Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In Memory of Owen Grogan

Owen Grogan served as the Virginia Commonwealth Games Director for 15 years and as Area Chairperson for the Special Olympics since the 1970's. A friend to many including Psychological Health Roanoke, he died at age 62.
During this time he played a key role in bringing quality sports and wellness events to hundreds of thousands throughout the state of Virginia.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Getting Motivated to Exercise

Dr. John Heil was interviewed by David Kaplan as part of the WDBJ7, Fit Friday series.
He provided commentary on the mental side of fitness and on developing a sensible work out plan.
The Fit Friday series is part of the run-up to the Blue Ridge Marathon, considered one of the toughest in America. It is held in Roanoke on April 26.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Lectures

Dr. John Heil is lecturing this week at
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
The topics include:
Mass Casualty Response & Pain Management.
Related content is avaialble at:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Arthritis Pain linked to Air Pressure & Humidity

Dutch researchers compared pain and weather reports and found that osteoarthritis patients reported higher levels of pain and stiffness on days when it was rainy or humid. The 222-patient study in the Journal Pain found pain scores worsened as the humidity and barometric pressure increased.
When the researchers compared weather conditions to pain and function scores, they found that pain scores worsened by 1 point for each 10 percent increase in humidity. Function scores worsened by one point for every 10 hectopascals (0.29 of an inch) increase in barometric pressure.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Preparing for Surgery

Heidi Armstrong discusses preparing for an upcoming surgery in Austin Fit Magazine:

After five and a half months, little progress, and a few weeks of denial, I’ve had to face some hard choices. Do I choose yet another surgery (this would be number 8) to attempt to reconnect with that elusive light at the end of the tunnel, or do I accept likely living the rest of my life with limitations and pain? Really, what I want is a rewind button, but I can’t find the darn thing...

A link to the full article: The Injured Athlete’s Toolbox: How to Prepare for Surgery:


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays

Best wishes to all over the holiday season from PHR. This time of year has much meaning for all. For me it is about Christmas. I would like to share a story from long ago and far away.
My Favorite Christmas Tree
A Family Yuletide Tale
It was the dawn of the 60’s - the space age, where cars emulated rocket ships, dinners were made for TV, and baby formula was thought to outfox mothers’ milk. It was as if the future of the world rested on the shoulders of lab coats with pen pocket protectors. It was the era of better living through chemistry. As if technology would do all and save all. So why not an artificial christmas tree? No messy needles and sap, and at the end of one season it could be boxed and saved for the next. No pine smell: No problem, it could be replaced by a spray- you could have as much or as little as you say.
our tree was bright and shiny as could be. It was made of metal, you see.Its rotating light shined blue, green, red and white. But somehow it just wasn’t right. Perhaps it was how pathetic it looked in broad daylight.For mother, father, brother and I a silent uneasiness grew. Then on the eve of the Christmas celebration came a wondrous revelation.
We needed a real tree.
Mom fretted our opportunity was spent. But dad grabbed the keys, and off we went. There at the lot stood a large dump truck overflowing with tree, with busy men scurrying about, as if they had someplace better to be. To our hope, first the first, then the second harrumphed: “No! No! No!” Mom slumped. Dad was stumped. Then up in the truck among trees, appeared a man with a round belly and a jolly big grin. He pulled up one then another, to the joy of me and my brother.  As dad persisted, mom resisted as she went into a deepening state of embarrassment.
 Don and I watched and wondered, mouths wide enough ajar to catch a falling star. Then came a tree, straight and tall. To us (quite close to the ground) this tree upon trees seemed to reach up without bound. Then there were glances exchanged that rang clear as a bell. That this tree would do quite well.
By persisting in gifting, dad was pleased in the end to have paid twice as much as he planned - for this treasure as grand as all the gold, frankincense and myrrh in the land. Then off we scurried in quite a hurry, to home and to bed, just before the landing of the reindeer and the sled. There on Christmas morn stood the tree in its simple splendor adorned
This was definitely my favorite Christmas tree.
John Heil 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Pain

Dr. John Heil presented in-service training on psuchological approaches to pain management, to Carilion Physical Therapy at the Roanoke Athletic Club on December 17.
Training included a review of cognitive behavioral therapy and discussion of sport performance as a metaphor for the treatment of chronic pain and injury.
For more information on psychology and pain management:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stewards of Children Training

"The reality is, child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences."

What is Stewards of Children?

A program that addresses child sexual abuse in the context of today's issues.
A program that features a combination of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance.
A program that shows you how a simple, 5-step approach can protect the children you love from sexual abuse.

January 21, 2014 - 6:00-9:00 pm @Psychological Health Roanoke
3 Hours - Continuing Education
For information call: 540-772-5140

Thursday, November 7, 2013

FDA Eyes Ban on Trans Fats Due to Heart Disease Risk

The Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to have so-called "partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)," which are the main source of artificial trans fats in processed foods, to be classified as food additives. That means they won't be allowed to be used in food without authorization of the FDA, which may effectively ban the substances.
FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters Wednesday that the action is being considered because PHOs are "not generally recognized as safe for use in food."

Monday, November 4, 2013

J&J Will Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Settle U.S. Cases

Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal and other medicines in one of the largest U.S. health-care fraud cases.

J&J’s Janssen unit will plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal charge over misbranding Risperdal for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including for elderly patients with dementia. Under the plea deal announced today, Janssen will pay a $334 million fine and forfeit $66 million.

Janssen also settled civil claims that it marketed Risperdal without approval for the elderly, children and mentally disabled, and that it paid kickbacks to physicians and to Omnicare Inc., the largest pharmacy for nursing homes.

Reported by Laurie Asseo, David Voreacos & Margaret Cronin Fisk - Nov 4, 2013 12:28 PM ET


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Treatment for Tourette's & Tics

Psychological Health Roanoke now offers behavioral treatment for tics and Tourette’s.
Dr. Laura Ely provides Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), which involves education, habit reversal therapy (HRT), and environmental interventions.
Tim Howard - USA Soccer Goal Keeper & Tourette's sufferer
To watch a clip about the treatment:
Info on tics (Tourette’s Syndrome Association):

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Sport Parent

Dr. John Heil presented a seminar of Sport Parenting at the Bucks County Academy of Fencing in Lambertville, NJ on Saturday, Septembder 21.
As in all settings, effective parenting is a challenge.
For a look at 10 rules of effective sport parenting see the link below: