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The grand opening of the new clinic at Little Axe was a huge success. Our guest speakers were Absentee Shawnee Gov. George Blanchard and IHS Area Director Kevin Meeks. We were also blessed to hear the Shawnee language spoken by tribal elder Isaac Gibson, Sr. He opened up the grand opening with a prayer in his native language. We also had the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Veteran’s Association raise the flags and the Scissortail Drum group performing. Thank you to these two groups who made the day even more special. Other special guests were representatives from the AST Health Board of Directors, the Norman Police Departments, Nabholz Construction Company, BancFirst, Childers Architects, and ADG Project Management Group. We also had visitors from the tribe, local businesses, members from other tribes’ health programs, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this day very special not only to the employees of the health program but to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. 

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Afraid Of The Dentist?

Be careful not to avoid the dentist too much because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse than a toothache. The pain is so intense and noth-ing seems to make it go away . Some people have said “I would rather be in labor than have a severe toothache.” 

Fortunately, most toothaches can be prevented by visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Unfortunately, many people wait until they have a severe toothache before going to the dentist. 

In my dental career, I have noticed that the two major reasons that most people avoid the dentist are finances and dental fears and phobias.
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Employee of the Month - Ms. Marla Throckmorton

Employee of the Month - Ms. Marla Throckmorton - April 2012

Marla Throckmorton has served as the Clinic Administrator for the Shawnee Clinic. She has transformed the Clinic  into an outstanding model of how health care services can be delivered into an effective, caring and compassionate manner.   The number of patient visits have increased 100% over this time last year. She has been a leader in implementing the “Improving Patient Care (IPC)” model of care and as a result on February 14th, 2012, the AST Health System had been selected by the Indian Health Service to participate in this Program.  One of the very few tribal programs, nationwide, who have been selected.  She also serves as co-chairman of the “Customer Service Taskforce” and has been instrumental in the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the AST Health System.   Marla displays outstanding leadership skills and is important part of our AST Health System management team.
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New clinic close to completion

The new clinic at Little Axe is nearing completion. The last of the touch up work is being completed and furniture and equipment are being delivered on a daily occurrence. There is a lot of activity at the new site and many new employees are being hired to staff the facility. The planned first day to start seeing patients will be Monday, April 30, 2012. Because of the need to move employees from the current location to the new clinic, the old clinic at Little Axe will close during the week of April 23-27th. This includes the pharmacy. So please plan accordingly with any refills. We will be moving all medications from the old clinic to the new clinic and pharmacy staff will be doing an inventory of the current medi-cations. All the pharmacy staff from Little Axe will be involved with the move. If you have medication to pick up, please make plans to pick it up before April 23rd. We will not be able to allow patients in the clinic during that week due to movers coming in and out moving supplies and employees from one building to another. During the closing of the old clinic, you will be able to call the Shawnee clinic for urgent care. Any chronic or follow-up appointments will be rescheduled for another time.
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Tooth Sensitivity

Most Common cause of tooth sensitivity in adults is the exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Do your teeth hurt when you eat something cold or hot?  When you breathe in really cold air? Then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity happens when the vulnerable under layer of your teeth-the dentin- is exposed. This allows the tubules that run from the dentin to the nerve to carry pain sensations.  

Causes:
  • Brushing too hard
  • Receding gum line allowing the root to be exposed
  • Excessive  use  of  tooth  whiteners  and  abrasive  toothpaste
  • Mouthwash or foods with high acidity
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April is Foot Health Month

Diabetes & Wellness announces April is foot health month 

Take care of your feet for a lifetime 
  • Keep diabetes under control.  
  • Check your feet every day.  
  • Wash your feet every day. 
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth. 
  • Wear properly fitting shoes and socks at all times. 
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold 
  • Be more active. 
 
You can prevent damage to your feet by looking for  
  • Blisters                          
  • Cuts or scratches 
  • Ingrown  toenails 
  • Red or black spots 
  • Dryness 
 
DIABETES & WELLNESS 
Call us today to schedule a foot exam 
Little Axe Clinic 
15702 E. Highway 9 
405 360-0698 
Shawnee Clinic 405 878-5850
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Get Fit for Spring

Warm Weather is Here! Let’s Get Moving!

As spring approaches, it is now a good time to start preparing for some outdoor activities. One of the most easiest and basic forms of physical activity is walking. We walk when we go shopping, we walk at work, we walk to check the mail, and we walk for many other reasons. We pretty much walk all of the time. However, walking for exercise can be different. Walking may be performed at many levels of intensity. In order for walking to become an exercise, we must walk for certain periods of time with variety of intensities. A good way to begin a walking routine is to begin with finding a safe area for you to walk. Walking with a partner is a great way to maintain good support and safety. Once you find area suitable for safe walking, begin you walk with a moderately paced stride for 5-10 minutes, for a good warm-up.

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Behavioral Health - New Staff

The Behavioral Health Department welcomed a new member to the staff this month. Monte Blake is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, with 26 years of experience in mental health and social services. Utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy coupled with an empathic understanding of the psychodynamic influence of early childhood experiences and the complexities of life, Monte has provided therapeutic services to a wide range of populations and people of all races and walks of life. Monte has worked in mental health centers, mental health hospitals and public schools. He has provided therapeutic services in the home and spent ten years providing services to incarcerated men in a medium security prison.

A prevailing philosophy for Monte has been the belief that people are capable of positive change in their life, regardless of their personal struggle, if they are willing to afford themselves an honest self evaluation through reflection, contemplation and examination of their internal dialogue and behavioral choices.

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