Review Category : Health

Plastic surgeon Audrey Klenke, MD, adds Beaufort office hours

Audrey Klenke, MD, of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, will begin seeing patients in Beaufort at the offices of Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists,1055 Ribaut Road, Suite 30, beginning in March.

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Audrey Klenke, MD

Dr. Klenke is a member of the medical staff at both Beaufort Memorial and Hilton Head Hospitals, and also sees patients at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery’s main office in Sheridan Park in Bluffton. As Beaufort County’s only female plastic surgeon, Dr. Klenke offers a unique perspective, driven by modern perceptions of aesthetics.

“Cosmetic surgery is a natural part of a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “At Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, we want to make elective options easier to consider.”

Dr. Klenke graduated from the University of Cincinnati where she was chief resident in the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery. Among her research interests are facial and body contouring, and the use of less invasive surgical procedures to achieve aesthetic improvement.

“It’s all about finding the method that matches the patient in terms of expectations, recovery time and comfort level,” Dr. Klenke said. “In addition to our surgical options, there are many non-surgical options for those who aren’t ready for or don’t need surgery.”

Dr. Klenke’s practice also focuses on reconstructive surgery for breast and skin cancer, extensive weight loss and facial trauma. In addition, she is on call for emergency surgery at both Beaufort Memorial and Hilton Head Hospitals.

For more information or to make an appointment to see Dr. Klenke in either Beaufort or Bluffton, call 843-815-6699 or visit

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Fifth Annual “Dance for Your Health” event

Beaufort Memorial Hospital with host its Fifth Annual “Dance for Your Health” event this Saturday, Feb. 21  from 8 to 11 a.m. in Sun City’s Pinckney Hall.

The free community wellness event will include introductory dance classes, professional dance performances, mini health seminars and health screenings.

Instructors from Fred Astaire Dance Studio will be teaching participants basic steps to dances like salsa, shag and swing. The mini-classes will be held every half hour. On the main stage, dance professionals, as well as local dance troupes, will be performing routines.

Throughout the event, BMH experts in cardiology, orthopedics and primary care will be available to answer questions. In addition, several of the physicians will be presenting 20-minute seminars on a variety of health topics.

Seminar topics include: “Turn the Beat Around: tips for your ticker,” presented by cardiologist Stuart Smalheiser, MD, at 8:45 a.m.; “Stayin’ Alive: avoiding vascular disease,” presented by vascular surgeon Chad Tober, MD, at 9:30 a.m.; and “Jivin’ Joints: managing hip and knee pain” presented by orthopedic surgeon Kevin Jones, MD, at 10:15 a.m. Participants also will have the opportunity to have free blood pressure and $10 cholesterol screenings.

Dance for Your Health is open to the public, both Sun City residents and non-residents, but registration is required. To sign up, visit or call (843) 522-5585.

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The deep significance of “cosmetic” dentistry

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham

The link between a person’s appearance and their well-being is settled, and that link runs both ways. When people feel well they look good. And the better a person’s appearance, the better they feel.

To go even further, a person’s appearance has a lot to do with how they get along in the world. Research shows that people are hard-wired to team up with other people who look good. Through generations we’ve learned to be attracted to folks who appear healthy and capable.

Your smile is your passport.

Research also gives us some surprising insights about the impact of your smile. One study demonstrated that a smile improves a person’s attractiveness – to both men and women – more than makeup.

In another study to determine what attracts people to each other – teeth topped the list. More than hair and clothes, more than hands and nails, more than the car they drive. So, a bright, strong smile signals good qualities in a way everybody understands.

Sometimes nature needs a hand.

Over time, teeth and gums face a lot of demanding use. Eventually, for most of us, they show it. They become darker, or even discolored. They wear down and shorten the length of a person’s face, sometimes even causing or adding to wrinkles. Occasionally a tooth or two just goes missing. And over time conventional amalgam fillings can make our teeth shine in colors and places we probably didn’t intend.

Fortunately dentistry has more and better tools to address these issues than ever before. Cosmetic dentistry can brighten, straighten, add or reduce volume, replace, contour and crown teeth so that just about anybody can have the smile that they would be proud to show. And show more often.

The best ways ever are here and now.

The restorations we use at our practice for fillings, caps and crowns blend with your teeth in a matching color, because we use porcelain and composites rather than “silver” amalgam. As a mercury-free practice from the first, we come down on the side of extra safety for both our patients and the environment.

White, bonded fillings fuse very tightly with the existing tooth, so there’s less chance of future decay. And they don’t transfer heat and cold the way metal fillings do, so the results are more comfortable as well as more attractive. Recontouring teeth, to sculpt more attractive edges, improves comfort and function too.

