The Mind-Body Connection

Integrative Medicine Focuses on Optimal Health Strategies The providers of Integrative Medicine include, from left: Angela Lim, D.O.; Sandra Skates, D.O.; Karin Grumstrup, N.P.; and Eric Hassid, M.D. Integrative Medicine in the VacaValley Wellness Center brings Functional Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) together in one setting. The two specialties work closely together with the…
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Special Care for Special Needs Patient & Family

Mark Nelson (center) puts a comforting arm around his nephew Jonathan as the pair pays a visit to the NorthBay Surgery Center in Vacaville to thank NorthBay nurses Holly Green (left) and Elizabeth Scott-Paulsen. When a special needs patient needs dental surgery, it can be a bit of an ordeal. Just ask Mark Nelson, of…
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Veteran Turns Grief into Outreach

Grieving veterans Mike Goodwin (left) and Mike McGee found camaraderie and a common connection through Linda Pribble’s special bereavement support groups. For years, Mike Goodwin of Fairfield was locked in an emotional prison, unable to deal with the devastating loss of his son, Joshua. “I had heard that there were things available to help people…
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Break Your Bad Habits

Psychologist Eric Niemeyer We all have at least one—that bad habit we promise to someday overcome. Whether your bad habit affects your health and lifestyle, such as smoking, overeating or overspending, or simply annoys you or your loved ones, such as nail biting, swearing or knuckle-cracking, you can break the habit, says Eric Niemeyer, a…
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Down But Not Out

Pets Can Lift Spirits of Those Fighting Depression Eric Niemeyer, PsyD, is one of three psychologists at the Center for Primary Care. Feeling blue, lonely, tense? Maybe what you need to lift your mood can be found at the end of a leash, rather than in a bottle of pills. There are many ways that…
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New Choice for Breast Reconstruction Following Cancer Surgery

“In terms of recovery time, breast implant-based reconstruction is often the easiest to physically recover from.” —Jason Marengo, M.D. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Not only do you have decisions to make for treatment, you also have choices when it comes to breast reconstruction. Until now, cancer surgery came first, and plans…
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Celebrating a Place of Comfort

Al and Patt Shaw of Fairfield are presented with a guitar by Bryson Roatch, signed by his brother, Papa Roach lead singer Jacoby Shaddix, during the NorthBay Bereavement Center Open House. A place where those who grieve find comfort and solace became a place of celebration in October 2012, when more than 70 guests gathered…
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Save the Date for 26th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee

The 26th Annual 2013 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, the area’s premiere food- and wine-tasting event, returns to the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville on April 19, 2013. The Jubilee, organized by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to support the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, has raised more than $2.8 million, enabling NorthBay to provide physical,…
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Day of Dance Goes to the Movies

The third annual NorthBay Spirit Day of Dance is Saturday, Feb. 23, at Brenden Theatre in Vacaville. The event will feature a free screening of the new Nicholas Sparks movie “Safe Haven” starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. The event begins in the theatre lobby, where several health screenings are planned. Each participant…
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A Love Story…

…Still Strong Despite Alzheimer’s Disease The love story of Eugene Lyons, 88, and his wife, Laura, 83, of Vacaville, continues even as they face a life changed forever by Alzheimer’s disease. Today they are among the families who rely on the respite care provided by the NorthBay Adult Day Center on the VacaValley campus. Married…
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