Naturopathic Care

Naturopathic medicine is a natural and holistic approach to healthcare that centers on treating the whole person rather than just the disease. As Naturopathic Doctors, the doctors at Be Well Clinic are among the highest trained health practitioners in the field of natural medicine.  Naturopathic doctors complete a rigorous four-year postgraduate medical degree program and are awarded a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD or ND). In addition to a standard medical curriculum, ND’s are required to complete training in natural and holistic therapies such as clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling. After passing national board exams, they are licensed to perform natural primary care medicine in a growing number of states.

There are a variety of treatment modalities employed by Be Well doctors to support your body on it’s journey back to health.  During the course of your care, your doctor may employ one or all of these methods in an attempt to support your body’s innate healing and detoxification mechanisms:

Botanical Medicine: The use of plants as medicine is one of the more ancient forms of healing known to humankind. Botanical medicine is the use of plants to promote health and treat illness and imbalances in the body.

Clinical Nutrition: There is perhaps no more important therapy than diet. The nutritional choices we make are the single most controllable aspect of our health and is more accurately described as medicine we take 3 times a day. Our doctors offer individualized dietary assessments with concrete suggestions on ways to improve the type and quality of foods you are eating. They use state of the art laboratory testing to accurately identify your food allergies and sensitivities, and work to support your body and lifestyle as you learn to integrate suggested changes into your daily life.

Lifestyle Coaching: There are so many ways in which the world around us acts against our achievement of health and wellness. Our environment is no longer the pristine, natural resource it once was and as such, our body’s have to continually struggle in order to maintain balance. In any significant healing process there comes a point where we must choose to either change how we live and heal, or stay the same. When we awaken to what our body and mind need to heal, it changes our lives.

Clinical Detoxification: Numerous different protocols are available to help reduce some of the toxic burden inherent in today’s lifestyle.

Homeopathy: Based on the Hippocratic principle that ‘like cures like’, homeopathy is a powerful energetic form of medicine that matches the vibrational patterns of an individual with the most resonant homeopathic remedy.

Biotherapeutic drainage: A form of homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage is a gentle yet very deep healing modality. Different than a cleanse or detoxification protocol, biotherapeutic drainage works much deeper, on both a cellular and energetic level to enhance the natural routes of elimination so proper functioning of cells, organs, and body systems can be restored.


First Office Visit
During this 75-90 minute visit, your doctor will meet with you to obtain information regarding your past medical history, your current health concerns and goals, as well as your diet and lifestyle. She will go over any labs that you’ve had done in the past year and any supplements and/or medications you’re currently taking. In addition to creating a treatment protocol for your current health issues during this visit, your doctor will also assess your risk factors for developing disease and create a treatment plan for prevention (ie. heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, etc.).  New labs may be ordered, as needed.

Laboratory Assessment
Please bring a copy of any recent medical laboratory tests to your first visit.  The doctor may recommend that additional lab tests be performed, such as:

  • Hormone testing
  • Neurotransmitter testing
  • Food intolerance testing
  • 25-OH Vitamin D testing
  • Digestive and stool analysis
  • Genetic testing

Follow-up Visits
The first follow-up appointment is generally 4-6 weeks after your first office visit and lasts 60 minutes. At this time, your doctor will go over the results of any new lab work that has been ordered, as well as check in with you to see how your current treatment plan is going. Based on the new labs and how you’re progressing, your individualized protocol will be fine-tuned. At this time the need for future follow-up appointments will be established. Patients are often surprised at how well they’re feeling just 4 weeks after beginning their treatment protocol.

Acute Office Visits
Acute office visits are for concerns that need immediate attention but are non-emergency situations (i.e. flu-like symptoms, ear infections, neck/back pain, bladder infections, lung infections, etc.). The visit includes an intake and any necessary physical exam. A treatment protocol will be administered on the day of the visit.  

Phone consultations
Follow-up phone consultations are an option to accommodate busy schedules or people who live outside of the Twin Cities metro area. An initial visit in person is required first.


Prices: 

New patient appointment: $270 for 75-90 min.

Laboratory testing: cost varies depending on test. 

