Fall 19 – Health and Wellness Section

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Exceptional providers of integrative care, dentistry, and natural hormone pellets.


With ever-evolving trends and considerable growth in the health and wellness industry, the market has become saturated with abundant information and constant change. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the industry expanded from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market in 2017, nearly twice as fast as global economic growth. 

Following suit, Reno-Tahoe is booming with economic development, especially within the health and wellness sector. With fitness, mind-body, beauty, nutrition, spa, preventive, and personalized health services flourishing in the area, it can be tough to navigate the market. This new section of edible Reno-Tahoe is designed to help you delve into the industry and highlight innovative providers and businesses here in the Sierra. 


Hormone pellet and newly patented, specialized tool used by TherapellET

TheraPellET Hormone Optimization

Dr. Charles P. Virden and his colleagues at TheraPellET in Northwest Reno are changing the lives of patients enduring symptoms of decreased hormone levels. Equipped with the latest technology, TheraPellET offers patients a patented, revolutionary technique for bio-identical hormone pellet placement. 

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TherapellET staff members, from left, Leah Salazar, APRN-BC; Dr. Charles P. Virden; and Aleah Hartung, physician assistant

Pellet therapy and the traditional method of pellet placement have remained virtually unchanged since their introduction in 1939.

Ten years ago, dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Anti-Aging Physician Dr. Charles P. Virden began his own journey in hormone optimization after personally observing his own declining hormone levels. After traditional treatments (creams, injections, and oral tabs) had failed, he discovered hormone replacement therapy in the form of bio-identical testosterone pellets. Although his symptoms improved, results were not maximized, and he experienced complications with pellet placement. Common side effects of traditional pellet placement include pain, bruising, swelling, extrusion of pellets, and infection of the injection site.

This personal experience, combined with his extensive background as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Anti-Aging Physician, led him on the path to create a better method in the treatment of hormone disorders. Thus, the Virden Method was born. This innovative technique is a wonderful alternative to the sharp trocar methods other practices still use. This patented method uses a specialized tool and technique to place the pellets subdermally, in a minimally traumatic fashion, ensuring the rapid and reliable release of bio-identical hormones, chemically identical to natural hormones.

The placement and bio-identical properties of the pellets allow for early recognition and absorption of testosterone and/or estrogen into the bloodstream. Patients are satisfied with this quick office procedure, minimal discomfort, immediate return to normal activity, and results lasting anywhere from three to six months.

“The pellets have changed my life,” says Monica Grashuis, a hormone therapy patient of Dr. Virden’s since 2018. “My energy levels were in the tank, and my sleep wasn’t great. Now I’m able to stay on track during the day and sleep more soundly at night. Oh, and the hot flashes are gone!”

There are many symptoms improved with hormone optimization; however, symptom relief is individualized. With testosterone replacement, many find improvement in energy levels, restful sleep, mood, libido, muscle mass, weight loss over time, joint pain, and mental clarity, and reduction of night sweats. Estrogen specifically relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness in menopausal women. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and wish to seek relief, call TheraPellET at 775-787-8526 and visit Therapellet.com.


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(Caption for both) Sierra Smiles in Reno practices complete health dentistry

Sierra Smiles

For more than 12 years, Sierra Smiles has provided complete health dentistry to the community under the direction of Dr. John Bocchi, Dr. Chelsea Dean, and Dr. John McLennan. The skilled team of dental professionals applies the best technology, latest techniques, and treatments to care for patients with a non-invasive approach. Rather than simply looking at the mouth, each patient’s medical and family history, as well as current health condition, is evaluated to determine a healthy mouth baseline.

The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, and, often, harmful bacteria lurk in plaque buildup. That same bacteria can become bloodborne and travel through the arteries for a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, preterm labor, low birth weight, and Alzheimer’s disease. Atherosclerosis resulting in heart attack and stroke is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide. Fifty percent of acute heart attacks are triggered by oral infections and periodontal disease.

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Sierra Smiles in Reno practices complete health dentistry

To better prevent these results, experts recommend dental visits twice per year, proper cleaning, and good mouth hygiene. Should periodontal disease be present, Sierra Smiles offers Perio Protect, a highly effective gum treatment using specialized trays with hydrogen peroxide gel that destroys harmful bacteria. To book an appointment, visit Sierrasmilesreno.com. 


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Thrive Integrative Health in Reno offers a range of services and promotes eating healthy foods such as chicken soup

Thrive Integrative Health

Embracing a patient-centered approach to modern medicine, Thrive Integrative Health offers a range of services including primary care, chronic disease management, women’s health expertise, behavioral counseling, nutrition counseling, and health education and outreach. Founder Dillon Lambert, FNP-BC, APRN, works with each patient to determine the root cause of that person’s ailment and the best course of treatment, practicing a conventional and complementary medical approach. 

As children return to school, Lambert encourages overall family health. 

“Kids are little germ magnets,” she says. “As seasons change and the weather shifts, you see a spike in illness.” 

Be sure to wash hands with soap; develop consistent routines, including sleep and downtime; and eat healthy foods promoting good immunity, such as the tried-and-true chicken noodle soup. For details, visit Dillonlambert.com. 


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