June 2024 | Vol. 1 | Issue 44


Welcome to Your Monthly Checkup, an electronic newsletter sharing vital information with TPMG patients, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news and advancements.

Recent News & Announcements

Improving the Patient Experience with Expanded Communication

Patients can now contact TPMG Imaging and Breast Center by text message for scheduling needs, office hours, and general questions.

TEXT (757) 290-1390 to reach out to any of our Imaging locations. Patients may opt out of texts at any time.

Choose your preferred communication method - call, text, or patient portal!

Saturday Screening Mammograms - June 8th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

We understand that life gets busy, especially during the work week. That is why TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers offer Saturday screening mammogram appointments. 

We are hosting our third Saturday Screening Mammogram event of the year on Saturday, June 8th beginning at 8:00 am in our Newport News and Williamsburg locations. Our fellowship trained radiologists offer imaging services in private, discrete mammography suites. Annual screening mammograms are covered by most insurance carriers one time per year for patients starting at age 40.

Appointments can be made by contacting the TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers in Newport News at (757) 873-1936, and Williamsburg at (757) 707-3510. You can also schedule a screening mammogram through your TPMG Patient Portal.

We value you as a patient and look forward to caring for you!

Click here to view our Radiology locations and services offered.

Clinical Cannabis

A Medical Practitioner's Concise Handbook to Applications of Marijuana and CBD

TPMG Internal Medicine physician, Jason P. Browder, DO, has published a new book titled "Clinical Cannabis: A Medical Practitioner's Concise Handbook to Applications of Marijuana and CBD."

Learn about medical marijuana and CBD through the expertise of Dr. Browder, as he simplifies this controversial topic into an easily digestible format. In this book, he delves into various aspects such as safety concerns, indications, contraindications, appropriate dosing, and potential drug interactions, as well as addressing commonly asked questions.

Dr. Browder is board certified in Internal Medicine, practicing at TPMG Newport News Internal Medicine and TPMG Middle Peninsula Women's Care & Family Medicine in White Marsh. As an internist, he is thoroughly trained in all aspects of primary care for adults. His expertise includes managing chronic conditions like diabetes, elevated cholesterol, asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, and arthritis. He also provides in-office care for acute illnesses, injuries, and minor trauma.

To learn more about Dr. Browder, visit his provider page here.

Welcome New Providers

Welcome Megan Knotts, PT, DPT, to TPMG Physical Therapy in Newport News.

Megan began her career in Nashville before returning home to the Hampton Roads area. As a swimmer, she encountered multiple injuries which required rehabilitation. These experiences fueled her passion to pursue a career in physical therapy. She believes that discovering the underlying cause of patient pain and dysfunction will lead to lifelong mobility. She prioritizes comprehensive patient education to ensure patients have the best recovery outcomes.

Visit Megan's provider page to learn more.

TPMG Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Suffolk welcomes Nancy R. Gibson, FNP-C to the team.

Nancy is dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care ensuring patients are well-informed to make decisions about their health. She sees patients of all ages for a variety of conditions including sinus issues, tinnitus, hearing loss, and tonsil concerns, among others. She has a special interest in allergies, sleep apnea, asthma, sinusitis, and vertigo.

Click here to learn more about Nancy.

Clinical Research

The TPMG Clinical Research Division in Williamsburg is conducting a clinical trial for those with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be diagnosed with ulcerative colitis
  • Experienced inadequate, no response, or loss of response while on other or previous UC medications

Help develop an improved treatment for those with moderate to severe colitis and consider joining our clinical research study. All participants are compensated for their time. Contact us to see if you may qualify – call 757-707-3503 or send an email to clinicaltrials@tpmgpc.com.

Health and Nutrition

By filling our lunch plate with nutrient-dense ingredients we can stave off mid-afternoon hunger, which can often be filled with unhealthy snacking.

Lunch ideas:

🔸 Turkey burger with carrots and hummus

🔸 Chickpea avocado grain bowl

🔸 Quinoa and bean stuffed bell peppers

🔸 Chicken and avocado bean salad

Try to meal prep on the weekend so you have a few prepared meals ready to take to work that meets a good balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

Our trained dietitians offer guidance and assistance for all of your nutritional needs. For more information, contact TPMG Nutrition Services at (757) 232-8768.

Strive Fitness & Sports Performance

Don't be a Statistic - Now is the Perfect Time to Get Moving!

