What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a licensed registered nurse (RN) who has had advanced education at the graduate level, including many hours of clinical training. In New Mexico, NPs must also have national certification in their area of specialty. NPs are board certified in such areas as family, adult, acute care, pediatrics, gerontology, psychiatry, oncology, and women's health. There are almost 800 NPs in New Mexico, providing health care to patients in every part of the state. For more information describing nurse practitioners and what they can do for you, watch this short You Tube video, Nurse Practitioners and Your Health or click on the PBS News Hour link on the right for another video about nurse practitioners.

Nurse practitioners work in all health care settings. NPs are in private health care practices, clinics, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, student or employee health centers, and everywhere patients receive health care. NPs are often the only health care providers in the rural areas of New Mexico. The New Mexico Board of Nursing licenses NPs in New Mexico as independent practitioners, so NPs aren't limited to working where there is a physician. And yes, we can write prescriptions.

There has been much research over the last 40 years showing that NPs provide excellent health care. NPs give their patients care resulting in health outcomes as good as (or in certain situations better than) those of physicians. NPs often spend more time with patients and their education and practice is based on listening closely to patients' concerns and providing individualized care. Patents who see NPs are more satisfied with their care and say their NP is very good about giving health advice. NPs provide high quality care in a cost effective manner. For more information, download detailed reports from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners on the quality of care and cost effectiveness of NPs.

Interesting Articles and Videos About Nurse Practitioners

Links for More Information

I Already Have Insurance

Most of Well Life's members have insurance.  Some have low deductible and some have high deductible insurance.  Whenever possible we use your insurance for labs and tests.  Well Life will price out your lab tests and medications without insurance.  It is OFTEN more cost effective to NOT use insurance for the small stuff.  For patients with high-deductible insurance plans, membership and its discounts are a perfect match.  There are also those with medical cost share plans.  These patients are saving around $400-500 per month on premiums.  That leaves a lot of extra money in their pocket for self-care...and they are still covered for catastrophic events.  Liberty (a popular cost-share company)  is also partially covering some memberships now because they understand that committing to your health, helps the bottomline.  Your bottomline, their bottomline.  Most importantly self-care covers your actual bottom (and your heart, brain, well-being, lungs and you).


What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to health care that addresses the underlying root cause of disease. It looks at the interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence health. Functional medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body systems. For example, a patient may receive diagnosis of diabetes today, but the metabolic dysfunction may have been progressing since years prior. Rather than mitigating symptoms, functional medicine seeks to restore health by restoring balance and function to the body systems involved.

The functional medicine model best addresses the healthcare needs of today, because our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders. These complex conditions are not necessarily best treated by the “A pill for an ill” model. Evidence of this is the fact that the United States has, by far, the most expensive health care system in the world, based on health expenditures per capita, and yet statistics continue to rise. One hundred million Americans are currently being treated for degenerative lifestyle diseases at a cost of more than 700 billion dollars per year! Tragically, despite these alarming costs, the health of Americans is not improving.

A common misconception is ‘that disease is a part of aging’. The fact is that disease is not caused by age alone. Commonly, as we age, functional imbalances occur which eventually result in disease. This can be prevented! Functional medicine examines the following core clinical imbalances that underlie expression of disease:

Hormonal imbalances.
Neurotransmitter imbalances.
Detoxification imbalances.
Cellular function imbalances.
Digestive, absorptive and microbiological imbalances.
Immune and inflammatory imbalances.
Structural imbalances (from cellular to whole systems).

Functional medicine is not alternative medicine. It is evidence-based, clinically sound model medicine that effectively addresses the origin of disease.

The Basic Principles of Functional Medicine are:
Addressing the whole person... genetics, environment, and lifestyle.
Understanding unique biochemical individuality.
Addressing the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors.
Viewing health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.

Functional medicine envisions longevity with an optimally functioning body. Addressing your health with this health care model can not only add years to your life, but also add life to your years!

How Is Functional Medicine Different than Conventional Medicine?
The Institute for Functional Medicine Vice-Chair, Mark Hyman, M.D., with whom Dr. Ehle has worked, explains the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine, using the example, from his own practice, of a young girl with severe autoimmune disease. While the conventional medicine approach suppresses the inflammation in this patient, functional medicine asks and addresses the question of why the inflammation exists in the first place, and looks at the scientific drivers (causes) of the disease, which include toxins, infections, allergens, stress, and poor diet.


