How To Look And Feel Your Best In Your '30s, '40s And '50s

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

Every year brings with it new health priorities. When you feel your best, you look your best. That’s why we’ve teamed up with a group of top STL doctors that will keep you in peak condition at any age.

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis by Ashley Lear for ALIVE Magazine.

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis by Ashley Lear for ALIVE Magazine.

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis

Athletes—professional and recreational alike—need to be kept in top condition for the field. Dr. Lyndon Gross not only treats but educates them so their bones, tendons, muscles, ligaments and cartilage heal well and stay strong for years to come.

“I think we spend a lot of time educating our patients on their injuries—what happened to them, why it happened and how we can best get them back to their activities again,” says Dr. Gross.

His focus on treatment and customer service has led to not just referrals, but patients who stop him on the street to let him know how good they’re feeling. “That’s really rewarding,” he says. “It lets you know you are actually helping people feel better.”

Dr. Gross’ practice is on the cutting edge of sports-medicine innovation: He is one of the few surgeons in the area to offer the quadriceps tendon as a graft option for patients for ACL reconstructions. Studies are showing that it’s a great option for weekend warriors and athletes alike. “We are having great success with our current patient population,” he says.

What comes after surgery is just as important as the fix itself. “The therapy and rehabilitation afterward is a huge part of the recovery process and we depend on the patients to be a partner with us every step of the way,” says Gross. He and his staff believe that through their innovation and careful attention to the post-surgery process, they have raised the expectations of orthopedic care.

The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis
14825 N. Outer Forty Road, Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63017
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Photo courtesy of Total Access Urgent Care.

Photo courtesy of Total Access Urgent Care.

Total Access Urgent Care

In 2008, Dr. Matthew Bruckel founded Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC ®) with the goal of fundamentally improving the broken emergency medicine system. Since inception, TAUC has become the highest-rated healthcare system in the greater St. Louis region. Dr. Bruckel rejected the status quo of the ER—long wait times, needlessly expensive bills and impersonal care—by creating a 365-days-per-year practice that fills the service gap between a typical urgent care and the ER while providing fast, compassionate and
affordable care.

Unlike most hospital-owned urgent care facilities, which staff nurse practitioners alone, the staff at every TAUC site always includes a board-certified physician. The TAUC team is adept at performing a wide range of procedures including everything from IV hydration to stitches to lab work to CT scans. Leveraging these technologies keeps the rate of transfer to a hospital under two percent (compared to more than nine percent at other urgent cares).

TAUC patients avoid the hassle of waiting days or weeks to be seen by a physician. With a no-wait policy in the “waiting room,” 85 percent of patients are seen, from check-in to check-out, in less than an hour; patients are escorted to a clean room with television and free WIFI to fill out minimal paperwork and to be seen immediately. It is the practical choice for busy, on-the-go 20 to 50-year-olds, as well as children and seniors. TAUC takes all insurance and is an advocate for those who are uninsured and underinsured by providing affordable services. “We believe that healthcare must be friendly, fast, simple and affordable,” says Dr. Bruckel.

TAUC Chesterfield, Town & Country, South County, St. Louis Hills and St. Charles locations are open from 8am-8pm, seven days per week with extended hours at the Webster Groves/Rock Hill location from 6am-10pm. Call 314.656.7899 or visit to learn more.

Total Access Urgent Care
9556 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63119
1737 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
13861 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
12616 Lamplighter Square, St. Louis, MO 63128
6900 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
3871 Mexico Road, St. Charles, MO 6330
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Women's Health Specialists by Ashley Lear for ALIVE Magazine.

Women’s Health Specialists by Ashley Lear for ALIVE Magazine.

Women’s Health Specialists

When it comes to women’s health through the years, no one’s a better expert to guide you than these specialists. “We realize that aging, as a natural part of life, can be exciting,” says Dr. Laura Eastep. “Each new decade provides new opportunities to stay healthy, vibrant and sexy. We cannot change the process, but we can help prepare you for each step of the way!”

Education is the key to both their success and patients’ loyalty. By empowering women to be in control of the aging process by educating those going through transition points, patients’ health—and happiness—is optimized.

“My favorite part of my job is helping women incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their busy lives,” says Dr. J. Lindsay Sillas. “I am always trying to convince women to drink more water, to take the stairs instead of the elevator and to get more sleep. These suggestions may seem insurmountable, but they are vital to promoting wellness.”

The female-run practice, led by CEO and practicing doctor Dr. Teresa Knight, is also passionate about creating an environment where patients feel comfortable discussing health issues with their doctors. “It is very important to me that every single one of our patients feels like a VIP,” says Knight. “I feel very much like my patients are my family. Our specialty is very intimate in that we are present during the birth of children, we talk about sex and we provide care for those things that define us as women. That is truly sacred and I want women to be empowered by that.”

Women’s Health Specialists
456 N. New Ballas Road, Ste. 386, St. Louis, MO 63141
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