Jeffrey Thackrey, M.D. is the Medical Director of Lauderdale Health and Wellness and a member of the BodyLogicMD network of highly-trained physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). He joined the BodyLogicMD network in 2005, when he came to realize that he didn’t just want to treat disease, he wanted to prevent it.
Dr. Thackrey recalls some of his earliest frustrations with the traditional model of medicine, when upon implementing researched healthcare strategies to his own lifestyle, his life changed for the better—and he sought to share these strategies, offering real preventive solutions to his patients.
This realization led Dr. Thackrey to shift the direction of his career, focusing on the growing anti-aging movement and the opportunities available in functional medicine, a discipline that allows him to treat patients from a whole-body perspective, using lifestyle-based solutions such as nutritional guidance, targeted supplementation and detoxification, as well as cutting-edge therapies designed to promote healthy aging and prevent disease, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Thackrey’s passion for medicine and helping people embrace a healthy lifestyle began at an early age. As a college freshmen, he volunteered at the local emergency room in his home state of Ohio. He found that he enjoyed the work and soon became an employee. This opportunity spurred his fascination with medicine and nudged him to pursue a career as a doctor.
His pursuits throughout his medical career have made one thing very clear to him: healthy lifestyle habits are the cornerstone of fighting disease and aging gracefully. He has discovered that hormonal harmony is fostered through basic wellness habits—eating well, moving more and stressing less. All his patients receive lifestyle guidance and are held accountable for their choices, as he consistently emphasizes balanced nutrition, physical activity, stress management and quality sleep regimens.
When asked what he wants every patient to know, he says, “restoring and maintaining wellness is centered on what we eat and how how we care for our bodies including physical activity; the rest, like BHRT, supports and promotes optimal health.”
Personally, Dr. Thackrey has always lived a healthy lifestyle. Beginning in high school and continuing through his college years, Dr. Thackrey was competitive swimmer. He says that the eight years of consistent dedication to intense workouts has remained a part of his lifestyle, even today.
Dr. Thackrey graduated from Ohio State College of Medicine and completed residencies in Anesthesiology and Occupational Medicine. He has achieved board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
Susan Compton is a Physician Assistant at Lauderdale Health and Wellness and a member of the BodyLogicMD network of highly trained medical practitioners specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Her personal experience, challenges and interest in patient care led her to seek an alternate approach to traditional medicine.
After spending years in traditional medicine, Susan found that her favorite part of the job was spending time with patients, looking at the whole person and supporting change in the lives of her patients. She was disheartened by the number of patients she encountered affected by chronic disease and her limitations in being able to help them heal. This led her to seek out another approach—one that would allow her to reach patients before they were afflicted with chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Her discovery not only led her to find functional/preventive medicine, but also led her to improve her own health as well.
Her journey to help her patients lead healthier, fuller lives, also inspired Susan to change her own life. She dropped 90 pounds and overcame many health issues she was facing due to being overweight: hypertension, pre-diabetes and high cholesterol. Susan set goals, explored nutritional changes and hormone therapy, utilized smart tracking tools for accountability and made lasting lifestyle changes. Many of the changes that Susan made are the same ones she encourages in her medical practice. Susan says, “I know what they are likely experiencing and [I] can encourage them because I’ve been there. I understand the frustrations during the process as well as the joys of meeting the goals.”
At the practice, Susan enjoys spending time with patients to listen to their concerns, explore their options and explain the diagnostic and therapeutic tools used to help each patient enjoy optimal health. Susan says, “The initial consultation lab panel is extensive and patients often comment that ‘no one has ever spent the time to explain all of this to me.'” The lab panel is only the beginning, Susan uses these results, the patient’s medical history, symptoms, diet and lifestyle to develop a custom treatment plan. Most plans are a combination of protocols, such as hormone therapy, targeted supplementation and balanced nutrition. And, many patients find not just symptom management, but real solutions to their health concerns.
Susan’s passion for health doesn’t stop when she leaves the office. In her free time, she enjoys challenging herself mentally and physically—combing through as many books as she can get her hands on and taking “longer-distance” bike rides with her husband. In addition, Susan is an active member of her church; leads a community group for women dealing with wellness achieved through faith/food/fitness/focus and friends called The Daniel Plan, and is a women’s Bible study group leader as well.
Above all, Susan wants patients to understand that wellness involves a complete approach. Hormone balance, the right food choices and healthy habits are keys to success. She enjoys working with patients to identify a personal wellness plan and make positive changes that improve total health and quality of life.
Susan has an undergraduate degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters of Clinical Medical Science and Physician Assistant Certificate from Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences.
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