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Ilene Spector, DO - Helping My Health from the Head, Neck, to my Feet!
Dr. Ilene Spector, is a "DO", or doctor of osteopathy. She lives and sees patients most weeks in Crested Butte, Colorado, an old mining town that, like so many, were turned into ski industry money-makers, and overall money makers by bringing in tourists. They have the most spectacular mountain flowers in the summer, overall, that I've encountered in 55+ years in Colorado, and I was fortunate to spend a lot of time there due to my 'old boss' having built a house there.
Ilene / Dr. Spector is one of a growing number of health care providers who is choosing to be very discerning with what insurances they accept or to accept it at all. Gone are the days that you can presume that medical providers all are set up to 'take' insurance. I've been a provider -- there was staggering overhead related to getting on all the insurances as a provider and then billing the insurances, plus long delay in reimbursement as well as them not reimbursing the amount you bill for.
It's a very strange system and is clearly very broken and collapsing, in my opinion. When you factored in that we had to be filing with paper charts AND doing things electronically so I was paying for computers, software, IT people's time, it cut so deeply into my revenues as an occupational therapist that it wasn't making sense to continue with that as a career location. All these things made the risks involved in starting Lumigrate 'worth it' to me. The information is so needed by people, I knew that, so that is why I made the decision in 2008 to head to the private pay and Internet world myself.
I hope that clears up misconceptions about charges when you walk out of a medical office so you don't assume the provider is 'getting rich off of you'; in all honesty I've seen increasing numbers of medical providers in the last 10 years who are struggling, and some get out of the business as a result.
And providers like Dr Spector can operate very simply charging less for a visit because their overhead is lower! She does take worker's compensation insurance and had tried to get a provider number with the very popular health insurance that is located/based in Grand Junction, but ended up dead ending on that, for now at least.
Dr. Spector was a homeopath before she returned to osteopathy school, and she sells FEW products, but one is something called Stiff 'n' Sore, which is amazing and homeopathic, in gel or cream, no odor and $15 for a jar that goes a long way. She's also advised me about things such as supplements for allergies and is simply a wealth of information. Her brochure highlights:
- osteopathic manual medicine offers an answer to many problems that have not resolved with conventional medical, surgical or other therapeutic treatments.
- osteopathic treatment is gentle and non-traumatic and addresses the body as an individualized whole.
- appropriate for newborns on up
- helpful for a wide variety of medical complaints as well as various pain syndromes and recovery from injuries and traumas
- treatment facilitates changes in how the body functions and restores health
- osteopathy in the cranial field is a specialty of Dr. Spector's. For more information, visit www.cranialacademy.org (this is the website for the organization she is on the board of, and I believe she was president of in the past, if my memory serves correctly).
I found they have a nice little Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OsteopathicCranialAcademy which has a link to the website.
I found it interesting the way Dr Spector focused SO much on injuries after I had filled out a very standard intake form. Such forms take me about 3x as long to fill out as I think they should due to the complexity of my medical history since having fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for 15 and 20 years, respectively. My problems started perhaps before I was born but certainly with the brain injury at birth that was finally brought to my attention when I was 37 years old by a special type of optometrist specializing in the perception of visual information. I've had this myriad of symptoms affecting my sleep and functioning as an infant, child, teen -- different symptoms along the way; an evolution, so to speak.
She seemed interested even in the overall benign injuries such as skiing and Rollerblading falls, as well as the bigger ones, such as being dropped as an infant of eight months of age, or the traumatic birth/forceps delivery so the obstetrician could make his 3 pm golf game on that beautiful early spring day in Denver in 1960.
Interestingly, I'd forgotten about getting involved in the doorway of a car a few years ago when helping to get an elderly family member of my friend from the back seat, as it lurched forward when the driver, my friend's 15 year old learning to drive, accidentally hitting the accelerator when not having the car in park, sending the V8-propelled vehicle shooting forward like a VERY strong elephant whamming my left shoulder and spinning me around, and thankfully seeming to not injure me more than a stiff neck the next day. However, imaging studies I'd have 'routinely' in order to get a consult from the Stedman Hawkins Clinic in Vail would show fractures in the vertebrae from connective tissue being pulled off abruptly. I'd undergo treatments I felt were right for me for the time and my resources, at great expense of time, energy and money, and come out with my neck seemingly better in functioning than it had been prior to the incident.
I'm glad I didn't remember to put it on the intake history paperwork when starting with Dr. Spector because she found many these 'things awry' with the left side of my body and told me about them and naturally worked on them to get them to 'dissipate'. Later that week I remembered the incident with the vehicle and called her to confirm that, indeed, there was another incident / injury I'd just forgotten to report previously. To me, that's very validating about her techniques and abilities!
Anyone wishing to make an appointment with Dr. Spector or ask questions, someone takes her appointments at 970/261-0602 and there is information at that voicemail as to how to reach Dr. Spector at her office.
Live and Learn. Learn and Live Better! is my motto. I'm Mardy Ross, and I founded Lumigrate in 2008 after a career as an occupational therapist with a background in health education and environmental research program administration. Today I function as the desk clerk for short questions people have, as well as 'concierge' services offered for those who want a thorough exploration of their health history and direction to resources likely to progress their health according to their goals. Contact Us comes to me, so please do if you have questions or comments. Lumigrate is "Lighting the Path to Health and Well-Being" for increasing numbers of people. Follow us on social networking sites such as: Twitter: http://twitter.com/lumigrate and Facebook. (There is my personal page and several Lumigrate pages. For those interested in "groovy" local education and networking for those uniquely talented LumiGRATE experts located in my own back yard, "LumiGRATE Groove of the Grand Valley" is a Facebook page to join. (Many who have joined are beyond our area but like to see the Groovy information! We not only have FUN, we are learning about other providers we can be referring patients to and 'wearing a groove' to each other's doors -- or websites/home offices!) By covering some of the things we do, including case examples, it reinforces the concepts at Lumigrate.com as well as making YOU feel that you're part of a community. Which you ARE at Lumigrate!
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