Follow-Up ND visits: $150 per hour (typically 45-60 minutes). Cost will depend on the amount of time the visit actually takes.

Acute office visits: $150 per hour (typically 30-45 minutes). Cost will depend on the amount of time the visit actually takes.

Phone consultations: $150 per hour. Cost will depend on the amount of time the consult actually takes with a 15-minute minimum charge.

Natural medicines or supplements: cost varies. 


For an appointment book online or call (612) 440-7710.

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Women's Health

Be Well Clinic offers natural options for the management of health concerns of women. Each woman is unique and deserves an individualized approach to balancing her hormones and overall health.

Common issues addressed include:

  • Acne
  • Breast Cancer Prevention and Recovery
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Chronic Yeast Infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility Care
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Irregular or absent menstruation
  • Lactation Support
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Conception Care (for pregnant women)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Post-partum Depression
  • Premenstrual Syndromes (PMS, PMDD)
  • Prenatal/Postnatal Nutrition
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Weight management

Prices:

Please see “Naturopathic Care” for visit information and fees.


For an appointment book online or call (612) 440-7710

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Acupuncture

Thousands of years of clinical experience have shown the effectiveness of this well-known healing modality. Acupuncture stimulates powerful points on the body that can balance your body from within and allow it to heal. This is done using very thin, sterilized needles, which increase circulation, blood and oxygen to an area and open blockages that are causing imbalances within the body.

Some of the many conditions that Acupuncture can treat include:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Digestion including IBS, Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Infertility
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Prenatal Support
  • Migraines
  • Grief and Depression
  • Anxiety and Insomnia
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic and Inflammatory Diseases
  • Weight Management
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Stress Management
  • Cancer Support
  • Acne and Skin conditions
  • Allergies

In addition to Acupuncture your Acupuncturist at Be Well may utilize other Chinese Medicine modalities including:

  • Chinese Herbal Therapy
  • Food Therapy
  • Cupping
  • Guasha
  • Electro-Stim
  • Moxa
  • Tui na/Bodywork ( a Chinese medical massage technique)
  • QiGong

Prices: 

New Patient Acupuncture with Lynn Weatherson, L.Ac:                       $110 for 75-90 minutes

Follow-Up Acupuncture with Lynn Weatherson, L.Ac:                          $80 for 45-60 minutes

For existing patients of Dr. Montgomery, ND, L.Ac:                             $76.50 for 30-45 min of acupuncture only



For an appointment book online or call (612) 440-7710.

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on, non-invasive form of physical medicine that evaluates and releases the restrictions in the skull bones, spine, sacrum, and fascia. The practitioner uses a light-weight touch, often no heavier than the weight of a nickel. Treatments encourage the body to regain normal functioning in the central nervous system with beneficial effects also seen in the lymph, hormonal, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems. 

During and after a session, people often achieve a deep level of relaxation and are able to release the stress the body may hold. Patients find that even after one treatment, pain may be significantly reduced and either part or all of the body has a greater range of movement.

The therapy may be used preventatively or supportively in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache syndromes 
  • Insomnia (for all age groups)
  • Stress and tension-related problems
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Post-MVA trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Scoliosis
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Pregnancy and postpartum care
  • Birth trauma of infant
  • Nursing difficulties

Craniosacral therapy was developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger at Michigan State University in the 1970s. Practitioners of craniosacral therapy now practice worldwide. 


Background:

Dr. Sharina Brothers has practiced craniosacral therapy since 2008. Over the years, she has successfully reduced pain and increased functionality for people of all ages, ranging from newborns to teen athletes and from desk workers to the elderly. She has even used craniosacral therapy to treat sailors during trans-Pacific ocean races.

Additionally trained and experienced in naturopathic physical manipulation, Dr. Brothers is skilled at using a light touch to manipulate spinal segments, joints, ribs or sacrum to re-establish normal movement and function. When indicated or requested, she may incorporate naturopathic physical manipulation into your session to reduce pain, increase joint range of motion, and enhance the response of craniosacral therapy. 


