Heron Wellness Approach

The Preventative Health and Wellness Roadmap is a unique approach to help individuals regain energy, mental clarity, and hormonal and emotional balance. By addressing modifiable lifestyle factors including nutrition, sleep, movement, stress management, and healthy social connections you will experience positive changes in your physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

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During the intake, we’ll review your past medical history, previous lab testing and review treatments that have worked well, or not so well. 

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Next, we'll determine the need for additional lab tests that might help us further elucidate the etiology of your physical, mental or emotional symptoms. 

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The next step will be to develop an initial treatment plan, focusing first on symptoms that are interfering most with your day to day function using medications as needed, as well as nutraceuticals and simple nutritional interventions that will reduce your most challenging presenting symptoms. 

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Hormone balance is a priority during early phases of your treatment plan. This includes interventions to balance cortisol, thyroid, and sex hormones as indicated by testing and symptomatology. 

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Sleep is imperative to the healing process. The body needs sleep to heal the gut, immune and inflammatory processes, and mental and emotional dysfunction. Sleep is also critical for creating new neural pathways that are needed for learning and implementing lifestyle changes and new habits that will support healing. Medications, supplementation and behavioral skills will all be utilized as needed. 

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Calming the nervous system is a critical step in creating balance and developing resilience. Working with ear acupuncture and meditation and breathing practices here in the clinic, as well as being referred to specialists in the community including therapists, acupuncturists or other healers will be considered in your treatment plan. 

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We will continue to evaluate and treat any disruption to gut health as we proceed in your treatment plan. Gut health including  addressing the micro-organisms that live there, and healing the cells lining the gut wall is important for achieving your desired weight, and restoring blood sugar-insulin, immune, and hormone balance. 

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Addressing behavioral health and emotional strength is one of the most critical pieces to achieving the wellness you desire. We will use medications as needed as well as helping to address any past or ongoing traumas with collaborative providers. All of the preceding steps in the wellness process will support emotional strength and resilience. 

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Strong social connections are imperative for healing. Attending some of our group wellness opportunities can provide much needed support and reduce isolation and loneliness. Connections to groups outside of Heron will also be considered as needed. 

How My Approach Is Different

At Heron Wellness, Dr. de la Garza draws upon her diverse training and clinical experiences, as well as collaborative relationships with providers in the community,  to develop a personalized treatment plan that works for your unique lifestyle and circumstances. By integrating education and treatment modalities in lifestyle and functional medicine, hormone optimization, ear acupuncture, and meditation in both individual and group visits, we can address your needs from a holistic perspective.  

These are just some of the ways we will work together to create your treatment plan. 

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Using a variety of standard and advanced laboratory testing modalities. 

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Using a "food as medicine" approach - through intensive education and positive behavioral interventions to help you build the knowledge and skills you need to feed your body and mind the foods they need to heal. 

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Using individual and group visits and education to help empower you to create realistic, measurable, positive change that leads to successful outcomes 

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Focusing on optimal health, based on your unique biological needs, NOT  just the absence of symptoms or disease.

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Reducing reliance on medications as we can to reduce medication interactions and negative side effects, and allow the body and mind to begin to truly heal. 

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Collaborating with talented, committed medical providers, behavioral health clinicians,  nutritionists and dietitians, physical therapists, personal trainers, acupuncturists and healers in our community to help you achieve your wellness goals. Community. Collaboration. Healing. 

How It Works

After an initial consultation, we'll develop a treatment plan that works best for you. This will involve more frequent visits and financial investment up front. As you start to experience improvement and success we can reduce the frequency and intensity of treatment as well as move you into a maintenance membership plan. Most people experience significant improvement over the course of 2-3 months of intensive treatment and education.  

15-Minute Consult

A short 15-minute discovery call to identify the key problems along with the best next steps.

75-Minute Initial Visit

In-depth 75-minute intake visit to review your history and create an initial treatment plan. 


Membership pricing is determined by needs and treatment intensity and is adjusted as needed. 

Care collaboration - with you at the center and your guides to support you. 

Group and individual education on nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress management develops empowerment and self-reliance are utilized in this practice and I invite you to explore opportunities to connect with other humans. 

Success Stories

Patient Words Of Support

  • I can’t recommend Dr. Amy enough, she is a pleasure to work with in every way. Four years ago she helped me through the most difficult time of my life by genuinely caring about me and truly wanting me to get well. Together we came up with a plan that worked great for me and included very regular visits with her, medication, talk therapy, and an amazing mindfulness course centered around addiction. She has also seen and helped several family members and close friends across all areas of the health and wellness spectrum.  I will forever be grateful that I found her when I did and plan to see her for years to come.

  • I started working with Dr. Amy De La Garza 7 years ago. I had suffered for 22 years from shingles that never resolved known as post-herpetic neuralgia. I suffered from excruciating pain, sleeplessness, and a struggle to function in everyday life. Committed, respected physicians tried different combinations of drugs including narcotics but I never received relief. Dr. De La Garza's functional medicine approach has helped me receive my life back.
  • Amy is the most amazing Dr. I have ever seen in my life. She is so passionate about working with addicts. She spends the time to really talk to you and get to know you. I can walk into her office and tell her anything and never feel like I’m being judged or dismissed. She’s been a Dr and therapist rolled into one. She has helped change my life!

Is Heron Wellness Right For You?

Do you have questions about our program and starting your path to wellness?  Please reach out to us using the QR code or link to Spruce Health below to schedule a consultative call.  

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Areas Served

Heron Wellness is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and serves patients throughout the Greater Salt Lake City Area and Eastern Utah including Provo, Highland, Cedar Hills, Summit, Park City and Ogden. These areas include but are not limited to the counties of Salt Lake City, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Summit, Wasatch, Utah and Tooele.

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