In essence, integrative medicine is a relatively new field that is gaining ground with acceptance and utilization by doctors and prospective clients.
From a doctor’s point of view, there is enormous re-training that is necessary to become proficient in integrative medicine. This makes it difficult for established doctors to make the change. From a broader perspective, the better approach is to bring integrative medicine into the training programs at the university level, and change doctor’s minds early in their careers. This process is already underway at some of North America’s cornerstones of medical education.
Please see my 3 part Future of Medicine series where I fully describe the incorporation of integrative medicine into the mainstream.
“It is our feeling that change will happen gradually in the system, and in the future, integrative medicine will simply be called medicine.”
Unfortunately, such articles do not make their way into mainstream journals (such as NEJM and JAMA), as there is a significant political process in determining which articles are presented in these high powered journals.
You can refer to a variety of integrative medicine journals and websites to learn more about the evidence behind our therapies:
Each of these methods has pros and cons, and they differ per hormone.
Our doctors have gone through extensive training, and have a wealth of treatment experience to help determine the correct dosage and route of administration for you.
Through Dr. Dionne, we also offer the Wiley Protocol, which is a dynamic cycling hormone regimen that is beneficial for some patients.
Please note that you should have your custom hormone prescription filled at a compounding pharmacy experienced in this practice. Our staff can provide a list of reputable pharmacies.
Who We Treat
- Healthy people interested in age optimization
- Athletes looking for peak performance
- Men and women experiencing mid-life hormonal changes
- Patients with complex medical symptoms
- Patients with diagnosed diseases who want to incorporate natural therapies with their current pharmaceutical approach
Integrative medicine is truly designed to look at the whole body, and anyone can benefit from such an approach.
All patients are required to undergo a one-time initial consultation in person at our Vancouver clinic. Follow up appointments will then be conducted by phone or video teleconference.
If your case is looking more complex, and requires an in-person consult, your physician will either refer you to your family doctor, or request that you make a trip to Vancouver for an in-person assessment.
Responsibility of care
We will see patients who are referred by their doctor, but the majority of our patients contact us directly.
We are also happy to engage in discussion with any of your treating doctors if it is in the best interest of your case.
You are encouraged to see your family doctor for general health issues and routine care.
In all cases, services are paid for by the patient. We will provide a full itemized receipt which you can use for reimbursement from your provider.
The full offerings of the annual packages can be found in our Medical Fees page.
Along the way, you will be invited to partake in a variety of group seminars, which are set up by the clinic.
Private lab testing is useful to more accurately determine hormones, nutrients, oxidative stress markers, genetic markers, heavy metals, and many more. Please see private lab testing for a complete listing of the lab tests we use.
This states that physicians can only order publicly funded lab tests for the diagnosis and treatment of a medical symptom or disease. If a lab test is considered to be ‘not medically necessary’, the physician will bill you privately for this test.
This act states that medical doctors can only order labs which are medically required to investigate a particular symptom or illness. Any lab which is considered to be preventative or in the interest of health optimization must be paid for privately by the patient.
As a general rule, we have found that urine hormones provide the most accurate and detailed view of the entire hormone cascade.
Our preferred test for evaluating hormones is the DUTCH test – dried urine test for comprehensive hormones.