by: Lisa Stephens
For many, the search for quality healthcare to resolve various issues can be overwhelming. Oftentimes, we get one issue resolved with one healthcare provider only to be referred on to another to address something else that is troubling our bodies. Fortunately, Dr. Erika Bradshaw and her professional staff understand the need for whole-body awareness and the importance of knowing that our bodies work like machines; one thing affects another. Through integrative and holistic therapies, her ultimate goal is to provide optimal wellness to her patients. Angelica Loebenberg, ARNP joined the Transform Your Health family in 2018. Alongside Dr. Bradshaw, she offers holistic, personalized care to patients, as well as specialized nutritional and dietary consults and well-woman exams.
Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Bradshaw was raised in a holistic environment. After completing medical school, she was eager to find other ways to treat patients. “I attended an ACAM (American College for the Advancement of Medicine) conference and the rest was history.” Alternatives to traditional medicine are available and have proven to be very successful at achieving optimal health and well being. Integrative medicine entails diagnosing and treating present conditions as well as preventing others from occurring.
“There are so many layers of success for each person. Most patients present with multiple symptoms and a variety of goals that they wish to achieve,” she said. She explained the body is like an onion. “Together we have to peel back the layers and work through the various symptoms and concerns piece by piece. By repairing one, you open the pathway to allow repair of another and so on.” Oftentimes, we don’t know specifically what is wrong but we know we just don’t feel our best. Dr. Bradshaw can help with those “grey” areas as well when it comes to hormones, fatigue and other components of our health that affect our well being.
Dr. Bradshaw has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 2003 and received the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Reviews from Angie’s List include:
“Dr. Bradshaw makes sure to get the right testing done to diagnose your issues and get to the root causes of health issues. I have conditions that my primary care doctor never found in many years that she easily identified and I am now on the road to wellness. “…. Stacia G.
Dr. Bradshaw is amazing! She is extremely thorough; she spent about an hour with me. She carefully looks through all your medical records. She will also do a more natural approach or the traditional approach; whichever you prefer. She definitely knows how to do both very well. She is pretty much the best doctor I have seen when you have multiple issues or problems going on. If anybody can figure it out and get to the bottom of it, she can.” ….Doug K.
Stephen G. said…..Dr. Bradshaw was very thorough, listened attentively, asked lots of questions, considered my situation and addressed treatment in detail. I have never had a doctor who listened to me, reviewed my health and gave me options on treatment. I didn’t feel rushed or made to feel like my health issues were not a concern. She gave me hope that she could treat my problems and get results.”
For each new patient, an initial appointment includes an hour-long face to face evaluation and consult. Symptoms and concerns are addressed. Past and current living environments, supplements and medications currently being taken is discussed. Once this information is gathered, a treatment plan is created. Patients then sit down with a care consultant to review and discuss the specifics of their treatment plan and to get any additional information required to move forward toward wellness. Follow-up visits are typically requested in 4-6 weeks to evaluate test results and discuss any change in symptoms or conditions. At that time, any change in treatment, if necessary, will be discussed. “Helping my patients gives me pleasure. Seeing their health and overall quality of life improve is almost like watching your children grow. There is a special type of pride associated with being able to witness and be a part of this journey towards improvement,” Dr. Bradshaw shared. Once optimal health is reached, a maintenance plan is prescribed. Each plan is specifically geared towards the individual patient to meet their personal needs.
Success in achieving better health with Dr. Bradshaw has been experienced in a variety of areas. Chelation therapy has been researched (TACT trial) and noted as an alternative for those cardiac patients hoping to avoid surgery. For patients suffering from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability and mood swings, fatigue and insomnia, implementation of Bio-Identical Hormone therapy is a possible treatment solution. Dr. Bradshaw explained that by evaluating thyroid function in a more holistic way, natural treatments can be utilized which more closely mimic normal thyroid function. “Getting an idea of the complete, bigger picture also allows evaluation of any underlying factor or condition such as iodine deficiency, autoimmune disorders, etc,” she said. The office also treats patients suffering from chronic or adrenal fatigue. “Much of our current way of living keeps us in a state of ‘fight or flight,’ resulting in frequent or constant elevation of cortisol levels. Over time, this can lead to burnout and chronic fatigue,” she explained.
BioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy is now available at Transform Your Health. Found to reduce and/or alleviate symptoms of fatigue, memory loss, mental fog, low sex drive, hot flashes and night sweats, utilization of pellet therapy provides yet another treatment option for achieving optimal wellness and improved overall quality of life. Research on these therapies has shown a reduction in the risks for diabetes and heart disease, prevention of osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease, and an increase in energy levels, lean muscle, and bone mass.
Professional-grade supplements are available both on the website and in-office to keep you on the wellness track. Monthly specials are available, and updates can be found on the website and Facebook pages. The September specials include an “Immune Boost” package consisting of a Myers IV with extra Vitamin C, Glutathione and an IonCleanse Detox Footbath; and a “Stress Buster” bundle which utilizes a special blend of Vitamin B12, BComplex and Vitamin C, a Glutathione push and the Amethyst BioMat. Schedule your appointment today to get on the road to optimal health, and be sure to check the website monthly to review new specials!
Transform your Health is located at 210 S. Pinellas Ave, Suite 106 Tarpon Springs 34689. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 5pm and Tuesday 9am to 8pm. Call 727-786-1661 to schedule your appointment. Web address: www.drerikabradshaw.com.