8 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy
Lauren O'Brien, MD

The month of August contains quite a few awareness days concerning topics of conception, pregnancy, and child rearing. National Breastfeeding month takes place over the course of the month, while the week of the 7th is Exercise with your Child week, and Thursday the 18th is Birth Control Pills Day. Accordingly, we wanted to start a conversation about family planning.
It is never too early to start thinking about optimizing your health for a future pregnancy. Whether you are currently trying to conceive or still years away from babies, knowing this important information will help guide your path to pregnancy.

Click here to learn more about steps you can take for a healthy pregnancy.

If you've ever blushed from embarrassment, "glowed" from happiness, or experienced an "angry" breakout of your skin, you know that your skin can mirror what you are feeling within. Emotional issues, stress, and other psychological factors can activate or worsen certain skin conditions. So what can you do to maintain a positive and healthy view of yourself when suffering from skin problems?

Click here to learn more about loving the skin you're in! 

Marissa Martino, R.D.

Diabetes is when your body can't regulate blood glucose- or sugar- properly, causing all sorts of harmful and long term effects. Type 2 is the form of diabetes that develops from insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone that allows the sugar from the food that we eat into our cells, which is then converted into usable energy. If we eat too many foods high in carbohydrates and simple sugars, our blood sugar skyrockets. Insulin is then released in an attempt to lower and regulate our blood sugar. This feedback mechanism causes blood sugar to be lowered, which is the "crashing" feeling we get about 45 minutes after a sugary snack such as a muffin or donut. This rollercoaster effect of constant high and low blood glucose wreaks havoc on the body, and eventually leads to insulin resistance. 

Click here to learn more about using diet to control diabetes! 

Skincare for 360-degree Health
Our Dermacenter Medical Spa assists our patients on their journey of long-lasting skin health, by treating skin issues and maintaining healthy and beautiful skin throughout all stages of life.
Every month we highlight different services and procedures to provide our patients access to skincare as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Click Here for more information on these monthly specials.

$350 Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion Package 
(Reg. $400)

Microdermabrasion smooths skin texture and reduces scarring, pigmentation and wrinkles. Chemical Peels peel away aged skin to create a more youthful appearance. Reduce blemishes, wrinkles, and age spots.

IPL Package of 4 treatments for $800 (Reg. $1,200)

IPL technology improves the look of the surface of the skin by minimizing redness, veins, broken capillaries, acne scars, sun damage and age spots.  This treatment also encourages the production of collagen improving the overall appearance.

DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our exclusive injectable party!

Botox is $11 per unit!*
Juvederm is $100 off each syringe!*
Dr. Dana Shanis is available for Botox and injections including Juvederm and Voluma. Catherine McGinty, NP is available for Botox.

Space is limited, so RSVP today! (215) 735-7992

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount.

IV Nutrient Therapy delivers vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption to maintain optimum wellness and treat acute and chronic conditions. These services are performed at our center every other Sunday from 9am till 12pm by board certified anesthesiologists and trained medical staff. [Learn More]

IV Nutrient Therapy Menu 

$74.50 Hangover Treatment

Dehydration Treatment

$̶1̶4̶9̶  $74.50 Hydration & Vitamin Boost

 Athletic Performance 

$̶1̶4̶9̶  $74.50 Jet Lag, Fatigue, & Stress Treatment

$̶1̶4̶9̶  $74.50 Cold & Flu Remedy

$̶1̶9̶9̶  $99.50 Migraine Relief

$̶1̶4̶9̶  $74.50 Beauty IV Treatment
Call now to schedule an appointment for August 7th or 24th. 215-735-7990.
We have partnered with businesses in the Philadelphia area in order for our members to receive EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS with their membership card! Members will receive a membership card in the mail in order to receive discounts. This month we added the following partner:


Two decades ago, Optique brought the concept of luxury designer eyewear to the Philadelphia area. We achieved this by bringing together the best doctors, the latest technology and most unique selection of frames available on the market. Today, Optique proudly continues the tradition of serving the Philadelphia area as the premier source for sophisticated, elegant Designer Eyewear and Prescription Eyeglasses by providing unparalleled service and quality at the highest industry standard.

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Cheyenne Gil - Beauty + Boudoir Photography


Cheyenne Gil Photography specializes in Boudoir, Beauty and Maternity Photography in Philadelphia, PA and surrounding areas including but not limited to New Town and Huntingdon Valley.

Closures and Hour Changes
  • The office is closed at 4pm on Fridays throughout the summer. 
  • The office will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for the Labor Day holiday. 

Patient Portal Update

You can now view statements and pay bills on the patient portal by clicking "Latest Statement."

We know so much about our patients and we love to see familiar faces (although preferably for well-visits), but do you ever wonder about who is helping you book your follow-ups or draw your blood? If you do want to know more about our team, we are introducing a new 'Meet the staff' section! We hope that getting a little more familiar with the people you see in our office will make you more comfortable and confident with the care you receive through us.

Crystal Ovathasarn, Medical Assistant, 33 years old

1) What does 'wellness' mean to you?
Wellness means having balance in your life - work, play, eating well, exercising and having solid, trusting relationships. Balance in the body, mind, and soul. 

2) How do you feel about healthcare in the U.S. and your role within the system?
I feel that healthcare is the U.S. is fine as it is, but also feel that some changes wouldn't be harmful, especially changes that benefit patients. 

3) What health advice do you promote to your family?
Health advice I promote to my family is to stay active as much as possible and to eat healthy.

4) Are there any lifestyle changes that have positively or negatively affected your health?
Well one big recent lifestyle change that has positively affected my health is my recent pregnancy!

5) What activities do you participate in? What do you you do to help you feel healthy?
I participate in swimming, zumba classes, habitat for humanity. Lately I've been doing a lot of walking it helps relieve stress. 
6) What advice do you have for patients seeking to optimize their health?
Human behavior plays a central role in optimizing health. My advice for someone seeking to optimize their health would be committing to change, seeking support, and substituting healthier alternatives. 

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