Laura has been a nurse her entire adult life. “I don’t recall a time in my life that did not involve taking care of people.” Her nursing career began at Ochsner Hospital where she worked with patients in perioperative and critical care for nearly 20 years. In 2001 Laura switched her focus to the treatment of obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses. She has developed a true passion for improving the quality of life for individuals who suffer from chronic diseases. Over the past 17 years she has earned a plethora of awards as well as much respect from the bariatric community.
Laura served on the executive board of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and is a past president of the Integrated Health section of the ASMBS. She has also served in many conference faculty and committee roles in the organization. She has been an active member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Committee, the integrated health column editor for Bariatric Times and is currently on the editorial advisory board for the Bariatric Times.
At Galleria Wellness, Laura’s focus is on hormone treatment and anti-aging medicine and nutrition to combat the effects of aging for both women and men. She utilizes the most current understanding of traditional and functional medicine to improve the quality of life for individuals with various conditions and in all stages of life. Laura’s years of experience and her passion for health and wellness is helping patients experience renewed energy, manage healthy weight, prevent illness and regain vitality.
What makes us different?
Functional medicine is a modern, patient-centered approach to medicine. It views the human body as an integrated system and seeks to determine the root causes of disease. Functional medicine tackles chronic health conditions by adding what is lacking in our bodies to move it back to a state of optimal functioning and removing anything that is preventing the body from moving toward its optimal state.
Functional medicine views each person as unique and different, and thus ultimately treats the individual, not the disease. Conventional medicine is prescribed or taken to get rid of an individual’s symptoms. However, symptoms will usually return if the individual stops taking the medication. Functional medicine, on the other hand, focuses on battling health problems and symptoms to restore long-term health, rather than giving just a temporary solution.
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with alternative medical practices, such as nutrition, diet, exercise, natural medicines/supplements, detoxification programs, and/or stress-management techniques. Prescribed pharmaceuticals in functional medicine, unlike conventional medicine, is used to get your body back to a state where you will no longer need the medication. Functional medicine practitioners tailor a plan specifically to your body, taking into account your genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors in order to optimally restore your body’s functions.
Michael P. Falba PA-C, DFAAPA
Michael Falba, PA-C has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for 35 years and has specialized in Urology since 1995. He has been a New Orleans resident since 1994. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Mike also completed a course in Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
Michael has extensive experience in men’s health, treating ED and sexual dysfunction. He also practices General Urology and assists in performing minimally invasive robotic surgeries for the treatment of urological cancers.
Mike lectures to PA students at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Franciscan University in Baton Rouge, plus he precepts PA students on clinical rotations. Mike is nationally certified by the NCCPA and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs. His other memberships include the Urological Association of PAs, The American Urological Association, and the Louisiana Academy of PAs.
We view the human body as an integrated system and seek to determine the root causes of disease.