Dr. Michael Simmons’ approach to healthcare is unique in that he believes that patients should be empowered to choose their own health outcomes. With that in mind it is little wonder that he views his role as a physician is to teach patients about the mind and body connection.
He began his career in the medical field while in high school working with the local hospital in the emergency room. After high school, he attended the University of Kansas where he continued working in the emergency rooms and with the ambulance service. While at the University of Kansas he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and taught human anatomy dissection labs to the nursing students.
He moved to the University of Kansas School of Medicine and earned his medical degree while continuing to work in emergency medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine while at the University of Kansas with a focus on obstetrics, women’s health and pediatrics. While there he participated in research in cancer genetics.
After residency, he moved to a rural community to practice family medicine with the emphasis on obstetrics and pediatrics. In that capacity he served as the medical chief of staff, medical director for the obstetrics department, director of respiratory services and medical liaison for the pharmacy committee. After a period of about 8 years, his own medical issues forced a change of practice to the style of functional medicine he now practices.
At various times during his career he has served as a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of Kansas, a clinical instructor and preceptor for the nursing program at Pittsburg State University, and medical student preceptor for University of Kansas. He has also served as medical director for Nursing 2000, a home health agency, and medical director for Native Care, a health insurance company for Native Americans. He served on the student government while in medical school. He has served on the board of the Perinatal Association of Kansas. He helped facilitate and teach Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics to family physicians.
He is recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a lifetime member of Who’s Who for physicians and executives. He has received Patient Choice Awards for several consecutive years and has been recognized as one of the top 100 family physicians and is among the top anti-aging physicians.
He holds certifications in restorative medicine for treating complex hormonal issues, anthroposophical medicine, the Wiley Protocol, and low dose antigen therapy which is an allergy remediation for seasonal, environmental and food allergies.
Dr. Simmons belongs to the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Physicians Association of Anthroposophical Medicine, and the European Society of Sexuality Medicine. He is a certified Wellness coach, a certified lifestyle coach and certified physician executive coach.
His practice now focuses on the wellness model encompassing the entire mind, body and spirit to create wellness in all of life including one’s relationships. His approach utilizes many modalities including treatment of thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalances for men and women, sexual health, allergy remediation and more. He feels life is to be lived inside of the experiences that are possible inside a healthy mind, a healthy body, and a healthy spirit.