For most orthopedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. Treatment may involve medications, medical devices such as casts or splints and/or therapies such as exercise or surgery. Physicians will discuss the various and appropriate treatment options with each patient to select the best treatment plan possible.
Should the need for surgery be determined, SAMC's orthopedic surgery education program will help prepare patients and their caregivers. SAMC's innovative approach has proven successful in reducing the recovery period and returning patients to the activities of daily living through regained strength, independence and confidence.
Even before admission, an orthopedic case manager, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist begin to prepare patients and their families for what to expect during the hospital stay. Recommendations will be provided regarding adaptive equipment for use at home, exercises that will be important and helpful during rehabilitation, fall prevention and what to expect during at-home recovery.
Patients may be admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Department or as a referral from a physician. Streamlined admission processes ensure that patients receive care as quickly as possible. Effective pain management is one of our primary goals from the time you arrive. In addition to pain management through the use of medication, we aim for early surgical treatment when necessary to relieve pain.
We take surgery very seriously. Therefore, we exhaust all other available forms of treatment first. In the event that surgery is required, rest assured that you are in the hands of some of the most skilled orthopedic surgeons in the Southeast.
Our anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists are highly skilled specialists in treating orthopedic patients. Anesthesia may be general or spinal. The anesthesiologist, in conjunction with you and your family and physicians, choose the most appropriate anesthetic.
Recovering from orthopedic surgery presents challenges not always encountered with other surgical procedures. Rehab is an important aspect of post-operative recovery, allowing the patient to return to a comfortable level of activity. At Southeast Alabama Medical Center, we do everything possible to ensure a safe and easy recovery.
Most patients are able to return home after surgery but may require continued rehab which is available in a variety of ways. Rehab services can be provided in the comfort of your own home. Some choose to travel to outpatient rehab facilities. If needed and recommended by the doctor some may need those rehab services provided in a nursing home or rehab hospital. Case Management is available to assist with any of these arrangements during your hospital stay.
These are the hallmarks of your treatment team at Living Well. Their combination of medical expertise and aesthetics craftsmanship are focused on giving you the best outcomes possible.
Your Living Well Medical Team
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/DubruielTrenace.jpg" title="Trenace Dubreuil M.D. – Medical Director" url="#" label=""] Dr. Dubreuil is passionate about helping people look and feel their best, while helping them learn to lead healthier lives. As Medical Director of Living Well, Dr. Dubreuil oversees all aspects of our programs and services, and provides medical supervision for the Living Well Weight Loss Program. She has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 11 years. In addition to her work with Living Well, she continues to see gynecology patients for the treatment of menopause, sexual dysfunction and annual wellness exams.
Graduate of Emory University School of Medicine
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine
Fellow of The American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6353Patty2.jpg" title="Patricia Byars – Skin Care Specialist" url="#" label=""]Patty, our Skin Care Specialist, is well versed when it comes to skin care. She has certifications as a laser technician, an Obagi® Skin Care Specialist and Derma-Technician from the American Institute of Permanent Color Technology (for permanent makeup). She was also previously employed with Dr. Ferguson and joined Living Well Medical in 2009. Patty has over six years experience in skin care.
Certified Obagi® Skin Specialist
Certified Laser Technician
Certified Derma-Technician from the American Institute of Permanent Color Technology
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6340Melissa.jpg" title="Melissa Martin - Weight Loss Consultant" url="#" label=""]Melissa has been in the medical field for 13 years, in this very same location. She worked with both Dr. Riley and Dr. Ferguson and is now proud to be with Living Well Medical. With all of her experience, Melissa is a great asset to the clinic. She meets with patients for Thermage Consultation, Bariatric Orientations and performs other office duties.
Weight Loss Consultant
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6342Laura.jpg" title="Laura Morris, LPN - Nurse" url="#" label=""]Laura obtained her LPN license in 2003 from Wallace Community College. She has worked in several areas of nursing including maternity, family medicine and eye surgery before aesthetics. Besides being an LPN, Laura is also a certified laser technician. She performs laser hair and vein removal as well as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy.
Certified Laser Technician
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6420beverly.jpg" title="Beverly Pipkins – Medical Assistant" url="#" label=""]Beverly is one of the friendly voices you might hear when calling the clinic. She schedules patients for appointments and test. She also sees patients for Microdermabrasion treatments (one of her favorite job duties).[/feature2]
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6377Marilu.jpg" title="Marilu Smith – Registered Dietitian" url="#" label=""]Marilu is our Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Auburn University and worked at SAMC for several years before becoming a fulltime mother. When she decided to rejoin the workforce, SAMC was her first choice. She enjoys working with individuals who are motivated to be healthier. Marilu says that losing weight is the easy part, maintaining a healthier weight is more difficult and requires healthy choices daily with food and activity and that's exactly what she is here to help do. She loves being able to see people reach and maintain their goals.
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/6352Debbie.jpg" title="Debbie Tice – Medical Assistant" url="#" label=""]Debbie started at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in 1994 as a student to later become a Certified Surgical Technician. She has continued in the medical field since that time, working as a Medical Assistant/Surgical Assistant for Dr. Riley and later Dr. Ferguson. She most recently worked in Surgery at SAMC, but when Living Well Medical opened it's doors, Debbie decided to move back to the clinical area as Dr. Dubreuil's Medical Assistant. Debbie missed working one-on-one with the patients daily and now has the chance to do so. She also continues to work in Surgery afterhours.[/feature2]
Under the guidance of Dr. Trenace Dubreuil, the Living Well Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics Center offers a comprehensive physician-driven weight loss program that includes a physical exam, medication or nutritional supplements, calorie-control nutrition plans, and regular weigh-ins.
The center also offers many cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal, acne treatments, chemical and silk peels and Botox® injections.
Living Well Medical Services
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/SupervisedWeightLossSmall.jpg" title="Medically Supervised Weight Loss" url="#" label=""]Living Well is here to give you the tools, knowledge and support you need to break out of the obesity cycle of crash dieting and regaining weight. In our medically supervised program we work with you to create a healthy lifestyle that gives you great results and improved health far into the future.
Decrease the calories you take in by changing the way you eat
Increase the calories you burn by increasing your activity
Change the behaviors that cause you to make unhealthy choices
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/LaserAestheticsSmall.jpg" title="Laser Aesthetics" url="#" label=""]Today's specialized skin lasers can, in a series of short, nearly painless sessions, reduce or eliminate a number of unsightly and bothersome conditions. The result: you look rejuvenated and feel better about the image you present to the world.
Treatment of Dark Spots
Affirm Laser Therapy
Intense Pulse Light Therapy
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/SkinCareSmall.jpg" title="Skin Care" url="#" label=""]Our team is ready to help you explore the skin care treatment that is just right for the look you're seeking. Call us to book your consultation today.
Rosacea And Acne Treatment
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Our skilled team can help you enhance your existing looks and give you a fresh appearance with safe, proven services.
Latisse® Eyelash Enhancement
[feature2 img="/images/stories/LivingWellMedical/EnhancementsSmall.jpg" title="Appearance Enhancements" url="#" label=""]Would you like to have smoother skin without wrinkles? What about thicker, longer lashes? These are only a few of the enhancements offered by the Living Well Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics Center. We also offer laser services for hair removal, rosacea and acne treatment. A full line of Obagi® products complement the many aesthetic services provided in the Center. Call today to inquire or make an appointment, 334-702-6900.
Thermage® Skin Tightening And Contouring