Born in the Midwest, I learned the core values of treasuring family, working hard, and serving others early on. Family members from both sides modeled helping others in the role of family physician, so it was no surprise I wanted to be a doctor.
After acquiring my BS from Texas A&M University, I earned my MD from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and then completed residency there in Family Medicine and gained Board Certification. I joined a large medical group in Colorado Springs and loved partnering with individuals and families to improve their health, but soon grew weary of rushed appointments that didn't allow true connections and healing, or a focus on prevention.
I created a solo practice so I could slow down and nurture deep, healing relationships with my patients to understand and serve them better. I proactively partnered with my patients to prevent disease instead of waiting for it to strike them. Kaiser studied my practice when they noted how well my patients did as a result of doing things differently, putting them first instead of the typical ‘doctor as king’ mentality. I crafted one of the first concierge practices in the area to further deepen partnering relationships with my patients. In my quest to heal people that my conventional training left unanswered, I found Functional Medicine and studied an entirely new way of thinking and addressing health and disease. Through my extensive Institute of Functional Medicine training, I learned to look at the body as a whole, not as a series of independent systems. I discovered many lifestyle and non-pharmaceutical treatment options that were often safer and as effective as what I had previously been taught. Along the way, I earned my second Board Certification, in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. I gained experience in coaching people through change to help them succeed in taking back their health.
We've all heard the old saying, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' I have found that to be true over and over in my years as a physician. By making healthy changes, we can dramatically increase our quality of life. And with the ability to detect early indicators of disease and intervene appropriately, people can live longer, fuller lives avoiding or mitigating chronic disease. We've known this for awhile for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. And now Alzheimer's dementia prevention is also recognized as possible. In general, what is good for your brain is good for the rest of your body. By putting prevention strategies into practice to fortify your brain, you also steer away from the ravages of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.
Unknowingly, my life’s twists and turns have been preparing me for this great work. For over 20 years of practicing medicine, I have followed my true passion of helping people avoid compromised vitality from a future devastating illness like heart attack or stroke, and now that includes saving their brains from deterioration like Alzheimer’s.
Why have I designed my practice to better serve people with concerns of dementia, heart attack and stroke? I helplessly watched my grandmother be pulled into the dark abyss of Alzheimer’s dementia. My grandfathers and father had heart attacks of varying degrees. I understand how devastating these ailments can be in a loved one. And now that wisdom gained from new research has put more puzzle pieces in place, these diseases can be essentially avoided.
After years of averting heart attacks and strokes, when I learned of the unprecedented results of Dr. Bredesen’s program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline, I became a certified practitioner of his ReCODE Protocol. I am inspired by this opportunity to help people avoid dementia in addition to cardiovascular disease and obtain better overall health and quality of living in the process.
Preventing serious diseases that hamper quality of life in my patients has been my passion for nearly two decades. I have extensive experience in evaluating an individual's risk of various diseases and guiding them on a path to significantly decrease their chance of developing those diseases. This includes diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and now cognitive decline.
I know what it’s like to lose a loved one to Alzheimer’s. I know the fear of facing that potential future myself. Specializing in a program that has proven clinical improvement for those concerned of cognitive decline and dementia, I’ve personally made tough changes to follow the protocol myself. I understand what it takes, and what is at stake.
I want to help you add life to your years and not just years to your life. I seek to assist you in securing a healthy brain and body for years to come. Consider the following questions:
If you answered yes to 4 or more of the above questions, my program was made for you.
As a certified health coach, personal trainer, biomechanics specialist and medical exercise specialist, Sandi brings many talents to our team. She has extensive experience coaching adults over 50, as she particularly enjoys serving this population. She helps Dr. Eads behind the scenes and serves as a communication liaison, scheduler, etc. Apart from her passions in fitness and nutrition, Sandi is a wife, a mother of a 3-year-old and is actively involved in MOPS and Rocky Mt. Christian Church.