Horomone Balancing

What Are Hormones?

Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the glands of the endocrine system.  These messengers control or affect most major bodily functions, from simple basic needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, emotions, and cognition. There are many types of hormones in the body and they all work together in concert to promote balanced function in the body.   

The primary female sex hormones are the estrogens (estrone, estradiol, estriol), and progesterone.  Even though most folks don’t consider testosterone and DHEA when thinking of women and hormones, they can be key players when it comes to libido, bone density, confidence, and body composition.

The primary sex hormones in a man (androgens) are testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and DHEA.  Men have estrogens and progesterone, as well – it’s just the amounts that are different.

What Causes Hormonal Imbalances and Deficiencies?

Hormones optimally exist in balance with each other.  It is when one or more is deficient or found in excess, that symptoms arise.  Sex hormone imbalances can happen for a variety of reasons like the presence of excess body fat, toxicity, stress, poor gastrointestinal health, and nutritional deficiencies. Therapies meant to treat hormonal issues, like oral contraceptive pills, can cause nutrient and hormone deficiencies.  Certain hormones also decline with age.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disturbance (insomnia, nocturnal awakening)
  • Spotting/bleeding
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Acne
  • Emotional lability/irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Palpitations
  • Low libido
  • Memory issues/decreased concentration
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dry skin
  • Incontinence
  • Muscle aches/pains
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased muscle tone
  • Decreased bone density

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men:​

  • Fatigue (physical and mental)
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Apathy
  • Night sweats
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased bone density
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Prostate problems

Identification of Imbalances

Identification of imbalances begins with a good history and physical exam.  Some imbalances may appear to be clear immediately, but because there is significant overlap in symptoms between deficiencies and excess, testing will likely be performed.  Testing can be performed in many ways (blood, saliva, urine or a combination), each have their own relative advantages and disadvantages.  Other systems that affect sex hormone production and metabolism may be tested, as well.

Addressing Hormonal Imbalances

The ideal way to deal with dysfunction in the body is to identify and correct deficiency and toxicity.  Slathering a bunch of progesterone cream on a body crying out for what it needs to make its own progesterone, sets you up for failure.  

To have a stable building, you need to build on a good foundation.  That foundation is predicated on these basic tenets of good health.

  • Avoid toxic and inflammatory foods.
    • Eat an organic or biodynamic, whole foods diet. 1
    • The foundation of your diet should be plants.
    • Cruciferous vegetables support the liver and help to appropriately metabolize hormones.
  • Lower carb diets are generally better. Blood sugar spikes and problems with insulin are thought to underly many hormonal imbalances like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
    • Eat three meals with adequate amounts of high-quality protein and fats.  Avoid snacking. Contrary to popular belief, this DOES NOT “stoke your metabolic furnace.”
  • Exercise regularly
    • Don’t be afraid to include resistance training.  Muscle is more metabolically active than fat and helps to resolve issues with insulin.
    • Resistance training is one of the best boosters of HGH (human growth hormone) and testosterone.
  • Drink plenty of clean water. A good rule of thumb would be ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily (i.e., 100 lbs./2= 50 ounces of water).
  • Avoid plastics. Even BPA free plastics contain other chemicals that act as foreign hormones in your body.2
  • Get rid of those metal fillings in your mouth with a dentist trained in safe mercury removal.
  • What you put on your body is as important as what you put in it.
    • Personal care and beauty products can be significant source of hormone disrupting chemicals.
    • Use clean, safe cosmetics and personal care products.
    • Use Skin Deep at www.ewg.org to evaluate your current products. Also learn how to pick those that are safer.
  • Address stress with prayer, meditation, counseling, etc. Cortisol, our chronic stress hormone can wreak havoc with your thyroid and sex hormones.
    • Exposure yourself to bright sunlight first thing in the morning.
    • Reconnect with nature.
    • Regularly “unplug.”
  • Get 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly.
  • Address sleep apnea.

Next Steps

Once you’ve addressed these foundational tenets and you are found to have a continued hormonal imbalance there are other things to consider.  Some people need liver support, specific nutrient repletion (like vitamin D), support of the systems that regulate hormonal control, or treatment with specific hormones themselves. 

Our Philosophy

If hormone replacement is necessary.  We use bioidentical hormones delivered in quantities sufficient to address your needs. 

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plant or animal sources to be identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones made in the body.  Since this is the case, they behave in the same fashion as would your body’s own hormones. 

Contrast this with synthetic conventional hormones.  Conventional hormones are engineered to be just different enough from the hormones that your body makes to allow them to be patented by pharmaceutical companies.3

Routes of Administration

Your hormones will be prescribed to be delivered in a way that is most suitable for your clinical situation.  Topical administration typically mimics the body’s natural production the best, but some may do better with or need hormones delivered by sublingual, oral, vaginal, or injectable routes.


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Seema first came on almost 2 years ago to work for a separate company owned by the Wells’s. Her and her family have been patients of Dr. Wells at Whole Health for years so for her to find this opportunity was not a far stretch! Though she often works “on the other side”, because the two businesses are right next to each other, in her free time during work she has crossed over to help in a variety of ways whenever she has free time during the work day. She can be seen helping scribe for our providers when the need arises, helping with packing and shipping supplements as time allows, and many other little things. You can say that she is a jacquelyn-of-all-trades! Whichever role she is working in, she truly felt like “God was calling [her] to work at Whole Health” and it has abundantly been a blessing to both her and to us!

