In 2002, Dr. Henry S. Dowling, MD, and his wife, Dr. Laura S. Dowling, DC, opened Bermuda’s first integrated health practice, Associates in Integrated Health (AIIH), offering a collaboration of medical and chiropractic care. A perfect team, Dr. Henry Dowling specialises in family-based medical care with a focus on internal medicine, pediatrics, pre-natal care and geriatrics, while Dr. Laura Dowling is a family chiropractor.
Based on Point Finger Road and located between Island Health Services and Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, AIIH also provides rehabilitation, nutritional support, holistic pain management and counseling services.
Since their opening in 2002, the practice has expanded and contracted over the years as necessary to bring the most effective services and procedures to the community, said the doctors. And in 2018, Dr. Henry Dowling became the first Bermudian physician to introduce a new healthcare model—Direct Primary Care (DPC)—to our island shores. Direct Primary Care is a membership-based health care model for 24-hour direct physician access, inclusive of virtual medicine.
“Direct Primary Care is a healthcare model which operates under the principle that the doctor-patient relationship is essential in providing high quality, personalised care and allows for increased access to your doctor,” he explained. “Patients receiving Direct Primary Care are assured the same great care and family medical services—better health outcomes, professional and comprehensive healthcare, and reduced cost with an age-adjusted monthly membership fee at an all-inclusive rate with direct access to your physician.”
Working in harmony with the traditional medical services offered at AIIH, the family chiropractic component includes traditional chiropractic adjustments for adults as well as family-based care for children of all ages, pregnant patients and patients with special needs. “The benefits of chiropractic care extend far beyond treating pain,” said Dr. Laura Dowling. “Specific chiropractic care relieves pain and enhances nervous system function, thereby enhancing the many structural and physiological processes.”
Setting themselves apart from more traditional medical practices, AIIH also offers products for nutritional support, clinical guidance and holistic pain management based on patient history and assessment.
“Our commitment is to offer supportive products and services which truly enhance patient outcomes and offer proven and lasting results,” they added. “AIIH also prides itself in compassionate care and friendly customer service where we take the time to listen and care for the patient as a whole person rather than attempting to fix a list of problems. This holistic approach of integrated care is the keystone to our practice and has yielded greater results.”
Advanced assessment technology, like the Foot Levelers 3D Body View, is also available to patients at AIIH. This true colour 3D imaging device allows for greater specificity for custom fit orthotic support and is the first to be used in the chiropractic profession. The simple digital scan of your feet can provide a product that can enhance the three arches that support your plantar vault—the main structure of the foot which absorbs weight and balances the body.
A holistic approach to medicine combined with the latest technology and a committed and compassionate staff is the key to their success, say the doctors. “Our staff love what they do and are committed to providing compassionate care to our patients,” said Dr. Henry Dowling. “Their skill and continuous training lend to the quintessential support they extend to the many disciplines of the healthcare practitioners. Patients have told us: “You have the best staff in Bermuda. They are competent, caring, courteous and professional” and “I enjoy coming to your office – everyone is always so friendly and full of smiles!”
The office is open from 7:30am to 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 7:30am to 1:30pm on Thursdays.
Address: 44e Point Finger Road, Paget, DV 04
Telephone: (441) 296-7296
Fax: (441) 296-7287
Services: Provide a holistic patient–centred approach to care. Services include traditional family medicine via Direct Primary Care, chiropractic care, rehabilitation, nutritional support and counseling services.
Pictured at top: The AIIH Team