Ratings for Dr. Marvin Sponaugle
This is my 19th week of treatment at the Sponaugle Wellness Institute. I've been debilitatingly ill for more than 12 years. I was shocked to learn that I had mold and industrial toxicity as well as Lyme disease and co-infections. I wasn't expecting that! It took more than 6 months for me to decide whether to come here or not, and there were a few things that helped me to make my decision. I'm a former Oncology Nurse so I'm not an easy sell and initially I was very skeptical. And then I read about his daughter's recovery from Lyme disease and listened to Dr. Sponaugle's webinar - that really made a difference for me. PET scans don't lie and I was intrigued by his philosophy in treating this illness, the way he looks at the big picture in a way no other doctor is doing. How his treatment protocols are customized daily for each patient and help rebuild the body while treating the Lyme. The herxes I've experienced while in treatment here have been so well managed by the staff with their supportive "clean up" protocols. I've never felt so well taken care of and it's a huge relief because living in Canada means DIY Lyme and it's exhausting! I trust Doc with my life and trust is not something that comes easily for me. I belive in him and the remarkable work that he is doing. I knew he was my best shot at recovery. Not long before I came down to Tampa for treatment, I was having difficulty sorting out the finances and I felt so much discouragement and despair that I had called Dignitas in Switzerland to apply for their end of life program. I had even started to tell my friends. I had no desire to die, I simply didn't want to live a half life in a broken body anymore. I knew that this was my last chance of recovery. Thankfully it worked out and I'm doing remarkably better. For more than a decade, I've suffered with these horrific full body attacks that resemble a seizure. That one symptom ruined my life. Now I'm doing so much better, those attacks have greatly diminished and I rarely need my canes to walk! Doc has not only helped heal my body, he is giving me my life back. I am grateful. Cecile Gough, Patient Advocate, RN
It almost seems like he picks and chooses which patients he really wants to help. Yes he seems knowledgeable but he is incredibly rude and arrogant. So is his main staff member. I've witnessed him belittle his staff as well. We drained our life saving and now the love of my life is worse than ever with late stage Lyme. $5000 a week???? And that's NOT including the weekly blood tests, scans, colonics, supplements or your stay. We were paying $5000 a week for 1 Myers cocktail a day??? Seriously??? That's bull! Funny how they describe ppl that leave the treatment as "not wanting to co operate") we spent over $100,000 Canadian with NO results. Not only that... the Dr belittled my husband. I think if you have money to be there a year, then maybe it would work... dr seems to be nicer to ppl with money anyway. We feel scammed and taken advantage of. He had no problem taking our money but had problems with us asking questions. Couldn't ask staff either what exactly were in IV Bags... were paying $5000 a week and we can't ask what's in the IV's??? Ya that's not shady at all!
He tells everyone that they are the worse case he's ever seen. He's money hungry (costs $5000 per week to go there) and your results are not guaranteed. This does not include supplements, colonics ($85 each), blood tests, etc. He thinks he's God.
I am a toxicologist and everyone MUST IGNORE ALL BAD REVIWES about Dr.Sponaugle. When we found out that my sister had chronic late stage Lyme disease, I called Lyme clinics around the world to find the right doctor and treatment to save my sister's life! Sponaugle Wellness Institute and Dr. Sponaugle was the only place that I knew would be able to help my sister. Dr. Sponaugle does extensive testing including PET scans to fully diagnose and treat all of his patients. He cares for every single one of his patients and takes the time to explain not only all test results but also treatments. He uses a combination of eastern and western medicines, as well as nutrition and nutritional supplementation to combat the illnesses that are reeking havoc on his patients bodies. My sister has been here for twelve weeks and is getting better. She had so many infections ravaging her body that her own immune system could not even function. Now, her immune system is working and killing like crazy! Everyone of his staff members are exceptional individuals. They all love and care for every single one of their patients, it is like a giant family at Sponaugle Wellness! I cannot say enough good things about this man and his entire staff! I would recommend him to anyone who needs help not only with Lyme disease, but any illness that other doctors have said " it is in your head" or "there is nothing we can do to help you".
