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Innovative Directions in Health
We help men and women reclaim their lives with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Anti-Aging Medicine.
We help men and women reclaim their lives with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Anti-Aging Medicine.


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Game Changing Laser Treatment
"I get compliments about my skin all of the time!"

Just a quick update on how our new cosmetic procedures are going - INFINI and LaseMD. We are so excited with the results from these two treatments. I am receiving phone calls and emails from patients who are saying they are getting compliments about their skin all the time!

Our skin tightening procedure called “INFINI” was featured on Kathy Lee and Hoda. Kathy Lee had a live treatment done to tighten her neck and her results were amazing and some tightening was seen instantly! INFINI is a radio-frequency micro-needling treatment that basically heats up the tissue in the dermis. The dermis is the 2nd layer of skin that contains collagen and is the supporting structure of our skin. The energy encourages collagen re-growth and tissue tightening exactly at the depth needed in the skin. This procedure is done on the face and neck to tighten, lessen small deposits of fat (jowls) and reduce wrinkles.

The second procedure is called LaseMD. This brand new laser is new the market and revitalizes skin. The FDA-approved therapy uses heat, not needles, to treat skin concerns including age spots, freckles, mild to moderate sun damage and scaly patches known as Actinic Keratosis. LaseMD is a game changer in the laser industry as there is no downtime. You’ll have 1-2 days of pink sunburned looking skin – no flaking, scabbing, redness or bleeding. The laser is delivered in tiny micro beams which delivers heat below the skin just enough, without cutting it or causing it to bleed or blister. Then as the body heals, the micro-damaged skin sloughs off, revealing fresh skin. LaseMD can be used on the whole face, neck or chest or other larger body areas. LaseMD works on all skin types. Typically, 2-3 sessions are needed to get the desired results. Patients love the quick results – dewy and fresh skin.

I often perform these two procedures together. It provides the best skin remodeling from both the inside and out. I can target the dermis and the epidermis to stimulate collagen deeper in the skin while refreshing the outside of the skin. It is the perfect combination of treatments that I have been waiting so long to find. The treatments can be done alone as well. I was recently just blown away by the results of a patient who just had a LaseMD treatment. Her skin went from a rough texture to baby soft and her skin-tone really evened out after just 1 treatment. Her before and after pictures are below. She was thrilled with her results!

I am happy to sit down and have a chat about treatment options. My consultations are always complimentary. Feel free to schedule an appointment with me or chat with me the next time you are in to see Dr. Sinda or while I am drawing your hormone levels. I can be reached at (952)922-2345.

Jill Porter, RN @ Innovative Directions in Health
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For Those That Shy Away From Camera Close-Ups
Acne scarring affects millions of Americans, often making people self-conscious and less confident in social and work settings. Most have tried everything available on the market such as CO2 Lasers, acid peels, countless over the counter products, prescriptions and more. They are usually hesitant to try anything new because of past disappointments.

In the upcoming months, we will be sharing the story of one of our acne scarring patients who was treated last year with Bellafill and also earlier this year with INFINI and LASEmd. She will be taking you along on her emotional journey of healing as finally she is getting the results she has always been wishing for. The unique combination of treatments we offer for scarring caused by cystic acne damage have shown tremendous improvement in filling in the indentations, normalizing collagen structure and smoothing the texture of the skin.

We treat acne scars in a few different ways:

INFINI treats acne scars through a process called micro needling fractional radiofrequency. This system delivers controlled radiofrequency energy through ultra-fine needles to puncture the skin and deliver heat to break down scars that lie deep under your skin. Acne scars lie UNDER your skin – this is the collagen we want to target at several precise depths to stimulate new and a more regulated structured collagen platform. The heat also helps regulate oil production reducing future acne breakouts and shrinking pore size.

Bellafill fades acne scars by adding volume to them, bringing them to the level of the surrounding skin and keeping them there long-term. Scars can also be released and lifted using our subcision technique freeing the anchor of the scar.

