Q. What can you do for me, Dr. Andrea?
A. I teach skills and tools to help you understand your body’s messages which show up in the form of symptoms and illness. These tools will help us figure out how to create more balanced health in common-sense practical ways.
Q. How do you do all that?
A. I use physical exam findings, lab work, your own story, to peel back the layers to the roots of imbalances, and restore flow/energy/vitality with the treatment plan we decide on and build on over time.
Q. What types of skills do you teach?
A. Nutrition, Sleep skills, Exercise for posture/flexibility/strength, incremental lifestyle changes to assist healing and slow and reverse chronic conditions, and of course, Meditation.
Q. What will you teach me when I’ve already tried many things?
A. During a series of appointments, you will receive all or some of the following: a daily routine we agree on together including diet, exercise, sleep suggestions, as well as detailed medicine recommendations for continuing or changing already existing prescriptions. If helpful, we’ll add Osteopathic Treatments, meditation classes, and referrals to complementary practitioners.
Q. Do you prescribe herbs or supplements?
A. Herbs are sometimes useful but can have interactions with some medications. They can also have side effects, so I use them sparingly if at all. Supplements can be useful for specific deficiencies, including those caused by medications and some genetic enzyme deficiencies, so these are suggested on an individual basis. Most patients have adequate caloric intake and access to food, so diet modifications can be cheaper and simpler if there is a lack of a specific nutrient. In cases where economics or geographic area do not allow adequate nutrition, different recommendations and assistance programs will apply.
Q. What conditions do you treat?
A. Integrative medicine is excellent for prevention and can be efficient and gentle at treating and resolving the following acute and chronic conditions: common colds and flus, headaches and migraines, arthritis and back pain, fibromyalgia and ‘adrenal fatigue,’ over- and underweight, sleep disorders, food sensitivities and irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, menopause transition and other women’s health issues.
The following problems can be greatly helped and even sometimes reversed with excellent lifestyle changes, but require communication with your primary care physician and specialists- working together is of the utmost importance in these late stage health imbalances: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, NASH and other obesity-related illnesses, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other auto-immune conditions, Chronic Pain conditions, symptoms associated with cancer and chemotherapy, Hyper- and Hypothyroidism, Reproductive system disorders, Neurological disorders, Kidney disorders and urinary tract conditions.