Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Reflections and Resolutions

2018 was a big year. Some might say huge. A year marked by political discord, historic shifts for women in the workplace, and a serious decline in civil discourse. We want to extend our gratitude to the valiant men and women who serve our country overseas. Makes us appreciate how lucky we are to be safe and at home. Here at HealthWellnessMD, we’ve had a pretty major year, too. Thanks to all of you who have been with us every step of the way. We’ve expanded our men’s health offerings, including PRP Hair Restoration and the P-Shot, we’ve grown our women’s sexual health program, adding the newest and most advanced lasers available today. Due to patient demand, we’ve launched a monthly newsletter, Life Spanyou can sign-up for it on our website.

The medicine of the future…today.

Many of you know that Dr. Prewitt started her medical career as a gynecologist but she has transformed her already busy practice. She is now a fully credentialed Functional Medicine physician and treats men as well as women. We all know how Dr. Prewitt loves to walk, talk, and educate all at once. Our fleet-footed Prewitt-wrangler, Bianca Oliva, is the only one around here who can keep up with her. Bianca makes sure to keep Dr. Prewitt on schedule while she’s on-the-go.

Here’s a look back at 2018…


But first, some important introductions…

The HealthWellnessMD team is expanding. We’re couldn’t be happier to introduce 4 new staff members:

  • Stephanie Flores, Medical Assistant – You may have already noticed her as you’re checking in at the office. In the few months Stephanie been part of the HealthWellnessMD team, she has become famous for her hugs. Next time you’re in, ask her nicely and you just may get one.
  • Leslie Nzeakor, BSN, RN – Our new nurse has impressed all of us as well as our patients with her professionalism and intellectual curiosity. Dr. Prewitt hears our patients sing her praises every day. In case you’re wondering about the origins of her tongue-twister of a last name? Leslie is the proud daughter of Nigerian immigrants…and it’s pronounced like this: N-za-kor. Say that five times fast.
  • Brooke Sundgren, BSN, RN  – Although currently she’s only with us two days a week, Brooke is an integral part of the team. She quickly mastered BioTE pelleting and patient education. She may seem demure at first but this former TCU cheerleader’s spirit radiates throughout the office. Brooke brings it daily.
  • Amy Shoultz, PhD – Many of you have seen Dr. Shoultz around the office for some time – she’s the one chained to the computer all day. However, she is with us full-time now. Her superpower is channeling Dr. Prewitt’s mind. We’re aware that this sounds impossible but someone’s got to capture and chronicle Dr. Prewitt’s vast knowledge base and clever medical metaphors. Dr. Shoultz puts it all online – in our blog posts, on our website, in our newsletter – so you can download the digital Dr. Prewitt from wherever you are.
Dr. Prewitt and her newest angels: Leslie Nzeakor, Stephanie Flores, Dr. Prewitt, Amy Shoultz, Brooke Sundgren. And that little devil in the back? It’s Mancy Kirkland, of course.

TouchMD lets you track your progress

In January, we added a nifty new tool for our MedSpa patients. With TouchMD, our patients can track their personal transformations and access their Before and After pictures at anytime and from anywhere. Looking good has never looked this easy.

FemiWave for Women on the horizon

In May, Dr. Prewitt designed a clinical study entitled: A Study of the Effect of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for the Treatment of Women’s Sexual Health. With the help of clinical research assistant, Sara Martinez – most of you already know Sara as our office savant – Dr. Prewitt conducted the study over the course of several months. And our in-house medical writer, Amy Shoultz, PhD, helped pull together our preliminary findings so that we could submit the paper to the American Academy for Anti-Aging (A4M) in September. We expect to see the published version from the A4M in January, 2019. Before you ask, yes, we’ll update this post with a link to our paper as soon as we get the green light.

Dr. Prewitt initiated this study after the great success we’ve seen using the GAINSWave to enhance male sexual performance. To date, treatments for female sexual dysfunction have not been single-handedly successful due to the multifactorial-factorial nature of its origin: including social elements, biological changes, certain medications, psychological factors, dissatisfaction with relationship, and disappointment with partner performance. All of these factors lead to personal distress. The FemiWave shows great promise to address vaginal health and improve pleasure and performance for women. It’s about time.

Dr. Prewitt slays the Wellness Mama podcast

Back in June, Dr. Prewitt had the pleasure of chatting with Katie Wells – better known as Wellness Mama – on her The Healthy Moms podcast. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Katie’s mission, she is doing some phenomenal work on behalf of moms everywhere who want healthier, more holistic lives for themselves and their families. You can learn more about her on the Wellness Mama website.

