Dr. Laura Miles got a lot of funny looks when she started her preventative medicine practice.
"My colleagues and my good friends said, 'You've lost your mind,'" she says.
An ophthalmologist by trade, Miles is one of a handful of Oklahoma City doctors who marry the traditional with the non-traditional. These days, non-traditional medicine may include herbs, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, chiropractic care and yoga, among other therapies.
Miles prefers calling what she does an alternative to the traditional approach. But whatever you call it, patients are coming to her Vitruvia Wellness Clinic.
"They've gotten basically no answers from their primary physicians as far as why something is happening, and they're looking for other choices and other options," she says.
Miles focuses on biochemistry - the study of chemical processes - when she diagnoses her patients. Many depression medications are on the market, but Miles doesn't instantly reach for her scrip pad.
"I can go back and see your serotonin level is really low," she says, "so why don't we help your body make some? We can come in and support that system. It's very target-specific. Once [the medical profession] starts realizing there is some very real scientific thought and background to it and they start understanding we're not making herbs in the back of our bathroom