Services at Full Circle Care
Our family doctors deliver the full range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical care services. We employ state of the art laboratory tests to provide highly individualized diagnoses and treatments. We treat our patients with naturopathic therapies including lifestyle medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and integrative physical medicine. Our family doctors prescribe standard pharmaceuticals when indicated. Following are typical conditions we treat.
We offer in-office diagnosis and natural therapy treatments for your sudden and acute illness. And if you should need an antibiotic, we can give you that too.
- UTI “Urinary Tract Infections
- Strep Throat
- Colds and Flus
- Upper Respiratory Infections such as: Sinusitis, Bronchitis and Ear Infections
Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT)
Dr. Leslie Peterson is a Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT) expert! With over 20 years of direct patient one-on-one experience prescribing BHRT, Dr. Peterson understands the unique needs of each individual patient. Her goal is to help you find the best balance with hormones, regardless of the form your hormones are administered. Achieving balance with your hormones takes time and having an experienced guide on your side ensures your success.
There are many approaches and “expert opinions” on which form of hormone replacement is best. Some say to apply creams to your skin while others say swallowing oral hormones is best. Who is right? No one. Because the best way to use hormones is the way that works best for you! There is no “one dose fits all” in natural hormone replacement.
Dr. Peterson specializes in using a unique method of restoring hormones that mimics the natural rhythms and cycles of your body. Prior to menopause – the cessation of a woman’s reproductive ability – our hormones cycle through the month, with peaks at specific times to signal important physiologic functions. Known as “Physiologic Restoration”, “Rhythmic Dosing” or “Biomimicry”, hormones are administered in the precise way nature intended. This perfectly designed system takes the guesswork out of “which method is best for you” by simply restoring what your body expects.
The art of achieving optimal balance lies in looking at your entire body – not just measuring your hormones. How is your diet and lifestyle? Your gut function? Your other hormones like thyroid and adrenal glands? And what about your genetics, your stress and emotional life? Hormones are an integrated part of the whole YOU and you’ll have greater success when we consider all aspects as part of the balance.
Dr. Peterson will help you navigate the confusing world of hormone replacement therapy by providing you with real, current information about what works and doesn’t. She will help you determine the best place to start, and support you through finding your best balance – and optimal hormone health.
How do I know if I need to take hormones?
For many people, as their hormone levels naturally decline with age, they may experience symptoms such as fatigue, mood changes, sleep disturbances, loss of libido, weight gain and hot flashes. Specific hormones can be taken alone, or preferably in the right combination, to relieve symptoms. Hormones also support a wide variety of essential parts of your body and health such as your heart, brain, bones and gut. Restoration of certain hormones can prevent many common diseases of aging so many people choose to take hormones for that reason alone. Ultimately the decision of whether to take hormones is yours to decide, with the help and support of a trusted, knowledgeable physician to guide you. Undertaking hormone restoration is a very personal decision and should be made from a place of confidence and trust.
Which hormones should I take?
Hormones are more than just the sex-steroids estrogen, progesterone and testosterone we immediately think of. Your body also makes hormones from your thyroid gland, your adrenals, your brain and your gut. All of these hormones act synergistically to bring about good health, and are tested and supported appropriately to achieve optimal balance and function.
We recommend only using hormones that are "bio-identical". This means the hormones you use are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones your body naturally produces.
How do I know if my hormones are "balanced"?
Achieving optimal balance with your hormones takes time and cannot reliably be determined with testing alone. How you feel is of the utmost importance in deciding which hormones need adjusting, and this process can take 6-12 months to achieve. You will be required to listen to your body and your symptoms, and to keep track of how you respond over time. You’ll know your hormones are "balanced" when your energy, your sleep, your moods, your sex-drive and any other "symptoms" all feel consistently right for you.
What do hormones do for me anyway?
Hormones are like keys that fit into specific locks, aka receptors, throughout your body. When a hormone binds to a receptor a crucial physiological function occurs – such as the laying down of calcium in your bones. Naturally declining hormone levels reduce the number of receptors on the body’s tissues resulting in symptoms and possible "diseases of aging" (osteoporosis in the case of estrogen loss and your bones, for example). Giving the body back its’ hormones restores receptor function allowing normal communication and physiologic function to ensue.
Don’t hormones cause cancer?
NO! Bio-identical hormones are not and never will be "carcinogenic". Estradiol, a woman’s most physiologically active form of estrogen, will bind to certain types of cancer cells stimulating them to grow. Estrogen does not turn on cancer cells, nor does it make the cancer more aggressive. In fact, a woman’s breast will produce estradiol in the presence of "inflammation" in an attempt to protect itself!
The "hormones may cause cancer" belief results from interpretations made by journalists, some scientists and the FDA in response to the outcome of the infamous "Women’s Health Initiative" study. The hormone part of this study was halted in the early 2000’s due to a noted "doubling of the risk of breast cancer" in a specific subset of women. The most important thing to remember about this study is that the hormones used were NOT bio-identical but were two drugs called "Premarin" (PREgnant MAre uRINe) and "Provera" – a synthetic progesterone substitute known as a "progestin". Keep in mind that natural substances, such as the body’s hormones, are not patentable and therefore are not profitable, so big-pharma created "look-alike" compounds to study, and to profit from. The majority of studies resulting in unfavorable outcomes for women’s health involve the use of synthetic progestins, or "Provera". In the big picture of "hormones cause cancer" it is specifically this class of drugs that are the problem, not estradiol.
Certain environmental chemicals are known to bind to and block hormone, especially estrogen, receptors. These known "estrogen or endocrine disruptors" cause the hormone system to work erratically and unpredictably leading to numerous environmental illnesses. It makes the most sense, physiologically, to have your body’s own hormones available to bind to these receptor sites – so something else won’t!
We believe successfully healing chronic illness requires a whole-body approach with thorough investigation, personalized treatments and on-going support.
- Autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases
- Blood sugar-related conditions: Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, Hypoglycemia
- Cardiovascular disease: Hypertension, High cholesterol
- Digestive disorders: IBS, GERD, Ulcers, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, SIBO, Chronic constipation, Candida yeast infections, Parasites, Celiac disease.
- Allergies: Food allergies, Chronic seasonal allergies.
- Dermatology: Acne, Rashes, Eczema and Psoriasis.
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Neurological diseases: Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Cognitive decline, Migraines, Headaches, and Neuropathy.
- Inherited genetic mutations such as MTHFR
- Lyme Disease, Environmental Illness, Chronic viral infections
- Mood Disorders: Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Postpartum depression
- Supportive Cancer Care
Hormone Balance for Men and Women
We assess all of your hormones and help you appropriately restore them for better health, more energy, and graceful aging.
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- Grave’s Disease
- The stressors of our everyday, busy lives can diminish the natural functioning of our adrenal glands, leaving you tired and less-able to show up for your life.
- Restorative medicine
- Bioidentical hormones
Immune & Energy Boost
The immune system has the ability to target and remove viruses, bacteria, and harmful cells and protect healthy cells. In some patients, however, the immune system becomes dysfunctional and cannot keep up with demands due to chronic illness, autoimmunity, or vitamin deficiency. This is why it is important to support a healthy immune system by ensuring that levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients in the body are adequate. The skilled professionals at Full Circle Care may request a micronutrient test that helps to identify specific functional deficiencies and support those with targeted vitamin therapies.
Weight Loss & Detox
While there's no such thing as a magic bullet, it is possible to pair a diet and exercise regimen with nutrient injections and IV vitamin therapy to help achieve healthy weight loss goals. Vitamin injections may aid weight loss by promoting healthy production of energy and supporting vitamin cofactors used in producing ATP and other important metabolic processes.
Our bodies require antioxidants for a variety of immune, detoxifying, and anti-carcinogenic functions. IV therapies can safely increase antioxidants like Vitamin C, Glutathione, and trace minerals that can become depleted with poor diet, smoking, alcohol intake, acute illness, and chronic diseases. Antioxidants play an important role in the maintenance of a healthy immune system, supporting our bodies in clearing chemicals and drugs, and promoting proper cell scavenging and clean-up.
