Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Because Thrive Health Solutions programs are so popular, we encourage you to call Thrive to make an appointment today! This will help us maximize both your time and ours.

Thrive Health Solutions requires payment upfront for their services and does not take insurances or submit to insurances (the only exception, patients can elect to use FSA/HSA funds to pay for treatments). Patients know that prevention is much more cost effective than disease. Preventative medicine, weight loss and bio-identical hormone replacement is a unique practice and is considered a form of alternative medicine. Even though the physicians and nurses are board certified as Medical Doctors and RN’s or NP’s, insurance does not recognize it as necessary medicine BUT is considered like plastic surgery (aesthetic medicine) and therefore is not covered by health insurance in most cases. This practice is NOT associated with any insurance companies, which means they are not obligated to pay for our services (blood work, consultations, insertions or pellets). We require payment at time of service. We WILL NOT, communicate in any way with insurance companies. Payments made to Thrive Health Solutions for BHRT, anti-aging or weight loss and for health maintenance may be tax deductible, (consult you CPA or accountant regarding IRS rules).

There are three categories of persons who may be eligible.

  1. If you have Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) through your employers. HSAs use the same definitions of medical expenses, as do individual taxpayers. Therefore, employees can use their HSAs for weight loss programs if undertaken at a physician’s direction to treat an existing disease.
  2. If your employer provides Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs), an FSA may provide this coverage. Like HSAs, FSAs use the same definitions of medical expenses, as do individual taxpayers. Participants in an FSA would need a letter from a health care practitioner stating that they are not using the weight loss program merely for “general well being.”
  3. If you itemize your deductions you can add these costs to the costs of medical and dental expenses. Within this category, you can only deduct medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income and that are not reimbursed. The IRS also states that “the deduction for medical care expenses will be confined strictly to expenses incurred primarily for the prevention or alleviation of a physical or mental defect or illness.” Maintaining an anti-aging or weight loss program should qualify you for the deduction if a physician recommends the continuation of treatment to manage weight for prevention or alleviation purposes. Check with your tax advisor for additional details or questions.

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to Thrive Health Solutions and all of our staff. Thrive supports your right to the privacy of your health and health information. We take pride in being HIPAA compliant and doing everything possible to protect your privacy. In addition, Thrive reviews and complies with all state laws in which we operate. For more information about your Health Information Privacy, visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. We NEVER share you contact or personal information.

For your initial appointment with a Thrive Health Solutions doctor, we need at least 24 hours notice if you will be unable to keep your appointment. We understand that things pop up and sometimes you won’t be able to make your appointment. In this case, simply call Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 and we’ll work with you to reschedule a more convenient time.

To find out if our program is right for you, simply call Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 to schedule an initial consultation visit and our staff will help you determine if our programs are a good match. Thrive is an anti-aging and medical weight loss clinic founded on providing sound doctor-guidance, ongoing support and relationship development, and multiple treatment solutions including a prescribed appetite suppressant, hormone injection Weight Loss Therapy, BHRT Therapy, etc. This, coupled with your commitment to changing your lifestyle, exercising, and eating healthier, is a formula for your anti-aging and weight loss success.

There are several different anti-aging and weight loss program levels at Thrive Health Solutions that can be matched with your personal goals and budget. For more information about our programs and pricing, contact your Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446.

Thrive Health Solutions accepts check, cash, debit cards and all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) including FSA/HSA Cards and does offer an internal Interest-Free payment plan option.

Yes, Thrive Health Solutions offers group program discounts to employers, schools, civic organizations and other associations. Contact Thrive Health Solutions for more details about our group program. However, before qualification into any of our medical weight loss programs, you will receive a B.I.A. (biometrics impedance analyzation) and preliminary exam conducted by our doctor to measure your overall health (lab work and EKGs may include additional costs). If your exam reveals a medical issue, there are other program levels and diets available at Thrive that do not require a prescription and will be suitable for you. If you have any questions or comments about your health and possible health issues, we recommend you discuss these with your Thrive Health Solutions doctor.

