Inland Wellness & Vitality - Natural Approaches to Sexual Health
Inland Wellness & Vitality, located in Spokane, specializes in sexual health and age management services for men and women. Opened this past February by Dr. Jacob Deakins and his brother, Peter Deakins, a registered nurse, Inland Wellness & Vitality strives to reach an underserved population often overlooked by conventional health professionals.
“It’s a concierge environment where people can open up about their health concerns, particularly in regards to sexual health,” Jacob says. “It’s something that most practitioners typically don’t ask about, but we feel very comfortable discussing because of its implication on overall health—increased mood, blood pressure, energy and zest for life all plays into whether one has a functional and fulfilling sex life.”
The clinic has a comfortable ambiance with home-like furnishings. Patients are offered snacks, water and espresso, and because Inland Wellness & Vitality does not overbook, there’s generally little-to-no appointment overlap. Patients receive the full attention of practitioners with 30-or 60-minute appointments.
Jacob had previously served as a primary care and family medicine physician in private practice. He also worked in urgent care and provided emergency room coverage at a critical access hospital in a rural setting. Peter has been a registered nurse since 2011. Prior to that, he had worked in medicine and acute dialysis care, and in cardiac intensive care units. Peter came up with the concept for a men’s health clinic when, through a local podcast, he heard about GAINSWave, a state-of-the-art therapy designed to improve erectile dysfunction. No other providers in the Inland Northwest region were offering the service.
GAINSWave, a fairly new therapy in the U.S., uses an acoustic wave to help improve erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis by removing plaque that develops in the vascular vessels over time. GAINSWave also releases growth factors to create new blood vessels, which brings blood flow to the erection by releasing nitric oxide in the arteries. “It’s really multi-factorial; there’s no downtime, no side effects, and we can perform that therapy on all men,” Jacob says. The non-invasive office procedure requires no anesthesia, and patients typically receive six to 12 treatments.
For women, childbirth, hormonal changes and menopause can loosen vaginal walls, leading to incontinence and decreased sexual pleasure. Inland Wellness & Vitality offers Viveve therapy for women: a cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) directed intravaginally to increase vascularity and lubrication in the vaginal canal. It can regenerate vaginal tissue, thus increasing sexual pleasure and reducing urinary incontinence.
Viveve is an office-based procedure requiring no anesthesia. Jacob notes that while many competitors use a laser device that has to be repeatedly inserted and withdrawn, leading to discomfort, Viveve is a non-laser therapy with cooling energy that penetrates deeper into layers of the vaginal canal. “A common analogy I use is that it’s like doing a thousand Kegel exercises in 30 minutes,” he says.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are also used in conjunction with GAINSWave and Viveve therapy. With PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is drawn and then centrifuged to separate the platelets from the plasma portion, and then concentrated into that platelet rich portion and injected. While not a true stem cell, PRP acts like a stem cell to stimulate growth and healing factors. This cutting-edge therapy has been shown to increase blood flow and help improve Peyronie's disease, a condition in which scarring causes inability to have erections or causes painful, curved erections. For women, PRP can be directed into the clitoris and vagina, increasing lubrication, sensitivity and blood flow.
Inland Wellness & Vitality also addresses pain from injuries. The acoustic wave therapy has been extensively used in Europe and Canada by physical therapists. It directs bursts of energy pulses to an area of injury, stimulating muscular and ligamentous tissue to promote healing. “We’ve had great success with acoustic wave therapy and have treated all kinds of musculoskeletal issues,” Peter said.
The Deakins brothers lead active, healthy lifestyles and believe in practicing what they preach. Their office has an integrative health coach on staff to assist patients with meal plans. Jacob and Peter also make lifestyle and diet recommendations to help improve overall wellness and decrease dependence on pharmacologic medications.
“People are clamoring for this model of care because the voice of the patient has really been lost among the pharmaceutical industry, big health care systems and even the physicians, who, to no fault of their own, have very little time to counsel patients about diet, nutrition or sexual health,” Jacob says. “There are a lot of trends and fads and quick-fix programs out there, but we want to focus on sustainable, practical solutions.”
Inland Wellness & Vitality is located at 316 W. Boone Ave., Ste. 350, Rock Pointe Tower, in Spokane. For more information, call 509-474-0145 or visit InlandWellnessAndVitality.com.
Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.