The two of them had an extraordinary talk that we invite you all to hear for yourselves. Katie recently released podcast episode 168: A Proactive Approach to Aging and Sexual Health and Wellness with HealthWellnessMD. Since it aired, we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from her vast and vocal community of listeners. We now take care of patients from across the country who heard Dr. Prewitt share her progressive philosophy for staying sexy for life.

We wrote a blog post about their talk and you can listen to the podcast here.

The team who fasts together lasts together

You’ve all probably heard about the current fasting craze. So, in June, our whole team put it to the test. However, under Dr. Prewitt’s guidance, you know we did it the safest, smartest way possible. In an effort to optimize our health span, the HWMD team joined together in the 5-day ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet. Some of us fared better than others but we stuck it out and completed the fast – with staggering results. If you’d like to know more about how fasting can enhance your longevity, we just happen to have a post about that too.

Our aesthetician, India Jeffery, doing the ProLon dance. You’d be dancing, too, if you’d just finished a 5-day fast. And, if you’re not following us on Instagram, find us @healthwellnessmd.

Dr. Prewitt shakes things up at The Aesthetics Show in Las Vegas

In July, Dr. Prewitt participated in The Aesthetic Show – this conference brings together major players in the field to discuss the most current aesthetic knowledge and technology for an interactive educational program. It’s kind of a big deal.

“The Aesthetic Show is the gold standard in this field, and the 2018 event has once again displayed an unparalleled dedication to the evolution of our industry.”

From Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., the show’s scientific chairman an acclaimed plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and host of CBS’s The Doctors.

One of the most important components of a successful educational program is the quality of its faculty. The Aesthetic Show offers a world-class faculty comprised of thought leaders and leading practitioners in the aesthetic community. Dr. Prewitt was invited to be a member of the faculty of this prestigious event.

We all know how passionate Dr. Prewitt is when it comes to educating her patients on matters of sexual health. That’s why we love her. She is fearless and not afraid to go where others fear to tread.

As a Faculty Member, Dr. Prewitt presented the following two talks:

  • The Aesthetics of Sexuality: Energy-based Medicine and the Future of Sexual Health
  • Sexy for Life: Shockwave Therapy for Longevity in Men and Women’s Sexual Health 
Dr. Maryann Prewitt goes where others dare not tread by taking the taboo out of Sexual Health and Wellness.

She was so well-received that she was interviewed about her talks by the Aesthetics Channel. You can learn more about what she told them here.

Vampires live among us

Wow, to say this was an experience is an understatement. In August, Dr. Prewitt along with our business manager and fan favorite, Lorena Loera, traveled to Fairhope, Alabama. Their quest? To master the art and science of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Runels, the inventor of the Vampire PRP treatments. We’re not convinced he isn’t a vampire himself! But, there’s no denying the power of PRP.

PRP is the mainstay of Regenerative Medicine and Dr. Prewitt has been blown away by both the science and the results our patients are seeing. We’ve recently promoted our own Toni Parks to Regenerative Medicine Administrator since she has shown such passion and natural talent for all things PRP. Plus, she’ll keep you smiling while going full Vampire on you. We are now using PRP in tandem with our medical spa services to treat everything from facial aging to breast lifts as well as incontinence and male and female sexual desire and pleasure. Learn more about the O-Shot for women here and go here to read about the P-Shot for men.

Meet the Dallas SculpSure Club

Drum roll, please…Meet the Dallas SculpSure Club for unlimited laser body contouring. HealthWellnessMD and skinFIT MedSpa are pretty pumped to introduce the Dallas SculpSure Club annual membership plan for unlimited laser body contouring with SculpSure.

Our patients love their permanent fat reduction results so much that many have requested additional treatments or would like to target fat in other areas of the body. So, we came up with a plan: we’ve launched an annual membership program – with two ways to join – for multiple treatments over the course of a year at a significantly lower cost per procedure. The DSC is the brainchild of Lee Lafayette, our COO, and chief mischief-maker here at HealthWellnessMD.

Welcome to the club, Dallas.

Dr. Prewitt calls these beauties the “sexiest lasers” she’s ever seen. Our team members upped their laser IQs at this event: Toni Parks, Leslie Nzeakor, Dr, Prewitt, Lee Lafayette, and Brooke Sundgren.

The InMode Lasers have landed… 

In November, we attended a game-changing conference at the Omni Hotel right here in Dallas with some of the most distinguished members of the global aesthetics community. The panel of speakers was impressive – they brought down the house with their industry knowledge and big brains. And the lasers from InMode Aesthetic Solutions…well, they just don’t get any better. Dr. Prewitt is thrilled to add their cutting-edge capabilities to our portfolio of services. 