Did you know that only 1/3 of adults reach the minimum recommended guidelines for weekly physical activity? Even worse, fewer than 5% of adults in the United States engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and about 1 in 4 are not active at all.

Statistics from the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.

Here are two simple tips to help you get started:

  1. Find a workout partner. Studies show that people stick to their fitness routine and show up more often when working out with a friend.
  2. Music makes a workout better. Music helps to distract your mind and will improve your mood and stamina. Try upbeat music and see how much faster you start walking or pedaling. Before you know it, you've gotten in 30 minutes of exercise.

If you would like more tips or guidance to help get you moving, the fitness specialists at Strive are ready to help. Now through July 31st, we are offering 10% OFF for new clients for any package with our newest trainer, Toni Johnson, CPT. To schedule a training session or inquire about a discount package, call (757) 345-2512, or email strive@tpmgpc.com.

TPMG Strive Fitness & Sports Performance

5424 Discovery Park Boulevard, Building B, Suite 101

Williamsburg, VA 23188

Awards & Accolades

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s - Best Of Readers' Choice Awards

We are excited to announce that seven TPMG offices were recognized in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s “Best of 2024” Readers' Choice Awards! The annual contest relies solely on the votes of its readers and seeks to celebrate the BEST establishments in the region across various categories such as healthcare, restaurants, area attractions, and more.

Congratulations to this year's winners, who have proven that they have what it takes to get people's attention AND their vote. Thank you to all who voted!

Featured Blog

What You Should Know About Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome

Ehler's Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders often characterized by hypermobility, fragile skin, and chronic fatigue, among other health issues. While originally thought to be a rare disorder, EDS is proving to be more common than once thought.

Rosemarie “Rosie” McFather, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC of TPMG Gastroenterology—Newport News shares insights on the diagnosis and treatment of EDS. Drawing from her personal experience with hEDS triad, she urges others to be proactive about their well-being.

Learn more here about Ehler's Danlos Syndrome.

Read more blogs from our providers, staff, and medical experts here.

Accepting New Patients

With over 20 years as an experienced Internal Medicine physician, Chhaya Patel, MD, provides award-winning care. As a firm believer in preventative medicine, Dr. Patel equips patients with the guidance and resources needed to best manage their health.

Her outstanding level of patient care has earned her the reputation of a "Top Docs" All-star, receiving this designation 5 years running.

Services Include:

  • Health promotion, disease prevention
  • Management of chronic and acute illnesses
  • Management of complex disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age-related conditions
  • On-site lab draws

Learn more about Dr. Patel here.

TPMG Peninsula Internal & Geriatric Medicine

11848 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 401 | Newport News, VA 23606 | (757) 243-8550

At TPMG, we have over 240 primary care, specialty physicians, and advanced practice clinicians who are working every day to help you maintain optimal health.

To see all TPMG providers who are currently accepting new patients:

  • Visit our Find a Provider page.
  • Check the box labeled Accepting New Patients.

For questions related to insurance, visit our website for a comprehensive list of accepted insurance carrier plans. Please call the office you are inquiring about, as not all TPMG physicians participate in the list of plans featured on our website. It is up to each office location as to which insurance plans they accept.

Patient Portal Communication

The Patient Portal is free, simple, and secure. Enroll today!

The Patient Portal gives you access to:

  • View lab results quickly
  • Send secure messages to your provider
  • Schedule or change your appointment
  • Request a prescription refill
  • Access test results

Click here for more details and to enroll.

Recognizing Excellence

The Beacon Award is a TPMG employee appreciation program that rewards and celebrates staff members who demonstrate an exceptional level of skill, care, and passion for the meaningful work done with, and for, our patients every day.

The staff members you see below recently received this award for providing excellent care and customer service to patients, providers, and fellow coworkers.


TPMG Beach Primary Care


TPMG Information Technology

Would you like to recognize a TPMG employee for outstanding work and excellence? If you have had a great experience with a TPMG employee and believe they deserve to be recognized, please consider nominating them for the TPMG Beacon Award by clicking here. It is quick and easy, and you might just make someone's day!

Career Opportunities

By becoming a part of the TPMG team, you have the opportunity to provide care to patients in the Hampton Roads community and surrounding areas. Our mission is to deliver exceptional medical care to every patient at a competitive cost, to improve the health of our communities, and to provide a premier work experience for our employees and physicians.

Visit our career page for clinical and non-clinical job opportunities and see if TPMG is a fit for you!

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