St. Petersburg Health & Wellness
Important Information Regarding Practice Closure
Dr. Cole, Kathie Gonzales, and the staff of St. Petersburg Health & Wellness (SPHW) and Vital Solutions IV Nutrition (VSIVN) have been honored to help care for your health and wellness and provide you a roadmap for your optimal outcomes.
For health reasons, I (Dr. Cole), must follow my own advice and make changes in my lifestyle that support my own wellness. I will be moving into semi-retirement with my focus on authoring educational materials about functional approaches to wellness. Kathie Gonzales, ARNP, has come to a point in her career where returning to a hospital setting is what calls to her, and is her own best next step professionally. The result of these changes means that The St Petersburg Health and Wellness office will be closing its doors on 5/28/2022. As of that date, Dr. Cole and Kathie Gonzales, ARNP will no longer be available as your personal medical provider. In practical terms, this means they will not be available for appointments, phone calls, or be able to authorize refills for prescriptions. We will make every effort up until that time to provide you with refills for 30-60 days, to give you ample opportunity to obtain a new provider.
If we have been your only medical provider
If we have been your only medical provider, you will need to arrange to have another health care provider take care of your medical needs. Because our approach is specifically Functional Medicine, you can find additional Functional Medical Practitioners in the area by contacting the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) at https://www.a4m.com/find-a-doctor.html or the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) at https://www.ifm.org/find-a-practitioner/ . Your insurance provider’s directory or local hospital’s physician referral service is another place to check.
Since the virtual business entity of St. Petersburg Health and Wellness itself will continue on, we will be maintaining ownership of all medical records. Legally, all requests for copies of medical records must have a signed authorization to be released. If your doctor needs your medical records, you can sign your doctor’s records request form and they will request them for you. For all other records requests, email your request to [email protected] and we will send you the proper medical records release form and any other information to expedite the process.
Please understand that the medical record’s email is ONLY for submitting a request for medical records and does not have the ability to answer questions unrelated to the transfer of said records.
For all patients during this transition and beyond:
Continue current protocols
Continue on your diets and pharmaceutical-grade supplement brands and dosing we have recommended to you. You will still be able to get them through the same portals – Wellevate and WholeScripts – through which you have previously obtained them. Do this in order to continue your “Live Well” lifestyle. This will ultimately keep you healthy and in less need of “sick” (medical) care in the future.
Read: “Supplements Everyone Should Take and Why”(⇐ Click Here)
If you have been on GI supplements to heal your Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut), GI tract, and/or Imbalanced Microbiome, continue your specified diet and all of your GI supplements for 3-6 months from the date you started. Again, you can use the same portals to reorder supplements. My rule of thumb for deciding 3 months versus 6 months is this:
- If your symptoms clear in the 1st month of starting your GI supplements it is generally safe to stop them after 3 months of taking them.
- If your symptoms don’t clear in the 1st month, then you generally want to stay on them for 6 months.
This guideline generally prevents the symptoms and the underlying condition from recurring.
For more information on how to maintain your health as it pertains to your underlying GI health issues, visit articles related to GI Health.
For your hormones or other medications, you will need to find another practitioner to prescribe them for you. In determining which practitioner to choose for this, remember your hormones should be optimized for you because all your hormones are intended to work together as a symphony.
Read the information concerning your hormone condition, and “Hormone health – the way to ensure you are being dosed properly”. (⇐ Click Here)
Our Continued Mission for your Health & Wellness
Your health and wellness are still my mission from a broader perspective. I will continue as a source of information to guide your healthy lifestyle and health decisions to maximize your “Live Well” Lifestyle. And so, through our website portal – stpetehw.com – I will provide important, up-to-date health education in an understandable format, as well, as access to effective, Functional Medical treatment protocols for general health and a multitude of health conditions. You will continue to have access to the same quality Pharmaceutical grade (tested for purity, quality, absorption, and effectiveness) therapeutic products. Please review our website if you haven’t done so before, be curious, and look around.
Subscribe so that you get notifications of changes as they happen, as it too will be undergoing significant growth while I transition to a virtual education and information model. You and your health are important to me. If you know me, you know that wellness is a topic I love to research, teach others, and share.
Both Kathie and I wish to thank you for trusting us with your healthcare. We are grateful that you chose us. We appreciate your loyalty and support over the years. We will miss you and wish each of you a love-filled, happy and healthy life.
Les Cole, MD and Kathie Gonzales, ARNP
What Drives Us
We are committed to improving and preserving the Health & Wellness of each and every client who walks through our door. Utilizing the latest research and testing methods; we practice Functional, Anti-Aging, Preventive & Integrative Medicine. We are committed to community education on Healthy Lifestyles.