Discover The Sponaugle Difference

The  Sponaugle Wellness Institute is a premier world-class medical facility located in Oldsmar, FL  providing advanced, research-based alternative and conventional medical treatments to patients needing to recover from the most complex cases of chronic illness from around the world.

At Sponaugle Wellness, we practice integrative medicine combining the best of western medicine and natural medicine. The foundation of our Lyme disease treatment is to enhance mitochondrial function which increases the killing power of the immune system's natural killer cells and antibodies. This is accomplished by reversing toxin-induced mitochondrial dysfunction.

Our typical patient has undergone treatment from multiple doctors and wellness centers, yet they have failed to regain their health. These complicated patients normally suffer from multiple undiagnosed medical disorders. They require a more comprehensive diagnostic workup and a more intensive treatment than is available through routine “wellness” medicine.

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Our Medical Director, Rick Sponaugle, MD is an integrative physician who attempts to prioritize treatment through quality forensic medicine. Performing an analysis of 400 numerical bio-markers in his initial consultation, Dr. Sponaugle's goal is to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your multiple symptoms.

The majority of Sponaugle Wellness patients require simultaneous treatment for multiple medical disorders including Mold poisoning, Industrial Toxicity, Gut Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Babesia, Protozoa infections and intestinal parasites.

To more effectively treat patients with Lyme disease, Dr. Sponaugle uses experience acquired from working 20 years in critical care medicine and brain expertise derived from treating thousands of patients with brain and neurological disorders.

Dr. “Rick” Sponaugle has been recognized throughout the world as a leader in the integration of modern brain science into his addiction treatment model. He has been featured in the national media spotlight on such shows as the Dr. Phil show, Suzanne Somers show, Ricki Lake show, CNN, Anderson Cooper, FOX News, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News and PBS.

Wheelchair Success Stories

At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we believe truly “holistic” wellness treatment should not only heal the body, it should also heal the brain!! The brain is our most complex organ. Optimizing brain function in sick patients requires extraordinary knowledge of brain physiology, modern brain science and the expertise derived from treating thousands of patients with brain disorders.

We succeed where others have failed. At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, patients who have been bedridden or in wheelchairs for years have hope that they will be able to walk again. We cannot enable every patient we treat to come out of their wheelchair. However, 35 chronic Lyme disease patients have come out of their wheelchairs at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.

Click on the link below to read these "Wheelchair Success Stories" and their journey to healing from wheelchair to walking.

Mary Lindsey was a healthy and extremely active teenager who danced 20 hours a week before she succumbed to a combination of neurological Lyme disease, Bartonella infection, and mold toxicity. As these infections progressed, she became wheelchair-bound and developed severe neurological symptoms, including seizures, slurred speech, and total body pain.

Prior to finding the integrative treatment for Lyme disease at Sponaugle Wellness Institute, Mary Lindsey sought treatment with 30 doctors including neurologists at two major universities, who told her that her symptoms were solely psychological.

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Stories of Healing

Take a moment to watch these amazing stories of healing and know that we are always ready and eager to make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one who may be dealing with chronic illness.

The Gut-Brain Connection

At Sponaugle Wellness, we use PET scans and extensive lab testing to create a precise diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. After treating thousands of patients, Dr. Sponaugle has proven time and time again a correlation with imbalances in the gut biome, and how brain chemistry is impacted, leading to the poor performance of bodily systems and a suppressed immune system.

When the gut is in a state of dysbiosis, meaning that there is an imbalance in the ratio of good to bad bacteria, inflammation results. This inflammation destroys the cells lining the intestinal tract, leading to a condition known as increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut. A leaky gut will allow undigested food particles and toxins (both microbial toxins and environmental toxins) to enter into the bloodstream.

The immune system then responds to these particles and toxins as foreign invaders, which is the normal response of the immune system. This response triggers further immune dysregulation and inflammation, which can travel throughout the body manifesting in many different areas, including the brain.” 

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Founder of Sponaugle Wellness

Dr. Rick Sponaugle, MD is an integrative physician who attempts a more precise diagnosis through quality forensic medicine. He performs an analysis and correlation of approximately 400 numerical biomarkers. This extensive evaluation enables Dr. Sponaugle to diagnose the underlying cause of his patient’s illness.


Our Medical Director, Rick Sponaugle M.D., is an integrative medicine physician who has treated 10,000+ patients from around the world suffering from the most complex brain and neurological disorders. Dr. Sponaugle has performed sophisticated brain research correlating over 10,000 Brain Chemistry analyses with neurotoxin levels and their associated changes in SPECT and PET brain imaging. Many of these patients suffered from undiagnosed Lyme disease, Bartonellosis, Mold Toxicity, and environmental toxicity.


With an emphasis on environmental medicine and tick-borne infections, Dr. Sponaugle specializes in treating brain and neurological disorders that are derived from severe neurotoxicity.


The majority of Sponaugle Wellness patients require simultaneous treatment for multiple medical disorders including Mold Toxicity, Industrial Toxicity, Gut Toxicity, Lyme Disease, and several additional tick-borne and mosquito-borne infections. These “stealth” infections commonly attack the brain and neurological system.


Click on the button below to read more about how Dr. Sponaugle approaches healing on an intracellular level using biochemistry and detoxification protocols to optimize mitochondrial function.

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Dr. Sponaugle treated ex-NFL player Bernie Kosar for CTE
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Lyme Disease Treatment Sponaugle Wellness Institute in Oldsmar, FL

Young Canadian Lyme Patient Has Brain of 70 Year Old

Nikki Kent recently started treatment for Lyme Disease at the Sponaugle Wellness Institute in Oldsmar, FL. She recently did an interview
Health Impacts of Black Mold Exposure

Mold Toxicity Causing Depression and Anxiety

At Sponaugle Wellness, Dr. Rick Sponaugle is proving that many patients develop alcoholism, OxyContin addiction, or Xanax addiction while attempting
Successful Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment Story

A Mother’s Search For A Lyme Diagnosis

Before the Lyme symptoms took over her life, Tasha was an ICU nurse, avid hiker, traveler, and new mom. In

*Sponaugle Wellness Institute cannot guarantee individual patient outcomes.

Treatment results will vary from patient to patient.