July 2024 | Vol. 1 | Issue 45


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

We're Celebrating Our Anniversary!

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) started as a small primary care group of 17 family physicians. With a goal to practice medicine with true autonomy of care, those physicians personally funded and administered the start-up of TPMG. Growing steadily over the years, TPMG now includes more than 240 providers in more than 85 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. With over 30 specialties, TPMG is a comprehensive network of primary and specialty care providers working together to deliver coordinated care.

We recognize and celebrate our anniversary with our annual TPMG Spirit Week. If you are visiting any of our sites the week of July 22 - 26, look for team spirit, fun themes, and maybe even some costumes. We are grateful for your continued support as a valued TPMG patient!

Local Imaging Price Comparison

At TPMG, we are committed to maintaining high-quality care while utilizing the most appropriate level of technology to obtain superior diagnostic images.

Affordable medical services should be within reach. Shop around for your care and see how our Imaging prices compare to local competitors here.

Don’t let benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms ruin your summer travel plans. Regain control of your prostate health through Aquablation Therapy. This cutting-edge treatment uses ultrasound-guided imaging to deliver advanced precision and provides long-lasting relief without compromise.

Discover this incredible technological advancement with TPMG Urology – Newport News. Call (757) 873-2562 to schedule a consultation. Learn more about Aquablation here.

Welcome New Providers

TPMG Heart and Vascular Center in Newport News is pleased to welcome Jennifer Lewis, FNP-C.

With over 15 years of experience in the medical field, Jennifer is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in cardiology. She offers treatment to patients aged 18 and older for a range of conditions including hypertension, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, heart failure, hyperlipidemia, peripheral vascular disease, and diabetes. Jennifer's patient care philosophy is centered around a holistic approach that takes into consideration a patient's family life, socioeconomics, mental health, and spirituality.

Learn more about Jennifer by visiting her provider page.

Welcome, James ‘Jay’ Walters, III, MSN, FNP-C, to TPMG Holland Road Family Medicine in Virginia Beach.

Jay is committed to keeping his patients informed about their overall well-being, the complexities of their medical conditions, options for treatment, and the role of primary care and prevention in their lives. He sees patients of all ages, addressing a variety of acute and chronic conditions including respiratory infections, allergies, diabetes, headaches, high cholesterol, hypertension, anxiety, and depression, among others. Jay believes that patients can enhance their quality of life by gaining a comprehensive understanding of their bodies, diseases, treatments, and preventative measures.

Visit Jay's provider page here to learn more.

Accepting New Patients

Lane Bell, DNP, FNP-C of TPMG Coastal Endocrinology has a passion for helping patients overcome their health challenges. She uses evidence-based medicine to identify the root cause of a patient’s condition and guides them towards an effective treatment plan.

Check out her 5-star Google rating to see why patients choose Lane.

Lane welcomes patients to make an appointment to see her at TPMG Coastal Endocrinology – Newport News

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.

Did You Know?

Did you know hernia surgery is one of the most common, non-emergent operations in the U.S.? Over one million patients undergo hernia surgery annually.

Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia and may occur on one or both sides of the body. They typically develop over time if you increase pressure on the walls of your abdominal muscles through activities such as lifting weights, coughing over a long period, or being overweight. Despite the folklore about heavy lifting being the cause, the reality is most hernias are the result of a muscle defect or weakness that exists long before the hernia occurs.

If you've been diagnosed with a hernia, contact TPMG General Surgery and Hernia Center to learn more about your treatment options. 

Health and Nutrition

TPMG Nutrition Services is devoted to helping people living with diabetes better manage their condition and still live their life to the fullest. Our program is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), which has met national standards for diabetes patient education. A qualified nurse and certified diabetes educator, certified by the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators, lead the program. Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes are offered in group sessions and individually.

Diabetes Self-Management Education classes occur on three Mondays each month, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, virtually.

Click here to learn more and sign up for classes or call (757) 232-8768. This service is covered by most insurances and TPMG Nutrition Services will handle contacting your primary care physician for a referral.

Summer is officially here! Ensure you and your family have a healthy and safe summer by following these simple tips:

  • Stay hydrated - Drinking plenty of water is crucial for a hot and humid summer.
  • Wear Sunscreen - Apply at least 30 SPF sunscreen whenever you're planning to be outside (even on cloudy days!)
  • Protect Your Ears - Wear ear protection like ear plugs in loud environments like concerts or fireworks displays.
  • Don't Leave Children or Pets in Cars - Your car can quickly reach dangerous temperatures when parked, even with windows left open.

Click here for more sun protection tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

TPMG Hampton Roads Center for Dermatology offers dermatological health care through compassionate, efficient, and quality service. To schedule an appointment, contact our Newport News office at (757) 232-8856 or our Virginia Beach office at (757) 568-5423.

Strive Fitness & Sports Performance

Strive is offering 15% OFF any package* during the month of July! To purchase your discounted package, call (757) 345-2512, or email strive@tpmgpc.com.

*Valid 1 package per client.

Group fitness classes can be intimidating, but not at Strive! Join a fun and encouraging fitness community with group fitness classes designed for all fitness levels and ages.

Bootcamp is an exercise class geared towards the active individual who wishes to gain and/or maintain strength, cardio, and overall flexibility. We incorporate all mediums of workout equipment, from resistance bands to weight machines to free weights and cardio equipment. Classes are offered Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 PM and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 AM or 9:30 AM. 

Balance and Strength is for anyone wishing to improve and gain strength, as well as improve balance and coordination for day-to-day activities. This class is perfect for someone who uses a walker or cane, or has just finished physical therapy and wants to continue to build upon their achievements. Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and offers access to the open gym.

Balance and Strength is for anyone wishing to improve and gain strength, as well as improve balance and coordination for day-to-day activities. This class is perfect for someone who uses a walker or cane, or has just finished physical therapy and wants to continue to build upon their achievements. Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and offers access to the open gym.

TPMG Strive Fitness & Sports Performance

5424 Discovery Park Boulevard, Building B, Suite 101 | Williamsburg, VA 23188

Featured Blog

How Much is Too Much Exercise for a Child?

We all want our kids to have fun and play, but it’s crucial that they remain safe while exercising. Children can often jump from one activity to the next, needing minimal rest before moving on to the next. While this incredible resiliency is great for children who may not be getting sufficient daily exercise, for some children, it may spell trouble.

Discover effective strategies to ensure the safety of our children during exercise from Paula Pittinger, FNP-C with TPMG James River Pediatrics.

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

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.


Edinburgh Family Medicine


Williamsburg Procedure Suite


TPMG I.T. Department


Newport News Internal Medicine

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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