Vibrant Health of Colorado First Anniversary

An Introduction to Vibrant Health of Colorado

As we celebrate our first anniversary as Vibrant Health of Colorado, our hearts are full of gratitude. We’ve had an incredibly blessed first year in Lone Tree and we look forward to continuing to serve our patients for many years to come. As our team looks back on the last year (our first year) at Vibrant Health of Colorado, we realize some of you may not know that this clinic is not where it all began.

How Vibrant Health Got Started

Tragedy struck our team last year when we were faced with the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved boss, friend and mentor, Dr. William Lee. Dr. Lee’s staff were left shocked, heartbroken, and without jobs.

Some of the staff had worked together for many years. Donna Clarkin, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner,  worked with Dr. Lee for more than 30 years. The loss was devastating. Deanna and the team formerly under Dr. Lee were unsure of their next steps. With the help and encouragement of Dr. Heidi Oster, ob-gyn, Deanna made the decision to keep the team together. She partnered with Dr. Oster and they worked quickly to found Vibrant Health of Colorado.

Many of us felt that forming Vibrant Health of Colorado was the first step to healing after the tragedy; a silver lining within a dark cloud. 

Over the year we have learned a great deal and have worked through many challenges together. More staff have joined our family including Erynn Kay, our functional medicine, and primary care PA-C. We continue to grow and change.  

A Team That’s More Like Family

At Vibrant Health of Colorado, we work hard to provide an office that sets itself apart from other medical practices. We want our patients to feel like family like we do.  We offer individualized medicine and we take the time to listen to the needs of our patients, in much the same way that Dr. Lee did before us. We think outside the box and we strive to help our patients achieve optimal health.  

Vibrant Health of Colorado Services

We are Functional Medicine, Primary Care, and Gynecological practitioners, we offer comprehensive care to our patients. Our philosophy is to provide primary care services that focus on root causes to improve health rather than only using prescriptions to treat symptoms. Many of our preventative and gynecological appointments go well beyond basic checklists and seek to truly understand our patient’s health history & their needs.  

Healthcare Services Include 

  • Gynecological Care
  • Bioidentical Hormones
  • Testosterone Pellets
  • Primary Care
  • Functional Medicine
  • Shape ReClaimed

The Future of Vibrant Health

Though our first year included a variety of hurdles including the loss of a loved one and a global pandemic, our team’s bond has strengthened as we’ve united over our shared passion: providing good medicine. Providing quality care to our patients has kept us going through even our most trying times. Our team continues to work for and plan a vibrant future and we’re grateful to serve Lone Tree, Colorado, and beyond! 

 

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Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy

Introducing Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy

Vibrant Health of Colorado offers Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy to help patients! Peptide therapies assist with improved sleep, weight loss, increased muscle tone, age management, and performance enhancement.

Wellness is a lifelong journey. As we age we notice a pronounced difference in our stamina, our ability to rest and recover, aching muscles, thinning hair, and libido. Changes occur as our body naturally reduces its production of hormones that aid in our basic functions. As a result, reduced hormone production can leave you feeling sluggish, make it difficult to lose weight, and more.

 

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What Are Peptides?

In view of anti-aging treatments, we must first discuss peptides to better understand anti-aging peptide therapy. Amino acids create peptides, similar to proteins. Due to their importance, peptide variations influence every type of cell and aid in cell signaling. Peptides are used in your body to build muscle, increase libido, reduce body fat, and more!

What is Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy?

Peptide Therapy is affordable, safe, and it works well, making it a preferred therapy over  Growth Hormone Therapy. Additionally, Peptide Therapy naturally boosts growth hormone production. For example, peptides can help to stimulate the pituitary to release growth hormones to help the body repair and rejuvenate itself. Patients aided by this therapy can feel a difference in as little as a month. Significantly, therapeutic levels are reached between 3-6 months from the start of therapy.

