Allergy Specialist Joins TPMG in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach

Christina F. Ortiz, MD, MPH, a fellowship-trained allergy and immunology specialist, has joined Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG), a network of over 220 specialty and primary care providers serving patients at 75 locations across Hampton Roads. Dr. Ortiz’s practice, TPMG Coastal Allergy, will open on June 19, 2018 with locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Read more

Allergy or a Cold? Four Ways to Tell the Difference

Know the symptoms

Although allergies and the common cold cause a great deal of upper respiratory problems, there are slight differences between the two conditions. Allergic symptoms often include itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose with clear drainage. These symptoms are usually made better rather quickly with an antihistamine. Whereas cold symptoms may include runny nose with a cloudy or discolored discharge, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, and possibly fever.


Onset and duration of symptoms are also a great clue. Allergies start immediately after exposure to a known allergen, usually within minutes. Alternatively, most cold symptoms start a bit slower, and usually develop over a few days. The common cold may last 3-14 days, whereas allergy symptoms can persist for months with constant exposure to an allergen. Read more

Gloucester Medical Practice to Remain Open Under New Name

TPMG White Marsh Family Medicine, a medical practice within the Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) network of primary care and specialty medicine providers serving the Tidewater area, will remain open following the retirement of Christine Conley, MD and will now be known as TPMG Internal and Geriatric Medicine of White Marsh.

Jacob Almeida, DO, CMD and Jeremy Baldwin, MD of TPMG Peninsula Internal and Geriatric Medicine, located in Newport News, have assumed management of the practice, and along with Meenal Walia, MSN, PA-C, MPH will be providing primary care to adult patients in the community. Meenal Walia, PA-C joins Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Almeida after practicing geriatric medicine at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News since 2015. Read more

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Early Screening Essential to Prevention and Increasing Cure Rate

Colorectal cancer expert Lisa A. Coleman, DO, FACS, FASCRS, a colorectal surgeon at the TPMG Center for Colorectal Surgery, is trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease.

“Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the USA and nearly five percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. At any time, over one million Americans are currently living with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year,” Dr. Coleman explains. “However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early.” Read more

Ankle Replacement at Peninsula Hospitals

He could hear the crunch of bone on bone. Every step reminded him of a multitude of youthful injuries from playing football and basketball. A year ago, his left ankle swelled from post-traumatic arthritis. “I had a lot of sprains. It rolled real easily. It hurt every step I took,” he said. “It can take from 20 to 40 years for the injuries to cause a problem,” said William “Kent” Pittman, 57, as he prepped for a total ankle replacement at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center last week.

Surgeon Matthew Hopson, a foot and ankle specialist with Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, TPMG, performed the first such procedure at the hospital this spring. Since then, he and his TPMG practice partner Benjamin Proto have done 20 ankle replacements at Peninsula operating rooms, including at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate in Newport News, and most recently a first at Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg.


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TPMG Cardiolovascular Specialists, Virginia Beach earns Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds. Read more

The Healthy Side of Conflict – Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group

The Healthy Side of Conflict

When most of my patients talk about dealing with conflict, they express an unwillingness to rock the boat. They might envision all the negative things traditionally associated with conflict, such as yelling, frustration or the inability to get another person to see their point of view. And the thing about conflict is that it can (and does) pop up everywhere: home, work, among friends and romantic partners – quite simply, conflict is a part of life. Some people tell me they choose to avoid conflict because they don’t have the temperament for all that arguing and discord. Read more

Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist Offers Innovative Therapy Alternative to Opioids

Posted: March 21, 2018, Newport News, VA
Christopher A. Dawson, MD, Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist at Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) in Newport News, Virginia, is pleased to announce his latest therapeutic modality for pain—the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy. The MLS Laser Therapy, a Class IV Laser, synchronizes two distinct wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and pain. Read more

A man with lower back pain

Don’t Just Sit There

We know sitting too much is not a great strategy but sometimes it happens.  You may work at a desk or just have a long weekend of binging on TV planned but what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we sit for extended periods of the day? Read more

About Facial Skin Cleansers

Skin cleansers are an important part of your facial skin care routine and can help to reduce acne and other types of bacteria on the skin surface. There are many different types of cleansers which cater to different skin types. In general, you should choose your facial cleanser based on your skin type. Foaming agents are amongst the strongest cleansers because they remove oil from the skin’s surface, ensuring that makeup and debris are removed. Non foaming agents are less irritating and are a good option for dry or sensitive skin types. Antibacterial cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide, silver, hypochlorous acid, sodium hypochlorite, are a good option for acne-prone skin. Read more