Welcome to Healthy by Nature! I am Lisa VanWatermulen, owner and family nurse practitioner at Healthy by Nature Family Wellness Clinic, LLC. I offer my patients personalized medicine seeking the root cause to your symptoms and finding ways to help the body heal itself. I focus on a natural, holistic approach to healing with nutrition, herbals & homeopathic remedies as well as using conventional treatments as needed.
I allow for long appointments giving you adequate time to tell me about your health journey. My goal is to know my patients very well, only then can we unlock the doors to optimal health!
My areas of expertise include digestive health & food allergies, autism, ADHD,
auto-immune conditions, hormone balance & thyroid disease.
I obtained both my graduate and undergraduate degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2005.
Contact the office via phone or request to make an appointment today!
Lisa VanWatermulen, Family Nurse Practitioner
I am a thyroid patient myself so this is an area that I am passionate about. If I have an expertise, it's care of the hypothyroid patient.
An initial work-up includes comprehensive thyroid testing such as: TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Thyroid antibodies (TPO &TG) & Reverse T3.
We will discuss nutritional supplements, adrenal health/stress management and dietary interventions. Auto-immunity starts in the gut so we will likely be working your digestive health too.
For may hypothyroid patients, their "excellent" numbers on the lab work do not reflect how they are truly feeling. We will find the right medication match for you as well as work to identify other conditions that are preventing your thyroid medication from making you feel better.
Hormone imbalance has become more and more common due to exposure to environmental toxins (such as the detection of birth control hormones in the water supply) and the chronic stress of daily life. Whether you are 25 and dealing with miserable PMS and painful periods or 50 and in the throes of peri-menopause, there are natural ways to support hormone health and ease suffering.
Comprehensive hormone testing is the first place to start. Testing can be done with blood, urine or saliva depending on what makes the most sense with your individual situation. Treatment of hormone issues often involves supporting liver detoxification to remove excess hormones and using targeted herbal formulas to help boost production of specific hormones.
Bio-identical hormone replacement can safely be prescribed when necessary and can be life-changing bringing you back to the vitality and reducing the adverse symptoms and health issues of hormone deficiency.
Type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic due to the high glycemic and inflammatory nature of the standard American diet. But, did you also know that insulin resistance and hyperglycemia can also be due to disruption of the gut flora? Or, can be due to high stress and too much of the stress hormone, cortisol?
When treating those with blood sugar issues, the cornerstone of treatment is diet. Learn how to eat to reduce blood sugar and improve your cells sensitivity to the insulin you produce.
I will work with you to avoid having to take prescription medications, however sometimes to safely bring down blood sugars and the risks that follow, prescription medication will be necessary. There are numerous nutriceuticals that help reduce blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. You work up will also look for nutrient deficiencies that contribute to or are associated with glucose imbalance.
Did you know that 50% of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol? A standard lipid panel is actually not very useful in identifying your true heart attack risk. If we want to look into what makes one person with normal cholesterol have a heart attack and another person with horrible cholesterol live to 100, we need to look at cholesterol particle testing.
Particle testing looks at the most damaging (oxidized or damaged) types of LDL particles in your blood. It also looks at the types of protective HDL particles to evaluate overall risk. CardioMetabolic testing panels used at Healthy by Nature Family Wellness Clinic also assess for cardiac genetic markers, clot risk & inflammatory makers for a holistic approach to knowing your true cardiac risk.
I can help you manage high cholesterol and cardiac risk factors by working with you on diet, stress management, improving insulin sensitivity, knowing how to mitigate genetic risk and nutritional supplements that can be used in place of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The number #1 desire of most of my clients, male and female, is weight loss. I have seen over and over clients who are exercising regularly, making healthy food choices, counting calories or putting themselves on restrictive diets only to have ZERO pounds lost.
What is holding the body back from liberating the extra pounds? Oftentimes, we discover a hormonal issue like polycystic ovarian syndrome, low male testosterone, an under-achieving thyroid or high cortisol (often due to unknown food allergies). All of these conditions signal the body to store energy (aka fat). At the same time, the body is losing muscle and lean body mass further reducing metabolism.
I will work with you to do the appropriate testing to get to the root cause of your weight loss resistance and find the right treatment. I will work with you on healthy diets that help control glucose, promote liver detoxification and decrease hunger. When all else fails, injectible peptide therapies that natural promote your body's production of human growth hormone (HGH) can be the missing piece to bust through that plateau.
The digestive tract is the gatekeeper of the human body; it is responsible for pulling in the good stuff like vitamins, minerals, amino & fatty acids but also responsible for keeping out the bad guys like e. coli 0157 and rotavirus.
Chronic digestive issues cause chronic inflammation that tears down the body leaving you at risk for inflammatory conditions like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune conditions. Treating the root cause of digestive issues will prevent a lot of misery years down the road.
We work to identify the root cause of your symptoms such as food sensitivities, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, low flora, chronic digestive tract infections and inflammatory conditions that give you symptoms of gas, bloating, abdominal pain, GERD, IBS & nausea.
I also work with clients who have IBD such as ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease to help identify food triggers, reduce inflammation and correct nutritional deficiencies resulting from malabsorption.
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