WELCOME TO DR. DARIN INGELS PRIVATE PRACTICE
Dr. Ingels offers an eclectic mix of therapies for his patients and recognizes that each person responds differently to medications, herbs, vitamins and other supplements. He tailors the treatment plan to meet each individual’s specific health needs. Below is a list of some of the treatment modalities Dr. Ingels use on a regular basis to help his patients achieve better health.
Are you currently accepting new patients?
Yes. Please call our office at 203-254-9957 to schedule an appointment or if you would like more information sent to you.
How long are appointments?
Initial office visits range from 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of your health concerns. Follow-up visits are ½ hour for physician visits and craniosacral therapy. While this is typical, more time may be taken to ensure that all your questions are answered to your satisfaction.
Do you have off-peak office hours?
Yes. We are currently open on Tuesday evenings until 6 pm and Saturdays by appointment.
Do you participate in any insurance plans?
Currently, we do not participate in any insurance plans. Payment is expected at the time of service. However, if you have out-of-network benefits as part of your health plan, you may be able to get reimbursed for some of our services.
I live out-of-state. Can I still have a consultation if I am unable to come in person?
Yes, out-of-state consultations are available, but the scope in which our physicians work is restricted due to regulations about telemedicine. It is absolutely necessary to maintain a working relationship with your local physician as your primary care provider. However, we realize that traveling with a special needs child or other limitation may prohibit someone from being seen in person and we do our best to give guidance to help with your or your child’s health issues.
To find out if your insurance company will reimburse you for our services, contact them directly or speak with your plan administrator. Our office can provide you with a list of questions to ask your insurance company about out-of-network benefits.
Fairfield Connecticut Office
We are conveniently located off exit 19 from Interstate 95, just a mile from the exit on Post Road. We are about one hour from New York City and 20 minutes from New Haven, Connecticut along the golden coast of Connecticut. The office is easily accessible from Metro North (New Haven line) out of Grand Central Station and located less than a mile from both Fairfield and Southport train stations. Cab service is available at the Fairfield train station only. We would be happy to help arrange cab service for you if you decide to come to our office by train. There are plenty of restaurants, parks and a public beach nearby to enjoy before or after your visit! Please call us for more information. If you have any other questions about our practice, services or providers that are not answered on our website, please contact us at 203-254-9957 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Ingels has always been reliable in a crisis situation. I had 3 children at home sick on and off for 2 months and he was the only doctor who got to the root of the problem. Dr. Ingels always values your opinions and questions as a patient.
The initial step of accurately assessing allergies involves taking a detailed history, which often can direct the physician as to which substances may be the underlying cause or trigger. Our physicians utilize several methods of assessing one’s allergies and sensitivities. There is no one testing method that is able to determine all types of immune reactions to various allergens, so we work to find which method(s) are in the better interest of each patient. The following is a brief list of conditions associated with allergies.
Migraine headaches, conjunctivitis, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sore throat, hoarse voice, recurrent ear infections, runny nose, frequent colds, sinusitis, vertigo, ringing in ears, hearing loss or ear pressure.
Heart and Lungs
High blood pressure, chest pain, swelling in arms and legs, irregular heartbeat, fast heart rate, asthma, chronic bronchitis.
Thyroid dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and fibrocystic breasts.
Mouth or stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, gas, bloating, belching, abdominal cramps.
Muscle pains, arthritis, swollen joints, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis.
Fatigue, seizure disorders, sleep problems, memory difficulties.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD, ADHD), autism, PDD, Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, spaciness, confusion, mental lethargy, restlessness, learning disabilities, slurred speech, stuttering, irritability, poor concentration, indifference.
Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, itching, scaling, hives, angioedema.
Urinary frequency or urgency, irritation, delayed potty training.
Proper control of allergies involves several steps. Avoidance of identified allergens is necessary, whenever possible. However, avoiding allergens is not always possible or practical (such as pollen or mold). Therefore, avoidance is combined with a specific therapeutic management program that involves using sublingual optimal dose neutralization (sublingual immunotherapy). The concept is similar to conventional allergy shots, but instead of injecting the substance, patients self-administer their drops under the tongue on a daily basis according to physician recommendations. Use of sublingual drops may be seasonal or year-round, depending on the type and amount of exposure to that allergen. Symptoms are often controlled rapidly once immunotherapy has begun. However, a periodic assessment may be necessary for long-term management.
A major advantage of using sublingual immunotherapy is that it is much easier to administer than conventional allergy injections since the treatments are done at home. A recent study published in Allergy (2001;56:989-92), showed that sublingual immunotherapy is extremely safe and no serious adverse reactions have ever been reported in the medical literature.
Although the use of sublingual immunotherapy is considered “alternative” by conventional allergists, this method is not new or unusual. A 1998 report issued by the World Health Organization Committee on Allergy Immunotherapy stated that oral allergy drops were a “viable alternative to…injections”. In Great Britain, it is the preferred method of allergy management. Many physicians in the United States have been using allergy drops for more than 50 years. Allergy drops are convenient and cost-effective for patients since it requires fewer office visits to the physician and the drops are administered at home. The cost of the allergy vials is also substantially cheaper than injections, with an average annual cost of $500-$1,000 per year, depending on the number of allergens being treated. In some cases, the physician may suggest personalized immunotherapy (i.e., if you are allergic to cats, using your own cat’s hair instead of a standardized extract purchased from an allergy company), which often results in better control over certain allergies. Your physician will discuss the best way to approach treating your specific allergies.
Dr. Darin Ingels is the best!! I remember when I first consulted with him, feeling such a huge relief to have found a doctor that treated me so well. Dr. Ingels is incredibly smart but equally important, he is compassionate and understanding. He gets how sick you are. He understands where you are coming from and really listens to what you are going through. I constantly refer people to Dr. Ingels and I firmly believe that anyone suffering from chronic health issues needs to have their allergies checked & treated. I have made great progress with Dr. Ingels’ allergy protocol because he offers incredible support along the way. He doesn’t just tell you all the bad news of what you are allergic to, he tells you all the good news of what you CAN eat! He provides you with well-researched lists of foods you can eat and where you can buy them, which makes the daunting task of food elimination so much easier. He is making himself accessible for help along the way and he offers genuine, quick responses to your questions. He feels just as much like a good friend as he does a good doctor. I feel sorry for anyone suffering chronic disease who doesn’t have Dr. Ingels on their healing team! Heather S.
Environmental medicine is a relatively new discipline in medicine and focuses on understanding how environmental factors influence our health and behavior. The development of more complex and chronic illnesses has increased over the last several decades despite the advances made in modern medical technology. Those of us who practice environmental medicine recognize that the body is dynamic and is constantly changing to adapt to its surroundings. When the body fails to adapt or does not adapt properly, biological and chemical changes occur that affect both organ and immune systems, ultimately creating symptoms.
The goal then becomes to assist the body in maintaining its ability to change with its environment and restore health.
We are exposed to any number of potential stressors on a daily basis, which may ultimately affect our health. These stressors may be external, such as exposure to pollen, mold, chemicals, infectious agents, contaminants in food or even physical phenomena such as extreme cold or heat. Other stressors may be internal, such as psychological stresses, genetics or malnutrition.
The concept of “total load” then describes how the total sum of these stressors affects each person’s health. Environmental physicians work to help you identify these stressors and provide you with a comprehensive treatment program that effectively manages your illness and reduces your sensitivities. Allergy identification and treatment is an important aspect of environmental medicine. Abnormal reactions to foods, chemicals or inhalants may be related to a systemic or chronic disease. Dr. Ingels will likely discuss many aspects of your health, lifestyle, and environment that may have been overlooked by your healthcare provider.
