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Nutritional Counseling - The FirstLine Therapy is a 12 week lifestyle modification program that will put you on the path to optimal health and ideal body composition through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, reduction of stress, and the appropriate use of supplements.

Sessions consist of three 20 minute appointments with Dr. Orwick (at Week 1, 6 & 12) and nine 1 hour sessions with Anna Burchard over the course of the twelve weeks. Dr. Orwick will supervise your program, design your supplement plan, and answer any questions concerning complex health issues or lab work results. Anna will go over your test results with you, coordinate your program, and provide information concerning your unique health profile and challenges. She will be your coach and support throughout the 12 weeks while you begin to make lifestyle choices that will change your future well-being. See Nutrition/FLT for more information.

About Anna - Anna Burchard is a Metagenics Certified Lifestyle Educator and a FirstLine Therapy participant. She is an ACSM (American College of Sports medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and a graduate of the Providence Institute's Personal Trainer Program.
Anna is personally committed to the pursuit of superior health and wellbeing. Having dealt with various auto-immune issues she knows first hand the power of appropriate diet, supplementation and positive visualization to optimize one's potential. Anna brings this experience to share with her clients, fellow traveler's on our common path to greater living.

We have three wellness tools that can be added to any visit. You can add a session in the F.I.T.T. half sauna, a Foot Detox, or time on the VibraWav. You can pay per visit, or you can purchase a package of minutes to be used however you like.
Single Visit               Package                    Savings
1$/minute                60 minutes for $50       $10
                             120 minutes for $100     $20

You do not have to schedule an appointment, but it is recommended for your convenience.  Dr. Orwick recommends that you try each one once (FREE!) to design a treatment plan to fit your needs.
VibraWav Benefits:
• Feel better by increasing energy and endorphins
• Burn calories by increasing your metabolism
• Strengthen your muscles and nervous system
• Hold your adjustments longer
• ↑ circulation/lymphatics/oxygenation
• ↑metabolism/flexibility/balance
• ↓ stress hormones/cellulite/toxins

When astronauts stay for an extended time in zero-gravity, they loss muscle mass, bone density resulting in a lot of joint & back pain. Scientists developed this technology to use in the training regimen of astronauts and Olympic athletes.
You simply stand on a vibrating plate and it causes your nervous system and musculoskeletal system to fire at a rate of up to 50 times per second.
In just 10 minutes you get the benefits of a 60 minute traditional working out by just standing or sitting on the machine.
It increases your circulation, lymphatic flow, endorphins, bone density & oxygen at the cellular level.
It also increases your metabolism, energy, core strength, endurance, balance proprioception and flexibility.
It decreases your fat cells, cellulite, cortisol or stress hormone, which helps you sleep better.
You can burn 400 to 500 calories in just 10 minutes on a low setting.
There are over 30 published studies on the benefits of Vibrawav (chronic pain, weight loss, fibromyalgia, and improving the health of elderly patients)
Perfect for people that are unable to work out due to pain or time limitations.
F.I.T.T Half Sauna -  ideal for deep relaxation and soothing comfort, as well as health and healing. In addition to providing health benefits to people with autism; the portable far infrared half saunas support fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, or blood circulation problems. 
Therapeutic Values
There are many valuable therapeutic effects from using FAR infrared half saunas, which have been shown to help any number of conditions in which detoxification may be useful. Diminish Back Pain - The deep heat of the Health Partner F.I.T.T. System helps peripheral blood vessels to dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm which eases pain while providing greater flexibility and range of motion. Relieve Arthritis - For centuries heat therapy has been used to treat many forms of arthritis. The radiant heat generated by the sauna penetrates uniformly beneath the skin's surface to ease problematic and painful conditions associated with sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and other muscular-skeletal ailments. With regular therapy, much of the arthritic discomfort that comes with aging can be significantly reduced or eliminated. Aid Insomnia - Perhaps the most immediate relief that the Health Partner Half Sauna offers is simple relaxation. Within minutes the stress and tension of every day life begins to dissolve. The gentle warmth of Health Partner Half Sauna calms nerves and knotted muscles, preparing body and mind for more peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. Boost Metabolism - The heated blood in your lower body rigorously circulates through your whole body to maintain equilibrium in your body temperature, thereby boosting your metabolism.

Detoxification Foot Bath - Heavy metals and toxins are everywhere, including our air, oceans, top soil and many food sources. They are the hidden cause of many symptoms and diseases. We all need to clean up our diet, air and water sources, which is quite a commitment of both time and energy. Here is an easy way to start, with instant results you can see.

The Erchonia EB-305 Energy Balancing System is a warm water ionic energy foot bath that facilitates the natural Detox process in only 25 minutes. The benefits of a Detox bath include: heavy metal removal, increase in energy and oxygen in your body, reduces injury recovery time, relieves pain and stimulates the immune system.

Individual bath is $35 but less than $25 when you buy a package!

Orthotic Casting - Dr. Orwick attended a 150 hours post-graduate orthopedic diplomat program. Three months of the program was devoted to the importance of our feet and ankles as our foundation. If you have a hyper-pronated (dropped arch) it can cause problems right up the kinetic chain.

You know the song that talks about how the foot bone is connected to knee bone? Well it’s truer than we realize. Improper foot biomechanics are often connected to low back pain. Dr. Orwick uses a company that provides a firm on the inside, soft on the outside Orthotic that her patients tend to like better than the typical hard plastic kind. She custom casts your foot, and it will take approximately 3 weeks to manufacture your unique Orthotic. Casting is easy and painless and we can order the Orthotic that fits your life style the best.

Genova (Great Smokies) Laboratory
is a unique company in North Carolina that runs comprehensive lab tests, mainly for Naturopaths, DO’s and alternative friendly MD’s. The tests are generally more thorough than tests run in Primary Care Physician offices.

