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We understand that you are frustrated with the lack of individualized treatment and guidance in the traditional healthcare system, tired of your symptoms still remaining and fed up with the lack of satisfying answers to your health concerns. We’re here to help. Our expert physicians use an integrative medicine approach that looks at your complete lifestyle. (body, mind, and spirit.)

What You Have is Not Why You Have it

Depression is not a Prozac deficiency. Type II Diabetes does not show up overnight. Alzheimer’s Disease is not a single source of disease.

Functional Medicine Infographic - Carolina HealthSpan Institute

You are a Beautiful System

Your brain and your gut communicate and affect each other in a complex, yet systematic fashion. This is the case for every organ system in your body. Ever drink something that makes your heart race? Eat something that makes you sleepy? Complex, chronic diseases develop from various insults to our system over years or decades and are influenced by environmental factors, your lifestyle, your genetic make-up and mind-body connections. Our functional medicine doctors can explain why and how to reverse autoimmune disorders which starts with restoring the health of your gut. Many don’t realize that the gut is the gateway to health. Are you experiencing a leaky gut? There are many causes to this and if you don’t get them addressed your leaky gut could lead to autoimmunity.

Our Pharmaceutical Dependance

Treating a symptom with a drug will only mask the symptom, not fix the underlying cause. Side effects are caused when the drug reacts with a part of your system it is not designed to treat, or in many cases another drug. Studies show that up to 85% of drugs prescribed in the United States are taken outside of their FDA approved, intended use (length of time, multiple medications, off-label use). Are you one of the millions who suffer from an autoimmune condition? You deserve to get the answers you need that rely less on pharmaceuticals and more on natural remedies. We take different approaches at Carolina HealthSpan Institute vs. traditional medical communities where they use conventional approaches that don’t have a method of finding the root cause. In the quest for optimal health and wellness, we use a holistic medicine approach which considers body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Additionally, we use integrative medicine approaches that focus on putting the patient first, keeping in mind the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect the overall health.

Integrative Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus and diagnose & prescribe mentality of traditional medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, our team addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

Different Results Require a Different Experience

  • We offer all-inclusive programs designed around your health timeline, objective data, symptom severity, current health needs and future goals.
  • Each program is designed specifically for you and includes education, provider visits, health coaching, diagnostics, various treatment modalities and concierge level support.
  • All programs are based on a time-frame to reach your health goals and include milestones to ensure you are on the right track.
  • After your program is finished you may be in a great place to manage your ongoing health on your own. If you desire further care or health-tracking we offer various tiers of membership for maintenance and/or continued optimization.

The only way to truly know the core problem is to look

  • We utilize multiple advanced, specialty lab facilities and look beyond the ranges to discover root causes to your symptoms.
  • We combine this data with a functional approach to health to design treatment protocols specific to your needs.
  • We believe what you can measure you can manage. Your improvement will be shown objectively through re-testing of specific bio-markers throughout your program.

Your health deserves more than the average 8-minute Doctor’s visit.

  • Every new experience starts with specific biomarker testing, education and separate 1-hour results and program design meeting with one of our Functional Health Experts.
  • Our staff is comprised of traditional & functionally trained Medical Doctors, Mid-Level Providers (NP/PA), Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Clinicians,  Wellness Coaches, Therapists, life-coaches and more. 9 providers with individual expertise, working together as a team to guide you toward the results you desire.

How is it Different at Carolina HealthSpan Institute?

There are many different terms and organizations for medicine outside of the traditional circles. Alternative, integrative, functional, anti-aging, preventive, proactive, holistic… The key is finding the right group of healthcare providers, lead by Medical Doctors with a never-ending thirst for knowledge and understanding of how to really solve the conditions and issues of their patients. Dr Kathleen Russo’s expertise has been focused on identifying and treating the root causes of her patient’s symptoms. Her extended clinical team all are highly trained, board certified experts with advanced training and certification in integrative health.

What Makes Our Integrative Medicine Practice Different

 The Opposite of Dysfunctional Medicine

The Integrative Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.

 The Gap in Research

The gap between emerging research in technology, effective treatment modalities and lifestyle intervention and integration into traditional medical practice is enormous. This is particularly the case in the area of complex, chronic disease.

Complex, Chronic Disease

In medical school, most physicians receive less than 5 hours of education on nutrition, sleep, stress or other lifestyle factors. They are not adequately trained to address the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease.

I’m Ready to Get Started

Join a Community of Individuals Reaching Their Health Goals

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. If you continue down the traditional Healthcare path, you may not find the relief you are looking for or the results you desire. Where will you be next year if you do not take control of your health? How about 3 years? 5 years?

The time is now to take control of your health. And it’s all possible with the right guide.

How do I know if the Integrative Medicine approach is Right for Me?

If you have struggled to find answers and true solutions in the traditional medical communities, you may need a more health focused and patient centered approach. Masking symptoms with drugs will only provide temporary relief, but will never solve the underlying problem. With a Integrative Medicine approach, you can expect more one on one time with your provider, coaching, education, advanced lab analysis and other diagnostics along with various forms of treatment including supplements, compounded medications, specific nutrition and exercise programs and more. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms or conditions, we can help.

Our Programs Have Shown to be Effective with:

An explanation of Integrative Medicine from the Institute of Functional Medicine

The Institute of Functional Medicine - Carolina HealthSpan Institute

What is the Next Step?

Step 1

Start your experience with a 20-minute call with one of our functional health experts to determine if we’re a good fit for your case.

Step 2

Collect specific objective and subjective data including Labs, Lifestyle Assessment, Symptom Profile and Medical History.

Step 3

Finally, sit down for a 1-on-1 results and program design conversation with one of our Integrative Health Experts to determine if you’re a good fit for our practice.



If Steps 1-3 are followed, your road toward your health goals can start immediately!



Our goal is to safely and effectively optimize your health in the most efficient manner using trusted and advanced solutions.

Your outstanding experience at Carolina Healthspan Institute is at the center of our healthcare model. Experience the benefits that 30 minutes or more with a physician can mean for your health.

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