What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct Primary Care is a refreshing way to deliver healthcare. It's genius is its simplicity. For a flat monthly fee, Well Life ABQ provides 80-90% of your healthcare needs.

What kind of patients, chose direct primary care

Busy people that want the convenience of getting ahold of their primary care provider when they need them, not 3-4 weeks later.

People with high-deductible insurance, cost-share or have elected to have no insruance. Direct Primary Care is genius in saving people money.

People who travel. Did you know that if you visit an Urgent Care out of state, your insurance plan will likely deny the entire bill because "it is out of network"? Well Life ABQ to the rescue. Many ailments can be treated remotely. Prescriptions can be called in to wherever you are. And you can follow up when you return. There are also Direct Primary Care Clinics springing up all over the country. Many of these clinics are happy to see a DPC member from another clinic for a nominal fee. No Urgent Care hassle or expense.

Families! Kids get sick. Kids need school notes. Parents and kids need to stay healthy.

People that want their provider, to actually know who they are. With a max of only 300members, Well Life ABQ actually knows your name when you call or visit. Most family practices have a patient panel of over 1,000 patients per provider. They aren't available when needed and they don't know you.

Membership is like being part of a family. There is a genuine "INVESTED" interest in keeping you healthy. Well Life ABQ is always looking to save you money. Supplements are discounted. Labs are discounted. In-office prescriptions are discounted AND many outside prescriptions can be discounted with coupons and other techniques. Well Life ABQ has saved members hundreds of dollars on labs and prescriptions. THESE SAVINGS HAVE BEEN REALIZED EVEN IN MEMBERS WITH GREAT INSURANCE!!

  • Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
  • Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
  • Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
  • What is Integrative Medicine? - Andrew Weil, M.D. from Andrew Weil, M.D. on Vimeo.


    What do you treat?

    We are a full scope family practice, taking care of patients from birth through advanced age.

    Well Life ABQ treats many conditions including

    Women's Health

    Men's Health

    Pediatrics (love pediatrics)

    Acute Care (members only)


    ADD / ADHD

    Allergies and Food Sensitivties

    Arthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis


    Auto-immune - non-steroidal and non-immunosuppressant whenever possible and patient preference

    Brain Fog



    Heart Disease
    Hormone Imbalances (PMS, Menopause, Perimenopause, Low Testosterone)

    Hormone Pellets

    Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Menopause / Perimenopause

    Migraines and Headaches

    Osteoporosis & Osteopenia
    Thyroid (Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Hashimoto's)

    Ulcerative Colitis

    Weight Management / Weight Loss (as part of a comprehensive health program)

    Do you think you can help me with my health problem?

    Well Life ABQ uses a systems approach to assessing and treating your health care concerns. Perhaps you have experienced being examined by your doctor, having blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that “all your tests are normal”. Yet, both you and your doctor know that you are sick. Unfortunately, this experience is all too common.
    Most physicians were trained to look only in specific places for the answers, using the same familiar labs or diagnostic tests. Yet, many causes of illness cannot be found in these places. The usual tests do not look for food allergies, hidden infections, environmental toxins, mold exposures, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances. New gene testing can uncover underlying genetic predispositions that can be modified through diet, lifestyle, supplements or medications.
    Through the use of such testing, Well Life ABQ helps patients prevent illness and recover from many
    chronic and difficult-to-treat conditions. Our providers are highly skilled in evaluating, assessing and treating chronic problems such as fibromyalgia, fatigue syndromes, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders, mood and behavior disorders, memory problems, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic, complex conditions. We also focus on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders.

    What does a visit consist of?

    Initial Consultation (Approx 1 to 1.5hours):

    Comprehensive and extensive medical history review.
    Integrative Physical Exam (may include Tongue evaluation and/or Nail assessment)
    Customized Assessment
    Individualized Herbal, Nutritional, Lifestyle and Supplement Recommendations
    Printed Plan for course of treatment
    Prescriptions as needed
    Laboratory evaluations
    Educational materials

    Follow-Up Consultations (Approx 30-45min)
    Includes same as initial consultation, plus reviewing recent labs, evaluating current treatment plan, etc

    Annual Wellness Exams
    As a membership clinic, annual wellness exams are included and highly encouraged. Except in the case of well child checks, wellness exams are seperate from initial consultations. Initial consultations focus on your history and current problems. Wellness exams focus on age appropriate prevention and screening recommendations.

