Our Services

Membership (Old Fashioned Modern Medicine)

Here at Well Life ABQ, our goal is to teach the patient how to maintain a state of health. The more common approach to medicine, on the other hand, is more reactionary: We wait for the symptom to show up and get bothersome enough and then treat the symptom with a pharmaceutical or a surgery. Prevention or reversal of root causes is not a mainstay in our traditional way of practicing medicine.

Our membership plan assists patients in living a lifestyle that promotes wellness.  It is designed to keep you healthy and well, providing all the care you would receive as your primary care provider as well as many additional benefits you won’t find at a typical doctor’s office.  Membership is only required for primary care and to access in-office prescription dispensary.

Membership includes:

Well Life ABQ as your Primary Care Provider
Annual wellness exam and routine follow ups (typically every three months) included
Same Day, Next Day Sick Visits - FREE*  (*additional charge for any specialty tests, supplements, services, but rarely more than $20)
Strep tests, urinalysis, stitches - FREE
Reduced cost lab fees (typical savings is $100-200 - no kidding!)

In-house dispensary for many common medications at reduced prices. Most antibiotics in stock.  That means no extra pharmacy visit when you are sick.  Many medications are cheaper when NOT using insurance.

Convenience, Convenience, Convenience
Telemedicine via phone or video call when medically appropriate
Follow up question (AND ANSWERS!) via email or texting
Cell phone access to provider for urgent matters (additional fee $25 after hours - after 7PM and before 7AM)
10% discount on high quality supplements including online ordering
Discounts on  Well Life ABQ services
Discounted prescription medications available on many common medications available in-office or mail order.  Antibiotics and other actue medications are also available ---that means no additional stop at the pharmacy.

See 2017 Price List for current fees.

Telemedicine

Available to members only. Well Life is brings convenience to your healthcare whenever medically appropriate. Communication is best in person, but follow ups can almost always be done safely via video calling. Some acute care can be done via video or telephone. If the condition is deemed uncertain or needs in person follow up, care will be scheduled during the appointment. Urinary symptoms need a urinalysis, but this can be done quickly without an appointment. Symptoms and treatment can be done through patient portal or phone. Respiratory symptoms and ear pain can start as as a call, but will need an in person visit unless symptoms are extremely mild.

Family Medicine / Family Practice

Your Primary Care Provider (Members Only)

In addition to what you would expect from any family practice clinic, we utilize many different modalities in our attempt to improve your quality of health, whether it is pharmaceutical or nutraceutical.


Routine primary care is provided for newborns to adults. We do everything that a primary care practice does plus we deliver it in an integrative way. This includes routine physicals, gynecological care (including pap smears), same day visits for acute conditions, and chronic disease management.

Thermography

Thermography has been FDA approved as an adjunct to mammography since the 80s. Using infrared heat imaging, thermography is very sensitive in detecting potential problem areas. Cancerous tumors need a blood supply to grow and spread. This blood supply is what thermography detects. While the FDA, approves thermography as an adjunct, many women prefer the RADIATION-FREE screening tool that is thermography.

Nutrition

Nnutrition is one of the keys to optimal health, since nutrition has an effect on one’s body every day. Nutrition is not traditionally taught in medical schools, so many physicians fall short in treatment of many chronic conditions, as most medications are not designed for long-term therapy. The phrase "You are what you eat" is truer than what one might think.

Michael Pollan’s quote, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”, is a great adage by which to live. Probably, the first two words are most important. "Eat food" means to eat healthy food … vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat, and to avoid what Pollan calls "edible food-like substances”. You are either improving or damaging your health with what you eat.

Michael Pollan's "7 Rules for Eating"

  1. Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can't pronounce, ask yourself, "What are those things doing there?"
  2. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or with ingredients you can not pronounce.
  3. Stay out of the middle of supermarkets and, instead, shop on the perimeter of the stores. Real foods tends to be on the outer perimeter of the store near the loading docks, where items can be replaced with fresh foods when they reach expiration.
  4. Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot. There are exceptions, such as honey, but as a rule, items, such as "Twinkies", which do not spoil, are not foods.
  5. It is not only what you eat, but how you eat. Always leave the table a little hungry. Many cultures have a rule that one stops eating before one is full. In Japan, they say, "Eat until you are four-fifths full." Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, "Tie off the sack before it's full."
  6. Families used to traditionally dine together, around a table, not a television, and at regular meal times. It's a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. "Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?" Pollan asked.
  7. Don't buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.
 

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Aging is mainly the consequence of the long-term and permanent decline of all of the hormones in the body. As our hormones decline, many diseases will increase, while our quality of life declines. For example, common diseases, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and many others, may be the simple result of having long-term hormonal and nutritional deficiencies.

Therefore, many of the signs and symptoms of aging can be slowed, or even reversed, by correcting many of the underlying hormonal imbalances. Each hormone, as it declines with the aging process, produces physical changes, in every individual, which cause a person to look and feel older. These changes are important clues as to the underlying hormonal deficiencies present, and can be used by an experienced doctor to determine what hormones have declined the most.

Do I Need Hormones?
As men and women age, many suffer from symptoms caused by decreasing levels of reproductive hormones. You may benefit from Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) if:
You are a woman and have:
Mood swings, Hot flashes, Night sweats, Fuzzy thinking, Decreased sex drive, Headaches, Weight gain
You are a man and have:
Poor sleep, Increased body fat, Lack of sex drive, Difficulty maint