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Sonia Afonso’s Healthy vybe

Sonia Afonso loves working here at vybe urgent care because there’s something new for her to learn every day. But there’s more to this radiologic technologist than her job. Get to know her:     Why did you decide to work in healthcare?  I decided to work in...

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MythBusters: Urgent Care Edition

People tend to have a lot of questions about the concept of urgent care and how it functions. Even though we have a very useful FAQ page and have written a blog on the differences between emergency rooms and urgent care in the past, a lot of myths and misconceptions...

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Bruce Hopper’s Healthy vybe 

vybe physician Bruce Hopper enjoys where he works because of the passion that his co workers bring to the table – much like himself. Get to know Dr. Hopper:   Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I very much enjoy partnering with people in all different...

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Sandy Perez-Navarro’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Sandy Perez-Navarro, vybe CMA: Sandy Perez-Navarro, a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) here at vybe urgent care, isn’t the only one who thinks she’s pretty good at her job. We do too! It’s a field of work that is very close to her thanks to a special...

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Matthew Simone’s Healthy vybe

Matthew Simone is our superstar Clinical Coordinator/Nurse Practitioners here at vybe urgent care. Part of what makes him so darn good at what he does is his passion for helping people in need. But, of course, there’s a whole lot more to him than just the work he does...

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New Year, Same #healthyvybe

Now is the time of year when we all start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. We hear “New Year, New Me!” in excess and see hordes of new members at the local gyms in the first weeks of January, but we also know that it’s tough to make our New Year’s resolutions...

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Kelly Femia’s Healthy vybe (CMA)

Kelly Femia is quite passionate about healthcare. In fact, she knew that she wanted to work in the field since the time that she was a teenager. But that’s not all there is to know about this vybe urgent care CMA. Meet Kelly: Why did you decide to work in healthcare?...

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Andrea Bethke’s Healthy vybe

Like anyone who works at vybe, Radiologic Technologist Andrea Bethke wants to help people. She also wants to travel, skateboard, and watch Stranger Things (who doesn’t??). Get to know her: Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I enjoy helping people. It has always...

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All of the Thankful vybe(s)

In spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s only fitting for us here at vybe urgent care to stop and reflect on what we’re thankful for. This includes our work, our patients, and of course our home, here in the city of Philadelphia. Check out vybe’s thankful list below. Diverse...

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Julie Yeh’s Healthy vybe

At vybe urgent care, we keep a board-certified physician at each of our locations at all times. Julie Yeh is one of those amazing physicians. But when she’s not on location working to improve the health of countless Philadelphians, she’s doing what the rest of us are...

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8 Tips for Surviving the Spookiest of Holidays

Did you know you’d have to run a full mile to burn off a SINGLE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? How many miles would it take to burn off an entire bag of Halloween candy? Trust me… you don’t want to do the math. Halloween is a great time to socialize, act like a kid again,...

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Celebrating​ ​Health​ ​Education​ ​Week:​ ​Urgent​ ​Care​ ​101

Did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​the​ ​third​ ​week​ ​of​ ​October​ ​has​ ​been​ ​annually​ ​regarded​ ​as​ ​​National​ ​Health  Education​ ​Week​​ ​since​ ​the​ ​mid-90s?​ ​This​ ​week​ ​is​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ ​celebrating​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​health education​ ​in​ ​the​ ​public​...

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Joel Kristoferson’s Healthy vybe

It’s not all doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals over here at vybe urgent care. Director of Finance Joel Kristoferson is one of our superstars behind the scenes. Aside from the fact that he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan (and we’ll give him a pass since he’s...

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New vybe in Town: South Philly

If you’re in search of an affordable and efficient way to receive medical attention, vybe is the place for you. Located at 1217 South Broad Street, vybe’s state of the art South Philly location is tailored to accommodate everyone this side of South Street and beyond....

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How to Socialize without the Splurge

How to Socialize without the Splurge As Labor Day comes and goes, some of you may be mourning the end of summer, while others may be looking forward to football season and the cool, crisp days of fall. Regardless of which camp you fall in, September is a great time...

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Desire Medina’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Desire Medina: Medical Assistant Desire Medina has always wanted to help people. That’s what’s made her such a perfect fit for our team here at vybe urgent care. But – as always – there’s much more more to her than her passion for her work. Get to know...

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Karen Gambrell’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Karen Gambrell: vybe urgent care Center Manager Karen Gambrell loves the Italian Market, spending time with her kids and – last but not least – the gratification of getting to see patients helped every single day here at work. Get to know her: Why did you...

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Eat a (Local) Rainbow

The guidelines of a healthy diet include a variety of fruits and vegetables - also knows as "eating a rainbow." Summertime means readily-available local fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as an abundance of farmer's markets where you can buy the produce (and other...

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William Jantsch’s Healthy vybe

A chat with William Jantsch MD, vybe Physician:  For vybe urgent care Physician William Jantsch, going into medicine was a calling. But it isn't solely his life's work that defines him - it's his family, his hobbies, and everything else he takes a dive in to below!...

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Get the Facts: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

"I'm losing my mind."........"My brain is like a sieve."........"I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached." We've all said things like this at moments of confusion or forgetfulness; however when it is more than just an occasional memory glitch, cognitive impairment can...

