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Stop Smoking for Free

Friday, January 6th, 2017

2017 is your year to stop smoking.

Saltzer Medical Group will hold free smoking cessation classes in January.

Click HERE for more information.

Influenza (The Flu)

Monday, December 19th, 2016

cressey_smallIt’s that time of year again. Flu season. Let’s demystify why we get it, how we get it, how to get rid of it, and more importantly how serious is it.

The cause of Influenza is from a virus. There are three types of the Flu virus; Type A, B and C. We become infected with the flu when someone sneezes, or coughs near us, and we breath it in. We can also catch the flu by touching an object like: a door knob, silverware, television remote, computer keyboard, or phone. Then if we touch our nose, eyes, or mouth, there is a good chance we will catch it.

The flu season can start as early as October, usually reaches its peak in February and ends in May. If we are unfortunate enough to get the flu, it usually lasts one to two weeks.

The symptoms include: fever, chills, muscle aches, a dry, non-productive cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.

Unfortunately, there is no cure to the flu once you get it. The treatment is just supportive care, to reduce the symptoms, as your immune system fights the influenza virus. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be used for the headaches, and body aches. An over the counter allergy medication can be used for the runny nose and congestion, and gargling with warm, salty water can help with the sore throat.

To make the warm, salty water for gargling, put 1 tablespoon of table salt in the bottom of a 8 ounce glass. Pour 6 ounces of warm water into your glass. (Never use hot water, you will burn your mouth and throat.) With a spoon stir the salt water mixture until the salt is completely incorporated into the water, then gargle with it a few times every couple hours, until your sore throat is gone. Drink plenty of fluids, like nutritional juices and water, and rest, rest, rest.

So how do you avoid getting the flu?

* Avoid close contact with sick people.

* Wash your hands, often, for 45 seconds, with warm water.

* Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough.
(Sneeze and cough into your bent elbow.)

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

* Clean and disinfect surfaces often.

When should you get your flu shot? The earlier, the better. You want you immune system to be able to make enough antibodies to fight the flu virus, if it is exposed to it during the season. Flu shots are offered in September of each year. You should have your flu shot by November. The influenza virus is responsible for 36,000 deaths in the United States each year, and more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Influenza is a serious health issue.

We, at Saltzer Medical Group, wish you Health, and Happiness this Holiday Season.

Dr. Yvette Cressey D.O.

Dr. Cressey practices at our Meridian location,  next to St. Luke’s Meridian.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey call 884-2920

Yvette Cressey, DO — Family Practice

Monday, November 21st, 2016

cressey_smallSaltzer Medical Group is pleased to welcome

Yvette Cressey, DO

Family Practice

Dr. Cressey will be practicing at our 3277 E. Louise Drive, Meridian Location

To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey please call (208) 884-2920

Ryan Zerr, D.O., CAQSM – Sports Medicine

Friday, October 7th, 2016

zerr_largeSaltzer is proud to announce the association of:

Ryan Zerr, D.O., CAQSM

Sports Medicine

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

Residency: Family Medicine, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Nevada Sports Medicine Fellowship, Reno, NV

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Dr. Zerr will be practicing at our 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa Location

To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zerr Call 468-5940

Lab Closures

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
All labs at Saltzer Medical Group locations will be closed Saturday, October 1 at all locations due to system upgrades. All labs will reopen Monday, October 3 at their regular times.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Stop Smoking for Free!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Smoking is personal!

Understand why you smoke to help you quit for good.

To sign up call (208) 971-2668


September Sessions – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa


Evening Sessions – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Monday, Sept 12th

Wednesday, Sept 14

Monday, Sept. 19th

Wednesday, Sept. 21st


Morning Sessions – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 13th

Thursday, Sept. 15th

Tuesday, Sept. 20th

Thursday, Sept. 22nd


–Learn about quitting techniques and nicotine replacement therapy

–Create your customized quit plan

–Maximize your motivation

–Practice coping and stress management skills

–Gain tools to guard against relapse.

Flu Shot Clinics

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Pediatric Flu Vaccine Clinics – By appointment Only

Portico – 3277 E. Louise Drive, Meridian

Tuesday and Wednesday

October 4 and 5

Call 884-2920 to schedule an appointment


Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Tuesday – Thursday

October 11, 12, 13

Call 468-5930 to schedule an appointment

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 1st, 2016


We hope you have a beautiful time with family this holiday, but if you are in need of medical care this weekend both of our Urgent care clinics are open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM all weekend including Monday, July 4th.

215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa –(208) 463-3309

9850 W. St. luke’s Drive, Ste. 129, Nampa –(208) 288-4930


Immunization Clinic

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Are you looking for a free immunization clinic for your children to be brought current on their vaccines?


August 27, 2016, Terry Reilly Health Services–207 S. 1st. St.

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Please remember your immunization record.

Sponsored by Canyon Area Immunization Coalition, Saltzer Medical Group, SWDH and Terry Reilly Health Services.

Crafting Your Way to Health

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Do you have a stash of yarn haunting your closet, woodworking tools sitting unused, or a sewing machine gathering dust? As your life has gotten busier, have you set aside crafting because you don’t feel justified taking the time for a “leisure” activity?

Personal experience has always told us that crafts and hobbies are enjoyable and relaxing, and research is now showing specific ways they benefit our health.

A Japanese study recently compared groups of people with hobbies and without hobbies. The group with hobbies had healthier blood flow, suggesting that their hearts were healthier and they had a lower risk of heart attacks or heart disease. Another group in London found that individuals who participated in arts events were more likely to engage in other heart-healthy behaviors, such as exercise, healthy eating, and positive mental wellness.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where patients eat far too little, and often have a lot of anxiety associated with eating and body image. In 2009 a Canadian group studied the effects of knitting on the treatment of women with anorexia admitted to a treatment center. It was a small study of 38 women, but 74% of the women reported that knitting decreased their fears, had a calming effect, and helped clear their mind of a preoccupation with eating.

Crafts may have specific benefits for older adults. A study of hand dexterity showed an improvement in adults age 60-77 who had a comparatively high level of crafting expertise. Younger adults had good dexterity whether they crafted or not. At least one hour of reading or hobbies a day is associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia.

Project Knitwell ( is at the forefront of therapeutic crafting. They have helped study the effects of knitting on nurse burnout, with promising results. They send volunteers into hospitals to teach patients and their family members to knit while recovering and waiting at the bedside. Participants find that knitting gives them something to focus on, allowing them to relax and manage the stress and anxiety of serious illness.

So get out those craft supplies, or take a class to learn a new skill! Crafts and hobbies are good for your mental and physical health.

(For more information: Locally, you can sign of up for classes at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the Nampa Rec Center. Online, has information on personal health experiences.)

Megan E. Kasper, MD


Dr. Kasper is an OB/GYN physician.  To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasper, please call 463-3138

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