Hair Restoration With PRP

2017-06-05_10-50-13Do you suffer from thinning hair? Have you found that the traditional treatments like hair-growth medications don’t work for you? Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a non-invasive procedure for treating thinning hair that uses your own body’s plasma.

We treat our patients with cutting-edge procedures and technologies, and we’re excited to add PRP therapy to our slate of innovative treatments.

PRP therapy targets androgenetic alopecia, known as hereditary hair thinning, which affects both men and women.  Injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp stimulates the hair follicles into a growth phase, causing the hair to grow again.*  The procedure is simple, and you can expect only minimal discomfort.

For this condition, PRP is an all-natural, non-invasive procedure used to stimulate the growth of hair and to reduce the effects of thinning.  This procedure has no downtime, and there is no risk of rejection because the process of retrieving PRP is exclusively from your own body.

First, a basic science lesson.  Your blood has many components, including plasma, the liquid in which blood cells are suspended.  Platelets are protein-rich blood cells that are primarily used to stop bleeding via clotting.  Plasma containing a strong concentration of platelets can have many uses. In this case, we use it to stimulate dermal papilla cells, a part of hair follicles.

On the day of treatment:

Our registered nurse will draw a small amount of blood from a patient’s arm, similar to what is required to fill a test tube.  A topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area of the scalp to be treated.

The blood is then placed into a centrifuge and spun at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.   Once divided, the plasma has a higher-than-normal number of healing blood platelets referred to as platelet-rich plasma (PRP).  The highly concentrated platelets contain protein that stimulate hair follicles to generate hair growth.  Using a very-fine-gauge needle, PRP will be injected into the target area of the scalp where the hair loss is most severe.

Because the hair grows in stages, we recommend that our patients receive four PRP therapy treatments spaced four weeks apart.  PRP is highly effective in stimulating inactive hair follicles, causing them to revert to the growth phase.  After the first treatment, you may notice less hair loss.  After you have completed two or three treatments, your hair should be healthier and thicker.  Following your fourth treatment, optimal results are more visible, and you should notice thicker hair and new hair growth.

*Individual results may vary and cannot be guaranteed.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Shawe to see if you’re a candidate for PRP hair restoration therapy, please call 215-836-7212.

  By Dr. Toby Shawe, Dermatologist


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The Pre-qualification Advantage

Obtaining a mortgage pre-qualification is the first step in determining the home price and mortgage monthly payments that you can afford.  Determining a price range may help alleviate some of the stress of shopping for a home.  Your offer will be stronger in the eyes of the seller, because it is more secure.

In order to determine the mortgage amount for which you may qualify, lenders will request to review the following information:

Credit score

Two most recent tax returns

30 days of most recent paystubs

Last 2 years’ W2 forms and/or complete federal tax returns

Recent copies of asset statements

Current mortgage statements and/or leases on rental properties

Copy of photo IDs

Contact me to learn more and obtain your FREE pre-qualification.

Once this information is reviewed, your lender will tell you the approximate maximum loan amount for which you could expect to qualify. This amount is based on an analysis of your financial situation.

With a pre-qualification in hand, you can start shopping for a home that meets your needs and budget.

If the realtor you pick suggests you use the in-house lender, know that you have other options. You want to be sure you select an experienced mortgage consultant who will help you find the right mortgage option. Additionally, you want to be sure your mortgage consultant will work hard for you and get you to the closing table on time with as little hassle as possible.



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Increase Your Home’s Value by Upgrading Your Kitchen and Bath

Happy to have Bob Okenquist from Eagle Home Mortgage as a new contributor to The Bucks County Women’s Journal!

Is it time for a home remodel, but you don’t want to pay with credit cards? Consider the popular option of refinancing your mortgage while rates are low. This allows you to adjust the term of your loan, possibly lowering interest rates, and in turn lowering your monthly payment…making it easier to pay for the renovations of your dreams.

