Improving your quality of life as you age.
Our mission is to provide hormone health care that our practitioners are proud to give and that our patients are confident to recommend to family and friends.
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At Ellithia, we realize no two patients are alike. We offer a wide range of services to help improve your quality of life and move you toward a better, healthier, you.
From bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to lifestyle counselling, we consider the full range of your health and wellness needs. Together, we make a plan that is just right for you.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be helpful for treating symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and andropause (also known as male menopause).
Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman’s last period. In the years leading up to that point, called perimenopause, women may experience changes in their monthly cycles, hot flushes (often called hot flashes), sleep disturbance and irritability, or other symptoms.
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause. During this time, the level of estrogen, one of the main female hormones, rises and falls unevenly causing symptoms of sleep disturbance, irregular periods, mood changes, and more.
Andropause, or “male menopause” as it is commonly called, occurs when hormone levels, specifically testosterone, decrease. Testosterone is a hormone produced in men’s testes and is responsible for changes during puberty and fuels mental, physical, and sexual energy, among other things.
The thyroid creates and secretes thyroid hormones. The two main thyroid hormones are T4 (Thyroxine) and T3 (Triiodothyronine). Together, these hormones regulate your body’s temperature, metabolism, heart rate, and other important processes.
The adrenal glands are small, triangular-shaped glands located on the top of both kidneys. These glands produce a variety of hormones that help to regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, stress (fight or flight) responses, and other essential functions.
Lifestyle counselling is not an extra at Ellithia Healthcare. Rather, it is an integral element in every appointment.
Our clinical director and founder, Dr. Susan Prendergast PhD NP, began to experience perimenopause symptoms in her early 30s. Always a happy and positive person, Susan started experiencing mood swings that left her angry, and night sweats that made getting a good night’s sleep impossible. Her symptoms worsened rapidly and, before long, impacted her marriage and her relationships at work.
What Our Patients Say
“A major problem with not being in balance is not knowing what the solution is. And I want to thank you Susan for your truly caring persona in figuring this out with me. Your energy and wonderful smile alone are therapeutic – combined with your sincere interest in my well-being is why in part I am feeling so much better. BHT is terrific but as with most things, it needs to be measured, monitored and possibly tinkered with in the hands of a great practitioner. And I consider you that practitioner. Thank you for making me healthier.”
“I am extremely happy I discovered Ellithia. Susan looked at the big picture by inquiring about all my health troubles including mood changes and difficulty with my relationships. After getting the results from my bloodwork, she explained each test and which hormones were below its normal level. Being on the hormone treatment has helped me feel less emotional, stressed, and tired. Susan has been great at listening to my issues and prescribing hormone replacements. As a result, I have more energy and am feeling less stressed.”
“I have had the pleasure of being a patient of Susan’s for a few short months. At our initial consultation she was personable and caring. She really took the time to get to know me and the types of challenges I was facing given my medical history. She made some firm recommendations but was also considerate of my concerns and together, we came up with a treatment plan that has worked incredibly well. I am sleeping better, I am mentally clear and physically stronger than I have been in many years. I look forward to continuing to work with Susan to be the most balanced I can be!”
“Susan is warm and kind, while taking my overall health into great consideration. She has gone above and beyond to provide a level of care for me that I haven’t yet experienced by a health practitioner. Susan takes time to address my concerns and always follows up with me in a very prompt manner. The level at which she advocates for me has been truly outstanding. I am so grateful to have found her!”