Dr. Deborah Bain has practiced for 18 years in the medical professional, eight of those as the founder and owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics. She strives to provide effective health and wellness care with an emphasis on nutrition and prevention,
thus helping kids become healthier, not just managing their symptoms.
Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Bain received a medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1993. She completed her residency at Dallas Children’s Medical Center and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Passionate about holistic and truly integrative medical care, Bain has taken her studies a step further by achieving fellowship certification through the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), as well as the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)—the only pediatrician in the state of Texas that is IFM certified. For patients, this means having a skilled pediatrician that is willing to unravel the mystery and get to the root cause of issues.
Bain explains that functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and provider in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, reviewing their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with alternative or integrative care, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise; use of specialized alternative testing to aid in determining underlying health issues such as nutrient deficiencies and increased toxic burden; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and more.
The ABIHM certification is exclusively for medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine that choose to incorporate integrative holistic principles into their practices and demonstrate to their patients and colleagues that they have undergone the only independently overseen comprehensive peer-reviewed, psychometrically validated standard for knowledge in complementary, integrative and holistic medicine. It includes a wide range of coursework and independent study in areas such as homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, energy work, ayurveda and more.
“Integrative care is much more than just ‘treat and street’,” Bain explains. “If someone comes in with an ear infection, we can treat them medicinally with an antibiotic or naturally with supplements. However, we take that extra step by trying to determine the cause of the infection.”
For example, Bain says what many parents don’t know is that the “hidden” cause of many ear infections in children may be due to food allergies. The most common foods that children may be allergic to include dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts and others. Bain can test for food sensitivities and then provide advice on how to eliminate the culprits. Additionally, she has an extended network of professionals to provide needed nutritional coaching and counseling to her patients in need of special diets.
“Parents want to be heard,” she states. “They are tired of the Band- Aid fixes for their children living with chronic illness or developmental delays. Poor food choices, highly processed foods, lack of adequate physical activity and stressful lifestyles all contribute to the alarming increase in chronic childhood diseases including eczema, asthma, obesity and autism.
Committed to helping patients adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent such disease, Bain utilizes numerous methods to help children eliminate toxins and strengthen their immune systems. Optimizing nutrition and making some positive lifestyle changes can greatly improve a child’s health. “Removing irritants, adding probiotics and multivitamins, for example, allows the body to repair and rebalance itself,” she notes.
Bain attributes her success to her passion for helping children and her ability to think outside of the box. “We’re trying to bring healing back to medicine. Who best to start with than our kids; our future?”
Healthy Kids Pediatrics is located at 4851 Legacy Dr., Ste. 301, in Frisco. For more information, call 972 294-0808 or visit HealthyKidsPediatrics.com.