My goal and wish for you is that clearing health issues, which can be all-consuming, helps free your potential energy, allowing you to expres yourself and your gifts to the world in a bigger, better way.
My techniques are based on Functional Medicine principles. Functional Medicine is an evidence-based, testing-backed approach to health that views the body as whole, interconnected systems. Like the Chinese view on health care, Functional Medicine recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease. In Functional Medicine, the patient is empowered, educated and encouraged to play an active role in their healing process.
Achieving optimal health is all about good detective work. Through a combination of Western testing and Chinese diagnostic methods we find the underlying cause of health issues. We spend time really getting to know our patients, so that we understand their histories, genetics, lifestyle, and diet, as well as their home and work environments. It’s vital for us to understand all of the elements of a person’s life, because each piece affects their health. We focus on the whole person, going beyond just treating symptoms.
Once we have a whole picture we can create a personalized treatment plan. The order in which health issues are treated is as important as discovering the issues themselves. Because every system in the body is interrelated, treating one system affects the others. When we address the core cause first, we can build overall health on a strong health foundation.
Brie has vast experience in treating patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Functional Medicine protocols. She focuses on the use of hormones to mimic and reset the body’s own capacity to produce an optimal amount of hormones for each patient’s unique needs. She designs protocols that are meant to be relatively short term and temporary, with the goal of restoring each patient’s innate hormone function. Protocols are always based off thorough testing and are individualized for each person.To learn more about this therapy, visit her other website, here: http://www.santacruzbioidentical.com/
The basic principles of acupuncture have been understood for thousands of years. Energy (Qi) moves through every part of the body, sustaining life. Wellness depends on Qi spreading evenly throughout the channels of the body. A blockage or imbalance in Qi flow can bring about illness and disease.
We examine the tongue, abdomen, and general appearance, and take your pulse. Combined with western testing, the acupuncturist makes a diagnosis. She then stimulates appropriate points to help normalize the flow of Qi and restore health.
California state law requires that all acupuncturists use single use, disposable, pre-sterilized filliform needles. Brie uses only ultra-fine Japanese needles that are much thinner in gauge than other needles because they’re the most comfortable. Each needle comes pre-sealed in its own package and is disposed of immediately after use. She sometimes treats points with non-needle modalities, such as magnets, pressure, or warming therapy.
We treat a variety of issues with acupuncture, including, but not limited to:
Functional Medicine and Acupuncture work synergistically, and for people working with us remotely, we’re happy to recommend colleagues who practice in your area.
We think of food as medicine that comes on a fork – three times a day. Nutrition’s a major aspect of Functional Medicine. Holistic nutrition takes a whole person approach to diet.
The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet is our most common approach to nutrition. Taking into account each person’s bio-individuality, we find a personalized diet of simple foods that are nutritious and yummy! Most importantly, they promote and support good health.
We consult with people worldwide. Consultations include a comprehensive health evaluation including current health issues, history, lifestyle diet and more. No stone remains unturned as we find the root cause of your health issues. Once we see the whole picture, we provide step-by-step guidance and a pathway to better health. We’ll provide you with real, actionable steps to take.
We work with the wisdom of the body, understanding that you’re entitled to more than one problem at a time. Our road map treats things in the right order. Getting the timing of the appropriate treatment right is the fastest way to healing.
If you need testing or a local acupuncturist, we’re happy to recommend options in our network.