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GET WELL AND STAY WELL
Naturally, Safely and Effectively

Are you ready to begin your journey to optimal health?

Your Health Is Our Passion!

This isn’t our hobby or even our job, this is our passion! We eat, sleep and think about natural health care. Our entire team and doctors have committed their lives to being the very best they can be. We train, we practice, we brain storm together and we take this very, very seriously.  We have one goal- to be the very best doctor’s office you have ever been to.

Many doctors and their teams are too busy, too distracted and not really even that healthy themselves.  We walk the walk, and talk the talk. We’re not saying other doctors can’t be helpful, but if you want really want to get serious about your health and take it to the next level, you’ve found the right team to help you.

We aren’t distracted by insurance companies’ forms and requirements (we don’t participate), we have longer appointment times, and we only take as many patients as we can handle to ensure proper care is being delivered to everyone who we are seeing.   If you are looking for a doctor’s office who is going to solve your health issues with a couple magic pills, keep looking (and keep us posted if you find them).

We are more concerned about what it is that YOU’RE doing on a daily basis more than what we are doing TO you. True health comes from change, not passively receiving treatments or medications from a doctor’s office. We like to think of ourselves as your coaches, mentors and guides to a better life. We build relationships, we actually care, we hold you accountable to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, we are 100% focused on helping you in the pursuit of getting what you want…a better life!

Why choose Integrative Wellness Centers?

Reason #1: Science-based approach

We don’t guess we test. Our in-depth testing allows us to see what it is that is wrong. We can then explain why it is happening, and how it is happening, and how it is we can help you fix it.

Reason #2: We don’t fight disease and illness, we promote health

All too often doctors are focused on naming or treating disease or symptoms but spend little if any time explaining to patients what they can do to take back control of their lives.

Reason #3: Real life patient results

We have a proven system that has helped over a thousand patients get well and stay well. Our team of doctors is dedicated to staying up to date with the current research and the most advanced natural treatment methods available. We are continually expanding our knowledge to better serve you.

Reason #4: Much more than your typical doctor’s office

We don’t simply recommend supplements and a few dietary changes, but we encourage you to learn a new approach to life. We offer cooking classes, grocery store tours, wellness workshops, nutritional and wellness coaching, we have a lending library of suggested movies, and even assign homework. This really can be a mind-body-spirit transformation ~ we empower you to take ownership of your health!

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare in that it works to understand and correct symptoms from the inside out. Rather than looking at the body as separate parts or systems and working to “fix” individual parts with surgeries and drugs, functional medicine sees the body as one complete being—where the function of each organ, cell and tissue works in harmony with the rest. By balancing the body’s systems and adjusting lifestyle issues that contribute to illness and disease, whole-body healing is found.

From chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, to autoimmune disease and hormonal imbalance, down to anxiety, depression, allergies and more, functional medicine seeks to find the root cause of health issues. Whether you are experiencing insomnia, weight gain, aches and pains or fatigue, there is a root cause behind your suffering which functional medicine aims to identify and heal.

When these underlying dysfunctions behind your symptoms are addressed through diagnostic testing, we work to restore proper function through using targeted lifestyle changes, nutritionally balanced eating and a customized supplement program. We work to restore proper function while reducing symptoms and the need for medication.

In other words, we do not only restore health, but we help restores LIFE—naturally, safely and effectively.

TEST, DON’T GUESS

Why would you guess with your most important asset, your health? There are millions of things you could do or take to try and get well, but without testing you are simply guessing. As a Functional Medicine clinic, we test and never guess what your body needs. This will give you the best chance to succeed.

We don’t run just your basic blood test that your doctor runs once a year. Our testing may include comprehensive blood testing, holistic lab testing and genetic testing to help you discover where the imbalances in your body exist. We seek to identify the root cause for your loss of function, and discover the “why” behind your suffering.

In order to help you, we need to answer 3 fundamental questions:
– What is dysfunctional?
– Why is the dysfunction happening?
– And most importantly, how do we correct the dysfunction?

No quick fixes, no gimmicks, and no magical cures. We use scientifically accepted protocols that help accelerate the healing process by offering you natural and targeted solutions based on your unique health picture. No “one size fits all” approach here!

Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine

Functional Medicine

  • INVESTIGATIVE
    It treats symptoms by addressing underlying cause of the problem, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results.

  • HOLISTIC
    Treats the body as an interconnected whole and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease.

  • SAFE
    Treatments have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve spontaneously.

  • PATIENT CENTERED
    Treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient’s needs.

  • PARTICIPATORY
    Patient is respected, empowered, educated, and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process.

  • INTERROGATIVE
    Combines the best of both modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes the important of diet and lifestyle.

