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Plastic Surgeon by Day, Artist by Night

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 17, 2019 1:20:44 PM

For Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Prashant Soni, his artistic talent extends far beyond the operating room.

By day, Dr. Soni's canvas is the human body where he combines advanced medicine with precision artistry to carry out complex cosmetic and reconstructive procedures from facelifts to post-masectomy breast reconstructions. But outside of seeing patients at Advanced Specialty Care or performing surgeries at the hospital, he can be found chalking up entirely different works of art with his family--on a chalkboard. (See pictures of his chalk art below!)

What was initially a central space for family notes and reminders, the chalkboard in his house quickly transformed into a canvas where whimsical drawings, often inspired by the unabridged creativity of his three children, come to life.

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Topics: Dr. Prashant Soni, Cosmetic Surgery, Blog

Unusual Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose & Throat

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 11, 2019 4:20:59 PM

Ticks in ears and batteries in noses. You'd be surprised by the types of foreign objects ENT doctors remove from someone's ear, nose and throat on a regular basis, especially children!

ENT specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, recounts some of the most bizarre, dangerous and downright weird objects that he's removed from ears, noses and throats over the years. 

Things can get stuck in people’s ears, nose or throat in a variety of ways. Sometimes it's accidental and uncontrollable, other times it may be the result of a curious child innocently sticking something in their nose or ear. Either scenario can be equally scary for the patient and their parent or caregiver.

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Blog, Audiology, Ear, Nose & Throat

Why You Should Never Use a Tanning Bed

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Jan 3, 2019 12:00:34 PM
Dermatology PA-C, Jessica Mangiaracina, shares the facts about tanning beds and the increased risk of skin cancer that comes with using them. And despite what you've heard, tanning beds are not as safe as you think!
I'm a dermatology practitioner and I used to use tanning beds. Emphasis on used to
Despite the irony, being a dermatology Physician Assistant that diagnoses skin cancers on a daily basis and briefly being a tanning bed user while in college, I feel the need to educate my patients with evidence-based medicine about the risk of skin cancer from tanning beds. 

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Topics: Jessica Mangiaracina, PA-C, Dermatology, Skincare & Laser, Blog

Year in Review: Practice News and Highlights from 2018

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to say thank to all of our wonderful patients for allowing Advanced Specialty Care to care for you and your families. 

This past year we've welcomed new providers to our practice, celebrated accomplishments and milestones with our patients and doctors alike and saw many of our physicians recognized for their work and dedication to patient care.

To wrap up the year, here's a recap of news and highlights along with some of our most popular blogs from 2018!

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Topics: Blog

Your Guide to Breast Implant Options

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 20, 2018 4:57:52 PM

Dr. Prashant Soni, Board Certified Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon at Advanced Specialty Care explains the differences between breast implant options including the pros and cons of each type.

Silicone, smooth, saline, textured, gel, gummy bear. What does any of this mean?

We understand that considering breast implants can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve put together a guide to help you understand which implant options are available and which may be right for you.

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Topics: plastic surgery, Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Surgery, Blog, Dr. Prashant Soni, Dermatology, Skincare & Laser

Why do we get more colds in the winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 14, 2018 4:21:09 PM

Can you catch a cold from the cold? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care explains why the cold weather increases our chances of catching viruses!

Most adults get 2-3 colds a year and children even more. It seems that the winter is the worst time for catching a cold. There are 2 main reasons for this. Firstly what we do in cold weather is very different from what we do in warm weather. Secondly our defenses against cold viruses don’t work as well in cold temperatures.

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat, Blog

Meet the Doctor: Neetu Godhwani, Allergy, Immunology & Asthma Specialist

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Dec 6, 2018 2:55:18 PM
Get to know Dr. Neetu Godhwani, Allergy, Immunology and Asthma specialist at Advanced Specialty Care!
Spend a few minutes with Dr. Godhwani and you'll quickly realize how passionate and deeply involved she is with her work. In this blog, she shares  what inspired her to pursue a career practicing as an Allergy, Immunology and Asthma Specialist and also opens up about her interests outside of the office.
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Topics: Dr. Neetu Godhwani, Allergy & Asthma, Blog

Why Does My Nose Run So Much in the Winter?

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 29, 2018 1:50:34 PM

If you live in New England, you're no stranger to cold weather. As soon as the temps drop, we instinctively break out our winter coats and boxes of tissues and prepare for the inevitable runny nose.

You know the feeling. You're walking your dog, shoveling snow, sledding in the backyard and you feel the unpleasant sensation of your nose dripping. No matter how much you sniffle and try to stifle it, your nose just won't stop running.

But what is it about the cold air that seems to turn our noses into faucets? Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist explains why the cold air makes your nose run.        

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Topics: Dr. Jeffrey Monroe, Ear, Nose & Throat, Blog

Study Shows Effectiveness of Oral Immunotherapy for Treating Peanut Allergies

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 20, 2018 2:45:37 PM

At the annual American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology meeting being held in Seattle, Washington this November, the results from a study on a peanut immunotherapy product were reported on. The study advances our knowledge regarding the potential treatments for peanut allergy and further validates the effectiveness of medically supervised Oral Immunotherapy.

Peanut allergy is common, affecting approximately one in 50 American children. Peanut allergic reactions are thought to cause more deaths from anaphylaxis than any other food allergen. The traditional approach for the treatment of peanut allergy is to avoid peanuts, even as a mixed ingredient of another food, and to carry emergency medicine (including an epinephrine autoinjector) at all time. These restrictions and the associated fear of triggering an allergic reaction usually result in a significant impairment of quality of life.

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Topics: Dr. Jonathan Bell, Allergy & Asthma, Blog

Medical Grade Skincare: Your Skin Will Thank You

Posted by Advanced Specialty Care on Nov 16, 2018 4:01:41 PM

Jessica Mangiaracina, Dermatology PA and skincare expert, shares some of her favorite medical grade skincare products that she uses in her own daily regimen and explains the difference between medical grade and over-the-counter. And yes, there really is a difference! 

Don’t get me wrong I’m all for sheet masks and toners, and jelly or oil cleansers! I love mixing the over-the-counter with my medical grade skincare products, but I choose and recommend the medical grade products every time because I know they’re effective for stimulating collagen, smoothing skin texture, minimizing brown spots, treating acne and leaving us with glowing skin. 

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Topics: Jessica Mangiaracina, PA-C, Dermatology, Skincare & Laser, Cosmetic Surgery, Blog