The Daily Scoop from Charlotte Shaff

The problem with “Pellet Mills” and women who need hormone replacement therapy. Scottsdale Internist has advice August 6, 2012

Women’s hormone health is a hot topic, popping up on talk shows and doctor’s offices everywhere. But one Valley physician wants to make sure women are asking the right questions, getting correct information and seeking the proper care before embarking on hormone replacement therapy.
“We use hormones as a tool for overall health, and not just one piece of the pie,” said Dr. Angela DeRosa, founder of Scottsdale-based DeRosa Medical.

Many doctors dabble in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and do not treat the whole person, she said. These “pellet mills,” as Dr. DeRosa calls them, respond to the demand by women who recognize their symptoms after watching a TV show or reading web sites and decide they need treatment.

It’s not uncommon for these doctors to have little to no training in understanding hormones. The bulk of them are naturopathic doctors or ob-gyns giving HRT as a way to make a quick buck. Most don’t even accept insurance; it’s on a cash-only basis. And they don’t properly test, examine and assess patients’ overall health, so they give the wrong dosages and even the wrong hormones.

“Most doctors give a lot of estrogen and a little testosterone, but it should be the other way around,” DeRosa said. Almost all of her patients are shocked to hear a typical healthy woman has 60 percent estrogen and 40 percent testosterone, she said. Women come in to her office bloated, crying and with severe premenstrual syndrome, Dr. DeRosa said, because the doctors treating them have given them improper dosages and don’t understand the nuances of their health needs.

“Unfortunately, there’s no good training for this,” she said.

Dr. DeRosa, who went through menopause in her thirties, has spent years researching and learning the data in order to effectively treat women with biodentical hormone therapy. These hormones are compounded in a lab to have the same chemical and molecular structure as natural human hormones. They are different and safer than synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Prempro or Provera.

Her practice, DeRosa Medical, is an internal medical practice specializing in women’s health and offering a comprehensive, “one-stop shopping” approach to care. That way, there’s no lack of communication or miscommunication between two or more doctors trying to manage the patients’ primary care needs, hormone health and other issues.

Most importantly, DeRosa said, hormone therapy can effectively treat everything from hot flashes, sleep problems and migraines to sugar issues, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Women typically start losing testosterone in their thirties and estrogen in their forties.

“About 40 to 50 percent of the women who come into our office our pre-diabetic,” DeRosa said, “and it’s because they’re testosterone deficient. If you don’t have testosterone, you’re not going to move sugar properly.”

Hormone deficiencies can also rob women of their happiness and fulfillment in life, and Dr. DeRosa is also dedicated to giving this back to women.

Nancy Foote, 52, of Gilbert is a patient at DeRosa Medical who considered quitting her job as an eighth-grade teacher before seeing Dr. DeRosa. She was short-tempered and cranky, and was having trouble dealing with her students. “I had a little black rain cloud over my head all the time,” Foote said.

After HRT, she felt like Dr. De Rosa “gave me a lot of my spirit back” and she had more mental clarity and patience with her students, her nine grandchildren and herself.

“I was amazed at the amount of time she took,” Foote said. “She wasn’t just concerned about my weight gain or my mood swings or my hot flashes. She was as interested in how I felt intellectually and emotionally. I’m more than just a patient; more than just a dollar sign; and it’s been a while I’ve felt like that at a doctor’s office.”

– 30 –

DeRosa Medical, has offices in Scottsdale and Sedona, and is opening in Chandler in September. On the web:

Specific information on bioidentical hormones:


Renowned Arizona Spine and Back Specialists Focus on Well-Being April 25, 2012

Filed under: SONORAN SPINE CENTER — themediapush @ 4:31 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

MAY is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. The specialists at Sonoran Spine Center can help YOU! 

