Dental RI

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How well do you think your oral care is? We all know the basic tips for having a bright smile; Brush, and floss, twice a day and, use mouthwash. However, there are some uncommon tips that you might not know. This month, Dental RI would like to share these dental tips to help keep your smile clean and bright!

  1. Dentists Recommend Using A Toothbrush With Soft Bristles
    1. It is recommended that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Too much pressure and aggressive brushing can negatively impact your enamel and gums.
  2. The Proper Brushing Technique
    1. The proper brushing technique is to brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Remember to brush all surfaces including, the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  3. Avoid A Dry Mouth By Drinking Water
    1. Bacteria loves a dry mouth, as it has the ability to thrive. To combat this, drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  4. Rinse Your Floss
    1. It is very important to floss after brushing your teeth. Make sure to rinse your floss after flossing each tooth or use a different portion. If you don’t, you’re basically just transferring bacteria to a different tooth – you wouldn’t want that!
  5. Foods That Help
    1. The right foods can actually help your oral health! Coconut oil is great for your teeth. The coconut oil attacks the harmful bacteria living in your mouth. It can reduce plaque buildup, prevent tooth decay, and gum disease. Plus, it tastes great! Many kinds of toothpaste come with it as an active ingredient.

We love helping our patients get and keep shiny smiles. If you need more care or are searching for a new dentist, come talk to Dental RI! Dr. Dawn Gallucci is now accepting new patients. She is a trusted dental professional who has been serving Rhode Island for many years and would love to help you!

Visit Dental RI at 1249 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston RI 02920 or call 401-464-8000.

Become the Best Version of You!

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Staying healthy is more than just making it to the gym and eating healthy, it’s a shift to a better mindset and good habits! Donna Savage, of Empower Fitness, has 5 tips to get you started. Pick just one to start this week and you are already on your way to becoming the best version of you!

1.) Make the most of your time

Waiting for the water to boil or the oven to preheat? Squeeze in a few exercises! Use water bottles or soup cans for easy and convenient weights when you have a quick break. Small habits like this will turn into permanent changes that will help you reach a healthy lifestyle.

2.) Stay hydrated

The key to having glowing skin, more energy, a better mood, and even weight loss is making sure you are drinking enough water. If you are having trouble staying hydrated, try carrying a water bottle around with you all day, drinking one glass before each meal, or infusing it with fruits! Shoot for half of your body weight in ounces daily.

3.) Have a positive mindset

How you think is how you act and positive thoughts translate into success. Start your day off with positive affirmations, focus on the good rather than the bad, live in the moments, and surround yourself with people who lift you up. These simple changes will help you to have a better mindset and live a healthier and happier life!

4.) Listen to your body

If you are overworked and sore, don’t push it! This could lead to further injury or harm to your muscles. Staying consistent is great but it is important to listen to your body and take a rest if needed, you deserve it!

5.) Be sure to catch those ZZZs

Sleep is the time for your body to rest and recover and not getting enough is harmful to your overall health. The average adult needs about 7-9 hours per night in order to feel awake and alert the next day. Make sure to have a comfortable and quiet space to ensure you can get your best sleep.

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Be EMPOWERED This New Year

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Do you have fitness goals you want to achieve, but don’t have the time to spend at the gym? Empower Fitness understands the woman who works, the woman who has a family, and the woman who juggles everything. The Empower community consists of real women who simply want to feel better in their skin and brighter in their brains. Donna and Mike Savage, the husband and wife duo from Massachusetts, created a wellness brand that promotes healthy not hip, progress not perfection, and strength not guilt. So turn that energy you’re wasting trying to be someone else’s idea of perfect into positive, transforming power and get inspired with Empower Fitness this new year!

Empower Fitness’ equipment is designed specially for women by women, making it comfortable and even portable so exercising is a realistic task for the REAL women out there. With a variety of exercise programming provided, they will educate, motivate, entertain, and inspire you to set (and reach) your fitness resolutions.

Check out their FREE streaming workout videos to get started today!

Their products are reviewed highly on Amazon and they will show you results! Shop Adjustable Ankle Weights and Weighted Vest today by searching the names below.

