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UCR offers conventional, alternative medicine
by Sharon Schnakenburg Patients needing immediate care for acute
The debate over alternative versus conventional conditions including heart attacks, strokes,
medicine is ongoing among medical practitioners strains and sprains, coughs and colds, and
and patients alike. However, Dr. Natasha Deonarain minor lacerations, among other conditions,
believes in both types of medicine. Her UCR Health are also treated at the urgent care for less cost
Centers medical practice offers “conventional” than emergency rooms, she adds. Additional
urgent care, combined with “alternative” chiropractic offerings include IV hydration therapy and
medicine, rehabilitation, medical massage therapy occupational medicine, along with on-site
and aesthetic services to integrate today’s “fractured” X-rays, pharmacy and basic lab services.
medical system. Deonarain’s sister, Sharena, is UCR’s
Deonarain knew she wanted to be a doctor at age chiropractic doctor, assisting in worker’s
11, after accompanying her physician father as he compensation cases, treating injuries
treated patients in Canada. resulting from car accidents and repetitive
“I marveled at how he could take care of people use, along with lower back strain and other
whose illnesses I did not understand at the time. I ailments. Vitamins, meal supplements and
wanted to help them like he was able to help them,” nutraceuticals are also rendered.
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she shares. UCR’s rehabilitation services center around
GET WELL: Dr. Natasha Deonarain, seated center and staff of UCR Health
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, she Active Release Therapies, geared toward
figured out along the way that one physician can’t releasing entrapped blood vessels or nerves
provide it all. for conditions not responding to traditional “We feel we offer the patient a more comprehensive
“I believe the best skill a provider can have is medicine. approach and encourage more of a wellness view to
the ability to recommend other experts as part of “This is accomplished through the removal of health than the episodic care in other urgent care
treatment plans for patients. This collaboration and adhesions, or sticky, connective tissue. Adhesions can clinics,” she explains. “We are more concerned with
synergy is truly what medicine should be about, occur as a result of acute injury and may cause pain the total person even as they present to urgent care
but somewhere along the way we forgot how to do and functional changes,” Deonarain explains. and will encourage them, when they are ready, to seek
that,” states Deonarain, who opened UCR’s Chandler Deep tissue medical massage therapy is also ongoing management care for chronic conditions. We
locale with business partner Daryn Krywko, MBA, in administered, as are aesthetic services such as truly believe we are pioneers in this area that integrates
November 2005. UCR also has a Prescott office, which Restylane, Botox injections, microdermabrasion, philosophies that so far have been separated and at
opened in September. laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation and times adversarial,” she concludes.
An urgent care doctor for 11 years, Deonarain says chemical peels. In addition, acupuncture is used to UCR Health Centers is located at 2815 S. Alma
the urgent care section of UCR – “Uncompromising treat osteoarthritis, tension and chronic migraine Rd., Suite. 7 in the Las Tiendas Village shopping
Care and Respect” – Health Centers fills a role between headaches, and gastrointestinal conditions. center. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
the emergency room and primary care. The various medical avenues at UCR – which through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
“We make a point of networking with primary care sponsored its third annual Las Tiendas Breast Cancer and Sunday. Call 480-855-7585 or log on to
providers in the area to help them realize that we are Event fundraiser last month – are what make it
there to help their patients when their own patients different from other urgent care facilities according
cannot get in to see them,” she explains. to Deonarain.
Sharon Schnakenburg is a freelance reporter who can be
reached at
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