There are no contracts with Thrive Health Solutions. Depending on the program, and your weight loss goals, the period of time on the program varies. Once you choose a program level, set your goals, and then achieve your weight loss goals, you’re done.

Yes, Thrive Health Solutions does offer convenient “In-House”, Interest-Free payment plans, we are willing to work with you and your budget, and match the appropriate program to your needs. Call us today for more information about our programs.

Our main location is in South Denver, Colorado at 88 Inverness Circle E., Bldg A, Ste 204, Englewood, CO 80112, however we have several locations throughout the western United States. We are always adding locations, so please check with us to see if we have a clinic location in your area.

Yes. All of our patients are required to see a Thrive Health Solutions physician for the physical exam and medical consultation. Be cautious of any clinic that does not require a physical exam with an actual medical doctor. This is unsafe and unethical. Thrive Health Solution Clinic’s requires all patients to see a doctor before starting any medical or hormone therapy program. The doctor is the person who decides if treatment is right for you and will only prescribe medications if there is a medical need. Many non-medical clinics or med-spas ‘push’ medications and treatments regardless of medical need or proper medical oversight. In these clinics, a commissioned salesperson not the doctor or trained staff are making important treatment decisions.

No. For your safety and to comply with the various legal regulations throughout the country all of our patients must see one of our physicians before starting any medical therapy program.

This is a great question to ask your Thrive Health Solutions doctor, as there are some possible medical conditions that would prevent you from being involved in certain levels of the Thrive program. However, before qualification into any of our medical weight loss programs, you will receive a B.I.A. (biometrics impedance analyzation) and preliminary exam conducted by our doctor to measure your overall health (lab work and EKGs may include additional costs). If your exam reveals a medical issue, there are other program levels and diets available at Thrive that do not require a prescription and will be suitable for you. If you have any questions or comments about your health and possible health issues, we recommend you discuss these with your Thrive Health Solutions doctor during your initial consultation.

There are several different programs available that match your specific weight loss goals. No matter what program you choose, when you achieve your goal (like losing 20 lbs.), you’re done! You can decide, at that point, to stay on the program (by setting a new weight loss goal), choose a maintenance program, or end the program.

When you meet with your Thrive Health Solutions counselor, you will set your weight loss goals. When you achieve your weight loss goals (for instance, to lose 10-15 lbs.), you’re done! You can choose to stay on the program (by setting a new weight loss goal), start a maintenance program, or end your participation in the program.

No, compared to other weight loss programs, you don’t have to buy unhealthy pre-packaged, tasteless and overpriced foods or unnecessary supplements; you eat healthy, delicious real food and can even eat out. In contrast, our staff works together with you to choose nutraceutical foods you need to live healthier and achieve your goal faster. Thrive Health Solutions also has a cookbook and meal planner that will help you manage your caloric intake, create a grocery list and choose the best foods for you.

Yes, one-on-one doctor and professional support guidance is one big difference between Thrive Health Solutions and other anti-aging or weight loss programs. When you come in for your bi-weekly, monthly or 3-6 month scheduled visits, you’ll be greeted with our friendly and supportive staff and counseled on how to maximize your success and live healthier. At Thrive Health Solutions, we’re with you every step of the way to help you reach your goals.

With HCG Weight Loss Therapy, participants typically experience substantial weight loss – losing on average, 1/2 to 1 lbs. per day! Your results will depend on several factors, including your starting weight, other medical conditions, and individual program design, your commitment and discipline, among others. As with any program, results can vary. However, Thrive Health Solutions is a safe, medically – supervised option that can deliver steady weight loss—as much as 3 to 7 pounds per week or as much as 50 pounds over 12 weeks. Our program offers the tools needed to help you lose weight at a steady pace and keep it off through training and counseling. This helps you keep the weight off once you’ve reached your goals.

There are 3 main injections that are a part of the Thrive Health Solutions program that can help you lose weight: Vitamin B-12, Lipotropics and HCG hormone weight loss injections.

