Our Mission at Virtue of Health Wellness Center:
By using a combination of integrative medicine and functional medicine, we strive to give our patients a better understanding of the beautiful ecosystem that occurs within our bodies. When our bodies are not functioning optimally, this ecosystem is compromised. It is our mission to provide accurate knowledge on how to improve their health and lifestyle choices through identifying the root cause of “dis-ease” and healing the body with a balance of science and holistic modalities.
Virtue Of Health is an Integrative Primary Care and Functional Medicine clinic. We specialize in addressing a full spectrum of health conditions including: sexual health, aging, weight gain, hormone imbalance, chronic viral illness, immune system regeneration, autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and more. Our treatment services help to promote healthier cells and tissues for a better quality of life. We achieve this by improving energy and promoting overall well-being.
Functional Medicine approach addresses the underlying causes of disease by using a systematic approach while engaging both patients and practitioners in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Functional Medicine addresses the whole person and sets out to treat the root cause of disease, not just mitigate symptoms with medication. This patient-centered approach involves a more thorough health evaluation, factoring in one’s history, lifestyle, environment, genetic components, and emotional state is important to properly diagnose and treat. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Holistic Doctors Sarasota
We are happy to provide care for the Sarasota and surrounding area.
Virtue of Health
Dr. Arthur Hodge, MD is an internal medicine specialist in Sarasota, FL. He completed a residency at the Pinnacle Health Polyclinic. Dr. Hodge found his way to integrative medicine over 30 years ago when he was a bodybuilder and powerlifter. He quickly became interested in learning about bio-identical hormones, men's health and peptide therapy. Through his own experiences, he was amazed by the positive health benefits that bio-identical hormones had on his own health as well as his patients.
Licensure & Certifications:
Medical Doctor MD
Dr. Arthur Hodge MD, Medical Doctor
Ashley Rowland, FNP
Ashley studied nursing in college at Shawnee State University and earned her associate's degree in 2007, and worked as a Registered Nurse whilst continuing her education. Ashley transferred from the clinic, into the operating room, where she specialized in orthopedic and gastrointestinal care. Ashely graduated and earned her credentials as a Nurse Practitioner in 2017. Post-graduation, Ashley practiced in Family Medicine care and in Pain Management care. Most recently, Ashly has decided to follow her passion and fully transition into Functional Medicine, Hormone Therapy, and all things Cosmetic. Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Kentucky and obtained her Nurse Practitioner, at Kentucky Christian University, specializing in Family Medicine. She is married, is a proud mother, and enjoys having a very active family, who enjoy sports and fitness in their downtime. You will find the Rowland family at amusement parks, kayaking, or doing anything else that keeps them moving, or outdoors. Once the Rowland's moved their family to Florida, to enjoy the outdoor adventures, they knew they had found their place in the world and have never looked back.
We are thrilled to have Ashley and her many years of expertise join our team at Virtue of Health and we know she cannot wait to meet you.
Functional & Integrative Medicine
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy
Hormone Pellet Therapy
Sexual and reproductive health
Aesthetics & Injectables
RF Microneedling (Morpheus8 & MDPen)
Licensure & Certifications:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Morpheus8 Facee & Body
Inmode Empower Women Treatments (V-Tone, AVIVA, Forma-V, Morpheus8V
Stem Cell Injections
Trigger Point Injections
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapist
Joy Briandi MA, Office Manager
Joy Briandi not only brings 20- years of medical professional experience to Virtue of Health, but she also brings her belief that a successful practice prioritizes the guest's experience. With a background in Orthopedic-medicine and Plastic Surgery, Joy brings extensive knowledge in both the administrative and clinical roles of a medical practice.
Joy has spent the last several years operating the department of clinical studies for a renowned Plastic Surgeon. Prior to that, managed the surgery scheduling department of an exclusive Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practice.
With her strong background and values, we are honored to have Joy as the Office Manager of Virtue of Health. Prior to a guest's arrival, Joy focuses on the quality of care given, building relationships and confidence, giving guests an unmatched experience.
Motivated by her passion for medicine, Joy is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a goal to become a Registered Nurse. Joy is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and endless energy to encourage others to succeed. Joy lives up to her name and she can not wait to meet you!
Functional & Integrative Medicine
Exercise sciences / Fitness
RN graduate candidate
They saved my life!
For 2 ½ years Western Medicine couldn’t help me and I went to some of the finest doctors. I did every imaginable test and spent a fortune trying to figure out what was going on with me. I was told to take pharmaceutical drugs which did not help me. Since I had no other real answer as to what may be going on I just did so until I went to Virtue of Health.
Through extensive training in functional medicine, they pointed out everything that was contributing to my symptoms, and I could see it right there in front of my eyes.
Finally answers and a protocol that they said could work. This meant I had to commit to a life style change. I did have to temporarily change my diet and take supplements to cleanse my body naturally. This wasn't easy but it worked.
They told me that it takes 4 months to create new blood cells and I travelled from NY to Florida 3 times to see the progress. I stuck to the protocol! In just 4 months, with their guidance, I am healed.
I am now symptom free and it is like a miracle. They also helped cure a cough that my fiance had for a year as well through a similar protocol. They truly practice what they teach, they're generous with their time and are very well educated. They can help you!
Thank you Virtue of Health:
I am forever grateful to you and will continue to stay on this path.
