A compendium of businesses offering information, demonstrations and free samples at the 15th annual Gambit Wellness Expo™
American Laser Skincare 3223 8th St., Metairie, Suite 201, (504) 887-0727; www.americanlaser.com One of the largest providers of laser-based skin-care services in the country, American Laser Skincare offers a range of laser hair removal, cellulite reduction and skin-rejuvenation treatments. Skin-care professionals customize treatment programs to achieve the desired results while fitting into a patient's lifestyle.
Amerigroup Real Solutions in Healthcare 3850 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 600, Metairie, (504) 834-1271; www.amerigroup.comThe managed care organization offers health plans including Medicaid, LaCHIP and the Bayou Health Plan and seeks to help Louisiana families find the services they need to stay healthy. The booth will offer "Ameritips" for beating the heat and healthy eating.
The Blood Center2609 Canal Blvd., (504) 524-1322 or(800) 862-5663; www.thebloodcenter.orgThe nonprofit community service organization is dedicated to providing blood and blood components to patients throughout the southern parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Blood Center will conduct a blood drive outside Lakeside Shopping Center during the expo. Donors receive a T-shirt, mini physical and cholesterol check.
Canon Hospice1221 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, (504) 818-2723; www.canonhospice.comCanon Hospice provides specialized care and help in relieving and preventing suffering for patients who are terminally ill. Services are provided in patients' homes, in nursing homes and in Canon's inpatient unit. The business serves people from Baton Rouge to Gulfport, Miss. More information is available at the booth.
Children's Hospital200 Henry Clay Ave., (504) 899-9511;www.chnola.orgA comprehensive pediatric health care facility, Children's Hospital in Uptown New Orleans provides care for children from birth to 21 years old whose medical conditions range from asthma to kidney disease to epilepsy. The staff at the Children's Hospital booth can answer questions about the facility and its services.
Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Touro1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7732;www.touro.com/woundcareA team of specially trained physicians, nurses and clinical support staff can address chronic wound care needs using the latest techno- logy and techniques. The team performs a complete history and physical exam, and then develops a treatment plan that will fill a patient's needs. Staff members will be at the booth to answer questions.
Diagnostic Imaging Services925 Avenue G, Marrero, (504) 459-3200; 3437 Prytania St., (504) 883-5353; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 200, Metairie, (504) 888-7921; www.disnola.comFor 40 years, Diagnostic Imaging Services has provided area residents with outpatient diagnostic imaging including ultrasound, bone density studies, mammograms, MRI, CT and PET scans and more. The company offers free ultrasound heel screenings to check for bone weakening, osteoporosis and osteopenia. You can even schedule an appointment from the booth.
Doctors Imaging4204 Teuton St., Metairie, (504) 883-8111; www.doctorsimaging.comOutpatient imaging services are available, including X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT and PET scans. The company's representatives can discuss how to save money by using this nonhospital-affiliated diagnosing center.
Elmwood Fitness Center1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1200; Harahan, (504) 733-1600; www.elm- woodfitness.comThis family-oriented fitness center covers a lot of lifestyle bases with workouts that include group exercise, aquatics, senior fitness programs, racquetball, personal training, Pilates, yoga, weight-loss programs, nutrition counseling, kinesiology, gymnastics, summer camps, a pro shop, childcare services and a variety of supplements and vitamins. Get a two-week trial pass to the fitness center when you stop by the booth.
Evamor Products LLC72072 Hwy. 1077, Covington, (504) 799-1024 or (985) 246-2080; www.evamor.comEvamor artesian water is naturally alkaline, with a pH ranging from 8.6 to 9.1 (the exact number is stated on the label) and comes from a protected artesian aquifer. Consuming alkaline water regularly can help relieve acid and alleviate reflux disease, heartburn and indigestion, improve overall health, complexion and more. Free samples will be available at the booth.
Everybody Weight Loss Studio4401 N. I-10 Service Road, Suite 103, Metairie, (504) 287-8558The medically developed Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol is the basis on which professionals at Everybody Weight Loss Studio help their customers lose fat while maintaining muscle. Stop by the booth for dried food products and chips samples.
Family Birthing Center at Touro1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-8260, www.touro.com/fbcTouro delivered more than 3,000 babies in 2012 — the third-largest number of deliveries for a single facility in the state. The Family Birthing Center offers private labor, delivery and postpartum rooms and specialized care. The center recently expanded its neonatal intensive care unit and perinatology services for high-risk pregnancies and offers prenatal classes, lactation services and more. Enter the raffle at the booth for a chance to win a $50 gift card for the Touro Lactation Boutique.
GAPLakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-3807; www.gap.comThe national clothier offers casual attire for men, women, children and babies, including jeans, T-shirts, tops, skirts, dresses, loungewear, sportswear, maternity clothes and more.
Gulf South Foot and Ankle2520 Harvard Ave., Suite 2B, Metairie, (504) 454-3004; www.gulfsouthfoot- andankle.comThe full-service podiatry clinic treats all foot and ankle problems, including diabetic conditions, fungal nails, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Get a free podiatric screening at the booth.
