My Extraordinary Care

My Extraordinary Care

Patient Linda Stubblefield

Linda Stubblefield -

Northwest Indiana

After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her late 30s, Linda Stubblefield became troubled with excessive weight gain. Her weight soared because of the steroid drugs she was taking to combat inflammation and pain.

“When my arthritis flared up again 10 years later, I decided to make an appointment to see Nurse Practitioner Kelly Oney, FNP-BC, who works with Douglas Dedelow, DO, FA-COOG, and Colleen Sahy, RN, CNM, MS at Innovative Women's Health of St. Mary Medical Center.

"I told her, 'I'm 51 years old, my blood pressure is high and I feel terrible. I'm ready for a change," says Stubblefield.

With a new treatment plan, Stubblefield's blood pressure dropped within three weeks to normal numbers and she kept dropping a pound or two each week. Since then, Stubblefield has lost 25 pounds and feels better than ever. "My joints feel better and I'm staying motivated," she says. "I am enjoying better health than I have experienced in more than 20 years. I owe it all to a caregiver who thought outside the box and gave me a new path to wellness.

Kelly Oney, R.N., FNP, BC -

Nurse Practitioner

“We offered Ms. Stubblefield a plan that could provide an alternative to taking more medications."

That "alternative" is an approach to treatment that has been around for ages, but is increasingly becoming a standardized and more viable option in conjunction with traditional medicine. Integrative medicine at St. Mary Medical Center offers options to attain wellness through adrenal testing, nutrition analysis, food sensitivity testing and Irritable Bowel Syndrome analysis.

"Women especially tend to blame their changing hormones for how they feel or how they look," says Oney. "In fact, there is a much simpler answer available that requires a little testing, and some dedication to lifestyle and diet changes, but can really have a major impact on how you look and feel.