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BreatheAmerica Shreveport teams up with LSU Medical

Doctors with LSU Medical are teaming up with a national health organization to operate a one-stop clinic for local residents who suffer from respiratory ailments.

The BreatheAmerica clinic, located at 463 Ashely Ridge Blvd. in Shreveport houses about a dozen doctors, and a full staff of nurses and medical equipment technicians who each focus on a particular facet of respiratory health, so a patient can see multiple specialists in a single trip.

“The goal of our physicians is to do a quick diagnosis, possibly that first visit, so that way, they can get care going,” BreatheAmerica Executive Director Denise Tindall said. “That way the insurance companies save, the patient stays out of the hospital, employers save because the patient’s not off work, so you’re getting the treatment quickly and getting well faster.”

The Shreveport clinic is the sixth BreatheAmerica clinic in the nation.

“The exciting thing for Shreveport is it’s the first multidisciplinary clinic for respiratory diseases in the city,” Director of Head and Neck Surgery at LSU Health, Dr.Cherie-Ann Nathan, said. “There is definitely a need, and especially in Louisiana, with the pollen, I think the need is probably higher.”

The idea came to Shreveport physician Dr. Peter Boggs from a colleague working in the Vanderbilt Asthma Allergy clinic, out of Nashville, Tenn. the first location to partner with BreatheAmerica.

“They had an idea and they said they wanted to talk to me about it,” Boggs said. “So we chatted a little bit, and next thing I knew I got on an airplane and went to Albuquerque, NM. To look at the established clinic they had out there and I thought this could work.”

The 7,000 square foot facility will house specialists in the fields of ear, nose and throat, pulmonary and allergy care.

For the doctors involved, the clinic offers a stepping stone to bringing health awareness and quality care to Shreveport citizens.

“It’s like a one-stop shop for shortness of breath, chronic cough, asthma, COPD all sorts of illnesses, including sleep apnea,” Chief of Pulmonary medicine at LSU Health Dr. Keith Payne said.Doctors with LSU Medical are teaming up with a national health organization to operate a one-stop clinic for local residents who suffer from respiratory ailments.

The idea came to Shreveport physician Dr. Peter Boggs from a colleague working in the Vanderbilt Asthma Allergy clinic, out of Nashville, Tenn. the first location to partner with BreatheAmerica.

The location even offers the services of a respiratory therapist who can provide patients with advice on living healthy, he said.

Breathe America is not the first specialty clinic in Shreveport, though it is the first location to specialize in respiratory care. LSU Medical also boasts an impressive weekly lung cancer treatment clinic every Tuesday.“Here at LSU Health we have a multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic on Tuesday afternoons,” Payne said. “We get referrals from all over the state.”Many respiratory diseases share common symptoms, and without a comprehensive clinic, patients would normally be required to schedule appointments with different specialists, often a week or more apart.

The BreatheAmerica Shreveport clinic will offer the skills of fellowship trained physicians such as Rhinologist, Dr. Lori Lemmonier and pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Anil Gungor. Fellowship trained plastics and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Timothy Lian and head and neck robotic surgeon, Dr. Vikas Mehta, will also offer their expertise to clinic patrons who suffer from physical problems relating to respiratory health.