About Aging Gracefully
Everything we do at Aging Gracefully is centered around you, the patient – because you hold the keys to so many aspects shaping your health. Without your active participation, none of our wisdom will help you to create long-term health.
Our Core Values Of Care
An Integrative Approach
Rooted in our focus on participatory patient care, it’s our mission to empower you with the knowledge and collective wisdom to create health yourself, no matter where you are right now.
Guided by our care team, you will embark on an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the best of both Eastern and Western medicine – including smart lifestyle modifications that will significantly improve your health and symptoms.
You’ll receive dedicated attention from our care team.
During your exploratory consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors to chart the course for your package of care.
The subsequent treatment will be largely handled by our care team based on your individual needs, supervised by your physician.
No patient is exactly the same, and yet there are 9 factors that affect your health. Guided by our team, we will get to the root cause of your dis-ease – using diagnostic tests that your current doctor may not even know about.
We’ll explore your situation holistically, uncovering mediators in your home, at work, and your mental state to arrive at a “lifestyle prescription” that puts you back on the road to health.
Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into the standard of care? At Aging Gracefully, our entire team is deeply committed to shortening that lag.
All our staff are life-long learners, continuously upgrading their wisdom through sharing best practices and seeking out innovative, out-of-the-box ideas to help our patients achieve their health goals.
Root Cause Resolution
Unlike traditional doctors, our care team always focuses on root cause resolution – isolating the key imbalance that is responsible for virtually all symptoms you’re experiencing right now.
Also known as functional medicine, we seek to give you solutions, not more bandaids to cover up the symptoms (or treating side effects of drugs with even more drugs).
Just like your gut bacteria thrive on symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationships, your desired health outcome is much easier to achieve through the power of community.
We leverage group structures for patient education, peer-to-peer support, and accountability – with both your care team and your fellow patients rooting for your success.
The Philosophy That Drives Us
The philosophy that motivates everyone on our care teams at Aging Gracefully is pretty simple:
“Do whatever it takes to effectively, comfortably, and safely treat your patient. Whatever that ‘whatever’ is.”
Dr. McElroy founded Aging Gracefully on the belief of participatory care where the patient is an instrumental partner in returning their body back to health (or keeping it healthy). And that it’s not about pre-determined ideas about a diagnosis without a full understanding of a patient’s situation.
That’s why the care team at Aging Gracefully will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting to the root cause of your problems. In fact, the medical community has finally realized that all disease starts in the gut, and without taking the gut into account, no autoimmunity and inflammation processes can be addressed at the root cause.
We will integrate findings from the most recent research along with literally decades of knowledge that our team has accumulated. As it is stated in our Core Values of Care, you will always be first in line for innovative, integrative treatment methods that combine the best of Western and Eastern medicine.
About Aging Gracefully
Aging Gracefully was founded more than 15 years ago by Dr. Michelle McElroy, an OB/GYN now functional medicine physican with more than 20 years of medical experience. Drawing on the various treatment modalities she has encountered throughout her career, Dr. McElroy focuses her practice on providing root cause resolution of your health issues.
Since its inception, our care team has empowered thousands of patients to take charge of their health and resolve many chronic conditions such as IBS, hormonal imbalances, colitis, and many autoimmune-related symptoms.
About Dr. Michelle McElroy
Dr. Michelle McElroy knew she wanted to be a doctor from the time she was 8 years old. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an option in Biomedical engineering. She then went to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine to receive her D.O.
From Missouri, she returned home to Michigan to complete her residency in OB/GYN. Shortly after starting to practice medicine, she realized that what she had been taught in medical school and residency wasn’t curing her patients with chronic conditions. She began to look for other options.
She became certified in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) which tremendously helped her patients but it wasn’t enough. She then found functional medicine sometimes called root cause or lifestyle medicine. She knew this was the medicine she had always wanted to practice. She is honored that you have chosen to partner with her on your journey to aging gracefully.
“Dr. McElroy Has Changed My Life For The Better…”
I’ve had stomach problems for as long as I can remember. No matter where I went, no one could seem to help me. However, after meeting with Dr. McElroy I knew my problems had finally been solved. Her comprehensive health assessment gave me the tools to finally improve my stomach health for good!
“The Team At Aging Gracefully Is Life-Changing…”
From the moment I walked through the doors at Aging Gracefully, the entire staff and medical team there have been SO helpful! From helping me schedule my initial appointments to answering any questions I had about my treatment, they always knew exactly what to say, and how to help.
“After Years Of Searching, My Stomach Problems Are Solved…”
For as long as I can remember, medical “experts” had told me I was lactose intolerant and that was what had been causing my stomach pain. Dr. McElroy and her team looked beyond the initial diagnosis to figure out the REAL cause of my ailments. One year later, my stomach problems are finally solved.
Take The First Step On Your Journey Back To Health
Maybe you have some questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision on becoming a patient. Our patient coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to see whether or not Aging Gracefully is right for you.