Cardiovascular & Preventative Assessment
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
Our Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Includes:
- Total Cholesterol
- Lipoproteins and Apolipoproteins
- Fatty Acids
- APO E gene
- IMT/Endothelial testing
Anti-Aging & Metabolic Function
Anti-Aging is an interesting term. Can we really stop or slow the aging process? Anti-aging and metabolic function is all about your quality of life. From the minute we are born, we begin the aging process. No one can stop aging, but we now have markers, also known as Telemeres, to determine longevity. A Telemere is the end of the DNA strand. It’s been compared to as the tip of a shoe lace. The longer the telemere the slower a body ages. Science shows us that good nutrition, proper rest, lowering stress and optimal hormones keep telemeres from shrinking. Now we can actually measure the benefits of good nutrition and hormone optimization on the aging process. Cool isn’t it?
Our Telemers assessment includes:
- Telemers testing
- Comprehensive Nutritional Evaluation
Hormones are the communicators in our bodies and when they aren’t working properly our bodies are not able to perform at it’s best!
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may have a hormone Imbalance.
Symptoms of Menopause may include:
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- weight changes
- trouble sleeping
- vaginal dryness
Irregular menstrual cycles
Irregular menstrual cycles are a good indication that hormones are not balanced. Irregular cycles can be infrequent periods, heavy periods, periods that last weeks or even months or spotting between periods.
Common causes of irregular periods are:
- thyroid problems
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Disease (PCOS or PCOD)
- fibroids or polyps
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is the most common hormone problem affecting 5-10% of women who are of child-bearing age. Pros is often misunderstood by both doctors and patients, therefore it is often misdiagnosed or untreated. Untreated PCOS may lead to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and infertility.
Symptoms of PCOS may include:
- irregular periods
- heavy periods
- difficulty getting pregnant
- weight gain
- difficulty losing weight
- unwanted hair growth
Andropause is the male equivalent of Menopause. It refers to the absence or decline in the male hormone testosterone. Hormone fluctuations are often caused by stress.
Symptoms may include the following:
- aches and pains
- reduced sexual interest
- enjoyment and/or performance
- reduced muscle strength
- increased risk of chronic degenerative disease.
More than any other hormone, the thyroid hormone is most responsible for improvement in energy and reducing fatigue. You’re thyroid regulates your temperature, metabolism, hormones and brain function. We focus on all components of good thyroid health. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) signal from the brain to tell thyroid to work; Free T4 – inactive form of thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland in your neck; Free T3 – active form of thyroid hormone; and antibodies, TPO and TgAB. We also check for Reverse T3 when needed to insure proper utilization of thyroid hormones.
Adrenals are your battery! They are affected by chronic stress, illnesses and infections. Cortisol is one of the main hormones in the adrenals. Elevated levels of cortisol at night –can cause trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Low adrenal function during the entire day may cause one to have “chronic fatigue”. We test adrenal function with salivary 4 x Cortisol levels. We also get DHEA and Pregnenolone levels. If we find very low Cortisol we get additional testing to rule out viral or bacterial infections.
Integrative Health Group focuses on the following Hormone Optimization Solutions to help you feel your BEST!
Want to sleep better, increase your energy and focus, and boost your sex-drive? We can optimize your hormone levels to that of a twenty year old!
Cardiovascular & Preventative Assessment
Do you know the signs and risks of heart disease? Why wait until you’re 50 to find out if you are at risk for a heart attack?
Anti-Aging & Metabolic Function
Aging is a normal process but what if you could slow aging down and peak your body’s performance?
Tired of being told to eat less and exercise more? Healthy weight management is more than just diet and exercise!
Catherine Kipp, APRN
Catherine Kipp is a board certified family practice nurse practitioner and a lifelong student of medicine. Catherine graduated from Brigham Young University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation, Catherine worked as a labor and delivery nurse. In 1997, Catherine graduated from the University of Nevada Orvis School of Nursing, specializing in family practice medicine.
