Dementia can be a topic that people try to avoid, but learning about dementia’s symptoms and stages can help you and your loved ones prepare and find the right care. Aimee Musgrove, APRN-CNP, at Utica Park Clinic in Bixby answers a few of the big questions regarding dementia, including symptoms, testing, stages and care.


What are the first signs/symptoms of dementia?

Misplacing items, though it is not uncommon to misplace items, we are normally able to go back and trace our steps and recall location. People with early memory deficit are unable to retrace their... Read More »

The summer and fall months provide the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Whether you prefer biking, canoeing, fishing hiking or some other activity, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Oklahoma. In addition to applying sunscreen and staying hydrated, you’ll want to remember another safety issue: keep an eye out for spiders to avoid getting bitten.

According to the journal American Family Physician, there are more than 3,000 types of spiders in the United States, but few of them bite and an even smaller group are poisonous to humans. The only... Read More »

Get out and grow! Spending time in your flowerbed or vegetable patch not only adds curbside appeal, but it can also positively impact your health. Working around the garden can be physically, mentally and emotionally rewarding, even for those without the greenest of thumbs. Read more about the benefits of tending the garden below.

Improves your diet

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a simple way to get more nutrients in your diet and encourage a healthier plate. Gardening is a healthy activity to do with children, who may be more willing to eat their greens if they... Read More »

A hernia can happen to anyone and is much more than a simple muscle pull. A hernia occurs when an organ or bulge of tissue breaks through a hole in the muscles.

The most common symptom of a hernia is a visible bulge in the affected area. Other symptoms of hernia may include weakness, pressure or a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen, groin or scrotum.

“Hernias can be painful, but more often they do not cause pain,” said Eugene Dickens, M.D., general surgeon at Utica Park Clinic. “The most concerning symptoms come when an internal organ is stuck out of the hernia and is... Read More »

Utica Park Clinic is partnering with Tulsa Health Department dietitians Megan and Melissa for Facebook Live Cooking Classes. Below is the recipe from Megan and Melissa's March 28th Facebook Live featuring Basic Hummus.

To view this Facebook Live Cooking Class, click here:


-(15-ounce) can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve the liquid)

-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-3 garlic cloves

-2 tablespoons well-stirred tahini

-1/4 cup lime juice

-1/2 teaspoon salt... Read More »

According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in three Americans is at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Some patients don’t realize that they are having kidney problems and many are unaware of the beginning symptoms. If you are experiencing conditions like high blood pressure, anemia (low amount of healthy red blood cells), weakening bones or are concerned about the health of your kidneys, it’s crucial that you find a urologist to work with you. This is even more important if you have a family history of kidney problems. The early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease is... Read More »

Utica Park Clinic is partnering with Tulsa Health Department dietitians Megan and Melissa for Facebook Live Cooking Classes. Below is the recipe from Megan and Melissa's February 28th Facebook Live featuring Butternut and Barley Pilaf.

To view this Facebook Live Cooking Class, click here:


Butternut and Barley Pilaf

6 Servings


-2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

-1 medium onion

-14 o.z. reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

- 1 3/4... Read More »

If you are living with diabetes, you are at a greater risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure. Another vascular problem due to diabetes is poor circulation to the legs and feet. Many of these cardiovascular issues can start early in life and may go undetected and untreated for years which, unfortunately, can increase your risk of a major cardiovascular event.

What causes heart disease in people with diabetes?

People with diabetes often have changes in their blood vessels that can lead to cardiovascular disease. For those living with diabetes, the linings of... Read More »

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC also states that about 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. Dr. Scott Fowler of Utica Park Clinic in Bixby shares the heart disease risk factors you can control and how prevention is key against developing heart disease.

Your smoking status, weight, medication compliance, exercise and activity level, alcohol intake and diet are all factors you control. “I’ve got a lot of patients that don’t realize alcohol is bad for your heart – especially... Read More »

According to the Union for International Cancer Control, 9.6 million people die from cancer every year, making cancer the second-leading cause of death worldwide. We talked with Utica Park Clinic medical oncologist, Dr. Laura Kyle Brett about why she pursued working in medical oncology, preventive measures you can take against cancer and the risk factors behind melanoma, one of the most common cancers.

“The main thing that drove me to pursue medical oncology was an experience I had while I was in medical school,” Dr. Brett shares. Initially, she was interested in the genetic... Read More »