Primary Care Providers: Advocates for your Health
Unsure whether it's safe to take an herbal supplement? How about those meal replacement shakes that everyone seems to be selling to their friends? Don't forget the controversy over flossing - is it really OK to stop?
Before you consult Dr. Google or rely on the advice of a friend, consider making an appointment with a primary care provider.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Kumar Abhishek contributed to Our Health Richmond's August-September issue.
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7001 Forest Ave., Suite 405
Richmond, VA 23230
Dr. Richard Pang attended New York University for his undergraduate degree and St. George's University School of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed his residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was in practice in Greensboro, North Carolina, for 13 years before moving to Richmond with his family.
He completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine with the University of Arizona School of Medicine under the directorship of Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Pang also completed his training and certification in Medical Acupuncture at the prestigious Helms Medical Institute that trains physicians over a two-year vigorous training period. He is currently licensed to practice medical acupuncture in Virginia as well as being board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Pang has a strong interest in incorporating his training in integrative medicine and medical acupuncture to use different modalities to manage the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic disease. This involves not only lifestyle and behavior change, but also facets in nutrition, dietary supplements, mind body medicine, and botanical medicine. His goal is to integrate these evidence-based treatment approaches with his traditional medical training and experience.
Dr. Pang also served as a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught medical students in the ambulatory setting. He has travelled to Uganda several times to Good Shepherd's Fold Orphanage to help run a medical clinic for the surrounding villages. He enjoys hiking with his dog and playing racquetball as well as spending time with his family getting to know Richmond, his new home.
What do you enjoy most about being an internal medicine provider?
I do enjoy trying to work with my patients to figure out the diagnosis. Often the patient will tell you the diagnosis in some form. It is the internist's objective is to ask the right questions and do an examination so that diagnosis is revealed. It works most of the time. I also enjoy incorporating my training in Integrative Medicine and Acupuncture to help find different ways for patients to prevent and treat conditions rather than jumping to pharmaceuticals. However, medications are important and deciding which one to use should be a shared decision that requires patients to understand why they need this medicine.
Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
Bon Secours is interested in starting an Integrative Medicine Department and I wanted to be a part of this noble endeavor to help the people of Richmond.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
Spending time with family, playing racquetball to keep fit, and hiking with my family and dog.
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Check out these fun upcoming events!
Saturday, October 22
The Pediatric Connection
1300 Semmes Ave.
Richmond, VA 23224
5K run/walk in support A 5K to benefit Fit4Kids, promoting healthy lifestyles for children in the Richmond area. Following the race there will be food and beer trucks, music, a large silent auction tent, raffles, and games for the family.
Call Federal Marathon Jr.
Saturday, October 29
600 S. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
Join us for a boo-tiful day in Byrd Park at the Call Federal Marathon, Jr. We've got a haunted half mile option and a 1-mile course! This event is sure to put the hustle in your Halloween... mummies (and daddies) are welcome! Come out and celebrate the season with us. We guarantee it'll be a screamin' good time! The Call Federal Marathon, Jr. is part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon - just happening three weeks earlier!
Wine, Women & Shoes
Sunday, October 30
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23233
Sip fine wines, shop the latest shoe styles, and bid on glamorous auction items to benefit the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation.
Anthem Richmond Marathon
Saturday, November 12
Haven't run Richmond yet? What are you waiting for?! The Anthem Richmond Marathon has a scenic course that winds through the city's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods and runs over and along the James River. We love to show off the river so much that we have our finish line and post-race party on the riverfront. We've earned our rep as "America's Friendliest Marathon" (thanks Runner's World!) because of features like our junk food stops and wet washcloth stations! But the perks don't end there. As you run, you'll encounter live bands, DJs, spirit groups, and Party Zones that will help push you through to the finish. Then, after the race, you can celebrate on Brown's Island with hot pizza in one hand and a cold Sierra Nevada BEER in the other.
HealthFair Preventive Screenings
Many Convenient Locations
Bon Secours has partnered with HealthFair to improve the cardiovascular health of the Central Virginia community.Take advantage of a series of tests to screen for major risk factors of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm all offered in a private, convenient mobile health center in less than one hour.
Taco Turkey Boats
This is a great combination of garden-fresh zucchini with spicy turkey filling, topped with melted cheese and refreshing shredded lettuce. This can be served over Basmati rice (our favorite is Lundberg Farms brand) or shredded lettuce or even black beans for a balanced meal.
Ingredients: (We recommend using organic ingredients)
- 4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (or chicken)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves and some stems
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 oz no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1 to 2 jalape�o peppers, minced (optional)
- Finely chopped green onion and/or finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (your choice: vegan or other healthy option)
- Salsa for garnish, optional
- Shredded lettuce for topping and as a possible bed for the boats
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.
- Using a small spoon, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half.
- Chop the scooped out zucchini flesh and save 1/2 cup to add to the taco filling (squeeze excess water with a paper towel,) discarding the rest.
- Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking up as it cooks. When no longer pink, add the chili powder, garlic , cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt and mix well. Add the reserved zucchini, tomato sauce, salsa, and water. Stir and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
- Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat evenly, pressing firmly. Top each with 1 Tbsp of shredded cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Top with cilantro and/or green onions if desired.