About PrimeLife Integrative Medicine
Our Core Values Of Care
An Integrative Approach
Rooted in our focus on participatory patient care, it’s our mission to empower you with the knowledge and collective wisdom to create health yourself, no matter where you are right now.
Guided by our care team, you will embark on an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the best of both Eastern and Western medicine – including smart lifestyle modifications that will significantly improve your health and symptoms.
You’ll receive dedicated attention from our care team of Clinicians, health coaches, life coach, Reiki Master and nutritionists.
During your exploratory consultation, you will meet with one of our Clinicians to chart the course for your package of care.
The subsequent treatment will be largely handled by our care team based on your individual needs, supervised by your Clinician.
No patient is exactly the same, and yet there are 9 factors that affect your health. Guided by our team, we will get to the root cause of your dis-ease – using diagnostic tests that your current doctor may not even know about.
We’ll explore your situation holistically, uncovering mediators in your home, at work, and your mental state to arrive at a “lifestyle prescription” that puts you back on the road to health.
Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into the standard of care? At PrimeLife, our entire team is deeply committed to shortening that lag.
All our staff are life-long learners, continuously upgrading their wisdom through sharing best practices and seeking out innovative, out-of-the-box ideas to help our patients achieve their health goals.
Root Cause Resolution
Unlike traditional doctors, our care team always focuses on root cause resolution – isolating the key imbalance that is responsible for virtually all symptoms you’re experiencing right now.
Also known as functional medicine, we seek to give you solutions, not more bandaids to cover up the symptoms (or treating side effects of drugs with even more drugs).
Just like your gut bacteria thrive on symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationships, your desired health outcome is much easier to achieve through the power of community.
We leverage group structures for patient education, peer-to-peer support, and accountability – with both your care team and your fellow patients rooting for your success.
The Philosophy That Drives Us
The philosophy that motivates everyone on our care teams at PrimeLife Integrative Medicine is pretty simple:
“We strive to be the most efficient, effective and value-based direct care specialty clinic in central Iowa to help our patients create optimal health.”
Melanie Plain, PA-C, founded PrimeLife on the belief of participatory care where the patient is an instrumental partner in returning their body back to health (or keeping it healthy), and that it’s not about pre-determined ideas about a diagnosis without a full understanding of a patient’s situation.
That’s why the care team at PrimeLife will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting to the root cause of your hormone imbalances and gastrointestestinal problems. In fact, the medical community finally realizes that all disease starts in the gut, so by taking the gut into account, there are no hormone, autoimmune or inflammatory process that can’t be addressed at the root level.
We will integrate findings from the most recent research along with literally decades of knowledge that our team has accumulated. As it is stated in our Core Values of Care, you will always be first in line for innovative, integrative treatment methods that combine the best of Western and Eastern medicine.
About PrimeLife Integrative Medicine
PrimeLife Integrative Medicine was founded more than 15 years ago by Melanie Plain, PA-C, an integrative medicine specialist with more than 13 years of medical experience. Drawing on the various treatment modalities she encountered throughout her career, Ms. Plain focused her practice on providing integrative hormonal and GI health based on the concept of root cause resolution.
Since its inception, our care team has empowered hundreds of patients to take charge of their health and hormones, and resolve many chronic conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and many autoimmune-related symptoms.
About Melanie Plain, PA-C
I have an extensive background and training in hormone replacement and optimization, functional medicine and holistic wellness therapies which I take the best parts of to help you individually.
After practicing full-time Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, I became overly aware of the limitations that “conventional” medicine posed.
As a response to this, I began studying integrative medicine and mind/body/spirit healing methods, along with herbs and supplements that are known to improve health and balance hormones naturally. PrimeLife is my baby, encompassing 20+ years of specialty training including integrative and functional medicine, exercise physiology, massage and wellness-based practices. We teach you how to incorporate these healing methods into your life to support your own self-healing.
My philosophy for diagnosing and treating hormone imbalance lies in a comprehensive approach that combines both physical and mental-emotional and relational treatment methods. In addition to utilizing these treatments effectively, I also strive to teach patients that their hormone health and general well-being is dependent on:
- A well-functioning gut and hormone axis
- A healthy body that is pain-free, creating a balanced emotional state in the process
- A supportive network of relationships with friends, family, and medical practitioners.
I am proud to bring my decades of medical knowledge to my own clinic, PrimeLife. I am equally honored to be joined by such an exciting and experienced team as the one I have working with me every day.
“For the first time in a long time…”
For the first time in a long time, I feel like me again.
“I thought I was going crazy…”
I have always been a happy, ‘over the top’ person with lots of energy, and then I had a total hysterectomy. After my hysterectomy, I went from energetic and positive to depressed and hopeless. My sex drive was gone, I was irritable all of the time, and I couldn’t remember anything. It was like I’d lost my mind.
I consulted with Melanie, had the Simpatra pellets placed, and within 3 days my hot flashes stopped and I slept for the first time since my surgery. Now I’m feeling better than ever! My energy is through the roof and my family likes me again! I can’t thank her enough!
“Couldn’t sleep, foggy brain, constantly tired…”
Couldn’t sleep, foggy brain, constantly tired, weight gain, cry at the drop of a dime and no sex-drive. Thought I had to live like this…that it was NORMAL. This is how I felt before my Simpatra HRT therapy. Three days after my first insertion I was free! It wasn’t normal to feel that way…WOO HOO. I found a new normal. It was a total GAME-CHANGER for me and my life. All those symptoms went away and I feel like a new woman.