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Adam Feingold, MD: YRMC 2019 Physician of the Year
Kind, compassionate and willing to share his knowledge with staff are three recurring phrases employees and medical staff members use to describe Adam Feingold, MD, FACOG, Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) 2019 Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year. “I am truly grateful and honored for this incredible recognition from my YRMC colleagues—my work family,” said Dr. Feingold, a highly skilled Obstetrician-Gynecologist. “The work I do involves many different kinds of professionals – physicians, nurses and other clinicians – in order to fully care for the patient. To a person, every member of the YRMC team with whom I work is outstanding and ready to serve patients.” A Teacher at Heart An Arizona native, Dr. Feingold earned a double-major degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He graduated with distinct honors in 1986. Medical school took Dr. Feingold to Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He pursued his medical residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Feingold’s love of teaching was recognized during his residency as he was named the Teacher of the Year in 1995. He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. After completing his medical residency, Dr. Feingold returned to his hometown of Phoenix, where he worked for Cigna Healthcare. In 1998, he left the Valley to join YRMC and put down stakes in the Quad Cities. “It was a great honor for me to present this award to Dr. Feingold,” said John Amos, President and CEO, YRMC. “As a long-time member of our medical staff, Dr. Feingold has been with YRMC for many important milestones, including the opening of the Family Birthing Center at YRMC East in 2010. Dr. Feingold is an exceptional individual and an amazing physician. We are proud to recognize him as our 2019 Physician of the Year.” Promoting Excellence and Earning Recognition Dr. Feingold currently serves as medical director of the Yavapai Laborist Program, which was created to ensure a board-certified OB/GYN is always on-site at YRMC’s Family Birthing Center. He also has served as chairman of YRMC’s Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology and was a member of YRMC’s Credentialing Committee. In 2010, Bridgeway Health Solutions of Arizona – now Arizona Complete Health –presented Dr. Feingold with the Summit Award for Obstetrics. Dr. Feingold was recognized for the high-quality obstetrical services he consistently provides members of the organization’s health plan. Qualifying for Physician of the Year YRMC’s Total Healing Environment Physician of the Year is selected annually by YRMC employees and medical staff and presented to a physician who: Provides excellent patient care. Is sensitive to the needs and desires of patients. Emulates positive relationships with employees and volunteers. Is respectful to all and a team player. Takes pride in YRMC and the community. In his leisure time, Dr. Feingold enjoys spending time with his family as well as pursuing his hobbies, which include stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking.
YRMC PhysicianCare Welcomes Tamika Davis, NP, Palliative Medicine
Yavapai Regional Medical Center PhysicianCare is pleased to announce that Tamika Davis, NP, has joined our Palliative Medicine team at 7880 E. Florentine Road in Prescott. She has completed a Master of Science in Nursing, Adult Gerontology at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please call (928) 775-5567 to schedule an appointment. YRMC PhysicianCare is pleased to accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Healthy Legs, Healthy Life: Presented by Anil Kumar, MD
Yavapai Regional Medical Center brings you the Medical Director of The Vein Center at YRMC, Anil Kumar, MD, FACC, FSVM, DABVLM, DABVM, RPVI, RPhS, for an important discussion about the circulatory system and why keeping it healthy is vital to our overall wellbeing, particularly as we age. Dr. Kumar will provide an overview of the vascular system and how blood flow can be compromised. He’ll discuss steps we can take right now to keep our veins and arteries healthy. In addition, Dr. Kumar will give an overview of the most common conditions associated with poor blood flow and the latest treatments. Dr. Kumar will answer questions such as: How does the health of my veins and arteries relate to my overall health? How do I know if I am at risk? What steps can I take now to prevent issues later? What role do compression stockings play? Is medication necessary? What are the latest options for diagnosis and treatment? Join Dr. Kumar on Friday, February 14th from 9 AM to 10:30 AM at The Club at Prescott Lakes, 311 E. Smoke Tree Lane, Prescott. Seating is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, February 7th by using the “EVENTS” tab at yrmchealthconnect.org. If you don’t have computer access, you can call (928) 708-4636 to register. Coffee, water and breakfast bars will be served. Anil Kumar, MD, FACC, FSVM, DABVLM, DABVM, RPVI, RPhS is board certified in Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. He is also certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, Vascular Medicine, Vascular Imaging, the National Board of Echocardiography, and the Certification Boards of Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular CT. Dr. Kumar has presented his research at more than 15 regional, national, and international conferences. He has participated in several clinical studies and has authored numerous publications including original articles, review articles, case reports, and abstracts. A fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Vascular Medicine, Dr. Kumar is affiliated with many other professional societies including the American Venous and Lymphatic Society. He currently practices at The Vein Center at YRMC, located at the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 North Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley.
