When you chose to work with me regarding your health concerns, you may experience a different approach than you may have encountered in the past.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist, I believe health is not the mere absence of disease but a vibrant state of well-being. I will strive to determine the underlying cause of your illness, which is a more involved process than just treating the symptoms. This may include physical diagnosis and various lab tests that reflect the body’s metabolic function, not just a disease state. Since my goal is to treat you as a whole person – a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being – I design a program to address the aspects needing the most attention. This program will most likely include dietary recommendations, nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplementation, exercise, stress reduction techniques or other indicated lifestyle changes. My goal is to stimulate the body’s innate healing capacity and restore balance before the condition develops into a disease state.
Education is an essential aspect of any health care system since educated choices will empower you to participate actively in your healing process. Once you have a better understanding of how the body normally functions, you can become more aware of what is normal for you and recognize when you begin to deviate from it. This process also builds confidence in the understanding that your true source of wisdom and healing comes from within and any health care practitioner is only a guide, educator and support person.
If I am not qualified to help you in any area I will discuss other options with you and refer you to someone else if needed.
My ultimate goal as a doctor is to give you the tools to achieve the highest level of health possible and the guidance to use these tools effectively.
Standard Blood and Serum Screening Tests are valuable tools that serve as part of a general health screening that may indicate certain patterns that require further testing.
- Blood Chemistry – evaluates electrolytes, liver and kidney function, blood sugar levels
- Complete Blood |Count – screens for anemia, bacterial and viral infections, allergies, parasitic infection as well as some nutritional deficiencies
- Lipid studies – cholesterol screening with HDL, LDL and triglycerides
Specialized Testing Examples:
Heavy Metal Testing: this urine test helps determine if you have heavy metals stored in various tissues/organs of your body. It involves taking a chelating agent – typically DMSA – based on your weight and collecting urine for 6 hours following the ingestion of the chelating agent.
Adrenal Stress Test: the most common test uses four salivary samples collected by patient at home to measure cortisol, DHEA and other values. It may help rule out underlying causes of fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, and hormonal imbalance.
Complete Digestive Stool Test: stool samples collected at home and analyzed for yeast, bacterial and parasitic infections and markers for digestive function and inflammation
Comprehensive Thyroid Function Test: for a more complete look at thyroid status we evaluate TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Thyroid antibodies and reverse T3 if indicated. They help rule out sub-clinical low thyroid and thyroid hormone conversion problems commonly missed with standard thyroid tests.
Female or Male Hormone Test: 24-hour urine or blood sample depending on the hormones or system we are interested in evaluating
VAP Cholesterol Testing and other Cardiovascular Risk Tests: a more comprehensive evaluation of HDL and LDL subtractions as well as other markers
Gluten Allergy and Celiac Disease Tests: a variety of tests can be done to determine if gluten is a problem. It is important to note that not all gluten allergies, intolerances or celiac disease cases will involve digestive complaints.
Methylation Profile and other Genetic Testing: blood tests that evaluate the methylation cycle and certain genetic mutations affecting methylation