  • RESTORATIVE
    Tests and treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life.

  • PREVENTATIVE
    Guided by the saying of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

  • PREVENTATIVE
    Guided by the saying of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

  • EVIDENCE-BASED
    Based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals. Cost are sometimes are higher initially but substantial savings can occur because of liberation from conventional medicine.

Conventional Medicine

  • SUPERFICIAL
    Masks or suppresses symptoms, but does not address underlying cause, which creates “patients for life.”

  • DUALISTIC
    Views the body as a collection of separate parts, each of which
    has its own doctor (i.e. cardiologist, podiatrist, etc.).

  • SIDE EFFECTS
    Treatments have side effects and complications.

  • DISEASE CENTERED
    Treats the disease, not the patient. Patients with the same disease get the same treatment, regardless of their differences.

  • AUTOCRACTIC
    Patient’s opinion is often discounted or ignored, little time is spent on education, and patient may be discouraged from playing active role.

  • LIMITED
    Relies almost exclusively on drugs and surgery, in spite of their risks and complications.

  • PALLIATIVE
    Tests and treatments designed to prevent death and manage serious disease, without dealing with the underlying cause.

  • REACTIVE
    Focused on managing disease after it has already reached an irreversible state.

  • PROFIT-DRIVEN
    Heavily influenced by profit-driven pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Designed to create a greater dependence the sicker you become, therefore gets more costly the longer you participate.

A Proven Process That Works!

Step One

During your initial Health Consultation, you will sit down one-on-one with the doctor to discuss your primary concerns and complaints, and find out how we may best serve you. The doctor will go over the primary testing recommended for you as well as answer any of your questions about how it is that we may be able to help you.

Step Two

By utilizing extensive diagnostic testing, we are able to uncover the root causes behind your symptoms in order to accurately target and heal physiological systems. All testing is completely non-invasive, natural and safe.

Step Three

The start of your initial care plan. Your doctor will provide you with a workbook, journal and cookbook to assist you in your journey. The Doctor will also discuss recommended supplements, glandulars and nutritional plans to target key symptoms, promote healing, and restore balance. Initial treatment plans can be 1 visit or several visits over a 6 month time period. The important thing to know is we are here to find a way to make this work for you.

Step Four

Now that you have gotten well, it’s time to stay well. This step will ensure a lifetime of optimal, lasting health. You’ve invested a lot in yourself up until this point, so protect that investment and the one thing that matters most—you! Continued visits with your doctor as well as our wellness coach (if you choose) will ensure your diet, lifestyle and physiological systems remain in balance and that you are on-track with your targeted health goals for life.

How do you help restore my health?

In our office, there are Five Pillars or fundamentals to healing the body. Through these Five Pillars, we will be able to restore your body, your mind and your wellbeing to their highest levels so that you may feel like your most vibrant self again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Create a Healthier Mindset

• Develop self-care and stress management tools

• Adapt new, healthier ways of thinking about yourself, your health, and your story

• Cultivate love and respect for yourself and your accomplishments

• Break away from toxic relationships

• Learn to relax deeply and let go of worry

• Be focused on the present moment

• Be mindful of your thoughts and how they may be hurting you

• Make sure you have connection with others

• Focus on your spirituality and/or emotional well being

• We offer, in clinic, Mindful Meditation classes and Wellness Workshops, designed to help you with stress reduction, self-care and social connectivity

Heal the Gastrointestinal System

• Conduct diagnostic testing to assess your gut health

• Address food sensitivities, unwanted parasites, bacteria and yeast

• Ensure nutritional deficiencies are addressed and treated

• Repair and heal the gut through enzymes, probiotics and key nutrients to restore proper digestion, elimination, and cellular function

• Introduce a whole-food, phytonutrient dense diet to eliminate symptoms and facilitate healing

Improve Detoxification and Cellular Repair

• Conduct diagnostic testing to assess detoxification, liver function, inflammation, environmental pollutants and heavy metals

• Ensure waste and hormones are being properly eliminated from the body

• Support the body’s detoxification through the use of phytonutrients, amino acids, alkaline drinks, vitamins and minerals

• Assess your exposure to toxins through foods, cosmetics, personal care products, etc.

• Test for genetic impairments that may hinder proper detoxification

Address Hormonal and Neurochemical Imbalances

• Conduct diagnostic testing to assess hormonal imbalances such as insulin resistance, thyroid dysfunction, sex hormone imbalance and adrenal insufficiencies

• Diet, exercise, stress management, natural hormone therapies, nutrient support and herbal therapies are among the most effective tools we use to help patients achieve neurochemical (serotonin, dopamine, etc.) and hormonal balance.

