Tuesday, November 1, 2016

An Introduction to Integrative Health & Medicine



By Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC
Administrative Director
Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine

Over 30 years ago I became a nurse. Why? Because I believed in the power of medicine and healthcare when people are sick, injured, or living with a terminal illness and I wanted to play a part in this profound service to humanity. What I have come to learn over these many years of working in healthcare and experiencing my own episodes of health challenges is that conventional medicine alone may not have all the answers—especially when we are looking to maintain or increase a sense of health and well-being.

We have embraced the idea of bringing together all evidence-based care and treatments to optimize the health and well-being of those we serve. This year we launched Meridian Integrative Health and Medicine which brings together the science and technology of traditional medical care with a broad spectrum of integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, health coaching, health psychology, integrative medicine consultations with a physician or nurse practitioner; along with many workshops and classes that inform and empower people to be the boss of their health and well-being.

The integrative therapies and classes are some of what we do with individuals but it’s our care model that is uniquely different. Our Five Pillars of Health and Wellness are the foundation of everything we do: Purpose, Resilience, Nutrition, Activity, and Sleep. We know that if these five areas of life are optimal, then one’s mind, body, and spirit will thrive. We are so thrilled to be at this amazing juncture in healthcare and we hope you will be compelled to learn more.

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