Center for Primary Care

We strive to improve the health and wellbeing of the families we serve by providing compassionate and high-quality care in a joyful setting.

INTEGRATIVE AND LIFESTYLE MEDICINE

DR PRIYA DESHPANDE, MD, Dip ABLM

Now Offering Consults FOR INTEGRATIVE AND LIFESTYLE MEDICINE {IM&LM}

& PRIMARY CARE TO PATIENTS (on a limited basis)

If you would like a consult with Dr. Deshpande on how Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine can enhance your health and wellbeing, you can make an appointment by CONTACTING US AT 706.868.7380.

DETAILS

My diagnosis, treatment and recovery from Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant was not only the result of amazing new advances in cancer treatments, but also the supportive healing powers of various modalities of Integrative Medicine. I was helped tremendously by mind body medicine, nutrition, exercise, yoga, massage therapy, meditation, some supplements amongst others. I felt compelled to educate myself in this area so I decided during onset of COVID to pursue a 2 year fellowship training in Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine from the University of Arizona. Having completed this education, I want to be able to share my experiences and knowledge on how to properly use these techniques in evidence based fashion, and when indicated, to support traditional conventional care. I hope that this will help patients as much as it has helped me!  

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND LIFESTYLEMEDICINE {IM&LM}?

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IS A UNIQUE APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE THAT ADDRESSES YOUR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL NEEDS AND TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE WHOLE PERSON NOT JUST THEIR SYMPTOMS OR DISEASES. IT COMBINES CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE WITH EVIDENCE BASED COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IS A SAFE, COST-EFFECTIVE EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH THAT CAN WORK ALONGSIDE YOUR CONVENTIONAL CARE TO ENCOURAGE RETURN TO GOOD HEALTH WHICH IS WHY MANY HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS LIKE THE CLEVELAND CLINIC AND THE MAYO CLINIC HAVE INCORPORATED THIS TYPE OF CARE.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR PHYSICIAN THAT FOCUSSES ON WELLNESS AND PROMOTES HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, ADDRESSES THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO YOUR SYMPTOMS AND DISEASES BY LOOKING AT BROADER CONCEPTS OF HEALTH.


Note: IM&LM consults are an additional service and

does not replace your primary care services.

FAQs

  • Some choose it because they wish to incorporate complementary treatments into their care. Not having complete resolution of symptoms with conventional medicine. 
  • Others prefer a holistic approach to their health not just disease management.
  • Some appreciate the personalized approach that takes into account lifestyles, beliefs, culture, and preferences which fosters wellness and aims at prevention rather than “diagnose and treat” approach. 
  • This approach can decrease cost and side effects that result from some conventional therapies and a desire to cut down on medications.
  • Patients who participate in IM&LM improve their self care, feel heard, empowered, and become more active participants in their health
  • Active participants report a high overall satisfaction with this type of model.  
  • Supportive Treatment for Cancers: at diagnosis, during chemotherapy, radiation, to reduce side effects and in remission to decrease risk of recurrence.
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Weight Management
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • IBS
  • Chronic Constipation 
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mental Health Conditions
  • ADHD
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Menopause, Menstrual Disorders, Infertility
  • Longevity, Healthy Aging
  • And Many More
  • An initial intake form will be reviewed.
  • Your goals and concerns will be addressed.
  • If additional testing is required from a functional medicine perspective, this will be discussed. 
  • Subsequently, a personalized wellness plan with recommendations will be made with you.
  • Bring in your medications, supplements, vitamins, herbs and your reports when you come for your appointment. 
  • Nutrition Consultation
  • Lifestyle Medicine Consultation
  • Stress Management
  • Mind Body Techniques
  • Guided Imagery
  • Mindfulness
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Botanicals
  • Supplements
  • Herb and Aroma Therapy
  • Culinary Medicine
  • And Many More
  • Insurance coverage on certain therapies vary, but this will be discussed at your visit. 
  • Some of the techniques can be taught or learned through APPs, websites, or handouts (at no additional cost).
  • Your existing treatments should not be affected by these recommendations and will be shared with your doctors.
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