Koi Wellbeing's integrative approach to health care is growing in more ways than one. Literally, the Bird Rock facility has expanded into the space next door on La Jolla Boulevard. There's a new office within for consultations, the IV treatment room has been enlarged, and the wellness center's lobby how has grown to accommodate retail space for recommended products.
There's also a new doctor on board, Jennifer Cornell, who in the words of Koi Wellbeing's main doctor, Brooke Leverone, "does full family care — from pediatrics to geriatrics. She's all about family medicine.
"We also do a new anti-aging therapy for the skin," explained Leverone, who attended both La Jolla High and UC San Diego, "which is using a MicroPen with PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma. It's basically the same thing as the 'Vampire Facial' they're doing in L.A. It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It's a natural alternative to Botox."
As for the Koi Wellbeing philosophy of teaching patients how to manage their health with strategies such as nutrient therapy, Leverone believes more and more people are discovering that it's an alternative to traditional medical treatment with primary care physicians.
"I think we're moving in this direction," she said. "We have so many chronic ailments in our society, and people are getting fed up not getting the time they need with their providers. Our treatment plans are comprehensive road maps to lay out the plan for you to achieve your wellness goals and optimize your health."
Leverone emphasizes that what she practices at Koi Wellbeing is "functional medicine. I'm here to help you optimize your health from a very foundational level. We're not just saying 'You have this symptom, take this, it'll make you feel better.'
"I'm about functional lab testing, measurable results, looking at the actual biochemical, physiological pathways that we can quantify, and providing options. I'm trained just the same as a medical doctor. It's just that my approach is different."
Just in time for the holidays, when taking care of one's health isn't always a priority, Leverone has some tips. Of course, these apply all year round:
First, drink enough water. "You should drink half your body weight in ounces every day, plus extra for any caffeine, sugar or alcohol intake and any exercise."
Second, daily movement, even just walking. "You want to keep the circulation going."
Third, get enough restful sleep. "You need a minimum of seven and a half hours a night. That's when the body heals itself; it's when repair happens."
Fourth, manage stress. "That's a killer. Whether it's taking time out during the day, or taking some nice deep breaths. Stop and watch the sunset. Anything to lower your stress."
And finally, regular meals. "Don't skip meals. You should be eating regularly to balance blood sugar."
Koi Wellbeing, 5632 La Jolla Blvd., is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and evenings by appointment. (858) 257-2808. koiwellbeing.com
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