Our Services

Membership

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.  A membership 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 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 $10
Strep tests, rapid flu, urinalysis, stitches
Reduced cost lab fees
Telemedicine via phone or Skype when medically appropriate
Follow up question (AND ANSWERS!) via patient portal
Cell phone access to provider for urgent matters (additional fee after hours)
Discounts on high quality supplements including online ordering
Discounts on all Well Life ABQ services
Diet Designer App (coming soon)
Whole Body Vibration (coming soon)
Ionized water refills (coming soon)

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:

Your Primary Care Provider (Members Only)

In addition to what you would expect from any family medicine 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.

Manipulation

KC has been trained in manipulation techniques.  She uses applied kinesiology to assess the source of your pain. KC is continually learning and consulting with Eric Ehle, DO in Amarillo, TX. If you are having pain, consider scheduling an adjustment.

Dr. Ehle is a practicing Osteopathic Physician and, as such, has been trained in manual manipulation. He had learned about manipulation, long before medical school from his father who is a chiropractor. He has studied with some of this country’s best doctors who specialize in manipulation, has attended many courses and conferences regarding manipulation, and utilizes many different techniques, from cranial treatments to high velocity adjustments.

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 maintaining erections, Depression, Irritability, General lack of motivation or interest in life.

What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are substances that have the exact same molecular structure as the hormones that are naturally secreted by organs in the body. This is in contrast to non-bio-identical hormones which are not structurally identical to those secreted in the body. Examples of non-bio-identical hormones include birth control pills, synthetic progestins, and Premarin.

What are the principles of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?
Bio-Identical Hormone replacement is based on the principle that hormone replacement should mimic our natural hormone production as closely as possible. Hormone replacement should, ideally, reproduce the exact same hormonal milieu that is present in a healthy, youthful patient. Therefore the hormones should be chemically identical, replaced at the correct time of day, administered in the best available form, and in the correct proportion to other hormones.

How are Bio-Identical Hormones Given?
We prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for both men and women in various forms including pellets (Inserted under the skin surface), patches, creams, vaginal suppositories, pills and injections.
The pellet delivery system provides the most precise, individualized BHRT therapy available. Pellets are inserted under the skin in a 15-minute procedure in our office.

Pellet Benefits?
Pellets are the only form of delivery that closely mirrors the way in which the ovary and testicle produce hormones.
This method ensures the same steady, around-the-clock, low dosages in amounts that the body once created.
You won’t have to change patches, rub on creams, or remember to take a pill.
You won’t experience the surges and drops in blood levels as with other methods.
Pellet implants even deliver more when the body needs it—like during exercise or periods of stress.
They are made by a compounding pharmacy at a dosage INDIVIDUALIZED FOR YOU, based on the amount that you need based on your blood hormone levels and your symptoms.
Pellets are both effective and convenient. The pellets last for months and only have to be inserted every 5-6 months for men and every 3-5 months for women.

How are the pellets inserted?
Hormone pellets are about the size of a Tic-Tac and are inserted under the skin. At our office, the pellets are inserted by a board certified physician with specialized training in BHRT and pellet insertions. The procedure is performed in the office and takes about 10 minutes.

Benefits of Pellets BHRT
The only method that allows the body to control the release of hormones, raising levels when more is needed and decreasing it when requiring less
Delivers a very low dosage continuously, 24/7
Releases testosterone and/or estradiol directly into the bloodstream, thereby bypassing the gastrointestinal system and liver
Consistently proven more effective than oral, injectable, or topical methods with regard to sexual function, mood and cognitive function, metabolic function, bone density, urinary and vaginal problems, lipid profiles, breast health and hormone ratios
Precise dosing to meet the dosage needs of each individual
Lasts from 3 to 4 months in females
Lasts from 5 to 6 months in males

Allergy Testing

Blood testing for allergies is available for both IgE and IgG food and environmental allergies and sensitivities.  Well Life ABQ is able to prescribe and manage sublingual oral therapy.  . 

Well Life ABQ is not offering on-site skin allergy testing or shots at this time.  The testing and treatment is very expensive and is best done through the use of insurance.  This service may be offered in the future.

Allergies not only manifest as classic symptoms like nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes, they can also cause fatigue, joint pain, changes in mood (like depression), gastrointestinal symptoms (like diarrhea or constipation), eczema, asthma, brain fog and headaches. Are allergies robbing you of your life?

 

While I am not able to provide traditional skin allergy testing at this time, it is often an important part of your treatment plan.  In fact, allergy testing and treatment is the foundation of asthma treatment.  If this becomes an important part of you treatment, we will discuss your options at that time.

Get tested.  Get treated.  Get better.
Treating the cause, not the symptoms!

Weight Loss

Our program is designed for all individuals wanting to optimize their health, prevent disease and lose weight. Our weight loss program is specifically designed for you to fit your needs, there is no one size fits all approach. Your personalized plan may include a customized supplement program,  MIC (Vitamin B-Complex) injections, body composition testing, and medications when appropriate.

 

IV Therapies

Various IV protocols are available.  IV chelation, IV Vitamin C and personalized vitamin IVs based on nutritional testing available.

 

Labs

We have the capacity to do in-house phlebotomy. In addition to ordering conventional labs through your insurance company (usually Quest or Labcorp), we also offer self-pay lab discounts.  These discounts are often cheaper than the deductible portion of your labs.  This of course depends on your insurance company and specific plan.

We also offer many alternative laboratory evaluations. Testing available includes digestive studies, food sensitivities, antioxidant and nutritional deficiencies evaluation, hormonal and heavy metal levels, etc.

 

Extended Cholesterol Testing

Through the use of advanced lipid testing through Cleveland Heart Lab, Well Life ABQ is able to further educate you on your risk. Cholesterol is only one part of your atherosclerosis risk. Get additional testing and let Well Life ABQ guide you towards reducing your risk. We work with you through nutrition advice, supplements and sometimes statins if that is your preference.

 

Body Composition Analysis

Tanita’s exclusive BIA technology allows this monitor to not only measures weight and body fat, it also provides muscle mass, body water %, basal metabolic rate (BMR), metabolic age, bone mass, visceral fat and rates body physique! This combination allows you to accurately monitor the impact of any diet and fitness program.

Comprehensive Nutrition Analysis

Through the use of advanced nutrition lab analysis, Well Life ABQ is able to thoroughly evaluate your nutritional needs. This evaluation will provide you with a personalized nutrition recommendation.

Genetic Interpretation

Through the use of 23andMe data, Well Life ABQ can further evaluate some of your genes. Gene expression is an important piece of the puzzle and this will be explained to you. Genes load the gun. Environment pulls the trigger.