I see that you work with thermography, I am an absolute believer and urge my massage therapy clients here in Montana to get at least one a year. Thanks for what you do! Debra
Ann made me very comfortable during the thermal imaging experience. I’m a bit modest and so the complete disrobing in front of a camera was bound to feel awkward. Ann’s kind and clinical conversation eased my concerns. It felt like I had a health ally who wanted to help me. Her explanation of the findings during a follow-up gave me the confidence to pursue further evaluation with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of my body’s systems. I highly recommend the thermal imaging experience with Ann Barker.
Patricia Luccardi Sadly there are many thermography companies with poor images, one didn’t have numbers for the heat scale, some on the old TS ratings, another no access to the interpting doctor. Poor images, no grayscale...It’s no wonder the FDA is looking at Thermography. BTI stands among the crowd leading the way to a standardization in the industry.
Thank you so much Ann for taking some time with me this morning to go over my scan. Sorry I had to cut you short. I really appreciate your knowledge and your compassionate responses to my concerns. I hope you can find some enjoyment in your time away. I highly recommend Ann for thermography. She does a wonderful job of introducing you to and explaining the process. She made me feel entirely comfortable throughout the exam and I felt like she respected and cared about me as a person and as a patient. She is very knowledgeable about the screening process, interpreting the results and about health in general. I was especially impressed by the very thorough job she did helping me to understand the report and thinking through any future steps I might wish to take based on my results.
Thank you so much Ann for taking some time with me this morning to go over my scan. . I really appreciate your knowledge and your compassionate responses to my concerns. LB
Good Afternoon Ann,
Thank you for making the thermography procedure so comfortable for me. You explained the protocol very well before, during and after the test and you answered every one of my questions in a professional manner. The test itself was painless and didn't take that long.
The reports I received via email, were very detailed and the images which were in both black/white and color were clear and easy to understand. During the after care consult via telephone, you carefully went over each page and image pointing out the most important areas of possible concern and making recommondations for further follow ups.
Ann, you made this thermography test a very postivie experience and I thank you very much for that.
Take care, Eileen H.
This technician screens people who wish to know about their health issues. She works for a very reputable company with the latest technology and safe screening insight. Her knowledge of how to improve your lifestyle to stay well is so helpful. PP
Dear Ann: I want you to know how much I appreciate the outstanding service you provided during my thermography imaging. You were very clear with your pre-imaging instructions. I was greatly impressed with the knowledge you possess of the medical interpretation of my thermography report. Your explanation of my 12 page report was direct but sensitive to my specific issues. I am implementing all of your suggestions to stay as healthy as possible. I can’t express enough how much I sincerely appreciate your responsiveness in helping me find the right treatments for my specific health issues and searching for the correct providers to work with. You certainly went out of your way to stay in contact with me. Unlike imaging I’ve had from past providers, the pictures were extensive, detailed, thorough and easy to read. I cannot express how pleased I am with the outstanding service you provide. I will definitely recommend your service to others. I look forward to continuing our business relationship. Best regards, June
This incredible screening is something I wanted to pass on to you all as woman. Ann Barker is extremely professional, takes her time, listens to you, and respects your dignity.
Thank you so much for your information and calming presence yesterday Ann. The anxiety I felt was completely diffused by your wonder-filled energy.
My insurance does not cover Thermography Imaging (why not??) At the end of the day, you’re paying for quality care and the integrity of the health care facility (Groton Wellness) where you are receiving in my opinion, the best possible holistic care in the country.
If you are reading this look no further. I look forward to my next appointment.
Gratefully, Sue I want to thank you again for your education (and patience) regarding thermography. Our time together was an informative, good, comfortable experience for me. CJ
I have done thermography with several companies around New England. You get what you pay for. The imaging is so much clearer with this company as well as a thorough review is allowed with the Dr. unlike the others. Ann takes time to help understand the findings and helps guide you to what protocols will help wellness. I was very impressed and comfortable with her work and review. Thank you for offering women a choice. KB
Hi Ann, I wanted to thank you and also share some good news. First, thank you for seeing me recently. And so quickly! You are such a bright light and you always make my appointments easy and relaxed. And thank you for the meditation app. I have been using it everyday since I saw you and it's awesome! I'm finally meditating again (and sometimes I just listen and fall asleep). It's been wonderful. Thank you for that and for all the positive vibes. I also started reading the book 'The Truth about Cancer'. Not sure if you recommended it, but others have. If you're not familiar, look it up as it resonates with so much of what you do and share. Great information! Now my good news... I went to Beth Israel last week for a mammogram and an ultrasound. I refused the mammo and only did the ultrasound. I have to tell you that everyone there was super respectful of my choice to forgo the mammo. I did have to listen to two doctors highly recommend the mammo and tell me how minimal the radiation is, blah blah blah, but in the end, they understood my position and respected it. The good news is that the ultrasound showed NOTHING! The tech did the ultrasound first, found nothing, and had the radiologist/Dr. come in to review. The dr. then did her own ultrasound and still saw nothing. Then a 2nd radiologist/Dr. came in and she did a third ultrasound and still nothing. They believe what I'm feeling (and they all felt it too) is just dense breast tissue. YAY! The 2nd doctor did say that even though she felt all was clear, she still recommended the mammo as 1. it is their protocol to do both, and 2. to check for any calcification. I denied the mammo and they seemed okay with that. I still need to schedule an appt with Dr. Nordine at Groton and will ask her opinion about the heat in my lower right mouth. I feel hugely relieved, however, I know the thermogram showed some increase in heat in the area of concern on the breast. I'm not sure what to do about that. ??? By the way, I brought all 5 past thermograms to my ultrasound appt and no one was interested in reading them. oh well. I'm feeling super grateful and am 'cleaning up' a bit. I've tightened up my diet, eating more vegis, I'm still exercising almost daily and I'm now meditating. I've also pulled out my rebounder and will start with that again. Thanks for reading and thanks for ALL you do! For ALL women!!!!!