Improve Physical Well-being

• We encourage exercise to promote optimal detoxification, healthy weight, respiration of oxygen, hormonal health, muscle tone, posture, nervous system function, stress management, mental well-being, and so much more!

• Recommendations given in accordance with your unique health issues and goals

• We offer, in clinic, yoga classes to encourage physical movement and also to eliminate the barriers of getting active and trying something new!

Wellness Coaching for an effortless transition into healthier living

Our Certified Wellness Coach on staff is here to support you with all the small details and questions that arise along the way in the journey towards greater health. Offered as a separate service from your care plan, our Wellness Coach is here to help you along your journey if you are interested in broadening and enhancing your care with the doctor.

Nutrition Consultations

Customized guidance involving recipes, shopping guides, meal plans and meal-prep tips designed to transition you into a lifetime of delicious, healthy eating with ease.

Pantry Makeover

In-home session designed to discover hidden toxins in your food, understand food labels, explore healthier alternatives to the foods you enjoy, and re-stock your pantry to reflect balanced, healthy eating.

Wellness Coaching

Discover ways to implement your doctor’s recommendations into your unique lifestyle, eliminate roadblocks, reduce stress and restore balance.

Grocery Store Tour- Included in your treatment plan!

Discover simple, cost-effective ways to shop healthy for you and your family, how to de-code food labels and ingredient lists, and learn the best products and brands you can buy for optimal health. Interactive tour includes take-home shopping guides.

Healthy Cooking Class

Join our interactive food demo and cooking class to learn time-saving tricks and meal prep pointers to navigate your new healthy way of eating with a breeze. Learn how much you can accomplish in just one hour in your kitchen! Enjoy samples as several recipes are prepared for you along with take-home recipe cards.

Community Wellness Events

Whether its exercise classes, yoga or Pilates classes at local studios, seasonal 5K run/walks or otherwise, our Wellness Coach is here to connect you with the very best events in the community to help keep your health on-track!

What our patients are saying

No more headaches and fatigue. Improved sleep and more active. End Result…lost 95 pounds lost and bright future!.

…I had been living with other problems as well such as constant headaches and poor sleep. I had come to settle for a lower level of health and wellness. It never occurred to me that all of my symptoms were related. I always felt tired and had bad eating habits. I decided that I needed to lose weight but could barely exercise. After starting my treatment plan with Dr. Josh, I started feeling more energetic and was able to exercise… The weight started to melt away. A year and a half later I found myself 95 pounds lighter, feeling and looking like a new person!
Sandy G.

Terrible sinus issues, lots of inflammation, high cholesterol and sleepless nights

For the last three years I have exercised an average of 3 to 4 times a week, but my weight continued to climb. I was also having sever sinus issues, high cholesterol and I would lie in bed at night and stare at the ceiling most times. I had terrible inflammation in my knees and back. After meeting with Dr. Shields I decided to invest in his care plan and try and overcome some of my health issues. Best decision I have ever made, except for marrying my beautiful wife. After only 3 months I lost 36 pounds and I have more energy with no more pain in my knees or back. My sinuses are a non-issue now and most nights I have to be woken up by my alarm clock. Recently when I went to my doctor he took me off my cholesterol medication and asked what I had done to get such great numbers. This has changed my life. Thank you Dr. Shields. Chris R

Sudden Weight Gain, Constipation, Poor Digestion and Skin Troubles

In just 2 months, I had gained 30 pounds, and my diet and exercise had not changed. I also had digestive issues, skin problems, water retention, and a number of other issues. Doctors decided to “fix” my symptoms by putting me on laxatives and water pills since they were unable to find anything medically wrong with me. Dr. Josh recommended that I take the Functional Health Assessment, and that is where all of my health issues were revealed. By following up with nutritional consultations, simply changing my diet, and taking supplements I have lost over 20 pounds, and I’m feeling better than ever! I’m still amazed at what a profound effect your diet can have on your overall health.
Laurie F.

Undiagnosed thyroid problem, menstrual issues, fatigue and severe allergies/sinuses

