2014 Holiday Hours Closed: - January 1, 2014 - January 20, 2014 - May 26, 2014 - July 4, 2014 - September 1, 2014 - November 27-28, 2014 - December 24 & 25, 2014
About the Center for Life
To provide customer-oriented, preventative services and medical care in a healing environment by integrating the highest standards of conventional and complementary medicine, and nurturing the intrinsic healing in the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
The Center for Life was inaugurated in 2007, as part of the expansion of the clinical services of the Section of Integrative Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center. Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person (mind, body, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary. CFL receives support from the Department of Internal Medicine, the Health Sciences Center, the New Mexico State Legislature, and individual donors.
Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about your appointment at CFL: (Also, see the Patient Information section of our web-site for more information on the various services offered at CFL.)
What happens in the Integrative Medicine Consultations? These new patient visits are one hour long with Drs. Prasad, Spencer or Cristi Jurata, CFNP. The consultations are for specific, already identified health problems. If the patient is from outside the UNM/UH system, then copies of the relevant work-up need to be faxed or brought to the clinic, along with the Intake Form that is mailed to the patient prior to the appointment.. The appointments are holistic and integrative consultations that include a detailed personal medical history including diet, stressors, emotions, exercise, sleep and more, for conditions such as cancer, weight loss, dietary issues, chronic pain, depression, menopausal issues, stress, and many other patient concerns. Remember to fill out the integrative medicine Intake Form, which is also posted on the Patient Information section, and bring it to your first appointment
What does the doctor do in the Consultations? The provider does an assessment not only of the medical condition, but also of the patient’s life (social, emotional, etc.). Recommendations are made for integrating complementary with conventional therapies in a way that is both safe and effective. The focus is on healthy life-style habits. Counseling for nutrition, physical activity and mind-body medicine is given. The providers will recommend supplements and other therapies when appropriate, but will generally not prescribe medications, nor order diagnostic studies, deferring to the patient’s Primary Care Provider (PCP) for those.
Will the doctor refer me to other services at CFL? Yes, the doctors will often refer their patients to other services at CFL, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, myofascial therapy, or Trigger Point Injections, counseling, and educational classes.
I have been referred for Trigger Point Injections (TPI). What is that? TPI is a system for pain relief dealing with referred pain and its origins. The trigger points are typically injected with Lidocaine which is a local anesthetic. CFL providers also use other forms of natural and homeopathic injections.