Renowned Phoenix Spine and Back Specialists Focus on Well-being
Sonoran Spine Center helps Arizona residents stay healthy and pain-free this spring

(April 2012 – Phoenix, AZ) Valley residents looking for help with any back, spine or arthritis issues are fortunate to have several of the Southwest’s leading spine and back specialists available at SonoranSpine Centers.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Dennis Crandall, Sonoran Spine Center includes a group of cutting-edge, innovative physicians and surgeons specializing in all areas of the back and spine. Helping adult and children with spinal curvatures, scoliosis, work injuries, slipped vertebra and disc herniations, as well as many other conditions, these doctors have studied new methods to improve treatment through both surgical and non-surgical techniques.

“At Sonoran Spine Center we understand the importance of providing high-quality patient care and promoting a positive patient experience,” said Dr. Crandall. “This is what differentiates us from other practices and allows us to maintain quality staff members which in turn boosts patient satisfaction and promotes better treatment outcomes overall.”

Currently, the practice has five top spinal physicians including:
  • Dr. Crandall, recipient of the Phoenix Magazine TOP DOC award in Spine health for four consecutive years, is well-known for his back deformity surgery and research. As founder of the SonoranSpine Research and Education Foundation, he is dedicated to research, outcomes and studies about golf and work-related injuries. Dr. Crandall is the Spine Chief of the Banner Orthopedic Residency Program and is a spine consultant for professional sports teams in Arizona including; the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona State University. 
  • Dr. Chang, was recently a guest-expert on the popular-syndicated television program, The Doctors. Here he spoke about his work with scoliosis patients. He is known for performing successful surgeries that other doctors shy away from. Dr. Chang is fellowship trained in spine deformity surgery.
  • Dr. Crowder, is the only spine surgeon in Arizona using a new robotic method. He has a passion for educating and helping patients with osteoporosis. 
  • Dr. Datta, is a surgeon and expert in all aspects of spine care. He is especially interested in wellness and fitness and the role these lifestyle choices make in supporting good spine health. 
  • Dr. Mosalliaie, focuses on conservative care, pain management, spinal injections, electrodiagnostics and musculoskeletal disorders. 
Sonoran Spine Centers is also proud to have research specialist Jan Revella, RN on staff. Jan has more than 30 years of orthopedic experience and is a committed educator on arthritis, osteoporosis andspine issues. She has spoken throughout Arizona about living and feeling better with arthritis and she is author and presenter of the popular book and DVD series, “Feeling Good with Arthritis.” 

Sonoran Spine Centers has served children and adults with spine and back problems throughout the Valley for more than 12 years. Specializing in areas include the simplest problems to the most complex, from the easiest to the most difficult and caring for patients of all ages. Sonoran Spine Center provides comprehensive conservative care as well as spinal surgery options. For more information on the services provided or to schedule an appointment to speak with one of the highly-qualified physicians, visit and please LIKE us on Facebook

Bio-Match Therapy is the New Solution for Menopausal Problems in Valley Women October 5, 2009

Filed under: DERMA HEALTH INSTITUTE — themediapush @ 10:17 pm
Tags: , ,

00430018Derma Health Institute can help restore you to your former self by taking a sample of your hormones and creating an individualized plan using all-natural hormones that perfectly match those you have lost. Attend one of their upcoming seminars to have all your questions answered about this important time in your life.

There is no cost to attend and you’re free to bring a friend. Please RSVP for your closest location below:

Mesa/Gilbert Location
Derma Health Institute
4140 E. Baseline Rd., #110
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-539-0777 – CALL TO RSVP
Thurs, October 15, at 6:00 pm
Sat, November 7, at 9:00 am
Thurs, December 17, at 6:00 pm

The new Bio-Match Therapy from Derma Health Institute is able to correct the effects of menopause, with an individual treatment for each woman. The Bio-Match therapy works to balance hormones for women going through menopause to help end side effects such as hot flashes, headaches and mood swings.

Bio-Match Therapy is an individualized program that aims at reducing the effects of menopause on women. The hormones that are used are all natural, so essentially women are only putting more of their own natural hormones into their body to balance out the effects of menopause. The most important aspect of the Bio-Match Therapy is that it is not an off-the-shelf prescription. It is made individually for each person and their particular needs.

