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Lifestyle Medicine

Our care team at Bozeman Health Cottonwood Primary Care is excited to provide a new program, Lifestyle Medicine. Led by Dr. Joe Sofianek, board certified in family medicine and lifestyle medicine, our lifestyle medicine team focuses on evidence-based interventions to assist patients with lifestyle changes in six main domains to prevent, treat, and even reverse many of the common chronic disease processes we see every day:

  • Predominantly whole food, plant-based eating
  • Adequate physical activity
  • Adequate sleep
  • Stress management
  • Avoidance/moderation of risky behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs)
  • Healthy interpersonal relations and connections

Our Lifestyle Medicine team includes:

  • Dr. Joe Sofianek
  • Rae Lynn Gill, RN
  • Jesse Naert, RN, board certified health coach
  • Angie Watschke, PT

The 12 month program includes three months of more direct and intensive interactions followed by nine months of less frequent coaching and follow up.

  • Initial consultation by Dr. Sofianek followed by two, six week follow-up appointments
  • Intake and biweekly coaching visit with Jesse during which patients develop and work on goals
  • Visits with Angie as needed to work on areas such as developing physical activity programs, sleep hygiene, stress management, mindfulness, meal planning, etc.

Our Lifestyle Medicine program is available for adult patients 18 years and older (must have established care with a primary care provider) who are interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing by focusing on their lifestyle throughout the 12 month program.

Prospective patients do not need to have specific diagnoses in order to participate in and benefit from the lifestyle medicine program. Patients must be contemplating changes in improving their overall health.

Some diagnoses which are appropriate may include but are not limited to:

  • Impaired glucose tolerance/prediabetes/type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension/prehypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • CAD
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Family history of cancer, heart disease, diabetes