  • BodyTite – The first minimally invasive treatment to remove fat and tighten skin at the same time. Phenomenal results!
  • Votiva – The only technology that tightens the vagina and vulva – so, you’re rejuvenated inside and out. You’re welcome.
  • Triton – The newest laser (it’s actually 3 lasers in 1) for hair removal on all skin types for women and men. It’s fast and requires fewer treatments. Start right away and have a shave-free summer!

Guess who’s a Dynamic Women of Dallas Honoree? 

Isn’t it obvious? Our own Dr. Prewitt was honored in November’s Modern Luxury Dallas magazine for being one of the Dynamic Women of Dallas. Now, we’ve all known this since the day we met her. But what makes her so dynamic? We believe it’s her mission and nobody says it like she does, telling the magazine:

“Longevity is not just about adding years to your life but adding value.”

Dr. Maryann Prewitt as quoted in the November Modern Luxury Dallas.
Our patients are more likely to see Dr. Prewitt in a surgical gown than an evening gown.

Our first FB LIVE event

We had an exciting collaboration with Blake Stephenson and the Modern Luxury Dallas team at the beginning of December. Dr. Prewitt and our true Texan aesthetician, Mancy Kirkland, conducted a LIVE SculpSure demo right from our Facebook page. Expect more of these events to come! Was a huge hit…wait, did we just say huge? Follow this link to see what you missed.

And if you’re not already, give @HealthWellnessMD a Like and a Follow while you’re there.

Resolutions? Who needs the pressure?

It’s the season when well-intentioned people set lofty resolutions for the new year. Work out more, eat healthier, spend more time with family and less time on devices, perhaps be more mindful…But, most of us have seen our declarations fail – sometimes, as soon as the “It’s Valentine’s Day” excuse becomes an option. Then before you know it, you’re inhaling boxes of chocolate while binge-watching whatever is the next new thing on Netflix.

We’ve got a different approach to resolutions for 2019. Rather than say “no” to all the bad stuff, how about saying “yes” to the many good things that are right in front of you. Say yes to taking a walk after dinner, say yes to getting a good night’s sleep, say yes to fruits and vegetables, and say yes to showing the people in your life how much you care. Love is Verb. Start by loving yourself and set the domino effect in action. Join with us at HealthWellnessMD. All it takes is one small act at a time.

8 Ways Fasting Will Change Your Life

Can what and when you eat determine how long you will live? How about how healthy your life will be? According to Dr. Valter Longo’s book, The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight, the answer is a resounding yes. Longo is the director of the Longevity Institute at USC in Los Angeles, and of the Program on Longevity and Cancer in Milan. He has spent the past 25 years researching aging, nutrition, and disease in cultures across the globe in search of a simple formula for healthy aging through nutrition. The ProLon fasting mimicking diet, or FMD, represents the culmination of his life’s work.

Fasting provides many clinically proven benefits, including promoting regenerative changes – such as stem cell rejuvenation, In addition, fasting positively affects a wide range of markers that contribute to aging. However, fasting remains challenging for most people. The ProLon is a 5-day plant-based diet plan. This plan ensures that you get properly nourished as it tricks your body into believing it is in a fasting state. You see, you don’t have to starve yourself for days on end to reap the benefits of fasting. Your body simply must think you are.

With the ProLon FMD, your body gets all the benefits of the stem cell-based rejuvenation of a 5-day fast. Plus, you get to eat what they call “real food.” And, no costly supplements are required. The pre-packaged soup mixes, bars, and energy drinks contain all of the necessary macro and micronutrients to fortify your fast.

However, because supplementation is increasingly necessary in our modern world, I dedicated an entire microsite medical-grade nutraceuticals. I routinely recommend supplementation with medical-grade products to my non-fasting patients. If you’re as confused as most of us about which vitamins matter most, you can learn more here.


The Fasting-mimicking Challenge – What to expect on Day One:

A few weeks ago, my team and I put the diet from the smart people at ProLon to the test. Some of us fared better than others but we stuck it out and completed the fast. I’ll be honest, the first day was a little rough for us all – primarily, because we didn’t know what to expect. Day 1 is critical though, as your body transitions into burning fat and the beginning of cellular optimization. Once you make it through the first day though, you begin to notice real change – in the way you feel, look, and even think. As with any diet, the ProLon is best when conducted under a doctor’s supervision.


