Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Can REALLY Stick To

We hope everyone got off to a great start this year! How many of you set some New Year's resolutions? Our guess is a lot of you did and many choose to make them health-related, whether it is losing weight or just eating better all together. Too often though, people set resolutions that are not realistic. Our health clinics in Mid Missouri are here to give you a few healthy New Year's resolutions you can really stick to. If you really want to start the year off right and in a healthy direction, schedule your annual check-up with a health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on. Call the Central Ozarks Medical Center nearest to you, our phone number can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Can REALLY Stick To


Work exercise into your normal weekly routine.
People struggle with this but there are a few things you can do to really stick to it. For example, schedule your workouts the same way you would schedule a work meeting or dinner outing. Actually place it into your schedule on your phone or write it in your planner as it is a normal part of your week. You can also do more things at work to stay more active. For example, instead of sending a coworker an e-mail, walk over to them to say what you were going to say. Take breaks to walk outside around the building. If your office allows, bring an exercise ball in and do a few crunches while sitting at your desk.

Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
This is one of the most important healthy New Year's resolutions you can make. Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and stress. Put down your electronics earlier this year and do what you need to do to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. If you are having trouble falling asleep, drink some warm Sleepytime tea or a warm glass or milk.

Write down what you are thankful for every week.
Improve your inner happiness and be more positive this year by writing everything you are thankful for each week.

Use a healthy coping mechanism for stress.
Instead of overeating when you are stressed, take a walk or drink some Stress-Free tea.


Stick to Your Healthy New Year's Resolutions This Year with COMC


We would like to wish everyone Good Luck on sticking to their healthy New Year's resolutions this year. You can do it! We believe in you. Again, we believe to truly be healthy you should start the year off right by scheduling your yearly health check-up at a health clinic in Central Missouri you can trust. Check out the COMC website, www.CentralOzarks.org to learn more about our health clinics and why you should consider us for your next checkup.


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year, Better Teeth! Show Your Kids The Dentist Isn't So Bad.

It is officially 2019 and we hope you had fun celebrating the New Year with your family! Now that it is a new year, what are your New Year's resolutions? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to encourage you to make healthy New Year's resolutions with your kids too, like to overcome their fear of the dentist! Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few tips for helping your kids overcome their fear of the dentist. To try a new dentist this year, contact our Richland Dental Center at 573.765.2510. 



Don't let your child's older siblings or friends tell your child that is scared of the dentist SCARY dentist stories.
Your youngest child could be having a harder time adjusting to the idea of going to the dentist if their older siblings are constantly trying to scare them with made up stories. Be mindful of this and put a stop to it as soon as you can. You don't want your youngest child to feel even more intimidated.

Distract your child while at the dentist office so they can forget about their fear.
Ask the dentist if you can go back with your child. This way you can talk to your child and distract them while the dentist may be reaching for a "scary-looking" instrument.

Show your kids the dentist isn't scary by putting on a brave face yourself.
If you have a fear of going to the dentist, then your kid's are probably going to have a fear as well. Set a good example by going to your regular check-ups and pointing out the positive advantages to going on a regular basis, such as having a better chance at cavity prevention or tooth decay.

Play "dentist" with your kids.
Pretend like you have a dentist's office in the comfort of your own home and act like you are your child's dentist. Show your kids how the dentist really isn't that bad by going through a routine check-up. Count their teeth and try holding up a mirror and showing them their teeth. You'll obviously want to avoid making drill noises. The point here is to make a dentist office visit sound fun rather than scary.

Take your kids to the dentist early on in life.
The earlier you start taking your kids to the dentist, the better. Taking your child to the dentist earlier on in life gives them more time to get used to the cleanings and regular check-ups.


Let COMC Show Your Child The Dentist Isn't Scary!


Our dentists in Richland take pride in offering the best dental care and making sure patients of all ages feel at ease when they walk into our office. If you are tired of your current dentist and are ready for someone new, call COMC. We are ready to show you and your kids the dentist isn't scary!


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Meet Our Own Barton Warren, MD, Laurie Sparr, DNP, FNP, and Casey Page, RDH, CDA, EFDA

Central Ozarks Medical Center hopes you enjoyed your Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year! We couldn't be more excited for 2019. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are also excited to introduce you to our very own Barton Warren, MD, Laurie Sparr, DNP, FNP, and Casey Page, RDH, CDA, EFDA. We appreciate everything they do for us. Keep reading to learn more about them.


Barton Warren, MD

Dr. Barton L. Warren graduated from Tulane Medical University in New Orleans in 1984. He completed a residency at the Medical Center of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Warren has been practicing at Central Ozarks Medical Center for the last 31 years and specializes in family practice and obstetric care. He is board certified in Family Practice Medicine.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family( particularly playing “pirates” with his grandchildren), listening to popular music, and understanding life through faith and politics.




