Functional Medicine

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Women's Health

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. By combining current science and evidence-based practices, functional medicine provides a natural, holistic and patient-centered approach to health care. GLOW 365 specializes in functional medicine for women’s health.

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Begin your journey to optimal health.

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Initial Consultation

The Women’s Health Initial Consultation is the first step in creating your individualized, comprehensive treatment plan. Nurse Practitioner Jill Crotty will conduct a complete examination, collecting current history, past medical history, family history, review of medications, vitamins and supplements as well as assessment of your nutritional and lifestyle path to determine your current level of health and identify areas of concern to develop a plan of care.

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Diagnostic Testing

Lab work may be recommended to help us determine your current state of health and existing imbalances. Some of our tests must be collected in a lab, others can be collected in the comfort of your home and submitted by mail. The functional labs we use incorporate current laboratory science that look at individual biochemistry and hormonal pathways to assist us in understanding complex health conditions and directing health care in the most efficient way. There are many functional lab tests we can utilize depending on each individual woman.

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Creating Your Personalized Plan

After the initial consultation and completion of lab work, a personalized diet and treatment plan will be created to empower you in your health journey. Using the functional lab tests as markers to determine specific pre-disease conditions and genetic predispositions, we help you understand how your body works in a deeper and more meaningful way. You will also learn how your family history, environment, and diet affect your health, working preventatively to help you reach optimal health outcomes. Supplementation recommendations will be determined by the Nurse Practitioner to aid in your goals. Medications may also be recommended.

Initial Consultation  •  $150

Follow Up Women’s Health  •  $100 per visit

Conditions We Evaluate and Treat

Our functional medicine solutions are appropriate for women 18 years and older.

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Lethargy
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Acne
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Stress
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PMS
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Irregular / Painful Periods
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Perimenopause
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Menopause
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Nutritional Deficiencies
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Food Sensitivities
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Hormone Levels

Specialized Testing

We rely on various functional lab tests depending on the symptoms and needs of each individual patient. The types of tests that are particularly important for the conditions we treat include the below options. The specific lab work ordered will be determined by your practitioner during your initial consultation.

Dutch Testing

This innovative test shows a complete picture of hormones and their metabolites, including cortisol circadian rhythm, to assess adrenal health and melatonin. It is useful for women who are considering taking or are currently taking bioidentical or synthetic hormones or for perimenopausal women. It can tell us not only how much estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc. she is making but how it is being detoxified and broken down in a healthy or not-so-healthy way. This information can help us be aware of the risk for breast or uterine cancer for each woman individually.

The Dutch test is also a more accurate way than saliva testing to measure free cortisol and to monitor hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) regulation, which is how our brain and adrenals communicate. Since we know that our hormone balance is closely connected to our HPA axis, it is important to test them at the same time to get the big picture.

Blood Testing

Serum lab testing of hormones is an easy, inexpensive way to get an overview of a woman’s health. Some of the typical blood tests that can be important include complete sex hormone testing, complete thyroid panel with antibodies, a chemistry panel, iron/ferritin/homocysteine and vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Other specific lab tests are also considered individually.

Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivities are recognized to be correlated with many chronic health conditions, such as IBS, eczema, fatigue, and others – but with proper identification and elimination of offending foods, many experience relief from their symptoms.

A food sensitivity blood test measures your IgG reactivity levels for different kinds of food, using a small sample of blood. High IgG reactivity for a certain food indicates there’s a possibility that food may be involved with causing your symptoms. An elimination diet followed by methodically trying the eliminated foods one by one after a period of avoidance is the best way to identify food sensitivities. Blood tests for intolerances usually measure the levels of antibodies called IgG antibodies in the blood (different from the IgE antibodies involved in an allergic reaction).

Cortisol Testing

The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the “stress glands,” enable our bodies to cope with stress and survive. Shaped like two tiny pyramids, they sit atop the kidneys and from this central location mobilize the response to changes in our environment.

Whether stress comes from outside in the form of a natural disaster, or from within like the anxiety we experience before public speaking, it’s the adrenals’ job to help us adapt to the situation.

Adrenal glands that are out of balance can lead to:

High Cortisol: Results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired, increased belly fat & bone loss and night sweats

Low Cortisol: Causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves

Patients can conduct a saliva cortisol test or a urine cortisol test to assess adrenal hormones. This involves collecting four non-invasive samples over the course of one day, from which our lab is able to generate results with a diurnal cortisol curve. This four-point graph reveals cortisol levels throughout the day and allows your nurse practitioner to pinpoint issues with adrenal gland function.

Women’s Health FAQs

Office Manager Becky Osborne

Shaylan Smith

Esthetician

Shaylan Smith grew up in Newton, Kansas. She attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Her background is strongly rooted in education and skincare which she has practiced since 2012.

Upon graduating and moving to Northern Virginia she delved into the world of skincare while continuing to teach where a newfound passion for skincare emerged.

Shay pursued esthetics training at Eric Fisher Academy and went on to treat a variety of skin types over the last 10 years and continues to grow in her skincare knowledge through ongoing education and seminars.

Shay specializes in advanced exfoliation, optimal aging, and addressing concerns such as acne and hyperpigmentation.

She enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and fur baby. In her spare time, her favorites are reading, pilates, and iced chai lattes.

"I greatly look forward to joining the GLOW 365 family, learning from their talented team, and meeting many new faces!"

Office Manager Becky Osborne

Becky Osborne

Office Manager

Becky was born and raised in Wichita, KS. Graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in 1996. She then went to Kansas Newman University where she earned her Associates Degree and Radiologic Technology Certificate in 1998. Becky worked at a Cardiologist office before changing her focus to business management. She had 10 years of management experience before joining the GLOW 365 team.

Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Sara Sigg

Sara Sigg, FNP-C

Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Sara is a Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in family practice and aesthetic medicine (APRN-FNP). She is board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Graduating in 2018 from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, Sara chose to pursue aesthetic medicine as her main area of focus.

Sara’s medical career began in 2004, and in those 19 years of medical experience she has worked in geriatric care, cardiac intensive care, neonatal intensive care and the operating room as a registered nurse. She loves the autonomy her APRN degree has provided her and continues to learn and grow in her aesthetic practice with the talented team at Glow365.

"I’m beyond thankful to practice aesthetic medicine, for the team I get to work with, and the patients I get to meet."

Get Optimal Results with PRF

Add PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) to your microneedling or dermal filler treatment and dramatically magnify the rejuvenating effects of your procedure. PRF uses your own platelets, fibrin, and white blood cells to promote collagen production, tighten skin, and more.

What is PRF?

Platelet Rich Fibrin, or PRF, is a newer, more natural treatment option that combats the signs of aging and restores a youthful appearance. PRF contains platelets and white blood cells that produce powerful growth factors that dramatically magnify the rejuvenating effects of certain treatments including: Microneedling, Dermal Fillers, and Hair Restoration.

Prior to your treatment, a small sample of blood is collected to prepare your PRF serum. The blood sample is slowly spun in a centrifuge, isolating the white blood cells and platelets to create a nutrient rich concentrate. Your provider will incorporate the PRF concentrate into the treatment, using the nutrient-rich serum to enhance results.

Microneedling with PRF

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, rejuvenates the skin by harnessing the body’s natural rejuvenation abilities in a process known as controlled wound healing. During a microneedling procedure, microscopic punctures, known as micro-wounds, are created along the skin. Though superficial, the micro-wounds stimulate a ‘wound healing cascade', causing the body to increase circulation, release growth factors, create more cells, and produce more collagen. The result is beautifully restored, naturally rejuvenated skin.

In addition to stimulating a wound healing cascade, microneedling provides an excellent delivery system for topical serums such as PRF, or Platelet Rich Fibrin. The small punctures created in the procedure act as micro-channels that facilitate the delivery of PRF into the deeper layers of the epidermis. This improves both the absorption and mechanism of action. Adding PRF increases the production of collagen, activates platelets and growth factors without the need for synthetic additives, and extends the activity of the blood cells from a couple hours to 14 days.

This treatment is great for acne scars, stretch marks, skin tightening, and overall skin rejuvenation.

Dermal Fillers with PRF

Adding PRF to a dermal filler treatment introduces growth factors to the area, helping to stimulate new collagen production and reverse the signs of aging.

The treatment starts by drawing your blood and spinning it in the centrifuge to separate the PRF from your red blood cells. Your provider will then add the PRF into a filler of your choice such as Juvederm or Restylane, or inject it by itself.

PRF is great as an under eye filler because it helps with the dark circles, wrinkles, and loose skin in the area. It can also be injected to other common areas to smooth and rejuvenate the skin.

Because the PRF uses your own blood for the injection, it is very safe with little to no side effects. The potential side effects include redness, swelling, or bruising.

If you’re looking for a more natural treatment and don’t want to rely too much on dermal fillers, PRF injections may be the right treatment for you.

PRF vs. PRP

The PRF facial is similar to a PRP facial (commonly known as a vampire facial). However, some notable differences distinguish PRF from PRP. These differences make PRF the golden standard in natural skin rejuvenation.
 
PRF Contains Fibrin. PRP Does Not.
Both PRF and PRP contain platelets and growth factors that stimulate the repair and renewal of your skin. However, PRF also contains Fibrin. PRP does not. Fibrin provides scaffolding that supports the blood cells, activates clotting and promotes the activity of the blood cells, extending the release of growth factors. This is why the growth factors in PRF remain active for 14 days, allowing the skin to fully utilize all the healing properties of the rejuvenating serum. In contrast, PRP is only active for a couple hours once applied. In addition, Fibrin’s supportive networks play an essential role in the rebuilding of collagen and elastin.⁵
 
PRF Preserves Vital Nutrients
When preparing for a PRP facial, the blood sample is spun very fast. Consequently, many beneficial nutrients are lost in the process. In contrast, a PRF facial spins the blood sample slowly to preserve these delicate nutrients.
 
PRP Contains Additives. PRF is 100% Natural.
PRP artificially activates the platelets using additives such as thrombin and calcium chloride. In contrast, PRF does not use additives. This allows the fibrin found within your blood sample to create matrixes and activate the growth factors naturally. Free of synthetic chemicals, PRF is a 100% natural, autologous blood concentrate.
Nurse Practitioner and Cosmetic Concierge Jill Crotty provides Botox, dermal fillers, and Kybella injectables in your home in Wichita, Kansas

Shana McIntosh, RN, BSN

Registered Nurse

Shana graduated from Wichita State University in December of 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She started her career in nursing in Wichita before marrying her husband, Scott. They spent the next 20 years moving around the US and Europe with the Air Force. Shana has a very well rounded nursing career, working in oral surgery, hospital based medical-surgical floors in Texas, Florida and Alabama, cardiology, and pre/post op surgical care for outpatient surgical centers.

Shana started with Glow in May of 2022. She has trained with Galderma and Allergan for dermal fillers, neurotoxin, Sculptra, and Kybella. She has also trained with Aesthetic Management Partners for laser hair reduction, IPL, and microneedling with radio frequency.

Outside of work, Shana enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, Starbucks, crossfit and yoga with friends, reading, and is always ready for a road trip!