Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Michael Nielsen graduated with honors from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He subsequently spent eleven years in the military as a flight surgeon and pilot with a Marine helicopter squadron.
During his two tours in Iraq with the Marines, he was awarded a combat action ribbon, a Navy Achievement Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” for valor, and was awarded the 2003 “Flight Surgeon of the Year” by the Surgeon General of the United States.
After his meritorious service in the military, Dr. Nielsen completed his medical training at UCSD, where he also served as chief resident. He was awarded Physician of the Year while working in the ER at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
He is presently an attending physician at the VA hospital in La Jolla where he proudly cares for our veterans and is also an assistant clinical professor at UCSD where he teaches young physicians.
Sharp Physician of the Year
Flight Surgeon of the Year
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”
Member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine
Dr. Keith Vaux did his undergraduate work at Oxford University in England and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He conducted his internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Ca., eventually being named Chief Resident.
While with the Navy, Dr. Vaux received 2 Navy Achievement awards, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and a Navy Commendation Award.
In addition to being an integral part of the Optimal Health Medical Group, Dr. Vaux currently serves as the Director and Clinical Chief of the Medical Genetics Division at the University of California, San Diego, and is Assistant Dean of the Continuing Medical Education Department.
Dr. Vaux has authored or co-authored 27 scholarly articles, 15 abstracts, contributed to several publications and books, and made 52 presentations and lectures around the country. He also serves as the Chief Editor of the Genetics and Genomics division of Medscape.
Dr. Vaux is at the forefront of genomic science and he is gifted in interpreting genetic testing to help patients make informed choices about their health care in general, along with advising them on what types of diet and exercise would best suit their individual genetic makeup.
Director & Clinical Chief
Medical Genetics Division – UCSD
Continuing Medical Education Department – UCSD
Learn from the top thought leaders in the industry.
Traditional medicine has long held the belief that health is defined merely by the absence of disease. Not only is this definition antiquated, it automatically dismisses the millions of people who just don’t feel like they used to, look like they used to, or function like they used to.
If you fall into that rather large group, Optimal Health Medical Group hears you. Rather than sit back and accept your condition, you want to take charge of things and do something about it because you’re tired of hearing the usual platitudes from some conventional doctors about how you need to slow down, watch your cholesterol, and just get a good night’s sleep.read more
Myth #1: Testosterone is an illegal drug.
Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that flows through the veins of every healthy male or female, even making its presence known as early as the womb. In males it’s responsible for development of genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics that occur during puberty (like a deepening voice, facial hair, broader shoulders, etc.). It’s also responsible for muscle size and tone, erections and sexual function, mental health, bone health, cardiovascular health, and overall health in general.
While it doesn’t play quite so prominent a role in female development, it also plays a role in their lean muscle mass and strength, along with their libido, energy, bone strength, and health in general.
Having healthful levels is crucial to the health of both men and women throughout their lives, and it’s only illegal if it isn’t prescribed by a doctor.
Of course, certain sports organizations have rules regarding using testosterone and other drugs to enhance performance. Case in point, famed cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of many of his awards because he used amounts of testosterone that were above and beyond the amount normally found in healthy adult males.read more
Here are the most common mistakes doctors or patients make when starting testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):
1. Using a Treatment Option That Doesn’t Fit Your Lifestyle or Personality
Many TRT doctors just prescribe whatever protocol they’re familiar or comfortable with, be it injections, gels, or even pellets. Unfortunately, all protocols don’t mesh with all lifestyles or personalities.
For one thing, if you’re needle-phobic, injectable testosterone sure isn’t going to work.
Maybe you’re fine with needles, but what if your doc doesn’t want to teach you how to self inject? That means you’ll have to drive to his office once or twice a week for an injection. Does that fit in with your schedule?
Or perhaps your doc prescribes gels or creams instead of injectable T. Do you have enough time every day to apply the gel after showering and let it dry? Are you confident that, while waiting for the gel to dry, you won’t come into contact with your wife or children and inadvertently boost their testosterone levels?
Find a doctor who’s familiar with all TRT protocols and is conscientious enough to question you about your lifestyle and personality. Otherwise, you might settle on a TRT protocol that you end up discontinuing because either it didn’t work well enough, or it didn’t fit your lifestyle.read more
Next to regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a low-stress lifestyle, testosterone replacement therapy might be the best thing you can do for your heart.
Sure, that’s a bold claim, but it’s hard to refute the ever-increasing amount of evidence filtering out of the scientific research community. Consider the latest results of a multi-year study that found low testosterone men to be 80% more likely to suffer an adverse cardiovascular event (stroke, heart attack, or death).read more
Depression is the deep, deep hole to which no light penetrates. It differentiates from sadness or a “decrease in mood” only by a matter of degrees. That degree of differentiation, however, matters little to people suffering from either condition. They only know that they feel dead inside and life, despite all its joys, holds little allure for them.
Telltale symptoms of depression include loss of interest in pleasure or normal activities, sleep disturbances, trouble concentrating, erectile dysfunction, angry outbursts, unexplained physical problems like back pain, anxiety, agitation, or restlessness, or plain old feelings of sadness.
The possible causes are many. It could be genetic. Or it could be from a perfectly understandable cause like the loss of a loved one, physical abuse, financial problems, or, as is the case with many affluent men and women, the realization that money didn’t guarantee any measure of happiness. There are the possible medical causes, too, like substance abuse and major illness. And then there’s the recent discovery that low or borderline-low testosterone levels also contribute to depression.read more
Just about every man over the age of 40 knows his cholesterol levels. It’s almost as certain as a professional baseball player knowing his batting average. Nowadays, though, there’s another number that’s starting to attain similar importance, and that’s a man’s testosterone levels.
Given all the publicity testosterone has gotten in the last few years, more and more men are asking their doctor to test their levels to make sure they’re somewhere in the healthy or “normal” testosterone zone.
However, Optimal Health Medical Group (OHMG) knows that a “normal” reading means almost nothing.read more
It seems like diabetes is everywhere. About 29 million Americans have it, and there are probably at least 8 million more who haven’t been diagnosed and are unaware of their condition. Furthermore, roughly one of out three adults has pre-diabetes and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know it, either. It’s an endocrinological mess.
Now it’s long been known that testosterone plays a role in type 2 diabetes (the type that’s largely preventable), but the discovery that the relationship is a two-way street is more recent. Yes, people with diabetes often have low testosterone levels, but it’s also true that having low testosterone can promote conditions that can lead to diabetes, too.
More troubling, though, is recent research that shows low testosterone levels put men with type 2 diabetes at a significantly higher risk of death, which might lead you to wonder whether testosterone replacement therapy can reverse the risk of death in diabetics with low testosterone.
The research says yes.read more