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Life’s a Beach – So Don’t Get Burned!

With school out and Fourth of July already in the rearview, many in our area will be headed down to the shore for the weekend, a week – or maybe even the rest summer. Being near the water can be a lot of fun and for many, memories are made that will last a lifetime....

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Russell Karten’s Healthy vybe

Russell Karten, MD, FACEP spends his days here at vybe urgent care working as our superstar Medical Director. But when he’s not doing that, you may find him cheering on the Eagles, binge-watching Game of Thrones, or planning his future world travels. Russell Karten,...

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Why Do We Eat?

The reality is, we eat for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, we eat to stay alive. We eat to support and sustain bodily function. This is what hunger pangs tell us. Don’t we also eat because... It’s noon and, therefore, lunchtime? We have dinner plans with...

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James Tierney’s Healthy vybe

A chat with James Tierney, Radiologic Technologist RT(R): Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I got into healthcare after I severely injured my leg during high school football practice: I spent 15 days in the hospital and endured 5 separate surgeries. Although I...

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No Tobacco Day – May 31

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated May 31 as No Tobacco Day.  It is no secret that smoking and other tobacco use are hazardous to your health, but as with any addiction, it can be difficult to break the habit.  In 2015, approximately 15% (36.5million)...

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Meet Nutritionist Jessie Funchion

We’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Jessie Funchion, MS, RD, LDN, from whom you will be seeing future blog posts in the areas of weight management, disease prevention and wellness.  A native of Ardmore, PA, Jessie received her BA from  Boston College and...

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Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

When an unexpected illness or accident occurs, sometimes the first instinct is to go to the emergency room. However, that should only be for true emergencies and life-threatening traumas. In most cases, a visit to an urgent care center is the better choice, saving a...

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Gregory Brown’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Gregory Brown, vybe CCMA: Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I wanted a job worth having. Also I knew healthcare would ensure job security along with plenty of room for growth & advancement. What do you like most about working at vybe? The...

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National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, as designated by the  National Stroke Association. For starters, what is a stroke?  The fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability, a stroke is defined as a “brain attack” when blood flow is...

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Tasnim Beg’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Tasnim Beg, vybe physician: Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I love learning how things work and using the wide variety of tools we have in general medicine — counseling, medications, exercises, diet and lifestyle changes, and more. What do you...

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Refresh and Renew with Spring Cleaning

With the arrival of Spring and warmer weather, there is a sense of renewal, refreshing and cleaning – hence the name Spring Cleaning. This is a perfect time of year to open up the windows, let in fresh air and tackle those items which only really need a once or twice...

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Peter Hotz’s Healthy vybe

A chat with Peter Hotz, vybe president: Why did you decide to work in healthcare? I’ve always enjoyed solving business challenges and building businesses that can do good while also being good. Healthcare has always been a dynamic business with lots of opportunities...

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Spring is in the Air – Literally

Some see beautiful blossoms as trees and flowers bloom. About 50 million others in the United States (those who suffer from nasal allergies) see an attack from the yellow pollen that seems to be everywhere flying through the air.  The bright colors of the flowers are...

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How to Have a Fun and Safe Spring Break

Spring Break is a wonderful time to welcome warmer weather, take a break from school and reconnect with the family. The extra time can be a chance to prepare for summer by visiting an urgent care center for needed physicals for summer camp and other activities, which...

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Awareness is Half the Battle

Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) brings awareness to a different topic in observance of World Health Day.  This year on April 7, a light will be shown on the darkness of Depression. Depression is defined by WHO as an illness characterized by persistent...

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Pennsylvania County Health Rankings

As I sat reading Don Sapatkin’s coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer of the newly released County Health Rankings for Pennsylvania, it stunned me to see the hard data reflecting the disparity in our region.  I live in Chester County, which is less than 20 miles to...

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Spring Into Better Nutrition

Knowing that nutrition is important and having good eating habits are two very different things.  Changing your diet to be healthier can feel overwhelming. March is National Nutrition Month, per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the 2017 theme is ‘Put Your...

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Be Careful “Springing Ahead”

Most of us celebrate Daylight Savings Time as ushering in Spring. It means that we’ll have extra sunlight and the “dark” Winter is behind us.  Even the reminder of how to change the clocks, “Spring Ahead”, is full of optimism and enthusiasm. But did you know that the...

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Surviving Flu Season

We're in the thick of flu season now and it's definitely making people sick. Here are some ways to get through it without losing too much work, school and precious family time to feeling miserable. Get a flu shot. Yes, it would have been best to get it back around...

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Slip or Fall Accident?

Slip or Fall Accident? Urgent Care Provides Great After-Hours Care When the temperature dips and the snow starts to fall, one of the best things to do is head outside for some winter fun. Sledding, skating, and skiing are a lot of fun, but these activities are also...

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A Basic Recipe For Health

The Internet is full of conflicting information about healthy living. First, we're told that fat is bad for us, now it's good. First, we're told that sugar is okay because it's low calorie, now we are told that sugar is the root of all of our health problems. We know...

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There’s a new vybe in Philadelphia

This new brand represents our commitment to an enhanced patient experience, while providing urgent care services that are accessible, affordable and timely. It also sets the stage for our expansion, with new sites opening in Center City and South Philly later this...

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