Balance Natural Medicine in Ridgway takes the holistic model a step further, offering a multitude of modalities with which to explore the avenues of wellness with their clients.
“We all work on the preventive end of things,” says Dr. Jessica Balbo, a chiropractor at Balance, of the unique blend of caregivers all working under one roof at the airy Ridgway clinic. “It’s not just damage control, but really looking at keeping people healthy.”
Dr. Balbo is one of four caregivers at Balance, which opened last February in Ridgway’s Village Square. She is joined by fellow chiropractor and husband Dr. Jason Bojar; therapist Lynton Moore, M.A.; and family practitioner Dr. Paul Glanville. Between them, the clinic offers a wide range of therapies, including chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, mental health counseling, hormone optimization, family medicine, and more. “We try and offer as many health care modalities as we can. We feel that offering that spectrum enables us to really see our patients and view where their concerns are coming from,” Dr. Bojar says.
The belief that certain ailments could benefit from a blend of treatments is just one of the principles the caregivers at Balance have in common. A dedication to proactive health awareness is another characteristic the clinic’s healthcare providers share, each of whom tries to empower their patients to take control of their health at any stage of life.
“Looking at a client’s list of symptoms is just one side of the equation, and we like to focus on both sides of the equation,” Dr. Bojar says, explaining that often, patients with certain symptoms can benefit from a therapeutic strategy which also focuses on underlying issues such as biochemistry, dietary therapy, nutrition, supplementation, and stress relief. “This type of medicine jives with people. We ask our patients to be a part of their therapy, and that empowers them to act,” Dr. Bojar says.
Dr. Bojar specializes in chiropractics with a focus on functional medicine and clinical nutrition, and deals specifically with healthy weight loss, thyroid issues, food sensitivities, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, candida, and Lyme disease, among other issues.
Dr. Balbo specializes on the structural and musculoskeletal side of chiropractics, focusing on sports injuries, chronic pain, and injury management.
Moore focuses on what she calls the psychological piece of the puzzle, helping clients with mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and addiction; as she describes it, “getting to whatever’s underneath the diagnosis.” Moore is certified in EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, which is described as a powerful short-term therapy that is highly effective for a wide range of disorders including chronic pain, phobias, depression, stress, and performance anxiety.
“It’s helping to release the cellular memory around trauma, so that there’s a sense of freedom, and patients are no longer held captive by their defenses,” Moore says. “Emotional issues can cause physical ones.”
Dr. Glanville has been practicing family medicine for 38 years, with a focus on thyroid care, diagnosing toxic metal toxicities, and optimizing hormone levels for healthy aging.
“There is a saying, ‘if the only tool you have is a hammer, it’s interesting how everything starts to look like nail.’ Working with chiropractors and nutritional medicine has opened my eyes to a lot of different things,” he says.
Working cooperatively with the other caregivers at the Balance clinic is a focus of all the practitioners, Dr. Bojar explains. “If there needs to be a referral, it’s across the hall. There is no gap in communication.”
There is a lab located inside Balance Natural Medicine, where practitioners can take samples and provide analysis at greatly reduced costs, thanks to the clinic’s relationship with a laboratory co-operative.
Balance Natural Medicine is currently taking patients of all ages; for more information visit their website, www.balancenaturalmedicine.com, or call the office at 626-7137.