Prices:

Craniosacral & Naturopathic Physical Medicine Initial Visit: $105

Craniosacral & Naturopathic Physical Medicine Follow-up Visit: $80

Craniosacral & Naturopathic Physical Medicine Pediatric (from birth to 13 years old) Initial Visit: $80

Craniosacral & Naturopathic Physical Medicine Pediatric (from birth to 13 years old) Follow-up Visit: $60


For a Craniosacral and Phyical Medicine appointment with Dr. Sharina Brothers book online or call (612) 440-7710.


Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Chronic Lyme Disease

The constellation of symptoms one might experience with Lyme disease is widespread. In fact, Lyme is commonly referred to as “the great imitator” because the presentation of symptoms can mimic many other illnesses and affect all systems in the body. This can be frustrating for both patients who often remain undiagnosed as they search for answers to explain their discomfort, and for doctors  attempting to determine the underlying cause of his or her patient’s health concerns. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Low energy
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Headaches
  • Immune dysfunction
Although often considered a hallmark symptom of Lyme disease, a Bull’s Eye rash (Erythema Migrans) is reported in fewer than 50% of patients. 

Lyme disease should be considered in a differential diagnosis in those patients diagnosed with: 

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Rheumatological disorders (i.e. Rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Neurological disorders (i.e. Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Any multi-system illnesses that are difficult to diagnose

The conventional treatment of Lyme disease often includes a course of antibiotics in the early stages of infection. This can be effective if caught and treated early. In the later stages and in more chronic situations, it may become more complicated and difficult to treat as multiple body systems may be involved and immune function can become compromised. In these cases an integrative and holistic approach to treatment becomes critical in restoring the body back to health by targeting the multiple infections associated with Lyme and simultaneously strengthening the immune system.


Healing Lyme Program

Dr. Leslie Vilensky and Dr. Sharina Brothers have completed the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society’s (ILADS) Physician Training Program and have worked extensively with patients dealing with Lyme Disease/Tick-Borne illness. Their approach is to restore balance and support the body in its inherent healing capacity. The aim of the Healing Lyme Program is to not only treat Lyme and all related co-infections, but also to make it an essential part of your care to speed recovery by supporting  immune function, promoting healthy detoxification,  and protecting and repairing the body during care which may include herbal anti-microbials as well as antibiotic therapy prescribed by your medical doctor. Dr. Vilensky and Dr. Brothers use nutritional and lifestyle counseling, homeopathic drainage, detoxification, and herbs/supplements tailored to the individual person affected by these infections. Patients struggling with Lyme Disease will recover more quickly with support not just aimed at killing Lyme, but also addressing the body’s ability to function optimally, including immune system function, detoxification capabilities, and gastrointestinal health.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans by the bite of a deer tick infected with the spiral-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases today. The Center for Disease Control reports approximately 10,000 new cases per year, but due to the high incidence of undiagnosed and unreported cases, the number of those infected is likely much higher. A large percentage of those infected with the Lyme bacteria are co-infected with other pathogenic organisms, also transmitted by ticks and contributing to the symptom picture we call Lyme disease.

Contrary to popular opinion, Lyme disease is not only an issue for those living on the East Coast. Lyme disease is prevalent across the United States and throughout the world. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website, from 1996 to 2012, over 17,000 cases of tick-borne diseases were reported in Minnesota, the majority of which were Lyme disease. Statistics indicate that the incidence of reported cases in the upper Midwest, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, is second only to that of the Northeastern states.

Currently, there is no testing available that can exclude the diagnosis of Lyme disease. Therefore, the diagnosis is often a clinical one, making it extremely important to obtain a thorough health history, assessing for risk of tick exposure, as well as a thorough clinical evaluation, including physical examination and supportive lab work.


Prices: 

Initial 90-min Lyme Program Visit: $300. Includes the in-office interview and review of your health history and previous lab results, holistic assessment, nutritional counseling, and foundational treatment plan.  Dr. Vilensky or Dr. Brothers may also recommend further laboratory testing at this time.

Follow-up Lyme Program visits: $175/hour (typically 60 minutes for adults, 45 minutes for children).


For a Healing Lyme appointment with Dr. Leslie Vilensky or Dr. Sharina Brothers book online or call (612) 440-7710.