Laurie Sparr, DNP, FNP

Laurie graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Saint Louis University in May 2017.  The focus for her Doctorate was identifying the percentage of families in a federally funded pediatric clinic who reported not having enough food and helping to increase access to community resources for those families.  Laurie has worked in nursing for over 25 years in the areas of behavioral health, home healthcare, oncology, and case management. 

Laurie is an active member of St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice, Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She has presented posters related to Food Insecurity research at St. Louis Nurses of Advanced Practice symposium and the Sigma Theta Tau convention in Indianapolis in 2017.

Laurie is originally from northeastern Montana and has lived in the St. Louis area for the last 25 years.  She has been married for 29 years with 4 children ages 24 to 16.  Lauri enjoys spending time with family, friends, baking, reading, and volunteering in the school and community.

Casey Page, RDH, CDA, EFDA

Casey Page joined the Central Ozarks Medical Center Dental clinic in February of 2018.
Casey attended Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO where she graduated with her Associates in Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting with expanded functions. She is passionate about caring for her patients and their oral health needs, bringing a comforting, gentle touch to her patient care.

Casey is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and is currently serving as secretary on the Missouri Dental Hygienist’s Association state board. She is enjoying learning more about the professional organization and how she can be more involved.

Casey enjoys riding with her husband on their Harley Davidson motorcycle and spending time with their four beautiful children, two of which are twin girls! She is a very busy and proud mother!

We hope you enjoyed learning about these great people. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, please give us a call. Our phone numbers are listed below.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Break Your Unhealthy Habits this Holiday Season with COMC

The holidays are coming! While the holiday season is a time for giving and can be very exciting and fun, people can still tend to get very stresses out this time of year. From planning a huge Christmas feast to rushing around at the last minute to get the perfect Christmas gifts for your family members, there can be a lot to do. When you are running around, rushing to get everything done for your holiday party, all while still managing to work at full-time job - it can be very easy to forget one of the most vital things of all - take care of yourself. Don't lose yourself in unhealthy habits this time of year. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of unhealthy habits that you should work toward breaking this holiday season. If you are looking for a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We believe it is not just about what we do, but how we do it that counts.


Break Your Unhealthy Habits this Holiday Season with COMC


Forgetting to Wash Your Hands
Everyone is likely gathering together for the holidays, everyone from the newborns to the elderly. More people bring more germs, so don’t forget to sanitize. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Sanitize your hands before and after eating. 
  • Always wash your hands after using the restroom. 
  • With all of the excitement around the holidays, you are likely rushing around and you could easily forget to wash or sanitize your hands.
  • It only takes a few minutes, so make the time to sanitize.


Overeating Simply Because It Is The Holidays
Holiday meals can really be delicious but don’t overdo it. Save your leftovers and eat them the next day versus trying to eat everything in one sitting. No one wants a stomach ache the day after Christmas.

Eating Because You're Bored
Who’s guilty of snacking in between arriving at your holiday destination all the way until dinner is ready? The holidays are such a fun time of year, but you don’t have to let your diet slip away. If you are going to snack then try going for the veggie or fruit tray versus the holiday sweets.

Forgetting to Sleep - HUGE no no
If you are hosting Christmas or a New Year’s party at your home, chances are you have been running around busy preparing for your holiday party. Don’t forget to sleep! You still need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, even around the holidays.


Let COMC Help You Take Care of You This Holiday Season!


Happy Holidays from COMC! Here at our health clinics in Mid Missouri, our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties. We also strive to let people know that no health insurance shouldn't mean no affordable healthcare. Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. Learn more about us and check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers: Part 2

Central Ozarks Medical Center is excited to announce we have more Behavioral Health Providers in Camden County. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are honored to have these great people working and providing the best healthcare services to our patients. We pride ourselves on being able to offer underserved communities with affordable healthcare. Keep reading for Part 2 of our Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers blog series.


Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers: Part 2


Danielle Russell, M. Ed., LPC
Danielle Russell, M.Ed., LPC, is a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. After working in the mental health field for 9 years, Danielle went on to continue her education at Lincoln University obtaining a Master's of Education in Counseling.

Danielle began her career in mental health by helping teens who struggled with substance abuse issues. Since completing her Master's degree, she has been working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She has been working in the mental health field for 16 plus years and is truly passionate about helping others.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and gardening.

Brin Ballard
Brin Ballard is a PLPC with over 10 years of experience serving children and adults with Behavioral health needs.  She has worked in community mental health centers and for the Missouri Department of Mental health.  Brin is passionate about working with kids and is excited to see this service assist in the academic success of School of the Osage students. Brin enjoys reading, going to sporting events, and playing outside with her two daughters.


Susan Beck-Case, LCSW
Susan Beck Case, State of Missouri Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked with children and families for over 30 years. Her primary goal throughout her career and life, for that matter, is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She and her husband have filled their empty nest in Lebanon, Missouri with two dogs and a cat!

