Primary Care with Dr. Shirley

Prevention:

Your health is like a twig floating down a river, in that it takes effort to just maintain it and even more work to improve it.  Good primary care addresses both prevention and management of symptoms.

Dr. Shirley does routine wellness checks with labwork, annual physicals, pap smears, nutritional counseling, and preventive cancer screening according to medical guidelines.

Treatment:

When there is an issue, Dr. Shirley addresses the symptoms as well as the underlying problem.  Lifestyle medicine embraces the power of nutrition, stress management, and exercise to treat issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight, and diabetes.  She also treats the cold and flu, and includes natural care options for treating illnesses and promoting overall health and well-being.   Medical detox with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids that the liver needs may be suggested.  Addressing gut health to prevent bacterial or yeast overgrowth may also be an option.

Hormone balancing is essential for optimal wellness.  This includes addressing adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism for proper control of metabolism, energy, blood sugar control, and blood pressure control.  Sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) for both men and women also fluctuate over time and may affect countless systems of the body.  Managing hormone levels may be more effective than addressing symptoms in isolation if they have the same root cause.

The importance of mental health cannot be overestimated.  Dr. Shirley may recommend counseling in addition to stress management (yoga, meditation sleep, exercise).  Natural plants (chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm) may be helpful, as can be neurotransmitters and their amino acid precursors.  Oxytocin and ketamine may be offered, and prescription medications may be options, also.

Dr. Shirley welcomes the input of allied health professionals.  There is wisdom to be learned from different health fields, and Dr. Shirley may refer you to acupuncture, Chinese herbs, chiropractic, and massage therapy, among others.

When necessary, medications are recommended to treat uncontrolled conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  Antibiotics may be used to treat infection.  Routine vaccinations will be recommended.  Cancer patients are supported with IV and oral nutrition to maximize the benefits of chemo and radiation while minimizing fatigue and nausea, but are referred to oncology for primary management.

Testing:

Routine medical testing is recommended to ensure that no major system is missed.  Optional testing may include additional inflammatory markers, vitamin and amino acid levels, neurotransmitters, and heavy metals.  Allergy and mold testing are offered.  Testing mechanisms may include blood, urine, saliva, or hair.