Optimal Bone Health

Putting Health Back in Health Care

Dr. Doug's Story

I founded Optimal Bone Health (OBH) because of the tremendous need for comprehensive care for patients with osteoporosis and osteopenia. The US health care system has produced lifesaving technology and pharmaceuticals that are very good at treating heart attacks, strokes, and trauma but it fails to help patients with diseases that require early diagnosis and treatment rooted in lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and targeted supplementation. From this perspective the system in which I trained has failed our society. We spend more on health care per person than any other country, yet our population is sicker and weaker than ever before. Obesity, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, osteoporosis, and dementia are rising at alarming rates. Our sophisticated system offers little to help prevent these disease states and even less effective treatment once they arise. The fast-food approach we have created with pharmaceuticals and procedures has ruptured the sacred trust patients once held for their doctors. My training led me to believe that the foundations of health (sleep, nutrition, movement, and stress mitigation) were all secondary to a well-honed scalpel and thick prescription pad. That belief has been turned upside down.

I finished my orthopedic training with a fellowship at Stanford University. Trained by some of the best physicians in the country, I felt like I could make tremendous impact in my practice. Quickly I realized for me I was wrong. I treated fractures in patients with osteoporosis regularly. I was trained to fix the fracture but not to help them improve the underlying cause, poor bone quality! Some orthopedic practices have resources from patients that suffer from fractures but most don't. Even those resources are mostly focused on pharmaceutical management which can serve a role but carries significant risk and has poor compliance rates due to side effects and fear. Despite over a decade of training I was powerless to help these patients in the way they needed me to. This ultimately lead to an early retirement from orthopedics and a leap of faith to create an approach I believe in and deliver with an open heart and curious mind.

OBH Philosophy

OBH is the culmination of my experience and training. An approach to osteoporosis that is customized and tailored to each patient. We believe that osteoporosis is a disease that requires a comprehensive approach to Recognize WHY you are losing bone and Reversing those causes of bone loss.

We create physician led custom programs with ample face to face time with your providers to achieve our goals. Our approach captures as many causes of bone loss as possible and works to reverse them. We use extensive lifestyle optimization through nutrition and exercise, targeted supplementation, peptide protocols, hormone optimization and leave pharmaceuticals as a last resort for very high risk patients.

This comprehensive approach uses evidence guided protocols, procedures and modalities you can do at home to improve your body around your bones and your bones from the inside out. Our team has been cultivated to support the needs of this patient population specifically. Our mission is to educate and treat our patients but more globally to change the way we treat osteoporosis in our medical system. Evidence from this protocol and practice will be used to educate physicians in other specialties on how to best manage patients with osteoporosis.

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