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Mind & Body: PALM Health

A healthy life is one in which the whole person’s needs are met, from diet, exercise and primary care to specialty medicine and mental wellness. PALM Health, an innovative practice in Ladue, helps to elevate the experience of health and wellness by combining a broad range of holistic services under one roof. This convenient care model makes it easy to partner with providers in meaningful, proactive ways, says founder and CEO Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra.

“I started the practice because I saw the need for a comprehensive site where people could access an excellent medical team along with experienced wellness providers,” says Dal Farra, a cardiologist. “Our staff works together to serve patients, delivering personalized expertise by getting to know each one’s needs, preferences and goals. We look at important factors like family health history and lifestyle, and we help people make meaningful changes to reduce disease risk; address issues like chronic conditions, stress and pain; and sustain overall well-being. We also recognize the importance of helping patients foster purpose, meaning and connectedness in life.”

Because no two people have the same set of needs, PALM Health’s team of more than 50 providers can design an appropriate combination of health services for each individual. “We can integrate the best aspects of traditional medicine with services like counseling, coaching, meditation, acupuncture and chiropractic,” Dal Farra notes. “A variety of health care membership levels are available to address personal needs and provide a high level of support.”

In addition to medical and behavioral care, PALM Health offers nutrition, fitness and weight management programs; mind-body resilience therapies; beauty and medical spa services; and the PALM Cafe, which creates healthful meals and serves as a resource for patients with dietary needs. Through Dec. 31, 2021, PALM Health is offering a special opportunity to share the gift of good health: Join at any annual membership level, and receive a complimentary Wellness annual membership to give as a gift (a $900 value).

The ultimate aim of PALM Health is to consider how the body and mind interact and keep them working in unison at every stage of life, according to Dal Farra. She gives the example of a patient who needs help for stress and anxiety issues. “Our recommendations likely would include counseling, improving the person’s gut health through functional medicine, massage therapy to release physical and mental tension, meditation classes to build community and calm the mind, and other services like acupuncture and infrared sauna,” she notes. “We also can screen for nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to the problem.”

Dal Farra says PALM Health patients range in age from 4 months to 92 years. “We have members who live down the street and those who drive in from other states because they know they will feel at home and their needs will be fully met,” she says. “PALM Health is uniquely positioned to help prevent disease, mitigate risk factors and heal in a whole-person manner—body, thoughts and spirit.”

PALM Health in Ladue is an innovative center for modern, holistic medical care and integrative wellness and spa services. Pictured on the cover, in front, left to right: Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra, Helga De Bontin, Andrew Tucker CPT; in back, left to right: Jason Biondo DC and Jerome De Bontin. For more information, call 314.801.8898 or visit palmhealth.com.

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo by Colin Miller of Strauss Peyton Photography

Pictured at top: Jerome and Helga De Bontin in the PALM Health salt room
Photo: Colin Miller of Strauss Peyton Photography

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