Before a woman can start to use Bio-Match Therapy, comprehensive tests and research are done concerning the client’s medical history. Once all of the tests are done, doctors prescribe natural hormones that are an exact match to the client’s to help balance the fluctuation in hormones due to menopause. Clients have available to them natural hormone balancing cream, supplements, nutritional planning help and an easy to follow guide. The doctors also make a point of ensuring the plan is perfect for each client and help them during the entire process of the plan.

Women who could potentially benefit from the Bio-Match Therapy include women who are suffering from pre-menopausal symptoms, menopausal symptoms, post-menopausal symptoms, thyroid disorder or adrenal fatigue symptoms. Benefits of the Bio-Match Therapy include an end to hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, low libido, night sweats, memory loss and headaches.

“At Derma Health Institute we aim to help our clients deal with the difficult parts of menopause and help them restore themselves into their former self,” Trish Gulbranson, the owner of Derma Health Institute, said. “We know that menopause can be a very difficult time, so we want to try and make it as easy a process as possible through this personalized program,” she said.

Derma Health Institute is also currently offering free consultations with clients to see if they are potential candidates for the Bio-Match Therapy treatments. Currently, the therapy costs $799. There are also supplements as well as cream which are beneficial and available to be added on to the service for an additional cost.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a free consultation about Bio-Match Therapy at Derma Health Institute, call (480) 539-0777 Mesa/Gilbert, (480) 730-9000 Chandler/Tempe, (480) 460-1505 Ahwatukee/Phoenix or (480) 991-7900 Paradise Valley/Scottsdale. For more info go to


Females Feel No Fear at Repair Shop February 5, 2009

Filed under: AIRPARK AUTO REPAIR — themediapush @ 7:38 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Nadine with her Green Shop CertAIRPARK AUTO SERVICE Presents Knowledge is Power -Car Care Seminar for Women

Saturday February 28, 2009 from 10:00am to Noon

AIRPARK AUTO SERVICE 8115 E. Raintree Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Breakfast and Lunch will be catered by Paradise Bakery

Cost: Free

This Women’s Clinic Seminar is designed to give you a basic understanding of the following:

Indentify leaking fluids
Understanding Dash Lights
Engine Basics
Scams and Rip-off tactics
Proper Maintenance
When actual service is needed

Please RSVP by calling: 480-998-1605 or e-mail:
Seating is Limited so please RSVP Today!
This Seminar will be taught by Nadine Grobmeier, owner of Airpark Auto Service


Thank a special Valley Woman November 10, 2008

Filed under: DERMA HEALTH INSTITUTE — themediapush @ 4:07 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

lobbyWant to show gratitude this year but in a unique way? Valley residents have until November 24th to nominate a certain someone in their life they are especially thankful for to receive a free makeover. One winner will be drawn at each Derma Health Institute location to receive free skin rejuvenation services, hair and make-up, teeth whitening, wardrobe consultation and a new outfit as part of their makeover. Go to to enter.



The Derma Health Institute of Mesa and Chandler is getting rid of all those nasty lines on Black Friday—face lines that is. Join them for their “No Lines Here” event on November 28 from 9:00-2:00 p.m. where they will be giving away two free makeovers to people that deserve a little more appreciation than just the typical “thank-you.”

Want to show a little more gratitude this year but in a unique way? Valley residents have until November 24th to nominate a certain someone in their life they are especially thankful for to receive a free makeover. One winner will be drawn at each Derma Health location to receive free skin rejuvenation services, hair and make-up, teeth whitening, wardrobe consultation and a new outfit as part of their makeover. Go to to enter.

Guests can enjoy hot coffee and cinnamon rolls and be entered in a drawing for free Microdermabrasions, Botox, Juvederm and laser genesis services just for attending. Special deals only offered on Black Friday include discounted prices for Juvederm , Botox, Pumpkin peels and B-12 Vitamin shots. Guests who buy $250 in gift certificates receive their choice of $100 in free Botox or two pumpkin peels.