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Natural Skin Care Program

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Have you ever heard the phrase "healthy skin starts within"? The ingredients that you put in your body matter as much as, if not more than, the cleansers and cosmetics that you apply topically. 

Dr. Liz Orchard works with patients struggling with acne to help them find a combination of diet, supplements and natural skin care products that work well with the whole body. The result is healthier skin as well as enhanced overall vitality. 

Her approach is not only gentle and natural but also strives to address the potential root causes of problem skin. She uses her expertise and experience treating various types of hormonal and digestive disorders to help her patients identify key underlying issues that may be causing skin inflammation and acne.

What to Expect: 

1) Skin and Health Assessment: The process typically starts with a thorough evaluation of your skin health and overall health (past and present) as well as discussion about current diet and skin care regimen or medications/supplements you are currently taking or have previously tried. 

2) Lab Testing: Your doctor will discuss whether or not she recommends any lab testing to better understand the causes of your skin concerns. Food intolerance testing (to look for specific foods that might be triggering breakouts) is often recommended to help determine the ideal diet for your skin. Hormone testing to look for excess or deficiency of key hormones (such as testosterone and DHEA) is also commonly recommended.

3) Your Skin Care Plan: The doctor will work with you to create a Skin Care Plan unique to your body. Your plan will include nutritional recommendations, insights about your topical skin care regimen, and instructions about which natural medicines might be the most beneficial for your skin and body type. 

4) Follow Up Care: At follow-up visits your doctor will to monitor your progress, review any newly completed labs, and determine if any changes to your Skin Care Plan are needed for optimal results.

 

 

 


Prices:

Please see “Naturopathic Care” for visit information and fees.


For an appointment, book online or call (612) 440-7710.

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Preventive Family Medicine

Preventive Family Medicine

Be Well Clinic promotes natural approaches to healthy living for the whole family.  We teach families how to create high-level wellness using nutrition and natural immune support, ideally starting from the very beginning of life.

Be Well Clinic works with children and teens of all ages for various reasons, including nutritional and preventive health counseling, holistic vaccine education for parents, allergies and asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, acne and other concerns related to puberty.

Here are a few examples of why people choose Be Well Clinic for preventive health care:

  • Preconception and Fertility Care for Women and Men
  • Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Care for Women
  • Nutritional Counseling for Families (especially helpful for ADD/ADHD and other Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Natural Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments
  • Holistic Childhood Vaccination Information for Parents

Holistic Childhood Vaccination Information for Parents: This visit is designed to support parents who have questions about routine childhood immunization schedules and are interested in learning whether an alternative vaccine schedule is right for their child(ren). Dr. Orchard offers scientific and holistic information to help parents make informed decisions. This service is available to everyone, even those who are not current patients of Dr. Orchard. Vaccination Education appointment is 60 minutes and costs $150. Price includes details of optimal timing for each vaccine, based on the individual child’s risk factors and health history.


Prices:

New patient appointment: $220 for children under age 13 (60-75 min). $270 for teens age 13 or older (75-90 min).

Laboratory testing: cost varies depending on test. 

Follow-Up visits: $150 per hour (typically 45 minutes). Cost will depend on the amount of time the visit actually takes.

Acute office visits: $150 per hour (typically 30-45 minutes). Cost will depend on the amount of time the visit actually takes. For concerns that need immediate attention but are non-emergency situations (i.e. flu-like symptoms, ear infections, chronic coughs or colds, etc.).

Phone consultations: $150 per hour. Cost will depend on the amount of time the consult actually takes with a 15-minute minimum charge. An initial visit in person is required first.

Natural medicines or supplements: cost varies. 


For an appointment book online or call (612) 440-7710.

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Movement Classes

Dr. Liz Orchard offers movement classes and retreats for women as a way to honor the importance of taking time in life truly nourish yourself and connect with like-minded and like-hearted women. Her classes are a combination of physical movement, mantra, meditation, and connection to both self and community. The structure of her classes are based on her training as a Qoya teacher. Classes are currently taught at Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture in Minneapolis, MN.

Click here for more info. 

Posted on November 25, 2015 .