"I was looking for a Functional Medicine practitioner when I found Dr. DeForest. I have been struggling with "dysbiosis" to one degree or another, for nearly 20 years. While I finally got a diagnosis from another Naturopath about 5 years ago, he didn't explain enough about the entire condition or teach me enough about what supplements to take, and continue taking to fully resolve it. The worst symptom is "brain fog" which makes it very difficult to stay focused and motivated to continue the regimen.
Dr. DeForest was very thorough in listening to my descriptions of my symptoms. She was always kind, respectful, and very pleasant to work with. I had already changed my diet pretty radically, and she confirmed that my diet was good as it is. She recommended a lab test to look for deficiencies, and gave me the kit to submit a urine sample for analysis.
The lab results showed the areas of my nutrition that were still weak. Based on the lab results, she gave me a list of targeted nutrients that would bring me back to optimum balance.
I am 72 years old. I take no drugs and I feel better today than I did when I was 50. All that is due to figuring out my optimum diet and taking the correct supplements. Your palate will adjust to the healthier diet in less time than you think. The body needs the building blocks of optimum nutrition to rebuild itself fully every day. Those building blocks are just not available from the Standard American Diet.
The treatment is working just as I had hoped. No more Brain Fog. More energy and more optimism every day. Thank you Dr. DeForest for your wonderful help. I would recommend to anyone that they get her help analyzing their nutritional needs."
"Before meeting with Dr. Melissa, I wasn't feeling well and hadn't for a long time. I had very poor digestion. My gut had begun to grumble loudly to an embarrassing amount on a regular basis. I found myself eating enormous amounts of sugary foods in an out-of-control way. I had ongoing low grade yeast infections, my eczema was stubbornly flaring up even with liberal topical steroid use every night, and I never felt rested, no matter how many days off or hours of sleep I had. I would wake up stiff and feeling hung over, when I hadn't had a drop to drink. I would get migraines at least once a month and I was anxious and/or depressed a lot of the time. I had never worked with a Naturopathic doctor before but I like the idea of using more natural medicines and focusing on supporting the body systems which are already powerful means of detoxification and healing.
I was especially keen to work with Dr. Melissa in particular because of her focus on digestive health. Through this process, she was pleasant, professional and supportive. The eating changes were a little rough at times emotionally, with missing my favorite foods and donuts and other treats often encouraged at work, but at follow up meetings with Dr. Melissa, she kindly reassured me and acted as a coach to help me stick with it. Plus, once I quit sugar entirely I no longer had the intense cravings for it and it was easier over time to pass on the donuts.
It's been over 6 months now and I feel a big improvement. I have lost over 30 pounds, I have more energy and my eczema is almost entirely gone...and no more steroids! I haven't had a migraine in months and my internal mental state overall is much calmer and more optimistic. People tell me how much more healthy, vital and alive I look. My skin is clear and bright. My digestion is still sensitive but it's not out of control anymore. I would say I'm at least 80% better. I know, in time, all my body systems will be working at their best, my digestive tract will be fully healed and I will be confident about what foods are good for me as an individual. With guidance and knowledge from Dr. Melissa, I have made enormous headway towards overall wellness and I am very grateful to her."
"When I contacted Dr. DeForest, I was suffering from severe arthritis in my hip. There was constant pain every time I took a step, which caused me to walk with a limp. So I made a phone appointment and explained my situation. She listened carefully and asked plenty of follow-up questions. Her phone manner was exceptional and I felt like she really cared about my well-being. She prescribed some herbal remedies and dietary changes, which I used, along with physical therapy.
Four months later, my hip feels fantastic! I can walk without any pain. I'm even planning on playing tennis again this summer! I would highly recommend Dr. DeForest to anyone who is looking for a natural and non-invasive cure to their health issues."
"For 8 years I had been suffering from Ulcerative Colitis. It would come and go but when it was present it was pretty bad. My gastroenterologist could only recommend anti-diarrhea medication but that stopped working after a while. I looked around for a naturopathic doctor to help me out and found a couple in my area. I decided to meet with both, but chose Dr. DeForest because of her caring attitude and her sense of hope for me. You have to understand, after 8 years and no help from my doctors, I was losing hope.
After the first visit I had a 50% improvement in symptoms! Dr. DeForest had me change my diet a little and gave me some supplements to support my intestines. A month later I stopped the anti-diarrhea drug, and the improvements just continued over the next few months. I also had pretty bad psoriasis that was getting better too. Dr. DeForest did a food allergy panel for me which showed some foods that I was eating regularly that were upsetting my system. Cutting those out helped a lot. Dr. DeForest also talked to me about when this all began and what was going on for me back then. She really looked into all that could be affecting my health, even my stress levels. The Unda numbers she recommended helped me let go of the past hurts I was holding on to.
It has been about a year now, and I am mostly back to normal. Seeing her every month has really kept me on track with my treatment program. If I eat food that I know I should not, I can feel a little worse, but I get better by the next day. Spicy food is the worst. I am so thankful for finding Dr. DeForest. She has taught me so much about my body, how to best take care of it, how to recognize a high-quality supplement, and how to listen to what my body needs. She has given me more information, hope, and healing than anyone else has."
"I had GI pain with chronic constipation and the other doctors didn't dig deep enough. They didn't take the time to talk to me and just wanted to keep trying new drugs. Dr. DeForest really listened to me and cared about me. I could feel it from the first session I had with her. She asked the right questions that I didn't even think were related to my lower GI problems. Then she stuck with me until we achieved my goals.
Today thanks to her sensitive and knowledgeable ways, I feel a remarkable improvement and lightness where there used to be pain and heaviness."
- Kim V.