Wow! I can’t believe January has already flown by! There are some new faces and exciting plans for 2023 at our office. There are so many things I’d like to tell you all about, but these emails can be limiting. Please check our website, DillonLambert.com, Instagram @thriveintegrativehealthreno, or Facebook for updates.
When I opened my practice in 2018, it was my intention to build an enduring practice of medicine through “personal, high-touch medicine with a small-town feel.” Over the last 5 years with the increasing demands of the healthcare industry and government changes, I am directed to be more of an “administrator of care” rather than a “provider.” As many of you know, I have explored many different aspects regarding my practice model, its growth, and the type of care provided. As a nurse practitioner, patient care is my highest priority, and maintaining my independence as a practitioner allows me to focus on you, the patient. It’s been over a year since our practice decided to stop accepting insurance for these same reasons. This has allowed us to maintain the focus of care on preventing the disease rather than treating it, empowering patients through education, and assisting patients in reaching their optimal health goals. During 2022 I also decided to add a membership option for patients wanting a more concierge communication style. As Thrive continues into 2023, I will be focusing on my membership offerings. I am making this change to my practice to continue providing a progressive, functional, and comprehensive approach to your health and wellness. By limiting the number of patients in the membership, I plan to recapture my original practice's personal and small-town feel. I want to better focus on establishing and reestablishing direct relationships with patients and their families and provide greater access to me, as your provider, and our practice. This being said, Thrive will continue to offer non-member services and options for those who decide that the membership is not for them- both in the office and virtually. I understand that a medical membership may not be for everyone. At Thrive, you will continue to have access to experienced, specialized practitioners who will invest in your journey and delve into your health history and concerns. Katie and Annie are both excellent Nurse Practitioners who are experienced with gut health, weight loss, aesthetics, and family medicine. In addition to our ‘Keep Me Well” membership, we will be offering men’s health and weight loss memberships shortly. We will also be expanding our digitally enabled virtual care availability. Virtual practice refers to healthcare services that take place virtually using communications technology. Through video and audio connectivity, practitioners can meet with patients in real-time, from practically any location…no more missed work for our patients! We are honored to support you in creating and maintaining a healthy energetic system and promoting a happier healthier life. For more information on membership, please see our website and look under patient resources. Don’t just survive, THRIVE!
*The end of the year was bitter sweet with goodbyes and hellos at the office. As the world changes, so do the needs of our employees. We were sad to see both Cyndee and Nicole leave, but happy for them to pursue their next adventures! Please welcome Jillian to the Thrive staff! Thrive will also be streamlining our office procedures with the ushering in of the New Year including, reduced front desk hours, increased online communication, and priority membership scheduling.
*Dillon will continue to see non-member patients and new pediatric patients however, it will be more limited scheduling- the best way to ensure quick responses and appointments is to become a member.
*Our other providers are happy to see you as well
*Men's Health and Weight Loss memberships will be available shortly
*Turn that frown upside down! Annie is board certified family nurse practitioner who is passionate about aesthetics.
*We are working on self-scheduling ability for our patients
*Our emails aren't the prettiest, so we are finalizing a new email platform to send you the most up-to-date info via Flowdesk
-prescription refill requests should be placed through your pharmacy
-there will not be someone in the office to answer your calls daily- please leave a message so we can reach back out to you
-if it is a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room
Benefits of Bone Broth
It’s that time of year (or continues to be) when illnesses rear their ugly head. Runny noses, sore throats, and stomach upset are common. Lucky for us, the cool winter weather tempts us to make soup. An easy, go-to at our house is bone broth. Bone broth has many amazing healing properties including anti-inflammation, loosens mucus and phlegm, helps heal your gut, and more. It’s the perfect mix of amino acids, essential fatty acids, and vitamins...kinda like Mother Nature’s multivitamin chew. And studies have shown that when adding vegetables to your broth, it works synergistically, improving digestion and absorption. I use it as the base of many recipes, soups, and alternatives to water for sautés.
You can make bone broth with any bones, however, I made my most recent batch with turkey left over from Thanksgiving. After using all the meat you would like, place the bird in a pot or I like my slow cooker, and cover it with water. Throw in some celery, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves. You can leave the skins on too for added nutrients and immunity-boosting power! I let mine cook in the slow cooker for a minimum of 8 hours. The longer you cook it, the more goodies like collagen leach out of the bones. Strain well and it’s ready to use! Easy-peasy! I like to put mine in jars that can be used during the week, however you can freeze it to have it last longer.
So when my family starts to sniffle or have a scratchy throat, I like to make chicken noodle soup (or tonight it was turkey). I start with a hot pan, add a bit of butter or oil, more garlic, chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook them till a bit translucent. Then I add my bone broth and seasoning of choice. I let this boil and add chopped-up chicken (or turkey). Then add cooked noodles of choice or you can even do rice for a gluten-free option. Turn the heat off and serve. It’s great on a cold night and to help ward off those runny noses!
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Mar-Solís, Laura M et al. “Analysis of the Anti-Inflammatory Capacity of Bone Broth in a Murine Model of Ulcerative Colitis.” Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) vol. 57,11 1138. 20 Oct. 2021, doi:10.3390/medicina57111138
Schuette, Kim. "Stock vs. Broth: Are You Confused?." Biodynamic Wellness (2012).
I am asked this question all the time at the clinic-- How do I improve my gut health?! What can I do to help improve my mood, lessen anxiety, or help my child's focus? If you have these questions too, check out my downloadable guide that will help you step-by-step to heal your gut.
Your stomach, or second brain, helps regulate your happy hormones. If you are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, intestinal upsets, this protocol may help! This guide will help you remove, repair, reinoculate, and replenish your gut flora.
Everyone has heard the saying, 'trust your gut' or experienced 'butterflies in your stomach'. This is because your gut and brain are actually connected! The gut-brain axis is a real thing and the more we study the connection, the more we find out how important your stomach really is! The bidirectional realationship between gut and brain have been linked to anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more!
'Dysregulation of the microbiota–gut–brain axis has been actively revealed in the context of various psychiatric diseases such as neurodevelopmental disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression,' states Current Psychiatry Reports.
Helping to heal your gut is essential for a good foundation to help with overall wellness and mental wellbeing. Life is like Jenga, constantly pulling and grabbing you in different directions. With a sturdy foundation you are more likely to stand strong and be more resilient to the pressure of the day. So, the long and short of it is, you ARE what you eat!
For more information check out these references:
Lee, Y., Kim, YK. Understanding the Connection Between the Gut–Brain Axis and Stress/Anxiety Disorders. Curr Psychiatry Rep 23, 22 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-021-01235-x
Jane A. Foster, Linda Rinaman, John F. Cryan,
Stress & the gut-brain axis: Regulation by the microbiome,
Neurobiology of Stress,
Volume 7, 2017, Pages 124-136
An area that I get a lot of questions about, and one that is becoming more and more prevalent with patients in the office, is blood sugar imbalance. This includes insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.
Hello! I'm Dillon Lambert, FNP-BC, a board certified family nurse practitioner. I live and practice in the Biggest Little City while raising a family. My interests include integrative medicine, nurse consulting. incorporating the outdoors into wellness planning, and hobby farming just to name a few!