Emerald Waters Medical Clinic Uses a Natural Approach
Jul 02, 2013 05:49PM
Muricia Stanton, Ph.D., ARNP-BC, recently opened her practice, Emerald Waters Medical Clinic, in Niceville, saying, "Our medical and prevention services are based on the belief that our patient’s health care needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. We empower our patients with knowledge and the tools to change and modify behaviors that may lead to chronic health risk."
Although Emerald Waters is a traditional medical clinic, Stanton, an ARNP provider, is uniquely qualified as the holder of a doctorate degree in natural health care. Her approach adopts education and prevention of chronic illness through a natural and holistic approach to health care and she does not consider prescribing a pill to be the first line of disease management.
Stanton combines her knowledge of natural remedies and supplements with the disciplines of modern medicine. "Many women may not be aware of certain herbs in their daily supplements specially designed for women, like St. John’s wort," she notes. "Based on its effect on estrogen, St. John’s wort can have many benefits, but I would not recommend it for someone with a history of breast cancer."
As a holistic practitioner, Stanton can recommend natural remedies that wean a patient from too many prescribed medications. She recalls learning little about herbal therapies in the traditional medical school curriculum, and uses her extensive knowledge of natural medicine to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.
Stanton asserts that her most effective tool in helping patients is listening to them. Using diet and exercise, she helps people identify and remove barriers to good health and seeks to grow her practice by promoting alternative diagnostic measures and a customized health management strategy.
Services include management of hypertension, diabetes; treatment of minor cuts, sprains, strains, infections and colds; back-to-work physical exams, school, flu vaccines, annual men’s and women’s health exams; and abnormal pap smear and dysplasia management as part of their prevention health services. The clinic sees patients 12 and older and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance. Non-insured patients are seen on a sliding payment scale based on income.