Our Philosophy of Healthcare

Finding solutions to your health problems can be confusing.  These days there are so many choices with traditional, mainstream, alternative, complementary, holistic, and integrative ideas.  Even political battles in government and the insurance industry and competition over who gets the money may distort the underlying scientific principles adding to the confusion about what is proper diagnosis and treatment and what is available.

Through all of this, Dr. Ranheim has consistently followed some basic principles.

He likes to consider the entire person (body, mind, and spirit) because the body is not just an assortment of parts.
He repeatedly asked, “What will it take to both get this patient well and keep them well?”
He values integrity in relationships, personal honesty, and truth because it helps everyone remain focused on problem solving and builds healthy trust.
He is willing to try things which may be a little different if they will help his patients.
He encourages each patient to honestly embrace their given condition and take personal responsibility for getting well.
He likes to see people find their life’s purpose and do all they can to get well so as to fulfill that mission.

Because Dr. Ranheim believes that the human body has more of an ability to get well on its own if given a chance; he is led to seek root causes of illness, use less medication and follow more natural approaches to treatments.

Practical aspects of our philosophy:

  • We help patients strive for optimal health, not simply just “getting by”
  • We focus on wellness more than disease
  • Diagnostic and treatment plans are customized to the individual: One size does not fit all.
  • The doctor serves as a coach — the patient is in the driver’s seat
  • We search to find underlying causes of disease and then work to correct them
  • We spend more time: New visits are typically a 90 minutes and follow-up visits, 30 minutes: It takes longer to go deeper and engage patients in self-care
  • Bothersome symptoms need quick relief but the patient is counseled to pursue long-term solutions
  • Medications can be very helpful but they are only a part of getting well and staying well
  • Building good health on the foundation of clean environments, great nutrition, autonomic and immune balancing, cleansing the body, good digestion, healthy relationships, and good lifestyle choices makes a lot of sense.