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WomanWell: Functional & Integrative Medicine For Women

Functional & Integrative Medicine at Minnesota Women's Care

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Functional & Integrative Medicine for Women

WomanWell has a unique approach to Functional & Integrative Medicine.
The care you receive at WomanWell is directed by a Functional Medicine MD
and Certified Functional & Integrative Medicine Providers. Read on for more details about our approach.
 

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based approach to care that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of the disease or symptom. With Functional Medicine, we identify the underlying factors that contribute to health issues and illness – often a result of genes, environment, and lifestyle. The clear goal of our treatment plan is to address the right cause (the root) providing a lasting benefit beyond symptom supression.


Is Functional Medicine right for me?

Functional Medicine is right for women who:

  • Want to address the root cause of their health concern — and not just the symptom(s)
  • Prefer natural treatments and solutions when possible
  • Want to challenge the status quo on aging and find good solutions
  • Want to be empowered and informed 
  • Don't want to rely on medication or have difficulty with side effects

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative Medicine addresses the needs of the whole person: mind, body, and soul. Integrative Medicine uses therapies from a variety of disciplines to meet the needs of the individual woman. This care combines conventional medicine (with or without functional medicine) with complementary and/or alternative practices for optimal patient wellness.


What does WomanWell include?

Imagine a path to wellness that addresses the root cause of your condition or concern, and attends to the whole you - body, mind, and spirit. That's WomanWell.

Your journey begins with an in-depth appointment with a Functional Medicine Physician or Nurse Practitioner. Your personalized care can include the Integrative Therapies of your choice. For instance: 

  • Functional Medicine MD
  • Certified Functional & Integrative Medicine Providers
  • Nutrition Counseling with Registered Dietitian
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Exercise and Movement Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Hormone Therapy ... and more

Minnesota Women's Care also provides pelvic floor rehabilitation and personalized fitness through WomanWoRX, Spa services (including RN injector), collaboration with Dynamic Drips IV Therapy Service, plus much more. 


The Functional Medicine Approach

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Functional Medicine believes a single condition has many causes and a single cause can contribute to many conditions.

Our Functional Medicine clinicians have the training and tools necessary to identify the root cause and to promote balance in physiology as the primary means of improving patient health.

Functional Medicine recognizes each person as a complex individual.

We view health and illness as part of a continuum in which all components of the human biological systems interact. People are complex!

With Functional Medicine, restoration of health requires improving the specific dysfunctions that have contributed to the disease state vs giving a pharmaceutical to alleviate symptoms. 

 


What to expect

Your First Visit

Your first visit will be much longer than any medical appointment you've had in recent years. Expect it to last up to an hour.

During this time, your Functional Medicine Clinician will take a VERY detailed history. This timeline organizes your history chronologically in a graphic chart. This helps us to identify factors that may predispose, provoke, and contribute to your overall health. For further clarification and diagnostics, we may recommend specific testing. We'll look at the connection between the your whole lifespan and your current health. This insight is so beneficial – not only to the clinician, but to you as well.  

Once your timeline has been completed, we have a specific matrix we use to give us a comprehensive perspective of your health. This is essential when we are trying to solve complex chronic conditions. 

What to expect

Your Second Visit & Beyond

During your second visit, we'll review lab findings and begin suggesting modifications that you can implement. We'll discuss specialty testing and make arrangements as necessary. This is the appointment where our patients often have a lot of questions. 

During subsequent visits, we'll work with you to follow your care plan and monitor your progress. We can make adjustments as needed so you can continue on a journey of healing and health.


Our Functional And Integrative Medicine Leaders


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Andrea Brockberg, CNP, IFMCP

Clinical Director
CNP and IFM Certified Practitioner

With Andrea's extensive experience as a nurse practitioner, great listening skills, and calm demeanor, she has been an important part of many women's health journeys. Andrea has now completed additional education and testing to become a certified functional medicine practitioner. 


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Stephanie Deppe, MD, IFMCP

Family Medicine
Functional Medicine Physician

We're pleased to welcome Dr. Deppe to Minnesota Women's Care. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of people as a functional medicine physician.  