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Join the Empower Fitness community and sign up for their email list to receive all the fitness motivation you will need to achieve your fitness resolutions!

How to Choose the Right Hiking Shoe

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When trying any new activity, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself and hiking is no different! Spring has sprung and for many people, the great outdoors are calling.

After spending so much time inside, tons of hikers will be hitting the trails for a little fresh air. But with rocky terrain and uneven surfaces comes the potential for foot and ankle injuries. The first step towards preventing these injuries is making sure you wear the right shoes. That’s why we created this handy guide to choosing the right hiking boots for you.

Don’t Overdo the Shoe!

With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to pick the wrong type of shoe for the job! These tips will get you started in the right direction.

Trail running shoes or supportive sneakers are perfectly fine for short and simple hikes with even terrain and smooth trails.

Low-cut hiking shoes with a flexible mid-sole are the perfect fit for day trips with light packs or no packs at all. They are a good choice when dealing with moderate rockiness and uneven terrain.

Day hiking boots offer more support than low cut shoes to deal with unstable ground and rougher terrain. If you plan on carrying a lighter backpack and going for a day trip, these are likely the best shoe for you.

Backpacking boots are the way to go if you plan on hiking with a heavy load on a multi-day trip into the wilderness.

Materials matter

For hiking shoes and boots, different materials offer different benefits. These tips from will help you make the right choice.

Synthetics are often light and breathable but less durable than other materials. They dry quickly when they’re wet, but they’re not very water-resistant.

Split-Grain Leather boots and shoes are a good middle ground as they are partially made of leather and partially made of synthetic materials. Split-grain leather boots are often more durable than synthetic shoes but less breathable. At the same time, these boots are often more breathable than full-grain leather but less durable.

Full-grain leather boots are typically the most durable and the most waterproof. However, they are often less breathable and heavier.

Remember that accidents can still happen – even if you’re wearing the perfect shoes. If you find yourself with an injured ankle after slipping while hiking, you need to consult the experts! The Foot & Ankle Institute of New England is here to mend injuries across all of Rhode Island- there’s nothing below the knee they can’t handle! For more information on their services call (401) 738-7750 or visit

Rhode Island on the Brain

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Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation was established in February 2008 by Dr. Prakash Sampath, MD, FAANS of the RI Neurosurgical Institute This was his response to address the concern of Rhode Island patients and their families when they receive the diagnosis of a potential brain or spine tumor.

The mission of the Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation (RIBSTF) is to provide comprehensive support to those individuals, and families and to enhance their quality of life by providing education, spiritual and financial support, as well as to assist those who conduct research and wish to study in this field. The Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation collaborates with other local and national foundations that serve similar missions. Our purpose is 100% charitable.

The RIBSTF achieves its mission with support received through many different avenues. A complimentary support group that is led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker meets monthly in Providence. Support is provided in a casual, relaxed setting to brain and spine tumor patients, their loved ones and caregivers. On occasion, we may have a guest speaker who may be able to provide helpful information and discuss new topics which may range from new treatments to estate planning.

RIBSTF also has hosted an “Ask The Experts” event. The panel consists of several physicians and professionals from the community which represent a comprehensive team that a patient and their family would encounter throughout their treatment.

RIBSTF also hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. Our events this year are being significantly impacted due to the Worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. The RIBSTF continues to provide support to those in need and will continue to plan and execute fundraising events such as our annual Gala “Faces of Hope”. RIBSTF will be hosting several events to include all age groups and raise awareness.

As many foundations and organizations do, RIBSTF also engages the community as well as small and large businesses alike to support our mission. The businesses and residents of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts continue to be extremely generous by providing financial support for our fundraisers, as well as material items that are utilized for silent auctions and raffles.

As the RIBSTF continues to move forward and grow, we set new goals and strive to achieve them. Last years’ goal was to launch the Dr. Scott Wang Patient Assistance Fund. With 12 years of service to the Rhode Island community, the RIBSTF has proudly assisted patients. Our goal continues to be to support those who are afflicted with brain and spine tumors and to assist them through the most difficult of times with heartfelt compassion while we continue to raise awareness.

