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Clinic works to offer choices in medical care

Sunday, December 11, 2005

From left, Dr. Bobby Jibben, Laurie Jibben and Dr. Ken Stone.
SIKESTON - It's a case where first choice is many choices.

Smith Street Medical Clinic, 117 Smith St., and 1st Choice Family and Occupational Medical Clinic, 121 Smith St., combine to offer choices in general and specialized medical care for Southeast Missouri residents.

"Our goal is to offer full health care for the entire family," said Dr. Ken Stone, who opened 1st Choice Family and Occupational Medical Clinic. In August 2004, he was joined in the medical practice at the clinic by Dr. Bobby Jibben.

Through their office they offer general medical services for the family and occupational medical services for employees. Also 1st Choice's Stone, oversees the services of Skin Medics and licensed estitician Donna Eftink.

Opened in June 2004, Skin Medics treats patients with acne, rosacea, blemishes, problems caused by sun damage and wrinkles as well as offering hair removal and collagen rejuvenation.

To keep up with the continually improving methods available for treatment, Eftink attends conferences and seminars, said Michele Stone, who serves as administrator for 1st Choice.

Available through Skin Medics are chemical peels and microdermabrasion, which uses a cleaner, healthier crystal-free system to achieve smoother skin. Also available are laser treatments for hair removal and photo-facial treatments.

Several products are featured through Skin Medics including a new line of acne skin care products introduced by Skinceuticals and a professional makeup line by Jane Iredale, which is a mineral-based makeup with no fillers. Eftink explained the new make-up is long-lasting and doesn't clog the pores, leading to less skin irritation.

"This is skin-care makeup that is really good for the skin," she added.

The opening of the rural health clinic in 2005 brought additional services to the Bootheel.

Laurie Jibben oversees the Smith Street Medical Clinic's services along with the doctors. Mrs. Jibben, RN, CS, MSN, FNP, has nine years experience as a family nurse practitioner and over 20 years nursing experience.

The federally-funded clinic is designed to meet the health care needs of children and adults, currently underserved by health care in the Bootheel. Mrs. Jibben's experience as a family nurse practitioner also enables both clinics to offer well-woman care.

The offices of the rural health clinic fill a newly renovated 2,500-square-foot separate but adjacent office. The facility includes waiting room, reception area, examination rooms and offices for the staff.

The rural health clinic is able to take advantage of the on-site X-ray and lab facilities available. Also 1st Choice and Smith Street Medical Clinic have ultra-

sound services available once a week.

Medicaid and Medicare are accepted through the Rural Health clinic.

"The staff work together as a team to support one another in the clinics," said Stone. "We do cross-training so we can help out and get to know all the patients."

Both medical facilities are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. New patients are being accepted at both facilities.