Seema graduated with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Trinity University and she is currently studying and attending classes to apply for PA school. So to be in the jobs that she has been in, has been a great testimony that the Lord orchestrated her steps to have this experience already as she goes back to school! 

Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks, working outside on her family’s farm, reading, and doing yarn crafts.


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As a former EMT and a relatively new Houstonian, when Wyatt first applied for the position, he applied to be a patient advocate. At the time, store and IV associate was in more need, so he was hired for that position. He graciously accepted the offer and served that position with a smile, always learning and striving to help patients and staff feel safe and at home. Both patients and staff alike soon grew to love his humor, friendliness, and heart. He has loved getting to know the patients and making those personable connections with them. Whether talking about sad and hard to take news, obnoxious conspiracy theories, snake bites, or just friendly conversation, he has enjoyed developing those relationships with both patients and staff alike. 

After working at that position for a little over a year, his original intent to be a patient advocate came true! He has transitioned seamlessly and helps patients with even greater intentionality, heart, and personableness as before. Like Michelle, he is another bridge from provider to patient when questions need to be answered. He has enjoyed being a part of each patient’s health journey and their path to healing.

When his boots aren’t striding in the office, you will find him, his wife, and three boys loving the outdoors. They enjoy camping (the true, primitive kind), hiking, and hunting. He loves connecting with God’s nature and creation. He also loves to play board games and host game nights with friends.

Patricia "Pat"

Lab Reports and Relations Specialist

When Pat and her husband first moved to Orlando in 2012, her husband encouraged her to follow after her dreams. She had desired to do something in the medical field for years. She was intrigued by how you can find out so much about a person by their blood. She got her Phlebotomy certificate and started working at a hospital.

In 2017, her husband went to Houston to help with the Hurricane Harvey clean up. He felt like that there was where they were supposed to be, so she started looking for a job. She really wanted to be in a doctor’s office where she could learn, and also be able to share God’s love with others. After several months of looking, and much prayer, God opened a door for her to become a phlebotomist with the Whole Health team. In her years she has worked in the office, she has not only learned so much, but she has been able to enjoy ministering to patients whether it was treating them, listening to their story, or simply just loving on them. From children to adults, she was adored by many.

In November 2021, her and her husband felt called to move back to Florida, this time to North Ft Myers, to pastor a church. Though working remotely, she still contributes tremendously to the practice. She does the practical job of filing faxes, labs, and so forth, as well as does research for some treatments. However, she still fulfills the ministering part of her job by mailing cards to patients in need of a prayer, word of encouragement, or just a simple Happy Birthday.

She loves being a mom and a grandma and adores spending time with her children and grandchildren!



Front Receptionist

Coming from being a receptionist at car dealerships, she was introduced to our practice through her friend, Meg Hanley, who just so happened to be one of our providers! Seeking for a fresh start on a new job path, Kayleb took the opportunity to become a front receptionist with us.

Being a receptionist is no small job and she has been thriving greatly! From getting patient appointments set up for the day, talking to patients, relaying calls to the right person, and checking people in, she has done it with such thoroughness, care, and a smile. She has loved creating personable relationships with the patients she interacts with. She has also enjoyed getting to know her co-workers as well. Her words, “best work environment I’ve come to know”.

Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, and traveling.

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In Mariela’s first year with us, she started off as our front receptionist. Through her experience then, she found her niche in handling billing and accounts for our patients, thus bore the role that she has today. While that is her primary job, she is still always willing to lend a hand in checking in or checking out patients or any other small task when things get backed up. Whichever job she is doing, she always makes an effort to make our patients’ experience as personable and comfortable as possible. 

Before joining us, she has done a wide array of jobs over the years and even attended ministry school (fun fact)! The dynamic skills and experience she has acquired in those environments has shaped her in who she is today. She loves her work family and to be able to work in a Christian-centric environment, where she continually is being shaped into the beautiful human being she is.

In her spare time, she enjoys time with her dog, Oreo, watching funny videos, and listening to her favorite music artists (her favorite being Michael Bublé).


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Patient Advocate doesn’t even begin to describe Michelle’s integral role in our practice. Though her role is primarily known to be a bridge between the provider and patient to answer questions, you can make a laundry list of all the things she helps our staff and patients with on a daily basis. She wears many hats, which isn’t too far off from the job she had as a former high school teacher (plus being a mom of 4).

To quote it simply, she believes it was true “divine intervention” that the door was opened for her to join our team. She has demonstrated such leadership and compassion to everything she does. To be able to work in a faith-filled environment on a daily basis to minister to others and pray with them has been such a blessing to her. Combine that with being able to work with an incredible team and interact with our beloved patients, it has been an amazing and purposeful experience.

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Brant handles much of the supplement sales and always makes sure that our patients, especially our IV ones, feel supported and cared for optimally and personably. As he has been working here, he has been learning something new every day, which always excites him. He also enjoys seeing the teamwork it takes to support everyone from patients to staff.

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Evelyn has been with the Whole Health family for about 2 years now. You wouldn’t believe it when we say that she studied both her undergrad and master’s in Education! After being a teacher for 5 years, the Lord called her to move elsewhere. Unexpectedly taking a gap year, doing temporary jobs in between, she then was introduced to job openings at Whole Health through a mutual connection. Long story short, she has molded into her role of Design and Marketing Administrator. She manages graphical designs, delegates our supplement store business, and markets for all the things we offer and continue to expand to offer at Whole Health. She is discovering new passions, gifts, and skills as well as developing old ones through her job and enjoys helping even in the smallest of details.

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