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The Brighter the Color, the More Nutritious the Fruit!

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Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you. In fact, according to the Healthy Eating Plate by Harvard School of Public Health, half of every meal should be made up of fruits and vegetables! But not all fruits are created equal.

Summer fruits that are bright in color such as honeydew melon, mangos, and cantaloupe are generally more nutritious than duller-colored fruits. Keep in mind that you’re looking at the color of the fruit flesh, not the peel or skin. Orange vegetables are especially good for you. Organic fruits are even healthier, as they are pesticide free.

Take a look at the list below to see which summer fruits have the most antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Choose your favorites and throw together some delicious Fruit Skewers!

The Brighter the Color, the More Nutritious the Fruit! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dwarfism and Little People Health Awareness Event, Oct. 18 in Holly Springs

0 Comment(s) | | by Reuel Heyden |

October 18, 12 pm - 5 pm FastMed Urgent Care, Lowes Foods, Base Like Draft House and many other local businesses will be helping to host a Dwarfism and Little People Health Awareness Event in the Holly Springs Crossing Parking lot, located at the corner of Holly Springs Road and Base Lake Road in the town of Holly Springs.

Open to the public, the event has something for the entire family, from live music and entertainment, to good food, games for kids and adults, prizes and raffles and information Dwarfism.

The event is being put on by Lindsay Thomas who hopes to educate the community on Dwarfism, its causes, changes for those with family or friends with dwarfism and improvement of treatment and health care options for little people. Lindsay’s daughter Lilly was diagnosed shortly after birth, and their family is paving the way for brighter futures for parents of and children with Dwarfism.

Please click here to join the event and let us know you are coming so we can plan to have enough for everyone!

Personal Letter from Lindsay

On February 28, 2013 my husband Joel and I welcomed our first child into the world.  After twenty and half hours of labor, a C-section, and a short stint in the neonatal intensive-care unit, we were informed that our child showed signs of achondroplasia, a fourteen letter word that we could barely pronounce much less understand.  Three weeks after arriving home with our baby girl it was confirmed through genetic testing that our little girl was indeed a little person.  Our daughter was born with a disorder of bone growth that causes the most common type of Dwarfism.  We were shocked because my husband and I are both of average height and neither of us have family history of Dwarfism. We learned that approximately 80% of little people are born to average height parents and it occurs in approximately 1 in 24,000 births.  We were given a wealth of overwhelming information in a three ring binder regarding medical issues that our child could possibly face including but not limited to sleep apnea, hydrocephalus, and skeletal deformation that could require bracing.  At two months of age it was confirmed through a sleep study that our daughter Lilly was demonstrating periods of central apnea where her automatic response to breath is interrupted and could cause periods of oxygen deprivation.  It was suggested that she have spinal decompression surgery as soon as possible.  This surgery consisted of shaving the base of her skull (foramen magnum) to allow for more room for the spinal cord to exist without compression.  One of the riskiest parts of the surgery for Lilly was undergoing anesthesia due to her inability to breath for herself consistently.  The surgery was a success and after about two weeks of recovery we started to notice improvements in her physical and cognitive development.  

Lilly is now sixteen months old and in addition to her spinal decompression surgery has underwent two surgeries to receive tubes in her ears, adenoids removed, and three sleep studies to monitor her breathing.  She has been receiving physical and occupational therapy to aid in her physical development since she was about four months old.  We see doctors at Duke, Chapel Hill, Wake Med, Rex Hospital, Raleigh Neurology, Western Wake Pediatrics, and ENT and Audiology Associates to maintain appropriate care for Lilly locally but also travel to Nemours Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware to seek the expertise of a skeletal dysplasia specialist twice a year.  It has been a scary yet beautiful journey navigating life for our precious daughter.  However, it is very frustrating as a parent to be told "I'm not sure" or "I'll have to check on that" by medical professionals when you are facing surgeries or other important medical decisions that will affect your child forever.  

