New Office! 900 W. Chandler Blvd #A2, Chandler, AZ 85225 (North side of Chandler / East of Alma)
Integrative THYROID & FIBROMYALGIA CLINIC
Chronic Musculoskeletal & Hashimoto Thyroid Care
* custom blending of conventional & alternative med *
Prescrip * Acupuncture * Traction * Spine Adjustments
We Don’t Treat: Acute/Accidents or Hypersensitive Pts
Affordable Community Clinic - focused on areas within Endocrinology (Thyroid) & Rheumatology (Fibromyalgia)
This is a non-government community clinic. Most community clinics are either free clinics staffed by part-time doctors and staff, or they are funded by government sources. This clinic is private and therefore free from most of the bureaucracy of governement and corporate entanglements, and thus able to operate at low costs while still providing a high level of personalized service for very reasonable fees. This is only practical if we focus on certain areas of endocrinology and rheumatology only in the ambulatory (non-hospital) setting. Dr Barnett chose this path because he believes the ethical ideal of a community clinic is to be able reach people regardless of income level and that the relationship to patients is only free of conflicts of interest if it is financially supported only by the community that it serves rather than government or large insurance corporations. It is not practical for clinics which take money from other sources to offer fees as low as ours (including insurance discount rates), and still offer the same quality of care.
Dr. Barnett uses BOTH conventional medical approaches AND the best of alternative approaches to treat a variety of common endocrine (hormone) diseases, with an emphasis on thyroid disease / Hashimoto hypothyroidism.
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Hashimoto Thyroiditis EmphasisTreatment of Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto Thyroiditis are the main conditions treated in Dr. Barnett’s practice. He is confident in providing the best clinical approach to protect the thyroid, improve symptoms, while still preserving bone health, which is a concern when using Synthroid (levothyroxine) or other non-glandular medications.
Integrative RheumatologyDr. Barnett mixes regular medicine with acupuncture, spinal adjustments and traction to create a custom approach for each patient’s needs and preferences, which is an alternative to typical chiropractic or conventional medical approaches. His rheumatology emphasis is on Fibromyalgia and other chronic non-inflammatory problems, especially of the spine utilizing a combination of joint manipulation, trigger point work, acupuncture, injections, prescription medications, and evidence-based supplements.
Dr. Barnett provides an integrative medicine approach to spine care, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic joint problems that have arisen from minor acute injuries, the effects of old injuries, irregular anatomy, repetitive stresses, and osteoarthritis,
He combines the most time tested and evidence based aspects of traditional medicine such as spinal manipulation, clinical nutrition, and acupuncture with the most conservative aspects of conventional medicine, such as injections, traction, and prescription medicines.
A list of conditions we frequently see (keep in mind that Fibromyalgia is our emphasis):
- Fibromyalgia – especially of the spine
- Osteoporosis (minor only)
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Sciatica without severe numbness or weakness such as foot drop
- Tendinitis & Bursitis (minor only)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and other inflammatory arthritits: Dr Barnett strongly prefers to restrict his practice to complimentary services in cooperation with a Board-Certified Rheumatologist for these inflammatory conditions, but may temporarily accept a limited number of patients who cannot afford a rheumatologist, depending on the severity of their disease.
A doctor who can appreciate what it is like to suffer….Dr. Barnett suffers from fibromyalgia.
Fibromyagia: A syndrome charicterized by wide-spread chronic pain, fatigue, along with sleep problems, muscle weakness, memory/focus/sleeping problems, bladder problems, restless legs, numbness/tingling, irritable bowel, depression, anxiety, as well as other neurologic sensitivities.
Dr. Barnett has been treating musculoskeletal conditions for 20+ years, beginning with acupuncture, then holistic chiropractic, and finally with naturopathic medicine, which broadened his scope to include prescription medications along with additional naturopathic approaches. His interests (in part from himself suffering from fibromyalgia) and skills have caused him to gradually evolve this major part of his practice to focus on chronic musculoskeletal condtions, with particular emphasis on Fibromyalgia.
The hallmark of fibromyalgia is wide-spread pain, but almost always includes fatigue not relieved by sleep. It is diagnosed primarily by physical examination, history taking and patient interview. Labs, imaging, or other special tests are only useful to rule out other similar or overlapping diseases, which is an important part of a fibromyalgia workup. It is important to rule out other potential causes of symptoms commonly associated with fibromyalgia.
Genetics is thought to be responsible for about half of the risk, while environmental factors are thought to account for the remainder. Stress is probably the most significant environmental factor — both physical and emotional stress. Past infection is also a possible cause. However, while we will accept patients whose cause of fibromyalgia may have included infection, we will not get into diagnosing or treating the old infection itself. This is an area for a clinic which specializes in chronic / exotic infections — an infectious disease specialist.
Fibromyalgia is now recognized as a true medical condition by the American College of Rheumatology the NIH, but was first received with skepticism by the medical community because of the wide range of symptoms and lack of any specific lab, imaging, or other objective tests for diagnosis. Other symptoms besides the classic one of wide-spread chronic pain, that are associated with fibromyalgia are muscle weakness, memory/focus/sleeping problems, bladder problems, restless legs, numbness/tingling, irritable bowel, depression, anxiety, and neurologic sensitivity to noise/lights/temperature/chemicals & medications.**
**We do not treat ptients who are hypersensitive to noise, lights, temperature, smells, etc, and especially medications.
Integrative solutions for thyroid and musculoskeletal problems
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Dr. Kevin Barnett
Dr. Kevin Barnett, NMD is a naturopathic physician in Chandler, Arizona, who also serves the East Valley cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, and the greater Phoenix area – East Valley Naturopathic Doctors
85225 United States