your pad or tampon every hour or two, that’s excessive, says Dr. Arya. Especially if it goes on more than a few days, talk to your doctor. Prolonged heavy bleeding could be a sign of uterine fibroids and might lead to anemia.
Bleeding after menopause. Arya doesn’t consider menopause official until 12 months have passed without a period. If you begin bleeding again after that, see your doctor to rule out uterine cancer or other issues.
Skipping periods. Other than a possible pregnancy, missing one period isn’t usually a big deal, Arya says. If you skip two periods, that warrants a checkup. But if you miss a period and have abdominal pain, don’t wait. It could be a tubal pregnancy, which is very serious
Spotting between periods. Stress or taking birth control pills improperly may cause occasional spotting. If spotting continues for more than a month or so, have it checked out.
Dr. Sushila Arya is an OB/GYN at Bingham Memorial Women’s Center. She knows how important it is for you to feel comfortable with your healthcare provider, which is why she is now offering a Free Get Acquainted Visit. To schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Arya, call her office at 782-3900.
Angelo Capricchione, M.D., is excited to join the caring team of physicians at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Capricchione is an Internist, who is board certified in Endocrinology. Endocrinology involves (but is not limited to) the study of diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis, and the management of high blood pressure.
He began his career in the medical field as a pharmacist, and after four years of retail pharmacy, decided to further his education and become a doctor. Dr. Capricchione completed a three year residency at State University of New York – Downstate, in Internal Medicine, followed by a two year Endocrine, Diabetes, and Hypertension fellowship.
Dr. Capricchione chose to study internal medicine because of the opportunities he would have in helping people with some of the most common disorders people face, like hypertension, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Dr. Capricchione’s study of the endocrine system has given him further insight into these common ailments.
“I’m a good listener,” says Dr. Capricchione. “I receive a lot of information by listening to each patient.” By taking the time to listen, Dr. Capricchione is able to individualize the care of each patient. “I encourage my patients to speak openly and honestly about their questions and concerns.”
Dr. Capricchione grew up in New York and is proud of his Italian roots. He speaks Italian fluently and understands a substantial amount of Spanish. In his free time he enjoys biking, skiing, kayaking, and spending time outdoors.
If you’re looking for a caring doctor to help you manage your adult medical needs, schedule your next appointment with Dr. Angelo Capricchione of Bingham Memorial Hospital by calling 785-3865