Dr. Werner in the Media

Samuel Werner...was inspired by his father, a DO who has served as a small-town general practitioner. "Growing up, I saw how well-respected my dad was in the community and watched his connection with patients," Werner says. "He had the ability to pick up on small details others didn't."

"In every specialty of medicine, DO students train alongside MD students," Werner says. "In practice, most patients are unaware if they're treated by a DO or an MD."

"Whenever new symptoms arise, it is always good to touch base with a physician, but it's not always easy to get an appointment in a traditional setting,"...Werner explained that virtual visits are a great way to support patients who are going through new and frequent symptoms of menopause..."Even for the components that can't be covered via telehealth, it is a valuable tool to screen for a need for an in-person visit," Werner said.

"In any doctor visit, including telehealth, the physician's evaluation consists of gathering a history and identifying any physical signs of disease," Werner said. "For menopause, there is more emphasis on the history component of the evaluation, so it is a great candidate for telehealth. In fact, one of the upsides of telehealth is for what I refer to as consultation visits, meaning the same time slot can be used for longer consultation since telehealth removes the delays involved in transitioning between rooms, obtaining vitals, etcetera."

“You’re not only feeding yourself to maintain your old baseline, you’re also consuming enough that your body feels biologically secure to be producing breast milk.”

 

“A key fact to remember is that if you feel thirsty, then you’re already at a water deficit,” Dr. Werner says.

“People look at running as fairly benign,”  says Dr. Samuel Werner... “But for somebody with moderate to severe osteoarthritis, I probably wouldn’t be recommending running as much as I’d be recommending swimming.” 

“Just doing reps of a particular strength training exercise is going to be fine for muscle bulk, but it’s not going to be what’s protective against disease in the long run.” Werner says.

“It is important to note that a majority of the ‘usual-nappers’ reported other conditions or lifestyle factors that could contribute to high blood pressure,” says Dr. Samuel Werner DO...

“But even more important,” said Werner, “is contacting your doctor. People who have daytime sleepiness, have the need to nap, or wake up feeling tired, should reach out to their doctor.”

"I think that's overall a net positive for the American people and for our health, to have ready access to medical care, hopefully of a high-quality level."

Werner recommends more extended visits to get patients into the office to build those primary care relationships..."In our rush to adopt a more efficient method of documentation, we have to make sure patients aren't left behind," Werner says.

"I see wearables like any other medical test," says Samuel Werner, D.O.,..."If there's a single place where wearables will shine, it's primary care," he says.

"People are coming to realize that mental, emotional and spiritual health is a critical component of physical health — they're interrelated," says Samuel Werner, D.O.

“Because kids under [age] 6 are more likely to put items in their mouth, they’re at the highest risk,” explains Samuel Werner, DO.

The symptoms of pediatric lead poisoning might not immediately happen, says Dr. Werner, “and often the lowest levels can have subtle but long-lasting effects on behavior and development.”

“The primary distinguishing factors between baby blues and postpartum depression is that the blues [often] last for two weeks after delivery, while PPD goes further,” says Samuel Werner, D.O.

“Beyond the social changes, there is also a significant drop in reproductive hormones such as progesterone and estrogen when compared to pregnancy,” says Dr. Werner. “This affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system, which reduces the amount of cortisol, leading to trouble processing emotion, motivation and other biological factors.”

“As a family medicine physician, I am a strong supporter of the patient-physician relationship that is possible with a primary care physician. That said, any medical doctor like your OB-GYN, baby’s pediatrician or family doctor, or in more extreme cases, the emergency department, will be a good source to reach,” says Dr. Werner.

"You may notice they only ever turn over their right shoulder, or over their left shoulder," explains Dr. Werner. "Once these motions are mutually mastered, watch out! The range they can cover by rolling is quite impressive."

"This may be purely fun and simple sensory exploration, or it may be fulfilling a need since some infants can start to have their first tooth around this time," explains Dr. Werner. 

When trying solid foods, Dr. Werner suggests introducing one new ingredient at a time. "We do this so that if the infant has an allergic reaction to a food, we can know exactly which ingredient they ingested," he says.

 "The literature is fairly split on sleep training, and a lot comes back to culture, so it should be a family decision," says Dr. Werner.

“By the time someone is experiencing heatstroke, the person already has an altered mental state and thus is not thinking clearly,” says Samuel H. Werner, DO.

“The old saying, ‘If you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated’ is a good motto to live by during the summer,” says Dr. Werner.