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Occasionally our staff will be contributing articles to Pastelle Magazine, we hope you enjoy reading them and are able to gain something from them!

Caring Providers, Caring for Women

Written by Holly Schurter

In 1999, Dr. Harold Nord, who has been providing OB-GYN care in Bloomington-Normal since 1987, opened a private practice in Normal. A central Illinois native, Dr. Nord’s practice thrived and grew; in 2012, he invited Dr. Rachel Dalton to join him as a partner and co-owner of the practice.

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Menopause? Me?

menopause%20meWritten by Genny Petersen, M.S.N., A.P.N., C.N. P.

“Could I be going through menopause?”  This is a question that many women ask as they reach their mid-forties and start to note changes in their bodies.  If you google “menopause”, you’ll find volumes of information on the subject.  But so much information can be confusing which is why it is important to have open dialogue with your health care provider, so you can get the facts.  With the correct information and a knowledgeable provider, women can successfully navigate this normal stage of life and use it as an opportunity to reassess their health status and goals.

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Summer: The Perfect Time to Eat!

Written by Abigail Cervantes, W.H.N.P.

As a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in women’s health, I always want to help my patients feel their best.  But I also strive to help patients prevent future health problems – both for themselves and their families.  There are many times when poor nutrition is a contributing cause for health issues that range from fatigue to digestive problems, to high blood pressure and cholesterol. We’ve heard it over and over to avoid processed foods, eat more whole foods, cut down on sugar etc.  But as any busy woman knows – that’s a lot easier said than done.  But not impossible!

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Menopause, Now What?

Written by Genny Petersen, M.S.N., A.P.N., C.N.P.menopause%20now%20what

No period for one year. You are officially postmenopausal. This is the time to take charge of your health and make improvements when necessary. But what can you do to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause? Following are some suggestions for managing some of the most common symptoms.

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HPV: Paps and Prevention

hpv paps and preventionWritten by Abigail Cervantes, WHNP

You have probably heard of HPV but may not understand completely what is it, how it can affect you, how you can get it and how to screen for it.

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Menopause is Not a Disease!

Written by Genny Petersen, M.S.N., A.P.N., C.N.P.


Aging is a process that starts the moment we are born. And even though people in the United States are living longer than ever before, there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies change. Women often classify their aging based upon their reproductive life.  While gynecologic issues are an important part of what it means to be healthy, there are many other factors that contribute to maintaining health throughout life. Just as the reproductive years are not just a time for having babies, the menopausal years are more than just a loss of periods.

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Breast Health Basics

Written by Abigail Cervantes, WHNP


Everyone has breast tissue. For women, this breast tissue will change and go through different phases from puberty to menopause. Because of the prevalence of breast cancer, it’s extremely important for women to be educated about their own breast tissue.

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The Silent Disease

Written by Genny Petersen, M.S.N., A.P.N., C.N. P.


Osteoporosis is a significant health threat that is often called the “silent disease”.  Why?  Because rapid bone loss often happens around the time of menopause due to hormonal changes. The loss of bone density causes bones to be weakened and fragile.  But osteoporosis has no symptoms and women often do not even know that they have this condition until they suffer a fracture – sometimes from a very minor incident that wouldn’t normally cause a bone to break.   Women need to be aware of their risk for osteoporosis and take measures to maximize their bone health.

The first step to healthy bones in later life is building bone early on, beginning in childhood, and continuing throughout the teens and young adult years.  Peak bone mass is achieved by the time a woman is in her thirties.  But it’s never too late to implement changes that will help to build strong bones.  Following are the most important things you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong.

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Prediabetes: Do I Have It?

Written by Abby Cervantes, W.H.N.P.

Diabetes affects nearly 29.1 million Americans. Most of those with diabetes have type 2 diabetes which used to be called adult-onset diabetes. Most people don’t find out that they have diabetes until they have problems such as blurry vision or heart trouble, which is why you need to know if you are at risk for diabetes.

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