LASEmd is a finishing laser perfecting the surface of the skin. This laser resurfaces the skin to allow new skin to grow, diminishes brown spots, exfoliates to smooth skin, shrinks pores with very little downtime or discomfort.

More information about these treatments for acne will be introduced in our upcoming newsletters featuring photos and the journaling of our patient’s experience with these procedures to treat her acne scarring.

We invite you to learn more about our acne treatments during our Bellafill Event Week April 23-26 or simply come in for a complimentary consultation. (952)922-2345
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Who would have thought Nectifirm could get any better? It has!!! The New Nectifirm ADVANCED is designed for all skin types especially those with visible signs of moderate to advanced aging. What we LOVE about it is its exceptional firming effects and it is now in a pump!

Nectifirm ADVANCED uses groundbreaking, first-of-its kind technology to help patients combat the visible signs of moderate to advanced aging on the neck.

• Targets visible signs of moderate to advanced aging
• Enhances skin’s own antioxidant system with Smart Antioxidant Technology
• Reduces the appearance of adipose tissue and rough, crepey skin
• Smooths the appearance of lines and wrinkles

How do you use it? Dispense two pumps into palm of hand. Using upward strokes, gently apply onto décolletage, working your way up the neck to the jawline. Use twice daily.

What makes Nectifirm advanced special? Nectifirm is already the #1 neck brand recommended by medical professionals. By leveraging cutting-edge technology, it has been enhanced even further to offer a new and improved solution to better target the visible signs of moderate to advanced aging.

What makes Nectifirm ADVANCED different from Nectifirm? Nectifirm ADVANCED works on an entirely different level as it incorporates new ingredients that specifically focus on reducing the visible signs of moderate to advanced aging. It is the first neck product to use groundbreaking technology that uses the power of the Microbiome. A proprietary blend of eight distinctive peptides plus Smart Antioxidant Technology work to further combat the appearance of moderate to advanced aging on the neck.

Where can you use it? It is amazing to use on the neck, decollete, cleavage, arms, knees - any area with lax skin.

We carry Nectifirm ADVANCED in the clinic. Stop by and pick one up - no appointment needed - or have it mailed to you (952-922-2345)! Nectifirm is a great product to use after our INFINI Neck Tightening treatment to help enhance and maintain results between and after treatments.
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We are excited so many of you have reached out to get more information about INFINI, our new treatment to TIGHTEN Skin!

In a nutshell, INFINI treats the skin from the outside in! It uses flow needle technology to deliver RF where it needs to be - the dermis. The dermis, our 2nd layer of the skin, contains collagen - the support structure of our skin. By delivering heat energy from RF to the dermis, INFINI encourages collagen growth and tissue tightening at multiple predetermined depths in the skin. THE RESULT is a little to no downtime, nearly painless procedure and GREATLY IMPROVED Wrinkling, Texture, Scars and Sagging Skin!

So how does INFINI Work?
INFINI Combines Radiofrequency (RF) and 3-dimensional delivery of RF energy with microneedling. RF is essentially electrical energy that is delivered into the skin to heat the targeted area – collagen and the right temperature to produce new collagen and have a tightening effect. Microneedling is the process of using very small needles to create tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. The INFINI microscopic needle tips conduct radiofrequency energy into selected depths of the dermis, a huge advantage over traditional microneedling devices!

What areas can be treated?
Skin laxity and wrinkles are commonly treated with INFINI to achieve tissue tightening, collagen formation, building tissue volume and improvement of skin texture and scarring. The face is the most common area of treatment. However neck aging, jowling and skin crepiness of the neck respond very well. Vertical wrinkles of the décolletage area can also be treated for chest rejuvenation. The INFINI can be used on all parts of the body, on all skin types (including tanned skin), and at all times of the year.

The treatment:
Typically two to three treatments are recommended and are spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. A topical numbing cream is applied an hour prior to the treatment. Patients report very little discomfort during and after the procedure. For patients with very vascular skin, there may be mild pinpoint bleeding and chance of bruising. Typically, the skin is mildly red and may have some swelling for approximately 24 hours. The skin may feel slightly rough like sandpaper for 2-3 days. Many patients can resume their normal routine within a day or two.

