Many of us are in search of health.
When it is hard to find, we blame ourselves.
We all need a little Grace.
COVID-19 Update, 7/3/2020
Most importantly, I am still seeing clients!
Only clients receiving osteopathic manipulation are being seen in-person at the studio, masks required.
All other visits will be via our super easy telehealth platform.
Hours have also changed to 9am-5pm, Monday and Thursday.
Take care of you…and your neighbor.
Why Grace Integrative Medicine?
Integrative Medicine incorporates the wisdom of multiple approaches to health, not just conventional medicine, and seeks to partner with each patient on their individual health journey. At Grace we start by simply listening to your story and your personal health goals – this is all about you. If you feel great already, we offer true preventive medicine testing and coaching to keep you there. If you know there has to be something better than how you feel now, we can help. There is no judgement at Grace; too often we blame ourselves when you know there is just something not quite right – but no one will listen.
Grace Integrative Medicine looks for the root cause of your symptoms, many of which may seem to be unrelated. We have access to a wide variety of tests not frequently used in a regular doctor office, including saliva, urine and stool testing. Our services include Ayurveda for lifestyle medicine (personalized nutrition and self-care), osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), functional medicine approach to hormone dysfunction (including non-hormone replacement options for adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones), mind-body approaches to chronic pain and anxiety, and epigenetics or genetic susceptibility assessments (MTHFR, COMT, etc.). When used with the underlying approach of whole person health, each simply supports your body’s natural function and ability to heal, allowing a natural return to health. We treat chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic pain, pelvic pain and urinary bladder issues, irritable bowel syndrome, food and chemical sensitivities, insomnia, depression, brain fog, and other chronic conditions. Our goal is to treat these issues without prescription medications, unless they are truly needed.
When a doctor tells you “it is all in your head” or they have “nothing else for you”, Grace can help. We do not claim to cure everyone of every illness, but we do believe that there is more to health than prescription medications and chronic symptoms which must be managed for a lifetime. It takes time and a willingness to work hard for your health. Let’s get started now.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Overman does not provide primary care or pediatric services (including sudden or acute illnesses/injuries), write prescriptions for narcotics or treat Lyme Disease or Chronic Lyme Disease. If you are need of these services, she may be able to recommend another provider.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a hands-on form of medicine which has been taught to osteopathic physicians for decades. This treatment seeks to remove physical barriers to the body’s natural function, allowing a natural return to health. Grace offers OMT techniques such as strain-counterstrain, myofascial release, muscle energy and craniosacral. These gentle yet powerful treatments are generally very well tolerated and can be a significant help on the path to health. OMT can play a role in addressing physical complaints like low back pain, headaches, asthma, GI issues, as well as stress levels and sleep concerns.
Epigenetics: MTHFR and Genetic Susceptibilities
We each have a unique genetic code that significantly determines our health over a lifetime. Our genetics do not have the final say in every situation, however. They make us more or less susceptible to impacts from the foods we eat, places we live, stress we experience. By looking at specific, well-studied SNPs, like MTHFR and COMT, with your unique life story and biochemistry, those susceptibilities can be addressed and your health improved from the inside. This kind of medicine does not change your actual genes and does not seek to do so, it simply empowers you and your provider to make informed decisions that significantly impact your personal health. The majority of treatments for these susceptibilities are supplements of vitamins and minerals, dietary and environmental changes. These susceptibilities may look like chronic pain, poor sleep, foggy brain, chronic allergies, anxiety and depression.
Ayurveda for Lifestyle Medicine
The word “Ayurveda” means “science of life”. This approach to medicine focuses on disease prevention and looks at the whole person, mind, body and spirit, and how that individual interacts with the world around them. An Ayurvedic assessment includes a targeted history and physical, including a specialized use of taking one’s pulse. An Ayurveda treatment plan will include dietary recommendations and may incorporate the use of herbs and spices, as well as movement and exercise. These recommendations are typically very well tolerated with few side effects. Many of these approaches seem very simple, but modern science continues to validate and support many of the Ayurvedic practices.
Please know, Ayurveda is not a religion. It does, however, prioritize a person’s spiritual health – we each should be actively engaged in a meaningful faith practice.
Functional Approach to Hormone Dysfunction
Hormones are the chemicals in our bodies that are most responsible for communication between the various body systems. The most common ones talked about are stress hormones (cortisol), thyroid and sex hormones for men and women (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone). When hormones are out of balance, whether due to aging, stress, environment or diet, our whole person can feel completely out of control. Using saliva and urine tests (which can be collected by you at home) and blood tests (requiring a visit to the lab), we can identify imbalances in adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones and develop a personalized approach to system support and/or hormone replacement. In many situations there are alternatives to hormone replacement which can be explored first for those not wanting to take hormones. At Grace, our approach to hormones is not to reverse or prevent aging – our goal is to support the body in the natural progression of life while limiting symptoms like insomnia, hot flashes, unwanted weight gain and loss, brain fog, sugar cravings and chronic fatigue and pain.