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Dr. Stephanie Speetzen and Dr. Anna Murdoch saw the need for an integrated and convenient medical center in the Wellington community. So, at the beginning of September, they opened the doors of the Align medical center.
Anna and Stephanie have both had times in their personal lives and careers where the money and the fast pace of patient entry and exit negatively impacted the quality of care and did not solve the problems. patients. As a result, they both felt that more time spent treating the patient’s actual needs would result in less medical care needed for that patient.
Western medicine is all about prescribing drugs without talking about the underlying issues causing the problems or the impact that drugs or illnesses can have on other aspects of health. While this may not be the case for all providers or for all types of Western medicine, it often happens. Plus, money is a big motivator. Sometimes interventions are suggested because of the possibility of charging more, such as additional testing, evaluation of things that may not need to be evaluated, or the need to perform procedures under anesthesia. Other times, it all depends on the speed and volume of patients that can be seen in a day, to the detriment of the quality of care.
“I got tired of being measured by how much money I was making and not by the state of health of my patients,” says StÃ©phanie. Seeing 35 to 40 patients per day is the norm for many places, and that is not enough time with one patient to provide quality care.
Anna decided to go to chiropractic because as a child she had warts on her legs caused by a virus. Doctors told her it would be a lifelong thing for her until a doctor suggested trying chiropractic care. She did and within two months she stopped developing warts. She had a neurological irritation that subsided with the chiropractic work, and her body has since been able to keep the virus at bay.
Stephanie shares fatigue with a healthcare system in which people think Western medicine is the gold standard. âThere are some valuable things in Western medicine, but it is designed to treat disease rather than solve it. If you look at the statistics, the United States spends more money on health, and yet we are not the best when it comes to health.
When patients arrive at the clinic, they first see StÃ©phanie. She does the initial assessment and coordinates care within her team of specialists, who often join the appointment. She helps patients assess their health, life and family life and then guides them in the right direction towards better overall health. She is direct and holds patients accountable for their choices.
Dr. Anna addresses chiropractic needs and will join a review with Stephanie if this relates to the assessed needs. They can do x-rays and blood tests on-site and review imaging and results with patients to develop a game plan.
Those in need of physiotherapy will see Dr. Ellison Melrose. She specializes in physiotherapy and pelvic needs. This includes pelvic health for both men and women, such as erectile dysfunction, pre and postpartum care, bowel symptoms, and menopause care. Dr. Ellison is not focused on the problems; instead, she says, “it’s our engine, but we’re going to find out how to build endurance and strength consistent with your activity level.” She is different from other physiotherapists in that she will look you from head to toe regardless of the problem.
Using evidence-based interventions with a twist of alternative medicine, this is a medical and chiropractic clinic that addresses the factors causing disease and pain to allow the body to heal. Medical services include primary care for the whole family, including medical examinations and vaccinations. Also, they practice hormone replacement therapy, platelet rich plasma injections, joint and trigger point injections, and dry needles, to name a few.
âWe help patients heal and grow stronger so they have the stamina and resilience to handle whatever life throws at them,â says Stephanie Speetzen.
Are you tired of not being listened to by your doctor? Ready for lasting solutions rather than quick fixes? Ready to make those behavioral changes you know you need to make? Align Medical Center has answers and a team of professionals to cheer you on to the finish line.
If you would like to make an appointment, call 307-222-2337 or drop by for a consultation at 6557 Buttercup Drive, Unit 6, Wellington. You can also visit them online at alignmedicalcenter.com.