Derma Health Institute is one of the leading providers of Botox® and Juvederm™ in Arizona and offers Walk In Botox® every Saturday from 10am-1pm. Derma Health Institute now features the brand new, FDA approved, Vela Shape Body Contour Laser to shrink the look and feel of cellulite quickly and effectively.

For more information on services or to schedule your appointment or a complimentary consultation at Derma Health Institute, call (480) 539-0777 Mesa or (480) 730-9000 Chandler. You may also visit


Valley Women Featured on July 8, 2008

PHOENIX, AZ – Vibrant Nation (, a social recommendation website geared toward accomplished women over 50, announces new interviews and content from inspiring and informed women in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale on the national website. 

For the 50 million women over 50, their perspective on careers, love and the media is enlightening and frank. These women look to their peers for inspiration and support; and they know that no one can answer their important questions better than women like them.

With that in mind, the following Vibrant Nation members address second careers, hormones and sex with the following contributions:


Patricia Drain Q&A

Posted on May 12, 2008 at 09:35AM

Author, speaker, and coach Patricia Drain answers questions about coaching, changing careers in your 50’s, and where she sees herself in 10 years.
Read More »

Judy Toth Interview

Posted on May 09, 2008 at 12:32PM

Judy Toth is the owner of Simply Impressive, a small hands-on cooking school located in Arizona. She worked for almost 30 years in the IT world, before making a huge career change and opening her own business. Judy talks to Vibrant Nation about what inspired her to open Simply Impressive, how she views success differently, and the joys of being her own boss.
Read More »

Laura Holka Q&A

Posted on May 09, 2008 at 12:20PM

Arizona-based television producer, Laura Holka, took a break from her four jobs (yes four!) to answer some questions from Vibrant Nation about her work, her thoughts on the way the media views women over 50, and the next stage of her life.
Read More »

Vibrant Nation has also added additional new “top 10” recommendation lists from women in Phoenix and across the country. 

According to Stephen Reily, founder and CEO of Vibrant Nation, the company began creating these profiles on the site to introduce Vibrant Nation members to other inspirational women and to help spark new ideas for living their best life. “Success after 50 is exactly what we want people to recognize in women through Vibrant Nation,” says Reily. “For many of these women, retirement isn’t on the radar. They view the second half of their lives as a launch pad for new endeavors. Women over 50 really deserve to be celebrated and as we have been looking for great examples across the country, we realized that we have many phenomenal women right here in Phoenix that we need to highlight.”


Vibrant Nation celebrates the independence, interests and potential of accomplished women over 50, giving them a forum to ask and answer questions from their peers, and connect each other to the best resources to get the most out of life. The concept began with the realization that there has never before been a group of women like this: Today’s women over 50 have more money and power — and are expected to live longer — than women of previous generations. Over a 10-year period ending in 2010, the 55 to 64-year old population will grow 48% with a significant female skew. In addition, consumers 50+ own up to 80% of the nation’s financial assets and control 50% of the discretionary spending, spending 2.5 times as much as younger consumers on a per capital basis. Nevertheless, marketers continue to under-recognize their value and potential.

“All of us know thriving women in their 50s and 60s who are starting businesses, joining friends for adventure travel overseas, managing their money, buying great-looking clothes and furnishing second homes,” explains Reily. “These women feel great about themselves, but you don’t see companies talking to them in a way that shows they understand them or the lives they lead.”

About Vibrant Nation:

Vibrant Nation is a social recommendation website created to connect and empower accomplished women over 50. is an online community where like-minded women can ask and answer each other’s questions on topics like travel, finance, fashion, work, the arts and philanthropy. Based on the idea that women recognize each other’s strengths and interests even when the marketplace doesn’t, Vibrant Nation was founded by Stephen Reily, a marketing professional who is continually inspired by many of the women in his life, including his 77-year old “super-cool” mother.

For more information or to join Vibrant Nation, visit