Huey P. Long Run(504) 609-9767; www.hueyprun.comThe inaugural 5-kilometer race/walk on Father's Day over the Huey P. Long Bridge celebrates the recent widening of the historic structure, the first bridge in Louisiana built across the Mississippi River. The race will start in Bridge City on the West Bank (shuttles will be provided) and will finish along Jefferson Highway, where volunteers will hand out free hats to those who complete the course.
Insphere Insurance Solutions3445 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 730, Metairie, (504) 319-5925 or (504) 828-5093; www.insphereis.com/ddavidThis company helps people find insurance, including health, Medicare, long-term care and more. Insphere works with providers including United Healthcare, Humana, ING and others. Brochures about the various insurance carriers will be available at the company's booth.
Lakeside PetsLakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-7281; www.lakeside-pets.comThe store offers pets including dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, parakeets and hermit crabs as well as the supplies needed to feed, clean and entertain them. The shop also offers grooming for small dogs. Get a free tote bag with a purchase from the store. There also will be free samples of Iams products.
Louisiana Relay Service9107 Bluebonnet Centre Blvd., Baton Rouge, (225) 291-4500; www.hamiltonrelay.comThe company provides traditional communication relay services for the state of Louisiana to help citizens with communication disabilities including deafness and problems that impair speech. Products available include text telephone (TTY), voice carry over (VCO), hearing carry over (HCO), speech-to-speech (STS), visually assisted speech-to-speech (VASTS) and more. Ask representatives at the expo booth about any of their products and services.
Magnolia Physical Therapy2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 264, (504) 943-8026; 5606 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 733-0254; www.magnoliatherapyla.comThe practice offers physical therapy, a wide range of massages, home exercise program instruction, personal training, yoga and more. At the expo, Magnolia will conduct free physical therapy screenings, and from noon to 3 p.m. visitors can get a free chair massage.
National Library of Medicine8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md., (888) 346-3656; www.nlm.nih.govPart of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine offers free access to reliable health information through MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov), ClinicalTrials.gov and Genetics Home Reference (www.ghr.nlm.nih.gov). Visit the booth for health-related brochures and free pens, notepads and bookmarks.
Naturalizer ShoesLakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 849-0650; www.naturalizer.comThe shoe store offers comfortable footwear for women in contemporary styles and a range of widths and sizes. Pick up a coupon at the expo booth and receive 10 percent off a purchase in the store. The booth also will offer catalogs of Naturalizer shoes and will display Bzees fitness shoes.
NOLA Discount Pharmacy4305-B Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 888-9411; www.nolapharmacy.comThe pharmacy offers prescription medication, over-the-counter health care products, household items, greeting cards, groceries, makeup, diabetes supplies, nutritional supplements and hard-to-find items. Enter the raffle at NOLA Discount Pharmacy's booth for a chance to win $100. The store also will offer samples of vitamins, a bruise relief product, lotion and body wash.
NOLA Nutrition and Weight Loss Solutions1539 Metairie Road, Suite B, Metairie, (504) 451-6307; www.nolanutritionweightloss.comThe staff here consults with its weight loss clients regularly to provide advice, measure them and weigh them. NOLA Nutrition sells food products for the medically developed Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. Find out more about the diet at the booth, and pick up samples of protein bars and snacks.
Organo Gold(504) 810-5980; www.kellykuchler.- organogold.comThere's healthy coffee here and neutraceuticals including grape seed oil and others based on the ganoderma, a genus of polypore mushrooms used extensively in Asian medicines. Boxes of coffee will be awarded as door prizes at Organo Gold's booth.
Paris ParkerCitywide, www.parisparker.comThe Paris Parker location at Lakeside Shopping Center (504-846-5256) offers facials, nail care, haircutting and haircoloring services, makeup application, waxing, VOMOR hair extensions, deep-conditioning therapies for hair and scalp and a range of Aveda products. Get free facial and hair extension consultations at the expo booth.
Peoples Health3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 2200, Metairie, (504) 849-4500; www.peopleshealth.comPeoples Health has provided its southeast Louisiana customers with Medicare benefits and services since 1994.
Raul Llanos MD Medical Spa3749 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite C, Metairie, (504) 834-1050; www.raulllanosmdmedicalspa.comThe full-service medical spa offers integrative medicine, wellness therapies, hormone-replacement therapy, neurointegration therapy and electromagnetic therapy.
Rodan + Fields2908 Clifford Drive, Metairie, (504) 812-1908; www.afrancis.myrandf.comSkin-care available here includes dermatological-grade face products and a patent-pending microexfoliation tool. At the expo, the company will give away samples and conduct microdermabrasion testing.
Stand-Up Open MRI Centers of Louisiana4349 Loveland St., Metairie, (504) 934-4000; www.standupmrila.comThe Metairie center's open MRI allows patients to receive a whole-body scan in a nonclaustrophobic setting. The MRI provides a range of diagnostic applications, including weight-bearing, flexion and spine extension MRI studies. The unit can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds. The booth will have brochures about the services available, as well as free mouse pads and fingernail files.
