Two New Healthcare Practices Serving OMP Put People First

Amy Couturier of Up North Pediatrics; Chris Mason of Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine

Two new health practices will serve the residents of the Old Mission Peninsula, both harking back to ancient medical practices that put people first.

Amy Couturier, owner of Up North Pediatrics, says she will focus on building relationships with families, being on call when needed, and even home visits.

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Chris Mason, owner of Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine, says he will focus on ways to prevent, treat and reverse disease, and help his clients live their best lives by helping them take control of their minds, get body and mind.

Up North Pediatrics

Amy and her husband, Spencer Couturier, are building a house on the Old Mission Peninsula and are excited to join the community. Spencer’s father, Rick Couturier, was principal at the Old Mission Peninsula School in 2019 and Amy says they are grateful for such a strong bond with the OMP community.

Amy and Spencer Couturier with their two children

Spencer is a radiologist and Amy is a pediatrician and starts a new practice called Up North Pediatrics. “It’s a model of health care that comes back to our past lives,” she says, “where I spend more time with my families, and I’m there for them when they need me.”

She doesn’t use a line of advice and says she does her best to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Parents can text her directly and she can see kids as often as needed for a flat monthly fee.

“And just like in the past, I can also do home visits!” she notes. “I like the idea of ​​slowing it down, working on building relationships and helping families in the best way possible.”

Amy, a mother of two, grew up in California and attended the University of California San Diego, where she completed her BS and BA in Human Biology and Religious Studies. After graduating, she joined Teach For America in Gilroy, California, teaching 7th and 8th grade math in a rural underprivileged area.

She completed her medical education at the MSU College of Human Medicine, where she met Spencer. After their training, they now practice in Traverse City.

Learn more on the Up North Pediatrics website, Facebook page, and Instagram, and feel free to call or text Amy at (231) 714-4193.

Up North Pediatrics, owned by Amy Couturier

Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine

Chris Mason, a Board Certified Emergency Physician, and his wife, Nancy, live on the Old Mission Peninsula. As a traveling emergency room doctor, he says he grew tired of the many days and nights he spent in emergency rooms across the country — saving lives and, in reality, often saving people from themselves, he notes.

While he planned to launch a new type of health and wellness practice for the Old Mission Peninsula and Traverse City, he says the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the process.

“Covid-19 made for a very busy and intensive travel schedule for work and also made personal non-emergency medical care almost impossible,” he said, adding that a silver lining is that telehealth and video visits have become more common.

As a result, Chris Old Mission launched Lifestyle Medicine, a new kind of medical practice for health, wellness and longevity that offers clients the potential to live their best lives.

Chris says the current health care system in the United States is a failing business model, where the entire system is designed to just wait for people to get sick and then take action. Worse, this type of healthcare model is also designed to keep people sick rather than help them stay healthy.

Big pharma, big health care systems, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance and hospitals… Chris says they’re all set up to wait and just respond when people get sick.

The answer, he says, is what’s known as “Lifestyle Medicine” — the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches targeting these six ways to prevent, treat, and even reverse disease:

Daily Exercise Proper Nutrition Avoiding Harmful Supplements and Using Healthy Supplements Good Sleep Neutralizing Stress Nurturing Healthy Relationships Six Elements of Lifestyle Medicine, an approach embraced by Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine on the Old Mission Peninsula

Lifestyle Medicine not only helps people take control of their mind, body and soul for a long, healthy and happy life, it also helps them withdraw medicines from corporate, insurance companies and special interest groups.

Chris says he’s putting the focus back where it belongs – on you. His practice will see clients, he says, not patients.

For more information on Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine, visit the website here and the Facebook page here. Chris notes that they will be offering additional local and personalized services and events for Old Mission Peninsula and Traverse City customers in the near future.

Old Mission Lifestyle Medicine on the Old Mission Peninsula

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