What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is a practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and healthcare professionals to achieve optimal health and healing.

Integrative Medical Services

Integrative Medical Evaluation
Integrative healthcare evaluates the whole person (body, energy, mind) and utilizes both modern and natural medicines to treat diseases. It emphasizes diet, exercise, and stress management, which promote true healing rather than just alleviating symptoms. Our provider uses yoga, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle changes as core therapies. Consultations with Dr. Carrie Demers and Sheela Porter Smith can be scheduled at your convenience.

Rates

Dr. Carrie Demers, MD
Initial Evaluation: 60 minutes – $185
Initial Evaluation: 90 minutes – $245
Revisit: 30 minutes – $85
Revisit: 45 minutes – $120
Revisit: 60 minutes – $170

Sheela Porter-Smith, MSN, CMN, FNP
Initial Evaluation: 60 minutes – $80
Initial Evaluation: 90 minutes – $120
Revisit: 30 minutes – $30
Revisit: 45 minutes – $45

Revisit: 60 minutes – $60

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain in the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of chiropractic—often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians—practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

– American Chiropractic Association

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK, a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that is unique in the healing arts, has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants, and various reflex procedures.

– International College of Applied Kinesiology

Chiropractic care involves correcting misalignments in the spine and extremities which allows the nervous system to function optimally. Utilizing Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Michelle Head performs manual muscle testing to identify areas that need to be addressed. Treatments may involve gentle adjustments to the spine and extremities, diet recommendations, and suggestions for stress management.

  • Initial evaluation: $125–155
  • Follow-up visits or adjustments only: $45–55