The Myers' Cocktail is among the most popular and commonly used intravenous (IV) vitamin protocols. This nutrient protocol contains many of the most important vitamins and minerals that the body needs to thrive, including calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, selenium, B vitamins, and more. Our skilled professionals are trained in identifying your specific needs and can tailor a vitamin infusion to the illnesses you may be currently experiencing. This formula may help with headaches, neurological complaints, fatigue, immune support during acute illness, hangovers, athletic performance and recovery, and general mood support.
We treat your children using safe, effective natural medicine.
- Acute illness: Strep throat, Tonsillitis, Urinary tract infections, Colds, Flus, and more.
- Behavioral issues such as ADD/ADHD, Autism, and Mood disorders.
- Vaccination counseling
- Food allergies, Asthma
- Chronic conditions such as: Rashes, Eczema and Digestive issues
- Well-child exams
We use a functional medicine approach to health screening and diagnosis of your health condition, and offer a wide array of conventional and alternative lab testing.
- Saliva Testing for hormones and cortisol
- Blood Tests for health screens, food allergies, nutritional status and more
- Urine Testing for hormones and heavy metals
- Stool Testing to identify yeast, parasites, bacteria and digestive function
- Pap Smears and Cultures
Natural Health Products
We are selective about the products we choose to sell and prescribe.
Not all supplements and “natural” products are created equal. We sell and prescribe only the highest-quality nutritional supplements, herbal formulas, and custom teas.
We know you can buy your supplements anywhere. We create your supplement prescriptions for you, using only the highest-quality products. We strongly recommend you purchase and refill your supplements from Full Circle Care to ensure consistency with your treatment and results.
We will ship your products anywhere.
We also have an online dispensary for convenient ordering anytime and anywhere. All orders over $50 ship for free when purchased through Fullscript.
We tailor your treatments to you, and may include a variety of naturopathic and integrative medicine therapies and treatments.
Dietary Recommendations and Counseling
We provide resources and education to help you transition to special diets such as:
- Autoimmune Paleo
- Food Allergies
- Blood Sugar Balancing
Traditional Botanical Medicine
- Herbal Tinctures
- Herbal Capsules
- Herbal Teas
- Homeopathy is an effective treatment modality that works by stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal itself. For more information, see this blog post: Introduction to Homeopathy.
- Professional-grade nutritional supplements for restoring your health and accelerating your healing process while you establish essential lifestyle habits
Integrated Physical Medicine
- Naturopathic Bodywork
Pharmaceutical Prescription Medications
- When indicated and necessary for your treatment and recovery, we prescribe standard pharmaceutical medications available at your local pharmacy.
Dr. Leslie Peterson is an expert in women’s health and naturopathic gynecology, and she provides compassionate, personalized care for women of all ages and stages of life.
Assessment and treatment for all of your mid-life transitional health, including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Risk, and Healthy Lifestyle Coaching.
PMS and PMDD, Hormonal Imbalance, Pelvic Pain, Bleeding Problems, Endometriosis, PCOS, Infertility, Menstrual cycle changes, Osteoporosis, Cervical dysplasia, Yeast infections, Bacterial Vaginosis, and more.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
Naturopathic medicine offers safe alternatives for your pregnancy-related conditions such as: UTIs, Yeast Infections, Hypertension, Morning Sickness, Diabetes, and Nutritional Deficiencies.
Cervical escharotic treatments for all stages of cervical dysplasia.
Well Woman Exams
Annual Women’s Gynecological Exams including Pap Smears, STD Testing, Birth Control, Pelvic Exams, and Breast Exams.
Full Circle Care specializes in integrative medicine, an evidence-based approach that combines proven alternative treatments with the best of conventional medicine. We focus on wellness not just disease and emphasize the importance of the patient-physician relationship. Three licensed family physicians are on staff.
Our family practice doctors deliver the full range of acute, chronic, and preventive health care. We use state of the art blood tests for highly individualized diagnoses. In addition, we offer our patients a naturopathic perspective that includes homeopathy, herbal medicine, and nutritional support. Our doctors prescribe standard pharmaceuticals when appropriate.
Salt Lake City, UT 84102