You deserve better healthcare.
The Power of Essential Health starts here.
Welcome to healthcare that puts you first. Essential Health – Raleigh is nestled in the center of the beautiful tree lined state of North Carolina and offers personalized programs guided by our highly trained medical providers and experts in conventional, functional, and integrative medicine.
How are we different?
- We approach health care in a new way. We evaluate the root causes of your condition from a functional and integrative perspective and offer programs that do more than maintain the status quo.
- We give you time. You are part of a very small group of patients each one of our providers manages. This means longer appointments, lower wait times, and unlimited access to meet with your provider throughout the year.
- We work for you. Receive personalized care and 24/7 access to our providers who are dedicated to uncovering the root cause of your condition and bringing you closer to optimal health.
We are with you every step of the way, every day.
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Explore Our Services in Raleigh
We offer a unique form of primary care to help you reach the highest level of well-being possible. Work with our providers who are board-trained in functional and anti-aging medicine to develop a personalized roadmap – first to a state of well-being and then to health and longevity optimization. Our subscription primary care program provides longer appointment times with little to no wait time, maintains limited client panels, talks on a first-name basis, and is fully accessible for urgent medical needs.
We understand that women have a unique set of healthcare needs. Our team of board-certified providers has a deep understanding of the intricacies of women’s health and is dedicated to helping women manage and resolve hormone issues and learn to support their bodies throughout life’s transitions. Our medically supervised solutions for women include lifestyle modifications, peptide therapy, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a natural and personalized approach to hormone balance.
A healthy gut plays a crucial role in overall health. An unhealthy gut is often the root cause of many health issues including weight loss resistance, mental health, inflammation, and chronic disease. Our team can help diagnose and often reverse conditions like leaky gut, microbiome imbalances, food sensitivities, and many other gut health issues that can lead to systemic symptoms.
We have access to many labs throughout the country that provide specialty testing for gut health, food sensitivities, hormone health, environmental toxins, inflammation, micronutrients, and genomics, among other detailed health assessment resources.
Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides play various roles in cellular function, structure, and signaling, all of which influence health and well-being. We provide medically supervised, carefully sourced, and highly personalized peptide therapy protocols that can support tissue healing, weight management, athletic performance, and other specialized areas of health.
Regenerative Medicine stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms to repair and regenerate tissues in the body to restore them to a functional state. Advanced treatments use growth factors, platelet-rich plasma, and certain hormones and peptides to help support healing, reduce inflammation, and prevent future issues.
Our programs help men navigate medical issues related to low testosterone and other hormone imbalances to increase energy and vitality through medically supervised solutions including lifestyle modifications, peptide therapy, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a natural and personalized approach using subcutaneous pellets, topical creams, or injections.
Our medically supervised IV Therapy delivers important hydration, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream for optimal eﬀect and is personalized to complement your health and wellness goals. We offer many different IV Therapy protocols, from general hydration to specialized micronutrient formulas designed to promote optimal performance.
Losing unwanted or unnecessary weight has a large impact on overall health and longevity. Our weight management services combine medically supervised weight loss rooted in functional medicine with the support and accountability you need to establish habits that lead to long-term, optimal health.
We oﬀer microneedling, platelet-rich plasma treatments, compression wave facials, and access to our private-label medical-grade skincare, all overseen by our fully trained and experienced practitioners.
Targeted supplementation can take your health to a new level. Our providers take time to discuss your symptoms and utilize your results from comprehensive and specialized lab panels to recommend supplements to include in your personalized health plan. We only source the highest standard of supplements to ensure safety and optimal absorption.
A Pediatric Essential Health Assessment (EHA) is beneficial for a child needing a “deeper dive” into their health than a standard well-child check. This assessment is designed for children who may be struggling with attention, hyperactivity, malabsorption, gastrointestinal distress, inflammation, skin issues (rashes, acne), hormonal concerns such as menstruation or puberty concerns, possible environmental toxin exposure, mental health, or general wellness. All Pediatric EHAs include thorough and continued care during and after an assessment with personalized attention from our highly trained medical providers who specialize in pediatric care and family medicine. This assessment may be completed one time, annually, with or without an Essential Primary Care subscription at the patient, parent, or provider’s discretion.
Meet Our Team
All of our Essential Health locations are supported by our medical directors and corporate team based out of our flagship locations in North Carolina.
MD, ABFM, ABOIM, ABAARM
Medical Director & Provider
Dr. Sierakowski leads the clinical mission of achieving optimal health for our clients, developing the advanced training roadmap for our providers, and helping expand our superior model of care nationally.
James “Jay” Stevens
MD, CAQSM, ABAARM, FAAFP
Medical Director & Provider
Dr. Stevens is part of a growing effort to seek, refine and introduce new knowledge and methods to Essential Health clinics in a constant quest to provide an avenue towards better health for those we serve. Unchanged: Dr. Stevens is part of a growing effort to seek, refine and introduce new knowledge and methods to Essential Health clinics in a constant quest to provide an avenue towards better health for those we serve.
MD, MPH, DABOM, DACLM, DABPM, DIBLM
Dr. Cramer’s clinical interest is preventing and reversing disease processes including weight management, hormone regulation, metabolic and cardiovascular disease, and optimized cancer treatment.
Provider, Raleigh location
Nikki emphasizes collaborative goal-setting and building relationships with her patients. Her areas of special interest are regenerative medicine, health optimization, and aesthetics.
Jill Vanarthos, PA-C, IFMCP is a physician assistant at the Essential Health – Raleigh, NC location. Jill’s focus is on optimizing health and healing through inflammation reduction. She is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. O’Brien’s clinical focuses include longevity, performance optimization, hormone balancing, gut health, regenerative medicine, and primary care. He welcomes patients of all ages.
What do our clients say?
“I came to Essential Health after years of hormonal, celiac, thyroid, candida, etc issues. I had seen countless doctors and naturopaths to which some symptoms were fixed, but my overall health was declining. I was at my lowest point and Essential Health has been able to get my body on the right track and even give me a root cause after years of no one understanding. I highly recommend Essential Health practice to absolutely anyone struggling with hormonal issues, food allergies, candida, and so much more. They are so kind and always go the extra mile!”
“My daughter, son-in-law, husband, and I came to Dr. Elizabeth Sierakowski with concerning health issues. She took her time to deeply analyze each of our problems and has put us all on a very positive road to wellness. Her knowledge and deep empathy have been a true lifesavers! Thank you, Dr. Elizabeth!!!”
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