Reported Benefits of Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy

Lower Cholesterol
Increased Energy
Improved Sleep
Improved Skin Elasticity
Increased Muscle Tone
Improved Recovery Times
Decreased Joint Pain
Enhanced Sex Drive
Fuller Hair
Heightened Mental Focus

Who Can Benefit from Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy?

In conclusion, patients experiencing a variety of health concerns may benefit from Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy. This therapy is used in functional medicine clinics worldwide and assists with anti-aging processes. 

We strongly believe in functional medicine and consider Anti-Aging Peptide Therapy to be among the safest treatments available. Patients considering this form of therapy for weight loss, age management, and performance enhancement should contact our office for more information.

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

We already know that laughter makes us feel good. New findings suggest it might also make us feel well. Promising tidbits of research show that laughter stimulates a multitude of systems in the body, with both immediate and lasting effects. “The use of laughter is really helping to re-optimize and retune mechanisms in the body,” according to Lee S. Berk, DrPH, a professor and associate dean of research affairs in the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University. Laughter, he says, is a positive stress event for the body, similar to exercise or listening to music. And the benefits kick in regardless of the way you laugh, whether it’s a stifled giggle or cackle. Here’s what else you need to know about it:

1. It improves memory

Laughter’s effects start with the brain, where it does nothing short of altering your brain waves. Research shows that having a good laugh enhances an even higher frequency, gamma, which is associated with the highest levels of cognitive processing, including memory and recall.

2. It strengthens the immune system

Laughter undoes some of the damage wrought by a stressful lifestyle. During a negative stress event, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol, a hormone that helps put sugar in the muscles (so you can run faster). However, cortisol also suppresses the immune system. A person experiencing chronic stress is continually releasing cortisol and epinephrine, so the individual’s immune system fights all diseases, from colds to cancer, less effectively. Laughter may help bring the cortisol level back in line so the immune system can function well again.

3. It relieves pain
At the same time, it changes the cortisol levels, laughter stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain. You have probably heard of endorphins in the context of exercise, but laughter creates them, too. They are the body’s own morphine. Indeed, we have our own apothecary within us!

4. It makes us happy
You need only look to your personal observations to confirm laughter’s power here. Do you ever have a good laugh and say, “Wow I feel more stressed”? Happiness is a variable as important to your health as any other measured variable. Many diseases are caused or made worse by stress and depression; laughter may be the antidote.

5. It mimics light exercise (even though it doesn’t replace it).

While laughter utilizes some of the same mechanisms as light exercise, it’s no substitute for a workout. There is some caloric loss on laughter, but don’t base your weight-loss program around it.

The bottom line:
Laugh more until we have a good reason not to. Vibrant Health of Colorado prides itself in promoting a happy, vibrant life to our patients. We offer 15-minute complimentary consultations to new patients. Schedule with us today by calling 303-730-2229 or online here.

What Type of Medicine Practice is Right for YOU?

In the past few years, several different methods of practicing medicine have appeared on the horizon. You may have heard of them if you’re interested in a more comprehensive approach to your healthcare. Perhaps you’re unsure where to begin your research, or which healthcare practitioner offers the best care for your needs? Functional medicine, integrative medicine, holistic care, naturopathy, homeopathy…are they all the same? If they are different, how do they differ? If you’re confused, you’re definitely NOT alone. Let’s break it down!

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is using a biology-based (i.e. rooted in science) approach to search for root causes of illness. In this field, providers search, system by system, for potential triggers of a symptom. For example, if a patient comes in feeling depressed, instead of automatically prescribing an antidepressant, the provider will offer a deeper workup looking for drivers of inflammation that can CAUSE one to feel depressed. Depression symptoms can be caused by things such as poor diet, food sensitivities, an imbalanced gut, or chronic stress. The goal of functional medicine is to restore balance and functionality to the body.