Dental implants replace teeth that are missing or better off gone. They can transform a person’s whole appearance, and now with mini-implants the process can take hours rather than weeks and months.

Turn on the lights.

Whitening your smile is another great way to dial up your appearance and influence. In just about an hour ZOOMTM whitening gives dazzling results. Some patients choose an affordable, professional-strength at-home alternative for whitening, like the Opalescence© whitening system.

Today patients find that it’s really practical to achieve their own best smile, and when they take that step the positive impact in their lives is even more than they expected. We work with people closely to help them choose the path that suits them best.

A recipient of the 2012 Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Stephen Durham, DMD, MAGD, is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He is a past recipient of the LVI Fellowship Award for Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Durham practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, visit his website at or call 843-379-5400.

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Pledge received to help 5 local Veterans with PTSD/TBI

Braincore of the Lowcountry is offering a option for those suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury which is gaining attention across the globe. BrainCore Neurofeedback is a cutting edge technology which teaches one to retrain the brain to produce balanced brainwave patterns. A “matching donor” has pledged to assist with half the investment to provide for five of our local heroes to participate in the program this year.  Our approach is painless, drugless, non-invasive, has no harmful side effects and creates permanent change.

From 2002 to June 2014 over 364,000 people were treated for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). “Most of these people served in a war, but a traumatic event like assault, an accident or disaster can cause the disorder”, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Symptoms of PTSD cluster around four areas: reliving the events, avoiding situations that remind one of the events, negative changes in the individual and feeling keyed-up all the time. Currently there are two avenues of treatment – either several types of psychotherapy (counseling) or medications or a combination of both. Both can cause additional problems and are only partially helpful according to a recent article in the New York Times newspaper, “After PTSD, More Trauma”, Sunday, January 18, 2015.

According to Dianne Kosto, BCN-T, Owner of BrainCore of the Lowcountry “We offer a third option for those suffering from PTSD and TBI. Once accepted into our program, our clients are hooked-up to a computer with sensors. The computer detects proper patterns and will visually and audibly ‘reward’ the brain.

The brain learns how and when to produce certain brainwaves and new neural pathways are created. These changes are permanent after a series of sessions.  A typical PTSD client will need approximately 60-80 sessions, TBI can require more. Many of those who suffer from these disorders are unable to produce the income to support themselves and family and are in need of our help. We can and often do donate our services but in order to be able to continue to do so must have community support as well.  We are so excited to have this generous matching donor step up to give back to our Veterans!  Honor Our Heroes Foundation and Peaceful Henry’s Cigar Shop have raised funds to help as well.”

We are now seeking five Veterans in need to take advantage of this pledge and additional contributions for our donor to match.  We plan to publish the results in a “Study” format to further provide scientific support for Neurofeedback and PTSD/TBI. Contact Dianne Kosto at to contribute and to see if you or someone you know may qualify as a candidate to receive BrainCore Neurofeedback. Further information can be found at or call 1-844-262-4666.

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Complimentary and low cost wellness screenings offered

A variety of complimentary and low cost wellness screenings will be offered at a community health fair on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – noon at Helena Place Senior Living in Port Royal.  Blood pressure screenings, blood sugar checks, cholesterol and PSA tests, balance/fall assessments and more will be offered. Admission to the event is free and open to all ages. Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the Blood Alliance, ComForCare Home Care, Pruitt Health Hospice, Senior Health Associates, Eye Care One, Hospice Care of America, Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort and the Lending Room are just a few of the 25 health care providers that are offering their services!

Twenty five raffle prizes will be given away at random to attendees. A complimentary brunch buffet will be provided until noon. Make sure to register for the gift card and gift basket giveaways. The first 50 people through the door will receive a healthy snack sack. Helena Place Senior Living is located at 1624 Paris Ave., Port Royal, SC 29935 directly across the street from the Port Royal Post Office. For more information, please call (843) 252-3001 or e-mail

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The Blood Alliance February drives


  • Monday, February 2: Callawassie Island, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 22 Callawassie Club Dr., Okatie.
  • Wednesday, February 4: Battery Creek High School, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1 Blue Dolphin Dr., Beaufort.
  • Wednesday, December 10: Battery Creek High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1 Blue Dolphin Dr., Beaufort.
  • Friday, February 13: Merry Maids (Beaufort Donor Center), 2 to 6 p.m., 1001 Boundary St., Beaufort.
  • Friday, February 20: Beaufort Medical & Administrative Center, 2 to 7 p.m., Birthing Center entrance parking lot, 955 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.
  • Monday, February 23: Beaufort Memorial Hospital, 2 to 7 p.m., 955 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort.
  • Friday, February 27: BMH/Lowcountry Medical Group, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 300 Midtown Drive, Beaufort.

