Family Medical Care
As General family practitioners, Dr. Barkshire treats both acute and chronic conditions. Using preventative medicine, she believes it is important to identify and treat the cause of illness, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances. Prevention is accomplished through education and promotion of life habits that create good health. She believes in educating and encouraging patients to take responsibility for their health.
The primary focus of Dr. Barkshire is to help people establish a healthy relationship to food. She views food as a powerful medicine and will examine dietary choices which may assist or inhibit your body’s optimum functioning. Special attention is given to the investigation of food allergies and sensitivities. Dr. Barkshire can also advise you on the use of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements to help correct deficiencies and imbalances.
Dr. Barkshire utilizes medicinal herbs in such forms as tinctures, capsules, teas, and creams to help facilitate detoxification, help fight infections, and nourish the body. There is extensive research showing that herbal remedies are both safe and effective in alleviating many clinical conditions when compared to synthetic pharmaceuticals.
Standard lab tests can be done through our office such as chemistry screens, cholesterol checks, Pap smears, food allergies testing, and hormone evaluations for conditions such as hypothyroidism, adrenal stress and female hormonal imbalances.
Dr. Barkshire believes that many illnesses have a connection to our emotions and are often overlooked in conventional medicine. She is available to work with you to explore personal issues that may be contributing to your current health. Naturopathic medicine offers many herbal, homeopathic and nutritional solutions to psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Homeopathy is a medicine that developed from the observation that “like cures like,” meaning that the same substance that causes particular symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in someone who is sick. Medicines are prepared from very small amounts of plant, mineral, and animal substances. It is a very safe and gentle technique that has been practiced for hundreds of years throughout the world. In 1900, one in every six medical doctors practiced homeopathy in the United States.
Dr. Barkshire utilizes physical medicine in such forms as massage, craniosacral therapy, peat therapy, and hot and cold treatments to stimulate the body’s immune system, facilitate detoxification, and treat acute and chronic muscle, ligament, and tendon injury.