"The best medicine is preventative. We want to help you keep your child away from cigarette smoke, maintain a healthy weight, and stay up to date with immunizations."
Integrative Pediatric Medicine
Having practiced primary care pediatrics for over 20 years, Dr. Bottner has spent the last few years exploring ways to increase wellness in the community. She has studied nutrition and positive psychology through the Kripalu Center, and is completing a two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona School of Medicine, a prestigious program started by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Dr. Bottner is excited to offer integrative care for children and adolescents right here at Riverside. What is integrative medicine? Fundamentally, it is teaching young people about living a healthy life - physically, emotionally, and authentically. Conventional medicine often focuses on treating disease. But it is so much better to focus on maintaining and promoting sound health. If illness does arise, an integrative approach encourages people to consider potential underlying issues, as well as offering traditional ways of treatment.

A firm believer in the body’s ability to heal itself, as well as the continuum of mind and body, her passion is exploring topics like nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Her toolbox includes modalities like meditation, yoga, acupuncture, hypnosis, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplements, depending on her patients’ needs and interest.

Many of the ailments that afflict us are the result of the environment in which we live and the choices that we make. Children growing up today live in a different world than that of their parents – and while some of the changes are wonderful, some are not so conducive to health. Kids are coming of age in a fast-paced world, surrounded by technology, inundated by media, processed food, and exposed to chemicals and additives that did not exist in previous generations. The consequences are an alarming increase in overweight and obesity, early onset diabetes, and especially a rise in mental health issues. There is no doubt that prescription medications are terrific tools, and Dr. Bottner believes in them – but sometimes broader ways of approaching health and wellness are just as important.

For anyone wanting to explore their own health more deeply, and for those dealing with anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, abdominal pain, overweight, or other ongoing issues, an integrative consultation with Dr. Bottner can make a world of difference.

Please let us know if you would like to schedule a more extended visit with Dr. Bottner for an "integrative consult".