The future of healthcare, functional medicine, is a holistic and patient-centered approach. Functional Integrative Medicine heals the body by finding the root cause of the disease, not by giving a pill to fix it. Instead of looking at each body system by itself, Functional Medicine looks at the person as a whole. This approach has been proven to successfully treat many health problems including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Toxicity, Diabetes, Autoimmune Thyroid Disease, Heart Disease, Lyme, and Obesity among others.
Chronic disease is everywhere. Conventional medicine is not helping and so many people are confused and frustrated. That’s where functional medicine steps in. How does it work? Simply put, your functional medicine practitioner doesn’t just treat symptoms; they focus on the root causes of the symptoms. For example, if a patient came in with high blood pressure, we take the time to uncover the actual cause of the problem, finding if diet, lifestyle, or environment could be related. Then we develop a treatment plan to support the patient to improve their cardiovascular health. We not only fight chronic disease but reverse its effects and prevent future illness. This approach leads to longer-lasting results for our patients.
Full-Service Medical Service Provider
SunCoast Optimal Wellness can help you with all your health needs, from diagnosing to lab tests.
Hormone and Thyroid Optimization
We specialize in Hormone and Thyroid Optimization using Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for patients who could benefit from this scientifically engineered method of harnessing the power and positive effects of hormones normally found in the body. Hormones affect nearly every basic bodily function and serve as the internal communication system between cells throughout your body. From immune function to digestion, libido, and more, hormones have a huge impact on how you feel and function daily.
Each medically supervised weight loss treatment plan is customized to the individual needs of our patients. We combine a number of treatments to achieve significant, long-lasting results. This includes nutritional advice, medically proven dietary plans, and medications. We also offer Nutritional Testing, Stool Testing, and Food Sensitivity Testing to further evaluate which foods are best for your body. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy and Vitamin “Fat Burner” Injections can replenish missing nutrients, increase your metabolism, and improve your energy right away!
Cipro/Levaquin (Fluoroquinolone) Antibiotic Toxicity
Every year many thousands of people are severely impacted by Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Toxicity (FQT). This malady is contracted by taking fluoroquinolone antibiotic medications such as Levaquin or Cipro. There are many debilitating symptoms associated with FQT, which include but are not limited to fatigue, neuropathy (nerve pain), severe joint pain, brain fog, tendon pain and rupture, depression and anxiety, insomnia, hair loss, “floxie neck”, and many more.
Exacerbating the problem is the medical community’s general lack of awareness about FQT and the acute shortage of providers that understand FQT and actually know how to effectively treat it.
Heather Slusher, SunCoast Optimal Wellness’s founder, suffered a spontaneous tendon rupture, hair loss, and other significant symptoms caused by taking Levaquin and Cipro after surgery in the 1990s. Heather was unsatisfied with the absence of viable treatment options and the lack of knowledge about FQT in the medical community, so set out to develop effective treatments to combat the disease. In doing so, Heather ultimately healed herself, and now makes the treatment and healing of our Flox patients a focus of our practice and her passion. She is a founding member of the Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Awareness & Healing Alliance (FAAHA) as well as the organization’s Executive Director. We have several treatment plans available to our patients, and every treatment plan is customized based on the individual needs of each patient. We have a wide variety of effective treatments that we use to help our Flox patient’s heal, including intravenous nutrient therapy, supplements to replace deficiencies, Acoustic Wave Therapies for tendon and ligament pain and damage, Light Therapies for mitochondrial regrowth and cellular repair, medical massage, and bodywork to increase muscle function, and more.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a treatment for men who are seeing and feeling changes in their physical and mental well-being. With age, testosterone levels gradually decline at about 1% per year after the age of 30. If you are noticing changes in your body and you have questions about if this is the right course of action for you, please contact our office today.
SunCoast Optimal Wellness offers a variety of tests to our patients to ensure that they’re able to find the root cause of their symptoms. Many times, patients come to us with an inability to lose weight which could actually be caused by food allergies, or a variety of other causes, this is one reason we focus on testing to find the best way to treat our patients. Some of the tests we offer are:
– GI Testing
– Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
– Organic Acid Testing
– Mold Toxicity Testing
– Seasonal Allergy Testing
Acoustic Wave Therapy
SunCoast Optimal Wellness uses Miracle Wave acoustic wave technology. The Miracle Wave is a top-of-the-line treatment solution that utilizes acoustic wave therapy or “AWT” to regenerate tissue and promote faster healing. AWT has proven to be extremely effective in reducing and eliminating pain and inflammation from muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. AWT is also used to effectively treat erectile dysfunction and for cellulite reduction.
Did you have Covid-19 and never fully recover? You may be like 15% to 30% of people who suffer from “Long Haul Covid” or “Long Covid.” This Post-Covid Syndrome applies to people of all ages who had Covid-19 infection and continue to have symptoms for months after the infection is over. Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, gastrointestinal symptoms, hair loss, headaches, dyspnea, muscle aches, chest pain, reduced exercise tolerance, and heart palpitations. Some patients who had even a mild infection, followed by what appears to be recovery, may have fatigue and other symptoms which linger for many months.
– Total Body Wellness
– Musculoskeletal and Chronic Pain