Don’t Let Chronic Pain Define You
If you are one of the millions of people in this country who struggle with chronic pain, you know firsthand how it can hinder your quality of life. You may have explored just about everything in an attempt to cope with your pain—injections, medications, chiropractic care, surgery—yet the pain persists. YRMC’s Chronic Pain Self-Care Program can help. This innovative program will show you how to work in concert with your body and mind to understand and ease chronic pain through self-empowerment techniques and physical therapy. You will learn ways of treating pain that work best for you. Since chronic pain is an individualized experience, your particular form of self-care is individualized, too. All you need is the willingness to learn more about what chronic pain actually is and what you can actively do about it. “The more we understand the predicament of chronic pain, the more empowered we are to disempower the pain process,” says Cheryl Van Demark, a physical therapist and certified yoga therapist who leads the Chronic Pain Self-Care Program as part of YRMC’s Physical Rehabilitation Services Department. What the Program Covers This program helps you understand the role played by your nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) in perpetuating chronic pain. “When we enter a chronic pain experience, a number of changes happen in our nervous system,” Van Demark explains. “This program is about identifying and understanding those changes so you can begin working with your nervous system to unlearn conditioned responses to pain.” Along with exploring the neurological side of pain, the Chronic Pain Self-Care Program engages the whole person – body, mind and spirit – in a holistic approach to pain that aligns with YRMC’s Vision of a Total Healing Environment. The program explores ways to: Reduce stress Feel sensations of comfort and relaxation Use food as medicine Face fear of movement Mitigate suffering Cope with uncertainty Befriend the body Pace physical activity Develop self-compassion You’re in Good Hands This multidisciplinary approach draws from YRMC’s diverse pool of experienced health professionals in chronic pain management, to include: Cheryl Van Demark, PT Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist Rich Tenney, PT Physical Therapist and Postural Restoration Specialist Steven Galper, MD, JD, ABPN Board Certified in Neurology, Psychiatry and Pain Medicine Craig Leicht, MD Interventional Pain Management Rita Carey Rubin, MS, RD, CDE Therapeutic Dietician YRMC’s Chronic Pain Self-Care program consists of five, two-hour classes that meet on consecutive Fridays. Every six weeks you can join your classmates in an empowerment group dedicated to practicing learned skills. There is no additional cost to attend this empowerment group and you are free to ask a support person to join you. Participation in the program requires a referral by your physician. Please ask your physician to fax a referral to (928) 771-5507. If you have additional questions about Chronic Pain Self-Care at YRMC, please call YRMC’s Physical Rehabilitation Department at (928) 771-5131. The cost of the program should fall under your health insurance company’s physical therapy benefit.
Five Healthy Habits to Change Your Life in 2020
There’s nothing like starting the New Year with healthy habits that are reachable and will make a big difference in your life. Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has selected five healthy habits to inspire you in 2020 and beyond. Healthy Habit #1: Get regular preventive screenings. Preventive screening tests can detect illness early, when it’s most treatable. The screenings you need will depend on your health history and age. Here are some recommendations to jump start a conversation with your healthcare provider: Ages 18-39 – Most of the recommended preventive screenings in this age group can be completed during an annual physical. Depending on your health history, your provider may screen for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and diabetes. For women, routine pelvic exams and pap smears screen for cervical cancer and other conditions. Don’t have a healthcare provider? Contact YRMC’s Physician Listing Service at (928) 771-5106. Ages 40-65 – Additional screenings are important for women and men 40 years and older. Mammograms, which screen for breast cancer, are recommended annually for women starting at age 40. Most men age 50 or older should have a prostate blood test and an exam. Male or female, when you reach 50, your physician will recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. Age 65 and older – Bone density screenings – which measure bone strength to prevent fractures – typically begin at age 65. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, age 50 or older and have recently suffered a broken a bone, talk to your healthcare provider. Another screening schedule may be recommended for you. And men, ask your physician if you should be screened for osteoporosis, too. You could be at risk for osteoporosis if you used steroids for an extended time, are considered low body weight, smoke, use alcohol frequently, or had a fracture after age 50. Women, talk to your healthcare provider about the breast screening and bone density screening plan that fits your health history. The latest screening mammography and bone density screening technologies are available at: The BreastCare Center at YRMC at (928) 442-8900 Prescott Medical Imaging and Prescott Valley Medical Imaging at (928) 771-7577 YRMC Imaging Services at (928) 771-7577 Round out your preventive health habits in 2020 with regular dental and eye exams, as well as updated immunizations and annual flu shots. Healthy Habit #2: Eat right. Whether your goal is weight loss or weight management, moderation – not deprivation – is the key to success. Eat smaller portion sizes and fill up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and lean protein. Be mindful of what you eat and stay hydrated to maintain the energy you need throughout the day as well as to manage cravings. YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen offers nutritious, delicious and affordable plant-based meal options if you’re looking for some inspiration. Healthy Habit #3: Commit to regular exercise. Physical activity is crucial to long-term health. Work, family obligations and lack of energy can interfere with those needed workouts. If hours at the gym are not an option, or even an interest, get creative. Try walking during your lunch break, stretching while watching TV or riding your bike to run that errand. Hold yourself accountable by exercising with a friend or tracking your progress with a smartphone app. Has it been a while since you’ve exercised? Ease into a routine. You may also want to talk to your healthcare provider. Healthy Habit #4: Manage stress and pay attention to your mental health. As life gets busier, that to-do list and social calendar can start to feel overwhelming. Taking care of your mental health is another piece of the overall health puzzle. Calming practices like meditation and deep breathing are equally as important as taking some time for yourself and talking with a friend. Identify your stressors and look for ways to reduce them. Remember, a good laugh, a brisk walk or a hot bath can go a long way to easing a difficult day. Healthy Habit #5: Catch your ZZZs. Getting enough quality sleep not only keeps you sharp for the day but it is also critical for mental, emotional and physical health. When you sleep, your brain and body have a chance to repair and rebuild. A good sleep helps you learn better, get along with others and even builds muscle. So, turn off those screens, unwind to some calming music and get some rest. You deserve it. To keep you motivated during 2020, visit and subscribe to YRMC HealthConnect. We’ll inspire you with healthy living tips, local learning opportunities and answers to your healthcare questions.