The HCG hormone is a natural occurring glycoprotein hormone produced in the placenta during pregnancy that controls the metabolic function within a part of your brain called the diencephalan. Located on the brain stem, the hypothalamus within the diencephalon controls the accumulation and storage of fat. This injection will help your body burn abnormal fat (one of three types of fat in our bodies) that otherwise wouldn’t’ be accessed and burned. For men, the therapy can increase testosterone production which can improve your mood, sex drive and performance, regulate the distribution of body fat, and give you more energy, among other benefits.

The purpose of the Vitamin B-12 and Lipotropic injections is to enhance your liver function.

Vitamin B-12 is a water soluble vitamin that is one of eight essential B vitamins. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. B-12 is vital in keeping your body running in top condition. While B-12 is found naturally in a healthy diet, factors like stress or poor eating habits can lead to a deficiency. These weekly Vitamin B-12 injections will help boost your energy level and give you the added push to keep exercising as part of your program.

Lipotropics are substances that liquefy fat and prevent the accumulation of fat on your liver. This is essential for a healthy and more productive liver, which is the organ responsible for removing toxins (and fat) from your body. If you choose to have the Lipotropics as part of your program, they can be added to your B-12 injection, so you don’t have to have two separate injections.

There are many other possible health benefits from losing weight with Thrive Health Solutions. Our programs give you a measurable look at the inside of your body through comprehensive lab testing. Not only will you see your health improve (on the outside), but you’ll see your baseline lab numbers improve on the inside. Our programs can help you lower your blood pressure, blood-sugar, cholesterol and reduce joint pain. And together with your unrelenting commitment to improved health, our program can also help you improve your overall cardiovascular health, self-esteem and energy levels.

It depends on your specific needs and weight loss or anti-aging goals. We offer a variety of treatment programs and options to see you through to your goal.

There are several reasons why Thrive Health Solutions treatments are superior to others, namely:

  1. We ONLY use the highest grade and potency of all medications within our clinics.
  2. All programs are affordable and can be matched with your budget. Better yet, there are NO CONTRACTS.
  3. Weight loss plans do not require the need to purchase pre-packaged meals, a tremendous cost savings!
  4. Our trained medical and support professionals are with you every step of the way providing you support and ongoing counsel until you reach your goals.
  5. Our customized diets and meal tracking/creation program help you prepare affordable, tasty and healthy meals for the entire family.
  6. We offer comprehensive programs tailored just for you because we know each person is different, with different needs and different goals. There are no one-size fits all programs here.

Most clients report that their hunger diminishes within two days due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations. If necessary, we offer very effective FDA approved, prescription appetite suppressant medications that work in the brain to eliminate hunger and reduce the amount of food you can eat.

Common Uses: The HCG Hormone is presently relied upon as a medication for fertility and it is also used to safely promote the production of testosterone in males. It is not yet approved by the FDA for weight loss.
The use of this hormone for other medical treatments is at a much higher dosage (as is used during fertility treatment for females). There is no evidence that the use of the small doses in the protocol has any effect on increasing or decreasing fertility.

Medical Concerns: For clients with high blood pressure who are on medication there is always a concern that they may require a decrease in the dosage of medication as they lose weight because of a natural improvement of blood pressure. For clients with diabetes who are on medication or insulin there is always a concern that they may require a decrease in the dosage of medication as they lose weight because of a natural improvement in blood sugar levels. For clients who are prone to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) there is a risk that their blood sugar may become low at different times during the day.

Possible Side Effects: The side effects you’ll need to keep an eye out for include the onset of headaches, irritability, restlessness, slight water retention, tenderness of breast tissue, swelling of the injection sight, and depression. There are some rare, severe side effects as well which include the development of ovarian hyperstimulation in females. The latter condition requires immediate medical treatment and is accompanied by the following symptoms: tremendous pain in the region of the pelvis, the swelling of feet, legs, and hands, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a diminishing of urination, and weight gain. If a patient notes any side effects it is recommended that he or she cease using the products.

This hormone is a naturally occurring glycoprotein hormone. All of our pharmaceutical hormones are pharmaceutically synthesized bio-identical hormone that mirrors the pregnancy hormone sourced from the sterile urine of pregnant women. It is the same product given to women in very high does to induce fertilization. All of our pharmacies are FDA approved, located in the US and use GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes).

