Practice Description


Dr. Levy is an integrative holistic medicine specialist.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine (1989) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (2003).

The focus of Dr. Levy’s practice is:

    •    Wellness Care

    •    Healthy Aging

    •    Guidance Regarding Prevention of Chronic Disease

    •    Guidance Regarding Dietary Supplements

    •    Holistic Treatment of a Variety of Chronic Conditions (including, but not limited to):

    ◦   AIDS, Allergies, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Anorexia Nervosa, Anxiety, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Autism

    ◦    Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), Bipolar Disorder, Bloating, Breast Cancer, Bulimia

    ◦    Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Crohn’s Disease

    ◦    Depression, Diabetes

    ◦    Fibroids, Fibromyalgia, Food Sensitivities

    ◦    GERD

    ◦    Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism

    ◦    Indigestion, Infertility, Insomnia, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    ◦    Leaky Gut, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Lupus

    ◦    Menopause, Migraines, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Multiple Sclerosis

    ◦    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis

    ◦    Parkinson’s, Prostate cancer, Prostatitis (chronic)

    ◦    Restless Leg Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis

    ◦    Schizophrenia, Sinusitis (chronic), SLE

    ◦    Ulcerative Colitis

Dr. Levy strives first and foremost to educate his patients.  He formulates with each patient an individualized treatment plan which may encompass lifestyle changes, modification in the specific types of food consumed, and suggestions to take select dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, fatty acids, and others such as glucosamine or Co Q 10).  For individuals who seek guidance because they are ill, the treatment plan is based on identification of underlying disturbances such as:

    •         excess oxidative stress

    •         excess inflammation

    •         impaired liver detoxification

    •         gastrointestinal dysfunction

    •         hormone/neurotransmitter imbalance

Dr. Levy has developed an extensive informal network with many other practitioners.  If acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, naturopathy, or a variety of other complementary modalities of treatment may be beneficial for an individual patient, names of practitioners, along with contact information will be provided.

Dr. Levy has acquired expertise in many areas of preventive care such as nutrition, exercise, cancer screening, prevention of heart disease, and prevention of osteoporosis.  He offers periodic public presentations on these topics and provides detailed educational outlines on each of these subjects on his health information web site. 

Dr. Levy is not a primary care practitioner. The office is not equipped to perform immunizations, EKG’s, ear rinses, or wound care.  Dr. Levy does not hospitalize patients himself – this would need to be arranged by the patient’s primary care physician.  Unless requested, preventive care issues such as cancer screening or screening blood work will not be addressed, as these important matters are the responsibility of the patient’s primary care physician. There is not an answering service, but voice mail is checked frequently and all calls are returned within a reasonable time. If Dr. Levy is unavailable, the message on his personal cell phone will provide a contact phone number for a covering physician.

Appointments are available on Mondays and on Wednesday afternoons. Dr. Levy does not bill insurance companies.  Payment is expected at the time of service, by cash, check, or credit card.  The fee schedule is in the Patient Agreement. Upon request, a receipt will be provided which the patient may submit to the health insurance company for reimbursement.  Patients must sign a Patient Agreement prior to the initial visit. This can be submitted online, printed from this web site or mailed to the patient upon request.  After the initial visit, follow up is available by phone or e mail, as an alternative to a follow up office visit, with the charge for the follow up based on time devoted to the phone call or e mail.  Patients who wish to communicate by e mail will need to review the office e mail policy and sign a consent form which is provided at the initial office visit.  A typewritten summary of each office visit is prepared within 48 hours of the visit and provided to the patient by email or US mail, depending upon patient preference.

 

 PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY

 

Dr. Levy practices Integrative Medicine.  A few of the tenets of Integrative Medicine are (1) recognition of the healing response as innate - the primary role of the practitioner is to remove any blocks to healing, (2) recognition of the importance of good nutrition, regular exercise, and other lifestyle factors in the achievement of optimal health, (3) recognition of the role of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and dietary supplements in the treatment of many health ailments, (4) recognition of the role of complementary practitioners such as naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists in our health care system, and (5) recognition of the importance of education of the patient.  Integrative Medicine encompasses the use of prescription medications when indicated; Dr. Levy is qualified to write prescriptions if requested by the patient.

Dr. Levy strives to practice patient-centered care, meaning that he as physician is the educator and guide, and the patient is the decision maker.  As a consultant and specialist in holistic medicine, his primary focus is to address the specific needs and concerns of the patient.  With regard to the concept of relationship-centered care, he is committed to providing each patient with his undivided attention and building physician-patient relationships based upon empathy and mutual respect.  He recognizes the importance of trust in a therapeutic physician-patient relationship, as well as the role of a therapeutic relationship in healing. Questioning by the patient is encouraged.

Dr. Levy chooses not to engage in business relationships whereby he would draw income or any financial benefit from the sale of dietary supplements.

Dr. Levy strives to practice evidence-based medicine, and devotes hours each week to reading the medical literature. He recognizes that there are many different levels of evidence, ranging from data gathered from randomized, controlled trials to anecdotes based on observation.


Page updated July 3, 2017