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Women's Medicine

DR. ALEXIS MCNEIL, NMD

TREATING WOMEN INSIDE AND OUT

Dr. Alexis McNeil NMD treats women of all ages "Inside and Out". She uses the latest aesthetic medicine techniques to keep her patients LOOKING beautiful while providing state of the art medical care to keep them FEELING beautiful too. She offers a full service Women's Health Clinic. 


Inspired by her mother's battle with breast cancer, Dr. McNeil changed career paths from artist/designer to physician. It was Naturopathic Medicine that extended her mother's life and enlightened Dr. McNeil to her passion for healing. 


Upon earning her medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. McNeil completed a two year residency in Acute Family Medicine and Women's Health at Centro de Salud Familiar in downtown Phoenix, Az. As a physician she has remained true to her artistic talents by incorporating cosmetic injections into her practice, truly treating women inside and out. Together with her husband Dr. Jason McNeil they formed North Valley Medical Center, a full-service primary care clinic dedicated to compassionate patient centered care. Out of the office you will find Dr. Alexis with her family and friends, doing yoga, cooking healthy organic food, or hiking with her dogs.

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Dr. Alexis McNeil uses only research based integrative medicine in the treatment of common female concerns. Read Dr. Alexis personal advice Secrets of Staying Young.

Women's Health Services

Abnormal Menstruation

Whether your problem is heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding, Dr. Alexis can diagnose and treat your problem. Women are usually offered with birth control pills or surgery. Unfortunately, conventional medicine currently doesn’t have many solutions to this common problem. 


However, these treatments may not be necessary or appropriate for some women. Dr. Alexis uses powerful herbal medicine combined with diet and lifestyle modification to regulate menstruation and restore normal hormonal function. 

ABNORMAL PAP TEST RESULTS FOLLOW-UP

An abnormal pap smear result can be alarming and scary. Dr. Alexis has years of experience managing “unhealthy cervixes” or cervical dysplasia. This follow-up includes colposcopy, along with biopsy and treatment. 


Dr. Alexis conducts escharotic treatments depending on the severity of the situation. The treatment is an herbal medicine technique that is directly applied to the cervix. It facilitates the sloughing off of unhealthy cervical cells. Unlike conventional treatments, there are no unfortunate side effects, which make it a much safer treatment option for women of childbearing age. 

ACNE AND SKIN HEALTH

 The health of our hair, skin, and nails is often a reflection of our general health. Dr. Alexis will analyze the diet, environmental and sun exposure, stressors, and physical health conditions that could contribute to the unhealthy appearance of her patients. She will offer specific dietary and lifestyle interventions, along with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and pharmaceuticals so that her patients can look amazing! 

Comprehensive screening

Hormone balancing and symptom relief are very important, but quantifying risk and working to prevent serious diseases that plague the aging population are equally important. Using concentrated phytoestrogens, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplementation, Dr. Alexis helps prevents various diseases such as: 

  • Breast Cancer 
  • Coronary Heart Disease 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Uterine and Ovarian Cancer 

Hormone Replacement Therapy

The decision to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is complicated and difficult because the different researches conducted on this procedure can be confusing and conflicting. Dr. Alexis can help evaluate the risks and benefits that conventional and natural HRT have so that she can create a treatment plan for you. 


Some research shows that HRT can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, stroke as well as cardiovascular and gallbladder diseases. There are important lifestyle strategies that can influence and possibly reduce the risk of these conditions. Dr. Alexis educates her patients on the safest, most effective ways of using HRT. She can also conduct hormone testing as necessary. 

Menopause

Dr. Alexis understands that health promotion and disease prevention is paramount during this time. Menopause is an important transitional time in the life cycle of every woman, as it is a time of drastic biological change. It may include:

  • Decreased Libido 
  • Hot Flashes 
  • Insomnia 
  • Mood Swings
  • Urinary Problems 
  • Vaginal Dryness 

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS (DYSMENORRHEA)

Menstrual cramps affect more than 50% of menstruating women. In some cases, primary dysmenorrhea is caused by pelvic abnormalities such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, or uterine fibroids (secondary dysmenorrhea). 