More About Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine combines different treatment modalities to support the whole health of the person. Often, this will require multiple practitioners. For example, someone with fibromyalgia would benefit from a functional medicine practitioner to search for a root cause of symptoms, a massage therapist to soothe muscle pain, a physical therapist to learn appropriate exercise, and a therapist to work through past trauma and cope with having a chronic disease. “Holistic medicine” is essentially the same as integrative medicine and is exactly as it sounds- taking a whole view of a patient to offer the most appropriate treatment.

Naturopathy Details

Naturopathic medicine is a specific type of training that requires a doctoral degree in naturopathy. Practitioners use natural treatments like dietary changes, herbal remedies, fasting, saunas, and more. Some practitioners are able to prescribe medications, but most choose not to as the first line of treatment.

Homeopathy and Natural Medicine

Finally, homeopathy is a type of natural medicine that uses specific remedies targeted for specific symptoms. Homeopathy uses the “like treats like” approach to bring balance to the body. Coffea cruda helps with insomnia as part of the “like treats like” principle that asserts that very small doses of the poison actually trains the body to heal itself.

Understanding Different Medicine Practices

There is of course quite a bit of overlap in all of these treatment modalities, and there’s no wrong answer when choosing a direction to improve your health because all treatments discussed here will help you on your path to wellness. Vibrant Health of Colorado has extensive experience and training in functional medicine specifically and have developed a community of providers that we refer to when further treatments, like acupuncture, are necessary to be able to provide a holistic health plan for our patients. All of our providers here truly enjoy digging for root causes of illness- poor nutrition, food sensitivity, hormone imbalance, gut disruption, adrenal imbalance/chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and more.

Conventional Medicine at Vibrant Health of Colorado

Though we are passionate about holistic and naturopathic treatments, we believe that conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals have their place. We prescribe pharmaceuticals when they make sense and when they would improve quality of life. Your goal is to be able to live the most vibrant life possible, and our healthcare team to help you achieve it.

Personalized medicine is the way of the future, and there are multiple modalities to help you dig deeper to determine why you’re not feeling the way you’d like to feel.

Vibrant Health of Colorado offers Primary Care services.

Primary care includes all of the following:
-Routine physicals
-Acute illnesses, like upper respiratory infections or urinary tract infections
-Injuries, like a back spasm or knee/ankle twist
-Management of chronic conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, or depression
-Medication management/adjustments/refills

Call us at 303-730-2229 or book your complimentary consultation online today. We look forward to helping you live a more Vibrant Life!

There’s New Talent in Town

Vibrant Health of Colorado is pleased to welcome our new talent Shannon Goritz R.N., Master Injector, Laser Specialist, and Cosmetic Trainer to our talented team.

Shannon Goritz is originally from Canada and has been a Registered Nurse for 24 years. She has been practicing in the field of Cosmetic Nursing since 2006 where she originally started with a prominent Dermatologist in Canada. Shannon has been a clinical trainer for Cutera Lasers, PRP, Radiesse Injectables, and currently for Alma Lasers where she trains physicians and nurses across the USA.

Through her years of experience working within the cosmetic nursing industry, she has gained master certifications in Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Juvéderm, Restylane, Radiesse, Scluptra, PRP and multiple laser platforms. Shannon honed her skills and developed a vast knowledge base which allows her to flourish within the medical aesthetics field.

Along with Shannon’s passion to teach, she believes in listening to the client’s desired outcomes, offering her knowledge and recommendations. Shannon believes client education, is the foundation in which to formulate personalized treatment plans that will achieve natural results based on individualized treatment goals.

Through ongoing education, consulting and frequent training with expert cosmetic professionals, she continues to perfect her aesthetic treatments with the most up to date trends and techniques. Shannon is passionate about her practice and believes in building a strong relationship to empower patients to look and feel their best. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, hiking, cycling, being active and cooking at home.

The combination of Shannon’s extensive knowledge base, joy of teaching, and ability to engage with clients, create a unique experience based on individual treatment goals, to achieve natural results.