Contact Bob Okenquist at Eagle Home Mortgage today to find out how easy the process is.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the top 6 trends in home renovations:

  1. Heated Floors – These are especially popular for the bathroom, but they can also be added to the entry way. This makes sense during cold months. Nothing says luxury like radiant floor heating.
  2. Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets – Go bold! Add color or texture to your kitchen by pairing two different cabinet styles together for a stunning and updated look. Be sure to upgrade to 42-inch models, instead of 36-inch standard sizes. Splurge on fancy hardware for drawers and cabinets for added drama.  Don’t forget to add crown molding to the top for a finished look.
  1. Ditch the Formal Dining Room – Give that square footage more purpose and expand the kitchen, where everyone congregates. For greater resale value, build in a kitchen nook that will be enjoyed more than a closed-off room that’s reserved for Thanksgiving dinners.
  1. Expanded Bathrooms – If room allows, knock down some walls and increase your bathroom space. Make your bathroom feel more like a spa by adding a chaise lounge, large dresser, antique vanity, or other pieces that you choose.

At Eagle Home Mortgage, we have a wide range of financing solutions to assist our customers in achieving their dream of homeownership, including government-endorsed loan programs as well as specialty ones only available through Eagle Home Mortgage.  We’ve been making homeownership and refinancing possible since 1984 and offer complimentary prequalifications for prospective borrowers.

Contact Robert Okenquist, Loan Officer NMLS # 535277,


Universal American Mortgage Company, LLC dba Eagle Home Mortgage – Company NMLS #1058, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities pursuant to the Mortgage Act PA Branch NMLS #1426046, PA #21377.008, NJ.  Certain restrictions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Applicants must qualify. Equal Housing Lender

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Local Nonprofit Funds Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans and First Responders

By Denise Mercado, President Chambers for Hope,
Jane Darnell, Community Relations, Chambers for Hope-PA

Chambers for Hope is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers financial assistance to those seeking Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a supplemental treatment to their existing medical protocol. The Chambers for Hope headquarters is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina and consists of quality Hyperbaric Centers in several states throughout the United States. Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center, located in Langhorne, PA is a member of the Chambers for Hope Network and serves the Bucks County and surrounding areas.

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As with all members of the Chambers for Hope Network, Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center is committed to helping veterans, police, firefighters, EMTs, other adults, and children gain access to quality hyperbaric oxygen therapy for many insurance-based and internationally treated conditions. These conditions include autism, stroke rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, concussion, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, wound healing, and many others.

Throughout the Chambers for Hope Network, over 25 grants have been issued to individuals in need of hyperbaric oxygen therapy with positive results. In the short time since opening its doors, Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center has treated five individuals with grants from Chambers for Hope. These patients include veterans with traumatic brain injury and other combat-related injuries.

Chambers for Hope_David_Nick“Since treating at Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center, located close to my home in Langhorne, I have noticed that my mind is clear. I also noticed a decrease in pain in my back. Unfortunately, I still had pain in my shoulders. I used to get depressed when my brain was foggy and I couldn’t think straight and was forgetful. In addition to being depressed, I got agitated, and things would snowball from there. My girlfriend tells me my mood has been better, more stable, not as many mood swings. I sleep more soundly, can think more clearly, and am less forgetful. HBOT is the best treatment I have ever received. I have been through every type of treatment available and tried every medication the doctor prescribed for me. HBOT helped me more in two days than a years’ worth of medications. Treating with HBOT is something I love doing. It makes me feel more like myself. I’m hopeful that one day other veterans will be able to get this treatment close to their homes as well.”
Nick S., USMC

2016-02-03_16-51-29Under the leadership of its owner Victoria Bliss-Calkins, Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center obtained accreditation from The Joint Commission – one of the leading accreditation bodies in the country. Patients and their families benefit knowing Oxygen Oasis has met the high standards for quality and safe patient care. Physician oversight is one of the many requirements for admission to the Chambers for Hope Network. At Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center, Medical Director Benjamin Lam, DO, FACOS, and his staff of physicians, provide quality assessment and follow-up for all hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Dr. Michael Montico is the Center’s MAPS physician. He uses a functional medicine approach in evaluating all of his patients. Dr. Montico has additional training in caring for individuals with complex pediatric conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Jane Darnell is the Business Development Manager for Oxygen Oasis and serves on the Chambers for Hope Community Relations Committee for the Pennsylvania chapter. The goal of this committee is to build relationships in the community and share information about the benefits of hyperbaric medicine. As such, Jane is an active participant in the Coalition for Firefighters and Police Benefits (CFPB). The Coalition was formed to offer discounts and special services to veterans and first responders through each of the members’ respective businesses. After learning about Chambers for Hope’s mission to fund hyperbaric treatment for veterans and first responders, the CFPB members unanimously agreed to select Chambers for Hope – PA as its local nonprofit for their fund-raising efforts. Their first event – “Bowling for Heroes and Their Families” was held last November at the Brunswick Zone in Feasterville.