Please do t waste your time with this so called Lyme specialist he's more concerned with money than your well being , belittles patience and knows nothing about Lyme he experiments with people still using antibiotic's n 2016 not too smart , Lyme and co infections are resistant to them , wish I could go back and saved my 70,000 Us please do your research , huge womanizer and a scammer ,
I brought my wife ten weeks ago on a wheelchair from Canada after exhausting all local options for her deteriorating condition of presumable viral encephalitis. She had slurred speech, daily seizures and total paralysis, with heavy neurological symptomatology that was outsourced to fibromyalgia, pain syndrome and all kinds of not sense making conclusions by 20 doctors we saw prior to coming here. Dr. Sponaugle and his competent staff immediately diagnosed double strand meningitis brain infection damaging the central nervous system and her right side of the brain and body.They did extensive testing, PET scan images and review of prior tests and treatments. Dr. Sponaugle was the only one to pinpoint capillary leak disorder/Clarkson disease, which is life threatening condition, and to stay with us until late daily by my wife's side to stabilize her. I can boldly testify that he combines traditional antibiotics with natural supplements using classic functional medicine approaches. After seven years of my wife deteriorating and simply dying, she is now on her way to steady improvements, no speech slurring and stuttering, no tremors on right and no seizures. Her facial paralysis is now released. We are confident that thanks to Dr Sponaugle's competence, she will continue improving and she will walk again one day. Dr. Sponaugle has been the answer to our health journey of seven years that was going steadily downhill prior to finding him and being taken care by him and his staff. All our gratitude goes to him for his exceptional compassion, competence and care. Kapka and Stan Petrov from Canada
Dr. Sponaugle is a brilliant physician , far beyond your average Doctor . His integrative approach to medicine and curing his patients , works due to his approach of using modern western medicine paired with a naturopathic approach. He is the most thorough and comprehensive Doctor I have ever seen...ever! The advanced questionnaires submitted , and lengthy medical tests and blood work, give him a clear picture of your body and your brain; before even meeting him! His extraordinary knowledge of the brain and how it is affected by Lyme, Black Mold and Industrial Toxins is spectacular, following the future of medicine and current work on the brain being done by Asian researchers. He is at the forefront and cutting edge of this type of medicine! Other than waiting awhile to see him, I have no complaints because I know he is thorough with explaining what is wrong with you , which takes time with new patients ( or when an emergency arrises) . He leaves no rock uncovered where your health is concerned, and is determined to make the unwell, well again. He will get to the bottom of whatever is bothering you and views each patient as the individuals they are. I have seen the most desperately ill patients, out of wheelchairs and smiling, as they begin the metamorphosis of their new lives. It truly brings tears to your eyes....every time ! After seeing over 38 doctors and getting virtually no where, ( misdiagnosis', Drs. telling me it was "all in my head") I'd had enough after over 8 yrs of this! Seen by the top Doctors, Hospitals & centers in the country - they all got it wrong! On our first meeting, lasting over 5 hours,, Dr. Sponaugle literally described me, my personality , and my illness on point ! All without me saying a single word! How? By looking at my brain scans and other tests he'd run before I'd arrived! Tape this conference! I've listened to it over and over and it still stuns me! He amazed both my husband and I with his comprehensive knowledge of not only Lyme Disease, but in knowing how he could help ME as a human being get back to the world of the living again! It still astounds us with the continuing research he does. He keeps up with modern medicine, while treating with natural supplements as well. This combo works amazingly. Of all of his qualities, what won me over completely, is Dr. Sponaugle's huge enthusiasm for what he does which is so apparent! He will work until he finds the right combo of meds for not only you, but each patient ! He loves what he does and it shows. He is excited, motivated and continually curious. That's the kind of doctor I want. Knowing he began his medical career as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Sponaugle took on the great, vast world of Lyme when the disease hit home sadly infecting one of his daughters. He , as a concerned parent, changed career paths, gaining more schooling and education to heal his daughter, who was deeply and seriously ill by the treatment from other doctors. Something had to be done! He did it! After learning what was needed to cure her, He couldn't imagine doing anything else with his life, than this job which he finds rewarding, exciting, and intriguing and exhausting in every way . The idea of him as a dedicated Doctor caught my heart, but knowing he began as a concerned parent was what made me choose him. He cares, where very few physicians do. He answers every question, ( you may have to wait ) only because emergencies arise,he and his incredibly capable staff deal with what they should first. He reschedules meetings, and calls patients at home if needed. Recently, he cured two very ill children I saw at the clinic. They are cured now, recently sending doc a video of the two of them dancing, that went viral!!!! PLEASE, look it up,on YouTube. It will make your day! Everyone, even doc, cried. You see, under all that intelligence and brilliance lies a heart of gold . Being there daily, we've become a family of sorts. I see improvement and receive not only respect, but affection from doc and his caring staff everyday. It is obvious Dr. S cares, but he has a wonderfully compassionate and intelligent staff who love what they do as well. I am getting well! For the first time in 8 years of being bed bound, I am slowly, getting better With my pain, balance & walking Steadier w ,less joint pain and a more energy. For the first time I was able to go out to lunch with my husband! A monumental day ! We cried, as did my friends at the clinic, and even the staff was so glad for me. You can't fake caring. Thank you Dr. S, for Giving me hope.I've recently turned a corner , and had days w NO PAIN!!!!! I was losing hope until going to SWI!I can imagine being whole, well and a part of society again.