As an introductory offer you can receive the following specials:
• Prepay for 30 units of Botox, and get 10 units free
• Prepay for 60 units, and get 20 units for free
• BONUS: Complimentary PCA peel with Botox purchase
• Add a Juvéderm syringe and get $75 off the first syringe. $100 off 2nd syringe and get $125 off 3rd syringe

At Vibrant Health of Colorado, we strive to provide our clients and extraordinary experience maintaining quality service within a comfortable setting. Our mission is to achieve excellent results yielding a youthful and radiant glow. Schedule your appointment today or call us at 303-730-2229 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Your hormones control most of your basic bodily functions. They serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. So, when your hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being. Often, when hormone levels drop or become unbalanced, men and women turn to hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms. There are many options for hormone replacement therapy. One option is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. It promises a “natural” solution to hormone issues. But what exactly is BHRT, and how is it different from other options for hormone replacement therapy? Read on to learn all you need to know about BHRT and whether it may be right for you.

Traditional vs. Bioidentical
Bioidentical hormones are different from those used in traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in that they’re identical chemically to those our bodies produce naturally. Bioidentical hormones are generally sourced from plants. When the body recognizes these bioidentical hormones, they can easily use them for various bodily functions.
While synthetic hormones were used by women for many years, many women find that they feel better using bioidentical hormones. Studies have also suggested that synthetic hormones, specifically synthetic progestin, can increase the risk of developing breast cancer and can lead to numerous symptoms, including irritability and weight gain.

Why are Bioidentical Hormones Used?
As men and women age, the levels of some key hormones in the body go down. These include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This can lead to many symptoms. Some common complaints related to low hormone levels are:
• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Vaginal dryness
• Loss of interest in sex
• Pain during sex
• Problems sleeping
• Loss of energy
• Fatigue
• Loss of muscle mass
• Weight gain
• Foggy thinking
• Mood changes
Memory loss

The goal is to replace the hormones that have been lost and to return the body to balance through the use of hormone therapy. As a result, hormone levels will increase and symptoms will improve. Your provider can discuss with you the variety of options available, and guide therapy based on your individual needs.

Bioidentical Therapy for Men
Men experience a similar decline in hormone levels that women experience when they go through menopause. This is known as andropause, and this change occurs more slowly often starting as young as 35. Testosterone levels in men typically drop about one percent per year. Testosterone plays a critical role in the quality and quantity of life for men. The decline in testosterone levels has been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Men also experience many of the symptoms listed above.
The goal of hormone replacement (HRT) in men is to optimize testosterone levels and to eliminate symptoms.

Therapy Designed for You
Vibrant Health of Colorado takes the benefits of bioidentical hormones further by providing a personalized approach to natural hormone replacement therapy. We study your individual hormone levels in order to determine precisely what you need to optimize your hormone levels and return you to vibrant health. We have many hormone replacement therapy treatment options available. We offer complimentary consultations and have a team of experts available to answer any questions you might have. Call 303-730-2229 or click here to schedule an appointment with a hormone specialist.

Erynn Kay

A Warm Welcome from Erynn Kay, Primary Care Provider

Hello, Vibrant Health of Colorado Community!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you. My name is Erynn Kay, and I’m a Primary Care Provider at Vibrant Health of Colorado in Denver, Colorado offering primary care services. I am so excited and happy to have joined the Vibrant Health team! The owners of Vibrant wanted to be able to offer a “one-stop-shop” for patients, and as such, we are proud to provide primary care services, women’s health, hormone health, and functional medicine services to our patients.

A little background on me: I’ve worked as a Physician Assistant since graduating in 2009. My first four years out of school were spent working at a wonderful Internal Medicine and Pediatrics clinic in Goodyear, AZ. Our clientele ranged from newborn babies to centenarians. The clinic was located right across the street from a large retirement village, and my love for the geriatric population was born. I also learned I enjoyed a complex case, which internal medicine often brought. Though I loved this job, I started learning more about nutrition on my own, as I was experiencing some major health challenges.
I became very drawn to the Paleo (or ancestral) diet for myself and started seeing amazing results when recommending this type of dietary change to patients. It made sense to me that humans were built to eat foods provided by nature, not processed food from a box, and that disease would be the end result if we didn’t do better at counseling our patients on diet and lifestyle modifications. I didn’t just want to manage disease anymore, I wanted to help prevent it.

