Dr. Karen Asbury began her career in the healthcare industry as a nutritional counselor. It was during this time that she witnessed individuals not getting the help they needed with traditional medical treatments. “Doctors told them they were fine, but I knew they weren’t,” she explains.
Asbury realized that in order to provide the kind of care she wanted to give, she would have to obtain a medical degree.
At 38, she entered the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she obtained her doctor of medicine degree. She completed her residency at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and is board eligible in internal medicine. With a strong desire to deliver a whole person approach to care focused on the mind, body and spirit, Asbury opened a private practice in 1994. Over the years, she has taken extensive advanced training in functional, holistic and conventional medicine in order to provide patients with the best in integrative healthcare.
“Traditional medicine alone doesn’t heal—it manages disease,” says Asbury. “By combining conventional and alternative medicine, we can treat the whole person, not just the disease.” Passionate about educating and developing relationships with patients, she takes her time getting to know each person. New patient visits last about an hour-and-a-half, while follow-up visits take approximately 30 to 60 minutes. She finds the extra time invaluable in determining the root cause of a problem.
Asbury posits there are four major contributing factors of disease: toxins in the environment, nutritional deficiency, parasites and emotional baggage. “By taking our time, we can figure out what is really going on and develop a therapy program specific to that individual,” she notes. The goal is to restore and maintain optimum health and wellness. Although not accepting insurance, Dr. Asbury provides her patients with a detailed statement which can be filed with their insurance company for reimbursement. “People are becoming increasingly frustrated with the constraints placed on physicians,” explains Asbury. “At many offices, you get five to seven minutes of their time.” By not accepting insurance, she is able to spend more time getting to know and educate her patients.
Asbury is particularly passionate about informing people on the dangers of genetically-modified foods; the risks of excessive vaccinations, including the flu shot; the potential adverse effects of smart meters and other wireless devices to human health; and the increasing deficiency of nutrients in our food.
She explains that because we have deficiencies in our food, the body will adapt as much as it can. When it can’t adapt anymore, disease occurs. If a person lacks iron, for example, they may feel tired. Once a person’s deficiencies are identified, Asbury can set up a program based on diet, whole food nutrition and supplements. “It’s important to make people aware of what’s really in their food and in their environment,” she advises. “When talking about food, I always tell my patients that bar codes are hazardous to their health. If you are going to buy meat, for instance, buy it from a meat counter, not in a container.”
A large number of Asbury’s patients have seen more than one doctor before coming to her office. They’ve been told there’s nothing wrong and often given an antidepressant as a solution. It is a disturbing scenario for all involved. “It has gotten to the point where it’s about making money and not making people healthy,” states Asbury. “The amount of suffering is horrendous.”
Determined to make a difference, she offers full preventive evaluations and comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases, as well as services and testing designed to get answers. Some of them are saliva testing for hormones, hair analysis for heavy metal toxicities and mineral deficiencies, thermography for the evaluation of gland and organ function, iodine testing, evaluation for metal toxicity, metabolic testing and routine blood tests, menopausal evaluation and natural options, evaluation and treatment for candida, natural hormone replacement for men and women, and treatment for thyroid disorders. Even after tests are performed, Asbury says some are not absolute. “A hair analysis, for instance, has to be interpreted in terms of what else is there and what’s going on with the patient.”
She is adamant about the importance of detoxification, explaining that cleaning the inside of the body is just as crucial as cleaning the outside. Because every individual is different, she offers customized programs that include other forms of treatments, as well. “We treat patients in a variety of ways, but not everything responds to the same treatment; so it’s a very personalized approach to care.”
Although she has been practicing for many years, Asbury has not lost her drive. She recalls a moment while training to be a doctor that made quite an impact. “I had one lady who was an alcoholic,” she comments. “I spent a lot of time with her, discussing the importance of diet and nutrition. The head of the program asked me why I was wasting my time, since the woman was a drunk. I looked at her and said, ‘If I give up on her, she dies.’ That’s the way I feel now. If I give up, more people suffer and more people die.”
The practice of Karen Asbury, M.D., is located at 375 Municipal Dr., Ste. 120, in Richardson. For more information, call 972-479-9139 or visit KarenAsburyMD.com.