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What’s It Like to Work with a Root-Cause Medicine Doc?

Updated: Jun 3

You’re probably already interested in what underlies your experience of health and disease. I am too, so we have the same initial purpose—to promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental factors that are causing you problems.


Be ready to fill out a comprehensive intake form before you come to the visit. (Yes, my intake form is long, but not as long as my root-cause doctor’s!) Then at the visit (be ready to spend 60-70 minutes with me), we’ll do thorough history taking and exam. I mean thorough. Most of my patients say they’ve never had a doctor listen to them for so long.


Then we’ll look for imbalances, including the influence of your environment, your mind-body connections, and your genetic makeup.


After we do all our assessments, I consider how key processes are affected by what we’ve discovered. This is critical in developing the next stage, a comprehensive approach to treatment.


What does this mean? Most imbalances in root causes can be addressed. While not all imbalances can be completely restored to optimum function, some can. Others can be improved.


This is a lot of work for both of us. The payoff is that we can find ways to help you become well and stay well that just aren’t available in the standard office visit with standard approaches.





You’re probably already interested in what underlies your experience of health and disease. I am too, so we have the same purpose—to promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental factors that are causing you problems.


Be ready to fill out a comprehensive intake form before you come to the visit. (Yes, my intake form is long, but not as long as my root-cause doctor’s!) Then at the visit (be ready to spend 60-70 minutes with me), we’ll do thorough history taking and exam. I mean thorough. Most of my patients say they’ve never had a doctor listen to them for so long.


Then we’ll look for imbalances, including the influence of your environment, your mind-body connections, and your genetic makeup.


Environment: We’ll look at air, water, diet, food quality, physical exercise, toxic exposures, and traumas.

Mind-body connections: your personal psychological, spiritual and social situations have profound effects on your health. Together we consider the whole person who is you!

Genetic makeup: your genes are not absolute destiny, as we once thought. Instead, their function is influenced heavily by your environment and by your thoughts and experiences. It is possible to change the way genes are expressed.


After we do all our assessments, I consider how key processes are affected by what we’ve discovered. I consider


• how your body gets rid of toxins

• regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters

• immune system function

• inflammatory responses

• digestion and absorption of nutrients (gut health)

• structural integrity

• psychological and spiritual equilibrium

• cellular energy production


Paying attention to these key processes is critical for the next stage, developing a comprehensive approach to treatment. When you work with me, you’ll receive a treatment plan tailor-made for you. I have yet to write an identical plan for two patients. My patients have as much input as they want into the plan. I’m here to advise you, not to boss you. My patients (except for the kids of course) are all adults, and they don’t need a parent for a doctor. Together, we’ll consider


Prevention: just about every chronic illness is preceded by disturbances in root causes that go back far in your history. We identify these and manage them effectively.

Treatment options: osteopathic treatment (craniosacral therapy, muscle energy, adjusting, and lymph therapy, among many), acupuncture, Western and Eastern herbal treatments, medications, nutraceuticals (prescription nutrients), therapeutic diet, detoxification programs, lifestyle counseling, exercise programs, stress management, homeopathy.

Reassessment: over time, we keep track of progress you notice and tweak the program to make it better for you. Again, you are not your neighbor or your family member. Our job is to find, together, what works for you.

Partnership: my patient is my active partner. This allows you to really be in charge of improving your health and achieving better outcomes for yourself. I’m on your team, and I’m a strong player. You are the team leader. Our game is to make it work for you.


What does this mean? Most imbalances in root causes can be addressed. While not all imbalances can be completely restored to optimum function, some can. Others can be improved.


This is a lot of work for both of us. The payoff is that we can find ways to help you become well and stay well that just aren’t available in the standard office visit with standard approaches. We are devoting lots of resources to finding your path to wellness, and that’s a good thing! Most visits to doctors, especially if they’re covered by insurance, may be relatively cheap. But they’re not focused on wellness. I am. Join me. I think you’ll find that root-cause medicine more than pays you back!

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