As an ER doc for 17 years, it took many years to recognize that despite helping people in their time of crisis, we were, in essence, putting band-aids on people’s medical conditions. The ER became a revolving door; same situations, different faces, and return visits. I knew if we could educate the public, they could lead healthier lives and thereby make fewer ER visits. At the same time, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid condition, where the only treatment at that time was Synthroid. Despite years of Synthroid, I had very little clinical benefit. As a patient and a doctor, I knew that there had to be a better way. Learning the benefits of Bio-identical hormones was my first step in finding my way, leaving the ER behind. Using an integrative approach to patient care, I worked with patients for 8 years at the Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia center in Denver, focusing on increasing energy, sleep disorders, bio-identical hormone balancing, low thyroid, nutrition, digestive health and improving immune dysfunction. In short, we helped these difficult patients get their life back. In retrospect, these patients were actually experiencing the early and extreme conditions of human aging. The medical approaches and treatments used for this population could help to slow or even reverse the same symptoms that we all experience as we get older. I learned that we don’t have to “just live with” these issues. Addressing the root cause of chronic disease, improving energy, changing lifestyle, lessening stress, and good nutrition can slow down the aging process and enhance your overall quality of life and health span. With this knowledge and my belief in a better way, I opened my own practice in Integrative Medicine several years ago. Combining the best of conventional medical therapies with alternative treatments provides people with the most cutting edge therapies available today. Having a good doctor/patient relationship and providing education to my patients is key, and will help patients achieve the optimal health they deserve. Deborah Sainer M.D. is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. In addition she has received certification in Age Management Medicine. Focusing on nutrition, exercise, stress management and Bio-identical hormones replacement is their primary focus. Dr. Sainer is an active member of the Academy of anti-Aging Medicine as well as the Institute of Functional Medicine. Contact us today at 720-328-8784 and schedule an appointment.