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Wellness Specialist

Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Nutrition located in Scottsdale, AZ

The concept of wellness is gaining traction as most physicians encourage annual wellness or preventive exams. But true wellness goes beyond the typical physical assessment. Anthony Lee, MD, and the team at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, practice holistic medicine. As specialists in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and nutrition, they offer a comprehensive wellness program, beginning with an in-depth assessment of your nutritional health and then creating an individualized plan that supports wellness. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online.

Wellness Q & A

What is wellness care?

Wellness used to be associated with getting treatment when you were sick, but that concept has changed. Now, wellness encompasses preventive care and taking the steps you need to stay free from disease and maintain the best possible quality of life.

Though the team at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center is known for their non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal problems, they also practice holistic medicine. 

They treat the whole person, supporting your wellness by improving all the factors that influence your physical, emotional, and mental health.

How does nutrition support my health and wellness?

Your nutritional status is at the heart of wellness. Your body can’t produce energy, heal injuries, or maintain brain function without a certain amount of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, which are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Healthy nutrition can help prevent chronic diseases. Nutrition has such a powerful influence that dietary changes are the first line of treatment for conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

Even if you eat a balanced diet, you can still be deficient in nutrients. Any time your body is under stress, it uses more nutrients than normal. 

For example, your risk of a deficiency increases due to intense athletic training, sickness, injury, or surgery. In addition, as you get older, your body doesn’t absorb nutrients as well as it once did.

Can I get help for food sensitivities?

Yes, the team at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center offers food sensitivity testing followed by treatment based on your individual results. Food sensitivities typically develop when you can’t digest a specific food, a problem that has many possible causes, including:

  • Lack of digestive enzymes
  • Reactions to preservatives and additives
  • Sensitivity to specific ingredients like fructose
  • Health condition that interferes with digestion

The symptoms of a food sensitivity may primarily affect your digestive tract, causing:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

However, it’s also common for food sensitivities to cause body-wide symptoms such as headaches, a skin rash, and fatigue. In severe cases, systemic inflammation develops that can lead to issues such as muscle pain and brain fog.

What wellness services might I receive?

With their expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the team at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center can help you develop an exercise plan that fits your health needs and supports ongoing wellness.

These are a few examples of the wellness services they offer:

Food sensitivity testing

After reviewing your diet and symptoms to narrow down the possible source of your food sensitivity, your provider performs one of several tests, such as a breath test to detect a lactose or fructose sensitivity, blood testing for immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies, or a mediator release blood test.

Celiac/gluten testing

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which your body develops an immune response to gluten that causes damage to your small intestine. Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center performs blood tests for antibodies that are present if you have celiac disease. They may also order lab tests to determine the extent of intestinal damage, inflammation, or nutrient deficiencies.

Food allergy testing

Food allergy testing typically begins with a skin prick test or a patch test. During a skin prick test, a small dose of your potential allergen is placed on your arm and your skin is gently scratched underneath the allergen. You wait in the office for 15 minutes to see if you have a skin reaction to the substance.

If your symptoms point to allergic contact dermatitis, they place a patch containing allergens on your back. Contact allergens take longer to cause a skin reaction, so you wear the patch for several days and then return to the office so they can check your results.

You may also have a blood test for antibodies, but this type of food allergy testing is most often done if you can’t have a skin prick test or to verify the results of a skin prick test.

Micronutrient testing

You can receive a comprehensive analysis that measures how your body uses 35 nutritional components, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. This assessment reports on your general wellness, deficiencies, and nutrients you need to prevent chronic disease.

Nutrition coaching

Nutrition coaching includes reviewing the results of your micronutrient testing and developing a customized plan to meet your nutritional needs. Your plan includes the amount of protein, fat, and carbs you need, as well as the foods and/or supplements that are best for you. The team also offers ongoing guidance, support, and accountability by connecting with you every 7-10 days.


When you need supplements to restore nutritional balance, they may suggest pharmaceutical-grade supplements, many of which are available through their online dispensary and web store.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and wellness, call Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center or book an appointment online.