Integrative Gynecology and Women’s Health Services
Dr. Foster specializes in women’s health and she treats a wide range of gynecological conditions using integrated naturopathic methods. Her services include gynecological care, such as annual exams and sure-path PAPS, breast exams, and physical exams. Her approach is comprehensive and compassionate.
A few of the conditions she specializes in are the following:
- Breast Cancer
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Uterine Fibroids
- Low Libido
- Cervical Dysplasia (abnormal pap)
- Vaginal Infections
Gynecology For Teens
Make your daughter’s first gynecological visit positive and empowering. Dr. Foster’s gentle approach will help your daughter feel comfortable and safe.
- First time pelvic and pap exam
- STD education and testing, if indicated
- Natural options for PMS, painful periods, and irregular cycles
- Birth control options
- Guidance and support for teens and their parents from a trusted professional
General Family Health: wellness education, personalized nutrition programs, prevention of diseases.
Lifestyle Management: stress, weight management and weight loss, exercise routine and development, dietary and nutritional plan, alcohol/drug/cigarette cessation.
Women’s Health: menopause, PMS, infertility, vaginal disorders/infections, STDs, prenatal and postpartum, osteoporosis, and menstrual disorders.
Endocrine Disorders: thyroid disorders, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, adrenal fatigue.
Fatigue: insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anemia.
Mood Disorders: depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, ADD, bipolar disorder, chemical imbalances.
Immune System Disorders: common cold and flu, autoimmune diseases, allergies, immune support.
Pediatrics: asthma, allergies, eczema, ear infections, food sensitivities, vaccinations, ADD.
Cardiovascular Disorders: heart disease prevention, stroke prevention, hypertension, high cholesterol, varicose veins, coronary artery disease.
Digestive Disorders: constipation, diarrhea (infectious and non-infectious), celiacs disease, crohns disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, peptic ulcers, acid reflux/heartburn, hepatitis, liver/gallbladder disease, liver detoxification.
Respiratory Disorders: asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, cough, croup.
Dermatological Disorders: acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, hives, herpes simplex I and II, candida, hair loss, HPV, fungal infections.
Nothing beats the power or strength of nutritional IV therapy. IVs go right to the source, as they bypass all the inadequacies and malfunctions inside the body, to work on the problem fast. IV therapy hydrate the body and detoxify the liver and lymphatic system, thereby causing you to feel better faster while helping the body work more efficiently. Here are a few of the IV therapy options Dr. Foster offers at her clinic:
- Vitamin C infusions have been shown to greatly enhance the immune system and act as an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory in many conditions.
- IV Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Glutathione also strongly detoxifies the liver and lymphatic system.
- Meyer’s Cocktail is a popular mix of various vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Meyer’s Cocktail improves energy, boosts immunity, and detoxifies the body.
Dr. Foster also offers Vitamin Intramuscular Injections, which are a great way to boost energy, improve sleep, and resolve anxiety and depression. Injections commonly include B12 and a mix of B vitamins, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Dr. Foster has experience in the use of a variety of homeopathic injections.
The use of diet as a therapy serves as the foundation of Naturopathic Medicine. There is a growing body of knowledge that supports the use of whole foods and nutritional supplements in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.
Counseling and Lifestyle Modification
Naturopathic Doctors are formally trained in counseling, which is essential to the naturopathic practice and philosophy.
Dr. Foster uses homeopathic medicines for various conditions. She frequently uses homeopathy for children and pregnancy because it is a safer choice for these sensitive patients.
Naturopathic Doctors are professionally trained herbalists; they know both the historical uses of plants and their modern pharmacological mechanisms. Dr. Foster’s pharmacy consists of whole herb tinctures allowing her to tailor botanical formulas specific to an individuals needs, as well as standardized botanical formulas.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Dr. Foster uses bioidentical hormones for women in menopause or other hormone related issues. Additionally, she uses thyroid, DHEA, and testosterone in a bioidentical form. She is licensed to prescribe all forms of natural hormones and synthetic hormones.
Amino Acid Therapy for Neurotransmitter Balancing
Dr. Foster explores alternate ways to reach and heal the mental-emotional aspect of a patient without suppressing them in any way. She has received training in counseling as well as supporting the body’s biochemistry. Amino acid therapy is one application Dr. Foster uses in order to reestablish a balance of the brain chemicals responsible for one’s well being. By doing so, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue can be alleviated.
Regular check-ups can identify and lead to the correction of problems before they become serious. Dr. Foster aids in supporting the body when it becomes overly stressed, irritable, and drained in order to prevent a more serious condition from developing.
Many people with chronic conditions feel safer using both a regular MD and a Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Foster is versed in the same clinical and physical diagnosis skills as other doctors, and has studied pharmacology. She works closely with other doctors and health care practitioners in order to provide the best care for her patients.
Laboratory Tests conducted by Audra Foster, N.D.
Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing
Dr. Foster values the importance of diagnostic testing, as it is essential to a complete patient profile before designing a treatment plan. She uses standard blood and serum tests, as well as x-rays, sonograms, bone density studies, and mammograms.
When indicated, Dr. Foster will assess hormones by a blood or saliva sample in order to rule out menopause, diabetes, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, as well as a variety of other endocrine disorders.
Measuring the brain chemicals can help Dr. Foster treat a variety of mood disorders, behavioral imbalances, and neurological conditions. These tests also allow her to balance the body’s hormones with the neurotransmitters simultaneously.
Sexually Transmitted Disease Panels and Paps
Dr. Foster screens her patients for STDs and offers annual paps for her female patients.
Adrenal Stress Index
This test analyzes adrenal function by measuring salivary levels of DHEA, insulin levels and cortisol. It helps in ruling out underlying causes of fatigue, insomnia, hypoglycemia and diabetes. When given the opportunity, Dr. Foster makes an effort to decrease the likelihood of disease. She utilizes optimal ranges when evaluating laboratory test results rather than assume a result in the normal range means the patient is healthy. Normal ranges are based on population from which the labs doing the tests receive their samples; therefore unhealthy test subjects distort normal ranges.