For the most difficult cases or the scientifically minded patient, Dr. Orwick will use Genova because of their quality and integrity. Some examples of testing that Genova performs are:

  • Hair Analysis-to show heavy metals & mineral content

  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis-to show parasite, yeast, bacteria, PH, digestive enzyme function

  • Comprehensive thyroid test- to test your thyroid, pituitary and auto-Immune function

  • Cardio Vascular Profile

  • Hormone Profile

  • DNA Testing

Prices vary according to tests ordered.

Cholesterol and Diabetes Panel -
We do in-office testing for lipid profile and blood sugar level analysis to determine your risk for coronary heart disease and diabetes. The test provides results for Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, HDL, LDL, TC/HDL Ratio, and liver enzymes. The finger prick testing is simple, painless, quick and inexpensive.

Inflammation/Fats- Prostaglandin-E2 is a hormone that regulates modulation of inflammation. It is naturally released by blood vessel walls in response to infection or inflammation that acts on the brain to induce fever. You can unnaturally increase it (thereby inflamation) in your body by eating meat, sugar, and/or refined carbs, saturated and/or trans fats. Also by eating
Omega 6 oils (corn, soybean, safflower, peanut, cottonseed, and sunflower) ex: cookies, chips, salad dressings.

Ideally your
Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio should be 1 : 1.
The average American’s ratio is
10 : 1 and people with chronic pain have an average of 20 : 1.
If you lower yours to
4 : 1 then you decrease risk of heart disease by 70%.  
You can increase
Omega 3 by eating clean fish, flaxseed oil and clean EPA-DHA.

What’s YOUR Ratio?  We now provide a simple finger prick lab test for $125.

Neurotransmitter/Adrenal Testing - Are you:
Depressed, Anxious, Stressed, ADD, and tired all the time? Do you have: Insomnia, Brain Fog, Addictive Issues, Panic Attacks, and Crave Carbs? These are all indications that your Neurotransmitters(NTs) are deficient or out of balance. Affective Disorders are thought to be NTs deficiencies. Did you know that anti-depressants don’t increase your NTs they only affect how NTs function? Nutritional Supplements do increase your NTs.
We recommend an NT/adrenal test that allows you to see what your baseline is for the top 6 neurotransmitters (serotonin, GABA, dopamine, nor-epinephrine, epinephrine, and glutamate) and how your adrenals are functioning with 4 cortisol and 2 DHEA values
Out of 60,000 patients tested, 70% had low serotonin levels.
(p.s. Sugar, unhealthy diet, toxins, stress, and sedentary lifestyle all decrease your serotonin levels.)

Our $295 test is a simple urine and saliva home collection kit.
It will determine your baseline values, we will recommend the appropriate supplements, and you can retest every 6-9 weeks until your NT’s are balanced.

Laser Rental – Erchonia cold laser PL5000 is available for rent to established patients for maximum at home recovery from surgery, broken bones, chronic pain, TMJ, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, etc. See the Laser Article by Dr. Orwick for more information.

Nutritional Supplement Quality - What you don't know can hurt you and waste your money. All herbs and vitamins are not created equal.

Fortunately and unfortunately the FDA does not monitor supplement and herbs. Many profit seeking, unethical or even uneducated companies are jumping on the bandwagon and producing vitamins. I often have patients tell me I've already tried "so and so" and it didn't work. Let us look at some differences in quality that you might not be aware of.

is one of our main suppliers of supplements. An independent company assays the supplements to verify potency, purity and viability at the time of expiration.

One such independent study of probiotics pulled ten different Acidophilus products from a health food store shelf and assayed them. They found that none of the ten contained what the label represented. What is worse, several contained additional bad bacteria, like strep fecalis, indicitave of temperature damage. Many companies store their products in hot warehouses and ship them in hot trucks and then place the product in the refrigerator at the health food store. Other companies use low-grade processing methods that damage the beneficial bacteria. Then many consumers just buy the cheapest brand and wonder why it doesn't work. Metagenics' probiotics are carefully processed, shipped cold and kept refrigerated in our office until you buy them.

Efficacy of herbal supplements - Metagenics uses only pharmaceutical grade, organic, wild crafted herbs that have been independently assayed for the active ingredient with scientific research behind it. If the herb is grown in leached out soil, harvested at the wrong time, covered with pesticides, or doesn't have enough of the active ingredient in it, then it will not work for you. The consumer would have no idea what is behind the herb, only that it was "the right price" and that it did not help.

There are 5 markers to look for in a quality nutritional company:

  •  GMP (good manufacturing practices) certified manufacturing facilities

  •  Comprehensive scientific evaluation of ingredients

  •  Comprehensive safety reviews

  •  Human clinical evaluations to document predicted safety and efficacy

  •  Advanced scientific staff and facilities.

Metagenics works diligently to be certified by NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association), NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association- a pharmaceutical certification for herb quality). There are 5 grades of herbs, the top grade being pharmceutical grade. Metagenics supplements are sold only through doctors in order that their highly potent products be administered correctly.

Dr. Orwick thoroughly researched her suppliers and will only use those that have scientific research to back their claims (such as Nutri-West.) Remember THE MOST EXPENSIVE SUPPLEMENT IS THE ONE THAT DOES NOT WORK !! If you save $5 on a $15 product and it doesn't work, then you have just wasted $10. Suppose you purchased inferior glucosamine for arthritic relief.  You now still have the pain you were seeking to alleviate and the belief that glucosamine does not work.

* Some Health and Wellness Services can be paid for with Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) but are not covered by most insurance plans.  Speak to our billing department for specific questions about your insurance by calling (520) 740-1718.

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