Dr. Michelle Dilks is now accepting patients at her newly established office, Greeneville Integrative Medicine, located at 1606 Hannah St.
Dilks, a board certified osteopathic physician, offers patients extended consultations of up to two hours for new patients and up to an hour for follow-up visits. She is trained in both conventional medicine and “evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments.”
Integrative medicine is for those battling chronic illnesses and those in good health who are looking for an extra boost, she said.
“They feel like they could use a little bit more, whether it’s specifics in nutritional consultation or discussing supplements that might help them in a personalized way,” Dilks explained. “Instead of just saying, ‘Well, why don’t I just take a multivitamin and a high dose of vitamin D like everybody else does?’ — really honing in on your specific needs with the lab testing, in-depth personal and medical history, along with the medications they might take to determine if there might be interactions with their prescription medications and any herbal supplements they’re taking. And try to kind of hone that stuff down.”
Services at the office include osteopathic manipulative therapy, a lifestyle-medicine program for weight loss that features Metagenics’ nutritional products, specialized laboratory testing, personalized genomics, hormone testing and more. Dilks noted that integrative medicine involves a deep study into the patient’s personal, medical and spiritual history.
“The goal is basically to get people functionally healthier rather than just throwing prescriptions at them that cover up their symptoms,” she said.
According to Dilks, the following are defining principles of integrative medicine:
- Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit and community as well as the body.
- Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
- Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
- Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
Dilks noted that her preference is for patients to have a primary care provider for annual physicals and other care insurance typically covers.
Her office does not accept insurance or Medicare, but will provide documentation for patients to submit for reimbursements from insurance providers.
“Come to me for extended care,” she said. “So many of us are overstressed, undernourished, overworked. We don’t sleep enough. We’re all kind of running around not at 100 percent. A lot of us are way less than that. It’s basically getting a personalized treatment plan to get you back on track to feeling like you have that 100 percent.
“How can we boost you? Whether it be using alternative methods in stress reduction, like mind-body techniques — osteopathic manipulation to get your body and your mind feeling better — and then also using nutritional supplements — minerals, vitamins, herbal supplements — to get that chemistry working a little bit better,” she explained. “Reset your GI system, your hormonal system, rebalance your body so that you are more able to function with less, hopefully, chronic disease, less stress on your body and more optimal function.”
According to her website, Dilks is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in family medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
She said she and her husband came to Greeneville seeking open space and air on a farm. She had been practicing with Laughlin Medical Care for about five years before opening her new medical office.
Dilks said she intends to become board certified in integrated medicine this spring.
She has practiced family medicine for more than a decade and completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.
Dilks is a board member with the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association and works as an adjunct professor for the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Also practicing at the location is Rick Morgan with Total Care Acupuncture and Massage.