Doctor Category: Preventive Medicine
As a pioneer in Functional Medicine, Josh Shields D.C., C.F.M.P is a doctor on a mission to transform the way we think about health care.
“I started Integrative Wellness Centers because I saw a health care system that was failing to help people live a happy healthy life. We are making ourselves sick as a population, through how we think, eat, move, and live. While traditional medicine prescribes pills, leaving millions to suffer needlessly, we look at the bigger picture.
With four doctors and health coaches trained in functional medicine, Integrative Wellness Centers is one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the country.
We perform advanced bio-marker testing (of 250+ biomarkers rather than the standard 25 you get from your primary every year) and a lifestyle consultation, and then customize a treatment plan based on the patients’ needs rather than using medications to cover up or treat the symptoms or the disease.
Research has shown that there are three critical things missing from medical care today – access, proper guidance, and accountability. These are the very three things that we provide. The average American spends only 17 minutes a year with a primary care doctor and an office visit sometimes less than six minutes. With 86 percent of disease being chronic and lifestyle-driven, patient care has to change.
At Integrative Wellness Centers, patients have unlimited access to their doctor and wellness coaches. The initial health plan memberships offered includes five to nine 30 minutes visits for the first six months, followed by one to three times a year depending on the patients need. The health plan includes doctor visits, health coach sessions, advanced lab testing, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, an online patient learning portal, and in-office wellness workshops.”