Affordable Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks


We a discounted fee to patients based on their household size and household income.  The Sliding Fee Program includes fees for medical, dental and behavioral health services. To determine eligibility, please note:

  • Central Ozarks Medical Center will need to ask you to bring in personal financial information.  
  • Any information we ask you for will be strictly confidential.  
  • None of your personal information, financial or medical, can be released without your written consent.  
  • The information we are asking for is used solely to determine household size and household income.  Applications are effective for a one-year period.  
  • Sliding Fee Discount Program participants must complete an application annually Discount Program applications must be completed, signed and approved prior to services being provided.  
  • All participants are asked to notify COMC of income changes as soon as possible after the change occurs.
  • All patients under 19 years of age must have a Medicaid denial letter to be eligible for the Discount Program.

For more information, please call our clinic nearest to you, our phone numbers are listed below.

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573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers: Part 1

It is the belief of our behavioral health providers at the Lake of the Ozarks that physical health is affected by a patient's emotional and behavioral health and that both aspects must be treated for a positive outcome. Our Staff at Central Ozarks Medical Center practice cooperative healthcare and are able to offer tools and programs such as assessments, private consultations, family counseling and when needed; referrals to other specialized resources. Get to know some of our other behavioral health providers. Keep reading to get to know Angela Ross, Michael Cundiff, and Desiree Malam.



Angela Ross
Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, MO and later went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in Illinois where she grew up.

Prior to joining COMC, she worked in the public schools in Illinois as a school social worker and has spent time working in a medical clinic as well as community mental health center. Angela prefers working with students in the school system and their families while also being a resource and consultant to teachers, administrators, and the community.

When she is not working in the Eldon School District, Angela loves spending time spoiling her Golden Retriever and spending time outside with her (weather permitting). She also enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as helping out with her local church and community. She’s always up to watching a good, thought-provoking movie or spending a quiet night at home reading or being creative in her other hobbies.

Michael Cundiff
A St. Louisan by birth and resident there for many years, Michael Cundiff moved to the lake area in 2013. He was drawn to the area by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the people. Cundiff spent thirty-six years in high school settings most of which was as a counselor, followed by eleven years as an agency therapist. For recreation, family water sports activities capture Michael's fancy, but he also piloted his own plane for many years.









Desiree Malam
Desiree received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family.

Prior to becoming a part of the Central Ozarks Medical Center team, Desiree has served military families and implemented a counseling program through a non-profit organization that provided services to families and individuals. She looks forward to providing services to the communities that Central Ozarks Medical Center serves.

Desiree lives in the Waynesville area. She enjoys spending time outside, playing with her grandchildren and traveling.




Behavioral Health Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks


Have you had trouble finding the provider at the Lake to help you with your specific healthcare needs, such as OCD, depression, bipolar, etc.? Whatever your behavioral health issue may be, our providers are here to help you. Schedule your appointment today by calling one of the health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks listed below.

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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Women's Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks

Women's healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks can be hard to find due to this being a smaller area than bigger cities such as Kansas City or St. Louis. However, finding one you can trust is vital. The Central Ozarks Medical Center mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties. Keep reading to learn more about our women's healthcare provider and the services we provide.


Our Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks


Robert Nielsen, DO
Robert C. Nielsen, DO, is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO.  He completed his internship at Des Moines General Hospital and residency at North Oakland Medical Center (Pontiac, MI).  Dr. Nielsen served in the United States Army from 1978-1982, the Iowa National Guard from 1982-1989, and in the Michigan National Guard from 1989-1995 where he served in Operation Desert Storm as a Major in the Medical Corps.

Dr. Nielsen has been practicing Medicine for 27 years and has been with Central Ozarks Medical Center since 2011.

Dr. Nielsen is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.



Pregnancy
Few biological processes are as life-changing as pregnancy. Even the healthiest pregnancies can be taxing. The body undergoes countless changes as it supports the new life growing inside, and most women understandably have countless questions about the process. When you come to us for obstetric care at the Lake of the Ozarks, we promise to be right by your side throughout every step of the process from pregnancy confirmation to your postpartum check-up. Our ultimate goal is to promote your continued good health so that we can work together towards the delivery of a healthy newborn.

General Wellness
Women's bodies are beautifully and intricately designed. In order to maintain optimum health, countless different factors must function together harmoniously and cohesively. We offer a variety of different general wellness services to keep your body functioning at optimum health, including:

  • Breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • Birth control
  • Pap tests
  • Pelvic exams
  • STI and STD tests
  • Immunizations

Gynecology
Reproductive, abdominal, and vaginal health is closely linked to overall physical health. We are here to help you with the multiple health conditions you may face throughout your life. As a few examples, we have experience in helping women with infertility, urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, abnormal pap smears, and menopause.

Need a New Women's Healthcare Provider in Camden County?


Call to make an appointment today. Our clinic locations and phone numbers are listed below and you may call to make an appointment at the one nearest to you. We offer a very well rounded set of healthcare services. To learn more about them, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

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For Appointments Call
573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties