Dear Members November 2019


Dear Members,

It is hard to believe that November is already upon us! With the cooler nights, early snow and beautiful color, we are settling into our late fall/early winter schedule and ready to bring you interesting articles and practice updates again. Summer brought many new members and a new Nurse Rolfing professional to our practice (see announcements to learn more)!

Practice Model Review

With our one-year anniversary behind us, we stepped back to review our practice model and consider what is working well and what requires adjustment or change to best serve our members now and in the coming years. We begin with member demographics:

RCWH Member Age


Median Mode



55 years

59 years 66 years

0-88 years

0 – 88 yrs old

RCWH Member Sex

MALE 28.4% 

FEMALE  71.6% 

RCWH Member Postal Codes of Residence













With 21.4% being from across the state and nation.

Due to many members signing up from outlying areas, we are using telemedicine services more, but also are busy with clinic visits from our local and surrounding area members. All members are required to establish care in the clinic. Otherwise, we keep in touch via video visits or phone calls as much or little as they like, or their condition requires.

We are often asked if we have met capacity yet, and although we are getting closer, we still have room for more members.

Medicare “Opt Out”

In September we notified RCWH membership of our decision to “Opt Out” of Medicare as of October 1. This means we will not bill Medicare when Medicare recipients are seen in the clinic but will remain in network as a credentialed Medicare provider so all RCWH lab/radiology orders and referrals to specialists are covered by Medicare as usual. Medicare recipients need not do anything special for office or telemedicine visits. All RCWH services are covered under their monthly fee as Direct Primary Care members. For more information, give Brittany a call at (970) 626-6026.

Optimizing Space

Members live too far to use Fitness Studio or prefer classes or outdoor activities – Over the past 15 months only a few individuals have taken advantage of the Fitness Studio. We have come to realize that many members live too far to take advantage of this benefit and locals seem to prefer outdoor exercise and live Yoga/Pilates classes to indoor facilities.

Fitness Studio to be replaced by exam and treatment rooms  – After much consideration we have decided to optimize our space to allow for more clinicians/therapists to work in the clinic and to provide a larger treatment/procedural room. We will continue our open concept keyless entry system for picking up supplements or items after hours.

Membership Benefits

Direct Availability

You receive direct availability to us via cell, text, video, and messaging via member portal throughout the year – for your peace of mind. We do require clinic visits to establish care, but our HIPAA compliant telemedicine services and communication app help us to respond quickly to questions and concerns. Our small practice size enables us to make you feel like our number one priority.

Clinic access from 7 am – 7 pm, 7 days each week via key fob for picking up supplements or items after hours. Clinic open hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm.

Deep discounts on Quest lab services. Lab draws, cryotherapy, IFOB, and rapid strep testing are included with Membership.

Discounted supplements available to purchase from Clinic or via your Fullscript account.

Functional Medicine Approach

What is Functional Medicine?

Personalized – You are a unique individual, and therefore so is your treatment plan.

Root Cause approach – This requires a deeper look and gathering more information than you may have experienced previously.

Natural Medicine – Our bodies require proper nutrients, exercise, and healthy stress management skills to heal properly.

Comprehensive – There are almost always multiple factors causing imbalances which create illness. We must address each one to create balance.

Cutting Edge – While using current research based methodologies to guide our journey to wellness, we are also forward thinking in how we approach the end result.

Personalized Treatment Strategies

Thorough Review – Our first objective is to obtain a full history and try to piece together what brought you to this place. During your initial consultation, we conduct a thorough review of your medical records and intake forms.

Your Story – Our functional approach looks at both the physical events as well as the life events such as stress and family circumstances that play a role in overall health and well-being. Like putting together a puzzle, every piece is valuable. This is why we look closely at your story.

Comprehensive Flexible Plan – A comprehensive plan will be presented to you which may include specialized or basic labs, imaging, or referral for needed screenings or specialist. We realize your financial concerns and busy schedule might need to be included as part of your plan and will be sensitive to this.

We have partnered with Apollo Health to offer the only Bredesen-approved protocolAHNP programs are designed to fit anyone, whether you’re already showing symptoms or simply hoping to prevent them. The personalized report ReCODE identifies the source and subtype of your cognitive decline and provides solutions to prevent or reverse early symptoms.

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)

Individuals over the age of 30 can begin to experience hormone imbalance. Over our lifetime, many factors (environmental, stress, genetics) contribute to the natural decline or imbalance of hormones as we age. In order to balance your hormones for optimal health and wellness, we will use comprehensive lab testing and in-depth evaluation for your personalized treatment plan. BHRT can be provided via a topical cream, patch, injection (men) or pellet insertion.

Simple and Safe BHRT Pellet Therapy

Once inserted, a steady, low dose of natural hormone flows directly into the blood stream whenever the body needs it. This gives the body the ability to control the release of the hormone just as it did when the ovaries and testicles were working normally. Our method utilizes a proprietary Re3PelleDoser to prescribe the precise hormones, specifically for your needs.

Health Coach

Brittany Kunz, LPN, Certified Health Coach is available by appointment for assisting our Members with their healthy lifestyle goals. Message her through Spruce or your Member Portal to request an appointment.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Tools

Enjoy ourmindfulness-based stress management tool Muse in the privacy of your home. If you decide to purchase one, we will pass along our $50 discount for Muse to Members. Stop by or message us if you would like to try Muse biofeedback stress management tools.

Additional Services –

Nurse Educator & Rolfing® Structural Integration

Meet Valisha Keough, RN, BN, Certified Rolfer

As a Rolfer™ Valisha uses her hands to assist the body toward alignment in the gravitational field where it can feel more comfort and balanced. Rolfing® Structural Integration is an interactive form of therapy where the Rolfer™ works with skillful techniques of both touch and movement requests while the client works with their own breath and small movement patterns.

As a Nurse Educator, Valisha provides people with the awareness, knowledge, and support to help them make informed decisions that will positively impact daily living. Empowering others with the tools to find ease, comfort, freedom, confidence, space and openness within their own bodies has potential to spill over into all other areas of their lives. To learn more about Valisha and Rolfing, you can visit her at

Personal Fitness Trainer

Alex Ganskow, NCSA Certified Personal Trainer has helped many health-conscious individuals with their fitness goals and looks forward to adding more Members to his services this year. He is available by appointment in Montrose at Easy Day Training. Alex can be reached at (970) 712-7691 to schedule an appointment.

Ridgway Center for Whole Health
195 South Lena Street, Suite A
Ridgway, CO 81432
Phone: 970-626-6026
Fax: 970-626-6088
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