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.
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.
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.”
Whether you have been diagnosed or misdiagnosed, searching to get your life back to “normal”, or you feel your body is not working the way that is used to, Sponaugle Wellness can help you figure out the best steps to reclaiming your life back from tick-borne diseases, environmental toxins, and overcome chronic illness to have your body feeling great again.
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.
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.
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.
Before the Lyme and mold symptoms took over her life, Tasha was an avid hiker, world traveler and active member of the Durango, Colorado community. She worked as an intensive-care unit and emergency room nurse and took to the mountains and desert of Colorado whenever she could.
Being forced to quit her nursing job due to brain fog and the inability to care for patients, she began to feel she had no purpose and felt into a dark world of depression and suicidal ideology. Learn more about Tasha’s journey to healing from severe depression and anxiety to healing from mold and coinfections she did not know she even had.
Lyme and Mold weakened Benjamin’s immune system so severely that it spun him into an intense depression. He remembers seeing a plane overhead on his drive home and wishing for it to crash into his car and end his pain.
As a father of 3 and a loving husband, he knew he needed to find the cause of his symptoms and get help. Click to his patient spotlight page to watch his incredible journey and learn first hand what it entailed.
Her personality changed so much that her family started asking questions. From outgoing and energetic to depressed and introverted, Lucetta unknowingly lived in a home full of toxic black mold.
Gone were the days of traveling the world, running half marathons and writing books, Lucetta knew she needed help. Her story is motivational and her healing is life-changing. Click to see her transformation.
Savannah is full of grace, her smile and her spirit bring light everywhere she goes. She continues to thank Dr. Sponaugle and his team for the sophisticated intravenous mold toxicity treatment they used to not only save her life but to restore her to a higher quality of life.
Vibrant and beautiful, Savanah is a brilliant actress and singer. She has returned to making movies. Click here to see her latest film. https://www.savannahlathem.com/
After a lifetime of being active and heathy, Lewis fell sick. His teeth began to decay, his legs swelled up so badly he could barely walk, he had unexplained rashes, insomnia, extreme fatigue, hallucinations, loss of eyesight, anxiety and multiple hospitalizations. To most, his symptoms seemed unrelated, but everything became clear after a Lyme Disease diagnosis. Lewis decided he needed to take control of his life and entered the Sponaugle Wellness Institute.
Extreme fatigue and brain fog made her feel like she was losing her mind. She lost her job, she was in constant pain, she even had episodes where she felt like she could not breathe. Her body was doing scary things and she had no idea it was caused by an underlying Lyme infection. She decided she needed help, so she made the trip from PA to FL to Sponaugle Wellness Institute. Click for her entire story.
Bethany had no idea what it was like to feel “normal.” In her teens, after a lifelong battle with the horrifying side effects of Lyme Disease and Mold Toxicity, she tried to end her life. She was traumatized by demonic hallucinations, seizures, chronic pain, depression, migraines and more. Her family moved out of their home, tried many different treatments and feared the worst for their daughter. Her time at Sponaugle Wellness Institute was life-changing. Bethany is starting to feel normal again, she is smiling, she is excited for her future and the life ahead of her.
Lydia searched for treatment for her symptoms for over 25 years. Her chronic inflammation, pain, inability to walk, numbness, hair loss and more led to depression and a feeling that she “was going to die.” Lydia is now walking, dancing and feeling like “life has given her a second chance” after her treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute.
Bradley was injecting Rheumatoid Arthritis medication for 14 years which did not help his symptoms and consequently, suppressed his immune system, filling him with toxicity and leaving him susceptible to other serious medical disorders.
Bradley got to a point where his body just collapsed. He could not get out of bed, he could not use his hands, he was hospitalized and he knew he needed to find help.
Denise battled severe symptoms for 16 years. By 2014, she had become legally blind and underwent two unsuccessful surgeries to try to fix her vision. Plagued with migraines and facial palsy, Denise felt as if her life was being stolen from her.
Desperate for a solution, she jumped at the opportunity to aggressively treat the disease at its source after she had her initial consultation at Sponaugle Wellness Institute. It worked, and she now has regained almost perfect 20/20 vision.
Faced with debilitating symptoms that were affecting his business and home life, Tom went from physician to physician seeking a diagnosis. He knew something was not right, but no specialist could offer a solid diagnosis. As migraines, pain and extreme fatigue began to take hold of his life, his search leads him to the Sponaugle Wellness Institute.
On his final day of treatment, Tom was compelled to face the staff and other patients to give a speech on his life-changing experience at Sponaugle Wellness. To watch his speech, exit interview, PET scan imaging, and information on Tom, click here.
After multiple hospital stays and a negative Multiple Sclerosis test, Monique was told by her Canadian doctors the sickness might “be in her head.”
Confined to a wheelchair and with two young children, Monique longed for her life back. She came for treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute and her recovery is life-changing and inspiring.
“Every doctor just kept saying it’s in your head, reduce the stress in your life, speak to a psychologist, but I received no answer for what was actually happening to me.”
Lindsay came to us after being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and the highest level of Mold Toxicity we’ve ever seen. Dizziness, fainting, numbness in her limbs, extreme anxiety, nausea, and fatigue so badly she could barely get out of bed. Muscle and joint stiffness and extreme neck pain, accompanied by depression, insomnia, her teeth started breaking and she would lose vision for half-hour periods at a time. Lindsay felt like she was going to die.
It seems impossible to imagine the man you see in the image above needing any help in regards to obtaining optimal health and wellness. Wales native, Kris Gethin, has undergone treatment with Sponaugle Wellness Institute twice now in order to supplement and enhance his very extreme training regimen.
Lea from Denver suffered for 3 1/2 years before finding Sponaugle Wellness Institute’s unique treatment protocol that she states, “saved her life”. She was generous to share her treatment testimony and journey to wellness.
Thea’s Lyme and other co-infections in her body lead to seizures and other debilitating symptoms. Thea began treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute February 2017 and we are happy to report that by June 2017; Thea is on the road to recovery. Thea’s energy has increased and she is doing the things she loves like rock climbing.
- Lyme Disease
- Toxic Black Mold
*Sponaugle Wellness Institute cannot guarantee individual patient outcomes.
Treatment results will vary from patient to patient.