With the help of local companies Parx Casino, Brian’s Harley Davidson, Railway Specialties Corporation, National Penn Bank, CMI Countertops, Penn Community Bank and many others, the CFPB raised $10,090. These funds will support two veterans who have been on the Chambers for Hope-PA waiting list. Army Veteran David Torres suffers with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). He will start hyperbaric oxygen treatment at Oxygen Oasis in early February along with his 3-year-old daughter Gia who was diagnosed with autism. Air Force veteran Kenneth Vann is the second recipient of the grant. He is currently being treated at the center. Both are very appreciative to receive 100% funding from Chambers
for Hope-PA.

For more information about Chambers for Hope and to see patient testimonials, visit our website at We are honored to have Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania as a member of the Chambers for Hope Network. We will continue to work closely with Victoria Bliss-Calkins and the staff at Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center to ensure that those in need of HBOT in Bucks County and surrounding areas receive this vital treatment. To donate, go to


Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal

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Relieving Vertigo Symptoms Through Physical Therapy

2016-02-16_9-52-45People who have vertigo and are suffering from symptoms of dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, and vomiting may not know that there is a one-time treatment that can cure those symptoms and allow them to return to a normal life. Physical therapists expertly trained in vestibular therapy can perform a single maneuver on patients experiencing these symptoms that 80% of the time will eliminate the vertigo.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, is a peripheral vestibular disorder involving the inner ear that causes spells of vertigo that typically last less than one minute, when the head is in certain positions.
The onset of vertigo can cause dizziness, making the patient feel off balance, and sometimes can induce nausea and vomiting. Common everyday tasks, like doing situps, reaching for a kitchen cabinet, or bending over to pick something up can cause an episode.

This can mean patients avoid doing things they love, like working out. For elderly patients, untreated vertigo can mean a loss of mobility and independence because they may be afraid that moving around could cause them to fall. For this reason, it is very important that patients be treated immediately.

In an amazing process, a physical therapist will lay someone down on the exam table, roll them, and, when they sit up, their symptoms are gone. Often, regular therapy can take six weeks to be effective. The physical therapy treatment for vertigo is very effective, very quick, and involves no drugs.

BPPV can be attributed to several causes, but, in approximately 58% of cases, the exact cause in unknown. Head trauma accounts for 6-18%, while infection, inflammation, or ischemia accounts for 3-9%. The risk for BPPV increases with age. Eighty-five percent of adults over 65 years of age have BPPV.

A trained therapist using the Dix-Hallpike test, confirms the diagnosis of BPPV. In this test, the patient turns the head 45 degrees to one side and is quickly laid down with the head hanging over the edge of a table. While this test is being performed, the patient wears infrared goggles to observe eye movements. If BPPV is truly present, a rapid eye movement, called a nystagmus, will be seen and recorded by a trained physical therapist, and the patient will experience dizziness.

In the healthy inner ear, three structures called the semicircular canals detect angular head movements such as looking up and down. Two other structures, the utricle and the saccule, detect both movement of the head in straight lines as well as the pull of gravity. The presence of calcium carbonate crystals in the utricle and saccule enable them to do this normally. BPPV occurs when the calcium particles break loose from the utricle and travel to one of the three semicircular canals located in the inner ear.

The treatment for this type of vertigo involves manually moving the crystals out of the canals. The most-common treatment for BPPV, the Epley Maneuver, will correct vertigo in one visit 80% of the time when performed by a physical therapist specifically trained in vestibular therapy. A skilled therapist will lay the patient down with the head tilted to get the crystals to move. When dizziness subsides and the crystals have settled into a new position, the therapist will move the patient a second time, to move the crystals farther along in the canal. When dizziness subsides again, the patient will sit up, and the crystals will have been put back into the utrical. To ensure all the crystals were put back correctly, the Epley Maneuver is performed a second time to make sure the patient isn’t still getting dizzy.

