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Dr. Heather Pickett

Family Medicine
Las vegas, NV
30 years experience female

About

Bio

Heather Pickett DO is a Family Physician recently retired after 22 years with the United States Air Force. She was involved with all aspects of family medicine as a teaching faculty for 11 years and as a Flight Surgeon for Air Force pilots and their families. She has taught around the world, done many medical missions trips, delivered lots of babies and enjoys the relationships that are formed in family medicine. She completed a fellowship in Faculty Development from UNC Chapel Hill and has specialized training in medical acupuncture through the Helms Medical Institute via UCLA. As an osteopath trained in manual medicine, she also enjoys sharing these integrative medicine modalities with patients and minimizing medication, using good nutrition, exercise, spirituality and incorporating essential oil aromatherapy as needed. Her goal is for individuals and families to be proactive about their own wellness and to be able to manage their own health as a team between themselves and their family doctor.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Aerospace Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Pain Management

Licenses

United States: Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Doctor Q&A

82 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Both can work: It depends on your skin sensitivity but BPO is typically Rx'd with clindamycin and can work well together. Sometimes it can be too irritating and sali... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Possibly: That is reasonable for now. But if not gets worse may need to go to a prescription strength protocol.
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe: Have you washed the clothes? It could be from chemicals in new clothes if you are very sensitive. Hope that helps.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends : Does an X-ray show 'inflammation' and an inflammatory marker lab doesn't? If so, that is normal. Inflammatory lab markers are usually elevated with ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Call your surgeon: For any post op issues it is best to call your surgeons office so they are aware and can help if needed-good luck!
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Should be seen: Need to make sure it isn't a sexually transmitted infection worsened by the previous irritation as it may have broken down your skin/labial areas and ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
May have impingement: If you have swelling redness or pain with that in the area you really should have it looked at to make sure it isn't an infection. Also not being able... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Not concerning : Likely that your skin just isn't as sensitive.
A male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
It depends: How long have you had it and have you had it before? It may have just been a little throat irritation or vocal chords irritation. If it persists shoul... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Normal : Likely just some bleeding after intercourse which can occur if there is not enough lubrication or it is rougher than usual. It probably wasn't your pe... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Maybe: Depending on how long it has been going on it could be a tension headache, tooth pain,, a sinus infection, grinding your teeth at night. First try som... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Injecting local anesthesia in scar followed by electroacupuncture can reduce scar pain/size markedly.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Citrus Essential oils have shown effects on mood and emotional well being! Lemon, grapefruit, orange.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
PT?: Can you see a physiotherapist? That may help if you don't have any other symptoms. People can have a change in pain throughout their body after surger... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Likely : It should-may take a few months though
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Can you wait?: Have you ever been on hormones before? Usually symptoms will subside after a few weeks because everyone's body is different. If it doesn't improve the... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Discuss with doctor : Can't give specifics without seeing baby. If baby is eating, eliminating and doesn't look ill after starting on antibiotics it sounds like you were gi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Timing?: How often? Does it smell? Do you have a temperature or stomach pain?
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes. : The tonsils have lots of blood vessels in them. It usually will stop quickly as the mouth lining heals fast. Gargle with salt water. You likely vomite... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes : There is a cream called hydroquinone that can help with facial discoloration. It is a prescription cream and may or may not be covered by insurance. I... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
PFB: Likely called 'pseudofolliculitis barbae' and usually occurs in men after shaving. Recommended treatment is to not shave frequently and not shave too ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Allergy/dry skin: Could be an allergic reaction, dry skin or a condition called rosacea. It could also be a staph infection. If you are using creams and cleansers try s... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Prob musculoskeletal: Sounds like a musculoskeletal 'trigger point'. I recommend heat and lying on a tennis ball to massage out area and see how that helps. Take care!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Create balance in your life with exercise, good sleep, good nutrition, laughter, and friends!
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends on surgeon: Surgeons or insurance groups have different prerequisites and requirements for Persons to be cleared for a panniculectomy. It would probably be eva... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Continue meds: You may have an increase in acne in the first few months after starting retinoids. Need to continue using for another 2 mos and then re-evaluate. You ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends : Of course I will discourage any smoking as it inhibits healing :) but I would wait a few days as you want that blood clot to be set and not get accide... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Move, smile, laugh, don't compare, eat well, stay out of the sun, STRETCH, enjoy life in moderation.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Why are you stopping: That seems reasonable. Tapering slowly off an SSRI should decrease withdrawal side effects. What are the side effects you are having that make you wan... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Why did you take?: Betaine hydrochloride has an interesting history. Betaine hydrochloride used to be included in over-the-counter (OTC) products as a “stomach acidifier... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Can be used for gum infections. Also make sure to floss regularly to get the bacteria out from between your teeth.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No.: It is an antibiotic and it is typically used for stomach/intestine issues but can also be used for dental gum infections.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Stop using: Can also put another type of oil like olive oil on it to decrease effects. If it persists or you have any evidence of a rash or infection you should g... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
For how long: If it lasts more than a few days and you have any other symptoms of illness it may be a sign of something deeper going on-otherwise it is likely benig... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: It is just a little drop of your own blood that may have been vacuumed back into syringe with the phlebotomy process.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
It is normal : We may think at the Time we are doing the biopsy that we didn't obtain enough tissue, however if the pathology report says it's normal then they were ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Any procedures in and around the neck could potentially affect balance and nerve centers as well as blood flow. If this has been severe I would go see... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Likely the cookies: The cookies have a lot of red dye in them which can cause your stools to be reddish and may cause some stomach irritation. If you are not having sever... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Bursitis: Very likely 'Greater Trochanteric Bursitis' where the 'cushion' on the upper outside of your hip bone gets inflamed. Responds very well to a steroid ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: Since this is precancerous for squamous cell CA it depends on extent and location. Liquid nitrogen is a good first line for localized areas or 5-FU if... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Unknown : I’m so sorry Elena—I understand very well. But there IS a chance you still can conceive on your own-but you just never know. But I have had numerous... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Where in back?: Is it the soft area behind one of the side bones (outside or inside of foot)? Is it by your tendon in the back of the foot?
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Need more details: How long have you had this? How often? Have you been seen before? Do you have a fever?
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Unlikely a problem: I would only stay away from that if you have any cramping or bleeding. Otherwise I do not see any issues. Sex is not contraindicated in the first trim... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Very unlikely: The appendix is fairly deep in your abdomen protected by layers. If you have pain from jumping/pulling it is likely a muscle strain or depending on lo... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
History?: Do you have a migraine history? Have you had recent stress or tension? Can try ice on the temples and heat on the neck with a warm moist heat. That ca... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Try some counseling: Have you considered getting counseling for your stress/ There are many effective techniques and it is good to sort your issues out. Also eating too li... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Need a consult: Best to discuss with a board certified neuro surgeon. Hope that helps.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
It may: Although it is mainly used for headaches it may help
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 30 years experience
More info: Have you not had a period for a year? Depending on the amount of hormone in the pill, it may really slow down your bleeding. Headaches can be cause by... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pickett is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pickett is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Sep 15, 2017
hi I need some help whit my phone
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! First time! Yes I'll wait it out! Thank you so much!:)
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) She's taking ~26 oz of formula.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your kindness

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

MIDWESTERN UNIV
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Wright State University - Dayton, OHIO

Residency

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Awards

United States Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year 1997
United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal x 4
United States Air Force Commendation Medal

Affiliations

AAFP Fellow
Department of Veterans' Affairs
National Association of VA Physicians and Dentists
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