Dr. Alexis will determine the cause of your dysmenorrhea. She uses strong natural muscle sedatives, nutritional support, and pelvic anti-inflammatories to relieve the pain and discomfort from menstrual pelvic and lower back pains. 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Also known as a chronic anovulatory syndrome, PCOS is associated with excessive production of male hormones and insulin resistance. Its symptoms, which can be severe and distressing, include:  

  • Acne 
  • Irregular or Absent Menses 
  • Male Pattern Hair Loss or Hair Growth
  • Obesity 


Dr. Alexis is an expert in this multifactorial disease and uses a combination of herbal blends and pharmaceuticals to treat her patients successfully. The goals of therapy are to: 

  • Induce Ovulation 
  • Inhibit 5-Alpha Reductase (Inhibit the Conversion of Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone, the More Active Form of Testosterone) 
  • Lower Estrogen and Testosterone Levels 
  • Modify Insulin Resistance 

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS) AND PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER (PMDD)

PMS can be a debilitating condition for some women. It is characterized by cyclic symptoms during the second half of the menstrual phase caused by sudden changes in hormone levels. Its symptoms, which can make a woman’s life unbearable, are: 

  • Bloating 
  • Breast Tenderness 
  • Difficulty Concentrating 
  • Headaches 
  • Lethargy 
  • Severe Mood Swings 
  • Sleep Changes 
  • Weight Gain 


Testing should be done to rule out thyroid and blood sugar problems. Aside from this, screening for concurrent disorders of depression and anxiety should also be conducted. Dr. Alexis treats this syndrome using a multifactorial approach, which includes nutritional intervention, herbal medicine, and, in some cases, bioidentical hormones. These can relieve symptoms and restore hormone balance. 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND EDUCATION

 If you need medical assistance with conception or contraception, Dr. Alexis can help. There is nothing more satisfying to her than parents finally being able to conceive a healthy baby.  Infertility in women has been the source of much heartache and suffering. Women have spent countless money to become pregnant. About 10% to 15% of couples experience infertility, and in these instances, 40% is female-related, 40% is male-related, and 20% is unknown.


Dr. Alexis will screen you for anovulation, hypothyroidism, elevated prolactin, uterine fibroids, adhesions, endometriomas, and other masses. Therapy includes correcting ovulatory dysfunction, which is a cause of approximately 45% of female-related infertility, tonifying the uterus, and hormone balancing.  For women wanting to prevent pregnancy, there are many options for birth control, such as: 

  • Barrier Methods 

              Diaphragm, Cervical Cap, and Condoms 

  • Behavior Methods

                   Periodic Abstinence, Withdrawal,    and Lactational Amenorrhea 

  • Hormonal Methods 

                   Oral Contraceptive Pills, Patches, and Injections 

  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

      Intrauterine Devices (IUD)  


Dr. Alexis understands this can be a challenging subject for couples because ideological, spiritual, and religious beliefs are integral in this decision. You can be sure that she will assess the needs of each woman and provide contraception counseling and prescriptions as needed.

VAGINAL INFECTIONS AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIS)

Dr. Alexis has spent years doing community medicine and has seen any and every sexually transmitted infection. She understands how embarrassing a vaginal infection can be and is confident that she can diagnose, treat, and teach you preventive methods. 

Whether you’re dealing with yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, Dr. Alexis can help. She uses herbal suppositories when appropriate and antibiotics when necessary. 

Well womens Exam

Dr. Alexis spends plenty of time with all her patients during the yearly well women’s exams. A head-to-toe physical exam will be done along with a clinical breast exam and a pap smear. 

Orders for an electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, mammogram, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or colonoscopy will be conducted to each individual patient based on their age, family history, and personal disease risk. Cancer prevention, screening, and education will be emphasized throughout the process. 