The following is my testimonial regarding my thermography experience on September 29, 2015. I am happy to provide it and hope it is of some useful purpose.
“To anyone considering breast thermography vs. breast mammography, I’d like to share my recent experience with Ann Barker at Breast Awareness Imaging, LLC., a thermography provider. Ann sees clients at two local offices, making it convenient for many. Although my PCP is not yet on board with thermography, apparently due to lack of education thus far, four other health care providers of mine, all of whom I hold in high regard, including a medical doctor, a nurse midwife/OB-GYN, a naturopathic doctor, and a massage therapist, not only knew of the technology and advantages of thermographic imaging, but highly endorsed it and encouraged me to seek it out. Mainstream medicine and insurance coverage seem lagging in providing care and coverage of thermography, but I hope, and believe, that will change.
My personal experience and exam were comfortable, Ann was knowledgeable and supportive, my personal needs and modesty were respected, Ann explained all aspects and follow-up of the procedure in terms I could understand. My report of findings from the exam was very detailed and thorough, and came back to me within a few days, and was also provided to my PCP. I will never go back to regular breast mammography because of the increased accuracy, safety, and comfort of the thermographic imaging procedure. I have recommended this, and Ann, to others desiring an alternative exam of breasts and other body-areas.”
All best wishes, Ellen Hedman
I am very happy with Ann Barker. She explained everything thoroughly and it was an excellent experience. Marie in Stoughton, MA
For many years, I'd been avoiding getting another mammogram. I know I shouldn't have delayed, but the last time I had one it was so excruciatingly painful that I nearly fainted. They actually had to sit me down to rest and sip a glass of water, that's how bad it was!
Fortunately, when I learned Ann was offering Breast Thermography screenings, I was relieved to know I could go see her and not have to worry about another painful experience. Ann has a genuine way of making people feel comfortable. Her quiet, private office, gentle demeanor and kind words put me at ease immediately, and she followed up with a written evaluation/report and phone call as promised.
Plus there was zero pain. The screening took less than 1/2 hour and was actually relaxing and pleasant. ~ Lesley, Nashua, NH
My name is Sally Negus. I'm a colleague, friend and grateful client of Ann Barker. Ann is an incredibly passionate and dedicated health care practitioner. When Ann shared that she was going to be opening her Breast Thermography office, I KNEW it was divine timing and I would be one of her first clients. The process is so dignified not to mention safe and the only thing that I would consider (I've never had a Mammogram, would never!!)..I have been recommending Ann and this amazing SAFE effective screening tool to anyone interested in the ultimate in preventive health.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or greater detail in regard to Ann's amazing caring practise.
When I learned that breast thermography could detect cancer or pre-cancer earlier than a mammogram and did not harm my body in the process, I knew it was something I wanted to take advantage of. I have had two mammograms in the past that left my breast tissues slightly bruised and sensitive for several days afterward.
The entire thermography process was comfortable, non-invasive and pain free. Ann was very professional and made me feel at ease. When I received my images there was an area detected to keep an eye on but nothing that would necessitate me having to go in for further testing right away. I plan to continue using thermography to keep an eye on the area that was identified. I know it would never have shown up on a mammogram. ~Sherri Woolsey, age 48
I was pleased to learn Ann Barker, RN, LMT, CTT is now offering Thermography in NH.
This safe and effective alternative to Mammography radiation has been used in Europe for many years. Ann's professionalism and extensive knowledge put me completely at ease as she explained the procedure.
She took the Thermographic photos from behind a screen as I sat in a chair in front of the camera. I did not feel uncomfortable at any time. After many years of painful and potentially dangerous Mammograms, this was a quick and much more pleasant experience! ~ Victoria Levesque, Goffstown, NH
I just had my second breast thermography exam a few weeks ago and happy to report that it was normal. I enjoy having these tests, through Ann, because it's pain free, quick and easy, no compression against my breast tissue, no harmful radiation and it's able to detect any issues earlier than other methods. I get a call and the actual report in a very short time span, which I like and feel is more personal, rather than a postcard/letter several weeks later in the mail with the results. It's definitely a safer and nonintrusive way of examining one's breasts!
