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Dr. Connie Topliff

Family Medicine, Board Certified
Phoenix, AZ
29 years experience female

About

Bio

I believe being a physician is, at its best, an opportunity to partner with my patients & other providers to improve a person's health and life quality. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, but especially with adolescents and adults. I am passionate about health, fitness and nutrition based on good science. As a family physician, I strive to see the whole patient within in the greater context of their life & values.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine, Board Certified

Family Medicine

Men's health

Patient empowerment

Sports Medicine

Women's health

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

239 Answers
188 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Depends on context: Valvulo means valve. Plasty means repair. So repair of a valve. Often refers to repair of damaged heart valve(s) using various procedures.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Your BMI is too low: I am concerned you are not eating enough, & that your body may be breaking down muscles for fuel. Kidney problems, bladder infections and diabetes are... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Short answer-no, but: Try thinking in terms of degrees. To use a cliche, fitness isn't a destination, it's a journey. If you start eating healthier foods and start a reason... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
First thought is : Dry skin. Try applying a good lotion (aveeno (oatmeal), cetaphil, etc) when you're still wet from shower. A soak in a tub of tepid water w a dissolve ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Masturbation is not : Only normal, it's healthy! and this does not sound 'extreme'! dark circles are not due to this! rather, are you getting enough good sleep? Eating wel... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
The tongue is a: Powerhouse of healing, with a great (cleansing) blood supply. You shouldn't have any problems. If concerned, you can rinse mouth 2-3 times daily with ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Not entirely: As with many 'natural medicines', there are to date, no solid studies evaluating this fungus. Has been used in chinese medicine, under supervision of ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Diet needs to be: Advanced gradually. Breast milk/formula is adequate up to 6 mos. Then you can start introducing soft healthy foods in addition to formula/breast milk.... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It's controversial. : It used to be thought it was better to let your system 'cleanse itself ' without medication, but studies have shown this to not be true. Pepto bismol ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
You need to see a: Doctor. Sinus headache shouldn't cause sig BP elevation nor swelling. You need to get BP to a normal range, watch your sodium/salt intake & make sure ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
I'm not sure what : Joint you are referring to. Hip? Knee? Try some Ibuprofen if no contraindications, as directed on the bottle. If that doesn't help, please see your do... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Yes: Ringworm is not really a worm, but a fungal infection. It can occur anywhere on the body. However, i think it would be unusual, though not impossible,... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Several possibilitie: You may have strained your shoulder muscles. You might also be overtraining. Too much weight and/ or lifting too frequently. You need at least 72 hrs ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
See below: The adult dose of Diflucan (fluconazole) for tinea versicolor is 150-300mg once weekly for 2-4 weeks. However recurrence of tv is not uncommon. Additi... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Sounds like .....: Irritation of the head of the 2nd metatarsal. Wearing heels will make this worse. Try wearing flats or sports shoes only, even around the house. Do th... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It could be a yeast: Infection as this area can stay moist, especially if we have enough breast tissue that gravity becomes a 'factor'. I assume the area is pretty red? T... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Dear wooly mammoth: :-). Seriously, as long as you are careful to not shave within 1-2" of the boil , and are careful re hygiene (wash area well w soap before & after sha... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
I'm sorry, but this: Question is too broad to answer. It really depends on which foods & what type of effects are being discussed. Really is best to eat a wide variety of ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Yes: I'm concerned you are still spending so much time in bed. Please check w your doctor about being able to get out of bed using a walker or crutches. Ot... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It depends on the: Individual & the circumstances. Some people are more prone to addiction, & depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, schizophrenia & life stress can all i... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
See below: The cold may be affecting the balance mechanism in your ears. And you may still have some sinus inflammation, or dry tissue. Try covering your ears wh... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Could be: There is nothing wrong w masturbation. It will not make you fat, blind or infertile. Orgasm is an intense experience. Besides involving contraction of... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
See answer: How long ago was d&c? How severe is the anemia? Are you on any medications? Running a fever? Are you drinking enough fluids? If you have a fever you ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Yes: While a cold sore is caused by the herpes virus, like any wound, it can become secondarily infected by bacteria. You could try several days applying B... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
