Petoskey physician practice brings alternative, traditional care together
Dr. Carin Nielsen (July 11, 2012)
Specializing in integrative medicine, wellness and medical weight management, Nielsen offers treatment options for a variety of medical concerns.
“My goal is to create a customized health and wellness plan for each patient that takes into consideration all of the factors that influence health including lifestyle, dietary patterns, emotional balance and physical health,” she said.
The new practice can provide consultations for patients whether they have a specific condition or concern, or are looking to optimize their general health.
Nielsen offers treatment options for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, chronic pain, menopause, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and many more.
Integrative medicine offers not only alternative care options, but also draws on traditional medicine to create a program that is tailored to suit the individual needs of a patient.
“Integrative Medicine works with conventional medicine, not against it, to create a personalized treatment plan for optimal health,” Nielsen said.
She works with each patient to create a lifestyle plan to manage their health needs.
“It is essential that we study things in a person’s lifestyle such as sleep patterns and relationships to develop an overall picture of their health needs,” Nielsen added.
Nielsen is a board-certified family physician, who received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Montana before obtaining her medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. Nielsen completed her residency in family medicine in Grand Rapids before practicing family medicine/primary care in Harbor Springs.
Eventually, Nielsen made the decision to leave the practice in Harbor Springs to more fully focus on offering integrative medicine to her patients.
“I was seeing a trend in patient requests for options in their health care and felt that the need was there and growing,” she noted.
Nielsen is certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and has completed additional training through the American Board of Bariatric Medicine, the Institute of Functional Medicine and the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil.
At her new practice, Nielsen offers patients the option to manage their health at whatever level suits them best.
“We offer a consultation first, then the patient can choose to participate at the level they’re comfortable with,” she said. “We want to point people in the right direction and help them to get where they need to be.”
Some of the popular services include physician-supervised weight loss, wellness and lifestyle change, custom vitamin/supplement recommendations, hormone balance, behavioral health, and holistic health care. Acupuncture and medical massage therapy are available on site, as well as state-of-the-art micro nutrient testing, hormone evaluations and advanced lipid testing.
Treatment options include customized diet plans, vitamin/supplement regimens, prescription medications, evidence-based holistic therapies and lifestyle solutions to help patients find and achieve optimal health.
Nielsen’s practice is currently accepting new patients of all ages by appointment. The office is located at 107 Howard St., Suite A, in downtown Petoskey. For more information, go to www.CarinNielsenMD.com or call (231) 638-5585.