I was delighted to discover an unobtrusive, painless screening alternative to the dreaded mammogram. As a holistic practitioner, I am not interested in subjecting myself to the harmful radiation and uncomfortable compression of a mammogram; both of which seem counterintuitive to self-care. Even with a history of a lumpectomy and then years later a biopsy, I am confident in the ability of thermography to detect issues long before mammograms would. Ann conducts herself with professionalism and made me feel very comfortable. She explained each step thoroughly and removed any anxieties I may have had. Another bonus is that it is done so quickly! I truly feel like I am taking charge of my well-being in a healthy way. Thanks Ann! Michele
Hi Ann, Thanks for the screening today. Your approach and kindness are much appreciated! Tina
Turns out—while I thought my teeth and gums were healthy—three of my very old fillings were rotting underneath the fillings (with zero pain on my end) and had to all be replaced with crowns. All of this was picked up on the thermography report! I'm a big believer! Val
"I discovered thermography after recovering from a lumpectomy and have been delighted in the safety that it offers beyond the traditional methods of radiation scanning. Not only is this method safe, but Ann's warmth and personal energy made me feel very comfortable and at ease. Readings by specialists in the field makes this non-invasive process my number one choice." ~ Arvetta Souza, Author and Evolutionary Spiritual Coach
I want to thank you for a very enjoyable and informative appointment I had with you recently. I am so thankful for the personalized attention I received from you during and especially after my appointment. You made me feel at ease during the procedure. It was painless since nothing touches you. I also want to thank you for all the wonderful suggestions you gave me and especially the telephone call we had after the procedure going over my results. You answered all my questions and helped me understand the results.
I will never have another traditional mammogram again.
Sincerely, Janet Dixey
After being told by a friend that there was a better way to screen for cancer than mammography, my interest was piqued. I am sick and tired of going even once a year to get my breasts flattened between a plastic plate that feels thoroughly uncomfortable. Of course, if it means that cancer can be detected sooner, rather than waiting for symptoms, I would do anything to prevent that kind of situation.
But now I don't have to! I was elated to say the least to be able to take a different approach in detecting any breast abnormalities, yet still fulfilling my obligation to my Ob-Gyn to be screened in some way. So after researching locations for thermography screenings, I chose one closest to my childhood home in Saxtons River, Vermont--that is, the Center for Homeopathy, in Brattleboro, Vermont. Upon meeting Ann Barker, I found her to have a very warm and welcoming presence, as well as having a very professional approach.
The process of thermography is so simple and pleasant. All you need to do are a few simple poses (with your shirt off, of course). She will show you the end result in grey and colored images. Ann submits them to a physician for review. She makes herself available for any phone calls of concern and can send the report by e-mail. The entire process was convenience to the max.
It is definitely a shame that insurance companies have "no codes" and will not pay for a thermography like they pay for mammograms. We can certainly pray that it will be sooner, rather than later that those responsible for that will catch up to the technology and do what is right for the patients.
Since the screening, I have taken copies to my Internist, Dr. Mark Bartiss, whom I found thanks to Ann Barker, when she mentioned that she had a physician who practiced Alternative Medicine. After Ann showed me the images, she explained to me that the images showed an actual overproduction of estrogen, which is often how breast cancer is fueled. After surfing the internet to find a doctor who practices Alternative Medicine and can assist people whose hormone levels are improperly imbalanced with bio identical hormone therapy (unlike the synthetic hormone replacement medicine used by other doctors), I found Dr. Bartiss, who practices in Manahawkin, New Jersey, close to where I live. I am grateful for Ann's expertise, availability and general caring attitude, along with her enthusiasm for thermography screening. With her and Dr. Bartiss, I feel I am getting better care than before, and will nip any issues that may have cropped up in the bud.
The main advantages of the thermogram are significant:
No breast-mashing (which can rupture existing tumors)
Earlier detection of cancer-enabling situations (heat and increased vasculature)
Ability to track over time the efficacy of lifestyle changes by seeing a cooling affect (green/blue) or heating (yellow/orange/red) in the breast tissue.
Since all cancers create heat, and this is a heat photograph, it can catch cancers that have been missed by mammograms when the breast tissue is dense.
If Big Health Care hadn't already invested so much money in mammography technology which takes years and years to recoup,the benefits of thermograms would be more widely known.
'Nuf said,JillPS If you're interested in having one, just contact Ann Barker and she'll be able to schedule for you.
I greatly appreciated the time and effort that Ann took in guiding me to follow the strict preparation steps prior to my thermography appointment and in explaining my results thoroughly. Being part of a large network of practitioners with highly experienced specialists evaluating my results increased my confidence that my scan was thoroughly evaluated. Ann was very kind and respectful. I look forward to doing a follow up scan with her. CB, Cambridge, MA