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Free Blood Pressure Walk-in Clinics this December


Hypertension when left untreated is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Knowing your numbers is the first step in managing this treatable condition.

During the month of December Pentucket Medical is offering free blood pressure walk-in clinics at the dates/ times below. If you cannot get to one of our locations during these times, you can provide your latest BP numbers by posting them on calling your clinician’s office.



How I became an allergist – By John Hein, MD

Hein | allergist |Newburyport

When I was in the first grade, I was having difficulty in school. I told my mother that I could not hear the teacher. A test indicated that my hearing was significantly impaired.

Further investigation revealed that my adenoids were enlarged and were affecting my hearing. As a result, my adenoids were surgically removed. During the operation it was discovered that the allergic cells in my body were extremely elevated.

My surgeon recommended that I be evaluated by an allergist.

Allergy testing showed that I was allergic to many molds and other environmental allergens.

After frequent doctor visits and treatments in childhood, my health and school performance greatly improved. And this experience opened my eyes to the career I have chosen for my life: I was inspired to pursue a career as an allergist.

I am extremely happy to be in the profession that I am today, a field of medicine in which a physician can make life-changing differences in lives of our patients. My life goal is to help others like myself, because I know from my own experience how allergies can miserably impair someone’s life.

Working as an allergist puts you in a field of work where you can actually cure people. You can really watch them go from being very sick to becoming very healthy, and it’s really gratifying as a physician to see this.

I would like to do everything possible to improve the health and quality of life of my patients.

John Hein, MD, AAAAI, is a member of Pentucket Medical’s Allergy Department. Dr. Hein practices in Newburyport and Haverhill. For an appointment, please call 888-227 3762.

Endocrinologist Elizabeth Ensminger, MD

Our newest Endocrinologist, Elizabeth Ensminger, is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, who grew up in Tampa and earned her MD from the University of Miami. She is now wrapping up a residency at Boston Medical Center.

Recently married Dr. Ensminger and her husband have just closed on a home in North Andover.

“It’s been an incredibly busy time,” she says, “between finishing my residency, getting married, buying our home, and starting a new job!”

Describing her experience at BMC as an “incredible experience” where she saw “everything under the sun, from adrenal, thyroid and pituitary problems to every stage of diabetes,” Elizabeth describes it as “great training to go on and start my own practice.”

Usually, she says, she likes to see her patients as part of a team, working with the patient, their primary care physician and diabetes educators. Pentucket, she notes, has an excellent group of dietician/educators and well-integrated communication among clinicians.

“Diabetes,” she says, “can be a really hard diagnosis for a patient to get. It’s a lifelong disease and it requires a lot of lifestyle modifications…

“But sometimes a diagnosis of diabetes can be a life-changing event for someone, for example, as they see their blood sugars start to improve. That’s actually one of my favorite moments as a physician, to watch patients actually get their lives back.”

Elizabeth calls Pentucket “a fantastic practice…they sold me from Day One when I walked in the doors. The practice is really patient-centered. All the doctors are friendly and they focus on the patient, which is also my focus.”

Meet Elizabeth Ensminger, MD: