Functional Medicine

Functional medicine refers to the idea that if the various organ systems are performing and interacting with each other properly then you have a healthy, vigorously functioning mind and body. However, if any one system is overburdened and unable to maintain its regulatory action (homeostasis) within the body, then every other system becomes affected in an attempt to compensate. 

Physical symptoms and pathology are a result of eventual decompensation in the organ systems. This is the basis for statements like “treat the whole body” and “treat the cause”. This also explains the concept of “preventive” medicine. Through a process of rational and systematic treatment of the effected organ systems, not only do the current symptoms go away but further dis-ease is prevented.

Hormone Balancing

For over three decades I have utilized the science of testing a man or woman’s hormones in order to study the delicate balance of each individuals glandular system. What I have learned is that the entire glandular system is responsible for a smooth transition into menopause. The interplay of the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, pituitary and hypothalamus is examined in all my patients complaining of hormone issues.

I prescribe bioidentical hormones to correct the initial imbalance. However, after fortifying the rest of the glandular system, focusing on nutritional and lifestyle issues, and utilizing the many therapies that stimulate bodies ability to heal itself, often my patients are weaned off their exogenous (from outside the body) hormones.


What is Prolozone?

Prolozone is derived from the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or rebuild, and the word ozone. Ozone is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe. Prolozone uses the power of oxygen to cause damaged tissues, joints, ligaments, and tendons to regenerate. This usually causes a complete healing, and a permanent end to pain.

How Does Prolozone Work?

The reason that some injuries completely heal and others don’t has to do with circulation. In order for a damaged area of the body to regenerate and heal, it must have the critical elements that only the blood can provide: vitamins, minerals, and oxygen. Of these, by far the most important is oxygen. Low levels of oxygen cause an accumulation of lactic acid, which is what causes pain. Prolozone works in three ways. First, homeopathic anti-inflammatory medications are injected into the injured area to reduce inflammation and swelling. This leads to increased circulation. Next, the area is treated with vitamins and minerals that are critical for healing. And finally, the area is infiltrated with oxygen in the form of ozone. The result is that the tissues get what they need to heal. And as they heal, the circulation to the area is re-established, and the treatment is complete. The response to treatment varies from person to person, but most people only need from 3-5 treatments.

Is Prolozone the Same as Prolotherapy?

No. Prolozone uses oxygen to create a healing. Prolotherapy uses inflammation to create the healing. Dr. Shallenberger used to use prolotherapy. Although he found that it was often effective, it had the following limitations. Prolotherapy is extremely painful. Pain usually persists for days to weeks after a treatment. Patients receiving Prolozone feel immediate improvement, with very little to any pain at all during the treatments. Next, prolotherapy requires many injections, whereas Prolozone only requires a few. This means that Prolozone is faster and much less expensive. Prolozone therapy is especially effective in regenerating the cartilage in damaged knees and hips. Prolotherapy is usually not able to do this.

Conditions That Can Be Treated With Prolozone

Prolozone works on just about any pain problem you might have, including: neck pain, whiplash, degenerated or herniated discs, low back pain, plantar fascitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, torn tendons, TMJ syndrome, sciatica, heel spurs, neuromas, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, knee injuries, and virtually any other sports injury. Because Prolozone treatments also result in cartilage regeneration, the technique is also remarkably effective even for severe cases of osteo arthritis of the hip or knee. The good thing about Prolozone is that it is not just a treatment for pain. The results actually represent a permanent fix. 


Thanks for reviewing our information about high power laser treatment for natural, holistic pain relief.

Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent, debilitating conditions in the world, a effecting 100 million adults in the US, according to the Institute of Medicine, costing the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Unfortunately, the primary treatment options for chronic pain are surgery or heavy (and addictive) medications. Fortunately, there is now another option—natural pain relief that also promotes healing. What is this miracle treatment? It’s K-Laser, Class IV laser therapy that uses red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect at a cellular level.

The results?
• Increased circulation
• Decreased swelling and in inflammation
• Reduced pain
• Enhanced tissue repair

K-LaserIn 1916, Einstein suggested that lasers could provide benefits to the human body. He was right. In 1967, lasers were first used in medicine, with good success. Laser treatment was approved in Europe in the 1970s and in the US in 2002. Now, K-Laser is the preferred choice for thousands of practitioners worldwide. High power laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by high power laser therapy.

Some of conditions that may typically be treated by high power laser therapy include:

• Peripheral Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia
• Back and Neck Pain
• Sciatic Pain
• Arthritis pain, Degenerative Discs/Joints
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Knee Problems
• Tendinitis, Trigger Fingers
• Bunion Pains, Plantar Fasciitis
• Sprains and/or Strains
• Athletic Injuries
• Bruises, Contusions
• Headaches, TMJ, Sinus Trouble


Could it be right for you?

A free evaluation will provide the answer. That’s why, for a limited time, we’re offering a complementary K-Laser visit valued at $75.

I truly believe K-Laser can make a difference. My hope is that everyone who needs it will at least give it a try. If that’s you, I encourage you to call us today.

Schedule your visit today. Call 406-883-4325. Clinic hours are 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the “K-Laser Trial Evaluation.”

I look forward to seeing you,

Dr. Katie Carter


Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP)
Botanical Medicines

The botanical medicines that I use in our clinic are mostly liquid extracts of what are considered “western” herbs. I rely on these extracts quite heavily for their antibiotic and antiviral properties in acute illness as well as for their adaptogenic qualities. Adaptogenic refers to the ability of the plant extract to act in a way that balances the functioning of an organ or system. 
Used to support the healing process and normalization of organ systems, I design individually tailored botanical preparations as a means to quickly address debilitating problems while addressing the the underlying dysfunction.

Nutritional + Dietary Counseling

Much of the nutritional and dietary counseling in my office centers around individualizing a lifestyle based on a person’s body type, genetics, lifesyle, symptymotology, family history, and present symptoms and complaints.

Over three decades of practice, I have discovered many ways to help patients make the transition towards a healthy lifestyle that supports the movement towards a vital, energetic and symptom free life. Many patients have cured their type 2 Diabetes. To change one’s food choices is a process, yet often patients comment at our 2nd visit that their energy is improved, that their foggy thinking is gone and that they enjoy the food that they are eating, and the changes they are seeing in themselves.

I also work extensively with food allergy identification and elimination. Food allergies can cause obvious problems or they can be much more subtle. If you have a health issue (asthma, eczema, migraines, A.D.D./A.D.H.D.), food allergies will almost always worsen the overlying condition by increasing inflammation, preventing the natural healing response.

Allergy testing is generally done via elimination and challenge diets or through a laboratory generated blood test known as an ELISA panel. 

Specific dietary plans for conditions such as autoimmune, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss and many other conditions are addressed at my clinic.

Mineral, Vitamin and Nutraceutical Supplements

Mineral and vitamin supplements are used widely in our practice. For people who are relatively healthy and just want to stay that way, we can make general recommendations for vitamins and dosage. Then there are those people who may have specific health issues, for which we may prescribe a therapeutic, high dose, usage of particular substances.

Minerals and vitamins when depleted, contribute to the development of illness. This can occur due to poor diet or poor absorption, or they may become deficient as a consequence of the disease process itself (heavy metal toxicity, cancer, infection, etc.), contributing to an exacerbation of the illness. Genetics plays a role in a persons ability to synthesize and utilize certain nutrients. An example is the inability to use folic acid for it’s many essential bodily processes due to enzymatic weakness, due to genetic predisposition. Genetic testing is being used more and more in my practice as I look at each individual’s issues.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine is a very unique therapeutic approach which involves the use of very small amounts of substances (plants, minerals and some animal products) to stimulate healing within the individual.

Trained in Classical Homeopathy with some of the world’s best prescribers, I have discovered that when we find the right remedy a case can completely transform. Matching something in nature to assist the body to finish its healing process is a skill and an art, and one that I enjoy tremendously.

Because homeopathic remedies use such small amounts of naturally occurring elements, homeopathy is a very safe, non-toxic form of treatment that is especially well suited to the treatment of children and anyone in a debilitated condition. 

As a physician, I will frequently incorporate homeopathic medicines as part of treatment, recognizing that any curative process involves some form of energetic intervention.

Physical Therapy

Strain-counterstrain techniques are used in physical therapy fields, such as massage therapy, to improve muscle flexibility, relieve pain, and allow for a patient’s greater range of motion. It is used to reduce muscle and joint pain. Most commonly referred to as positional release techniques, strain-counterstrain techniques are used to bring relief to patients affected by muscle strain or small knots of tissue known as trigger points.

The manual therapy consists of assisting the patient into and exaggerated form of incorrect posture or positioning, allowing a 60 to 90 second rest time, and then helping the patient into a correct posture.

The strain-counterstrain therapy often results in a greater range of motion motion and more comfort for the patient.

IV Therapy
Currently we utilize IV therapy for heavy metal detoxification, the treatment of atherosclerosis, and for the treatment of acute and chronic illness.
Chelation therapy is the use of EDTA, a substance the seeks out and binds to minerals in your bloodstream. Once the medication binds to the minerals, it creates a compound that leaves your body in your urine.
Chelation therapy is a proven treatment for lead and mercury poisoning. Many physicians use chelation therapy to reverse heart disease and hardening of the arteries, as the EDTA binds to the calcium and heavy metals in the plaque and sweeps it away through the kidneys.
The only large study on chelation that has been done shows that patients do benefit from chelation. More than 100,000 Americans use chelation, yet our medical establishment is drug and surgically based, therefore chelation is not covered by insurance.
Plaquex is another IV, which is used to successfully dissolve the plaque that causes arteriosclerosis. This IV uses phospholipids to dissolve the plaque. Our office also uses IVs for nutrients in treating acute and chronic disease.
Vit C drips, Myers Cocktails, Hydrogen Peroxide are a few types of IVs that we do. Also we are developing the use of ozone in our IVs and plan to add UV light as it is a powerful tool in eliminating chronic disease caused by stealth pathogens such as Lyme and its co-infections.

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