Refine Medical Opens to Provide Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness

Refine Medical has opened in Bend as a new destination for aesthetic medicine and wellness by providing patients in Central Oregon with bio-identical hormone treatments, medical weight loss, laser body sculpting, and more. It is their belief that true beauty already lives within their patients, and it is their privilege to partner with them to bring that beauty to the surface. Founded in 2013, Refine Medical comes to Bend from Lander, Wyoming under the leadership and guidance of Board-certified anesthesiologist Pamela E. Mondorf, M.D. Beyond their medical expertise and procedural fluency, Dr. Mondorf and her team pride themselves in the quality of time and attention they give to every patient they see. “We are passionate about helping people find the best version of themselves,” says Dr. Mondorf. Staying current on the latest research, science and technology, Refine Medical customizes treatments for the whole person. Dr. Mondorf says, “We all deserve to feel great when we move through each day.”

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

With 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3 million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and Central Oregon has one of the highest per capita rates of melanoma occurring in the country. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and is highly treatable when detected early. According to Gerald Peters Jr. M.D., FAAD, FACMS, and the team at Peters Dermatology Center in Bend, ways you can help prevent skin cancer include: minimizing mid-day exposure, seeking shade versus direct sunlight, wearing protective clothing, using effective sunscreen and including vitamin D in a healthy diet. The first line of defense is against ultraviolet rays, but early detection with timely and effective treatment is paramount. This is best accomplished with baseline skin cancer screening exams, and annual or more frequent exams are considered prudent for individuals at higher risk. “Even one Central Oregonian lost to melanoma is a tragedy,” says Dr. Peters. “We all can and should focus on protecting ourselves and our children.”

Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund

A collaboration between the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools and the Oregon Community Foundation will provide $10,000 in scholarships for Latino students graduating in 2018 from Bend-La Pine public schools. The Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund was created as a project of OCF’s Latino Partnership Program. A local program committee, led by Evelia Sandoval, will also provide Latino mentorship opportunities with the goals to grow the scholarship fund and ensure this valuable resource for future Latino students. “A big thank you to local OCF donors who provided initial funding and to our partnership with the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools” says Cheryl Puddy, program officer for the Oregon Community Foundation’s Bend office. “Together we are helping create a lasting impression on the lives of Central Oregonian students.”