MDVIP Ambassador Valian Noris

Brenda C. Minor, MD
By Brenda C. Minor, MD
August 17, 2018

Valian Noris, who works for MDVIP affiliate Dr. Brenda Minor in Danvers, MA, is an MDVIP Ambassador for going above and beyond the call of duty and making her patients feel welcome, valued and loved.


About the Physician
Brenda C. Minor, MD

My goal is to manage and anticipate your unique healthcare needs. As an MDVIP-affiliated doctor, I will partner with you on a personal level to help you achieve the optimal health we all value. We will closely collaborate on what it takes to stay on the path to wellness. You will feel welcomed by the relaxed, individualized attention you will receive from everyone in our office.

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MDVIP Ambassador Stacy Cronin

Matthew Kulka, DO
By Matthew Kulka, DO
August 17, 2018

Stacy Cronin, who works for MDVIP affiliate Dr. Matthew Kulka in Longhorne, PA, is an MDVIP Ambassador for going above and beyond the call of duty and making her patients feel welcome, valued and loved.


About the Physician
Matthew Kulka, DO

I have been a family medicine physician practicing primary care in Bucks County for close to 15 years. It continues to be a true honor to care for my patients and their families. I believe in personalized care and taking a team approach where the patients and I work together to set objectives and make plans for their health and wellness. I understand that every patient has their own set of individual medical needs and health related goals, it is my job to help each patient strive to reach those goals and give them the tools to do so. Those who know me realize early on that I believe in preventive medicine and a healthy lifestyle along with traditional medical care. Some of my biggest enjoyments in practice come from the patient’s enthusiasm when reaching personalized goals. 

As a board certified physician in family medicine that serves Newtown, Yardley, Langhorne and the surrounding Bucks County areas, I have a particular interest in nutrition, preventive care, exercise and goal setting. I perform dermatological screenings as well as skin and orthopedic office based procedures including joint injections for arthritis and sports injuries. By affiliating with MDVIP, I can create a personalized medical practice, similar to a concierge practice, and can also ensure that each patient will get the time and attention they require. I am currently on staff at Holy Redeemer Hospital as well as St. Mary Medical Center where I have served as Chairman of Family Medicine as well as on numerous medical and hospital related committees. I look forward to working with you as your private doctor where we can plan for your ongoing medical and physical well-being.

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MDVIP Ambassador Jennifer Davenport

Richard M. Rayner, MD
By Richard M. Rayner, MD
August 17, 2018

Jennifer Davenport, who works for MDVIP affiliate Dr. Richard Rayner in Harrisburg, PA, is an MDVIP Ambassador for going above and beyond the call of duty and making her patients feel welcome, valued and loved.


About the Physician
Richard M. Rayner, MD

As a family physician, I view good health as a product of an individual’s body, mind, spirit and the environment all working together optimally. I know that an excellent doctor-patient relationship is based on mutual trust, and I respect and enjoy patients that come from all seasons and walks of life. As I develop a relationship with my patients, I create a personalized healthcare plan that involves those different factors with the hope of moving each person from their starting point to a better place. With me functioning as your private physician, we can aspire together to optimize your health now and plan for a healthy future.

I have been in the Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania medical community since 1996, with experience in medical education, as well as private practice. In my private practice, similar to a concierge medicine practice, I enjoy managing the full panel of primary care issues including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, anxiety and depression. I put a strong emphasis on prevention and have an approach to healthcare that involves using wise lifestyle decisions, fitness and nutrition when addressing current and future medical needs. Due to my longevity in the area, I have established excellent professional relationships with local specialists with whom I consult when specialty care is needed. I have no direct affiliation with a hospital system; however, if inpatient care is needed, I do work with the hospitalists who care for my patients.

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MDVIP Ambassador Barbara Ohlert

Robert C. Barnes, DO
By Robert C. Barnes, DO
August 15, 2018

Barbara Ohlert, who works for MDVIP affiliate Dr. Robert Barnes in Clarkston, MI, is an MDVIP Ambassador for going above and beyond the call of duty and making her patients feel welcome, valued and loved.


About the Physician
Robert C. Barnes, DO

I always try to treat patients with respect – with consideration for their individual circumstances and experiences. I consider it my job to act as a resource and support for my patients, through positive reinforcement, discussion and education. The medical world has become quite complex and difficult to navigate and it is important to remember that we work for patients (not the other way around), that first and foremost it is important to be advocates for our patients, and that we are on the same team.

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Another Study Finds Multivitamins Don’t Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

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By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018

More than one-third of Americans take multivitamins, despite little evidence that they help (there’s little evidence they cause harm either). And now a new study says multivitamins don’t promote cardiovascular health


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Janet Tiberian

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Men Whose Wives Have Higher BMI Share Risk for Diabetes

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By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018

Married couples share many things: Their homes, their lives, and according to a new study published in Diabetologia, a risk for developing type 2 diabetes. At least the men in the relationship do. Researchers found a connection between the body mass index (BMI) of female spouses and their husbands’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
    


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Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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An Unexpected Risk Factor for Dementia: Being Skinny Fat

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By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018

You may already know that cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression are among the top risk factors for dementia. But so is being “skinny fat”, especially among older people, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging


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Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Smoking and Diabetes Are Linked to Brain Calcifications

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By Janet Tiberian
August 17, 2018

Here’s one more reason to give up smoking: brain calcifications. If you smoke or have diabetes, you have an increased risk of developing calcifications in the hippocampus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory, emotions and motivation, according a study published in Radiology.


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Janet Tiberian

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Stress, Anxiety and Depression Affect Your Brain Health But Exercise Can Help

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By Janet Tiberian
July 23, 2018

Stress, anxiety and depression play a big part in the American culture. Sixty-one percent of Americans are stressed over work. A little over 18 percent of Americans have an anxiety disorder and 13 percent are taking antidepressants. It’s important to get these issues under control — they can affect your brain.

When you’re stressed 
Everyone experiences stress. Most of us deal with it on a daily basis — whether it’s a traffic jam, an unexpected bill or an overwhelming work project.


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Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Blueberry Cupcakes

The “secret ingredient” in these coconut-infused blueberry cupcakes—mashed potatoes—gives the cake great texture, almost like pound cake. The fluffy frosting is just fun. Because it’s low in calories and fat, you can spread or pipe a generous amount on top of each cupcake to make them look extra festive. The frosting stiffens as it stands, so be sure to put it on the cupcakes right after you make it. 


Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 1/4 hours (including cooling time)


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