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Welcoming Kim Brabentz to our office

kimberly.brabentzKim will be starting with us on Jan 18, 2016.

Kim has been a provider since 2002. She went to Midwestern University. She has worked in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. Kim has worked with many athletes from GCU, SCC, Phoenix Suns, and Phoenix Mercury.

She has a lot of experience working with women’s health including hormone replacement.

Kim has worked very closely with Dr. Fereidouni for the past 7 years, for the treatment of Diabetic patients and others.

Please let us know if we can schedule you an appointment with her for any future appointments or any sports related injuries.

Results of Kim Brabentz’s Patient Satisfaction Survey:





September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Remember to check your cholesterol levels and maintain them within desirable limits.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Other types of fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also can help lower cholesterol.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your cholesterol levels. Losing weight can help lower your cholesterol.
  • No smoking. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.



What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called “good” cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control. September is National Cholesterol Education Month—a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened.

National Immunization Awareness Month


Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots.

Help spread the word by talking to friends and family, encourage others to get a flu shot, listening to doctors about important vaccinations. Read more about it on

Stay healthy, stay hydrated, get vaccinated, your future depends on it.


ABI Test

ABI (Ankle-Brachial Index)

The most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the lower extremities is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.

The pain of PAD often goes away when you stop exercising, although this may take a few minutes. Working muscles need more blood flow.

If there’s a blood-flow blockage due to plaque buildup, the muscles won’t get enough blood during exercise to meet the needs. The “crampy” pain (called “intermittent claudication”), when caused by PAD, is the muscles’ way of warning the body that it isn’t receiving enough blood during exercise to meet the increased demand.

Many people with PAD have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else

Symptoms of severe PAD include:

Leg pain that does not go away when you stop exercising

Foot or toe wounds that won’t heal or heal very slowly

***If you have questions about the test or would like to know if you are a candidate please call to schedule an appointment.

July is skin care awareness

July is skin care awareness, we would like to invite everyone to come in and have your head-to-toe skin examination today! Here in Arizona we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation and the second highest rate in the world. Skin Cancer is one of most devastating cancers in the world and results in one death every 60 minutes. Early detection and treatment is the most effective way to avoid skin cancer especially melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer. Aveon Health Skin Cancer Screening program specializes in skin cancer diagnosis, treatment, support, and education. Our state of the art program offers the convenience of an office visit with a doctor who understands your needs and can provide expert skin cancer screening. We use a fully digital state of the art mole mapping system to examine and monitor suspicious moles and lesions and digitally preserve the map and image in your all digital chart for archiving and future review. (See our Dermoscopy information page for details) 20 percent of all Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime! Adults should get a skin check every year regardless of age or skin type. For peace of mind, book a head-to-toe skin examination today. As always at Aveon Health we look forward to caring for you from head to toe!

Anthem Health Insurance hacked

On February 5, Anthem Health Insurance was the target of an outside security breach that resulted in the theft of 80 million patient records.  Hackers gained access to Anthem’s IT infrastructure using custom malware.

Both previous and current insurance customers are affected. Anthem reports that credit card or medical history related information were breached. Here is what was stolen:

  •  Name
  • Birthday
  • Medical ID/Social Security Number
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Addresses
  • Employment Information
  • Income Data

Anthem will be contacting those directly affected and offering free credit monitoring and identity protection.

Facts about the Measles Outbreak

Measles can be spread by an infected person who coughs or sneezes. The droplets can remain suspended in the air for up to two hours.

Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Once infected with the measles, a person is infectious for four days before and four days after the appearance of a rash.

One in 1000 thousand people infected by the Measles die.

In the United States, widespread use of the measles vaccine has let to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases.

Recently, a wealth of misinformation has led to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. This resulted in an outbreak of the Measles when un-vaccinated children were infected by international travelers that were infected with the Measles.

Ebola Essential Facts

I’m sure you’ve seen and read a lot of reports in the news lately regarding the Ebola virus. Unfortunately,  it’s been difficult to discern between what is scientifically based fact and what is simply just rumor.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting many countries in Western Africa. One imported case from Liberia and two cases acquired by associated healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. 

Aveon Health has compiled some important facts about the Ebola Outbreak so that you and your family can be informed of the real risks associated with this disease.

Click on the links below for a breakdown of the facts surrounding the Ebola epidemic:

Ebola Signs and Syptoms

Ebola Transmission

Risk of Ebola Exposure

Ebola Prevention

Ebola Diagnosis

Ebola Treatment


5 Common Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

Did you know that it is estimated that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes? That is 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Considering that statistic it is hard to believe that there are still so many myths and misconceptions about the disease. It is our goal to squash the rumors so that diabetes does not get inaccurately stereotyped.

So here are the facts, folks. With the help from the ADA and we have provided the most common diabetes myths. Please share with your friends and family.

Myth 1: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact: If you manage your diabetes properly, you can prevent or delay diabetes complications. However, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Myth 2: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Fact: Being overweight is a risk factor for developing this disease, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role. Unfortunately, too many people disregard the other risk factors for diabetes and think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.

Myth 3: People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.

Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit. Diabetic and “dietetic” foods generally offer no special benefit. Most of them still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

Myth 4: You can catch diabetes from someone else.

Fact: No. Although we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

Myth 5: If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor says you need to start using insulin, it means you’re failing to take care of your diabetes properly.

Fact: For most people, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people with type 2 diabetes can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with oral medications. But over time, the body gradually produces less and less of its own insulin, and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels normal. Using insulin to get blood glucose levels to a healthy level is a good thing, not a bad one.

To find out more about proper diabetes care and additional diabetes myths, please visit If you have diabetes or if you are experiencing any health issues, please book an appointment today to visit with one of the Diabetes Care Program doctors at Aveon Health.