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What our patients say:

  • Minnesota Womens Care is phenomenal! From the front desk staff always greeting me with a smile when I walk in to my appointments with Dr. Kelly and Heather. I have spent most of my adult life with uterine pain and from the first time I walked into their office I felt heard. The staff is incredible. I recommend Minnesota Womens Care to everyone I know! Thank you to all of you for all you do!
    – L.G.G. - Patient
  • Minnesota Womens Care is phenomenal! From the front desk staff always greeting me with a smile when I walk in to my appointments with Dr. Kelly and Heather. I have spent most of my adult life with uterine pain and from the first time I walked into their office I felt heard. The staff is incredible. I recommend Minnesota Womens Care to everyone I know! Thank you to all of you for all you do!
    – L.G.G. - Patient
  • Dr Ashford is one of the best drs/surgeons.He really cares about his patients and is the only dr who would help me!!He goes above and beyond for his patients. i am so happy that i found him!!!I had surgery with him for some female issues and recovered quickly he did a great job!We are working on some other issues.He is a life saver!I absolutely love this Dr from the bottom of my heart!
    – D.H. - Patient
  • Very patient friendly and explained everything in a way you can understand. Had been to 4 other surgeon's before I chose Dr. Ashford to do my surgery and have had perfect results!! Highly recommend!!
    – C.G. - Patient
  • Jenna was amazing! She took time to help me understand my issue and treatment plan and made me feel very comfortable during my therapy.
    – J.L. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford was really great with communication. He took his time with explaining everything to me. I'm so glad I picked him to do my procedure.... I definitely recommend anyone to see him...
    – S. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford has been fantastic throughout this process from consults to surgeries and final follow ups. I'm so very grateful.
    – K.K. - Patient
  • Dr Kelly is truly remarkable! She took such incredible care of me before during and after surgery every step of the way. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a top doctor and skilled surgeon! I highly recommend Dr Kelly!
    – D.S. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford is an excellent surgeon. He was able to help me when others doctors could not.
    – N.P. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford is an excellent surgeon. He was able to help me when others doctors could not.
    – N.P. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford has added another asset to his amazing team. Jenna was patient, listened to me and is extremely helpful. I've had my first visit with her and she's already providing me with relief and options for me to try when my pain is at it's most unbearable. I had surgery with Ashford today 10/15/20 for pelvic floor Botox and I am really looking forward to seeing Jenna next week to help even more with this endless battle of pelvic floor pain/disfunction. Dr. Ashford and his team make this awful pelvic floor pain/disfunction easier to live life. I've got a long ways to go but I will never give up and neither will Dr. Ashford and his amazing team/family. Thank you ALL!
    – B.G. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford has added another asset to his amazing team. Jenna was patient, listened to me and is extremely helpful. I've had my first visit with her and she's already providing me with relief and options for me to try when my pain is at it's most unbearable. I had surgery with Ashford today 10/15/20 for pelvic floor Botox and I am really looking forward to seeing Jenna next week to help even more with this endless battle of pelvic floor pain/disfunction. Dr. Ashford and his team make this awful pelvic floor pain/disfunction easier to live life. I've got a long ways to go but I will never give up and neither will Dr. Ashford and his amazing team/family. Thank you ALL!
    – B.G. - Patient
  • Dr. Kelly is the most personable and knowledgeable healthcare provider I have come across in a long time. My surgery - pre and post too- went so well and I really felt cared for.
    – C.B. - Patient
  • Professional, kind and compassionate, if you suffer from hormone issues and incontinence you have to call this clinic and get an appointment!
    – N.A. - Patient
  • I was hit with a few major diagnoses at once and didn't realize how much it could effect women's health overall. There were times where I had honestly given up on the possibility of being without pain until Dr. Ashford had instilled in me that women don't have to just exist with it.