If you or someone you know may be interested in the services provided by the RIBSTF or would like more information about how you can help, please contact us at 401-272-4177 or visit our website at
If you would like to contribute to our foundation, checks should be made payable to: RIBSTF and mailed to RIBSTF, 118 Dudley Street, Providence RI 02905

Lisa A. D’Ambra, Executive Director
RI Brain & Spine Tumor Foundation

Hope and Harmony: Holistic Health and Healing, LLC

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Denise Dacier, owner of Hope and Harmony: Holistic Health and Healing, LLC, always knew she was a healer and
that her life’s purpose is to help people. A registered nurse since 2004 and a nurse practitioner since 2013, she is now actively pursuing a certification in holistic nursing through the American Holistic Nurses Association. For Denise, the holistic nursing designation is a step toward further aligning her professional practice with her personal philosophy.

Denise attended the RISBDC’s startup workshop, The Right Foot, in early 2018 when she was considering developing
a business that incorporated her holistic health philosophy. She found the workshop informative and learned the

“dos & don’ts” of business planning. With the support of RISBDC Central Rhode Island Director Amit Basnet, Denise launched her business in August of 2019. With a strong start, she has a growing clientele and continues to work with Amit on business development and marketing.

Holistic nursing is a practice that honors relationship- centered care and the interconnectedness of self, others, nature, and spirituality. With a goal of healing the whole person, it focuses on protecting, promoting and optimizing health and wellness, and incorporates complementary and alternative modalities.

Denise’s journey began when she started to explore yoga and Reiki as ways to combat the increasing stress of working in today’s healthcare field. She was so transformed by her experiences that she decided to enter into a holistic professional program and is now a Certified Usui and Shamballa Reiki Master/Teacher. She also loves working

with her gemstones, crystals, essential oils, herbs and her cards as an Intuitive Reader. Denise describes herself as a lifelong learner and reports that her personal self-healing experiences, along with her professional background working with individuals of all races, genders, and ages during times of stress and crises, benefit those seeking assistance on their own healing journeys.

Hope and Harmony describes its services as promoting spiritual and self development which lead to a more tranquil and balanced life. “We help you to process negativity so that you are able to focus on bringing the highest vibrations into your life,” says Denise. “Book a session today to experience an energy healing treatment that will leave you feeling relaxed and re-energized!”

To learn more about Hope and Harmony:
Holistic Health and Healing visit their website at

If you’re ready to start writing your business success story, attend one of our upcoming workshops or set up a free one- on-one counseling session. Register at today.

The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at
URI is part of a national network of nearly 1,000 business assistance centers that provide counseling and training to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, we help businesses to succeed from start-up
to maturity.

Amit Basnet is the Central RI Regional Director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center.

HealthWay RI – Center For Nutritional Medicine

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There is no better way to go into the New Year than with a positive mindset on how you can change your long term health. You hear many people around you talk about how their resolution for 2020 is going to be to “lose 20 pounds”, but as many already know, it is a very challenging commitment that many fail to follow through with.

HealthWay RI is your comprehensive, individualized weight management resource. They understand that not every body is the same and not every body responds to identical programs or solutions. Instead, they work with each of their patients, understand their challenges and find a treatment plan that works best with their body type. You will lose weight, and quite possibly never find it again!

The team at HealthWay RI sticks by your side every step of the way and all around is the greatest support system. Although it might feel like you have tried everything, the dietitians promise a realistic, effective, long term and very affordable solution for every patient that walks through the doors! Getting help isn’t taking the easy route to success, it’s a necessary step.

This is only the beginning of your best year and best body yet! To help you reach your personal health goals, give HealthWay RI a call today 401-228-6010 and schedule a FREE consultation with one of their registered dietitians. They can help you stay on track to living a forever lasting, healthy lifestyle.

Discover Natural Healing Jewels

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Gift a Stunning Conversation Piece

What started as a one time gift in 2014 quickly turned into a full time job and passion
for Dr. Hannah Hershoff of Sara Yo Spiritual Healing Jewelry. Hannah grew up in the southeast region China, her father managed a mine where the Kaolin mineral was harvested. Years later she had a piece of the Kaolin, or “China clay,” in her possession and her sister-in-law commented on it’s beauty, Hannah gifted the stone to her in the form of a beautiful homemade bracelet. After a few weeks of wearing the bracelet, her sister-in-law called her to say she felt an overwhelming sense of calmness and peace while wearing the bracelet. Hannah knew she was onto something. After testing more of her bracelets on women of varying ages and backgrounds she saw the same results! That’s when she decided to leave her steady career as an eye surgeon and enter the entrepreneurial world of jewelry making.