8 Ways Fasting Will Change Your Life:

1. You will lose weight

The ProLon is the fastest way to lose fat – especially dangerous belly fat – while, at the same time, protecting lean body mass. Based on $38 million of funding and decades of research, the FMD is the only diet patented to eliminate dangerous visceral fat. The fat that accumulates around the abdominal organs, our visceral fat, is strongly correlated with scores of serious disease risks, including heart disease, cancer, and dementia. By Day 2 of the FMD, your body is switching to fat burning mode. And it’s not just any fat that’s going down; but, the bad kind around your midsection. Even people of normal weight can harbor harmful amounts of this hidden fat beneath the abdominal wall. Periodic fasting is the only proven diet to attack visceral fat.

2. Your energy will skyrocket

During periodic fasting, many people report feeling energized and on the top of their game – as was the case with me and my team. Because you are burning fat rather than the fuel reserves stored in your muscles, your muscles perform better and your energy levels soar. Remember, even though you may feel great during these five fasting days, you should not exercise. No matter how jazzed you feel. This energy surge is not limited to the fasting days: my team and I are all still performing at higher levels.

Fasting will make you feel like a kid again – mo matter what your age.

3. You will sleep like a baby

Lots of activities feel better on an empty stomach – sex, exercise, and sleep are the big ones. Because the FMD initiates stem cell regeneration, a higher percentage of your cells are performing in an optimal manner while you’re fasting; this translates into better sleep patterns. When your brain and body cells are performing at their best, you achieve more restorative sleep. Who doesn’t want that?

4. Your skin will look amazing

As you progress along the fast, stem cell-based regeneration continues and the body is rejuvenated from within. As you eliminate toxins from your body, you can see the benefits in your skin and even your hair. Why? We store the majority of our toxins in fat cells. Periodic fasting detoxes the skin as it purges the toxins from the underlying supporting fat cells. Anecdotally, my team and I noticed an improvement in the appearance of subcutaneous fat and a reduction of cellulite, as well. We were thrilled by this unexpected boon.

5. You will have better sex

Like sleep, sex is better on an empty stomach. Plus, once you lose that visceral fat around your midsection, you’ll be  more confident in your naked skin. Your core will not only look better, it will also function better. No matter who’s on top, that extra core strength will intensify your performance. And that extra energy that I mentioned? It makes all the difference – in and out of the bedroom. Having more sex not only extends your longevity but has a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. You can learn more about them, here.

6. Your risk of disease will drop dramatically

Periodic fasting prevents a myriad of diseases. But, that’s not all. It initiates the improvement of chronic disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, controlling glucose, and decreasing rates of all kinds of cancer. Furthermore, fasting lowers markers of inflammation for overall wellness while preventing age-related muscle and bone loss. Periodic fasting even builds your resistance to Alzheimer’s. In my opinion, there is nothing better you can do to promote disease-free longevity than incorporating periodic fasting into your lifestyle.

7. You will have a clear head

Ever experienced brain fog after eating sugary starch foods? Fasting fixes this, too. While fasting, your mental performance is enhanced and you’ll notice greater focus and clarity. In addition, through the process of fasting, you develop a better understanding of your body and an ability to recognize both when you are truly hungry and when you reach fullness. Often, when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty – the ProLon is incredibly hydrating so you rarely get such mixed messages. Fasting puts you on the road to achieving that elusive mind-body connection – and, this time, you will stay on it.

Fast for longevity: live longer to do more of what you love.

8. You will live longer

You have probably heard lots about how stem cells can prolong your life. What you may not know, however, is that, as people age, stem cells lose their ability to regenerate. This age-related loss of stem cell function can be reversed by a 24-hour fast, according to a recent study by biologists from MIT. Because the ProLon enables a 5-day fast, you get 5 times the benefit. Meanwhile, the FMD activates stem cell-based renewal as well as the clean up of aging and damaged cells. These cellular processes hold amazing anti-aging benefits that extend your lifespan along with your quality of life.

How often should you do the diet?

The benefits last well after the 5 fasting days end. Stem cell-based rejuvenation continues for 2-3 days once you complete the ProLon FMD. Then you may gradually return to your regular healthy meal plan. How often you repeat the cycle depends on a few factors. These include your body weight, baseline markers and health measurements, and the evaluation and recommendations of your health care provider:

  • High risk individuals: 3-12 times a year depending on condition
  • Low risk or healthy individuals: 2-4 times a year

Here in my office, a smaller group of us just completed our second cycle of the ProLon. This time around, we found the fast more than doable. Our energy elevation and mental focus improvements were exponential during cycle 2. Plus, the additional weight loss delighted us all. As for unexpected benefits? A marked decrease in anxiety and simultaneous increase in our ability to handle the stressors of our fast-paced workplace.

Would I recommend the ProLon FMD to my patients?

I would and I do. Longevity science is the future – I want them to be there.