Topic: Health & Wellness

Dr. Gulla Shares Findings on COVID-19 Testing

Written on October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Dr. Mandy Gul­la, Med­ical Direc­tor at Liv­ing Med­ical Arts PLLC in Fri­day Har­bor, recent­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in an expert pan­el dis­cus­sion at the Wash­ing­ton Asso­ci­a­tion of Natur­o­path­ic Physi­cians’ annu­al con­fer­ence. The pan­el dis­cus­sion, mod­er­at­ed by Dr. Tere­sa Richter, was ded­i­cat­ed to updates on Covid-19 test­ing options, sta­tus of vac­cine devel­op­ment, and impacts on health of patients  Con­tin­ue Reading

Part-time, Outer Islander Contracts COVID

Written on October 14, 2020 at 6:23 pm, by

By San Juan Coun­ty Gov­ern­ment One new pos­i­tive COVID-19 case has been attrib­uted to San Juan Coun­ty, which brings the total num­ber of cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty to date to 33. This new case was report­ed in a part-time res­i­dent of a non-fer­­ry served island. The ini­tial case inves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete. No close con­tacts in  Con­tin­ue Reading

Fish Taco Sale This Friday, Oct. 16

Written on October 13, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Matt Marinkovich, Fish For Teeth Fish for Teeth is con­tin­u­ing its tooth-fix­ing mis­sion with a fish taco fundrais­er from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Fri­day, Oct. 16,  at the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre. An $8 sug­gest­ed dona­tion lands you a full-on bur­ri­­to-sized “taco,” filled with sus­­tain­ably-har­vest­ed Wash­ing­ton Coastal Rock­fish, fresh organ­ic sal­sa, Tillam­ook cheese, zesty greens,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Dental Clinic for Kids, Pregnant Women on Orcas Island

Written on October 12, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

The Arco­ra Foun­da­tion’s Smile­Mo­bile, a 39-foot den­tal clin­ic on wheels, will return to Orcas Island on Oct. 21–23 and 26–28 and will park at the Orcas Island Com­mu­ni­ty Church, 176 Madrona St. Smile­Mo­bile den­tist Paul Phillips and den­tal team will pro­vide exam­i­na­tions to babies (first tooth) up through high school age and preg­nant and post­par­tum  Con­tin­ue Reading

How To Get A Flu Shot on San Juan Island

Written on October 11, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

  Sched­ule with your provider, or reg­is­ter for the island’s flu shot dri­ve-thru.   In the time of COVID-19, being vac­ci­nat­ed against the flu is espe­cial­ly crit­i­cal. Depend­ing on COVID and influen­za case activ­i­ty, access to advanced med­ical care or test­ing may become more lim­it­ed and could cause addi­tion­al strain on health care sys­tems. San  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s Annual Survey

Written on October 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion annu­al sur­vey will pro­vide the orga­ni­za­tion with local infor­ma­tion about com­mu­ni­ty per­cep­tions. The sur­vey is avail­able online in Eng­lish and Span­ish. Thank you for com­plet­ing this short 5‑minute survey.

Dental Therapy on the Swinomish Reservation

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Asi­ah Gon­za­lez, a den­tal ther­a­pist, shares her views on the advan­tages of den­tal ther­a­py. Grow­ing up on the Swinomish reser­va­tion, I nev­er imag­ined that I could have a career in med­i­cine. I tried hard in school, but I nev­er saw den­tists or doc­tors who looked like the peo­ple I grew up with. That all changed when  Con­tin­ue Reading

Scammers Call PeaceHealth Patients

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Peace­Health has received reports of recent phone scams – or “vish­ing” scams – impact­ing patients in the What­com, Skag­it and San Juan areas. Scam­mers are pre­tend­ing to be from Peace­Health or oth­er health agen­cies and attempt­ing to steal per­son­al infor­ma­tion or pri­vate health details over the phone.

