Fennimore - In honor of Thyroid Awareness Month, Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Fennimore will be offering free thyroid exams throughout the month of January. Appointments can be made by calling 608.357.2500. Same-day appointments are often available and walk-ins are always welcome.
The team of providers at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Fennimore includes Dr. Kenneth Valyo, Board-Certified Doctor of Osteopathic Family Medicine; Brian Quick, Board-Certified Physician Assistant; and Terri Payne, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. Brynn Junk, Registered Nurse, and Carrie Barker, Certified Medical Assistant, assist the providers with patient care; and Jamie Glasbrenner, Clinic Business Associate, assists patients with scheduling and registration. The Clinic team is passionate about providing full-spectrum family medicine services for all ages, including obstetrical and post-natal care. They take pride in getting to know their patients on an individual basis by creating strong bonds and providing individualized health care plans.
“An estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems,” stated Kenneth Valyo, DO. “A thyroid exam can help with early detection or find enlargements in the neck that may be a result of a thyroid condition. Stop in and visit us in the month of January and get your thyroid checked out. ”
According to WebMD, the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck which produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism, the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can increase or decrease metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones. When hormone levels become too low or too high, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, include fatigue, weakness, intolerance to cold, muscle aches and cramps, constipation, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, and dry or rough skin. Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include nervousness, irritability, poor concentration, changes in the menstrual pattern for a woman, heat intolerance, brittle hair, or skin thinning.
“The thyroid has a huge influence on our health,” added Brian Quick, PA. “It produces a hormone that is carried in the bloodstream to all parts of the body. Thyroid hormones play a major role in regulating metabolism and help regulate body temperature, heart rate, and even brain function. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, this free thyroid exam is the perfect time to have it checked out.”
Crossing Rivers Health Fennimore Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Clinic is located within the main entrance of the Health Science Center on the Southwest Tech campus. Designated patient parking is available. Learn more about the Clinic and meet the providers at crossingrivers.org/fennimore.