Treatment
Beyond the Symptoms

Treatment Beyond the Symptoms

Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health providers aim to help your family achieve holistically improved health. We serve families throughout Wasilla, AK and surrounding communities. The nurse practitioners and midwives offer many of the same services as doctors, primary care physicians, and pediatricians. Our primary goal is to offer you an approach specific to your unique health history and conditions.

We look forward to providing individualized healthcare for you and your loved ones.

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Our Family Health Services Include:

Women's Health in Wasilla, AK | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Women’s Health

We understand women’s unique healthcare needs. Whether you need an annual exam, family planning, hormone balancing, or additional care, Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health provides individualized care for all patients.

Men's Health in Wasilla, AK | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Men’s Health

From adolescence to adulthood, we provide men’s health care services to patients throughout Wasilla, AK, and surrounding communities. Our team looks forward to providing individualized care, from annual exams to men’s healthcare education.

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Pediatric Care

Our pediatric care services help your children grow into strong and healthy adults. Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health provides sick visits, well-baby exams, school and sports physicals, and individualized vaccination counseling.

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IV Infusion Services

IV Infusion services are available to established patients in our practice. Ask your provider about a referral at your next visit!

Immunity Complex

Protects against infection, improves healing time, builds up the immune system, reduces duration of illness.

Myers Cocktail

Alleviate stress, improve immunity, restore balance, hydration, reduce Migraines, and reduce chronic pain.

L-Glutathione

We utilize this for treatment and prevention of cataracts, glaucoma, aging, alcoholism,
cancer, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, and diseases that break down the immune system.

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OB/GYN

Dr. Peggy Downing, OB
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Dr. Peggy Downing, OB

Coming Soon! Beginning October 31, 2022

 

Dr. Peggy Downing, OB

Coming Soon! Beginning October 31, 2022

 

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Dr. Peggy Downing, OB

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Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Dr. Ellen Faucett, OB

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Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Dr. Donna Chester, GYN

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Coming Soon! Beginning October 31, 2022

Family Physician in Wasilla, AK | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Functional Medicine

Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health is proud to utilize functional medicine in providing care for families throughout Wasilla, AK, and surrounding areas. This approach aims to uncover and treat a health concern at the root rather than just alleviate symptoms. This means that patients receive customized approaches to treatment based on their unique health history, physical exam results, and lab work. Treatment methods can include any or all of the following:

 

  • Nutritional Therapy (food plans)
  • Stress & Lifestyle Management Techniques
  • Botanicals and/or Nutrients
  • Medication only when absolutely necessary

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Functional Medicine, and how is it different from conventional or mainstream medicine?

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing each person’s root cause of disease. In conventional medicine, there’s a doctor for every part of your body: cardiologists for the heart, gastroenterologists for the digestive system, neurologists for the brain and nervous system, podiatrists for your feet, and ophthalmologists for your eyes. But in functional medicine, we see the body as an interconnected whole within a larger environment. We recognize that all other parts must also be considered to treat one part of the body.

Functional medicine is neither conventional nor alternative medicine. It’s a combination of the best elements of both, representing the future of medicine. Deep and lasting healing is only possible when the root causes of illness are addressed. By understanding the core systems of the body, how they are related, and how their function can be restored, many chronic diseases can be prevented and even reversed.

What type of training is required to become a functional medicine practitioner?

Aubrey received her training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Their certification path requires completing a five-day course, five advanced practice modules, a case study, and an exam. This took her about 2.5 years.

What made you want to practice functional medicine?

“I think the birth of my son was what changed for me, as he had a lot of low-grade symptoms that were brushed off by the health care practitioners we saw. But I was always a person that asked “why?”, like “Why does that person have an autoimmune condition?” or “Why does my son have a chronic runny nose?” and I didn’t feel like I was getting the answers I wanted from a conventional perspective. A functional medicine practitioner is like a health detective, a professional who looks to answer the question, “why?” which resonated with me deeply.”
— Aubrey Spangler

What kind of person will benefit from functional medicine?

The best clients for functional medicine include those who don’t want to rely on unnecessary drugs and medical intervention for the rest of their lives and are interested in discovering the underlying cause of their problems rather than just suppressing symptoms.

They are motivated to play an active role in their healing process and are willing to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to support health and well-being.

What can patients expect when they come to see you?

Like all detectives, we use various tools in my investigations, including detailed questionnaires, a thorough medical history and examination, and comprehensive laboratory tests (blood, urine, stool, and saliva testing). We then use nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, stress management, detoxification, lifestyle changes, and in some cases and only when necessary, prescription medications to eliminate triggers and restore proper function and balance.

What do you love most about what you do?

We love the relationships we develop with my patients and learning about their stories. We love witnessing the sense of empowerment as they slowly start to take their health. We think of it as the ultimate in personalized, one-on-one, therapeutic relationships. We’re happy and deeply grateful that we have found our place in medicine.
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Meet Our Providers!

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Services

Protecting the Heart, Blood Sugar/ Insulin Connection

 

  • Prediabetes/diabetes
  • Low HDL
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • CAD/CVD/CHD
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Overweight
  • Fatty liver disease
  • PCOS
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Healthy Weight for Life

 

 

  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Prediabetes/Type 2
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • CHD/stroke
  • Liver/Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • GYN problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Botanicals and nutrients
  • Cancer

Restoring the Balance – Stress, Hormones, & Health

 

  • Depression/Anxiety/Mood
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hormone imbalance/infertility
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Blood sugar/ Insulin disturbances
  • Chronic pain
  • Palpitations/Arrhythmias
  • Overweight

Essentials of Immune Health

  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • IBD/IBS
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Frequent Infections
  • IV Infusions

Restoring the Balance – Stress, Hormones, & Health

 

  • Suspected food allergies
  • IBS/IBD/Crohns
  • Increased intestinal permeability
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Chronic pain, sleep disorder
  • Autoimmunity
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Fatigue/Headaches
  • Eczema/Psoriasis/Hives

Pediatric Development

 

  • Well baby/child visits
  • School/sports physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Growth tracking
  • Attachment
  • Safe Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Family dynamics
  • Anxiety

No Pain, Total Gain

 

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica or leg pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck/shoulder pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sports/Accident-related injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Autoimmune arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

Call us at 907-373-3420.