By Dr Janet Levatin
From the time I entered the medical profession, I have wanted to help people get healthy and stay healthy using natural methods. Early in my career I observed the approaches used by conventional doctors, and I knew they weren’t for me.
After finishing my pediatric residency in 1986, I started my own holistic practice where I treated both children and adults using nutrition, supplements, herbs, and homeopathy. Over the years I learned a lot about diverse integrative healing modalities. I have routinely recommended them for my patients after observing first-hand how helpful then can be. I am very thankful to now be part of an Integrative Center where many of these resources are available at one location.
One of the things I have liked best about my practice is that parents can bring their children for routine check ups and receive NO pressure to vaccinate. I also like being able to spend as much time as necessary with patients, offering natural solutions to their health problems. Being in solo practice was challenging because I did not have adequate administrative support. I am grateful to now be part of a team with great office staff, which allows me to focus fully on my patients while they answer the phones, dispense supplements, and schedule follow up visits. I am free to engage in discussions about vaccination concerns, nutrition, exercise, and general questions about a child’s health and development.
For the occasions when a child is acutely ill (for example with an ear infection, flu-like symptoms or a nonspecific fever) or just off balance (due to teething difficulties, sleep disturbances or behavioral issues), I usually suggest homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is a gentle, nontoxic, easy-to-administer therapy that helps children self-heal and return to a healthy, balanced state. It can be used with children of all ages. Same-day appointments for acute illnesses are usually available at our Clinic. Since I am also trained to treat adults with homeopathy, parents feeling “under the weather” can often receive same-day treatment as well.
Another thing I love about my new position at TIMC is the fact that I can refer children to other health professional within the same facility. I can discuss the specific needs of your child with other practitioners who are all on site. We offer a wonderful, gentle treatment for allergies called Tenpenny Sensitivity Reduction Technique, (T-SRT), a treatment modality that uses kinesiology and acupressure to eliminate symptoms caused by food and/or environmental allergies. The program is non-invasive, can be done at any age, and involves no drugs or injections.
I can also refer children for craniosacral therapy, a hands-on modality for helping the body achieve optimal function through structural balance. It is so gentle that it can even be used to treat newborns and infants. I have referred many children over the years for this subtle approach to conditions such as crossed eyes, congenital torticollis, and nursing difficulties. Now, instead of referring to someone across town, Dr. Sherri and Dr. Kelli, both trained in cranial and bodily manipulation, are right down the hall.
I love that we offer state-of-the-art lab tests that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxic metal burdens, thyroid imbalances, and the causes of intestinal problems. The Clinic carries many child-friendly supplements from reputable manufacturers to help correct deficiencies and balance a myriad of health problems.
Looking at the bounty of healthy practices and products available at TIMC, I feel truly thankful and blessed to have joined this fantastic team. I am thankful to be surrounded by like-minded practitioners promoting health and wellness. This year Thanksgiving was the beginning of a lot to be thankful for in the upcoming holiday season and on into next year.