Our BHRT Doctors with The Center for Optimal Health

David E. Pawsat, D.O.

David Pawsat, D.O.
David E. Pawsat, D.O.

East Lansing Michigan’s Bioidentical Hormones Clinic, The Center for Optimal Health and Dr. David Pawsat, D.O. are committed to continuing the tradition of individualized medical care. Understanding each person’s physiology is as unique as the finger print and so should be their care. As an Emergency Physician, Dr. Pawsat treated the young, the old, was part of giving life and helped many until their last breath. Through the portal of an emergency department, he was able to view medicine from the outside in. This vantage point allowed him the opportunity to observe the diverse styles of medicine practiced by both primary care physicians and specialists alike.


He was disheartened by a medical model that forces physicians to spend little time finding solutions to patients needs and more time using drugs to suppress symptoms. Most importantly, he experienced the successes of those physicians who carefully listened and respected the power of each patient’s individuality. It was these patients who tended to need fewer medications and who were more likely to survive an illness and/or be cured of a disease.

As the 12 years of Emergency Medicine rolled on, so did Dr. Pawsat’s personal energy and luster for medicine. He became increasingly discouraged by the one drug fits all medical community, the increasing number of patients seen with chronic “incurable” conditions and a system designed to treat disease instead of prevent it.

What he did not realize, at the time, was his energy, progressing fatigue and 40-pound weight gain was also due to an undiagnosed thyroid condition. After initiating conventional medical therapy with minimal improvement, it became apparent, that health goes far beyond one pill a day. No hormonal therapy will cure all ills if the body itself is not in a state ready for repair and healing. In other words, hormonal replacement will be of limited benefit, and possibly harmful, if an individual has nutritional, gastrointestinal, immune system and overall physiologic imbalance.

After this realization, Dr. Pawsat began to study the fields of Alternative, Integrative and Anti-Aging Medicine. It quickly became apparent how far reaching the research and evidence had become that prevention and healing begins with a sound physiologic balance of nutrition and hormonal balance. He found a prevalent part of the medical community in Europe, Asia and even the west coast of the United States used scientifically sound methods for creating physiologically sound healing.

Upon leaving Emergency Medicine, Dr. Pawsat made three commitments. First and foremost, to heal himself. Second, formal training and intensive study in the fields of nutritional medicine and hormonal replacement therapies. Third, to make the first two commitments without distraction. In 2005 he took a year off medicine, developed a nutritional and thyroid hormone regimen for himself and began using many diverse healing methods.

The result of this regimen was a 40 pound weight loss, a huge improvement in energy and an incredible passion to give back what he had received. On a daily basis, he is mindful of how he eats, what he eats, when he exercises, works to improve his weakness and has fun with his strengths. He realizes that if he is to advise others, he himself must live by the advice.

During this time of healing Dr. Pawsat received formal training through the Fellowship of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. A fellowship committed to the study of cutting edge bio-identical hormone, natural and integrative therapies. He is certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by The American Academy of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Pawsat is an active member of the Institute for Functional Medicine

Christine A. Blakeney, D.O.
Christine Blakeney, D.O.

Christine A. Blakeney, D.O.

In my 28 years practicing family medicine I cared for newborns to the very old, delivered babies and sat with families in their homes as their loved one passed away. It was an honor and a privilege to serve my community for so many years.

As the years flew by the opportunity to be a trusted family doctor was compromised by the need to take care of too many patients in too little time.

I became tired and automatic and felt a sense of emptiness at the end of the day rather than a sense of accomplishment. I knew there had to be a better way to take care of myself and my patients in a setting of unhurried love and acceptance. I started my search.


My first step was learning the use of individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy on myself and my patients. We were all excited by how much better we were feeling! Attending conferences in hormone therapy opened the door to other aspects of Wellness Medicine and I was sure I had found my way.

I am passionate about what I’ve learned and I want to bring this information to patients. The mainstream medicine approach to treating the symptoms rather than the cause leaves patients with a list of medications and a list of chronic diagnoses which must then be “managed”.

There is another way. By balancing your digestion, nutrition, hormones, and stress reaction you can take back your health and your life.

I have been so excited, since becoming part of The Center For Optimal Health, to have the time to address the root causes of my patients’ suffering and to enable the body and mind to truly heal. I can’t wait to meet you and show you how.

East Lansing Michigan’s Bioidentical Hormones Clinic, The Center for Optimal Health has helped immense numbers of men and women to regain vitality and optimal levels of health. To learn more about the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, contact Dr. Pawsat and Dr. Blakeney at The Center for Optimal Health to schedule a consultation!