Clinical Interest for Patients
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE (720-848-1090)
I have been the medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine since its inception in 2001, and I continue to counsel patients there as well as oversee clinical activities of our other providers (acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, mind/body therapies, supplement counseling, nutrition). I will guide you in exploration of non-medication approaches to illness and wellness, emphasizing lifestyle strategies (exercise, mind/body, diet, sleep) and discouraging use of harmful CAM therapies, encouraging use of safe and effective therapies (being mindful of money and time) and openly exploring use of safe, plausible, but less researched approaches. Our acupuncturists, massage therapists, chiropractors, dietitians, psychologists, and pharmacists/herbalists all work together with a caring administrative staff and fully integrate your care with your other treating providers, whether in the UCH system or outside.
I am passionate about using lifestyle and CAM approaches for health. If we can improve your health without medication, all the better! I believe that the patient is at the center of their medical team, and if truly engaged in their own health care, willing to do the work necessary to improve health (exercise, work on nutrition, stress reduction, etc) then we can minimize the use of medication. This requires an active, involved patient - the opposite of the "old way" where everything is done "to" the patient.
We are the referral clinic within the UCH system for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue; we also see a large amount of patients with cancer and people interested in maintaining wellness / disease prevention.
PRIMARY CARE (720-848-9500)
I see patients in the University Medicine clinic at Lowry for primary care. I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and particularly enjoy working with patients to feel as well as possible if they have particular illnesses, to maintain wellness if they are healthy through emphasis on lifestyle and prevention / health maintenance screenings (including women's health needs). I do not see patients with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue in the primary care setting, however - I feel I can serve this population best through consultation at the Center for Integrative Medicine (see above).
EXECUTIVE HEALTH (720-848-2370)
I also work with the University's Executive Health Program where I can provide all relevant health screenings and health review / exam in an extremely efficient manner.
Research Interest for Patients
I, along with the other practitioner members of our team, partner with researchers around the campus to conduct solid research on the use of CAM therapies for various conditions. Recent work has our chiropractor partnering with colleagues in the orthopaedics department; our acupuncturists are doing work with neurology (use of acupuncture to reduce fatigue in Parkinson's disease).
When I'm not working, I enjoy the company of my family; I also practice what I preach and try to maintain a work-life balance, run, hike and ski, and eat well though I can relate to the struggles my patients face! (Remember, doing the right thing all the time means 80% of the time...!)
I believe that the most important person in the integration of care is the patient. I strive to empower my patients to take as much control as they can of their illness and health so that life feels less out of control and more predictable and fun.
I enjoy volunteering in my children's schools - it's enlightening to be a "fly on the wall" in their native habitats! I also serve on the board of AlterMed research foundation, a local (Fort Collins) non-profit dedicated to raising funds for CAM research, and I serve on a number of committees throughout the hospital to help guide policy and procedures related to CAM use and education. I was appointed as an advisory committee member to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee; we report to the Department of Health and Human Services with recommendations to improve care of patients with CFS. This term will last from 2012 - 2015.