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By Kathryn on 3/29/2017 2:54 PM

Dr. Hambric thumbDr. Bryan Hambric is the newest member of the Live Oak Health Partners surgical team.

By Kathryn on 3/29/2017 2:24 PM

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Pain and stiffness are the tell-tale signs of joint issues, and they present most often in the elderly. According to Stuart Shapiro, DO, there is one important thing everyone can do to preserve joint health and stop the problems before they start.

By Kathryn on 1/22/2017 3:56 PM


COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Dr. Nayer El-Ashram, a pulmonologist with Live Oak Health Partners, takes a closer look at COPD in today’s CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 11/22/2016 11:04 AM

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Diabetes is the country’s No. 1 cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations, and, according to Dr. Erik Anderson, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, it isn’t always easy to spot in the early stages.

By Kathryn on 11/15/2016 4:27 PM

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Ladies, you have a new partner in your wellness and health care. Live Oak Women’s Care is proud to introduce obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Risa Curtis to the Hays County community.

By Kathryn on 10/13/2016 4:12 PM

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How often should women be screened for breast cancer? Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon for Live Oak Health Partners, explains in this CTMC Health Tip. 

By Kathryn on 9/29/2016 3:50 PM

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Some robotic surgical procedures are completed through four tiny incisions, but with single-site da Vinci surgery procedures can be completed through only one incision. The incision can be hidden in the belly button, which preserves the appearance of the abdominal wall for a much more cosmetically pleasing outcome.

By Kathryn on 7/25/2016 1:28 PM

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There are many different options available when it comes to birth control. Dr. Risa Curtis with Live Oak Women’s Care explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 6/27/2016 1:00 PM

Joint Pain

When you have discomfort in your joints, you may not want to move as much. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stuart Shapiro, and orthopedic surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses why it’s important to stay in motion. 

By Kathryn on 6/13/2016 12:39 PM

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Many people are confused about which supplements they should take. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, tells why you should check with your clinician before taking vitamins.

By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 11:46 AM

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The Internet has without a doubt changed the relationship between physicians and their patients. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, addresses Googling your symptoms. 

By Kathryn on 6/9/2016 9:41 AM

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If your child is pulling at their ears, has a fever, is being fussy or has a decreased ability to hear, an ear infection may be the cause. In this CTMC health tip, Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner at Live Oak Walk-In Care, gives advice for addressing ear infections in children. 


By Kathryn on 6/1/2016 11:37 AM

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There are many benefits to robotic surgery. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon at Live Oak Health Partners, explains why robotic surgery is here to stay.

By Kathryn on 5/20/2016 10:22 AM

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With Hays County’s rapid growth, walk-in care and free standing emergency clinics are becoming more prevalent. Tourists, students and the expanding population are looking for convenience and value when it comes to health care. Our expert panel answers the top questions you may have about these facilities. 

By Kathryn on 5/5/2016 1:06 PM

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If you have hernia symptoms, you shouldn’t delay seeing your doctor for an evaluation, especially if you are a woman in the childbearing years. Dr. Robert Duran, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/28/2016 12:56 PM

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Data shows early prenatal care improves outcomes for expecting moms. Dr. Stephen Richardson, a family doctor at the Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 3:38 PM


It’s natural to want a quick fix when we’re sick, but antibiotics may not always be the best answer. Jessica Sanders, a nurse practitioner with Live Oak Health Partners, explains more in this CTMC Health Tip.

By Kathryn on 4/25/2016 1:25 PM

gallbladder graphicThe number one reason for intra-abdominal surgery in the United States is gallbladder removal, but is surgery the only answer for addressing gallbladder disease? In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Charles Mathis, a general surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, explains. 

By Kathryn on 4/13/2016 1:02 PM


Hip problems can cause pain that interferes with quality of life and activities of living. In this CTMC Health Tip, Dr. Stuart Shapiro, and orthopedic surgeon with Live Oak Health Partners, talks about a minimally invasive procedure for hip replacement.

By Kathryn on 1/31/2016 10:43 AM

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San Marcos and the Hill Country are unique because there are year-round allergies. Dr. Michael Blair, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist with Live Oak Health Partners, has been helping Central Texans combat allergies since 2012. 

By Kathryn on 11/23/2015 11:38 AM

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Some studies show that weight loss surgery can reverse diabetes and the complications associated with it. Approximately 70 percent of patients who are on insulin going into weight loss surgery will come off of their insulin completely following the procedure, specifically with gastric bypass. 

By Kathryn on 8/7/2015 1:49 PM

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This fall, Live Oak Health Partners will open the only dedicated occupational medicine clinic in Hays County, to focus on keeping our local workforce healthy and productive. 

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