    Dr. Ashford is the most honest and thoughtful provider I've ever worked with. He explains decision making with clarity and ease without making you feel overwhelmed or small. I'm someone with a boat load of anxiety and Dr. Ashford and the team here at MNWC are truly sensitive to my needs and want to see their patients reach their wellness goals. I'm beyond thankful and wish I could begin to describe the kind of gratitude that comes with that but for now I'd just say thank you so much!
    – Anon - Patient
  • I wasn't sure what to expect given that this was my first time ever meeting with a chiropractor and meeting someone for my pregnancy sciatica pain that I've had my last pregnancy as well. But Erin has made me feel really comfortable and made it easy for me to trust her with my body. She thoroughly explains what she is doing so I don't become alarmed and also in a way that I understand. Overall, it's been a great experience!
    – M.Y. - Patient
  • My experience with Dr. Ashford has been absolutely amazing. I've seen many physician's for my problem and this is the first time I feel that someone has listened and offered options/solutions versus being dismissive. I feel like I'm finely on the right path. I would highly recommend Dr. Ashford!
    – Anon - Patient
  • My experience with Dr. Ashford has been absolutely amazing. I've seen many physician's for my problem and this is the first time I feel that someone has listened and offered options/solutions versus being dismissive. I feel like I'm finely on the right path. I would highly recommend Dr. Ashford!
    – Anon - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford was very thorough and listened to my concerns. He explained all my options and made me feel comfortable. He asked if I had any questions and took the time to answer them.
    – A.D. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford was very thorough and listened to my concerns. He explained all my options and made me feel comfortable. He asked if I had any questions and took the time to answer them.
    – A.D. - Patient
  • My experience with Dr. Ashford and MWC has been excellent. Dr. Ashford always listens to what I have to say and I always feel that he is carefully considering what is best for me with my unique set of symptoms. I have every confidence in him. In addition, his staff is always responsive to my needs and questions.
    – B.C. - Patient
  • Erin is so caring and great at what she does! She has been adjusting me for a while and I have never had a bad experience! She is always so caring and has definitely helped with making both chronic and acute pain feel better! I am so grateful for all she has done and would highly recommend her!
    – L.Z. - Patient
  • I am 39 weeks pregnant and have been having issues with sciatic nerve pain and groin cramping. Erin has adjusted me during both my pregnancies and has given me so much relief; from migraines, neck pain, to ligament pain relief, and now to my current issues. She is wonderful with her patients.
    – L.E. - Patient
  • I wasn't sure what to expect given that this was my first time ever meeting with a chiropractor and meeting someone for my pregnancy sciatica pain that I've had my last pregnancy as well. But Erin has made me feel really comfortable and made it easy for me to trust her with my body. She thoroughly explains what she is doing so I don't become alarmed and also in a way that I understand. Overall, it's been a great experience!
    – M.Y. - Patient
  • Amazing chiropractor, amazing person! I have been seeing Dr Erin for a few years now starting at a prior location. She has allowed me to live pain free as well as provide many tips and tricks to prolong my bodily health
    – D.P. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford and staff are absolutely top-notch. He treated several conditions I had with excellent results and corrected some mistakes other physicians had made. I didn't have to to go Mayo although I had thought about it. I found exactly what I needed at MN Women's Care. No matter what your condition, don't hesitate. Make the call for an appointment. You won't be disappointed.

    Being an older woman like me doesn't mean we have to go through life ashamed, hopeless, or even ignorant about our own bodies. Dr. Ashford and staff treat women who have lots of different issues. They restore hope, dignity and make life full of possibilities again for things you may have thought were hopeless. I am so happy I go there for treatment.
    – J.C. - Patient
  • My experience with Dr Ashford has been very positive in getting me back to good health after my surgery. I have had two surgeries with him and good results. Dr Ashford and nurses are a great team in providing healthy experience. Rachael, Andrea have done the uroystem treatment with me great success along with others that have assisted. I love Women's Care and have referred others to the clinic. Very helpful and supportive. Thanks.
    – S.A. - Patient
  • I came to MN Womens Care in desperate need of help. Dr Crabb was the first doctor to really listen to me, to hear my complex symptoms and work on solutions. He is an excellent surgeon who gave me back my body from the adhesions and endometriosis scars that had developed over many years. I credit Dr Crabb and his staff for giving me the best experience I have had with the medical profession in years. Thank you.
    – D.C. - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford is a brilliant and kind physician. It's worth the wait to see him. After some years of pelvic pain, he put me on a path of therapy and treatment that has ultimately totally alleviated it completely. His expertise is invaluable and I hope more doctors can be influenced by his advanced and wholistic approach to women's care.
    – C.K. - Patient
  • Dr Ashford is the best surgeon in the state of Minnesota dealing with Womens pelvic issues. He uses state of the art methods and gives you very individual care. He really listens to you. His staff from the moment you walk into his clinic treat you with the best service possible and always make you comfortable. I love going to this clinic!
    – M.R. - Patient
  • Dr Ashford is the best surgeon in the state of Minnesota dealing with Womens pelvic issues. He uses state of the art methods and gives you very individual care. He really listens to you. His staff from the moment you walk into his clinic treat you with the best service possible and always make you comfortable. I love going to this clinic!
    – M.R. - Patient
  • Doctor Ashford and his staff gave me my life back and I would recommend them to anyone dealing with OBGYN needs. He worked with me for many months and really listened to and understood me, he also personally preformed surgery on me in April and found the right medication for my endometriosis. A million thank you's to EVERYONE at the clinic, from the people answering the phones, all the way to the nurses and Doctors Ashford, may God bless you all.
    – M.A. - Patient
  • Doctor Ashford and his staff gave me my life back and I would recommend them to anyone dealing with OBGYN needs. He worked with me for many months and really listened to and understood me, he also personally preformed surgery on me in April and found the right medication for my endometriosis. A million thank you's to EVERYONE at the clinic, from the people answering the phones, all the way to the nurses and Doctors Ashford, may God bless you all.
    – M.A. - Patient
  • Dr. Amy Kelly has been our OB-GYN for the past 8 years and my husband and I cannot say enough good things about her. She is a highly skilled and competent practitioner and surgeon. We have recommended her countless times to friends and family, whether it be for OB services or to have surgery, and never once has she disappointed. Whether it is a highly complex surgical procedure or the attentive care needed during pregnancy, Dr. Kelly exceeds expectations in all that she does.
    – S.D. - Patient
  • I recently had surgery performed by Dr Ashford to correct some prolapse issues. I was extremely impressed with his level of competence and caring throughout the process. I totally trusted him,the surgery was a total success at this point with followup appointments scheduled to make sure I have healed correctly.