AND Results!
The tightening effects begin right away stimulating and growing new collagen however full results from take 3 to 6 months to fully achieve (when the collagen remodeling is complete.) Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and look brighter. The next 4 to 6 months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to heal and the collagen is rebuilding itself.

See the results for yourself. Our Nurse, Jill will sit down with you to discuss your skincare goals and determine a treatment plan for your specific concerns. With the INFINI we are able to fully customize your treatment for your skincare needs, allowing you to see improvements after your first visit. Contact Jill at (952)922-2345
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SEMINAR! 7 Things that Knock Digestion out of Whack

Join us to learn about digestive health!
Did you know that Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of modern medicine, once said “All Disease Begins in the Gut”? From arthritis to thyroid disease and even brain health, a healthy gut is so important for healing to occur.

Learn about 7 things that can knock digestion out of whack. If your digestion is already struggling, there is hope as the body has an amazing ability to heal if given the right support. There will be time after to have your nutrition questions answered by our Registered Functional Medicine Dietitian, Ashley Oswald.

Seminar Details:
Wednesday, February 21 | 12 - 1pm
Located at IDH (7550 France Avenue S, Suite 215)
Space is limited. RSVP Today (
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New Skin Tightening Treatment with INFINI
We are so excited to share some wonderful news with you. For over two years Jill, Lisa and Sarah have searched and explored the medical device world to find the perfect machine to tighten and correct sagging jowls and necks. We have heard from you how happy you have been with the Bellafill. As we view Bellafill transformation pictures with our patients at their check in appointments we have seen a lifted and refreshed look in the upper face, especially around the eyes. But, what we keep hearing is “what about my old lady neck and hanging jowls?”

We’ve also heard that our patients want results but do not want plastic surgery or a lot of down time. After trying countless procedures on the market and seeing little or no results or embarrassing post treatment down time we are happy to announce that Innovative Directions in Health is offering the Infini treatment!

This unique and innovative procedure uses microneedling and radiofrequency to stimulate your cells and boost collagen production. It protects the top layer of the skin allowing treatments on all skin types! This treatment has countless benefits. From diminishing wrinkles and acne scars to tightening and improving the appearance of "crepey" skin and jowling, this device can benefit patients with a wide range of skin texture and laxity concerns. Treatment zones can include cheeks, upper lip, chin, jowl, jawline, neck, and decollete, to name a few. You’ll see results and tightening with just one treatment but a series of 2 – 3 treatments are recommended for full correction.

In November Jill and Lisa traveled to Santa Rosa, FL to train with a leading plastic surgeon in the field of cosmetic procedures. This physician has the most experience using Infini in the Country. We were able to witness hands on what this treatment can deliver and learn treatment best practices from the best of the best.

We are excited to announce we are now offering this treatment to patients. Call us to find out more or to schedule your treatment today - (952)922-2345!

Watch a video to see how the Infini treatment works as Kathie Lee Gifford has a neck tightening treatment on the Today Show.
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For more than a decade, Innovative Directions in Health in Edina, MN has been the area's trusted BioIdentical Hormone Replacement and Preventive Medicine clinic. The staff covers a wide range of medical expertise. From men and women's hormone health and nutrition to non-surgical natural looking cosmetic enhancements, patients have loved coming to Innovative Directions in Health for all of their treatment needs to maintain health, youthful looks and prevent disease.

In December of 2017, Dr. Rich Sinda was certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine as a Certified Practitioner. IFM's Certification Program deepens and widens the knowledge base of providers in the practice of functional medicine.

Functional medicine is aimed toward investigating the root cause of a disease and addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Practitioners spend time with their clients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. In this way, it supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. With this certification Dr. Sinda can provide a higher level of medical care to all of his patients.

Congratulations to Dr. Sinda on this major achievement. You can visit him and his team at Innovative Directions in Health and know that you are taken care of by some of the very best in the medical field. Visit the clinic online ( for more information about their services, or call (952) 922-2345 to schedule an appointment.
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Importance of Hydration

As the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose precious moisture. Proper hydration also helps to keep our muscles lubricated, strong, and energized; helps slow the aging process and provides our organs water to maintain their peak levels of functioning.

