Dr. Heidi Iratcabal ND, DPT, IFMCP
Heidi Iratcabal, N.D., brings a great many talents to her work. At the center of her impressive credentials is a lifelong passion for the mind-body connection and she uses this to unlock each person’s unique ability to achieve optimal wellness and vitality.
A naturopathic practitioner, Dr. Iratcabal is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, board-certified by The American Alternative Medical Association, a Doctor of Pastoral Therapy, and a Certified Gluten Practitioner. Her interest in alternative medicine was heightened during her time as a professional athlete, and includes a focus on chronic disease, functional endocrinology, hormone balancing, chronic pain, and athletic performance.
Her practice, Center of Health in Dallas, truly lives up to its name. Dr. Iratcabal gets to the heart of each client’s health concerns and starts by getting to know them as individuals.
Through her combination of extensive training and innate intuition, Dr. Iratcabal works closely with clients to understand their health history (both physical and emotional) and what natural modalities she can apply to bring their minds and bodies back to their inherently healthy state.
After clients have filled out detailed questionnaires, Dr. Iratcabal engages them in a conversation about their lives and, similar to investigators on the TV show CSI, as she looks for clues about their physical and emotional health. Often, Dr. Iratcabal can tell a lot from a person’s appearance or the way they walk into her office. She may also sense sources of physical or emotional dysfunction through a Korean technique called Sugi, a system of using acupuncture points to feel the body’s pulses through touch.
“What a person tells me on paper and who they really are is often very different,” says Dr. Iratcabal. “That’s when it becomes like CSI, trying to figure out the source of the problem. The body is an amazing machine and it doesn’t go out of whack unless there is a cause.”
Through the diagnostic process, it may be revealed that someone who thought they had asthma actually has a food sensitivity, or that a major source of someone’s insomnia is a troubled marriage.
Much of the care Dr. Iratcabal delivers requires clients to make lifestyle changes to take control over issues that are making them sick, such as poor diet or a stressful work situation. She provides support every step of the way, even consulting with clients over Skype if they can’t come to her office.
In lieu of pharmaceuticals or man-made products, Dr. Iratcabal helps clients improve their health through nutritional counseling, supplement support, hormone balancing, laser therapy and more. She applies whatever combination of protocols each person’s body requires, never pushing them beyond where they’re capable of going at the time.
“Many of the people who come see me need detoxing, but I can tell the moment I look at them whether they’re ready for that step,” says Dr. Iratcabal. “If they’re not, we might start with a different approach or modality to prepare the body and mind. No one solution is right for everyone, because each of us is as unique as our fingerprint.”
Ultimately, Dr. Iratcabal has faith in the strength of the human spirit and the wonders of the human body. “The amazing body we’ve been handed works great,” she says, “if we stay in touch with ourselves and take charge of our own wellness.”
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