Throughout my adult life I had dealt with several issues like fatigue, irregular and heavy periods, severe sinus headaches and allergies. I had always struggled with my weight even as a young girl, I always thought it was that I took after my mom. I had told the doctor several times to look at my thyroid because I had all the symptoms of low thyroid and my mother had been diagnosed hypothyroid. But every time the doctors would test my thyroid they would always say it was in normal range. I even had a doctor tell me I needed to exercise more, I was already exercising an hour a day 6 days a week and sometimes 7 (much more than what I think the doctor was currently doing). Even with all that exercise for an entire year I had only lost 10 lbs. I was introduced to Integrative Wellness through a friend and met with Dr. Shields. After meeting with him I decided to get the testing and it revealed I had an autoimmune disease of my thyroid called Hashimoto’s. I also discovered I had significant food allergies and extremely high levels of inflammation (doctor told me that means damage to the cells in my body). Finally I had found answers to why I felt the way I felt. I knew there was more to my health issues than the typical excuses like “it’s just that you’re getting older” or my favorite “it’s just the way it is and you’re going to have to deal with it.” I knew it wasn’t all in my head. Following Dr. Shields’ recommendations to the “T” after 8 months I was actually skinny for the first time in my adult life. I had lost 60 lbs, I was down from 184 to 124. I hadn’t seen that number since I was in junior high school, now mind you it took a lot of work and commitment. I am not going to tell you it was easy but it was worth it. My menstrual cycles are normal now, my digestion is perfect and I haven’t reached for an allergy or sinus medication since I started care. I finally feel like I am in control of my health, I have been given the answers and a set of rules that I know if I follow them I can continue on this path.
Jane C

Heavy Menstrual Cycles, Insomnia, High Blood Pressure, and High Body Fat

“When I first saw Dr. Shields, I wasn’t able to sleep more than 2 to 4 hours without waking up and unable to go back to sleep. My hormones and emotions were ‘out of whack’, my menstrual cycle was up to 8 days long, abnormally heavy and every 2 weeks. Plus my blood pressure was sometimes over 140/100 and I just didn’t feel well. Thanks to Dr. Shields, now my life and health are so much better. I sleep the entire night – 7 to 8 hours uninterrupted. My menstrual cycle is completely normal now and my blood pressure today was the lowest it’s been in years – 118/76. And as a bonus I have lost 9% body fat…. It’s amazing that all of this has happened in only two and a half months!
Frances B.

Off all diabetic medications! Increase in energy and mood!

“Even though I was taking metformin and occasional insulin injections my blood sugar was averaging around 230 mg/dl. I had tried dieting and exercise but I could never make any ground. I was scared for my life and needed help, I even started having pain in my feet and the doctors warned me that may be the sign of nerve damage. I needed to do something and do it fast…after some testing we found that my liver was only functioning at half of its capacity, my toxic panel showed extremely high toxins, and I was severely depleted of my antioxidants. I couldn’t believe how easily things started to change for me. I lost 35 pounds in 3 months, and my sugar levels were becoming stable averaging 130 mg/dl with only metformin. After 3 more months now I am completely off my medications and have lost a total of 50 pounds. I have more energy than I ever have and my mood has changed from depression to unbelievable excitement about my future. I can’t say enough, this program really has saved my life.”
Nancy S.

Your Path to Wellness. Call us Today To Schedule A Consultation

ARE YOU READY
TO FEEL FABULOUS? Stop living with fatigue, sinus/allergy issues, digestive problems, sleep troubles, depression/anxiety, weight gain and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

The consultation can be done over the phone or in our office. Though we do prefer an in-office consultation, we will accommodate whatever is best for you. Expect this appointment to take 20-30 minutes.

During the consultation we will review any previous lab work you may have and discuss your primary health concerns. If after your consultation we believe we can truly help you, we will advise you on the next step of the process.

The next step can be different depending on what we feel is necessary for you. We may offer you advice on how you can resolve your issues without undergoing care or you could be referred to another doctor that is more suitable for your condition.
However, the majority of patients are recommended to take a comprehensive blood test evaluating over 60 different bio-markers and all of the primary organ systems of the body. This initial comprehensive blood panel starts at $180. The doctor may recommend additional testing depending on your unique case. Once we receive your results from this test (typically within 3-4 days) we will call to schedule you for a report of findings appointment.
In this 30-minute appointment, we will be reviewing your test results and establishing a clear picture of what your goals and expectations are. After we have a clear idea of what your goals are, we will inform you of what our expectations are of you and what it will take for you to reach your goals. We also make sure that you and your family have all of your questions answered before beginning care.We will construct an initial treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Initial treatment plans can be as broad as a single visit or biweekly or monthly visits, over a four to six month time period. The important thing to know is we are here to find a way to make this work for you!
Any time you are making life changes it is important to have the support of those closest to you. Therefore, if you are married or live with someone who cares for you, they can attend this visit with you. This way, your loved one can completely understand what you’re going through, how we are going to be able to help and how they can be supportive in this process.
Medical insurance doesn’t pay for care that is based on supplements and dietary changes. Because insurance is not involved it allows us to treat patients naturally and in the manner in which we have found to be most effective.
In most cases your care here will be covered through a FSA or a HSA. However, we recommend you contact your account coordinator to ensure that your plan will cover your expenses.
Yes, we offer payment plans through CareCredit. CareCredit offers up to 18 months at 0% interest. You can apply online for CareCredit or call (800) 365-8295.

TEST, DON’T GUESS