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Infinity Wellness Helps Patients Find Root Of Problems

on February 10, 2019 - 8:32am
Dr. Carmen Solano at her practice Infinity Wellness Friday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Through her practice, Infinity Wellness, Dr. Carmen Solano strives to get to the root of patients’ health issues in order to resolve them.

While she has operated her practice since 2015, Solano will soon be able to take Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial or exchange covered insurance.

Solano said she will be an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield starting Friday. This is a benefit to the community because Blue Cross Blue Shield is “a major insurer here in Los Alamos,” she said.

For instance, Blue Cross Blue Shield is used by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County and other local employers.

Solano practices functional medicine. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, this type of medical practice focuses on “the whole person, not just a set of symptoms … practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.”

Solano said, “The best part is seeing people get better. I see a lot of conditions that affect a person’s well-being.”

People suffering from pain, fatigue and hormonal issues will come to her for help and through functional medicine, “a lot of my patients have been able to feel better,” she said.

While Solano works on treating health problems, she also works to prevent them for occurring in the first place.

Before the initial visit, Solano said patients will provide an extensive history on their health. She reviews this history to identify patterns of disfunction and imbalances in a patient’s system.

The first visit is a lengthy one, Solano said.

“(It’s) really for me to get a full picture of their life,” she said, “Not just of their health but what their life looks like.”

From there, Solano said they figure out what lab work to order. This can include routine blood work or specific lab work to look into certain systems.

Once the lab results are returned, Solano said she will meet with the patient and create a protocol. This can include foundational changes such as diet, sleep and rest habits and stress management. Depending on an individual’s needs, a protocol for supplements might be developed.

Furthermore, “We check in regularly to see what’s working, what’s not working and make adjustments to the program,” she said.

Before being a Functional Medicine practitioner, Solano, who is a board-certified family medical doctor, practiced with a few larger medical groups in Albuquerque. She said for her patients dealing with chronic pain she would just fix their symptoms.

Solano said she read Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, Ultra Metobolism, which promotes finding the cause of an illness and addressing the illness through a holistic approach. Afterwards, she trained with some different organizations and practitioners and in 2015, she started exclusively practicing functional medicine.

“I’m just a strong believer in this process,” Solano said. “No, it’s not a quick and easy fix. Patients have to put a lot of work into this process, but the rewards are great in terms of the health gains.”

She moved to Los Alamos in 2015 and worked from the Small Business Development Center. In 2016, she moved her practice to 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 8.

Solano said she enjoys working in a small community and the support people give one another.

For more information, call Infinity Wellness at 505.500.8356.