If you qualify to receive the appetite suppressant, there are minimal side effects with it including:

  • Dry mouth (easily relieved by drinking more water)
  • Jitteriness (short-lived and usually disappears after the 2nd day)
  • Difficulty falling asleep (often relieved by taking pill earlier in the day or a smaller dose in the afternoon)
  • Headache (usually disappears after the second day and can be relieved with over-the-counter headache remedies)

Thrive Health Solutions’ physician supervision and ongoing medical monitoring during the program will help evaluate and manage possible side effects.

Our programs are not recommended for children (under 18) or for pregnant or nursing women. In addition, parts of our program may not be recommended to those that have conflicting medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Our physician will assess whether our program is right for you during the initial examination.

As with any weight loss program, there are no guarantees for individual weight loss. Information provided herein is based on actual patient results, historical research, studies and results from the many thousands of former medical weight loss clients. Individual success is dependent upon a variety of factors.

There are no “hidden fees” with any Thrive Health Solution program. We believe in fair pricing and full disclosure.

Pellets, or implants are made up of hormones (i.e. testosterone or estrogen) that are pressed or fused into very small solid cylinders. These pellets are larger than a grain of rice and smaller than a ‘Tic Tac’. In the United States, the majority of pellets are made by compounding pharmacists and delivered in sterile glass vials. There is a ‘FDA approved’ 75 mg testosterone pellet.

Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-4 months in women and 4-5 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery. This is important for optimal health and disease prevention. Pellets do not increase the risk of blood clots like conventional or synthetic hormone replacement therapy. In studies, when compared to conventional hormone replacement therapy, pellets have been shown to be superior for relief of menopausal symptoms, maintenance of bone density, restoration of sleep patterns, and improvement in sex drive, libido, sexual response and performance.

Testosterone delivered by a pellet implant, has been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone, delivered by pellet implant, increases lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decreases fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with low testosterone levels.

Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. There is no other ‘method of hormone delivery’ that is as convenient for the patient as the implants. Implants have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s. There is significant data that supports the use of testosterone implants in both men and women.

Bio-identical progesterone (including FDA approved Prometrium®) has not been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer like the synthetic progestins. In addition, progesterone, used vaginally, does not negate the beneficial effects of estrogen on the heart like the synthetic progestins.

Estradiol is a bio-identical estrogen widely used in Europe that does not bind strongly to estrogen receptor and does not stimulate breast tissue. Numerous studies have shown that vaginal estradiol does not increase the risk of breast cancer (RR 0.7). It has safely been used in breast cancer survivors.

Hormone deficiency is a common cause of hair loss and treatment with testosterone implants can help to re-grow hair. Hair becomes thicker and less dry with pellet therapy. Will hormone therapy with estradiol and testosterone pellets help with hair loss?

Some patients begin to ‘feel better’ within 24-48 hours while others may take a week or two to notice a difference. Diet and lifestyle, along with hormone balance are critical for optimal health. Stress is a major contributor to hormone imbalance and illness. Side effects and adverse drug events from prescription medications can interfere with the beneficial effects of the implant.

The pellets usually last between 3-4 months in women and 5-6 months in men. The pellets do not need to be removed. They completely dissolve on their own.

Blood is drawn and hormone levels are evaluated before therapy is started. This may include an FSH, estradiol, and testosterone (free and total) for women. Men need a PSA (prostate specific antigen), sensitive estradiol, testosterone, LH, liver profile and blood count prior to starting therapy. Thyroid hormone levels (TSH) may also be evaluated. In men, follow up levels, including a PSA, blood count and estradiol, may be obtained prior to subsequent testosterone implantation. Men must notify their primary care physician and obtain a digital rectal exam each year. Women are advised to continue their monthly self-breast exam and obtain a mammogram and/or pap smear as advised by their gynecologist or primary care physician.

