Feature Friday: Dr. Ian & Beverly Wahl
St. Louis Allergy Relief Center’s purpose is to help as many people as possible who are experiencing allergies, asthma, or sensitivities to food or their environment reach their optimal level of health using Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), a breakthrough, holistic, natural therapy. – Dr. Ian Wahl
Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want to open St. Louis Allergy Relief Center ?
My name is Dr. Ian Wahl and I’m the founder and Medical Director of St. Louis Allergy Relief Center as well as the founder of Midwest Allergy Relief Center located in the Chicago suburbs.
I was born and raised in Tennessee. I am an alumnus of both Washington University and St. Louis University as well as having completed further post-graduate work at the College of Oriental Medicine. I am also blessed to work with my wife, Beverly, and our son, Dr. Aaron Wahl. Beverly manages our office and is also the patient coordinator. Dr. Aaron has been an established Chiropractor in Chesterfield, MO and is now a treating physician and Marketing Director at our clinic with advanced training in our unique Advanced Allergy Therapeutics allergy treatments.
Beverly and I have extensive personal experience dealing with allergies. Our oldest son, Todd, suffered with asthma as a child. We understand firsthand the fears and difficulties, and the in’s and out’s, of dealing with asthma.
We also understand firsthand about food allergies and sensitivities as well as autoimmune diseases. Our daughter, Pamela, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost 25 years ago. And she was also anaphylactic to seafood. Although Celiac Disease is not a food allergy and therefore we cannot treat it, everyone who has Celiac Disease will also develop some food allergies and sensitivities, and those we do successfully treat.
To round out our family, Dr. Aaron Wahl also suffered with food allergies as a child.
Beverly and I (and our children) became experts in understanding and dealing with allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, Celiac Disease, food sensitivities and anaphylaxis.
In addition to managing our clinic, Beverly also helps counsel parents dealing with the death of a child. Tragically, our oldest son Captain Todd Wahl, was killed while serving in the United States Air Force a few years ago.
I guess you can now see why we specialize in not only treating allergies and other sensitivities, but also have such a passion for helping people, and for providing encouragement, hope, and healing to those suffering.
What excites you the most about your work?
While we know we can help most of the people who come to our clinic, it is our work with children that is most exciting. Children, and infants in particular, do not respond to any placebo effect. It still brings tears to our eyes when we see the look on a child’s face as they tell us that
they don’t itch anymore or that they can play outside without getting sick or that they can now eat the same foods as their friends. We ask our pediatric patients to draw us a picture of what they can do, or eat, or feel after they’ve been treated. And those pictures adorn our treatment room walls instead of landscape prints and medical charts.
What is your biggest challenge?
Explaining to people who are suffering and not finding relief from conventional allergy treatments that a holistic approach can work for them. Most of our new patients are referrals from other patients. Even so, they initially believe that while their friend may have found relief, they or their child is a hopeless case, and they see us as a last resort. It is heartbreaking to see a mom who has a suffering child. She feels hopeless and usually, as moms tend to do, blames herself for feeling helpless. She wants to know why this happened to her child. We can’t always answer why a child suffers, but if the suffering is a digestive, respiratory, or skin condition triggered by allergies or sensitivities, we know we can help most children we see in our clinic.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
To be able to perform “do-overs” for myself and others.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
Stop blaming yourself for your child’s suffering and don’t keep doing the same things for your child that haven’t been working. Try our holistic approach. It is non-invasive, no shots, no needles, no pills, and no avoidance.