These supplements can help keep your body and skin hydrated during the upcoming winter months:

Magnesium: Because of widespread nature of magnesium deficiencies, adequate daily intake of magnesium is critical for proper hydration, sleep, stress response, muscle relaxation, promoting healthy blood pressure levels, optimal bone mineral density and blood sugar regulation. There are several different forms of magnesium. Dr. Sinda prefers Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium L-Theronate.

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating, clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally. In the human body, hyaluronic acid is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin, inside joints, within the eye sockets and in other tissues where it helps retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. Look for quality skincare products that contain Hyaluronic acid and or try sublingual oral tablets.

Fish Oil: The fatty acids in fish oil supply hydration to your skin and help with inflammation. Be sure to find a high quality Omega. Dr. Sinda often recommends Ortho Molecular’s Ortho Omega 3 820, 3-4 capsules daily.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E keeps skin hydrated and calm. Because vitamin E lives in and protects cell membranes, which form a barrier around cells to keep them healthy and hydrated, it indirectly helps skin stay moisturized and supple. Find a brand that contains "mixed tocopherols".
Of course make sure to drink plenty of clean water. Water helps in the production of lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Not sure what to take? Make an appointment or consultation to see Dr. Sinda.
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There’s an emergency need for blood -patients are counting on you. Please make an appointment to donate with us at our upcoming drive today.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:30 – 2:30pm
Located in our building at
7550 France Avenue South, Edina

sponsor code = CBBIDH

or contact Lisa at (952)922-2345 /

It feels great to donate! Here are some of the benefits:
* It’s something you can spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.

* You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.

* You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Medical Reasons to Donate Blood:
* Donating blood regularly can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease (especially in men and postmenopausal women). According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, those who donate bi-yearly were 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack due to the lowering of iron levels in the body.

* You’ll have better blood flow. Diets high in sugar, smoking, emotional stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid levels make your blood thick and slow moving (hypercoagulable). This increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke. Hypercoagulable blood contributes to inflammation because your blood can’t flow well and oxygen cannot get to your tissues. Repeated blood donations can help your blood to flow better resulting in less blockage.
Free Health Check-Up. A series of health check-ups are performed on the donor totally free of cost. This will be of great benefit to you. You will come to know of any blood pressure abnormalities. Further, after the blood is donated, the blood and blood products that are derived from them are screened for certain infections. You can choose to be informed if they find any abnormality in those screening tests. Frequent blood donations are good free health check-ups that will help you stay healthy.

* Burns Calories. Believe it or not, donating blood increases you calorie burn! It is estimated that one pint of donated blood results in about 650 calories burned.

First time blood donors? Check the American Red Cross to know the entire procedure of donating blood. And you can pass this message on and motivate others too.

We hope you’ll join us for our October 3rd blood drive. Stop in the clinic afterwards and receive 10% off your entire purchase of supplements or skincare products.
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An Easier Way to Manage Your Prescriptions! Do you use Bloomington Drug to get your compounded medications prescribed by Dr. Sinda at Innovative Directions in Health? It is now easier to manage and track your bio-identical hormone prescriptions with their new RefillRX Connect App. Try it out – we did and it works slick!

Bloomington Drug Compounding Pharmacy app offers the convenience to:

- Manage your family’s prescriptions under ONE account
- Send a message to the pharmacist
- View prescriptions: active, expired, never filled
- View prescription directions and number of refills available
- Select your delivery method – pick up, deliver or UPS
- View important information about your medication – uses, side effects, precautions, etc.
- Request a refill without logging in through the Quick Refill feature
- Search through their extensive drug library to better understand your medication
- Read up-to-date health related articles and videos
- Get directions and view hours

Information about Bloomington Drug and how to Register for the app can be found on their website: You can also search your phone’s App Store or Google Play for “Bloomington Drug”.
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