News, Announcements and Expert Commentary from Inova

Expert Commentary

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy/Treatment (OMT)?

Dorothy Polahar, DO, is a member of Inova Steinmetz Integrative and Functional Medicine Center board certified in family medicine. She has a special interest in functional and integrative medicine, including acupuncture. Read Dr. Polahar’s profile. Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy/Treatment (OMT) is a form of manual medicine, performed by a doctor of osteopathic medicine (trained in the…

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For Maximum Nutritional Value, Buy Local Produce

    Christina Quint, MA, is the sustainability analyst for Inova’s Office of Sustainability. In this role, she provides programmatic support, manages sustainability communication and marketing, and oversees environmental data collection and analysis to ensure optimal operational performance across the Inova system. Kara Nickerson, RD, PN1 is a Registered Dietitian with over a decade of experience…

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Want to lower your breast cancer risk? Here’s what you should know.

Mei Firestone, MD, is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. She treats all types of cancers and malignant blood disorders, with a focus on breast and gynecological malignancies. Dr. Firestone cares for patients at Inova Loudoun Hospital.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women: 1 in 8 women will…

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Mind Games: Concussions, CTE and Sports

Melissa Womble, PhD, is a neuropsychologist with specialized training in concussion management. She is the director of the Inova Sports Medicine Comprehensive Concussion Center.   The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently reported on a study that analyzed the brains of deceased former high-school, college and professional football players. In the sample of…

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9 Water Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Board-certified pediatric emergency physician Ronnie Waldrop, MD, and nurse Erin Rovelli, RN, serve patients at the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. With summer in full swing, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool. Whether your family enjoys a dip in the…

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Got a Gut Feeling Something’s Wrong? You May Be Right!

Marie F. Steinmetz, MD, is a member of Inova Steinmetz Integrative and Functional Medicine Center board certified in family medicine. She has a special interest in management of fatigue and gastrointestinal problems. Read Dr. Steinmetz’s profile. Shakespeare never said it, but “The gut’s the thing.” Our gastrointestinal system can be the determining factor of whether we…

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What if I just threw my back out?

Dorothy Polahar, DO, is a member of Inova Steinmetz Integrative and Functional Medicine Center board certified in family medicine. She has a special interest in functional and integrative medicine, including acupuncture. Read Dr. Polahar’s profile. “I just bent over to pick up a piece of paper, and now I can barely move. My back is…

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Sprain or Strain: What’s the Difference?

Dennis J. Bernier, DO, MPH, FACEP is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at the Inova Emergency Room – Ashburn, Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Room, and Inova Emergency Room – Leesburg. He serves as Medical Director of the Inova Asburn ER, and Assistant Medical Director for the Inova Loudoun Hospital ER and Inova Leesburg…

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Listen to Your Parents: Parent Advisory Council Benefits Inova Children’s Hospital

Jamie Gentille is the director of Child Life Services at Inova Children’s Hospital. She leads a team of specialists who support children and families through surgery, outpatient procedures, or hospital stays, through activities including pre-surgical tours and preparation, medical and therapeutic play and support during medical procedures.   Inova Children’s Hospital is staffed with experts…

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