NOW OPEN IN WAYZATA

We are now seeing all patients in-peron or virtual from our Wayzata clinic. We’ve said goodbye to our Northeast home and have fully transitioned into our new clinic. 

We’ll see you in office for visits, blood draws, infusions, injections & more!

New Address: 1120 E Wayzata Blvd, STE 110, Wayzata, MN 55391

Pediatric Care at MIMC

Pediatric Care at MIMC

I feel like we are full of new announcements lately. The newest is that we’ve added another extension of care! We now offer appointments for the children! But before we that, let’s make sure we cover our bases.

Is naturopathic medicine right for my child?

Working with children is something I’ve always enjoyed–dating back to my former career as a soccer coach at both the youth and collegiate levels. And though the majority of my attention was on developing the skills and tactical knowledge needed to play the game at the highest level, I also found myself in the position of advocating for student-athletes to care for their bodies with proper attention to nutrition, mental and physical health. 

Fast forward to nearly 20 years later, and I now find myself seeing children and their families, providing important support that doesn’t always get the time or attention in standard pediatric well-child visits. I love my pediatrician colleagues for the benefits they provide patients (well-child visits, vaccinations, hearing and vision checks, etc.), and also recognize the challenges of trying to manage both simple and complex health concerns with limited time. 

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With naturopathic medicine, we’re able to understand when conventional medicine therapies are necessary, and also understand when natural strategies are appropriate, thereby avoiding unnecessary treatments that may mask underlying factors or issues that are contributing to symptoms. 

Common questions or concerns I hear about include:

  • My kid has a rash, and I’m being told to apply a steroid cream…is this a good idea? Why is the rash there in the first place? (we can help with that!)
  • My kiddo is always getting sick…could there be a reason why? (answer: “it depends,” that’s what we investigate)
  • My kid is complaining of stomach aches…do they have a food sensitivity or allergy? They underwent allergy testing with an allergist and was told “no.” (Answer: the immune system is complex and in some cases delayed-onset reactions can happen when exposed to foods)
  • Our pediatrician is telling me that my child has ADHD and is suggesting medication. Is this our only option? Are there any factors that can contribute to ADHD? (Answer is yes…and these should certainly be investigated).

Naturopathic care for children is not limited to prescribing herbs and nutrients–in fact, a typical visit will include reviewing food routine, bowel habits, behavioral patterns, as well as screening for adverse childhood experiences. Sometimes testing is recommended, whereas other times I make a referral for additional workup. A typical visit will include safe therapies that can be integrated into the family’s daily routine. 

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Most importantly, visits allow time to:

  1. Review questions from parents and caregivers about their child’s needs and feel informed about options for managing symptoms (ranging from conventional to naturopathic)
  2. Discuss appropriate referrals, when needed, for other specialists and evaluations
  3. Discuss nutritional needs for each age, with special attention given to the child’s stage of development and individual needs. 
  4. Become familiar with both conventional and naturopathic therapies that are appropriate for their child. 

Ultimately my goal is to help families understand their options, so they can make informed decisions about the health of their child and family. 

Functional Medicine for Mental Health Management

Functional Medicine for Mental Health Management

Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine are holistic systems of medicine. They recognize that mind, body and spirit are connected, and offer healing strategies that incorporate physical and emotional/energetic support. Integrative in nature, they work well with other conventional therapies, be they pharmaceutical medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, group and DBT therapy, EMDR, or other therapeutic interventions.

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Many people express a desire to work with someone to better understand the root cause of their mental illness or mental health symptoms. Our work with patients is multi-dimensional: wanting to honor their current relationship to self and mental health, rather than viewing it as a “defect” or “problem.” In doing so, we work to support patients on their journey to feeling stable and well, in whatever form that may be. Here are some ways we approach mental health:

  • Offer nutritional and other natural therapies to minimize side effects from psychiatric medications. 
  • Recommend conventional and functional lab testing to understand how diet, hormones, thyroid, immune system, microbiome, environment, and nutritional levels may be impacting your mental health.
  • Recommend genomic testing to help understand which medications may be the best fit for you (if your psychiatrist has not already done so).

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  • Offer focused nutrient therapies, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, and acupuncture to support mental and physical health.
  • Help you understand how nutrition impacts your mental health and provide individualized food-based recommendations to support your mind and body.
  • Offer dose reduction support or medication weaning support with focused nutrient supplementation, acupuncture, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy.

Beyond these, we support a team-based approach–encouraging patients to be open and transparent with their health care team about what they’re taking – medications, vitamins, herbal medicines and other supplements. While health care providers may not always agree on treatment strategies, it’s important to have open discussion about your care, making sure to take into consideration your goals, values, and current support network. You, the patient, are in the driver’s seat!