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Dr. Patrick Flynn is the founder and director of The Wellness Way Clinics with wellness centers spread all throughout the U.S. serving individuals with numerous health conditions. He started his first clinic over 10 years ago with a vision of what health care should really be and it has blossomed into a model that others are following.
Dr. Patrick’s unique approach has given him the opportunity to work with a number of well-known laboratories to develop new formulas, products and testing to help doctors to both identify and restore function to their patients’ bodies.
What is The Wellness Way Approach?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, hormone problems, autism, etc.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as a broken bone or appendicitis. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
The Wellness Way approach addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an expansion in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more individual-centered approach, our approach addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Our practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, we are supporting the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.