At Optimal You our approach starts with a comprehensive review of your history and laboratory values.
When developing your treatment plan, we first view everything through the lens of optimization instead of normalization. This is a concept your primary care provider and OB/GYN will likely not understand.
What does optimization versus normalization mean? It means the difference between feeling good and continuing to feel bad. It means we treat you, as a unique individual, and not some number on a piece of paper.
If you’ve ever visited your primary care provider or OB/GYN with concerns that your “mid-life body” wasn’t cooperating with you, and they told you there’s nothing wrong… and maybe even offered you an antidepressant, then you fell vicitim to normalization. To them, because everything appeared normal on your lab work, then there was no further investigation or work to be done.
Fact is, a person’s hormones begin to decline by 1-2% per year around age 30-35 years. If you do the math, by the time you’re 50 years old, you could have a very significant decline in hormone function. This is a recipe for feeling bad, having no energy, and becoming depressed.
At Optimal You we make certain that your hormones are optimized, giving you the best chance for feeling better, having more energy, losing weight, avoiding antidepressants, protecting bone density, preventing fractures, preventing cardiac disease, preventing all-cause mortality, and preventing Alzheimer’s.
Management low thyroid is one of the lost arts of medicine. In general, thyroid disorders are misunderstood and grossly mismanaged. These days, it seems that even specialists are confused.
People come to Optimal You specifically for our tremendous reputation and very successful track record for helping them with this crippling disorder. Optimization of thyroid hormones are the cornerstone for managing low thyroid, which means you feel better faster.
The challenge arises from lack of knowledge about which laboratory tests to order as well as lack of knowlege for interpreting those laboratory results. In fact, many well-intentioned medical providers only order one of eight thyroid markers and base their decision to treat on this one lab value alone. Nothing could be more wrong than to only have one-eigth of the picture.
At Optimal You, we understand the critical importance of treating the whole patient and not a number on a piece of paper. Sure, we assess your laboratory results, but we assess all eight of markers. We simply don’t allow laboratory values to completely sway our decision to treat. We rely on symptoms gathered from assessment of the client’s history and view these data as equally important to laboratory results. The fact is, medical research backs us up on this, and patients get amazing results.
Occurence of autoimmune disorders have risen sharply in the last ten years. The medical communty really doesn’t know why, yet it continues to administer dangerous biologics which completely wipe out the immune system.
At Optimal You, our goal is not to interfere with your treating autoimmune provider. Our goal is to help support their efforts with proper nutrition and supplementation, so your immune system functions at a more healthy and normal level, and you begin to heal naturally.
We recognize that autoimmune disorders are highly complex and require time to bring about noticeable changes. However, those who remain faithful to treatment options, will see improvement.
We also do not actively seek-out clients with autoimmune conditions. They either come to us with a known autoimmune disorder, or we identify an autoimmune disorder during our assessment, evaluation, or treatment.
Having practiced psychiatry for over 20 years, founder, Dr. Brian Brown, has come to respect functional and integrative medicine approaches for the treatment of depression. He actually views them as the essential foundations to depression management.
We live in the “age of the brain” where a plethora of antidepressants and other medications are available in the armament of psychiatric medical practitioners; however, statistics show us that suicide is on the rise. In fact, there has been nearly a 60% increase of suicide in the over-forty crowd in the past 15 years.
If medications are the answer, they why the spike in suicide. Research tells us that age-related changes in the body contribute to depression and, when these deficits are properly addressed, then mood improves.
At Optimal You, many people are able to avoid going on antidepressants while others are able to come off of antidepressants. This treatment approach is a game-changing new lease on life for many who struggle with age-related depression.
ON WEIGHT LOSS
For people over forty, a general rule of thumb is that our bodies do not respond the same way they did when we were in our twenties. For many, it’s only a matter of hormone optimization and thyroid optimization. For others, it requires a bit more work.
At Optimal You, we do not believe in nor use amphetamine (“speed”) drugs. It is well known that reducing a person’s appetite and subsequent dietary intake of protein forces the body to catabolize (“canabolize”) it’s own muscle. Your metabolism is fully dependent on health lean muscle mass.
This loss of muscle mass while on amphetamine drugs destroys a person’s metabolism and is the reason why people gain their weight back, and sometimes more, when they come off of these addictive drugs.
We believe that using amphetamines is tantamount to medical malpractice… yet, for some reason (hint: money), big pharma is allowed to perpetuate this problem.
Typically, weight does not increase by 50 pounds overnight, so we can’t expect it to come off overnight.
At Optimal You, we believe that there is no quick-fix. It takes hard work. Dr. Brown knows this best as he has survived a battle with obesity having once been 390 pounds. Now, he leads people on the wellness journey of lifestyle and mindset change in order to get the weight off and keep it off.
