What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping individuals adopt and sustain health behaviors that strongly affect their health and quality of life. Examples of lifestyle behaviors that we focus on include, but are not limited to, improved diet and nutritional status, increased physical activity, moderation of alcohol consumption, tobacco elimination, stress reduction, and improved sleep habits. Our lifestyle practice utilizes wellness coaching and motivational interviewing with a qualified medical provider to help individuals make important and sustainable changes in their own life. Many people experience significant weight loss, a surge in energy levels and an increase in quality of life after starting therapeutic lifestyle changes. The root case of many chronic medical conditions is poor health habits; a significant improvement in lifestyle-related choices can prevent the development of chronic conditions. These intensive therapeutic lifestyle changes are also effective and scientifically proven as primary treatment options for many chronic illnesses. Because our provider is a licensed PA, he can also prescribe important medications when needed or while therapeutic lifestyle changes are being initiated. This is truly a comprehensive, detailed approach to medicine, focusing on the basic, fundamental foundations of real health.

Tyler Sommer MPAS, PA-c

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Tyler Sommer is a licensed physician assistant who is nationally certified by the NCCPA and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has experience practicing in neurological surgery, trauma and emergency medicine, and family medicine. He is currently a professor and the Associate Program Director of the PA program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. He is a passionate educator who takes great pride in thoroughly discussing medical issues with his patients and answering all their questions.

 As a candidate for a PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness, Tyler is currently working on his dissertation centered on Lifestyle Medicine. Through his doctoral studies, Tyler has had courses and developed skills in advanced nutrition, motivational interviewing, wellness coaching, population health interventions, and integrative therapies in wellness. His medical training, personal health journey, and doctoral education make him uniquely qualified to practice Lifestyle Medicine.

Tyler is bringing his unique qualifications and passion for Lifestyle Medicine to In2it Medical, becoming the first medical clinic in the state to offer this type of specialized and individualized treatment approach. Unlike many wellness coaches or health coaches, Tyler is a licensed medical provider able to prescribe medication when necessary, order and interpret blood work to properly diagnose patients, and bill medical insurance when applicable.