Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine Recognized as Top Doctors for Women

The doctors at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine have been recognized as the Best Doctors for Women in Chicago year after year, The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News, and Super Doctors, top 5% of Chicago metro area physicians.

Dr. Vesna Skul is a founder and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, a multispecialty holistic medical practice for women.

Dr. Skul is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Rush University. Her career has been devoted to caring for women in all phases of their lives.

Through her work with the leadership of the American College of Physicians, she has helped shape guidelines for educational requirements of internists through all of the nation’s medical universities. This earned her, among many other teaching awards, the College’s highest recognition, the Laureate Award.

Dr. Skul speaks on a wide range of topics to professional and lay audiences around the country. Her areas of expertise within women’s health include menopause management and the integration of alternative and complementary medicine into mainstream medical practice.

She is also the Medical Director of Dr. Skul’s Center for Well-Being to enhance her patients’ natural beauty. Every patient’s individual need is addressed thoroughly, respectfully and comprehensively by a team of carefully chosen professionals.

Recognized by her peers, Dr. Skul has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News and awarded Super Doctor in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Skul was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Chicago. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results will be published in Chicago Super Doctors, a special advertising section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Dr. Danuta Hoyer is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rush Medical College. She is a board certified Internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush Medical College, where she has been recognized for her teaching of students and residents. She is a founding partner at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine.

Dr. Hoyer’s areas of expertise include management issues of mature patients with multiple medical problems. She has special expertise in caring for women with neurological problems, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and integrates complementary and alternative medicine into her practice.

Known in the Chicago area as the “doctor’s doctor”, she has been among the best doctors in Chicago for many years. Dr. Hoyer has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News and named Super Doctor in 2012 and 2013.

Dr. Hoyer was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Chicago. After an extensive nomination and research process, the results will be published in Chicago Super Doctors, a special advertising section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

She balances her busy professional life with assisting her husband in raising two young sons. Dr. Hoyer finds joy in music, travel and entertaining family and friends.

Dr. Jean Walker is a graduate of the medical school at University of Illinois-Chicago/Rockford, and performed her Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. After residency, Dr. Walker joined the Rush Center for Women’s Medicine, practicing with three other internists (including Vesna Skul, MD and Danuta Hoyer, MD) before joining with Doctors Skul and Hoyer to open the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine.

Dr. Walker’s practice philosophy is one of respecting and listening to patients, and providing exceptional medical care using conventional, alternative, minimally invasive and natural methods. She believes that to practice good medicine a doctor must first listen to her patients, providing and supporting alternative methods to optimize healthcare.

As an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, she believes in and follows a more natural supported labor and birth, and is a strong proponent of minimally invasive surgery, as a last resort.

Dr. Walker has been among Best Doctors for Women in Chicago as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. In 2011 she was ranked as The Nation’s Top Doctors by US News.

Dr. Walker thoroughly enjoys being an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She believes in the work she does at the Center, and greets each day with enthusiasm and a passion for medicine.

Surprising Reasons for Gaining Weight

If you started taking in more calories than usual or cutting back on exercise, you wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers on the scale crept higher. But what if you’re doing everything the same as you always do and your weight still goes up?

Here are a few surprising reasons for gaining weight

1. Lack of Sleep: If you’re up late, the odds are greater that you’re doing some late-night snacking, which will increase your calorie intake. The other reason involves what’s going on biochemically when you’re sleep deprived. Changes in hormone levels increase hunger and appetite and also make you feel not as full after eating.

2. Stress: When life’s demands get too intense, our bodies go into survival mode: Cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is secreted, which causes an increase in appetite. And then of course, we may reach for high-calorie comfort foods in times of stress.

3. Menopause: Most women do gain some weight around the time of menopause, but hormones probably aren’t the only cause. Aging slows the metabolism, so you burn fewer calories, and changes in lifestyle (such as exercising less) play a role. But where you gain weight also may be related to menopause, with fat accumulating around your waist, not your hips and thighs.

4. Hypothyroidism: If your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone, you’re probably feeling tired, weak, cold, and gaining weight. Without enough thyroid hormone, the metabolism slows, making weight gain more likely. Even a thyroid functioning at the lower end of the normal range might cause weight gain. Treating hypothyroidism with medication may reverse some of the weight gain.

5. Cushing’s Syndrome: Weight gain is a common symptom of Cushing’s syndrome, a condition in which you are exposed to too much of the hormone cortisol, which in turn causes weight gain and other abnormalities. Cushing’s syndrome can occur if you take steroids for asthma, arthritis, or lupus. It can also occur when your adrenal glands produce too much of the hormone, or be related to a tumor. The weight gain may be most prominent around the face, neck or upper back, or waist.

6. Quitting Smoking: On average, people who stop smoking gain less than 10 pounds.

7. Antidepressants: An unfortunate side effect from some antidepressants is weight gain. Talk to your doctor about making changes to your treatment plan if you think your antidepressant is causing weight gain. But never stop or change your medication on your own. Realize that some people experience weight gain after beginning drug treatment simply because they’re feeling better, which leads to a better appetite. Also, depression itself can cause changes in weight.

8. Steroids: Anti-inflammatory steroid medications are notorious for causing weight gain. Fluid retention and increased appetite are the main reasons. Although weight gain is common, the severity of this side effect depends on the strength of the dose and length of time on the drug. Some people may also see a temporary redistribution of fat while taking the drug — to places like the face, back of the neck, or the abdomen.

If you are gaining weight … Don’t stop taking any medications without first consulting your doctor. Recognize the importance of the drug you’re taking. It may be critical to your health.

Under the direction of Vesna V. Skul, MD, FACP, Medical Director at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, the FirstLine Therapy (FLT) program addresses all these issues and helps get you body back on track. During the FLT program, you will be taught stress management skills, learn what to eat and not to eat, have your “body composition” assessed — the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass, and much more.

Dr. Skul has spoken on a wide range of topics to professional and lay audiences around the country. Her areas of expertise within women’s health include menopause management and integration of alternative and complementary medicine into mainstream medical practice.

Recognized by her peers, Dr. Skul has been among Chicago’s top doctors as reported by Chicago Magazine, for nearly a decade. She was also nationally ranked in 11 specialties by U.S. News. Dr. Skul was listed in U.S. News Top Doctors – the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty.

She is a founder and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine, a multispecialty holistic medical practice for women, where she enjoys empowering her many patients through education and teaches medical students and residents.

For more information on women’s health issues, contact Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773.435.1150, or visit their website at www.ccwm.com