I'm sorry but I ....: Need more info. Are you pregnant? Several pillows can be used instead of a body pillow. Anything to help lying on your side be more comfortable (spo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Yes: Sinus pain can be very painful around the eyes. Sometimes a warm moist cloth to the area can help. So can irrigation with Normal Saline and a netti po... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Tucks, (witch hazel) preparation H: And warm baths can be soothing. You need to avoid straining when you have a bowel movement, so be sure you eat at least 25g fiber daily and drink plen... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It depends on ....: Several factors. Body size, other illnesses, etc. I am concerned why you asked. Are you thinking about overdosing? If so, please talk to someone inste... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Yes-with qualifiers: Both citalopram and Ibuprofen can decrease the blood's ability to clot. But if you do not have problems with bleeding, stomach ulcers, or kidney probl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It can be a: Challenge. One app i found makes it easier- netdiary. I think fitness pal may be another. Otherwise it's the rather tedious job of looking up calories... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It may be an abscess: Please check back with your doctor to make sure it's not an abscess.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Please see your doc: No this isn't normal. Could be bacterial vaginosis (in imbalance of normal bacteria) or an infection. Please have your doctor check it out.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Depends on if: You're having pain & decreased range of motion. If so, it is probably impingement syndrome of the shoulder caused by weak rotator cuff muscles. A phys... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
PCOS is a: Hormonal imbalance. Technically, so it diabetes. A buffalo hump is sometimes associated w cushing's syndrome or disease, which causes elevated cortiso... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Septic shock is : Still very hard to treat. Mortality averages about 29% but varies by age & overall health. A coma suggests there has been severe brain damage. That th... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Unsure: This could be many things. Pulled muscle, bone problems. Blood vessel problems, nerve problems. You should see your doc to have it evaluated.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Please see a dentist: A standard x-ray should be adequate to check for fractures. You need to make sure there isn't an infection or bite issues. Tmj is also a possiblity. P... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Many options: I'm curious re the "own reasons". Sometimes, if there are unwelcome side effects with an otherwise effective medication, it makes sense to address the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
You need to get: The nutritional info. Can look up a given food online. Netdiary is a good app that has a lot of this info built in. Fitnesspal is another app, i think... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
A possible cause: Sometimes, a viral illness can also cause inflammation in the appendix. If the pain becomes severe, or doesn't resolve after your cold gets better, pl... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It's a combination..: Of 2 or more individual chemicals. Examples are hydrogen and oxygen to make water, sodium & chloride toile table salt. There are many more complicated... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Various reasons : If there is an open wound or incision, it is definitely better to leave it open for healing & to prevent infection. If they did surgery, they probably... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Sounds like a : 'side stitch'. Very common in athletes. Current thinking is that it's caused by a spasm of the diaphragm. When you notice it happening, try adjusting... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Possibly but I would: Ask if the sleeping and fatigue are both due to something else. Depression, low thyroid function, inactivity/lack of exercise, inadequate exposure to ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
It could take : 3-6 months.
A member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
See below: Sometimes in younger women, your periods can be irregular. So it could just be a late period. However it sounds like pregnancy is a possibility for yo... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Really hard to say: It could be anovulatory bleeding. If it continues please check w your doc.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Sounds more like a: Bicep strain. Whether this or from iv, apply ice pack for 20 min every 2 hrs for next 1-2d & rest it. If it becomes red, warm & swollen, please see yo... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
You may have an....: Avulsion fracture where the tendon has pulled off a piece of bone where it attaches. You should see a doctor & probably get an x-ray.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine, Board Certified 29 years experience
Please see a doctor: Some types of vaginal bacteria are normal, but you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing your infection, & to get the right treatment.Thi... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Topliff is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I just know taken Motrin or Ibuprofen by mouth is out of the question because of my gastric bypass surgery. I wanted to know if they can prescribe me toradol since tha...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! My pee is btwn yellow and orange but more towards orange and I don't really sweat when I exercise and I don't eat tht much salt
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Tension headaches. Got an MRI. Regular neck massages by myself or others helps enormously! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Trinity Lutheran Hospital KC,MO

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American academy of family practice
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