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A Good Night Sleep


“The best possible sleeping posture is on the back (supine) in a firm bed with adequate support of the cervical lordosis.  One solution for stomach sleepers is to have them use pillows under the chest to minimize head rotation. Side sleepers should concentrate on having sufficient pillow support between the head and neck not (squashed down by) the shoulder, a bed that supports the spine in a neutral position.

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Relax--It's Friday!

Relax your neck and shoulders by resting your arms on two pillows placed on your lap while sitting. Use these while reading, watching TV, texting, computing, knitting etc. This simple trick provides some support to our skeleton so our muscles don't have to work so hard to hold our body up.

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Ergonomics

Grant Gibbs, CMnTPT

Ergonomics is a buzzword in today's business world. The term has actually been in use since 1857 when Polish scientist B.W. Jasterzebowski coined the term to apply to his studies of work. The modern definition is "the applied science of equipment to make work easier, safer, and more productive." It can include cognitive (intellectual) and emotional components. We often equate it to mean expensive upgrades to desks, chairs, computers etc.; however, there are often simple, low cost solutions to the mechanical problems of our work.

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Important News from Avante

Greetings!

We just celebrated Avante's 10-year anniversary on April 2nd! I would like to share how deeply grateful we are for the opportunity to provide medical care to Alaskans for the past 10 years. Without you, we would not be here today and we thank you for your loyal support.

Our goal is to serve you better in every way possible. Avante Medical Center, LLC has increased patient access to their providers by creating three team care coordinator (TCC) positions and two full time schedulers. Starting in mid-July, you will be able to contact your provider's TCC to request access to your provider while bypassing the front desk. Please see our website for your provider's extension number. We extended our clinic hours from 8AM-8PM on Mondays and Wednesdays and extended our Saturday hours from 9AM-4PM.

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Seasonal Detoxification Using Whole Foods

Jana Nalbandian, ND

Detoxification, cleanses and fasting have been used throughout the centuries for various reasons, such as religious/spiritual, medical purposes, and seasonal cleanses to detoxify the liver and cleanse the colon. Detoxification is a traditional healing modality used by naturopathic physicians to assist patients in optimizing their health. In my practice, I often use the classic detox diet to start the process of resetting the digestive tract for repair and rebuilding along with using the diet as a springboard to identify underlying food hyper-sensitivities.

The change of seasons is the perfect time to do a whole foods detoxification to help support liver function. We are exposed to many toxins in our daily lives due to high fat and highly refined carbohydrate diets, riddled with alcohol, caffeine, and sugar. We also come in contact with environmental toxins through exposure to pesticides and chemicals. The constant onslaught of toxins our liver has to process can lead to a "sluggish" liver and imbalances throughout our physical body and mind. Symptoms of a sluggish liver include a weakened immune system, low energy, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and poor memory, not to mention a direct effect on digestive function. The detox diet will increase your energy, help create a clearer mind, decrease the number of colds you develop, and increase your sense of physical well-being.

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Patient Testimonials

  • "I love going to Avante...they take pride in patient care and are always willing to accommodate... simply the best.."CSL
  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
  • "Finally a doctor is listening to me! I am so very very happy with Avante Medical and so thankful to be getting answers and in the right direction for great health! THANK YOU!" - VW
  • "I have been a patient of Avante's for several years now, and I have only wonderful things to say about their business. The place is beautiful and welcoming, the staff are all very helpful and kind, and the providers, all 3 I have seen, currently Kikki Green and Grant Gibbs, have been intelligent, intuitive and efficient. They care about you and your health. The lab is clean and full service and the nutritional supplements are extensive and high quality. The use of the Patient Portal is outstanding!  Give yourself extra time is my only recommendation as they sometimes get backed up on scheduling." - JH 
I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.

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