We've been very fortunate to have a wonderful group of doctors who are willing to learn and educate themselves as well as us as parents on the appropriate care for little people.  But not all families are as fortunate.  Familiarity and understanding for the little people community needs to be brought to the forefront, starting with the medical community.  Broader health care provider education and training for treatment of children with Dwarfism gives confused parents a solid starting point to gain awareness and acceptance of their situations.  The scariest part for me as a mother learning about Lilly's diagnosis was the unknown, and I am passionately working within the community to increase awareness, education and acceptance of children born with Dwarfism, and increased access to medical treatment of those children and little people. As her biggest advocate I aim to provide a loving and accepting community for my daughter, as well as all other little people through education and awareness on Dwarfism.

Meet the Provider - Teri Fitzgerald

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Teri Fitzgerald, PA-C
Full Time Provider of FastMed Urgent Care in Tempe, AZ off of Elliot Rd.

Teri Fitzgerald joined Advanced Urgent Care a little over a year ago and is excited to now be a member of the FastMed team. She has over 3 years of experience in urgent care and is currently the only full time provider at the Elliot Clinic in Tempe, AZ.

Prior to FastMed, Teri worked at several other urgent care clinics in the Phoenix area. She began her career in pediatric cardiothoracic and trauma surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital prior to switching to urgent care.

Teri was originally born in Dallas, Texas, but moved to Phoenix at the age of two. She achieved her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Health Education from the University of Arizona in 2008. Then, she attended Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant Program and received her Master's Degree as a Physician Assistant in 2010.

Teri is married to Ryan, her husband of four years and they have a two year old Olde English Bulldog named Bailey. She enjoys spending time with her family, do it yourself home projects, and reading non-fiction novels.

Meet the Provider - Beth Lockhart

0 Comment(s) | | by Eric Torres |

Beth Lockhart was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. She moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. At ASU, she received her undergraduate degree in psychology and went on to work in the field of human adoption for 12 years where she wrote many publications in the field. In 1999, Beth graduated from Arizona School of Health Sciences (now A. T. Still University) with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

After graduating from Arizona School of Health Sciences, Beth got an experience most people do not get. She spent six years working in Washington State in a remote clinic that was 45 miles from anywhere where her only neighbors were cows. Eventually, however, she missed her friends and moved back to Phoenix. Throughout her career, Beth has worked in family practice, retail medicine, and urgent care.

From 2007-2008 Beth worked full time for Advanced Urgent Care, and then returned to the company in 2013 to work full time at the Indian School clinic. She says that she is extremely happy to be back, and looks forward to a great future with FastMed.

When not at work, Beth is active in animal rescue and animal welfare. You'll find her rehabilitating small dogs with any number of issues, as well as working toward improving the lives of homeless pets in general.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral illness that usually affects young children. It should not be confused with foot-and-mouth or hoof-and-mouth disease, which only occurs in animals. Because this disease is most frequently spread through oral ingestion, it is common in childcare settings. As any parent knows, young children frequently put their hands in their mouths, and this can be one of the fastest ways to get hand, foot, and mouth disease. Over time, exposure to the virus builds antibodies in the immune system, so it’s less common among teenagers and adults, although they can still spread the disease.

Your child may not show symptoms of HFMD until three to seven days after infection. The first sign of the illness is usually a fever, accompanied by sore throat. A day or two after the fever begins, you may see painful sores in the child’s mouth or throat, as well as a rash on the hands, feet, or buttocks.

The mouth and throat sores are often painful, and your child may have difficulty swallowing, which can lead to dehydration. Use an oral spray to numb the pain, as hydration is essential to recuperating from an illness. Milk may be gentler on the throat than more acidic options like juice. There is no treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease, but symptoms generally clear up on their own after seven to ten days. Rest and hydration will speed the healing process, and you may administer Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain or fever, if necessary.

You can avoid HFMD as well as several other viruses by developing good hygiene habits. This includes thoroughly washing your hands after using the bathroom, before preparing meals, and after touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Encourage little ones to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, and to cover their mouths with their elbows when they cough or sneeze.