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Men's Medicine

DR. JASON MCNEIL, NMD

Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life.

While the life expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it’s no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. Aside from this, they also don’t seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to their stress. 


There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. That is why it’s important to have regular checkups and screenings. Many of the major health risks that men face, such as colon cancer or heart disease, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. 


Screening tests can find diseases early, which is the stage when they are easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which preventive medical tests you need to stay healthy. 

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Men's Health Services

ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM

 This is an abnormally large or swollen blood vessel in your stomach that can burst without warning. If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have smoked more than 100 cigarettes in your lifetime, ask your doctor to screen you for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. 

BODY MASS INDEX

 Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. It is used to screen for obesity.

BLOOD PRESSURE

 Have your blood pressure checked every two years. High blood pressure increases your chances of getting heart a stroke or heart and kidney diseases. If you have high blood pressure, lifestyle modification, including diet and exercise programs, can cure it. However, if this does not have much effect, you may need medication to control it. 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

 From ages 45 to 79, ask your doctor if you should take aspirin every day to help lower your risk of a heart attack. How much aspirin you should take depends on your age, your health, and your lifestyle.

CHOLESTEROL

 You should have your cholesterol checked early once you turn 35. However, if you have risk factors such as diabetes, a history of heart disease, tobacco use, or high blood pressure and a BMI of more than 30, you need to have yours checked as early as 20. This is because high blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. 

COLORECTAL CANCER

 From ages 50 to 75 years old, you should get tested for colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you should get tested at the age of 40. 

DEPRESSION

 If you have felt “down” or hopeless during the past two weeks or if you have had little interest in doing things you usually enjoy, talk to your doctor about depression. Depression is a treatable illness. 

DIABETES

 High blood sugar, which is another term for diabetes, can cause problems with your heart, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts. If your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, ask your doctor to test you for diabetes. 

HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)

This virus attacks the body’s immune system. Your doctor may recommend screening for HIV if you: 

  • Are Being Treated for Sexually Transmitted Diseases 
  • Had a Blood Transfusion Between 1978 and 1985 
  • Had Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners 
  • Have Past or Current Sex Partners Who Are Infected With HIV 
  • Have Sex With Men 
  • Have Used Injected Drugs 
  • Pay for Sex or Have Sex Partners Who Do 

LOW TESTOSTERONE (LOW-T)

Testosterone is a hormone that assists the male body in building protein and is crucial for a normal sexual drive, vitality, and stamina. When men reach their early thirties, testosterone can start dropping at a rate of one to two percent a year. When blood levels drop bel;ow age average, a condition known as "Low T" can be diagnosed. Approximately 4-5 million American men have symptoms of Low T. Symptoms include:

  • Anger, irritability and social withdrawal
  • Anxiety, depression and mood swings
  • Erectile dysfunction and low sex drive
  • Gynecomastia (breast tissue)
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Low bone density
  • Muscle loss
  • Weight gain
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Overall sloth


There are different causes of low-t. These include things that happen inside and outside our bodies. Our attitude also plays a significant role since it directly affects our internal hormonal environment.  

OTHER TYPES OF CANCER

 Ask your doctor if you should be tested for prostate, lung, oral, skin, or other types of cancer. Having yourself screened can help your health care provider find and treat several types of cancer before they even cause symptoms. 

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS)

 Talk to your doctor to see whether you should be tested for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, or other sexually transmitted diseases. If left untreated, STDs may lead to critical health conditions. 

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intravenous nutrient therapy (IVNT)

Health optimization and detoxification with vitamin iv's

Intravenous nutrient therapy is a method of delivering fluids, vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. In our high paced lives, there is little time to maintain a well-balanced diet containing proper amounts of nutrients. We can left deficient in some nutrients which can trigger chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, slowed thinking, poor memory, and eventually sickness and disease can arrive. IVNT can be an efficient and rapid method to address and prevent some of these issues. 

Nutrient Therapy Treatments

Modified Myer's Cocktail - $105

Keeps you Running at Peak Physical and Mental Performance.