I started going to Virtue of Health because I was suffering from IBS and severe hormonal issues. Before I came here I was getting frustrated seeing multiple doctors and them only spending a few minutes of there time with me, then prescribing me pills to take to fix my problems. When I met the practitioner I thought it was doing everything right. I was vegan, worked out everyday, drank a lot of water, I couldn't understand why I was having so many problems. They have practitioners who actually care about their patients. They always listen to me and I never feel like I am being rushed when I speak with them. They analyzed all of my symptoms and gave me a list of vitamins and supplements to take, what foods to bring into my diet and which to cut out. It was so amazing to finally meet providers who are so knowledgeable about everything related to nutrition and wellness. I can honestly say Virtue of Health changed my life for the better. If it wasn't for them I would still be suffering and searching for answers. My stomach is completely better and my hormones are back to being balanced thanks to her advice. After knowing them for quite some time now I can say they are the most caring and selfless people I know. Whenever I have a question I always ask and they respond with thorough explanations. I am so grateful to know everyone at Virtue of Health and my life has very much improved from their constant help.
My name is Robin Woolley and I am a Social Worker in rural schools in northern New Mexico. I have been providing social work services for the past 38 years. I was feeling low energy and that I might need some supplements to bring me up to par. Virtue of Health tested my blood which was an amazing process in itself. It was neat to see my blood cells and then to have a consult on what I saw. The providers are fabulous and they are very knowledgeable in holistic medicine. They recommended supplements to help me balance my system once again and was very encouraging; giving me a positive outlook on my situation. I bought the supplements and took them for the prescribed time limit which helped me make the jump I was looking for. Thank you Virtue of Health, I would recommend you to anyone! I don't take my health lightly and it's important to me that the health professional I am working with is not only knowledgeable but kind and a conscious human being. Thank you for all of your support and may your practice flourish with abundance!
My experience with Virtue of Health began about 4 years ago. At that time, they saw the potential for gall bladder problems and protein deficiencies. Unfortunately, I didn't fully act upon their advice then.
Over the past year I worked with them again after my parathyroid surgery when my body was very depleted and I was severely depressed and was having stomach and gall bladder issues. Their various recommendations: hormone therapy, IV therapy, B-shots and Amino Pro supplements has been a great help in restoring my health and strength.
I am grateful for the advanced diagnostic techniques and therapies that Virtue of Health is trained in and so effectively uses to support wellness.
Virtue of Health gave me new life. I highly recommend them, as they are the most knowledgable practitioners I have ever encountered and not only that, they actually care about all of their patients. I came to them feeling extremely discouraged after, more doctors than I can count, telling me I was extremely healthy and have normal levels. But I new the abdominal pain, cloudy head, constant headaches among many other issues wasn't "healthy". After of they TOOK THEIR TIME to understand my symptoms and struggles they were able to examine my THOROUGH blood-work and came to a conclusion that no other Doctor even cared to look into further, despite my struggles. They were able to diagnose me with an autoimmune disorder and treat me accordingly. I now wake up every day with a clear mind and more energy than I could imagine. My relationship with my family is enhanced now that I am getting what my body was lacking, my daughter even calls them "The Happy Body Doctors". Before I was barely living and now I am thriving. And now my husband and I may have the opportunity, if we choose, to conceive. They will be the best decision you've made in a very long time! GO SEE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The team at Virtue of Health have done amazing things for my health. They have been the most influential part of my healing journey. They are incredibly knowledgeable in so many ways and I have recommended many people with many different health journeys and not one has been disappointed. I would recommend anyone to see them. I’m a very happy patient and will continue to come in and see the doctor and her team for years to come.
Having been to nearly every IV treatment in Sarasota, I can confidently say that Virtue of Health is the best. You’re not just walking in to get a standard treatment. The center is holistic in its approach and will work with you to provide you with a combination of vitamins specific to your body’s needs. They offer a wide variety of services from hormone therapy and health coaching for weight loss to vitamin IV therapy and facials. The staff is lovely and the center is beautiful. If you’re struggling with your health or even just stressed out from work like I am, I highly recommend booking a consultation and seeing what they can do for you. It helps!
Have been coming here for a few months to manage my fibromyalgia, digestive, and cfs. The providers and staff are wonderful and so knowledgeable. Pain and fatigue is under control and feel as though I have my life back. Would highly recommend!!
The providers are so knowledgeable and caring. I have full confidence in their treatments and suggestions. They knew about literally everything I asked them with no hesitation Anywhere from lupus to nursing to kidney stones to restless leg syndrome and more. They are extremely intelligent and gives confidence to trust their expertise to improve yourself from the inside out.
Virtue of Health has the the best nutritional providers I know... we are so fortunate to have them here in Sarasota. They can create a personalized plan to help with virtually any ailment. This is magic in today's world. I'm so grateful to them for sharing their gifts and talents with us.
Game Changer for me. I feel better than I have in 20 years. Nobody beats Father Time but having Virtue of Health in your corner has me feeling like I have a chance.
Virtue of Health has the best natural providers around. They really care about all of their patients. They are both compassionate and highly professional. Their knowledge about nutrition and the body are remarkable. I highly recommend their services and procedures. If your looking to prevent or treat diseases Virtue of Health is definitely your best choice!