Health briefs for May 18th-24th

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Psychiatric nurse practitioner joins BMH Sea Island Psychiatry 

Margaret Thompson
Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson, a nurse practitioner with 25 years of experience in the mental health field, has joined Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry. 

Most recently, Thompson worked in Savannah in the inpatient acute care units at Coastal Harbor Health System and Georgia Regional Hospital. Prior to moving to Savannah, she worked for six years at Piedmont Counseling Center in Danville, Va.

During her career in psychiatric care, Thompson also served on the staff of several counseling centers in both Savannah and Danville and was a nurse educator at Radford University in Virginia and a nursing faculty member at Danville Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.

A graduate of Averett University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Thompson began her career as a staff nurse at an inpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment center at Memorial Hospital in Danville.

She continued her education at the University of Virginia, earning her master’s in nursing with a specialty in adult mental health, and went on to complete her nurse practitioner degree in 2006.

At Sea Island Psychiatry, Thompson will be working with board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Wynn Hill and licensed clinical social workers Patricia Rickenbaker and Richard Archer. 

Sea Island Psychiatry is located at 989 Ribaut Road, Suite 330. To make an appointment with any of the mental health providers in the practice, call 843-522-5600.

Plastic surgeon offers free seminar on fat reduction procedure

Dr. Audrey Klenke
Dr. Audrey Klenke

Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and Pure Medical Spa will host a free seminar from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, to discuss non-surgical procedures to help you get in shape for the season.  

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke, and her team of professionals recently began offering a fat reduction procedure using the UltraShape Power technology, the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical procedure that uses focused ultrasound energy to target fat cells and eliminate them naturally. 

“There is finally an effective non-surgical procedure that destroys stubborn fat without the downtime,” said Klenke. “Other fat reduction procedures heat or freeze fat, which can damage the surrounding skin, nerves and blood vessels. This technology, on the other hand, erases fat naturally without the side effects.” 

Pinnacle’s Jennifer Burks, APRN, CNM, and PURE Medical Spa’s licensed esthetician, Sheree Tuttle, will also be on hand to share the science behind this ultrasound fat destroying technology and offer complimentary consultations.

The event, which will be held at the offices of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and Pure Medical Spa in Sheridan Park, Bluffton, is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP by calling 843-815-6699 or by visiting