Doctor tries new treatment style

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By Melissa Blankenship

After treating patients for over 20 years, Dr. Carl Paige saw a pattern that was frustrating.

“With traditional medicine, the patient gets sick, goes to the doctor and gets some medicine or treatment,” Paige said. “We identify the crisis and pull them back from the brink of the crisis, and that’s good, we need that. But I started looking for ways to evaluate patients from a different model, one that doesn’t wait for the crisis.”

Paige turned to functional medicine, a science-based model that provides patient-centered care rather than disease-focused treatment that views health as positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.

“Functional medicine helps patients maintain or achieve optimal health,” Paige said. “For too long, health and wellness has taken a back seat to disease management. When you reach the end of the traditional medicine road, when we have nothing new to offer patients, functional medicine provides new options.”

That’s why Paige will soon open the Medical Transformation Center. Located within his family practice at 1023 New Moody Lane, Suite 201 that specializes in internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine, the Center will also offer elements of functional medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine, like bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women, obesity management, athletic performance optimization, brain health, dimentia, and ADD, ADHD, Autism and sensory processing disorder. Dr. Paige will also make himself available for speaking engagements and developing corporate wellness programs. A major component of the center will focus on using the functional approach to chronic medical problems including gasto-intestinal conditions, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

“We’ll start taking appointments in November,” said Terri Paige, wife of Dr. Paige and the Center’s director of business development and community outreach. “Our goal is to be a one-stop shop where families can come to have all their health needs met.”

The Paige Primary Care Center has always focused on caring for the entire family in the most convenient and safe way for patients. In addition to seeing a physician, patients also have had access to a lab, pharmacuetical dispensary, advanced testing and ultrasounds. Most recently the doctor’s office added a wellness program that focused on weight management and prevention. Opening the Medical Transformation Center has been a process several years in the making, but one the Paiges view as natural and logical.

“With all the changes in healthcare, people are asking themselves, ‘How do I take better care of myself?’” Terri said. “I would rather spend a little money on the front end in preventative care, then have to pay a full deductible when I’m forced to go to the hospital with a full-blown health crisis.”

Dr. Paige likened it to car maintenance.

“If you take care of your car, it will last you longer and not require too much in the way of unexpected expenses,” Dr. Paige said. “If you don’t do the things you know you should to take care of your car, it will break down and cost you much more for repairs or replacement.”

The Paiges want to help their patients be as healthy as they can for as long as they can, or assuage a chronic condition by making lifestyle changes.

“We’re managing the aging process so that you’re aging as well as you can,” Terri said. “We want our patients to experience a quality of life that is optimal. It will truly make a difference in people’s lives. We want to help our patients be the best they can be.”

To that end, Dr. Paige is offering a series of wellness seminars already in progress. The next “New Definitions of Wellness Series” seminar, titled “Are You Tired? Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” will be held on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oldham County Health Department at 1786 Commerce Parkway in La Grange. Past topics covered hormones and brain fitness, and future topics will cover nutrition and heart health.

The Medical Transformation Center has also teamed up with local chefs to provide a dinner series that focuses on nutritional topics. The first dinner will be Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Limestone Restaurant, featuring owner and chef Jim Gerhardt, that will focus on “De-mystifying Gluten.” Dr. Paige will speak to the topic, then Chef Gerhardt will demonstrate several gluten-free options for holiday dining.

The Paiges know that making lifestyle changes, like going gluten-free, changing diets or exercising on a regular basis, are difficult but necessary to living full, healthy lives.

“You have to take baby steps and build on one success after another,” Terri said. “All those little things add up to happier, healthier cells in our bodies and the reward is feeling so much better.”

For more information regarding the Medical Transformation Center, Dr. Paige’s series of wellness seminars or the dinner series, please call Terri Paige at (502) 262-4936. For more information about functional medicine, please visit www.a4m.com.