Our Donor Center at 1001 Boundary Street, Beaufort, is also open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, 12 noon – 6:30 p.m. Please note that a government-issued photo I.D. is required to donate. Examples are driver’s license, passport, military I.D. For more information or appointments, please call 843-522-0409 or visit


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February is National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

By Mark S. Siegel

AMD or Age-Related Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss affecting over 15 million adults over the age of 50. To understand how AMD affects your vision, place your left hand over your left eye. Now make a fist with your right hand. Take your right fist and place it directly in front of your right eye. The only thing you should see is images in your periphery or side vision. Now imagine that this is how you are to function within the world.


Age-Related Macular degeneration can develop so slowly that it’s not until the vision is severely affected that the patient will notice. Age-Related Macular Degeneration primarily destroys the sharp central vision controlled by a spot at the back of the retina called the macula. Sharp central vision is needed to read, drive, identify faces, watch television and perform daily tasks that require straight ahead vision.

Risk Factors

The exact cause of AMD is not known. There are a number of risk factors that may play a role, some you can help control, and some you cannot. The same risks factors for heart disease and stroke also increase your risk for AMD. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Risks you cannot control include age, family history, gender and race.


AMD symptoms include blurriness, wavy lines, or a blind spot. You may also notice visual distortions such as:

  • Straight lines or faces appearing wavy
  • Doorways seeming crooked
  • Objects appearing smaller or farther away

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with wet AMD, it is important to see a Retina Specialist for the most appropriate care.

Living with AMD

Make the most of your Vision. Millions of people have macular degeneration and millions of them continue to do everything they always did. Because you never become completely blind with AMD, there is always sight available if you know how to use it.

The peripheral vision you have helps you to get around the house and outside. There are devices and techniques for everything from reading to cooking to watching sports on TV. You may have to stop driving at some point, but for everything else, there is a solution.

If you are losing sight, there are some simple things you can do on your own to improve your ability to see. Don’t become discouraged! You will probably need to try out multiple devices before you find one that works for you. These range from magnifiers that are held in the hand or suspended on a stand to devices that attach to your glasses or computers that help you to read.

Things you can do on your own:

  • Improve the lighting in your home and office. This may not necessarily mean that you should increase the lighting or the brightness. Glare is often a problem for people with low vision. You’ll need to experiment to see what works best for you. Special lights are available through many catalogs.
  • Use a high contrast for reading and writing. Write in large letters with a broad felt tip pen on white or light paper.
  • Use large print books, I-pads or tablets to increase the font size and contrast or try other media, like audio books. Most libraries have a section of these or you can find them online. There are also special libraries for visually impaired.
  • Use a hand held magnifier. In the beginning, you may find some help at your local drug store by trying out the various small hand-held magnifiers available. If one of them helps your vision, you should certainly use it. Other magnifying devices may be more useful if your vision is very poor.

So see your eye doctor regularly for early detection of AMD!

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“Healthy Hearts” screening event on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, give yourself a gift from the heart. Make a date to attend Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s free “Healthy Hearts” screening event Feb. 14 at the Beaufort Walmart. It could save your life.

“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States,” said BMH cardiologist Dr. Stuart Smalheiser. “Events like this help raise awareness of the problem.”

BMH will be offering a number of free health screenings during the event, including an electrocardiogram or EKG, a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.

“An abnormal EKG raises the suspicion of underlying problems in someone without symptoms,” said Smalheiser, who will be interpreting the EKG readings at the wellness fair. “It can pick up heart rhythm problems and give us an idea of the structure and function of the heart.” The test, available to adults 18 and older, takes about five minutes and is painless.

“If we pick up on something, we’d need to do further testing,” Smalheiser said. “But we can triage the patient and help them before they have an event.”

Smalheiser is one of a team of Beaufort Memorial medical professionals who will be participating in the

event and available to answer health-related questions. The heart-focused program will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Valentine’s Day outside the Walmart at 350 Robert Smalls Pkwy. Screenings will be performed in Beaufort Memorial’s CHiP mobile wellness van. In addition to the EKG, participants can have their blood sugar tested for diabetes and their blood pressure checked for hypertension. Lipid profile cholesterol tests will be offered for $10. Those wanting to have the cholesterol test should fast for six hours prior to the screening. BMH staff also will be offering instruction on the six signs of stroke and Hands-Only CPR, intended for bystanders untrained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Uninsured Beaufort and Jasper County adults, ages 19 to 64, will have the opportunity to enroll in AccessHealth Lowcountry, a program designed to help patients find medical care with providers who offer free or reduced services.

