Napa ~ Napa Healthy Aging Institute: Proactive, preventive personalized medicine is what patients will experience when partners Gina Knudsen and Dr. Joseph Cleaver open the doors of their new practice in the heart of Napa Valley November 15, 2012.
The Napa Healthy Aging Institute team consists of co-founders Joseph P. Cleaver, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging & Internal Medicine, Rheumatologist and Gina Knudsen, PA-C, MPAS, ABAAHP, FAAFM, & Board Certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine |Functional Medicine & Nutrition |Hormone & Weight Management |Women’s Health |Fitness |CV & Brain Health. Each is passionate about achieving a healthy lifestyle and providing wellness, best possible athletic performance, and nutritional care to their patients as well as educating those interested in optimal wellness for a longer, healthier life.
Dr. Cleaver enjoys a successful practice in Dallas (Dallas Metabolic Institute), and when asked about why he was interested in opening a healthy aging institute in Napa, he replied, “One of my passions is organic farming, and I travel extensively between my practice in Dallas and our bio-dynamic vineyard in Sonoma. Given the choice, we opted for Napa. Since our philosophy has always been centered on a proactive approach to optimal wellness and we have plans to grow and expand our practice, Napa, wine country, was much more conducive to the perfect backdrop for providing the kind of one-on-one care we offer, particularly in the area of sports performance. Athletes at all levels will benefit greatly from our in-depth experience with diagnosing and treatment of immune dysfunction, fatigue and adrenal stress, high inflammatory state, hormone imbalances, unique nutritional needs, and gut dysfunction. It’s why we created “APE”: Athletic Performance Evaluation, a highly comprehensive physical fitness appraisal including lab testing, muscle strength training, core strength and flexibility testing, exercise treadmill testing with lactate and VO2 max testing, nutritional, supplement and exercise recommendations.”
Ms. Knudsen is a board-certified Physician Assistant for over 13 years in all areas of Family Practice, Emergency, Integrative and Functional Medicine, and is passionate about wellness through prevention of disease but has the fortitude to manage chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease. She focuses on Women’s Health issues including hormone optimization. When asked about her approach to hormone re-balancing, Gina stated, “Both Dr. Cleaver and I will be using Bio-identical hormones, as they are identical to what our bodies produce. Conventional medicine, however, usually prescribes hormones that are similar but not identical; therefore they don’t fit correctly in the receptors of the target cells and can cause a host of untoward side effects. Our approach offers bio-identical hormone management and we test each patient prior to writing a prescription. We treat patients with the appropriate dose for their body, not with a standard dose. Hormone re-balancing is truly personalized, not ‘one-size-
Napa Healthy Aging Institute is located at 3419 Valle Verde Dr in the heart of Napa Valley, less than an hour’s drive from the San Francisco Bay area and San Francisco and Sacramento International airports, and just a stone’s throw from Napa County Airport. Schedule an appointment by calling 707.50WELL1 or toll free at 888.AGINGWELL. If you are traveling and require overnight accommodations, 888.AGINGWELL or email BeWell@NapaHealthyAging.com. More info visit NapaHealthyAging.com
About Napa Healthy Aging Institute
Napa Healthy Aging Institute is a medical practice specializing in preventive, integrative and lifestyle medicine, utilizing evidenced based therapies that have been peer reviewed by medical journals. The personalized wellness medicine program begins with a comprehensive day long evaluation and upon completion; a customized lifestyle plan is established.
Located in the heart of Napa, CA, the institute is esteemed as the leading healthy aging institute in the Pacific Northwest with a satellite office (Dallas Metabolic Institute) in Dallas, TX. Napa Healthy Aging Institute offers proactive, preventive personalized medicine that optimizes health, well being and vitality, and prevention of disease related to the aging process.
Dr. Joe and Gina each enjoy an active lifestyle. Their appreciation for good, balanced nutrition includes growing & harvesting delicious, fresh organic produce and sharing their culinary experience with Local First charities. Their desire to pass on the information and techniques they’ve practiced over their combined 40 years experience makes each of them the ideal medical health coach for anyone seeking optimum wellness.