About Dr. Heim
Dr. Michael P. Heim, D.O.
Dr. Michael Heim completed his undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Florida State University in 1992. Following his undergraduate studies, he became the Director of Health Center America at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida. During that time he was also a faculty member for the American College of Sports Medicine, where he was charged with the organization of health and fitness certification courses, lecturing, and administering certification exams.
In 1998, Dr. Heim went to medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, followed by internship and residency in Family Medicine at Suncoast Hospital in Largo, Florida. He obtained board certification in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation upon completion of his residency in 2005.
Dr. Heim spent his first 3 years of practice at The Harbin Clinic in Rome, Georgia, a 150 physician multi-specialty group where he practiced inpatient and outpatient primary care and urgent care medicine. During his first year of practice, Dr. Heim completed the training requirements to become board certified in bariatric medicine and founded the Harbin Clinic Medical Weight Loss Center. He is currently a Diplomat of The American Board of Bariatric Medicine and has lectured at regional meetings in the area of exercise prescription for weight loss. During his time in Rome, he was also appointed Medical Director of Harbin Clinic’s medical wellness center, The Vitality Center.
Dr. Heim opened The Center for Health and Age Management in September 2009 with the vision of creating an alternative to the typical primary care office found in western medicine of hour-long waiting times and 10 minute visits. His goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to your medical care.
In the summer of 2010, Dr. Heim entered a fellowship program through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. This cutting edge training program is changing the way we practice medicine using the best evidence-based treatment programs from around the world.
As a life-long triathlete, Dr. Heim has completed over 70 triathlons over the course of his career. Over the years of training and racing, he has gained extensive experience in sports nutrition and endurance training as well as knowledge in sports injury care and prevention. He has a special interest and training in regenerative injection techniques such as platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy treatments. His life-long passion has always been health and wellness and he can put his experience and knowledge to work in order to help you look and feel your best, inside and out.
Dr. Heim recently successfully completed the IRONMAN Florida Challenge. You can read about his experience in this 3-part blog series he personally wrote titled “Achieving IRONMAN”
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About Kristen Jefferies Smith, ARNP
Kristen Jefferies Smith, ANRP
Kristen completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Florida in 2003. She then went on to complete her masters degree in Nursing (ARNP) from the University of Florida in 2006. Upon completing her ARNP, she relocated to the Tampa Bay area where she started her medical career.
Kristen completed her clinical training in the Tampa Bay area with a large internal medicine and endocrinology practice. In that setting, she cultivated a passion for understanding the inner workings of the different body systems and became intrigued by the roles each body system played in keeping patients healthy. She soon realized that she wanted to care for her patients as a whole, not just certain aspects of their health.
After completing her training, Kristen went on to join a large internal medicine practice in South Tampa that included women’s health. In that setting, she cared for a variety of patients allowing her to expand her knowledge base and scope of practice. She then transitioned to a large multi-specialty group in South Tampa where she continue her internal medicine practice in a setting with multiple medical specialties, exposing her to many different facets of medicine.
Although Kristen valued the experience she gained over the past 10 years , Kristen realized there were areas of traditional, “Western,” medicine that are not always the most effective approach to patient care. This has led her to transition to a practice more focused on integrative medicine.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Kristen comes from a paradigm that emphasizes wellness. She is fascinated by the way integrative medicine is rapidly evolving and advancing to bring the most cutting edge treatment to our patients. She believes this area of medicine bridges the gaps in “western,” medicine and allows for more optimal outcomes. Kristen has found that she is able to blend her extensive Internal Medicine background with integrative Medicine to better care for her patients in their totality. She continues to broadener her knowledge base, particularly in the areas of hormones and nutrition and the role they play in improving health, quality of life, and longevity. She is constantly searching for ways to mitigate risk factor which can lead to chronic multi-faceted conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Working closely with Dr. Michael Heim, Kristen strives to prevent chronic illnesses in order to allow her patients to attain optimal quality of life.
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