A Healthy Collaboration: Medical Care, Alternative Therapies & Education


The moment you walk through the door of the Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, located in northern Chapel Hill on Weaver Dairy Road, you can’t help but feel at ease. The lobby décor is warm and comfortable, creating a relaxing and peaceful environment. Soft music plays, healing herbs and books line the walls; it is decidedly not a traditional, doctor’s office, but a place to go for optimal health on all levels.

The center was founded in 2006 by Remy Coeytaux, M.D., Ph.D., Kristen Coeytaux, M.Ed., and Jorge Phillips, Ph.D. Their shared intention was to create a center where medical doctors and alternative, holistic care therapists could work individually and collaboratively to provide an integrative approach to health care. The center opened its doors in April, 2007.

“Integrative medicine is on the rise. People are increasingly looking toward alternative healing therapies to supplement traditional medical care”, says Dr. Coeytaux. “We have an extraordinary team of practitioners. Our approach is multidisciplinary; we seek to help the patient heal on every level – body, mind, and spirit.”

In addition to establishing a relationship with a single primary care physician (which is recommended for everyone), at the Center you may choose from a variety of doctors, therapists and practitioners.  The Center offers routine medical care, specialized headache care and internal medicine, including the management of chronic adult illnesses such as chronic kidney disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and other medical conditions.

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Alternative and complementary therapies at the Center include acupuncture, massage, nutritional consultations, clinical hypnosis, naturopathy, physical therapy and Ayurvedic medicine. Medical procedures such as vaccinations and lab tests are also performed.  

“We want our patients to be taken care of on all levels. So many times people aren’t sure whether a supplement or herbal therapy will interact with their medicines, so we offer collaborative care and cross communication between practitioners. At the center, you can sit down with your doctor, your herbalist, your nutritionist or any other combination of practitioners and decide what is best for you together,” says Dr. Coeytaux. “We empower our patients to choose the amount of time spent and the amount of care received.”

Depending upon your needs and wants, you may spend time with a physician, acupuncturist, counselor, physical therapist, compounding pharmacist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist, Ayurveda practitioner, mind-body therapist, naturopathic doctor, nutrition specialist, or a combination or team of practitioners. Talk about holistic care!

The expansive layout of the center offers doctor’s offices, exam rooms, rooms for acupuncture and massage, a small laboratory for routine medical tests, consultation rooms, and a 700 square foot classroom studio with bamboo flooring for movement and education classes, such as yoga, qigong and tai chi. They also offer special classes on such topics as mindfulness meditation, women’s health, and integrative medicine.

Two of the Center’s primary care doctors, Dr. Coeytaux and Raghu Ballal, MD, PhD, are Medicare providers, and they expect to become Blue Cross/Blue Shield providers by September.

To learn more about the Integrative Health Center or to schedule an appointment, visit them online at: http://www.chapelhilldoctors.com or call (919) 929-7990.

Educators interested in renting out the studio should contact Kris Coeytaux at BMesmer@gmail.com .

Tena Moore is a freelance writer and social media marketer. She can be found at:

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