Dr. Hannah practiced as an ophthalmologist in China, holding M.D and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Science, plus 25 years of medical practice and research in large hospitals, Harvard Medical School, and a major pharmaceutical company. She believes her steady surgeon’s hands allow her to create such intricate pieces of jewelry. All Sara Yo pieces are hand crafted by Hannah and her team right here in Rhode Island. Aside from being beautifully crafted, Sara Yo Jewelry contains five healing elements, gifting its wearers with a sense of harmony and balance just days after they start to wear it.

The five elements are Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, and Metal, which are understood to be the five aggregates that comprise the world. According to ancient Chinese medicine, these elements heal people with physical and emotional illnesses. Looking for a guide through your spiritual healing journey? Your experience with Hannah doesn’t stop after the purchase of Sara Yo Jewelry, with every piece purchased, Hannah will provide information and tools to guide it’s wearers to achieve the best healing results.

Hannah credits herself with having a “good eye” when it comes to design for her pieces — I couldn’t agree more! Despite having no formal design training, Hannah puts together jewelry that bring the five elements from Earth together into gorgeous, harmonious, pieces of wearable art. Hannah is working hard releasing new designs almost every month. With so many unique designs available, there is bound to be a perfect piece for everyone’s collection! Sara Yo Spiritual Healing Jewelry is available in 15 stores across New England, visit to find the store closest to you!

RIBSTF Has Helping Rhode Island on the Brain

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The Rhode Island Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation (RIBSTF) was established in February of 2008, due to a rise of concern that Rhode Island patients and their families receive too little support when facing the daunting task of navigating the news of a potential brain or spine tumor of themselves or a loved one. We asked some questions to find out all of the ways the RIBSTF is helping Rhode Island families.

Q. What is the main objective of the RIBSTF?

A. The RIBSTF’s mission is to increase brain and spine tumor awareness and to provide support to patients, families, and providers through education and research.

Q. How does the foundation go about achieving these goals?

A. The RIBSTF hosts a monthly complimentary support group in Providence led by a licensed clinical social worker. We provide information and support for brain and spine tumor patients, their caregivers and their loved ones in a relaxed setting and on occasion we may have a guest speaker who may be able to provide helpful information and discuss topics such as estate planning, or a new treatment.

We host a complimentary “Ask the Experts” event, where several physicians, specialists, and professionals gather and provide information to patients loved ones and caregivers concerning brain and spine tumors. Our experts are professionals and specialists representing a comprehensive care team a patient would encounter during treatment for this diagnosis.

Lastly, RIBSTF hosts various fundraisers throughout the year. Our signature fundraisers are Brainstorming for a Cause and the Faces of Hope Gala-Raising Brain & Spine Tumor Awareness. All proceeds support our foundation and raise money for the Scott Wang Patient Assistance Fund and the Caroline Caprio Giving Fund.

Q. How do small businesses help assist RIBSTF?

A. Small local businesses help us raise awareness. Many small businesses have been extremely generous in assisting us by providing donations for our fundraisers and giving us discounts for items such as printing materials. We would like to continue engaging our small local businesses as well as the local larger businesses to help us raise awareness.

Q. What are the goals for the foundation moving forward?

A. Our goal is to continue to grow our foundation and to speak to our mission. RIBSTF wishes to help local patients who have been diagnosed with a brain or spine tumor. We are preparing to launch our Dr. Scott Wang Patient Assistance Fund this year and continue to work on developing the Caroline Caprio Giving Fund.

Q. With over 10 years of service what has the impact of RIBSTF been on the Rhode Island community?

A. RIBSTF is proud to be able to help those who have been diagnosed and be able to assist patients financially and emotionally. As the foundation grows, we are able to raise more awareness and provide resources to help patients cope with their diagnosis.

If you or someone you know is interested in the services of RISBTF please contact them by calling (401) 272-4177 or visiting