Even though this treatment is simple and effective, patients may put off contacting a therapist because they don’t want to feel worse before they feel better. But a skilled therapist can talk the patient through the procedure reassuringly to make sure he or she doesn’t feel poorly.

If a family member knows someone suffering from vertigo or dizzy symptoms, it is important to get to the primary care provider, who can directly refer to a vestibular physical therapist. If this is happening to you or a loved one, talk to your physician about a vestibular therapist referral.

Medication can calm down symptoms but doesn’t effectively treat the cause. It is important to keep patients active and mobile, so they don’t develop balance problems along with the vertigo. BPPV also affects women more than men and can cause migraines, which also disproportionately affect women.

Because not all therapists are trained in vestibular therapy, it is important to use a therapist who has been certified in the treatment of BPPV to ensure the most success in diagnosis and treatment. A video of a demonstration of how therapists diagnose and treat BPPV is available at

The team of professionals at WWS Physical Therapy is committed to the profession of movement science and strives to provide an environment of healing to assist patients in recovering to their desired functional level, whether it is simple daily activities with their families or highly competitive sports. We look forward to a long-term relationship with our patients over their lifespan and to becoming their practitioner of choice for musculoskeletal and balance issues. For more information, visit

Wendy Webb SchoenewaldWendy Webb Schoenewald is the owner of WWS Physical Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation in Doylestown. She has been involved in teaching vestibular rehabilitation to other physical therapists at the Herdmann vestibular certification course for many years and lectures locally on vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management for PTs, MDs, PA-Cs, and CRNPs. Her practice is presently involved in a clinical trial with Temple University for the treatment of lateral canal BPPV.

Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal

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Expecting a Baby?

It never hurts to have some help from someone who knows what to do to help both you and the baby(ies).



Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal
The only educational newspaper serving the women of Bucks County

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Edible Arrangements Offers More Than Gifts!

2015-12-09_11-51-08Tired of sending flowers? Need a unique last-minute gift? Want a healthy after-school snack for you and the kids? Stop into the Edible Arrangements store in Quakertown for all these options and more!

As owners, we pride ourselves on creating a great experience for our customers. We’ve always loved working with people. Pat has experience working in an Edible Arrangements store, and Mike previously owned a business and was a produce manager. We teamed up at Edible Arrangements to gain something more.

We’re excited that our business is always changing and evolving, offering new items and toppings all the time. We spent two weeks at the Edible Arrangements corporate headquarters, where we learned the ins and outs of the business and became eager to build a store to serve the Quakertown area. Construction began in early January and finished the third week in April.

Since opening on April 24, 2015, Edible Arrangements has been delivering fruit and happiness to Quakertown locals. Every arrangement is made fresh, using the highest-quality fruit dipped in gourmet chocolate. Every customer who stops by is amazed at how different our store is compared to others.

2015-12-28_18-45-20We offer the same great Edible Arrangements products that other stores offer, but, on opening day, we were only one of six stores in Pennsylvania selling fresh fruit smoothies.

In addition to arrangements, we offer fresh On-The-Go treats to enjoy. Pick out a couple pieces of fruit or walk away with a customized box, snack on a Pineapple Pop, or try one of our smoothies. We have something for everyone! That’s what makes us different.

In our Edible-To-Go line, we offer fresh fruit salads, parfaits, and sundaes. Along with smoothies, we have blended drinks like limeade, lemonade, and orangeade. Our drinks are made with fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juice, ice, and all-natural agave nectar (upon request). Optional add-ins include low-fat yogurt, flax seed, kale, spinach, oats, whey protein, and more.

2015-12-28_18-46-57When customers visit our website or give us a call, they learn about our seasonal and holiday themed arrangements as well as arrangements for any and every occasion. When they stop in the store, they can learn about our seasonal drinks and toppings, like Perfect Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Nut Lovers Indulgence Smoothie, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Pistachios, and other winter-themed goodies.

We love being located in Quakertown, and we’ve already noticed a loyal customer base for both arrangements and To-Go options. We do everything we can to make our customers’ experience a great one.

Stop in today at 582 South West End Boulevard or call us at (215) 536-1298 to learn more!



Michael Post and Patricia Coulton
Edible Arrangements
Quakertown, PA
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Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal
The only educational newspaper serving the women of Bucks County

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