“We’re very grateful to Walmart for providing us with the venue to host Healthy Hearts,” said Veronica Smalheiser, a BMH nurse practitioner and wife of Dr. Stuart Smalheiser. “This event will offer screenings that can help you assess your risk of heart disease and information on how to improve your health.”

BMH Cardiologist Stuart Smallheiser, MD with patient.

BMH Cardiologist Stuart Smallheiser, MD with patient.

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Nurse practitioner new to Beaufort

Bonnie Mohler, an experienced nurse practitioner specializing in gastroenterology, has joined Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group. She will assist board-certified gastroenterologists Drs. John Crisologo and Richard Stewart, helping ease the demand for GI services in the greater Beaufort area.

Prior to joining the Lowcountry Medical Group, Mohler worked for five years in a gastroenterology office and three years in an internal medicine practice in Ohio. She also has served as an expert speaker on the topics of cirrhosis and inflammatory bowel disease for pharmaceutical companies.

A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Mohler worked for eight years in the intensive care unit at two different Ohio hospitals. She went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of Akron, earning certification as a nurse practitioner in 2006. Along with gastroenterology, Lowcountry Medical Group, a practice of Beaufort Memorial Physicians Partners, includes specialists in primary care, gynecology, cardiology, oncology, neurology and orthopedics. It also offers outpatient imaging and lab services.

Lowcountry Medical Group is located at 300 Midtown Drive, adjacent to Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. For more information on the practice, visit To schedule an appointment with Mohler or any of the other health care providers, call (843) 770-0404.

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Plug in to joy

By Martha O’Regan

Have you truly wrapped your brain around the fact that we are electromagnetic beings?  We are both electric (energy) and magnetic, yet we are humans, not robots or computers. Our left brain wants to know what it sees and see what it knows so we want to see ourselves as physical structures, we want to keep it simple because it’s what we know. While keeping it simple, let’s have a little fun with the electric aspect.

What are you plugged in to? Think of yourself as a rechargeable battery that, provided you got a good nights’ sleep, is fully charged to begin each day with. Imagine that you have wires that come off of you that are either sending or receiving energy, depending on what you are plugged into. Think about the people in your life that are ‘sucking the life out of you’ as well as the ones that are ‘charging you up’. Tune into how you regularly react—is frustration often draining you dry or do you get a boost from finding the good in most situations?  What about the fuel you put into your body?  Is your body using too much energy to digest large lunches or process multiple cups of coffee or are you nourishing it with healthy choices that are actually replenishing your resources?  Who are you choosing to listen to on a regular basis—are they feeding your soul or just filling your head with nonsensical data?  What about your thoughts—are they full of self-doubt, judgment, or worry? Or, are they thoughts of joy and gratitude for even the little things in life?

So, what circuits are you choosing?  Are any in ‘overload’ or just plain ‘blown’?  Do you hear yourself say ‘I am so tired’, ‘I am totally drained’ or ‘I just don’t have any energy’?  If so, tune into what you are plugged into and decide to ‘unplug’ from the non-essential circuits. Instead of allowing someone or something to pull energy from you, just visualize yourself pulling the plug and thinking ‘nope, I’m not going to plug into that today’. Then, stay grounded (pun intended)—don’t plug it back in. Instead, take a breath and think about plugging into something that cranks up your spirit or brings you joy.

As electromagnetic beings, we are designed to recharge from the earth’s electromagnetic fields. Science now tells us that due to ‘advancements’ of shoes, roads, cars, floors and second story bedrooms, we are not as ‘plugged in’ to the earth as the countless generations before us. We aren’t receiving the earth’s energy as efficiently as those who walked the planet in bare feet or slept on the ground for thousands of years. Additionally, we as a society have been made to fear the sun and dirt, taking us further away from natural resources that our body thrives on. With this knowledge, we are now being encouraged to ‘earth’, to take our shoes off and walk in the grass, dirt, sand or surf, or even hug a tree for 15-30 minutes a day to ‘re-charge’ our battery. Who would have thought the word earth would become a verb?   Through personal experience, I will say that it works. So, if you hear yourself say “I am so tired’ and it’s only 2 o’clock in the afternoon, take your shoes off and head outside. Walk or stand for as long your break will allow you, focusing on your breath and visualizing all of those little circuits disconnecting from the stressors or the day and connecting to the earth—try for at least 10 minutes, then resume your day. You may just be surprised—I know I was. Live Awake in JOY!

Martha O’Regan, is Your ‘B.E.S.T. Life’ Coach, supporting you in accessing your magic with the work of Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique and Vibrational Coaching. Contact 843-812-1328 or to discover just how easy it can be to create change in your life.

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