This desire brought me to a nutrition conference in the spring of 2013 which led me to my next job in Littleton, CO, as the conference is where I met my future boss. This office was a family practice with a focus on low-carb nutrition for weight loss and health gain. Over the next 7 years here, I was really able to spread my wings in functional medicine, working with a patient population that was very interested in nutrition. I pursued additional training through the Nutritional Therapy Association, becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2018. I then received further training through Restorative Wellness Solutions which has taught me how to interpret the highest quality functional labs available- definitely not the kind of information we learned in PA school! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work in this office, as it completely changed the way I practice, but when I heard about a new exciting opportunity in the fall of 2019, I was too excited to pass it up!

Vibrant Health of Colorado was reborn last year under new ownership as a women’s health and hormone specialty office. A good friend of mine, Deanna Woodroffe, happens to be one of the awesome owners of the clinic, and once she and I realized that our philosophies of using nutrition, herbal supplements such as SHAPE REclaimed, and bioidentical hormones over conventional therapies were aligned, it made good sense to pair up to be able to provide expanded primary care and functional medicine services to her existing patients.

The entire team here is devoted to helping our patients find the root cause of their illnesses so that they can live the most healthy, vibrant lives possible, and it’s so exciting to be a part of that! I especially love seeing patients with autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal issues, and metabolic illness, because there are countless alternative options to conventional care that can greatly reduce or even eliminate the chronic and often debilitating symptoms associated with these types of conditions Seeing someone markedly improve after years of suffering makes it fun to come to work every day! And though this is what I’m most passionate about, I realize that medications and conventional medicine have their place. I still very much enjoy the routine aspects of primary care services: treating acute illnesses and injuries, medication management, routine physicals, reviewing test results, and educating and empowering my patients along the way.

I look forward to being able to meet and work with all of you and help in any way I can. Thank you for the warm welcome to Vibrant Health of Colorado! Call us today at 303-730-2229 or visit our website at www.vibranthealthofcolorado.com to learn more about the practice, or click here to schedule a consultation.

What is Functional Medicine Anyway?

What is Functional Medicine Anyway?

There’s a growing trend in society to learn more about substances like gluten. Behind this growing popularity is a group of doctors who believe food is the root cause of many of the world’s health problems. They believe drugs are not the answer to good health and that food in fact, is medicine. Here at Vibrant Health of Colorado, we feel the same way.

Vibrant Health believes in functional medicine. What is functional medicine? It is medicine that looks beyond treating symptoms and is less concerned with making a diagnosis. It addresses the underlying imbalances of the person as a whole and deals with the root causes.

Functional medicine is generally unknown to the public but is becoming more mainstream thanks to TV personalities like Dr. Oz and New York Times best-selling authors, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Perlmutter.
To contrast functional medicine with traditional medicine, traditional medicine seeks to diagnose a disease and treat the symptoms. In functional medicine, the purpose is to seek to understand why there’s a problem in the first place, why function’s been lost, and what can be done to restore those functions. Food is an underlying theme, holding true to the old phrase…You are what you eat.

We will be blogging more on the topic of food as medicine in the near future. For now, if you’d like more information on functional medicine, schedule a consult with Deanna Woodroffe, WHNP, a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse practitioner and the owner of Vibrant Health of Colorado or Erynn Kay, Nurse Practioner and Certified SHAPE REclaimed Practioner. You can reach us at 303-730-2229.

Here are some additional resources:
http://drhyman.com
http://www.drperlmutter.com
https://shapereclaimed.com