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Meet Beth Gardner, Nurse

Bethany “Beth” Gardner has been with Family Medicine Healthcare for 3 years. She is one of our nurses and works with all of our doctors and our Physician Assistant. Beth also administers our in-house allergy testing. Beth is known around the office for her attention to detail and meticulous work.

My Family: My fiance, Marcus, and I own a home in Norfolk and are a proud military family. Marcus has been on 4 deployments. I am originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; but moved here 4 years ago when Marcus was re-stationed. We have two huskies: Lilly, who is 1 year old, and Max, who is 5 years old (pictured below).

Beth Gardner - Meet the Staff

My greatest accomplishment: I would have to say making it through nursing school.  It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done! I graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences before I moved to Hampton Roads. It is a passion of mine to ensure my patients receive high-quality care and feel that “personal touch” that is so often missed in today’s typical, busy healthcare system. No one wants to be “just a number”. We all want to be treated as individuals, which at a private medical practice (like Family Medicine Healthcare) is much easier to do.

Someone who I greatly respect and why: I greatly respect military families (especially, now that I am part of one and can understand the commitment it takes). I admire and appreciate the work of the non-profit, military organizations (like Wounded Warriors and Operation Homefront) that support our troops and families.

In another life, I would be: A flamingo – because I would be tall and skinny and able to hang out on a warm beach all day!

If I ever played hooky, I would_____: You could find  me with Marcus and the 2 huskies on a beach somewhere!

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Smoking: Steps to Help You Quit

Smoking causes changes in the bodies and behavior of those who smoke. These changes are caused by an addiction to nicotine and develop over time.

Quit smoking

There are a few reasons to stop smoking:

  • Bad breath and stained teeth/ gum disease
  • Bad smell on clothes, hair, furniture, automobile
  • Lower athletic ability
  • Cough / sore throat
  • Raised blood pressure and increased heart beat
  • Cost
  • Risk of lung cancer/heart disease
  • Breathing problems and COPD
  • Wrinkles
  • Stomach ulcers/acid reflux

To stop smoking, following these steps will result in a higher success rate:

  • Get ready (set a date for stopping)
  • Get support and encouragement(stop smoking with a friend or co-worker)
  • Learn to handle stress and the urge to smoke in other ways
  • Get medication and use it as prescribed
  • Be prepared for relapse
  • Keep trying

Set a stop date of two to four weeks out in order to prepare yourself. Write down your personal reasons for stopping, and keep the list with you for encouragement. Keep a diary of why and when you smoke to help manage the urges to smoke, and plan how you will deal with these stressors. Throw away all of your cigarettes, matches, and lighters.

Tell your family and friends that you’re going to stop smoking to help build encouragement, or seek help from your doctor, local hospital and health centers for stop-smoking programs. Find other ways to manage your stress, such as taking a hot bath, going for a walk or drinking tea.

How you feel when you stop depends on how much you smoke. You may crave a cigarette, feel hungry or edgy, have trouble concentrating, get headaches, or cough. These symptoms will go away in a few weeks.

Nicotine replacement products are ways to take in nicotine without smoking and reduce the withdrawal symptoms. They come in several forms such as gum, patches, nasal sprays, inhalers and lozenges. There are also prescription products that help people stop smoking that do not contain nicotine. Talk to your doctor to decide which products are best for you.

Finally, most people gain a few pounds after they stop smoking. This, however, is a minor health risk compared to smoking itself. Dieting while trying to quit smoking will cause increased stress on your body, so it is preferred that you tackle one goal at a time. Don’t feel like a failure if you relapse. Set a new date and try again.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to start your journey to stop smoking, please call our office at 757-488-3333. 


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Meet Chelsea Hinson, Referral Coordinator

Chelsea Hinson has been with Family Medicine Healthcare for 5 years. She started at the front desk and is now our Referral Coordinator, which means she connects our patients to the medical specialists our physicians refer them to. She coordinates their care seamlessly, always keeping in mind the patient’s best interest . Chelsea is known for her smile and sweet personality around the office.

