Expanded Health Fair

Phyllis Ketring

The 2019 SaddleBrooke Health Fair will be Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The biggest change will be that the Health Fair has expanded and there will be activities at both the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse and the MountainView Clubhouse.

The big change will be that the immunization and lab testing from Walgreens and HealthWaves will be located in the MountainView classrooms to provide easier access to more exhibits at SaddleBrooke One.

At MountainView

Flu, pneumonia, and pneumonia booster shots are available in the classrooms at MountainView. Both Walgreens and HealthWaves will also offer the new Shingrix vaccine for shingles if you make advance arrangements. Call Walgreens pharmacy at 520-531-8537 or HealthWaves at 480-968-1886 to reserve a Shingrix shot.

Immunizations include:

* Flu – standard, high dose, or quadrivalent.

* Pneumonia and pneumonia Prevnar 13® booster.

* Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster.

HealthWaves will do official lab testing as in the past. No prescription necessary for thyroid, hemoglobin, A1C, prostate, comprehensive blood count, rheumatoid arthritis, C-reactive protein, and allergies. Details and fasting requirements will be posted at www.sbseniors.org.

Three local doctors will present mini-lectures in the Sonoran Room at MountainView. Stop there before or after your shots or use the luxury shuttles to transfer back and forth.

9:15 a.m. Demonstration of a spinal cord stimulator for back pain by Dr. Eric Cornidez of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. If you or someone you know suffers from debilitating back pain, this will give you a chance to see the actual implant.

10:00 a.m. Plastic surgery for cosmetic and medical needs by Dr. Richard Hess. Dr. Hess will discuss facial cosmetic and medical surgery, hand surgery, skin cancer surgery, and reconstruction, as well as cosmetic needs after weight loss.

10:45 a.m. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Karen Hendershott, breast surgeon, will discuss the management of genetic, familial, and triple-negative breast cancer as well as reconstructive surgery. She is also highly skilled in detection and treatment with the goal of optimal outcomes and minimally invasive techniques. It is a sensitive subject for people to talk about, so make sure that you have all the right information that can help your decision about it. If you are in the Maryland area you can contact a breast surgeon in Baltimore to discuss your options. Check with your local hospital to find a specialist to talk to.

At SaddleBrooke One

Dropbox for eyeglasses and medications

When you approach the front doors, you can drop off unused medications – no liquids, no needles. Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club will collect old eyeglasses (sunglasses, reading, and prescription), hearing aids, and hearing aid batteries.

Health Fair welcomes VA for first time

The Health Fair welcomes the Veteran’s Administration Health Care System for the first time. They will provide educational materials on health promotion/disease prevention classes available to veterans and more. Stop by and meet them.


New doctors have recently joined Northwest Healthcare/Oro Valley Hospital system so it is an excellent time to learn about this convenient local network.

Banner University of Arizona Cancer Center will do verbal cancer screening.

Tucson Medical Center (TMC) will provide stroke and advance planning information and discuss osteoporosis.

Carondelet Health Network and Medical Center will be on hand to familiarize you with their services and physicians. Dr. Karen Hendershott, a breast surgeon, will give a mini-lecture in the MountainView Sonoran Room at 11 a.m.

Banner University Medical Center’s trauma unit will focus on fall prevention.

College of Pharmacy

The University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy does free screenings for blood glucose, A1C, cholesterol, and hypertension. Pharmacy students are carefully selected for this event and work under the supervision of their professors. This is always a favorite exhibit.

Free health screenings

* Healthy Skin Dermatology, the underwriter of the Health Fair, offers free skin cancer screenings on the lower level of the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse.

* Heroes of Hearing gives free hearing tests and wax removal in the crafts building. Check-in at the clubhouse to sign up.

* Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Hunter Eye Care offer free vision screening on the lower level of the clubhouse.

* Center for Venous Disease does visual vein screening for varicose veins, etc.

* Alzheimer’s Research will conduct free memory screening.

* Ted Robu offers mini-massages.

* The Lion’s Club demonstrates quick vision tests.

* Vital Moves gives balance tests.

* The Motive (physical therapy) gives cervical spine evaluations.

Plastic Surgery

The expertise of Hess & Sandeen Plastic Surgery is well known and you can discuss your individual issues with these highly-skilled surgeons specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Hess presents a mini-lecture at the Sonoran Room at MountainView at 10 a.m.


Tucson Orthopedic has a large staff of orthopedic surgeons with a wide choice of specialties.

Dr. Annie Francois, Arizona Community Surgeons, will bring the actual equipment to demonstrate a robotic knee replacement. This offers a close look at the medical advances in knee replacement.

Pain Management

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona will bring specialists and information on the treatment of severe and chronic pain. Dr. Eric Cornidez will demonstrate a spinal implant for pain control at 9:15 a.m. in the Sonoran Room at MountainView.


Copper Health Oro Valley will be present and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of NW Tucson will bring information about their rehab facility.

The Health Fair provides a unique opportunity to meet with healthcare providers in many fields: allergy, assisted living, audiology, chiropractic, dentistry, massage therapy, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pain management, physical fitness, physical therapy, podiatry, rehabilitation, surgery, and vision. You will also find representatives from senior placement, funeral services, hospice, and in-home services. There will be financial, legal, and insurance information available.

Parking is at MountainView where you meet the shuttles. Shuttles start at the MountainView parking lot and run every ten minutes from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to allow time for lunch at the Road Runner. Cars with handicap stickers and golf carts may park at SaddleBrooke One.