Owned by friends Ashley Regal and Ellie Branagin, both nurse practitioners, Total Body Wellness takes an atypical approach to health, offering hormone replacement therapy, thyroid optimization, examinations of neurotransmitters and adrenals, and micronutrient testing, as well as weight loss, mental health and gut health services for both men and women.
Aside from their careers in health, both women have been on their own health journey for years. Regal lost her mother to cancer at a young age, which prompted her to go into nursing in oncology and hematology. She was a successful nurse practitioner for years, and felt something was off.
“I was tired all the time and didn’t feel right,” Regal says.
She consulted with her doctor, had her thyroid tested, and was consistently told to eat better, exercise and sleep more.
“It just felt like nobody was listening to me,” she says. “I was doing all those things and it wasn’t helping.”
She began doing research on her own, and that’s when she discovered root-case medicine.
Branagin participated in a clinical program in natural, alternative medicine mixed with traditional methods. Feeling tired and stressed most of the time, she applied what she learned on herself, realizing how alternative and natural options helped and liked the results.
The women met in the root medicine industry, and the similarities in their health journeys were too numerous to ignore.
“Discovering how alternative medicine helped me personally ignited my desire to want the same thing for my patients.”
A first appointment resembles an interview lasting about half an hour to an hour, involving questions about what’s been bothering the patient, why, and for how long. Regal and Branagin encourage people to come in who feel like they’ve been spinning their wheels to feel better and struggle with constant exhaustion, intense menstrual cycles, high anxiety and depression, lack of sleep, or other issues.
“We are taught to believe that these things we suffer are normal,” Regal says. “It could just be a sign that you’re imbalanced.”
These imbalances can become chronic if not taken care of, and they’re often caused by predispositions, or by traumatic and stressful life events or circumstances.
A blood test is also done at the first appointment. Depending on the patient’s problems, tests on urine, saliva or stool might also be part of the process.
“We really take the time to get to the root cause,” Regal says. “We put together a plan of action, figure out what you’re deficient in, and get you to a place where you feel good.”
The women take pride in trying their best to avoid prescriptions, sleeping pills, or anything that may cause side effects or addictions.
“For example, if you’re not sleeping, we look at your cortisol levels and figure out how to balance those out,” Regal says. “Learning what’s really going on in your body can help us make some small changes that could make a huge difference without prescriptions or synthetic hormones.”
As their business grows, Regal and Branagin hope to offer nutritional and mental health counseling at the same office, as well as an intravenous therapy suite and aesthetics services.
“We want this to be your true one-stop shop,” Regal says. “This is your place to come and feel heard, valued and worthy. We empower people to take charge of their self-care.”
Total Body Wellness is located at 475 E. Northfield Dr. Suite B in Brownsburg. For more information, give them a call at 317-286-3147 or visit them online at totalbodywellnessbrownsburg.com.