For those suffering with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, our practice offers a unique blend of compassionate medical experts and integrative lifestyle practitioners, all actively seeking to speed you along the way to recovery and resolution.
Led by Dr. Felice L. Gersh, a widely respected thought leader and national speaker on the topic of PCOS, our team takes a comprehensive approach to this complex problem.
We utilize herbal formulations that are proven to remedy both symptoms and their underlying causes, while employing nutritional and fitness programs that improve overall health.
In addition, we offer a variety of other integrative treatments that can be matched to other aspects of your condition, including Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, essential oils, guided imagery, aesthetics, and therapeutic massage.
Pharmaceuticals may be a part of your treatment plan, but they are never the sole focus or the first choice.
Of special concern is the issue of cystic acne, a common symptom that exacts a devastating emotional toll. We incorporate all appropriate strategies to improve skin health, including supplementation and externally applied therapies.
Of equal importance is obesity, which occurs in 70 percent or more of PCOS patients. If you are among this group, we will help you permanently lose this inflammatory adipose tissue through a combination of integrative therapies and different dietary options.
You Deserve a Realistic Approach
This approach is in stark contrast to the rather simplistic notion of a pharmaceutical solution to the complicated condition of PCOS. In fact, oral contraceptives may aggravate the underlying PCOS issues of insulin resistance and systemic inflammation rather than resolve them.
We are keenly aware of the latest scientific studies concerning the impact of environmental toxins, such as Bisphenol A, on the development of PCOS. Recent discoveries involving hormonal receptor dysfunction are also transforming the therapeutic frontiers of PCOS.
These new therapies may hold the key to the ultimate resolution of the symptoms of PCOS, and possibly even provide a cure.
Living with PCOS
Living with PCOS is a perplexing medical, emotional, and social challenge. I can honestly tell you that we understand PCOS and the pain you endure, and will use the most scientific and holistic therapies to assist you in restoring your health and happiness. We want you to have the beautiful life you desire and deserve. There is no center, anywhere in the world, which is comparable to ours, for the care and treatment of PCOS. We welcome you to come and see us, and discover how you can attain the life you dream of.
PCOS is a complicated syndrome, with a consistent theme of inflammation driving its many abnormalities. Inflammation breeds insulin resistance, cholesterol abnormalities, belly fat and weight gain, anxiety and depression, gastrointestinal dysfunction, sleep disturbances, autoimmunity, poor detoxification, acne, menstrual irregularity, infertility, cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer risk, and more! We work to understand the root cause of your inflammation, and “tame the flames of PCOS!”
The work-up for women with PCOS is elaborate. A broad array of laboratory testing is necessary, covering cardiovascular risk markers, markers of inflammation, comprehensive hormonal status, autoimmunity, gastrointestinal evaluation of digestion and the gut microbiome, nutritional deficiencies, detoxification pathways, epigenetics, toxin loads, and allergies.
Therapies can include nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, nutritional therapy, exercise and fitness, detoxification, energy modalities such as acupuncture and grounding, various forms of stress reduction, sleep promotion, periodic fasting with the unique fasting mimicking diet – ProLon, and natural skin care.
We encourage you to become a member of IMGI for one year. That allows a reasonable amount of time for us to accomplish what is needed to help you to become the healthy and vibrant woman of your dreams. Restoring the health of women with PCOS does take time.
We do allow individual appointments to be purchased, but for most, that becomes more costly and less comprehensive in scope. If you are uncertain which approach is best for you, we suggest that you begin the process with a consultation appointment with Dr. Felice Gersh, and then decide based upon your proposed diagnosis and treatment plan.
Comprehensive Program for PCOS
Why choose our PCOS program?
I (Dr. Gersh) wanted to pose this question, and answer it from my heart. I truly believe that I can offer you therapeutic options to address the great number of problems you, as a woman with PCOS, face on a daily basis. I understand your feelings, your frustrations, and your pain. I am a PCOS woman myself, which is why I became so fervent in my pursuit of quality care for women suffering from this, the most common endocrine dysfunction of women.
Let me share a bit of my personal journey. As a teen, I had horrific acne, which continued into my thirties. The only thing that seemed to help my skin was being pregnant. Just looking in the mirror at my reflection was painful beyond words. All I wanted to do was to hide my face in a bag. I was slim, with a cute figure, yet I felt just awful about myself. To have bad acne, facial hair, and to also be overweight… well, my heart just aches for all women suffering this way.
