Healthy Habits: Keeping fit after office hours

Pediatrician Trina Wiggins, 55, practices a leg-over-arm pushup in preparation for a Ms. Fitness competition while training at her local YMCA in Las Vegas June 24, 2016.

We all need to blow off steam somehow. Given the special burdens that medical professionals face on a daily basis, Health Care Quarterly thought it might be interesting to find out what they do for themselves to refresh and keep healthy. Their responses ...

Finding an exit from a life on the streets

Rick Denton and Leslieann Farrell, members of WestCare's VIVO project, look for a homeless couple near Flamingo and Industrial roads during a homeless outreach Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

It’s early June, and the suffocating mid-summer heat hasn’t yet consumed the valley ...

Rising numbers of opioid addiction creating alarm on a national level

According to the 2016 United Nations’ World Drug Report, the number of heroin users nationally is now approximately one million, three times the number of people addicted to the drug just 10 years ago...

Hitting the road: Southwest Medical's on-the-go mobile medical center

Patient Geoff Post, left, gets a check-up with David Livingston LPN (licensed practical nurse) in a Medicine on the Move mobile clinic exam room at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The clinic is from Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, in partnership with Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health and Life.

Health Plan of Nevada and Southwest Medical Associates, a part of OptumCare, have partnered to design and commission a customized mobile medical center to bring health care directly to residents in Nevada...

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada: A lifeline for seniors

Client Judith Cran and senior companion Rosalind Robinson packing for the day's activities.

There are various ways to tell the tales of what Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada does for senior citizens through programs like Meals on Wheels and Senior Companion. For clients like Judith Cran and Carmen Roybal, these programs are vital to their quality of life...

Smart shopping can lead to a healthier life

Most people are familiar with the grocery store, but how much do any of us really know about the products we purchase?

Healthy Habits: Dr. Jeffrey Cummings

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings works out in his home gym in Henderson, Sunday, July 3, 2016.

It leaves me feeling like I am protecting my health and longevity ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Robert Kessler, D.O.

Dr. Robert Kessler, D.O., has been biking for 20 years.

"I am lighter than I was in high school...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Yolanda Flores

Yolanda Flores (pictured in the white hat) is a runner.

'I enjoy the energy, endurance and strength achieved by exercising...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. JD McCourt

Dr. J.D. McCourt likes to run to stay in shape.

'On a typical day, when sitting down for a meal, I like to make sure I have some of each of the five food groups...'

A young hero's gift of life

Catherine Guillet's daughter, Lauren, died at the age of 15. One of Lauren's favorite sayings was, "God only picks the most beautiful flowers. We’re all a part of the garden, meant to be different and beautiful. In order for us to flourish, we have to get rid of the weeds."

Even if Lauren hadn’t told me her wishes, we would have donated her organs and tissue because ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Trina Wiggins

Pediatrician Trina Wiggins, 55, practices the splits in preparation for a Ms. Fitness competition while training at her local YMCA in Las Vegas June 24, 2016.

'I enjoy performing to inspire and motivate others to pursue their athletic passion...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Teddy Sim Jr.

Chiropractor Teddy Sim, left, teaches a Zumba class at Lifetime Fitness, 121 Carnegie St., in Henderson, Sunday, July 3, 2016.

'During the day, I am adjusting spines; afterward I am just dancing the night away...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Andrew Cash

Dr. Andrew Cash uses body-weight resistance using a TRX at Anthem Fitness in Henderson June 24, 2016.

I have lifted weights since high school and I also worked on cardio through cross country running, basketball, rugby and Jiu-Jitsu ...

Las Vegas navy veteran first in the world to receive revolutionary bladder cancer treatment

May 20, 2016, was a landmark day for many, including those devoted to treating cancer, the Las Vegas medical community and a local Navy veteran...

Healthy Habits: Dan Heller

Dan Heller plays basketball at 1801 S. Monte Cristo Way, on June 17, 2016.

'It’s not what you eat, it’s how much you eat...'

Nevada is in the top 15 states for drug overdoses

More people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014 than during any previous year on record ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Matthew Schwartz

Dr. Matthew Schwartz, a radiation oncologist, works out at Lifetime Fitness Green Valley in Henderson Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

'Spending time with my family is important to me and being able to do something that we all enjoy is my favorite part...'

How heroin and other opiates can transcend the social ladder

"My mom was a stripper and my dad was a taxi cab driver. I was none of those things," said Vanessa. "My parents both used heroin and were HIV positive because of needle use. I lived in a nice house in Summerlin. I never pictured myself like everyone else that used drugs."

When she found out she was pregnant, Vanessa stopped using drugs and alcohol...

