A new, integrative approach to health care is coming to the south side. Lexi Yoo, a double-board-certified nurse practitioner, opened Yoo Direct Health in 2018 in Noblesville, specializing in finding root causes for her patients’ illnesses. The practice offers customized care for each patient in the areas of wellness, functional, anti-aging and aesthetic medicine.
Now, Lexi and her team are opening a secondary location at 107 North State Road 135, Suite 101 in Greenwood in October. Nurse Practitioner Jessica Shaffer is the primary provider at the Greenwood location. She started her foray into functional medicine about three years ago when she learned how to implement integrative medicine into local addictions medicine.
“I started my nursing career in the emergency room, and I was seeing a lot of problems in patients where only the symptoms were being treated,” Shaffer says. “I was interested in finding out the root cause of the problem instead of just giving them a pill to treat the symptoms. I became an NP and started learning preventative care.”
Shaffer started training with Lexi through a residency mentorship program offered by Yoo Direct Health in January. She says Shaffer was about halfway through the integrative provider program when she told Shaffer she should consider opening her own practice. Shaffer didn’t want to own a business, but felt she could offer exceptional care to patients on the south side through a second Yoo Direct Health location.
“I followed Lexi for a while on social media and I loved the education she provided,” Shaffer says. “It motivated me to think more about fine-tuning a niche in the functional-medicine space. During the program, Lexi focused on gut health for one month and thyroid health for another month. The area of functional medicine can be overwhelming because there is so much to learn, but Lexi made it easy to learn.”
The location offers care in the areas of medical weight management, peptide therapy, gut health, hormone optimization, thyroid and adrenal care, and aesthetics. Yoo Direct Health educates patients, helps to create a better foundation with nutrition and lifestyle changes, and provides a care plan that could include bioidentical hormone optimization, peptides and nutraceuticals.
Lexi and her staff must stay up to date on the latest continuing education to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. Director of Operations Min Yoo says the patient is at the center of everything the practice offers.
“Even though Jess has completed the residency mentorship program, she’s going to continue to learn,” Lexi says. “This allows our practice to get better at what we do and, in turn, better serve our patients by providing the absolute best outcomes.”
Patients often come in with complaints of not feeling their best, tiredness, inability to sustain or lose weight, or being frustrated by not being listened to by another provider.
“When a patient comes in, we listen first and foremost,” Lexi says. “We listen to how they’re feeling and then we complete a blood panel. We then review the blood panel and initiate a plan from there.”
Yoo Direct Health also offers nutritional counseling for patients. Many find relief through eliminating certain trigger foods like gluten and dairy. Lexi says removing certain foods from a patient’s diet often leads to less inflammation in the body.
Many patients arrive at Yoo Direct Health wanting assistance in losing weight. Lexi says the practice offers a well-rounded approach to weight loss, including nutritional counseling, peptide therapy and integrative testing.
“This helps the patient achieve sustainable weight loss for the long term,” Lexi says. “We find the root causes of why a patient can’t lose weight and we work to treat those reasons, rather than taking a Band-Aid approach to the problem.”
The secondary location offers aesthetic services such as injectables like Botox, dermal fillers, and hair restoration. Lexi says many patients might start by coming in for a health-related issue, and then realize they can also receive aesthetic treatment.
“Our patients trust us because we’ve taken a well-rounded approach to their medical issue and fixed the problem,” Lexi says. “Then they trust us to provide aesthetic care. We’ve become a one-stop shop for them. I love that our patients trust us enough to voice their concerns.”
Shaffer is a Center Grove resident and is excited to provide the type of care she saw lacking on the south side.
“In discussing what I was doing with Lexi with family and friends, I kept hearing them say they wished there was something like that on the south side,” Shaffer says. “The Center Grove area is growing rapidly. I’m so excited to be able to provide functional wellness to local residents.”
Shaffer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Indiana University School of Nursing in 2009. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2018 with a Master of Science degree in nursing. Shaffer is certified as a BioTe provider, specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. She continues her coursework through the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Min says the goal of the Greenwood location will be the same as the Noblesville location. He says the staff is the greatest asset at Yoo Direct Health. They will continue to invest in education to provide high-level results for each patient.
Yoo Direct Health is located at 107 North State Road 135, Suite 101 in Greenwood. For more information, visit yoodirecthealth.com.
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