Dr. Bruce Worrell, D.O, along with his wife Gina Worrell opened the Center for Optimal Vitality in Symmes Township in June 2007, after a pharmacist friend recommended he consider it.
"I have a background in internal medicine but I've always been open to thinking outside of the box," Dr. Worrell said.
Bio-identical hormone therapy involves natural, plant derived hormones that are biologically identical to human hormones like testosterone and estrogen. It's used to treat symptoms associated with hormone imbalance including hot flashes, depression, lowered libido and loss of concentration.
Worrell had been researching this type of therapy, and after his wife was successfully treated after suffering from severe tiredness, he was sold. The mother of four had gone through a host of medical tests that showed nothing wrong. Finally her hormone levels were tested and those tests showed extremely low testosterone levels. Hormone therapy brought her energy levels back to normal.
"She's bouncing off the walls like she always was. She manages the office side of the practice, and it's turned her life around," Dr. Worrell said.
The couple and one other employee initially opened the practice. They now see more than 1,500 patients and have 13 employees. About 70 percent of those patients are women who range in age from 18 to 80 and they visit the office about three times a year. In addition to hormone therapy, the center also offers weight loss programs.
In 2008, the Worrell's opened a satellite office in Mt. Healthy to better serve clients on the West side of the city.
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Dr. Bruce Worrell, co-founder Center for Optimal Vitality