    He is an exceptional surgeon who cares personally about each of his patients. I definitely recommend Dr Ashford to any women with pelvic issues.
    – Marilyn - Patient
  • I recently had surgery performed by Dr Ashford to correct some prolapse issues. I was extremely impressed with his level of competence and caring throughout the process. I totally trusted him,the surgery was a total success at this point with followup appointments scheduled to make sure I have healed correctly.

    He is an exceptional surgeon who cares personally about each of his patients. I definitely recommend Dr Ashford to any women with pelvic issues.
    – Marilyn - Patient
  • Dr. Ashford is the best! Being a doctor that is both a gynecologist and an urologist he has been able to help me solve all of my issues, not just some of them. Even when I was questioning what was going on, he has remained calm and has always had a plan. He also has explained everything in a way that I could understand.
    – Anon - Patient - RateMDs.com
  • I went months thinking that I had chronic bladder or vaginal infections. I took tons of antibiotics. Dr. Ashford told me that it was not an infection, but possibly a pelvic floor problem. WOW, I never would have guessed, and took the extra time to teach me about my issue. Pain free now, and I have worked with so many providers at the clinic besides Dr. Ashford. So many kind and professional people here to help.
    Again, thank you so much.
    – C.M. - Patient
  • I went months thinking that I had chronic bladder or vaginal infections. I took tons of antibiotics. Dr. Ashford told me that it was not an infection, but possibly a pelvic floor problem. WOW, I never would have guessed, and took the extra time to teach me about my issue. Pain free now, and I have worked with so many providers at the clinic besides Dr. Ashford. So many kind and professional people here to help.
    Again, thank you so much.
    – C.M. - Patient
  • I went months thinking that I had chronic bladder or vaginal infections. I took tons of antibiotics. Dr. Ashford told me that it was not an infection, but possibly a pelvic floor problem. WOW, I never would have guessed, and took the extra time to teach me about my issue. Pain free now, and I have worked with so many providers at the clinic besides Dr. Ashford. So many kind and professional people here to help.
    Again, thank you so much.
    – C.M. - Patient
  • I went months thinking that I had chronic bladder or vaginal infections. I took tons of antibiotics. Dr. Ashford told me that it was not an infection, but possibly a pelvic floor problem. WOW, I never would have guessed, and took the extra time to teach me about my issue. Pain free now, and I have worked with so many providers at the clinic besides Dr. Ashford. So many kind and professional people here to help.
    Again, thank you so much.
    – C.M. - Patient
  • Everyone has been so knowledgeable and skilled, especially with my tipped uterus :) Any time I've had questions, they've always explained things well to me, and feel like I can ask them a question any time. I had a surgery with Dr. Ashford and everything went great, thanks to his skill. Highly recommend this clinic!
    – M.W. - Minnesota
  • Dr. Ashford and his entire staff are outstanding! I just had surgery and couldn't be more impressed about the care and compassion I received from Dr. Ashford. He really took time to listen to my concerns, answered all my questions and was great at informing me about my options. So glad I made the phone call to get a 2nd opinion from him. I'm thrilled to have a Dr. that wants me to feel my best!
    – Shawn - Minnesota
  • From February 2013 to November 2013, I worked with Dr. Ashford's staff with use of the In-Tone device to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles. It was a very good experience, and I still use the device. This is a great alternative to try for bladder leakage.
    – P.R. - Minnesota
  • I enjoy coming to Minnesota Woman's Care because I feel like I am getting the best treatment possible and the staff makes me very comfortable. Dr. Ashford figured out what was wrong with me and why I was in so much pain when no one else could. He was with me through my whole pregnancy and even after. I feel like I am very well taken care of and I would highly recommend Dr. Ashford to any woman.
    – M.C. - Minnesota
  • From February 2013 to November 2013, I worked with Dr. Ashford's staff with use of the In-Tone device to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles. It was a very good experience, and I still use the device. This is a great alternative to try for bladder leakage.
    – P.R. - Minnesota
