BRIEFLY ABOUT

DR. SYLVIA ONYENSOH

As an Occupational Medicine Specialist and General Practitioner, I worked in the Urgent Care setting for over 7 years, seeing thousands of patients yearly.  My job had been to address myriads of medical issues and treat acute minor injuries for individuals and workers, as well as provide occupational health services for the benefit of employers.  I have learned that regardless of how big or small the medical issue presented, patients need to know that they are listened to and evaluated from a holistic stand-point, while offering the right medical solution for the problem. My aim is to bridge the healthcare gap, and use my talent to serve humanity.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Because the Urgent Care setting is really the front-line location for most patients who need to see a doctor quickly for any health condition they have, it was very common for a lot of patients with both acute and chronic conditions to come to me either because they were unable to get a quick appointment with their primary care physician (PCP) or because some (many) patients did not even have a PCP to begin with. A lot of my patient encounters were for repeat visits for respiratory conditions such as Acute Sinusitis, Acute Bronchitis, Asthma Exacerbation, Pneumonia, etc., and gut issues like vomiting/diarrhea, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, colitis, etc.  Additionally, I saw plenty of patients who had chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes when they could not get in with their PCP, and sometimes even patients with auto-immune conditions and cancer would be sent to the Urgent Care by their PCP when they contract respiratory infections like COVID or Flu, etc.

This gave me a pretty wide exposure to patients with all kinds of medical conditions, and the three major buckets to classify most of these repeat visits is – recurrent acute or chronic inflammation, gut dysbiosis, and metabolic syndrome.  When I looked at these conditions from a root cause perspective, I realized that if I can help people fix the foods they eat and make some holistic lifestyle changes, they would be well on their way to having a much better handle on their health.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 

Of all the complaints that came through the doors of the Urgent Care clinics, I think the most intriguing and sometimes bewildering was when someone came in with the complaint of “Fatigue” – at least once or twice per day.  I can usually tell while talking with the patients how frustrated they felt with their symptoms, and I also felt the slight fear that they would be told that there was nothing wrong with them.  I could relate with these patients because, unbeknownst to them, I was also dealing with the same or similar symptoms.

 

For over 2 decades, I dealt with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic hypersomnolence, a sleep disorder which is sometimes associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, and ended up having to take a stimulant medication to help me get through the long days at the clinic.  So, I know what it’s like to feel vulnerable because you’re dealing with a complex medical condition that is not well-understood by conventional medicine and for which there is no cure.  By finally applying a strategic nutritional approach on myself, I was able to reclaim my vitality and health. I no longer have to take any medication and my high blood pressure also got resolved.  Therefore, I have developed my nutritional strategies to help others regain their health and wellness with a holistic approach.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

I obtained my medical degree (MD) from Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, from 2009 to 2013, after which I immediately went on to Yale/Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Connecticut, and completed my Internship in Internal Medicine in 2014. I subsequently completed my Residency training specializing in Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, where I also obtained a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree in 2018.  My MSPH degree is notable because there I learned about the social determinants of health, which constitutes about 80% of one’s health outcome, and that the healthcare system only constitutes about 10 to 20% of what determines one’s overall health.  With a focus on Occupational and Environmental Health, I also learned about the extent to which environmental toxins can affects one’s health, for example how some substances we come into contact with have been studied and determined to be carcinogenic, as well as how some fruits and vegetables we eat have been studied and found to have anti-cancer properties.  Additionally, my Residency training was unique in that we were exposed to the same didactic sessions as our Preventive Medicine colleagues, which exposed me to a well-rounded approach to healthcare including Integrative Medicine modalities, Motivational Interviewing, etc.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Throughout my Internship and Residency training, I had the opportunity to gain rich patient care experience in both the hospital and out-patient/clinic settings.  Additionally, I have had significant work experience with some prominent Urgent Care clinics in the Nashville area, including Concentra Urgent Care and Occupational Health Clinic, American Family Care, and HCA CareNOW Urgent Care centers, where I saw patients on a regular basis, helping to resolve their various medical problems as they came along. I have also provided Occupational Health services to thousands of workers on behalf of their employers, including employment physicals, and treating injured workers and assigning effective work restrictions, if needed, to help them return to work in a timely and amicable way.  I also perform Independent Medical Examinations for individuals who need it for various purposes.  Although not necessary to qualify for the job, I do have a law degree (JD) from Howard University School of Law (1999), and this knowledge comes in handy when working with medico-legal clients.

 

Now, in addition to Occupational Medicine, I am pleased that I am able to combine all my experiences – professional, educational, and personal life – to my practice of Functional Medicine, helping people take back their health with strategic nutrition and holistic lifestyle changes.

I am licensed to practice medicine in these 5 States - applicable to direct clinical services or physical exams for 1 on 1 encounters

Tennessee
Virginia
Georgia
Kentucky
Idaho

MY NUTRITIONAL PROTOCOLS & PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN EVERY U.S. STATE OR ANY COUNTRY, AS THEY ARE CONSIDERED AS EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, AND NOT MEDICAL PRACTICE

CORE SERVICES

PRACTICE FOCUS

Functional Medicine

My program guides you to understand the root cause of your chronic disease and take back your health using effective nutritional protocols and natural remedies. I help you uncover and address hidden barriers, which may include food addiction and emotional eating, etc.

Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

We provide independent evaluation and professional report of your level of disability from a past work injury, for disability determination by the VA, SSD, or any other type of personal injury.

Occupational Health

We also specialize in providing solid Occupational Medicine services, which include the treatment for injured workers, Fitness for Duty, Pre-employment Physicals, as well as other occupational health exams, etc.

Online Wellness Labs

Convenient online testing available for your basic metabolic panels and other biomarkers that are used to monitor your wellness. Also do Hormone Panels, Genetics Profile for possible nutrient deficiencies, Parasites, Tick borne illnesses, etc.

Food Addiction Detox

An important aspect of my nutritional program is focused on Detoxification, which helps to reset your body from any unrelenting hold of food addiction. We also introduce you to concepts of mindful eating and better stress management strategies.

STD Testing & Treatment

If you have concerns regarding Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) exposure or have symptoms of STD or BV, etc., we can order lab tests for you and provide treatments/prescription medication via TeleHealth, if needed.

UNDERSTANDING CHRONIC FATIGUE

Are you an adult suffering from Chronic Fatigue? CFS sufferers often deal with the frustration of not being understood and sometimes even gets dismissed by conventional medicine. Most have tried seeking medical help from different health professionals and completed different lab tests, all to no avail. If you are really tired of being tired, I would like to work with you, and help you put this potentially debilitating condition behind you.

I am someone just like you, who had suffered from chronic fatigue and Hyper-somnolence (excessive sleepiness) for as long as I can remember. Finally applying my targeted nutritional strategies has transformed my life, and I would like to help you do the same.

Click Here to download my Free eGuide on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to learn more.

DO YOU NEED HELP?

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Request your TeleHealth appointment, and you will be provided a choice of open slots to choose from.