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“I’ve been coming here for about 8 years, and have had excellent care every time. Dr. Jo isn’t your typical physician, which is a plus, and we have developed a great relationship with her. She sees my kids, my hubby, and me.

Hubby had a serious back-to-back flu and pneumonia episode several years back, and she treated both without having to hospitalize him.

The kids like her because she takes time with them – doesn’t rush them and talks with them.

We come every fall for her own “immunity shot” and so far, neither I nor the kids have contracted the flu each year (hubby didn’t believe in getting that shot until after his aforementioned episode, and now does).

We tell everyone about this place.”

–  Karen

“I have been paddling for 26 years, 1 paddle stroke at a time, freestyle competitions, big water, steep creeking, and expedition kayaking.

So for me to be diagnosed with bilateral epiconditis, was devastating. After almost 1 year of trying to get better using every approach possible, I was introduced to Dr. Forwell’s process, and after 1 treatment my elbows are able to carry a load again.

Dr Forwell has x-ray fingers. She knew exactlly where to place the shots. Five days later I was back on the water full time and paddling at more then 90%. I just finished my second treatment and feel confident I will be back to 100% with in a month.

I can’t praise Dr Forwell enough. Prolotherapy is serious business and a powerful way to rebuild worn out body parts like ankles, knees, hips, back, etc, etc.

Dr Forwell sets the standard in prolotherapy treatments, and the best part for me was the prices at Vitalia Health Center are half to 3 quarters less than most places.

Treat yourself and get back in the game

Thank you to everyone at Vitalia for being so helpfull.”

– Marco

“If you’re looking for a doctor in the Seattle area that is a step above everyone else then look no further as you’ve found her. Dr. Forwell consistently goes above and beyond. I’m now seeing her for all my medical needs, from my yearly annual exam to shoulder scarring issues and everything in between. However, our paths first crossed when I’d hit a low point in my physical appearance that was impacting me emotionally. To me, they went hand in hand. Together with Dr. Jo I’ve begun to tackle my weight loss goals. My body transition and knowing she’s there to not only be my doctor but coaching me to success has made all the difference in my continued success in living a healthy lifestyle.”

– Kristin

“I went to see Dr. Forwell after years and years of being in pain and having major digestive dysfunction. Previously I had tried gastroenterologists who were quick to diagnose me with IBS and put me on a very restrictive and totally unsustainable diet. A few weeks ago I went to see Dr. Forwell and she actually took the time to listen to me and address my issues holistically. After 2 weeks of minor diet changes and adding in supplements, I honestly cannot remember the last time I felt this good. I went back today for a follow-up appointment. She set me up with a long-term plan for healing my gut and coming up with a diet I can actually stick to. If you have experienced digestive issues, I highly highly recommend Dr. Jo. My biggest regret is that I waited so long to see her!”

– Allison

“First I will start by saying I had great results being treated by Dr Jo and I highly recommend her.

My Story:  I am in my early fifties and play in an adult hockey league 2-3 times a week pretty much all year around and I skate pretty hard.  There is no purposeful contact, but hockey is hockey, the ice is hard, and so it’s still a pretty physical sport even without checking, and it’s hard on the body.

In August of 2016 during our league championship game, I hit a rut in the ice at the same time I was run into by another player. My right leg got twisted and I fell hard on the ice. The fall hurt, but I didn’t feel it that badly at first, so I still played the remainder of the game.

The next morning I could hardly walk on my right leg. It was very painful.  I went to my primary ND and she thought it was a sprained MCL. I was told to rest and she figured it would be better in 60 days. Well, 60 days went by and my knee was no better. She then sent me to a very well respected sports orthopedic surgeon who sees many pro athletes.

He did an MRI and saw that my MCL, ACL & cartilage were all in decent shape, but I had torn my meniscus in three places. He recommended that he operate on my knee to clean out the joint and remove most of the meniscus, and then in a few years he would do a knee replacement. I was terrified at that prospect.

I then started researching on my own and saw an article regarding stem cell treatments and using your own blood as a source of growth factors, and thought that this was the way for me.  I preferred to try to re-grow some of the meniscus as opposed to taking it out. So I went back to my naturopathic doctor and asked about it.  She had a classmate from Bastyr University who performed the PRP treatments. I had already read about her. That was Dr Jo. So, I went to see her and I am glad I did.

The bottom line is this: after 4 treatments, as of March 2017, I got back on the ice as if it never happened.  It’s now Oct 2017 and, even though I got clipped on the ice, fell hard and thought I had wrecked my knee again, the knee was just fine and has been ever since. My day-to-day activity is 98%, I have no pain hiking, walking, standing etc. When I play hockey and wear a knee brace there is no pain. If I don’t wear the brace, I can feel the knee, but not enough to hinder the skating.

The treatment was highly successful for me. The only draw back is that during the 6 months I was in treatment with Dr Jo, I needed to just let the knee rest so I couldn’t play during that time. But it was worth it, because now I’m back at it full-on again.

I may need to go in for a tune up now and then, but I will happily do so, if it means I can avoid the knife.”

– Joseph