    What are your office hours?

    Hours are by appointment.
    Provider is accessible via cell phone and text.

    Questions will be answered by the end of the next business day. It is the goal of Well Life ABQ, to answer non-urgent questions mid-day and again in the afternoon or first thing in the morning.
    Your provider is available to discuss urgent matters outside office hours. There is a $25 additional charge for after hours calls.

    Do you accept insurance?

    At Well Life ABQ insurance is really not needed for our services.  At only $60 per month, your membership fee is an ASSURANCE that you have a provider available to keep you well and treat you when ill.

    Well Life ABQ is a great option for High Deductible Health Plans with or without an Health Savings Account. Your membership fees can be paid from you Health Savings Account. Since routine visits are included and acute visits have a small charge, you are able to keep your costs down.

    As insurance premiums skyrocket, all patients without insurance or those looking for alternatives are encouraged to research Liberty Direct Insurance. After your deductible is met, your membership fees, supplement costs and procedures can be submitted for cost-sharing. This insurance model is exempt from Affordable Care Act penalty and it is a perfect partnership for patients that are committed to staying healthy.

    How much is a visit?

    New Patient Visits now only $99.  Children (<18yo) are $49 to get started.  Includes limited treatment plan and usually involves recommended labs.  Lab follow up review is $59 or $0 if membership is started.

    Well Life loves bioidentical hormone replacement patients.  We have found that treating someone with hormone replacement alone can be very narrow sighted and doesn’t account for the complexities of the human body.  Membership is required, but pellet insertion cost is very competitive at only $150 + the cost of the pellets.  We don’t mark up our pellet cost!

    Please see the 2018 Price List for a complete list of prices.

    What do I need to bring with me at my first appointment?

    All medications and supplements.
    Recent labs results.
    Recent visit notes from other providers.
    Recent imaging reports.

    How can I order the supplements I need?

    Our team has researched the highest quality products available that meet independently verified standards of effectiveness, quality and purity.

    Supplements are available for purchase in the office or online. After your first appointment, you will be sent a link outlining your recommended supplements. Members will receive 10% off all supplements purchased online through Well Life ABQ or in office. Unfortunately some manufacturers have strict restrictions on the sale of their products. These brands will only be available in the office.

    Prescription Refill Request

    It may take up to 72 hours to process prescription refill requests. Please plan ahead to avoid any interruption in your medications. Prescription refill requests can be faxed to our office by your pharmacy. Our fax # is 505-544-4598.

    For in-office prescriptions, call/text/email to have your prescription filled directly.  Indicate pick up or mail order preference.

    What happens if I need to go to the hospital?

    ONLY Well Life ABQ members should name Well Life ABQ as their primary care provider when asked by the hospital. Well Life ABQ only provides consultation to non-members and is therefore not their primary care provider. Members should contact Well Life ABQ as soon as possible after discharge (preferably before) for a post-discharge coordination visit. We will see you in a same-day or next day acute visit slot for the small acute visit charge.

    After-hours Contact

    After-hours calls should be limited to urgent issues and will incur a $25 charge.
    If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    Members may ask non-urgent medical questions as needed.
    Non-members may only ask clarification questions related to a recent visit. More extensive questions require a follow-up visit at the non-member rate.

    Never delay emergency treatment.

    Late arrivals/cancellations

    Our time is reserved exclusively for your care during your scheduled visit. We have limited visit appointments during the day due to the fact that we believe in quality care and spend an extended amount of time per patient. Keeping this in mind, it is important to ensure the best use of both your time and ours. Please try to cancel any scheduled appointment 24hours prior. This opens the slot for someone else.

    Test results

    Well Life ABQ is able to order a variety of specialty and conventional labs. Some labs are take-home kits and some are drawn in the office. It can be frustrating, but we are not able to control the turnaround time of the various laboratories. We are also not always aware that a patient has submitted a take home test. Therefore, follow up appointments are made once lab results are in. We are able to track lab orders that we have processed. However, if you have sent in a sample and have not heard from us in about three weeks, please email us at hello@welllifeabq.com stating you sent in a sample to "_______" lab and have not heard back.

    Members may opt to review these via video calls, telephone or in person. Non-members must make a follow up appointment to review their labs. Most specialty testing costs have the follow up appointment cost built in.

    Medical Records

    Upon request, a paper or electronic copy of all or a portion of your medical records can be provided to you. There is a $10 charge and will be provided electronically on a CD.