Yoo Direct Health Celebrates Five Years as a Patient-Centered Practice
Writer / Renee Larr
Photographer / Amy Payne
UNLOCKING YOUR BEST HEALTH
As we navigate the journey of aging, we often find ourselves facing persistent health issues like fatigue, joint pain, insomnia and more. Sometimes these symptoms are brushed aside as an inevitable part of getting older. But what if there was a place that offered a fresh perspective and a path to reclaiming your health with evidence-based solutions? Meet Yoo Direct Health, a growing practice recognized as a leader in functional and aesthetic medicine. Their mission is simple, yet profound: to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. They’ve been doing just that – helping patients reach their health goals.
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
Yoo Direct Health is celebrating its fifth anniversary in November, and they’re part of a growing portion of the health care industry – functional and aesthetic medicine. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lexi Yoo, FNP-BC/CPNP, says she’s proud that Yoo Direct Health has become a leader in the industry as they’ve continued to grow and innovate. They welcomed Nikki Keserich, NP, and Allen Stewart, FNP-BC. Both practitioners offer a unique perspective, as they were patients prior to joining the practice. Stewart has a special interest in men’s health, and his perspective as a patient and a practitioner adds a valuable dimension to their practice, allowing them to better understand and address the symptoms experienced by men and the impact it can have on them, their families and their relationships. What sets Yoo Direct Health apart is their commitment to education and excellence.
New providers go through a 90-day orientation process, which includes hands-on clinical experience, shadowing all positions within the practice, as well as access to specialized content from the Yoo Direct Health Training Academy, designed by Lexi herself. This comprehensive approach ensures that every team member understands not only the services they offer, but also the roles of their colleagues, to provide seamless patient care.
The commitment to education goes beyond the initial training period. The providers at Yoo Direct Health are continuously learning through internal trainings and conferences to not only build on the knowledge they already have, but also to stay at the forefront of cutting-edge therapies that may help their patients achieve the outcomes they seek.
EMBRACING INNOVATIVE THERAPIES AND TECHNOLOGY
Yoo Direct Health is dedicated to staying at the forefront of innovative therapies and technology. Constant learning and growth in an ever-changing industry is critical to Lexi and her staff. Over the past five years she’s continued to add innovative therapies such as bioidentical hormone therapy, gut health protocols, ozone therapy, sexual wellness protocols (the “O” and “P” shot), ultrasound technology, as well as a comprehensive weight-loss program that includes in-depth body composition testing, health coaching, and incorporating modalities such as peptide therapy. Yoo Direct Health incorporates the use of ultrasound technology for the medical and aesthetic side of their practice. Using ultrasound enhances patient outcomes, safety and precision by providing real-time imaging guidance that enables the providers to visualize internal structures, monitor tissue response, and perform procedures with greater accuracy and minimized risks.
“Since we’ve been using the ultrasound technology, we’ve been able to help other offices with patients experiencing complications from their aesthetic treatment,” Lexi says. “We know with the ultrasound, and we can safely and effectively help diagnose and potentially treat the complication.”
Ozone is a therapeutic process that involves the use of an energized form of oxygen known as ozone (O3), and has a wide range of potential benefits, from immune support to anti-inflammatory effects and detoxification. Its effects have been documented in the potential treatment of conditions such as acne, allergies, skin irritations, various skin disorders, fatigue, joint pain, chronic respiratory diseases and so much more. “We attend a large amount of educational conferences, and while we’re there, we listen and learn,” says Min Yoo, chief operating officer. “Then, when we return, we take those critical pieces of information and work to implement them in our practice for the benefit of our patients. We also want to ensure we’re not just implementing new therapies without standards for their outcomes.”
YOO DIRECT HEALTH PATIENT EXPERIENCE
Jessica Shaffer, NP, leads the team at the Greenwood location. Myla Ramsey, a longtime patient, exemplifies the transformative power of Yoo Direct Health. Frustrated with the lack of information and care she received after giving birth to her fourth child, she sought help from Shaffer. Ramsey underwent hormone pellet replacement therapy, peptide therapy for weight loss, and thyroid health optimization. “I started with Yoo Direct Health in April 2022, and in a year I felt like a completely different person,” Ramsey says. “I know as we get older, things are taken at face value as a part of getting older. I just felt like myself again, which made everything in my life so much easier.”
Ramsey says she initially aimed to get a tummy tuck to repair her muscles after giving
birth to four children. She says she knew she couldn’t have the procedure done until she
got down to her goal weight. Ramsey says she knew she was looking at a lengthy process. “I was put on a peptide therapy for weight loss,” Ramsey says. “With the peptide it’s a slow process and you still have to work hard. I worked out four times a week doing
heavy weightlifting. That was a year-long process and I lost 77 pounds.”
Shaffer emphasizes that Yoo Direct Health believes in empowering patients to take control of their well-being, and Ramsey’s transformation is the ultimate testament to that philosophy. The staff at Yoo Direct Health are proud to have played a part in her remarkable transformation.
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO BETTER HEALTH
Located at 107 North State Road 135, Suite 106 in Greenwood, Yoo Direct Health is committed to helping patients optimize their health, and providing the tools and support to achieve their health goals. If you want to take charge of your health and start feeling your best, call 317-884-8791 or visit yoodirecthealth.com.