The Modified Myer's Cocktail is a popular intravenous vitamin-and-mineral formula. The infusion "cocktail" consists of Magnesium, B-Vitamins, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, and Vitamin C. Its has been found to be effective against acute asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasms, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergies and cardiovascular disease. Many athletes use our Modified Myer's Cocktail as a pre- and post- event treatment to maximize performance and speed recovery.

Vitamin C Infusion - $135

Fights Against Infection and Builds the Immune System.

An ultra-high dose of Vitamin C is combined with the nutrients in the Myer's Cocktail. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, meaning, our body does not make it, and we must consume it. Our body does not store Vitamin C, it is water soluble and flushes out with our urine. Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants which protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Typically out diet does not contain the high quantity of Vitamin C needed to keep us healthy. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to:

  • Form important proteins used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
  • Heal wounds and repair cartilage, bones, and teeth
  • Fight bacterial and viral infections including the common cold and f

Glutathione - $85

The Master Antioxidant

Antioxidants decrease oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by an accumulation of free radicals which cause disease and aging. We are bombarded daily with excessive amounts of chemicals and toxins. Glutathione is essential in neutralizing toxic substances from chemicals, metabolic waste and carcinogens (cancer causing substances). Chronic stress, disease and environmental toxins will deplete levels of glutathione. Glutathione is the master antioxidant because of its ability to "scavenge" free radicals, and because it actually assists in regenerating other antioxidants. Glutathione is used alone or pushed through a port during a Vitamin IV. it is used for:

  • Health problems associated with acute or chronic toxic exposures, ie mold, fertilizers, paint, hair dye, constructions materials, pesticides, cleaning products, etc.

Lipotropic B-12 Injection - $35

Increase Energy and Burn Fat

Vitamin B-12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin needed for several processes in the body. Vitamin B-12 is needed to help form cells, keep the nervous system healthy and properly metabolize food. The vitamin helps the body convert food into energy by breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugars and assists the body in digesting proteins and fats.


Lipotropics contain MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline). When combined with B-12 and a good nutritional/exercise program, these amino acids increase the breakdown, package and excretion of adipose tissue (fat). Our hCG weight loss program includes weekly Lipotropic B-12 IM injections.

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Weight Loss

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Pain Management

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Medical Marijuana (MMJ)

NVMC is Proudly Offering Medical Marijuana Certifications for Qualifying Patients.

In order to obtain a MMJ card, you must show care from a doctor within the past 12 months that verifies the qualifying diagnosis. There are a few ways to obtain medical records. You can bring records with you to the visit OR NVMC may contact your doctor to obtain medical records for you OR NVMC can create a new medical record for you.


After a visit with the certifying doctor, the office will file all of the necessary paperwork to complete the application through the Arizona Department of Health. NVMC strives to make the process quick and easy, the process is the same for both newly qualifying patients and renewal patients. The state requires MMJ cards to be renewed every two years.

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Qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spams
  • Severe nausea
  • Cachexia (severe weight loss and wasting syndromes)
  • PTSD (Records must show other active forms of medical care for treatment of PTSD, ie. counseling, psychotherapy, prescription drug therapy, etc.)

Unfortunately anxiety, depression, and insomnia are NOT qualifying diagnoses in the state of Arizona.

FAQ: "WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY VISIT?"

1. Medical records verifying your qualifying diagnosis and that you've sought treatment in the last year. This can include a copy of a recent visit from your primary care physician, chiropractor, oncologist, rheumatologist, etc. It can also include lab work, surgical report, x-ray, MRI, or CT scan showing abnormalities related to your diagnosis.


2. Arizona issued I.D. card / driver's license, or U.S. Passport (only accepted if you have an AZ residential and mailing address) Out of state I.D. cards are NOT accepted.


3. Two separate fees are required for the MMJ card:

  • Office visit: $150 with records, $225 without records.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services: $150 (Visa and MasterCard only, unfortunately HSA cards are not accepted)