Q: Why was Strata Integrated Wellness Spa founded?
A: In the past, all of the partners have experienced limitations with the traditional medical approach. Because of this, Strata Integrated Wellness Spa was launched on the premise that health and wellness are dependent upon an integration of all best medical practices. While so-called allopathic or traditional medicine is what many people imagine when thinking of health and wellness, there is a whole new broad field labeled "integrative medicine" which encompasses not only traditional medicine but areas of complementary medicine including naturopathic, chiropractic, functional, holistic, energetic, and other areas of care. Altogether these create a true proactive, all-encompassing wellness approach of mind, body, and spirit with the thought being that balance in all three of these areas is necessary for true wellness to be present.
Q: What inspired you to leave a successful traditional practice and join forces with integrated and preventative medicine?
A: As the medical director for Strata Integrated Wellness Spa, I am a traditionally trained physician (MD) in the areas of internal medicine and cardiology (also a PhD in cardiovascular physiology). I have spent over 30 years practicing traditional medicine and while I received a great deal of satisfaction in treating patients in this manner, I began to feel something was missing. In traditional medicine we, unfortunately, have a "sick care" system in lieu of a "health care" approach to patients. This results in a very reactive approach to treatment. Several years ago, I began to understand that a proactive (preventative) approach not only made sense clinically for patients but also made sense teleologically, intellectually, and financially overall for the healthcare system. I began to incorporate more "nontraditional" therapies in the management of my own patients and noted almost immediately improved success rates. This drove me to pursue more educational and professional opportunities in the area of integrative medicine, focusing upon developing a markedly different medical paradigm.
As I transitioned from my traditional cardiology practice to the medical director at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa, I wanted to be on the leading edge of knowledge to run an integrative medicine program. Based upon this, I enrolled in the first cohort of the Duke University Leadership Program in Integrative Medicine and am a graduate of that program. If provided me exposure to all aspects of integrative medicine and has been invaluable in my development.)
Michael J. Barber, MD, PHD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS, Medical Director of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa
Q: What do clients (patients?) get at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa they don’t get from their traditional physician?
A: The single most important aspect of Strata Integrated Wellness Spa is that, due to our "nontraditional" nature, evaluation and treatment does not have to fall into a standardly accepted ‘box.’ While most traditional practices are limited in their ability to perform extensive diagnostic, and at times therapeutic, evaluations in a silo approach, we have no such limitations. Our only objective is to comprehensively and accurately evaluate and diagnose the ‘whole person’ for current or potential future medical issues. We evaluate our clientele utilizing approaches described by the National Institutes of Health as "precision medicine." Precision medicine is considered by many to be the future of medicine but here at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa it is the "now.”
Q: When it comes to health and wellness, what trends are
you seeing among patients—in terms of treatments they’re pursuing, preventative measures they’re taking, etc.?
A:Consumers are extremely informed whether it be in the areas of health, wellness, consumable goods, or other items. The Internet provides a valuable, though not always accurate, resource which allows people to investigate potential alternatives for the diagnosis and management of medical conditions. Many people have had issues in the traditional medical system and, as a result, are searching for alternatives to so-called standard care. Additionally, in this age of information many people now are pursuing options to their health that include approaches for potentially preventing or slowing the development of diseases. While most diseases in the United States are chronic in nature and progress over a number of years - if not decades - lifestyle management and preventative measures can significantly impact these problems.
Q: Do you take insurance or do your clients pay out of pocket?
A: We are considered an out-of-network provider for most forms of insurance and therefore we do provide appropriate diagnosis and professional service coding for each condition. This allows our clients to submit claims to their insurance for consideration of reimbursement of their expenses. We are not a Medicare or Medicaid provider and therefore our services cannot be submitted to these entities for reimbursement. A wellness membership program is available to clients which covers an array of customizable services as well as annual or monthly payment options which may be funded by the client’s Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
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3314 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
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