Your Family: I grew up here in the Chesapeake/Virginia Beach area. I have been married for 6 years to my husband, Zack. We are in love with our “furbaby” Apollo, a 5 year-old toy Rat Terrier (pictured).

Chelsea Hinson

Your greatest accomplishment: I would say it is probably Zack and I purchasing our first home. We looked for three years, and we were recently able to buy new construction in the North Suffolk area. We are proud 1st time home buyers!

Someone who I greatly respect and why: I would definitely say my mom, Michele. She is one of the most hardworking people I know. She was a single parent for most of my (and my brother’s) childhood. Even being a single parent and all the challenges that come along with that, she always ensured that we had everything we needed.

In another life, I would be: A cat, so I can nap all day!

If I ever played hooky, I would_____: I wouldn’t play hooky because I have way to much work to do! (Laughing!) BUT, if I did, I’d stay home and cuddle with Apollo and watch Netflix all day.


Chelsea Hinson

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Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) right for me?

Osteopathic physicians haven’t forgotten the power of healing touch. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is care and treatment that involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses and injury. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Dr. Kristin Ramsey

Dr. Kristin Ramsey

Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

OMT can help people of all ages. Such treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is used to relieve muscle pain and help patients with asthma, sinus
disorders, carpal tunnel, migraines and menstrual pain. This treatment can complement and even replace drugs or surgery and adds an important dimension to standard medical care.

Using OMT, a doctor can effectively treat the muscles and joints
to relieve pain and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

As part of their education Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine receive special training in the musculoskeletal system and the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones. Using OMT, a doctor can effectively treat the muscles and joints to relieve pain and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

By combining the latest advances in medicine with OMT treatment, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine offer patients with the most comprehensive care available. During the OMT treatment you will feel stretching and pressure on your muscles. The doctor may move your muscles in a specific direction. They use gentle but firm pressure to release tension in the fascia, which is the layer of connective tissue that surrounds bones, muscles and organs. OMT can be used for people of all ages, and has been a safe and effective way to help ease pain in women during the third trimester of pregnancy.

~Dr. Kristin Ramsey


If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss if OMT is right for you, please call our office at 757-488-3333 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramsey. Dr. Kristin Ramsey is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She specializes in pediatrics and women’s health.

Article seen in November’s The Shopper Magazine.


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Lauren’s Story – Why a Good Doctor is Worth the Drive

Being a critical care nurse, I know a good doctor when I see one. And that is Dr. Abdelshaheed. I have been a patient of Dr. A’s for years now. In my numerous appointments with him throughout the years, he has always made time to listen to me. Even squeezing me in when I have an emergency. No matter how much his practice has grown, he never refuses to see his patients. He even still visits his patients in the hospital! That “old fashioned” type of medicine just isn’t practiced anymore.

Lauren Thone - Patient Story Picture


I was a nurse in Portsmouth years ago when I first started seeing Dr. A; and in 2012, I moved to New Hampshire, where I am a critical care nurse at a large hospital. Every few months, I travel to Virginia to have my doctor’s appointment with Dr. A.

People ask me, “why do I still do that? Why not just get another doctor?” The answer is simple to me- it’s continuity of care. In the medical field, I see the negative effects of a patients’ medical information changing hands frequently. And with Dr. A, that just doesn’t happen. He oversees his patients’ total care, thus eliminating risks of misdiagnosis.  It is worth the travel time for my peace of mind about my health.

Dr. A is one of the most thorough Primary Care Physicians I have ever experienced, even in my career as a registered nurse.

Dr. A is one of the most thorough Primary Care Physicians I have ever experienced, even in my career as a registered nurse. He will check and double check his patients, and leave no question unanswered. I trust his medical judgment completely.

I look forward to coming back to Virginia for my appointments with Dr. A. Even when I am sick or have a health concern, he always reassures me with his calm and kind persona, years of experience and medical wisdom.

I have seen other physicians in my life, and they just don’t compare to Dr. Abdelshaheed.

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