Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness West Palm Beach
The ultimate goal of Sommer Health & Wellness at L.A. Viñas MD Plastic Surgery is to create an environment that integrates traditional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine. We offer a colorful avenue to achieving optimal health by medically managing primary care along with a naturopathic approach. In addition, micronutrient infusions, yoga and meditation are popular options that we make available to our health and wellness patients.
Elizabeth Sommer is board certified in Family Practice and Anti-Aging Medicine. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2004, and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida in 2002. Elizabeth is board certified in Family Practice (2004) and Anti-Aging Medicine (2009). She has Fellowships in both Anti-Aging and Integrative Cancer Therapies. Elizabeth has worked as a nurse practitioner in aesthetics, family practice, and integrative medicine. Elizabeth has extensive experience managing hormone replacement therapies that suit anyone of any age. Elizabeth is also a yoga teacher and encourages her patients to add yoga and meditation into their daily practice. She understands that good health can only first sprout from a healthy mind and spirit.
Integrative medicine combines traditional allopathic methods with alternative medicine to address these common symptoms:
- Sleep disturbance
- Weight gain
- Autoimmune disorders
- Mood disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
Areas commonly tested in Integrative medicine include:
- Heavy metals
- Food sensitivities
Integrative medicine incorporates these example therapies:
- Detoxification – Cleansing the body is the first place to start with most patients. The type of detox depends on the patient’s tolerance level and lifestyle. A detox can range from 7 days to 28 days, it can be either via powders or pills, or a combination. Choosing the right detox for each patient is determined at the beginning of therapy.
- Diet and Nutrition – Considering that 80% of our health is what we put in our mouths, we can eliminate a significant amount of our health problems, simply by changing what we eat. Food can be either therapeutic or harmful to the body. Therapeutic nutrition is a prescription diet, for example, a Dairy-Free, or Gluten-Free, or Soy-Free diet. This can be determined via a blood test or doing an Elimination Diet.
- Supplements – Food alone does not give us all the nutrients that we need. Some patients have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and thus have a great need for supplementation. Choosing which supplements to take is based upon the patient’s individual presentation. A blood test, by Spectracell is an effective way to determine a patient’s levels of nutrients, and acts as a scientific guide and method of measurement when choosing supplements.
- Medications – With an integrative medical approach, most medications are not intended long term, unless they are absolutely necessary. Compounded medications are commonly used in hormonal and nutritional therapies. These items are made by compounding pharmacies, and not always covered by insurance and may be in the form of:
- Troches (sublingual)
In addition to the standard medical lab tests, we have made the following specialty tests available to our patients for proper diagnosis and thorough care.
Heavy Metal Testing
Heavy Metal Testing is beneficial for conditions such as hypertension, headaches, constipation, osteoporosis, osteopenia.
Food Allergy Testing
Food Allergy Testing is indicated for digestive disorders, such as heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and IBS.
Menopause, perimenopause, menstrual irregularity, fatigue, depression, low libido, and sleep disturbance are all indications for hormone testing. Hormone testing has gained popularity in recent years. It is not the only answer to these conditions, but merely a component in the Biochemical Symphony.
Nutrient test is done via a blood test. Ever wonder if you are truly absorbing that multivitamin? This is the best way to determine if you are actually absorbing the vitamins you are taking. Micronutrient testing is done primarily through Spectracell Laboratories.
IV Micronutrients Infusions
IV specifics will vary depending on the patient. Nutrient combinations are based upon laboratory data and clinical presentation.
Genomic testing identifies gene markers for various cancers, cardiovascular disease, psychological disorders, and inflammatory diseases.
To request your consultation with Health and Wellness Expert Elizabeth Sommers, please call 561.655.3305 or fill out this form so we can get in touch with you.
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