Dr Marvin 'Rick' Sponaugle is the only doctor we would ever trust to diagnose and treat the actual problem itself instead of just the symptoms. and we have definitely seen a lot of doctors! But Doctor Sponaugle is much more than a doctor in our opinion. This is a huge factor that seperates him from any other doctor and is why mum and myself absolutely adore the man and greatly resepct him. He understands that health is not a destination but a process, even when you would consider yourself 'healthy' it's for some of us completely changing our lifestyle for the better to make sure we are the healthiest we could possibly be and not have to come back for more treatment as he knows how frustrating it can be getting well after you have became so sick because he has been there himself along with his family which is why he does what he does in the first place, also something that seperates him from most doctors! I have read other reviews that have complained about his prices and I can tell you right now that those people would not have taken the opportunity to receive all that Doctor Sponaugle is actually offering you. I'm referring back to the education part of the journey, His clinic is like a small community where almost everyone has gone through the same experiences as you have when it comes to visiting several to hundreds of doctors and getting no where and what they've been reduced to in the process whilst they have got sicker and sicker before they find Sponaugle. you can learn so much just from everyone else there, whats worked for them what hasn't, you'd be surprised at how much you can learn if your willing to. Then on top of that Dr Sponaugle holds seminars which go for 5-6 hours or more where he will try to explain as much as he can about the main reasons and issues behind why people are becoming so sick and with that said I would also like to address the people who believe his treatment makes you sicker, when infection or poison that is trapped in your body comes out it enters the blood stream first and then must be expelled by your body which can make you feel sicker temporarily but is a necessary process to rid your body from them, people who mistake this for being sicker I would assume have never bothered to attend his seminars or attempted to work anything out themselves which is probably why people also say they see him getting upset with patients and possibly even staff at times because he rightfully expects people to take health seriously as a subject everyone should be interested in, to which mum and myself could not agree more with and lose energy with people who are clearly not trying. Dr Sponaugle knows how very important that is and it's the last thing most doctors would ever believe in. It shows just how willing of a man he is to teach people what he knows and is always open to knew information whereas someone who knew half of what he knew if that would be quote 'too smart to learn anymore' which is a polite way to say their too arrogant, so to the people who call Dr Sponaugle arrogant they couldn't be more wrong! Dr Sponaugle takes on patients that are way too sick for any other doctors to 'treat' and then gets the blame for his patients being so sick which is completely false and ignorant by other so called health professionals, this year he has decided not to take any breaks off at the end of year holidays because he is worried about his patients, this man truly wants people to get better, mum and I have travelled all the way from Australia to be treated by Dr Sponaugle and his staff and it has been the best decision we have ever made! We are better people for it and have met people from all over the world at his clinic as well. It just shows how good his passionate work is! Thank you for everything you have done for us Dr Sponaugle from your friends from Australia Bradley and Alison, we don't know what we would have done without you. 'That's not a knife'
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Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Director of Sponaugle Wellness Institute, is an integrative physician with extraordinary brain expertise having treated over 9,000 patients who were suffering with various psychological and neurological disorders.
- West Virginia University (Grad. 1982)
- University of Florida (Grad. 1985)
Areas of Expertise
- Lyme disease
- Mold allergy
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
Awards & Recognitions
- ILADS - International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society
- ABAM - American Board of Addiction Medicine
- ABA - Lifetime member of American Board of Anesthesiology
- AAEM - Member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
Publications & Research
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