Specializes in: Family Medicine
Certification: American Board of Family Medicine
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Castel Santana, MD, received his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Maryland Family Medicine and is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine.
“I try to practice in between being a minimalist in medicine and a realist,” said Dr. Santana. “Let’s actually find the problem and fix it instead of putting a Band Aid on it.”
Dr. Santana promotes his five pillars of health and wellness. Those are:
Allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, cold, diabetes, flu, gut health, hormone replacement therapy, hypertension, sports physicals, vaccinations
Lifestyle and weight management planning
Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Meditation, mindfulness, yoga
Dermal fillers, hair rejuvenation, liquid nose augmentation, skin rejuvenation
“Patients can expect me to spend time getting to know them, to understand what they’re going through, to accept them for who they are, and to work hard for them,” said Dr. Santana.
Dr. Santana loves staying active, traveling and spending time with his wife, Courtney, and their two sons.
Your Gastrointestinal System is the portal to everything else. In order to maintain Medical, Physical, and Mental Wellness you GI System needs to be operating optimally. The premise of treating Gut-health is to mitigate inflammation. If you have symptoms of bloating, cramping, IBS with constipation or diarrhea, brain fog, rashes, joint pain, or difficulty with weight loss then you most likely have gut inflammation. There are two specific tests that we like to look at in-order to better treat inflammation specifically for you.
- RAST Testing: This looks at specific food intolerances for your body. By eliminating these for 4-6 weeks we can allow the intestinal lining to heal properly.
- GI Mapping: This looks at your specific Microbiome and tells us whether or not you have bacterial/yeast overgrowth, parasites, good digestive function, proper immune system, and/or a “Leaky Gut”.
Your genetics can help the provider and staff specifically tailor a wellness plan for you. This test can look at your genetic SNPs which can tell us what specific exercise plan your body is made for, what specific meal plans your body is made for, and what type of nutrients and vitamins you should be supplementing with.
Recent studies show that over 100 million structures in the US are infested with mold. As our environments continue to change with more pollution, pesticides, and stress, now we are having a more difficult time with detoxing from things like mold toxins. When these build up in our systems we can experience extreme fatigue, brain fog, difficulty with weight loss, trouble sleeping, autoimmune disease, mood changes, and some cancers. We can tailor specific treatment and detoxifying protocols for those that are positive.