Laura Paris specializes in
VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40
Pre and post menopausal hormone health & total mind-body vitality.
Become her long-distance Functional Medicine patient from the comfort of your home.
Do you feel stuck with frustrating symptoms such as moodiness, fatigue, poor sleep, painful or irregular periods, weight gain or sweats?
Laura Paris specializes in pre and post menopausal symptoms that seem to have no solution. You don’t have to accept these symptoms as “normal.” It is completely possible to be vibrant and healthy as you go through hormonal changes before and after menopause. You can feel better than you ever have in your whole life, with high vitality, strength, and energy! It is a myth that suffering is inevitable and that menopause is a disease. This is a powerful time of change in our lives, and we need to reclaim our right to experience it as a natural time of life, not as a disease. Experiencing this transition with conscious intent for the best self-care ever is THE way to go.
Do you feel that conventional medicine does not meet your needs as a woman over 40 going through hormonal changes?
You are not alone! Laura hears women complain about the lack of satisfying solutions from their doctors. Dangerous synthetic hormones? Birth control pills? Anti-depressants? Unfortunately, conventional medicine does not have a diverse tool bag for us. Laura provides what lacks in your conventional care. She spends time with you and really listens. She relies on Functional Medicine, which is an approach that does not mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals or even herbs and supplements. Instead, she asks “Why do you have this symptom? Let’s get to the bottom of this and find real solutions!” This is the essence of Functional Medicine, which many call “the future of medicine.”
What can you expect from being Laura’s patient?
You can expect to be treated with compassion as Laura guides you through her Functional medicine program, called VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40. Laura uses precise cutting-edge tests, your detailed intake forms, a lengthy personal video or phone interview, as well as her extensive clinical experience to customize her VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40 program for YOU. Each woman is unique, so each woman goes through a different journey within this program. Where you begin will be tailored to you.
Pre and post menopausal hormone health and total mind-body vitality
How do these appointments work?
In a nutshell, you start with an Initial Interview, followed by a comprehensive Case Review, and then a follow-up visit approximately once per month until you are through the VIBRANT WOMEN OVER 40 program. During the course of your care, you can communicate with Laura and her staff through a secure patient portal. You can complete your intake forms, view your lab results, and receive handouts through this easy to use portal.
It can be difficult to find a qualified and experienced Functional Medicine clinician in your town. When you have a distance appointment, you receive all the benefits of an in person appointment, and you can be in your pajamas at home.
What tools does Laura use?
Laura uses cutting edge Functional Medicine lab tests to make precise diagnoses and assessments. Although many of these tests are self-pay, you save money in the long run by getting highly accurate information instead of guessing. Her top tests include:
- Dutch complete hormone test (urine, home kit, self-pay)
- Comprehensive test for digestive function, inflammation, microbiome, infections (stool, home kit, self-pay and insurance)
- Small intestine bacterial overgrowth test (breath, home kit, self-pay)
- Labcorp or Quest functional blood chemistry (blood, lab, insurance)
- Cyrex food intolerance (blood, lab or mobile phlebotomist visit, self-pay)
For treatment, Laura uses an array of natural approaches including diet, nutrients, supplements, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormones, stress management, movement education, and sleep training. She also incorporates counseling as needed. Her approach is influenced by her background in Functional Chinese Medicine.
Appointment Descriptions & Fees
Please understand that the following appointment fees include:
- Laura’s preparation time before your appointment reviewing your forms, interpreting labs, and writing reports
- Your actual appointment time
- Laura’s follow-up work designing your protocol and ordering labs
- Any necessary communication between appointments, with you and your other practitioners
Initial Interview: $250/60 minutes
Laura reviews your intake forms before this appointment. During the one-hour video or phone interview, she gets a broad picture of your health history, concerns, and goals. Laura recommends which lab tests to order, and suggests immediate interventions to improve your health while you wait for test results. This advice may include dietary changes, supplements, and interventions for stress, sleep, movement, and pain reduction. She makes suggestions on a case-by-case basis. It’s important to follow these suggestions because they will give important information at your next appointment.
After your Initial Interview, you complete your labs. You can go to your local Labcorp OR Quest to complete bloodwork, where you can use your insurance. You complete the Functional Medicine lab kits at home (except for Cyrex food intolerance blood tests), and follow the shipping instructions.
Our office provides detailed instructions on how to complete and ship these lab kits. We only order labs with your prior approval. Laura is judicial and experienced about which labs are important to complete for necessary medical information about your case. She will not suggest unnecessary labs, under any condition. It is your choice whether or not to approve the labs she suggests, or a portion of them. You have an opportunity to discuss these choices in detail during your Initial Interview. Laura is always willing to work with you at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
At the end of the Initial Interview, we will provide you with notes from your session, including instructions for all the recommended changes and lab tests. At this time you schedule your next appointment for four-six weeks later. It’s important not to wait longer than this, as Laura limits the number of people she works with so that every person is current in her mind.
Case Review: $250/60 minutes
Before this appointment Laura reviews your lab tests. She prepares a Report of Findings for you. During this one hour phone or video appointment, she presents you with your report, along with a personal and thorough treatment plan. This appointment is a great time to ask questions. At this time you schedule a follow-up appointment for one month later.
This first follow-up appointment is essential so that Laura can find out how your protocol is working, and make adjustments if necessary. You will also undoubtably have questions. Between your Case Review and follow-up appointment, if you have any reactions to your protocol, you must contact Laura through the patient portal immediately. Please do not wait until your next appointment. If you have a simple question that takes approximately five minutes to answer, please contact Laura through the portal. If you have questions that pile up and you need them answered before your next appointment, it’s always fine to schedule your appointment sooner.
Follow-up Appointments: $95/30 minutes or $175/60 minutes
Laura highly recommends you schedule a follow-up appointment on a monthly basis. She takes her role as your health provider very seriously, and wants to stay in close touch with you while you are journeying through her program. Monthly appointments can usually take place within 30 minutes, unless there is more than one lab to review. If you wait more than a month, a longer appointment is absolutely needed. After these follow-up appointments, Laura updates your protocol and orders more labs as needed.
Laura recommends you continue with one follow-up per month, until you are on a maintenance plan. This means that the issues and goals you came in with are addressed, you feel good, sleep well, have great energy and mental clarity. In other words, you feel that you have achieved a VIBRANT WOMAN status! Depending on the patient, this can take approximately three months up to one or even two years.
Women LOVE their Functional Medicine care! They report that they have never received such a thorough, personal, and comprehensive evaluation and plan for their health!
Laura gets to the root of these pre and post menopausal symptoms and conditions:
adrenal fatigue • anxiety • autoimmune diseases • blood sugar imbalances (insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes) • brain fog • depression • digestive distress and microbiome problems (reflux, bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation, diarrhea) • fatigue • fibromyalgia • hot flashes • night sweats • sleep problems • stress • thyroid issues • weight gain
Laura also treats these hormonal conditions:
dysmenorrhea (painful periods) • endometriosis • infertility • fibroids • PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome • perimenopause • postpartum blues • PMS – premenstrual syndrome