Health & Wellness Updates

  • Botox Night is Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Premier Medical Center!

    Posted February 18, 2019

    You’re Invited…

    When: Tuesday, February 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    What: Hors d’oeuvres & Wine

    Premier Medical Center’s Dr. Tim Kruse and Lauren Gueriera, FNP, will be on hand, along…

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  • Maintain Don’t Gain! Navigate the Holidays with Healthy Tactics

    Posted December 17, 2018

    Lauren Gueriera, FNP

    It’s not unusual for some of us to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day—the holiday season, defined. Credible sources report that an average American adult can gain five to 10 pounds in this relatively short period of time. Taking that weight back off, as you… learn more »

  • Grow a Moustache! It’s Movember.

    Posted November 21, 2018

    Guys, if ever there was a time for facial hair, it’s now.

    For Men’s Health Awareness Month, or Movember, moustaches are sprouting up everywhere to recognize men and their unique considerations for vibrant health and habits for wellness in body, mind and spirit for thelearn more »

  • Premier Medical Center Expands Provider Team with Family Nurse Practitioner

    Posted September 28, 2018

    Lauren Gueriera loves caring for patients—and the Colorado lifestyle—in equal measure. That’s why Basalt’s Premier Medical Center, a direct care practice founded by family physician Dr. Tim Kruse nearly a decade ago, is the perfect professional fit for her.

    Lauren is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)learn more »

  • Direct Primary Care Is the Future of Health Care

    Posted September 4, 2018

    When it comes to your health, removing the middleman makes a big difference.


    Because the focus shifts away from “Does my health insurance plan cover this?” and “What is my copay?” to your health, which is where it should be.

    Direct primary care removes the middleman. With its focus… learn more »

  • House Calls with Dr. Tim Kruse in Aspen

    Posted July 26, 2018

    When you’re feeling so unwell that you don’t even have the energy to get out of bed, that’s a time when you need rest more than ever. This is also when a house call with your doctor is ideal. Premier Medical Center offers house calls to our members and Aspen… learn more »

  • Genecept Assay at Premier Medical Center

    Posted June 15, 2018

    What if you could eliminate trial and error from prescribing psychiatric medications? That’s what the Genecept Assay from Genomind realizes, which is why Dr. Tim Kruse of Premier Medical Center uses Genecept Assay. learn more »

  • Allergy Relief Tips for High Pollen Count Spring Season

    Posted May 4, 2018

    It’s been a dry and windy spring in the Roaring Fork Valley. Unfortunately, these make perfect conditions for high pollen count and severe seasonal allergy symptoms. In April, pollen levels were medium to high the entire month in Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, as the charts… learn more »

  • Apple Health Records

    Posted April 20, 2018

    Apple Health Records is changing the medical industry by providing patients with access to their medical history. Through Apple Health Records, patients can review everything from what their blood pressure was at their last appointment to detailed notes from their doctor.

    The mission of Apple Health Records is to empower… learn more »

  • Heartburn Medication & Stomach Cancer Risk

    Posted April 4, 2018

    Does taking heartburn medication increase the risk of developing stomach cancer? Yes, but the risk depends on the type of heartburn medication you take.

    A study published in the BMJ in December 2017 looked at people who took heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors, which are sold under names like… learn more »

  • Are Sports Drinks the Same as IV Fluid?

    Posted March 6, 2018

    Are sports drinks an adequate substitute for intravenous (IV) fluids? The short answer is no.

    But, first, let’s explore how the debate over sports drinks and IV fluids began.

    In September 2017, Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, which produces nearly half of IV fluid used in the US. Couple the… learn more »

  • Here's How the Flu Virus Kills Some People so Quickly!

    Posted February 2, 2018

    10-year-old Connecticut boy died of flu. So did a 21-year-old bodybuilder, and 4-year-old Jonah Reiben of Dayton, Ohio.

    These are not the usual sick and elderly people who die from influenza. But every year, flu carries away perfectly healthy young adults and children, and tens of thousands of people over 65.… learn more »

  • Flu Season Is Shaping up as One of the Worst in Years, Officials Say.

    Posted February 2, 2018

    The entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of… learn more »

  • Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Posted January 5, 2018

    If you’re concerned that a loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, pay attention to whether they exhibit one or more of these early signs.

    “Memory loss that disrupts daily life.” New problems with speaking or writing. “Changes in mood and personality.”

    To view a more comprehensive… learn more »

  • Find Out Why This Family Chose Direct Primary Care

    Posted November 15, 2017

    At a doctor’s appointment, not feeling rushed. That’s where we meet Jenna Nelson in an NBC Nightly News segment about direct primary care (DPC) from April 2017. learn more »

  • 10 Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems and What They Mean - By Dr. Manny Alvarez

    Posted October 24, 2017

    Have you ever come across someone who has experienced gallstones? Chances are that you haven’t heard much else about the gallbladder otherwise.

    However, this small, inconspicuous organ can cause problems if it gets blocked or hindered from functioning. To determine if this might be the case for you,

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  • 4 Silent Signs You May Have Clogged Arteries - By Joel K. Kahn, MD

    Posted October 12, 2017

    Each year in the United States, more than 700,000 people suffer a heart attack, and almost 400,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD).

    Preventing heart disease in patients is my main goal, but early detection is the next best thing. This can lead to changes in lifestyle and medical… learn more »

  • Everyone Should Have A Concierge Doctor - By John C Goodman, Forbes

    Posted October 12, 2017

    Have you ever wondered why your doctor doesn’t talk to you by phone? Lawyers, accountants, engineers and just about every other professional you can think of discovered that phones area handy way of communicating with clients almost a century ago. More recently, they turned to email. Why haven’t doctors made… learn more »


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