The fertility worries of PCOS women fell on me as well. After months of trying, my first pregnancy was achieved by using assisted reproduction medications. I was fortunate to get pregnant spontaneously thereafter. My cycles were completely random, mixed with occasional times of regularity. I was very fortunate, however, in that I was in the minority of PCOS women who are able to maintain a normal weight. I had large babies though, my largest weighing in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces. And I’ve struggled to keep my insulin resistance and inflammation controlled with a very strict diet of whole foods. I have been there, and I have endured much of the misery experienced by all women with PCOS. I understand all you face each and every day as a PCOS woman.
The program I have developed for you is very special and unique, unlike any I am aware of anywhere else. I utilize an extensive array of sophisticated testing that gives us deep insight into the state of your inflammation, the condition of your gut microbiome (bacteria), nutritional status, epigenetics, hormones, toxin levels and more. We then develop a personalized array of therapies designed to target the root causes of your condition and treat your manifest symptoms. This therapeutic approach may include a special blend of holistic, nutritional, fitness, homeopathic, conventional, herbal, acupuncture, energy healing, and bioidentical hormone modalities – all targeted to enable your body to rediscover its special rhythm with nature.
I live and breathe women’s unique medical issues. I have dedicated my career to helping women reach their physical and emotional goals – to attain a fulfilling life within a body they love! I empower PCOS women to look at their reflections… and smile! I would be honored to help you become the happy woman you deserve to be, comfortable and confident in a body you truly love!
If you are new to our practice and wish to experience our approach to medicine and healing before committing to a long-term relationship, feel that you do not require much therapy or many visits, or if you have completed a course of therapy and no longer need intensive treatment and counseling, you may choose to pay for individual services, as the need arises.
All laboratory tests obtained at our office are charged a collection and handling fee only – there are no mark-ups on lab tests. Charges for all tests are available to you at the time of the specimen collection.
For those who wish the peace of mind which comes with a prepaid membership, as well as for those who prefer a more comprehensive and inclusive package that is designed to produce more rapid resolution of medical problems, we offer a 12-month membership program. Patients who choose to become practice members are also eligible for significant discounts and benefits.
- Unlimited visits with any of the physician providers, including an annual combined appointment with Dr. Felice Gersh and one of our Naturopathic Doctors for a comprehensive integrative medical evaluation lasting 2.0 hours (1.5 hours spent with the doctors)
- 6 prescribed treatments, including any combination of acupuncture, IV therapy, Reiki, massage, facials, microdermabrasions, and individual fitness classes
- A year of therapy with ProLon – the unique 5-day fasting mimicking diet developed at the Longevity Institute at USC: 6 courses of ProLon, including product and lifestyle coaching – 3 sequential months, then once every 3 months for a total of 12 months of therapy
- An annual 4-week Detoxification package, including all of the detox supplements
- A comprehensive fitness evaluation – including a fitness assessment, fitness prescription, and wireless activity tracker
- 10% discount on all regularly priced office supplements, services, and products
- All office educational programs are complimentary
- Access to the providers at all times: 24 hours, 7 days a week
- Personal concierge assistant to help coordinate your care and provide for your needs
Finding knowledgeable and compassionate medical care in any community can be challenging, particularly when complex medical conditions are involved. And finding a fellowship-trained integrative medical doctor may be impossible. To answer this need we offer the following telemedicine options.
TeleMedicine Appointments for California Residents
Though we always encourage initial visits to be in person, in-state residents have the option of scheduling initial and all follow-up visits via phone or Skype, during which all aspects of health can be specifically addressed. Callers under 18 years old require parental consent.
TeleMedicine Appointments for Residents Outside California
Differing state laws make telemedicine more challenging, though certainly not impossible. Your first visit must be at our Irvine, California, office. Follow-up appointments can be accomplished by phone or Skype, but periodic visits to our office are required. State laws are expected to change and will become less restrictive in the future. International patients have more flexibility with appointments. Callers under 18 years of age require parental consent.
If you would like to arrange a TeleMedicine Appointment, please call our office at 949-753-7475.