Integrative Medicine


A doctor should help you care for your whole self, not just treat acute symptoms. At Norterra Family Medicine, Dr. Kristine Sarna and Mollyann Allen, PA, integrative medicine specialists, do just that. They treat all members of the family with regular well-care visits, hormone therapy, nutritional guidance, and natural, holistic remedies. Phoenix area residents can call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment and create a relationship with these caring, compassionate, and thorough doctors.

Integrative Medicine Q&A

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine embraces conventional medicine and alternative therapies when treating patients. Your lifestyle, diet, physical activity, and symptoms influence diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Sarna and Mollyann Allen, PA seek a therapeutic relationship with you to maximize your health.

The defining principles of integrative medicine link patient and practitioner as partners. In addition, the doctors consider all factors when evaluating and maximizing your health — including mind, spirit, community, and the body. The providers at Norterra Family Medicine believe in pursuing the least invasive medical solution to illness or disease. They seek to educate you in wellness so you can ultimately take charge of your health.

What supplements are recommended to benefit my health?

The doctors recommend supplements only after a thorough review of your medical history and present symptoms. They’ll also take into account your lifestyle and schedule.

The supplements include Metagenics — nutraceuticals and medical foods that are recognized around the world for setting the standard for high quality and purity. They have the stated mission of helping patients achieve their “genetic potential through nutrition.”

The staff at Norterra Family Medicine may suggest Metagenics products as part of your overall health and wellness plan. They can be purchased at the practice or through the Metagenics website.

What are nutraceuticals and homeopathic remedies?

Nutraceuticals are foods or food products enhanced with extra health benefits. Probiotics, minerals and vitamins, and dietary fiber are examples. Along with Metagenics, Ortho Molecular is a leading nutraceutical provider committed to improving your health with quality organic products that have been certified as meeting Good Manufacturing Practices production standards. Both brands are available at Norterra Family Medicine.

Homeopathic remedies offer natural treatments to common conditions, including viral illnesses, immune function, muscle aches, and insomnia. Using the concept of similars, tinctures are created to assist the human body in healing itself. Norterra Family Medicine offers products from the Heel company.

How can changes in nutrition improve my health?

The foods you put into your body every day affect your health. A diet high in processed foods, refined grains, and sugar can increase inflammation, lead to weight gain, and make you vulnerable to disease. By simply changing what you eat, you can experience effortless weight loss, better energy, and improvements in your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

The doctors can also help you determine whether you have an underlying intolerance that’s irritating your system and causing bloating, fatigue, or other mysterious symptoms.