Progressive supranuclear palsy — The search to cure a hard-to-diagnose disorder

More recently, PSP has gained attention as a research model for potential therapeutic agents in the most common neurodegenerative disorder — Alzheimer’s disease ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Souzan El-Eid

Dr. Souzan El-Eid, a surgeon with the Comprehensive Cancer Centers Of Nevada, workouts on a stationary bike Monday, June 20, 2016.

Working out on a regular basis, whether it’s a class or going to the gym on your own, as well as maintaining a healthy diet is important for living a long life...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Carl Allen

Dr. Carl Allen has been golfing since 1990.

'I enjoy the time spent with my colleagues, our beautiful courses, getting better at scoring and the amazingly peaceful environment...'

Uncracking the code to a healthier you

Just because you don’t have a family history of certain conditions does not mean that you are not at risk...

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2016

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2016

We reached out to more than 4,000 physicians and medical professionals in Southern Nevada. We asked them who they recommend in a variety of specialties and are proud to share with you the top names — those doctors who were recommended over and over again ...

Staying one step ahead of brain cancer

Cancer survivor Susan Hilburger teaches yoga at various studios, gyms and corporations around the Las Vegas area.

More than 100,000 chemical reactions take place within the brain every single second...

Advocating for our doctors … and ultimately our patients

It’s been a remarkable seven years here in Southern Nevada. And, now, it’s time for an exciting new chapter not only for me but the medical organization that advocates for so many...

An eating disorder is a disease, not a decision

Restaurants, dinner parties, celebrity chefs and food television networks; eating is a way of life. Other than we ate too much, or we didn’t eat enough, most of us don’t give it a second thought...

Make wound care a priority

Individuals suffering from a break in the skin leading to a wound or ulceration that has not appropriately healed within two to four weeks are at risk ...

Patient Success Story: Shonna Joiner

Two-time breast cancer survivor Shonna Joiner, center, is shown with nurse practitioner Paula Jordan, left, and nurse Marlene Calimlim.

In May 2011, Shonna Joiner discovered a lump ...

Living with autism: Children aren’t the only ones affected

Floor supervisor Katrina Campbell works with a client during an Adult Day Service class for individuals with disabilities at Easter Seals Nevada.

Debbie knew her dad was angry. It wasn’t in the expression on his face or even the tone of his voice. As a child with autism ...

Zarah Villareal, pathology assistant

Zarah "Zee" Villareal, a pathology assistant, is framed by a CT scanner at Southern Hills Hospital Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The scanner is sometimes used to locate areas in the body for biopsies (like a tumor for example).

After spending a day with Zarah Villareal, pathology assistant with the Southern Hills Hospital Laboratory Department, and hearing her phone ring and that greeting several times within a short period, one quickly learns that a day in her work life is much like being a human pinball ...

Michael Mondheim and Jonathan Oishi, medical students

Michael Mondheim, left, a third-year medical student at Touro University, consults with Dr. David Renton after examining a patient at the Touro Health Center Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

It’s easy to imagine medical students in their white coats with a stethoscope around their necks. However, the reality of the day-to-day life of medical school is vastly different...

Deborah Loh, orthodontic resident

Deborah Loh is a student at Roseman University.

When you ask Deborah Loh what motivates her, her answer is simple. It’s her patients...

Bob Vickrey, triage director

Bob Vickrey, director of the Westscare Community Triage Center, conducts a daily meeting with staff ensuring they have what they need too do the work on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Bob Vickrey is no stranger to drama, and for someone who oversees the sticky situations that can arise when trying to help people who have been chronically homeless and addicted rebuild their shattered lives, that’s not a bad thing...

Volunteers in Medicine, medical nonprofit

Volunteers in Medicine Medical Director Rebecca Edgeworth (right) gives a tour to a retired doctor in their clinic on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

It was a picture-perfect morning last Oct. 14, when Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) unveiled the Ruffin Family Clinic ...

Dr. Jay Fisher, pediatric ER physician

Dr. Jay Fisher examines Bruce, a 3-year-old patient who hit his head on a tile floor.

As Dr. Jay Fisher drives to work on the evening of Jan. 10, he fully recognizes the fact that he may have to act quickly...

Dr. Mary Ann Allison, medical oncologist

Dr. Mary Ann Allison is a medical oncologist with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

On the average day, I see patients all morning. Sticking to a firm appointment schedule isn’t easy...

Simon Keith, transplant recipient

Simon Keith is the COO of the Nevada Donor Network.

We all strive for a passionate pursuit in life, and there are only a precious few of us who are lucky to find a career that allows us to pursue said passions. Fortune has struck Simon Keith twice in that respect ...

Chris Gordon, recovering addict

Chris Gordon, a recovering addict, is proving that there is optimism and light in the darkness...

Dr. Eugene Somphone, urgent care director

Around the clock, Dr. Eugene Somphone works to improve patient outcomes and increase access to health care in his role as a medical director ...