January 2021- Letter from Dr. Rahbar–Practice Highlights

Dear Patient,

We hope that you’ve had a great start to the new year! We have many new and exciting things to share with you that we are incorporating into LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition.

Our Story:

With the practice opening in 1986, we have proudly just surpassed 35 years of service! Since its inception, we have embraced a strong, evolutionary knowledge base and services that remain at the forefront of integrative medicine.

In 2005, through my own personal family experience, I realized that a traditional medicine model would not be sufficient in helping our patients with complex medical issues.

In 2006, I embarked on a holistic direction where I developed our holistic-integrative care model. 

By 2009, LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition was formally established.

The evolutionary nature of this endeavor required more than just a strong vision. It required tremendous personal interest, an exorbitant amount of time, and a lot of financial support to transform the practice into what it is today.

I am forever indebted to my family for their endless support in my process and to my staff for their ceaseless hard work–especially during this pandemic.

Research and Publication:

LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition is a unique consultative practice focused on various chronic and complex medical problems. In January 2021—after exhaustive effort–we published our medical findings as a community-based clinic.

The publication (as shown below) is entirely novel because, for the first time, we were able to demonstrate that many patients with vector-borne illness may indeed present with digestive manifestations.

(Association of Presenting Symptoms with Abnormal Laboratory Values for Vector-Borne Illness – Experience in an Urban Gastroenterology Practice.” Journal of Patient-Centered Research & Reviews, Published January 2021.)
  
This publication was a joyous achievement for us since It is quite challenging to publish new concepts from private practice community clinics.

I want to thank the individuals who worked alongside me to make this publication possible and the generous donations that poured in through Patient-Helping-Patients, Inc, 501c3.

We are so proud to share this with you:

LINK to the Article on JPCRR Journal

Future Research:

We are currently working on a new concept called “ECP” (Environmentally Challenged Patient). Through this particular study, we hope to examine the health effects of many chemicals and mold toxins, with a specific interest in stool composition (microbiome), digestive symptoms, and chronic inflammation.

New Services:

Another area of interest we have been exploring is Physiological Digestive Assessments.

In addition to the Heidelberg gastric pH (acidity) test we offer in-house, we are now offering Anorectal Manometry (ARM) and Anorectcal Biofeedback therapy for defecatory and pelvic symptoms.

We are also in the process of establishing in-office and at-home IV protocols tailored toward our patients’ unique needs.
We offer IV nutrition support (TPN and PPN) that we arrange for our patients in the comfort of their homes and will soon be integrating our in-office IV fusion therapy.

New Administrative Technology:

We are always implementing new technologies in our administrative department to facilitate communication, documentation, and access to data. We currently use a state-of-the-art management database, Athena, and HIPAA compliant Dropbox as a repository for patient records. This is particularly helpful when patients need to upload documents and forms for the office!

The Future of LA Integrative Gastroenterology:

My vision is to incorporate additional, like-minded, compassionate physicians who believe in our “Whole Person Approach to Digestive Care.” The process of finding and training a physician that follows our business model is not one we take lightly. I would love to see our “LA Integrative” legacy continue for many decades to come.

Thank you for catching up with us and what we are up to at LA Integrative Gastroenterology and Nutrition. We look forward to seeing you soon! Next week, we will follow up with additional policy and fee updates to the practice.

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Address: 2080 Century Park E Suite 1804
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: (310) 289-8000

Fax: (310) 203-4592

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