Health Briefs, Jan. 21, 2014

Learn how to lose weight with surgery

If you are considering weight loss surgery, attend a free education session presented by the staff of St. Mary’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Mary’s offers all surgical options — gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion procedures — performed by a bariatric-trained surgeon. Learn how the different types of surgery work, who qualifies and how St. Mary’s will support you as you change your life. Family and friends are welcome. Call 298-6400 to register.

Draw blood before the fair


The Grand Valley Health Fair is once again offering low-cost blood screenings. New this year: Participants must get their blood drawn before the actual fair. 

Appointments can be made for blood to be drawn between Feb. 3 and March 7. 

Registration runs through Jan. 31. During that time, visit or call 244-8400 to schedule an appointment. 

Officials expect time slots to fill quickly, so register early. 

The Grand Valley Health Fair is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21-22 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. 

The Grand Valley Health Fair’s mission is to collaborate with community partners to provide access to free or low-cost screenings and to promote health-focused awareness and detection and empower people to take charge of their health.

Spinning Tree opens for healing


Janelle Maurin recently purchased the Grand Junction Returning Balance Therapies office and will be operating under the name Spinning Tree Healing, Maurin said in a news release. 

“I’m excited to launch Spinning Tree Healing as a place where you can come to empower your body to heal,” she said. 

Located at 1000 N. Ninth St., Suite 42, Spinning Tree Healing offers Bowen therapy, detox programs, colon hydrotherapy, supplements and pampering sessions. Maurin said her background, experience, personality and education make Spinning Tree Healing a place where clients can go and receive professional opinions and care for a multitude of conditions including: insomnia, chronic indigestion, respiratory challenges, headaches, fatigue and more. 

Spinning Tree hosts a grand opening party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to explain the health benefits of Bowen and colon hydrotherapy.

Otolaryngologists accredited for CT


Colorado West Otolaryngologists was recently accredited for three years in the area of sinus and temporal bone computed tomography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Computed tomography is a diagnostic imaging tool able to detect minute differences in tissue. CT procedures are performed in hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. CT testing can be an early detector of life-threatening conditions and other diseases.

The skill of the CT technologist is critical for quality and accurate patient testing and results.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on to distinguish top testing facilities and their carefully critiqued operations.

For more information, call Colorado West Otolaryngologists at 245-2400.

GJ audiologist to provide hearing help


Local audiologist Dr. Jennifer Bebee of Western Colorado Hearing Clinic has teamed up with Starkey, a national hearing devices company, to help five local people who are financially unable to purchase digital hearing aids on their own.

Western Colorado Hearing Clinic recently launched the Gift of Better Hearing Program in an effort to help people “Hear for the New Year.” Applications for the Gift of Hearing Program can be picked up at Western Colorado Hearing Clinic, 2139 N. 12th St.. Unit 4, in Grand Junction. In exchange for an application, Bebee is asking people to donate a non-perishable food item. The food collected during the program will be donated to a local food bank.

All applications must be returned to Western Colorado Hearing Clinic by Feb. 28 to be eligible for consideration. For questions about the program, call 549-4660.


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