Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Anthony Echols, APRN-CNP, who specializes in orthopedics at Utica Park Clinic, answered a few frequently asked questions about preventing and managing osteoporosis.

What are some effective daily self-care strategies for managing osteoporosis?

Factors that contribute to developing osteoporosis include calcium and vitamin D deficiency, lack of exercise, tobacco use and excessive alcohol use. Like most things, prevention is the key! 

Eat a well-balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in... Read More »

Endometriosis is an often misunderstood condition, and it's crucial to address the questions and concerns surrounding it to ensure patients diagnosed with the disease can manage their symptoms. Jessica Koshy, D.O., who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Utica Park Clinic, answered a few frequently asked questions to shed some light on endometriosis.

1. What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, typically on other pelvic organs. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and in... Read More »

Cervical Cancer Q&A Medically reviewed by William Harris, M.D. and Amara Nandikolla, M.D.

Cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States but its impact has been significantly diminished due to effective screening and prompt treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 13,960 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, resulting in over 4,300 deaths. In this comprehensive blog, we explore the symptoms, testing procedures and treatment options associated with cervical cancer.

What is cervical... Read More »

Michael Wittig is a nationally recognized bodybuilder, fitness trainer, actor, stunt professional, bass player, husband and father of four. He’s worked on movies with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, been featured in more than 50 magazines and was nominated for a Grammy as part of the Christian rock band, Pillar. 

After being constantly on the move and in front of the camera for years, Wittig was stopped in his tracks in 2018, when he noticed a spot on the skin of his chest.

“There was... Read More »


Cycling is a great exercise that doubles as a means of transportation. It works out the whole body and also acts as a stress reliever, improving mental as well as physical health. Chris Guinn, D.O., who specializes in family medicine at Utica Park Clinic in Broken Arrow, is a cycling enthusiast. He shares how consistent cycling can benefit your health, and the best way to get started on a cycling journey.

A Whole Body Exercise

“Cycling as a routine form of exercise has numerous health benefits including maintaining healthy weight, increased cardiovascular and... Read More »

As summer winds down and classes begin for students, families may need to make some changes around their households to help children make the back-to-school adjustment. Brandon Rawlinson, D.O., who specializes in family medicine at Utica Park Clinic - Owasso North, has these six tips to help keep students healthy and productive during the upcoming school year.

1. Establish a routine

After a summer of outdoor fun and potentially later bedtimes, getting back into a regular school schedule can be a challenge for some families. Dr. Rawlinson said getting started early is the key... Read More »

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may find hot summer months in Oklahoma particularly unbearable. This condition is often accompanied by heat intolerance, which increases during the spring and summer months. Talisha Nichols, APRN-CNP, neurology specialist with Utica Park Clinic, explains why this happens and how these symptoms can be treated.

What is multiple sclerosis?

MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain... Read More »

Seasonal allergies can cause symptoms like runny nose, sneezing and an itchy throat that can range in severity from uncomfortable to unbearable. Allergens like pollen and mold can trigger these symptoms, especially in the spring, and some people are more affected by certain types of allergens than others. Robert Valentine, M.D. from Utica Park Clinic in Muskogee discusses the causes of seasonal allergies, how to treat the symptoms and what to do if you have an allergy attack.

What are allergies?

“Seasonal allergies occur when the body overreacts to something in the environment. In... Read More »

(March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Utica Park Clinic (UPC) would like to thank our physicians for the dedication and passion they show for their patients. In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we are spotlighting urologist Melanie Ketchandji, M.D.)

Dr. Melanie Ketchandji was interested in medicine and caring for others from a young age. Her sister has cerebral palsy, which sparked Dr. Ketchandji’s curiosity when she was young.

“I think the presence of that family member, the sister that always needed health care was a big driver. It got me intrigued about her condition,” said Dr.... Read More »

When Valerie Kemp’s severe headaches returned after three years, she knew exactly where she needed to go for help: somewhere she felt heard and seen.

In 2019, just two months after she moved to Tulsa, Kemp spent weeks in and out of emergency rooms, trying to find someone who could treat a tremendous headache.

“I kind of felt ignored,” said Kemp. “I knew something was wrong. They just sent me home.”

When she arrived at Hillcrest Medical Center, the emergency room doctor listened to Kemp about her headache and ordered several tests. Kemp was admitted. A few days later,... Read More »