Testosterone pellets may be used in pre-menopausal females (women who have not stopped menstruating). Testosterone has been shown to relieve migraine or menstrual headaches, help with symptoms of PMS (pre menstrual syndrome), relieve anxiety and depression, increase energy, help with sleep and improve sex drive and libido. If a pre-menopausal female has a testosterone pellet inserted, she must use birth control. There is a theoretical risk of ‘masculinizing’ a female fetus (potentially giving male traits to a female fetus).

Very rarely, a patient will develop local zone of redness (3-8 cm) and itching at the site of the implant. There is minimal or no tenderness and no other sign of infection. Pellets are made up of testosterone, stearic acid and PVP (povidone). Patients may react to the PVP. Implants can be compounded or made without PVP. Many patients who develop a local reaction to the implant have low cortisol levels and upon further questioning, have symptoms of adrenal insufficiency. Cortisol testing may be recommended. If needed, 25-50 mg of benadryl works well for the itching or Arnica applied topically for irritation and/or bruising.

VERY EFFECTIVE! On average, over 90% of patients with moderate, severe or extremely severe symptoms consistently improve on testosterone implant therapy. Click HERE for Effectiveness Study Information On Testosterone Pellet Therapy

Sermorelin (GHRH) is a bio-identical hormone that has recently been genetically engineered to stimulate the secretion of Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) from the hypothalamus, a gland adjacent to the pituitary gland, Naturally, without the negative side effects and cost of traditional HGH replacement therapy. GHRH is a peptide that contains the first 29 amino acids of our own GH. These 29 amino acids are the active amino acids of GHRH. It is GHRH that stimulates the pituitary glands to release GH. As we get older, the hormones produced by the anterior pituitary are depleted. It has now been shown that GHRH can restore the GH-RNA to a youthful level causing elevation of levels of IGF-1.

Sermorelin is injected into the body fat, subcutaneously, using a very small needle similar to what a diabetic uses to inject insulin. Injections are initially prescribed for every day and are decreased in frequency over time. Sermorelin is presented in a multi-dosed, injectable vial. Administration and storage instructions will be provided with your prescription.

The best time to take Sermorelin is prior to bedtime. Growth Hormone (GH) is primarily released during sleep and most beneficial to the body’s recovery and repair during this time. Sermorelin has a promoting effect on sleep and can therefore make you tired if taken during the day.

Due to the pulsatile nature of both endogenous hGH and IGF-1, a single blood draw is not sufficient for accurate measurement. Thrive physicians measure effectiveness in patients through symptomology (the study of your symptoms); physical appearance and measurements; and blood analysis.

Patients usually report improved sleep within the first few weeks of therapy. Of course, this is only noticed in patients who have trouble sleeping in the first place, however most patients at least notice an increase in sleep quality. This is usually concurrent with increased energy levels and improved mood. After 3-6 months of therapy patients start reporting noticeable or significant body changes, such as increase in muscle tone and a leaner physique. Over time patients will also notice a significant improvement in skin tone and health.

Just like most peptide hormones, Sermorelin usually has a “loading” period of 3-6 months before full effects are noticed. Once injected, for a period of three to six months, its actions are dependent on a chain reaction of biological processes which result in elevated and sustained HGH and growth factors. It takes some time for levels to become optimal and initiate the benefits we are seeking to achieve.

Actually, no. Sermorelin has an ongoing effect in which optimal hGH levels can be sustained long after the last injection. Just like synthetic hGH, Sermorelin initially must be injected every day. Unlike synthetic hGH, once optimal levels are sustained with Sermorelin, injection frequencies can be decreased or stopped altogether. Once results are achieved, patients are then switched to a maintenance protocol eliminating the need for ongoing daily injections and reducing the total cost of therapy! Thrive Health Solutions Sermorelin therapy restores optimal levels of Human Growth Hormone using a more effective approach. We may recommend combining an effective dosage of Sermorelin with bio-identical hormones like testosterone to increase lean muscle tissue, reduce body fat, and improve overall health and longevity. Our medical team also recommends the utilization of injectable amino acids and peptides to help improve results.


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Englewood, CO 80112

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