ON PCOS (POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME)
PCOS, in the United States, is said to occur at rates of 5% of the female population of child-bearing age. This just increased from 2% to 5% occurrence. Now, don’t get this confused with “diagnosed cases.” Occurrence just means that this much of the female population has PCOS at any one point in time. Sadly, the number of diagnosed cases is around half the amount of occurrence rates.
Here’s an interesting fact. When you look outside of the United States, the occurrence rates of PCOS are between 25% and 40%. These rates are this high in nearly every country in the world, third world and non-third world countries alike. Then, why are the numbers in the United States so low? Great question.
The numbers are low because diagnostic guidelines are very poorly defined in the U.S. This leads to medical providers not being taught the correct way to diagnose it, treat it, or manage it. In the other countries that have higher numbers, they have superior diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols when compared to the U.S.
Other countries also aggressively manage PCOS because they understand that women with PCOS are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, infertility, and breast cancer. Other countries realize that diagnosing, treating, and managing PCOS raises the health and wellness of the female population.
At Optimal You, we understand how to diagnose and manage PCOS so women feel better and reduce their risk of diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease. We screen every woman automatically for this condition as well as the most common co-occuring autoimmune conditions that accompany PCOS. We manage numerous women with this disorder, and they tell us that they feel better than they’ve felt in years.
In this age of skyrocketing insurance premium costs, soaring deductibles & co-pays, those who have insurance are finding it increasingly difficult to use their insurance for anything other than sickness-care, and the cost of being sick is great.
This is why many are looking for alternatives, such as functional and integrative medicine, to stay healthy.
The problem is, many don’t realize that when a medical provider bills insurance, the medical provider is contracted to work for, and represent, the insurance company’s interests, not their client’s interests.
The heart’s desire of the well-intentioned medical provider may be to serve their client at the highest level, but if they accept insurance, there’s no way they can achieve their desire because too many times their hands are tied.
At Optimal You, we don’t accept insurance because we don’t like having our hands tied.
We want to keep our focus on caring for our clients, not the interests of an insurance company’s bottom line.
Your wellness is strictly an investment in yourself.
Investing in your wellness is no different than having an insurance policy or retirement account, so the figures below will give you an idea of what your investment may look like.
This is required for every new client seen in our office.
This is a one-and-a-half hour visit with a medical provider specifically trained in the art of integrative and functional medicine techniques.
During this time, you and your wellness professional will develop a mutually agreeable treatment plan to address your specific needs.
At the conclusion of the consultation, you can decide to continue with an ongoing treatment plan or not.
The cost of one full year of treatment will be calculated based on an assessment of the severity of your symptoms, difficulty of your treatment, and number of estimated annual follow-up visits.
If you wish, in-house installment plans are available. Please inquire at the time of your initial visit.
NOTE: The Follow-Up Visit investment is in addition to the investment of the Initial Consult, Blood Work, Hormones, Supplements, and Speciality Testing, which all represent a la carte investments.
Supplements are optional; however, those who see the best results, and feel better the fastest, typically add supplements to their hormone regimen.
Your wellness provider may discuss supplement options as your symptoms and blood work dictates.
The supplements we recommend have been carefully vetted by Dr. Brown over his 20+ year career.
He doesn’t take this responsibility lightly because he seeks the highest quality and most clinically impactful supplements he can find.
The cost of hormones varies based on how many hormone deficiencies you have.
In order to keep your costs low, we have negotiated special pricing with the top compounding pharmacy in the world.
Not all hormones are create equal. This is why we partner with this company. They have the purchasing power to buy Grade A raw material for comounding versus inferior Grade B and C products that local compounders have to use in order to remain competitive in their georgraphical areas.
This means they provide a far superior product and have the lowest prices. We have come to trust their consistency so much that if you choose to use another compounding pharmacy, we cannot guarantee your results.
Basic lab work is generally drawn upon initial consultation and at months six and twelve.
Some clients may require more frequent lab work based on symptom profile and severity of underlying conditions; however, most will be able to adhere to this schedule.
We have negotiated the lowest cash rates available with Lab Corp and pass our low cost on to you; however, if you wish to have the same company bill your insurance, they will happiliy do so at full retail price. Once this occurs, we have no way of guaranteeing what your insurance will cover nor what your out-of-pocket expense will be.
* Cash Price Only; insurance prices vary depending on insurance type
Although optional, at Optimal You, we have the means to meet your advanced and specialty testing needs. In some instances, your wellness provider may recommend advanced speciality testing.
Whether you’re in need of testing for gastrointestinal issues, cortisol, food sensitivities, genetics, or other functional medicine issues, we’ve got you covered. SImply ask your wellness provider at your next visit.