If you or a family member has a fever lasting more than a couple of days, or develops a rash on the hands, feet, or buttocks, you can come to your local FastMed that same day to get it checked out. There’s no appointment necessary, and you’ll get the same great care you’d receive at any doctor’s office. 

Why Get Your DOT Physical at FastMed? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Independent truck drivers require a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam every two years, but long hours and inconvenient schedules can make it difficult for most truck drivers to secure a timely appointment. Here at FastMed, we offer convenient, extended hours to accommodate people with time constraints or inflexible working commitments.

Unlike traditional family practices, FastMed Urgent Care locations accept walk-ins well after normal business hours and on weekends, which can be convenient for professionals who don’t work a traditional 9 to 5 job. FastMed has several locations near the I-40 on both the East and West Coasts in North Carolina and Arizona.

FastMed’s locations boast FMCSA-certified providers who can help you 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Exams are as low as $85, and you can schedule an online check-in with ZipPass right now. Find supplemental information on how to prepare for your visit, or check out the comprehensive FastMed DOT Exam Program pamphlet to learn more about the examination process. 

Call your local FastMed today, and take the first step toward completing your required DOT physical exam. 

Why Get Your DOT Physical at FastMed? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top 5 Summer Allergies [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Summer allergies can be one of the more annoying causes of sniffles and clogged sinuses during everyone’s favorite time of year. Luckily, FastMed has plenty of convenient locations and all kinds of great online help and information for your summertime fun and care. Allergies can cause a wide range of reactions; for some, it’s a mild nuisance, but for others it can cause serious distress. Knowing common triggers can help you avoid discomfort.

Below, you’ll find the most common types of summer allergens so you’ll be better prepared when heading outdoors or speaking with a physician or nurse about how you might better control your allergies. The basic forms tend to be mold, poisonous plants, stinging insects, pollen, and things we eat like seasonal fruits and vegetables. Let’s take a more detailed look in the infographic: 

Top 5 Summer Allergies [INFOGRAPHIC]

FastMed Offers Discount Sports Physicals at Select Locations

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From now until August 31, 2014, FastMed Urgent Care will offer $15 Sports Physicals at the Kernersville, NC location and $20 Sports Physicals at the Salisbury, NC location. The sports physicals are good for one year and can be used for school sports teams, youth organizations, camps and more.  As always, walk-ins are welcome at all of our locations. Kids of all ages are encouraged to stop in and receive their sports physicals.

To print the sports physical voucher for the Kernersville, NC location, click here.

To print the sports physical voucher for the Salisbury, NC location, click here.

FastMed is also offering $55 DOT Physicals at the following locations: Kernersville, Salisbury and Charlotte at Wilkinson Blvd.


Open on the 4th of July

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FastMed Urgent Care is here for you, when you need us, where you need us, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including the 4th of July.

Most of our clinic holiday hours are: 8am to 4pm  

We are open all federal holidays including: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Click here for your nearest location and check-in online:

Meet the Provider - Sally Hartzell

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Sally began as a part time provider for Advanced Urgent Care in December 2009, picking up different shifts that were available. She went full-time in August 2011 at the Phoenix clinic off of Bell Road and 7th street and is excited to be a part of the FastMed team.

Sally completed her undergraduate at Arizona State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She then went on to nursing school, which she completed at Gateway Community College. Before becoming a Physician Assistant (PA), Sally was an Registered Nurse and worked as an emergency room nurse while attending PA school. She graduated from PA school in 1999 from Arizona School of Health Sciences, now called A.T. Still University. After graduation, she worked two years in Internal Medicine in Scottsdale and then 10 years in family practice.

Sally has been married to her husband for almost 24 years. Together they have three children; two boys and one girl. She really likes animals and currently has three dogs, four cats and two chickens.

In her free time, Sally really enjoys camping, gardening, traveling and playing in her jeep. Her husband owns a Harley motorcycle and together, they go to a lot of different bike rallies. 

Click here for the address to our Bell Road clinic.