Following graduation, Catherine worked in the Reno, Nevada area training with a fertility specialist. During this time Catherine developed a great understanding and appreciation for hormones and how they affect all aspects of the body’s functions.
In 2009, Catherine set out to open her own private practice which focused on helping her clients reach their health goals through the use of natural hormone replacement. Catherine continues to advance her understanding in functional medicine and in 2014 she graduated with a fellowship in metabolic, anti-aging, and functional medicine from the Board of the American Academy of Anti Aging.
During her down time, Catherine enjoys reading, going to the movies with her husband, hiking with her dog and traveling to visit her children and grandchildren.
Dr. Carmel Ferreira, NMD, LAc
Dr. Carmel Ferreira is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Ferreira received her Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her desire to practice Complementary and Alternative Medicine lead her to acquire a strong foundation in eastern medicine, and she pursued an education in Traditional Chinese Medicine by attending two professional programs simultaneously. Dr. Ferreira obtained her Doctorate at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture at Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. Dr. Ferreira also obtained the STAIR Integrative Residency through Bastyr University, which was sponsored by Integrative Therapeutics.
Dr. Ferreira has always felt the need to be involved with her community and for this reason has volunteered at various clinics and hospitals including the Cancer Wellness House in Salt Lake City. Dr. Ferreira assists cancer patients by providing acupuncture and counseling of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
During her down time Dr. Ferreira enjoys being outdoors hiking, trail running, snowboarding and practicing the art of fire poi. Her greatest passion is in the kitchen, creating nutritious meals that are packed with flavor. She also enjoys practicing spiritual meditation and is an active member of her church where she volunteers in various affiliated activities.
Meet the Integrative Health Group Team
REGISTERED NURSE (RN)
Catherine is a graduate from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor’s in Nursing, licensed as RN and worked Labor and Delivery.
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER (NP), BOARD CERTIFIED
While working as a labor and delivery nurse, Catherine returned to school at the University of Nevada Orvis School of Nursing where she received her master’s and board certification as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner.
FELLOWSHIP IN METABOLIC, ANTI-AGING, & FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
After establishing her own practice in 2009, Catherine sought-out further training and in 2012 received her fellowship in integrative medicine from the Board of the American Academy of Anti Aging to better help her patients.
Integrative Health Group has been a great help to me through the years. I required hormone prescriptions after surgery and her extensive blood work and saliva tests were very helpful in getting me the right dose of medication. I have also had different health issues that she has spent time researching and helping me with. I appreciate her thorough knowledge of the human body and keeping up to date on the latest information.
P.R. – age 52
I have loved working with the entire Integrative Health Group team. Catherine does an excellent job of explaining her process and plans for my optimal health. I appreciate her approach to use supplements and medications (when necessary) in my health plan. My health evaluation was very informative, thorough, and most importantly understandable. I highly recommend Integrative Health Group.
A.C. – age 36
Integrative Health Group helped get my HRTs balanced. I had been seeing another practitioner, who was not very involved in how much I was taking of each hormone. As a result, I was taking far too much, but didn’t know it. When I saw Integrative Health Group they did both a blood and saliva tests and were able to determine that I was taking far too much of many of the HRTs. After adjusting them, I have never felt better! The Integrative Health Group team is thorough, knows the science and took the time to explain everything to me. The Integrative Health Group team answered all my questions to my satisfaction.”
L.H. – age 54
“The Integrative Health Group team really listens and does the appropriate testing to get the information needed so that real progress can be made in solving health problems. They are knowledgeable and caring. I recommend them without hesitation.”
C.R. – age 55
“I am so thankful to have found Integrative Health Group and Catherine Kipp. She is knowledgeable, thorough, caring, and a total out of the box practitioner! I have recommended her to all of my family and friends who have tried and are frustrated with the traditional western way of treating patients. She is great!”
J.M. – age 48