Saturday, January 19th, 2019

S Shopper Stories


ASSURE WELLNESS GROUP

Life-changing results for men and women with bioidentical hormone therapy

by Rob Lauer


From Left: Buffie Sheehan, Daisha Stith, Dr. James Cannon, Sarah Lee and Kay Carl <BR>(not pictured are Henry Van Pala M.D., Veronica Lugo PA-C and Gina Cannon RN)

From Left: Buffie Sheehan, Daisha Stith, Dr. James Cannon, Sarah Lee and Kay Carl
(not pictured are Henry Van Pala M.D., Veronica Lugo PA-C and Gina Cannon RN)

At age 55, Kay Carl was in a funk. “I was through with menopause, but I felt tired most of the time,” she recalls. “It wasn’t normal for me to have such a lack of energy. I felt depressed, and the pain I was having in my hips and knees wasn’t helping things. Just getting in and out of the car was painful. It got so bad that I had a bone scan, but everything was normal: I only had minimal bone loss. There were other issues as well. Coming out of menopause, I found it more difficult than ever to lose weight. I’d starve myself and not seem to drop a pound.”

Kay’s friend, Buffie Sheehan, was experiencing the same sort of malaise. “I’d walk into a room and forget why I was there,” she says. “I was a runner, but started experiencing leg pain. My energy and sex drive were low. I’d sit on the couch telling myself that I needed to get up and do something, only to find myself still sitting there two hours later.”


“The BioTe method is effective,
safe and hassle-free,
only requiring treatment every three
to six months. We place tiny pellets
under the skin with a simple procedure,
and they release the  hormones very similarly
to the way your body would
if it was still making them. ”

—James Cannon, PhD, PA-C (Psy) CAQ


 One night at a party, Kay and some friends were gathered together, commiserating over what they assumed was the inevitable physical and emotional decline of middle age.  A gentleman standing nearby overheard the women and struck up a conversation with them. “He began telling us about a therapy called Bioidentical Hormone Optimization,” Kay relates. “He encouraged us to have blood work done to determine if this treatment might work for us.”

That gentleman was James Cannon, PhD, PA-C (Psy) CAQ, and the advice he offered the women that evening was gleaned from his own experiences working and training with Henry Van Pala, MD. Dr. Van Pala is the practice’s medical director, and a board certified internist.

A native of Arizona, Dr. Cannon began his career in the military, working in healthcare administration, then deciding to go into clinical practice. He completed physician assistant training and worked on a Native American reservation in the southwest for a number of years. Dr. Cannon then returned to active duty, from which he recently retired after 31 years.

“I was in my 40s when I began experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance,” Dr. Cannon explains. “I had more aches and pains; I didn’t recover as quickly from exercise; I felt as if I’d lost my edge.  About 12 years ago, I was introduced to the medical evidence on age management through Bioidentical Hormone Optimization. Seeking to learn more, I began my pursuit of education in this area, which is how Dr. Van Pala and I met. We both had symptoms and opted for treatment. It changed our lives!”

“The BioTe method is effective, safe and hassle-free, only requiring treatment every three to six months,” Dr. Cannon continues. “We place tiny pellets under the skin with a simple procedure, and they release the  hormones very similarly to the way your body would if it was still making them. What I found amazing was that pellets have been around since 1939!”

Even more amazing were the results. “Within weeks, the joint pain went away, I experienced mental clarity, and I got my edge back,” Dr. Cannon declares.

When Kay heard Dr. Cannon’s testimonial, she took his advice and had lab work done. “Dr. Cannon looked at the results and, sure enough, I had low hormone readings,” she says. “I started hormone optimization treatments shortly after that.”

For Kay, the results were life-changing. “Everyone reacts differently, but I started noticing changes after only three weeks,” she relates. “Now, I have no joint pain. In fact, at age 55, the results were so amazing that I started running regularly. Six years later, I run five or more miles a week—with no injuries or pain. But the biggest benefit was that my libido came back. I have to mention that because it’s a big deal.”

Buffie also decided to try hormone optimization. “I’d previously tried hormone creams, with no result,” she explains, “but within three weeks of beginning hormone optimization, I felt better. I had energy. I had better skin. Even the migraines that I had developed years earlier, when I was pregnant, cleared up. It’s been transformative!”

Kay and Buffie began sharing the good news of their results with family and friends. They became such devoted advocates of hormone optimization that they now work for Dr. Cannon’s practice, Assure Wellness Group, on Military Highway in Chesapeake.


“I’d previously tried hormone creams,
with no result,
but within three weeks
 of beginning hormone optimization,
I had energy. I had better skin.
Even the migraines that I had developed years earlier,
when I was pregnant, cleared up.
It’s been transformative!”

—Buffie Sheehan



“Our staff is fantastic,” Dr. Cannon says with a proud smile. “They’ve all been treated, so not only do they know from experience what patients are feeling when they come in, but they know the amazing benefits that are in store for them.”

Drs. Van Pala and Cannon are adamant about one point: “We aren’t involved in anti-aging, but in the management of the aging process. The cellular process of aging can’t be stopped. With the power of BioTe hormone optimization one can return their hormones to a more youthful level and age more on their own terms.”

“Most of our patients are in their 40s to 50s, but a few are younger,” Kay interjects. “Treatment is determined by the BioK dosing calculator, medical/symptom history and lab testing. My son is only 34, but he was continually tired, with very little energy.  I said, ‘Let’s do your lab work and see what your numbers are.’ Sure enough, his numbers were low.”

“Hormone optimization also helps with libido,” Buffie adds. “Marriages truly suffer without sexual intimacy. Once people experience those benefits they sometimes bring their spouses in for a screening. It’s not a magic pill, but definitely has magical qualities.”

“What makes our work so rewarding is that people come to us feeling bad and assuming that they have to learn to live with it,” Dr. Cannon concludes. “It is wonderful to tell people that they don’t have to settle for ‘aging-gracefully,’ but that they can be proactive and manage the process. Because we are part of the BioK network, which has 4,000 other practices nationwide, they always have access to treatments no matter where they are. In psychology, when people suffering depression are successfully treated, they feel as if they’ve had a cloud removed. People feel the same way after their hormones have been balanced. They can look back on how they felt when they came to us, compare it to how they feel when they leave, and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know what I was missing living that way.’ Seeing that result again and again in our patients makes the work that we do here at Assure Wellness priceless.”




Assure Wellness Group

1157 S. Military Hwy.
Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-383-8036
www.assurewellnessgroup.com