Sunglass HutLakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-1607; www.sunglasshut.comThe store has a range of fashion-forward sunglasses that offer protection from ultraviolet rays. There are polarized and nonpolarized lenses. Brand options include Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Coach, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. The shop will demonstrate how polarized lenses work, and there will be drawing for a pair of Ralph Lauren Polo sunglasses worth $150. Ask the attendant at the expo booth for the "bonus promo word" and repeat it in the store to receive $20 off a purchase.
Superior Healthcare3501 Severn Ave., Suite 8, Metairie, (504) 662-1097; www.superiorhealthcarellc.comThe business offers medical, chiropractic and spinal procedures to treat patients for neck, back and headache pain and help with weight loss, arthritis, rehabilitation and more. Superior also provides diagnostic testing for allergies, nerve problems, range of motion issues, muscle strength and more. It will conduct free spinal screenings for expo visitors.
Touro at Home1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-8576; www.touro.com/homehealthTouro at Home provides intermittent care to patients in their homes under the direction of the patients' physicians. A multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals provides services for people recovering from illness or living with chronic diseases or conditions. Specialized programs are available.
Touro Cancer Care Center & Women's Imaging1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-8678; www.touro.com/cancerTouro's Cancer Program offers award-winning, comprehensive cancer care including diagnosis, treatment and survivor support programs. The staff manning the booth at the expo can discuss cancer prevention, screening and risk factors, as well as free support services for patients and their families.
Touro Diabetes Center3600 Prytania St., Suite 18, (504) 897-8813; www.touro.comThe Touro Diabetes Center has a wide-ranging program of educational services and support for individuals and groups with diabetes. The center provides diabetic patients with tools to manage their disease, including small group classes and monthly support groups. Touro is offering free glucose screening at its booth, as well as information about its services.
Touro Infirmary1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7011; www.touro.comTouro Infirmary is New Orleans' only community-based, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital. For more than 160 years, Touro has provided advanced, affordable health care for the community. Touro and its affiliates provide expert health services to patients from newborns to seniors, ranging from comprehensive women's health to urgent care and more. Get a free blood pressure screening and a brief physician consultation at Touro's booth — and pick up a complimentary tote.
Touro Rehabilitation Center1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-8565; www.touro.com/rehabThe Touro Rehabilitation Center offers a range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services and has a specially trained staff of therapists, nurses and physicians. Services available include specialized programs for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries; and physical, occupational and speech therapy for people with disabilities, injuries or chronic medical conditions. Staff members will be at the expo booth to answer questions.
Touro's Find a Doctor Service1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7777; www.touro.com/findadocThis service makes it easy for patients to connect with hundreds of doctors and specialists in and around New Orleans. The staff can help find an internist, obstetrician-gynecologist, cardiologist or other physician. Staff from Touro and Crescent City Physicians will be at the booth to provide information and referrals.
Tulane Medical Center &Tulane-Lakeside HospitalTulane Medical Center, 1415 Tulane Ave., (504) 988-5800, www.tulanehealthcare.com; Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, 4700 S. I-10 Service Road W., Metairie, (504) 780-8282, www.tulanehealthcare.com/tulanelakesideThe academic medical facility has more than 500 credentialed physicians to provide cutting-edge health care services ranging from primary care to specialized treatment. Tulane-Lakeside Hospital has about 450 full-time employees and has operated since 1964. At Tulane's booth, staff members will offer blood pressure screening and information about mammograms, heart health assessment tools, stroke prevention and pediatric issues.
United HealthcareCommunity Plan3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 3225, Metairie, (504) 849-3566; www.uhc.comUnited Healthcare Community Plan provides insurance to Medicaid recipients. Plan members also have access to NurseLine, where patients can get advice and information from health professionals; the Healthy First Steps program for mothers and babies; and personal care managers for chronic or long-term illnesses including asthma and diabetes. At the expo booth pick up a brochure about managing chronic diseases, a healthy eating guide and free items such as hand sanitizer, lip balm, a stress ball and jar opener.
Upper CervicalFamily Chiropractic128 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 488-1800; www.ucfamilychiropractic.comNatural, hands-on health care here focuses on total body wellness. The practice relieves stress by balancing hormones and detoxifying the body and tailors chiropractic care for patients' conditions. At its booth, Upper Cervical Family Chiropractic will offer free stress tests, postural and nervous system analyses and discounts on initial visits.
WellLakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 138, Metairie, (504) 593-6955 or (504) 482-8551; www.wellcompany.comThe new store, which opened this month, offers health consultations, acupuncture, cranial massage, lymphatic massage, Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy massage, an organic blending bar, juicing, a line of vitamins and nutritional supplements and natural bath, body, home and lifestyle products. Stop by Well's booth for consultations and information, as well as samples of nutritional supplements and health bars.
Williams-SonomaLakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-3769; www.williams-sonoma.comThe store offers cooking utensils, kitchen appliances and accessories, gourmet foods, tabletop accoutrements, cookbooks and specialty items. Williams-Sonoma staff members will stage a juicing demonstration at Center Stage and will conduct a Vitamix demonstration and give away healthy food samples at its booth.