  • I was very impressed with my results of the surgery. I have had no further issues and this had been a ongoing problem for years. Dr. Ashford is s very caring and concerned doctor, I feel that he always takes my concerns serious and he is very knowledgeable. I have recommended him and the clinic to several people.
    – M.S. - Minnesota
  • Minnesota Women's Care offers very extensive care for every woman and their needs. The facility is always clean. The staff is always friendly and helpful. I myself go weekly for Urostym treatment for my Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. This treatment has been very beneficial for me. Dr. Ashford is so knowledgeable about every aspect of a women's body. I would HIGHLY recommend him to every woman.
    – E.B. - Minnesota
  • They are awesome at his clinic .. and he did a very good job on my hysterectomy. And after care. He fixed my life...thanks.
    – J.A. - Minnesota
  • Minnesota Women's Care offers very extensive care for every woman and their needs. The facility is always clean. The staff is always friendly and helpful. I myself go weekly for Urostym treatment for my Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. This treatment has been very beneficial for me. Dr. Ashford is so knowledgeable about every aspect of a women's body. I would HIGHLY recommend him to every woman.
    – E.B. - Minnesota
  • I received excellent care from Dr. Ashford and nurses to provide treatment for ongoing excessive bleeding. I underwent an endometrial ablation procedure, which was quick and relatively easy. Since the procedure, I've had no problems, no pain, and no bleeding. Dr. Ashford's team was professional and caring and helped me to feel comfortable.
    – T.G. - Minnesota
  • I have had incredible results working with Dr. Ashford and his staff. Before meeting with him I had been dealing with severe pelvic pain for over two years. Most doctors, even specialists, did not know how to reduce my pain level. I had tried many therapies and nothing had worked until I met Dr. Ashford. After a few months working with him and his therapy and medication treatment I have seen a dramatic improvement with my symptoms. These people really know what they are doing and are patient and compassionate enough to take the time to listen and explore the many options that can help you. I highly recommend you give Minnesota Women's Care a chance to help you feel your best!
    – R.S. - Saint Paul
  • I could not have asked for a better surgeon or care team.
    – Bianca - Minnesota
  • I have had incredible results working with Dr. Ashford and his staff. Before meeting with him I had been dealing with severe pelvic pain for over two years. Most doctors, even specialists, did not know how to reduce my pain level. I had tried many therapies and nothing had worked until I met Dr. Ashford. After a few months working with him and his therapy and medication treatment I have seen a dramatic improvement with my symptoms. These people really know what they are doing and are patient and compassionate enough to take the time to listen and explore the many options that can help you. I highly recommend you give Minnesota Women's Care a chance to help you feel your best!
    – R.S. - Saint Paul
  • Finally Found a Dr. that listens to me as an individual. I have unique pelvic issues and Dr. Ashford is helping me along the road to recovery. Finally someone that doesn't just practice cookie cutter medicine. Everyone there is nice an helpful. I love that the nurses answer the phone and usually don't have to wait for answers to questions. Well worth the drive. I understand having to wait to be seen because all his patients have their needs met.
    – Rhonda - Minnesota
  • A huge thank you to Dr. Ashford for the last surgery to remove scar tissue that was messing things up and causing me pain everyday. I am now back to myself - feeling great & active - and no pain!!
    – E.A. - Minnesota
  • A huge thank you to Dr. Ashford for the last surgery to remove scar tissue that was messing things up and causing me pain everyday. I am now back to myself - feeling great & active - and no pain!!
    – E.A. - Minnesota
  • I hope you are still around for my daughters when they are older as I still tell my friends and family about you! Thank you for everything. I wish there was a way I can tell the world what you did for me. God Bless you.
    – A.G. - Minnesota
  • I hope you are still around for my daughters when they are older as I still tell my friends and family about you! Thank you for everything. I wish there was a way I can tell the world what you did for me. God Bless you.
    – A.G. - Minnesota
  • Dr. Ashford is an excellent physician with impeccable surgical skills. I was so lucky to find him. 
    – Patient - St. Paul