About Us

Lee Rice, DO, FAAFP, FACSM, FAOASM

Lifewellness Institute was born of necessity.

Tired of practicing medicine confined by the limits of insurance and managed care, Dr. Rice envisioned a patient centered practice, with the right experts, providing a level of care that would change lives and make people well. A pioneer in the field of wellness, Dr. Rice was ahead of his time.  Lifewellness Institute was a labor of love for Lee and his wife Mary, and this love is evident in every aspect of the clinic and the care provided. We are family, sports, functional and preventive medicine providers,  with a focus on lifestyle medicine for the entire family.  Experts in addressing complex problems of aging, we care for multiple family generations, athletes young and old, and provide executive wellness and corporate wellness programs. 

Prevention is the foundation for health.

Understanding how to practice key lifestyle habits can prevent the development of many modern  diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Working with you, our team will help you adopt healthier lifestyle habits that best fit your goals and needs. Like a trusted family member, always encouraging, always supportive, we’ll tell it to you straight and be your guide to making the health care choices you feel best for you.

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Newsletter May 1, 2020

This week we are weighing in with ways to address stress in this challenging time. You’ll find many tools to use now, and even when life returns to the new normal–whatever that may be. From mindfulness, to breathing, and even what you eat can make a difference in your experience …

10 Easy Ways to Lower Your Sugar Intake

BY ALISHA WiTHAM, BS IN NUTRITION, RD ELIGIBLE SPECIAL DOWNLOADS! Glycemic Index of Foods Recipes: Vinaigrettes 3 Different Ways Chart of Hidden Sugar Americans today are consuming an alarming amount of sugar. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, two hundred years ago the average American consumed 2 …

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

BY MEGHAN BECK, BS, MS, CSCS We say it every year, “I can’t believe it’s already January 1. This is THE year I’m going to become a newer, healthier version of myself.” Fast forward to January 2020, or even rewind to January 2018, and it seems like the above statement …

Metformin: Is it worth it?

BY LEE RICE, DO, FAASM, FAAFP Many of you have asked me to render my opinion on the disease preventive aspects of Metformin, a widely prescribed drug to control high blood sugar. I’ve kept you waiting so I could check in with my buddy Mark Moyad, M.D. Mark is a …

Why Strength Matters–Part 2

by MEGHAN BOTHWELL, BS, MS, CSCS Last month we learned how as we age limitations in mobility-related tasks will become more common.10 One more important predictor of limited mobility or functional limitation is muscle strength – more specifically your grip strength.12-13 Loss of grip strength is strongly associated with increasing chronological age14 …

Magnesium, the Magic Mineral

BY DAVID LARSON, MD   Magnesium is an essential mineral and a cofactor in over 300 essential metabolic reactions in the body, helping muscles to relax, stabilizing neuronal cell membranes, creating new nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and proteins, and playing a key role in cell signaling and energy production. …

ApoE genetics: what your genes want you to know

By Dave Larson, MD ApoE Genetics: As the prices of genetic testing have fallen, more and more data is being generated about the interplay between our genetic code, our lifestyle choices, and the burden of disease. For example, every baby born in the US is tested for Phenylketonuria (commonly known …