to the Tampa Bay Gay Business Highlight. Here is where
we highlight one of the businesses listed on in our LGBTQ+ Ally
Business Directory. Please support these local companies because
they support "Our Community" and Tampa Bay Gay.
For our "Business Highlight" Kick-Off we would like
to introduce Optimized Health & Wellness located in Tampa.
We spoke with Chris Erigo-Backsman, the Founder to find out more
about the Optimized Health & Wellness and what sets his business
apart from others. We have also listed some testimonials from
patients at the clinic.
tell us a little about your business.
Optimized Health and Wellness was initially started to
provide the community with access to high quality and affordable
hormone replacement therapy and medically supervised weight loss.
Additionally, we have partnered with CYTO CBD to offer
a wide selection of laboratory quality CBD products.
Many people suffer from under optimized and/or deficient hormones
such as testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid hormone. Unfortunately,
the symptoms are the same or similar to many other illness and
conditions. Interestingly enough, testosterone deficiency in both
men and women is happening at earlier and earlier ages. We are
seeing men as young as 25 that are severely deficient in testosterone.
Some signs and symptoms of hormone deficiency in men and women
• Insomnia and/or chronic fatigue
• Decreased libido/interest in physical intimacy
• Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness
• Hot flashes
• Decreased muscle and/or bone mass
• Mood changes, depression, irritability
The majority of Americans are either over weight or obese. While
there are a multitude of reasons for this, our medically supervised
weight loss programs offer an array of services and options to
help you lose and maintain a safe and healthy weight. We accomplish
this through multiple modalities, including pharmaceutical therapy,
nutrition coaching, and personal training.
What is CBD?
is a hemp-derived (Cannabis Sativa) oil that contains 113+ naturally
occurring active elements called cannabinoids. CBD oil works without
the psychoactive (high) effect associated with THC, the psychoactive
compound in marijuana. It contains 0.3% THC per dose which makes
it legal in all 50 states. CBD oil is often used to treat and
mitigate symptoms like:
• Chronic pain and inflammation
• Brain fog, and mild mood disorders like anxiety.
we opened, we have had many requests to offer urgent type care,
primary care and aesthetic services. In response, we have partnered
with Push Health to offer urgent-type care via telemedicine and
the Push Health app. We can offer these services to anyone in
the state of Florida. If you would like to establish with us via
Push Health, you can download the app and sign up under Robert
Erigo-Backsman or go onto our website at https://www.pushhealth.com/users/sign-up?email=chris_erigobacksman%40me.com&provider=23114.
We are in the process of establishing primary care services in
the clinic, but are not ready to open the flood gates on that
service just yet. However, any local community members who establish
with us through Push Health, will be offered primary care service.
Lastly, we are making long-term plans to offer aesthetic and laser
services in the future. We are excited about this future offering
and will let you know when these services are available.
What inspires you to help/be active
in the LGBTQ+ Community? Are you an Ally or LGBTQ+ business owner?
I am a member of the LGBTQ community and although my primary healthcare
provider is a straight ally, until I became a patient, I was always
anxious about seeing healthcare providers who might have a personal
bias with my orientation. Healthcare is an enormous priority and
I am proud and honored to provide exceptional healthcare to all
of my patients, especially my LGBTQ patients.
What is the most important aspect
of your job?
The most important aspect of my job is helping others. I chose
to start a high-quality and affordable healthcare service for
many reasons, but most importantly, I wanted to provide healthcare
services that focused on the patient and their outcomes, not on
productivity and profitability. That is not to say that these
things are not important, but it is my opinion that they should
not supersede positive patient outcomes.
Is there anything that you can
share with the community that is a “TRADE SECRET” or “Quick Tip”
of your trade?
Quick tip! “Shop” around. The least expensive services are not
always the best services. While affordability is one of the most
important aspects for patients when selecting a healthcare provider,
the relationship you have with your healthcare provider should
be at least an equal priority, if not a higher priority. Do you
trust your healthcare provider? Do they have your best interests
in mind? Do they practice with an end goal of producing positive
outcomes? In the long run, you will be much happier with your
healthcare provider and related outcomes when you have a strong
and mutually beneficial relationship with them.
Mike C., (Tampa, FL)
I just wanted everyone to know how much Chris with Optimized
Health and Wellness has helped me. I finally have a medical provider
that really listens and cares about your wellbeing. I encourage
anyone that doesn’t feel like themselves anymore to make the call
and speak with him. It’ll be the best decision you ever make for
yourself. Pam H., (Hudson, FL)
It seems to be hard to find an HRT physician that truly wants
to help you. I suffered with depression, and suicidal thoughts
most my life. Around age 26/27 I started noticing my libido slowly
lowering. It started impacting my relationship and making my girlfriend
insecure. I around 28,29 I started having lack of motivation to
take care of myself. I wasn't happy, I was stressed and always
forcing myself to take care of myself. I discovered optimized
health and wellness through somebody on my FB. I was trying to
go through titan medical center but I just couldn’t afford it.
Thankfully this was in my budget and I didn’t feel hopeless anymore.
About 1.5 weeks in I started feeling my energy levels go up and
motivation slowly coming back. 2.5 weeks in I’m feeling random
moments of happiness. I can honestly say that I’m glad I found
this company, its affordable and effective and I truly feel my
physician wants to help me and I couldn't be more grateful. Colton L. (New Port Richey, FL)
Robert C. Erigo-Backsman
APRN, MSN, AGNP-C, FNP-C & Founder
Dr Randy Fink
Health and Wellness, LLC 7305 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL 33626
SPECIAL: Check out our "Founding
Member" Offer & Privileges
- Excusive Discounts on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Special Pricing on our FULLY CUSTOMIZED
medically supervised weight loss program *"Founding Patient" offers only valid for
first 50 new patient sign-ups, HURRY IN.
For your convenience, they are located inside
Fit Elements - a personal training and wellness
studio located in the heart of bustling Citrus Park in Tampa,
and Wellness is a Paid Premium Sponsor for Tampa Bay Gay