Covid-19 Beta Testing in Friday Harbor

Written on October 7, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Liv­ing Med­ical Arts PLLC, in Fri­day Har­bor, Wash­ing­ton, has been select­ed by Lab­Corp as one of three nation-wide sites to pilot a unique COVID-19 test­ing pro­gram. Lab­Corp is a lead­ing glob­al life sci­ences com­pa­ny that is deeply inte­grat­ed in guid­ing patient care.  Dr. Mandy Gul­la and staff have been work­ing close­ly with Lab­Corp for sev­er­al  Con­tin­ue Reading

Medicare Open Enrollment

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

SHIBA Medicare open enroll­ment pre­sen­ta­tion will take place online on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 7 at 1:00 pm. Like our pre­vi­ous pre­sen­ta­tions, we will have our trained SHIBA vol­un­teer, Pegi Ground­wa­ter, from Orcas Island lead­ing the Medicare pre­sen­ta­tion on Octo­ber 7. Infor­ma­tion regard­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion is list­ed below: Medicare Open Enroll­ment runs from Octo­ber 15 – Decem­ber 7.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Community Foundation Funds Free Flu Shots

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Sup­port­ing the health of our most vul­ner­a­ble neigh­bors dur­ing COVID-19 is crit­i­cal as we enter the win­ter months on San Juan Island. To help reduce the risk of influen­za, SJICF recent­ly grant­ed $15k to help fund flu vac­ci­na­tions for res­i­dents who could not oth­er­wise afford one. The grant funds were award­ed in late Sep­tem­ber to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Compass Health Celebrates Virtual Building Communities of Hope Gala by Honoring Client Stories on World Mental Health Day 

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

Non-prof­it behav­ioral health agency invites com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to join the vir­tu­al Gala, set for Octo­ber 10, 2020, to sup­port child, youth and fam­i­ly ser­vices  EVERETT, Wash. – Com­pass Health, North­west Washington’s behav­ioral health­care leader, is proud to hon­or client sto­ries and voic­es at its fourth-annu­al Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ties of Hope Gala fundrais­er, planned for Octo­ber 10, 2020. The vir­tu­al  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Be Proactive for a Healthy Happy Winter

Written on October 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm, by

Edi­tor’s Note — This sto­ry is being re-post­ed with cor­rect­ed infor­ma­tion. The flu shot clin­ic at the Mullis Cen­ter will actu­al­ly be on Thurs­day the 15th from 1:30pm to 4pm. *Not* the 13th as pre­vi­ous­ly post­ed. Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… As we enjoy these  Con­tin­ue Reading

Awards for Peace Island Medical Center

Written on October 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm, by

Peace­Health Peace Island Med­ical Cen­ter in Fri­day Har­bor, Wash­ing­ton, has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excel­lence and 2020 Pin­na­cle of Excel­lence Award win­ner by Press Ganey. These awards are a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized sym­bols of achieve­ment in health care. Pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly, the awards hon­or health care facil­i­ties who con­sis­tent­ly achieved per­for­mance in the top five per­cent  Con­tin­ue Reading

October Programs at Island Rec

Written on September 29, 2020 at 11:00 am, by

List­ed first is Pick­le­ball, then see below for three adult fit­ness class­es. Island Rec Pick­le­ball Pick­le­ball is open reg­is­tra­tion for ages 16+. Tues­days & Thurs­days Octo­ber 6–29 at the fair­grounds. 5–6:30pm for Begin­ner and Inter­me­di­ate Play­ers. 6:30–8pm for Inter­me­di­ate and Advanced Play­ers. $8 per ses­sion. Must have your own pad­dle. Max 10 play­ers allowed per  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mail­bag this morn­ing we find this let­ter from Anna Maria de Fre­itas… As I lis­ten to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill set­tle in the air, I know that the days of out­door din­ing for me and my restau­rant indus­try col­leagues are quick­ly com­ing to an end.  Con­tin­ue Reading