YRMC PhysicianCare Gastroenterology Welcomes Dr. Rukshana Cader
Yavapai Regional Medical Center PhysicianCare is pleased to announce that Rukshana Cader, MB, BCh, BAO, has joined our Gastroenterology team at our outpatient clinic located at 810 Ainsworth Drive, Suite A, Prescott, AZ 86301. Dr. Cader is a graduate of the Trinity College Medical School and completed a Medicine Internship in Ireland. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University in Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Cader completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship and a Gastroenterology Motility Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine in Maryland. To schedule an appointment, please call (928) 771-5548. YRMC PhysicianCare accepts most insurance plans including Medicare.
YRMC PhysicianCare Welcomes Reynald Forde, MD, Family Medicine
Yavapai Regional Medical Center PhysicianCare is pleased to announce that Reynald Forde, MD, Family Medicine, has joined the Primary Care team at our outpatient clinic located at 7700 East Florentine Road, Building B, Suite 101, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. Dr. Forde is a graduate of the City University of New York and York College. He has completed a Doctor of Medicine at the International University of the Health Sciences in Saint Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. Additionally, Dr. Forde has completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Forde is currently accepting new patients. Please call (928) 442-8710 to schedule an appointment. YRMC PhysicianCare is pleased to accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Eat Well in 2020 with YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen!
Are you ready to shake up your diet, savor simple, flavorful meals, meet some neighbors, and learn a whole lot about healthy eating along the way? You can start right here at YRMC HealthConnect, where we’ve been stocking the library at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen with dozens of stories packed with easy, delicious recipes, cooking tutorials, reliable nutrition information, interviews with local chefs, farmers, kids, teachers, doctors, gardeners, and more! As the host of YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, I rely on my experience as a Registered Dietician, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Personal Chef, as well as my lifelong love of good food to create flavorful meals, snacks, beverages and even desserts that nourish and satisfy. With a focus on incorporating fresh, affordable ingredients, I take you step by step through each recipe, sharing helpful cooking and nutrition tips along the way, including this easy way to dice an onion! In the Your Healthy Kitchen catalog, you’ll find recipes suitable for anyone looking for healthy meal ideas, plus extra tips for eating well with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Want to learn how to prepare and enjoy more vegetables, whole grains, fresh herbs and greens? We’ve got you covered with videos featuring vibrant flavors, fresh, colorful produce, and nourishing grains, including barley, oats, quinoa, and more. Printable recipes with nutrition information and an estimated cost per serving, like this one for our popular Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad, are posted at YRMC HealthConnect with every video. Check out the video that shows how to make this flavorful, nutrient-packed crowd pleaser and learn about the benefits of barley as well! Guests from YRMC and the community join us frequently on the set and in the field, bringing delicious local flavors and bright, talented people into the kitchen. Want to learn more about the Breast Care Center at YRMC, Preventive Medicine and Wellness at the Pendleton Centers, or the James Family Heart Center? Check out our videos featuring the fabulous folks who work with and lead these programs! We also have great footage featuring local farmers, gardeners, and chefs, including this fun episode with Sharla Mortimer and me preparing a delicious meal at Mortimer Farms. To view more of our videos, interviews, articles and recipes, simply go to YRMC HealthConnect, scroll down the page and click on the Your Healthy Kitchen blog. You can also access additional videos, including short interviews with farmer friends, all of our episodes on AZTV’s local morning variety show, and even footage of the amazing human-powered smoothie machine on the Yavapai Regional Medical Center You Tube Channel. You can also follow me on Facebook, at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, where I share what I am making in my kitchen at home, plus links to other helpful recipe sites and videos, gardening tips, food and nutrition related events in the community and more. Whether you are just learning to cook and changing your diet or are already comfortable in the kitchen, there’s something here for everyone. Hope to see you soon! Taco Time at Mortimer Farms