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Integrative MedicineChoosing Our New Normal

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Do you have mixed feelings about going “back to normal?” The past year has required many changes to our routines and socialization. The pandemic precautions included the cessation of so many activities. We stopped going to school. We stopped eating out. We stopped exercising in gyms or studios. We stopped Read more…

Desert EventsVaccines: Your Questions Answered

In February, Desert Health hosted a livestream with Trilogy at the Polo Club featuring Desert Regional Medical Center’s Director of Pharmacy Services Tim Perlick, PharmD, MHA to answer your questions about vaccinations. As stated in a recent New York Times report, the evidence so far suggests that a full dose Read more…

InspirationLessons to Bring with Us

a fresh start

HAPPY DAY! WE MADE IT. 2021 is upon us, and we all get a fresh, new start. It’s time to set goals, ponder dreams and send forth our intentions for this brand-new year. While we might like to erase much of last year, there are many things learned worth carrying Read more…

Medical NewsA Nurse’s Plea

The American Nurses Association deemed 2020 “The Year of the Nurse,” and as the global pandemic continues, nurses and other medical responders continue to be at the forefront of this crisis.  As a nurse working on the COVID floor at a local Coachella Valley hospital, my colleagues and I experience Read more…

Medical NewsVaccinations: Winning Faith, Trust and Credibility

The possibility of control and eradication of the current global pandemic of coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) is now a distinct reality because of two promising vaccines that have shown safe and effective performance in preventing 95 percent of infections in preliminary data of phase 3 trials. How will these vaccines work? Vaccination Read more…

Medical NewsMindfully Resilient Program Helps Students Heal

With COVID-19 forcing schools into distance learning and the tremendous amount of additional social and emotional trauma in today’s world, teachers Jason Tate, FMCHC of Indio High School and Jodie Capper, CTE from Coachella Valley High School created an online program that helps educators help their students to cope and Read more…

Through the GenerationsWhat My Mother Taught Me

My mother and I could not have been more opposite. She said I came out of the womb with my little fingers daintily pointing into the air. She was one of 11, born to a fruit and vegetable peddler father and a mother who emigrated from Romania and tried her Read more…

FitnessGetting Every Body Moving

There is a new non-profit in the Coachella Valley serving all of Riverside County by offering wellness and sport opportunities for those with disabilities. Palms to Pines Parasports (PPP) was founded in June of last year with the purpose of providing competitive and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities while Read more…

Financial HealthThe Parent Trap

Hello, 2021! Boy, are we glad to see you. However, with an unbelievable year behind us, many are still faced with the repercussions of the extraordinary events in 2020; pointedly, the need for families to move in together. Whether you are a recent college graduate or a full household, moving Read more…

Medical NewsNew PA Pipeline Team Launches in the Coachella Valley

mentoring the future

The Coachella Valley is currently facing a shortage of primary health care professionals, especially those from within our community, and physician assistants are an important resource to meet that need.  OneFuture Coachella Valley (OFCV) is facilitating the launch of a new regional alignment team to address this, with a specific Read more…

Medical NewsChildbearing in the Time of COVID-19

I deeply feel for my pregnant patients right now. I really do. What is supposed to be a time of joy, hope, and excitement has, for the most part, become a time of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. An event that usually brings families together has, unfortunately morphed into a solitary Read more…

Natural OptionsSilver Linings of COVID-19

There comes a point in chaos where finding the silver lining becomes key to coping with it all. This positive focus helps us move forward while continuously facing a multitude of uncertainties. As a doctor specializing in naturopathic medicine with a research background, there have been many silver linings for Read more…

FitnessIt Takes a Village to Stay Healthy and Fit

Living Wellness with Jennifer

As state health officials announced mandates requiring the closure of non-essential public spaces, including gyms, many people began to wonder where to look for inspiration with daily exercise. The fitness industry is certainly being tested in 2020. Going into the fall season, exercise centers in California are working within maximum Read more…

Through the GenerationsCoping with Bereavement

Grieving is a normal process of reacting to the loss of a loved one and affects you mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. While there is no real order to the grieving process, those affected may experience a range of feelings, including denial, disbelief, anger, confusion, shock, sadness, despair, guilt and Read more…

InspirationDesert Life Today

Together Apart

So much has changed. The world has changed. I have changed. Those around me have changed. And life in the desert has certainly changed. While we each found our way to this unique place for different reasons – some to escape city life or retire in the sun, others to Read more…

Medical NewsBuilding a Bridge to Behavioral Health Careers

The Coachella Valley has a critical shortage of behavioral health professionals to serve the needs of our community. To address this need, local behavioral health partners came together as OneFuture Coachella Valley’s Behavioral Health Workforce Team (BH A-Team) in 2016 with the vision that the Coachella Valley will have an Read more…

Financial HealthStaying Safe Financially

piggy bank with glasses and book isolated white background

These are some crazy times. Many of us are not only feeling the stress physically but also financially. The good news is there is financial help out there. Here are some helpful tips to consider: Paying rent. If you are a renter and have lost your job or cannot work Read more…

InspirationWhat We’ve Learned from COVID-19

Committing to health with image of avocados

The many trials and tribulations over the past few months have certainly taught us a lot. One of the most valuable lessons demonstrated is the importance of taking care of ourselves – both physically and mentally. While seniors continue to be most vulnerable to this distressing pandemic, a new report Read more…

Medical NewsA Message from Desert Care Network CEO Michele Finney

As I reflect on the last few months, I am inspired by how our staff at Desert Care Network hospitals have come together to care for our community during COVID-19. I also recognize that there are many members of our community who have postponed medical attention, or need treatment of Read more…

Medical NewsOnline Learning: The New Educational Medium?

Child looking at computer

In 2020, not only has technology proven to be a vital resource in business, educational and governmental environments, it continues to serve as another potential replacement to jobs that were once firmly secured by a warm human brain. It was once thought that teachers could never be replaced. From the Read more…