Dr. Ingels is by far the most dedicated, compassionate, and committed physician that I have ever worked with. He works tirelessly to uncover the root cause of your health problems and then works with you to implement a plan to maximize your health. Dr. Ingels helped me make sense of my multiple diagnoses and really took the mystery out of the medical jargon I was hearing. Dr. Ingels is committed to partnering with his patients on their journey towards wellness. Jillian T.
Therapeutic Nutrition Therapeutic nutrition is the use of supplemental vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to treat specific health conditions. It can also be used to treat nutritional deficiencies that could not otherwise be treated through diet alone. While any substance, natural or synthetic, has the potential to be dangerous, supplemental vitamins and minerals, when taken in appropriate amounts, can be beneficial in treating and preventing disease. Dr. Ingels is an expert in nutritional medicine and only use substances that have been studied and published in reputable journals. We will also evaluate any potential drug-nutrient interactions to ensure that there are no problems in
combining a nutritional supplement with an over-the-counter or prescription medication. Natural alternatives to prescription medications may be explored if deemed safe and appropriate.
Therapeutic Diets As part of our dietary counseling services, specific diets may be prescribed for a particular condition. Dr. Ingels works primarily with the allergy elimination diet and specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). These diets will be designed to help you achieve your health goals by providing you with guidelines to follow in meal planning and shopping. Additionally, we can provide you with recipes to help with your meal planning.
Our family has been under the care of Dr. Ingels for over 2 years and we are delighted by the successful progress of our health issues. My 3 children including my middle child with special needs (ASD) had various food and environmental allergies. My oldest daughter’s sinus infections have not returned since we used Dr. Ingels protocol. My son with ASD is calmer and more focused once we managed his allergies. He is able to be a better student at school and socially interacts with his peers with more ease. My youngest son also stopped reacting behaviorally once we gave his body a rest from the foods that were disturbing his overall balance. In addition, Dr. Ingels caught my daughter’s hypothyroidism and my low iron issue and helped guide and treat these deficiencies with complete success. Dr. Ingels work is a BIG piece of the missing puzzle for our family and we are grateful for his expertise and comprehensive understanding of each of our unique health requirements. Lisa R.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been in use for more than 200 years. Although the philosophy of homeopathy extends back to the days of Paracelsus in the sixteenth century, modern homeopathy has been credited to Samuel Hahnemann, MD. Homeopathy is based on the principles of like-cures-like. Highly diluted substances are given orally to treat symptoms that would normally be caused by giving the same substance at pharmacological amounts (i.e. giving homeopathic poison ivy to treat someone who has a skin condition that mimics a poison ivy rash). The exact mechanism of how homeopathy works remain unknown. There are few studies reported in medical journals, but decades of clinical observation have found it to be beneficial. The substances given may be derived from plant, animal, mineral or food sources. Specific dilutions (called potencies) are prescribed depending on the nature of the condition. Traditionally, low potencies are prescribed for acute conditions and high potencies are prescribed for more chronic diseases. This form of treatment is preferred for children due to effectiveness, gentleness, ease of administration, and safety.
My daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was 18 months old. At that time, along with autism she had numerous issues, such as sleep disturbances, hyperactivity and a wealth of gastrointestinal problems. She passed whole foods in her stool and had a bad reaction to many foods. I had taken her to different doctors with no luck. We found our answer with homeopathy with Dr. Ingels. We have been seeing him for a little over a year, and have been so grateful to him. Finally my daughter can eat most of the foods without any problem, her stool improved, her sleep is so much better now. Her eye contact has improved greatly and she is just getting better every day. We are so thankful to Dr. Ingels! Along with those improvements her social skills are increased and she is so much calmer than she was a year ago. For the first time she wants to interact with me and other people. She became so much more affectionate and the best thing that she hugs me now with her open arms, not holding them down like before. I can’t wait to tell everyone what happens next! Thanks so much Dr. Ingels for all that you have dedicated your time and energy to doing. I can’t thank enough Dr. Ingels for his professionalism and compassion. He is a very talented homeopath. I am confident that my daughter will have a great future, not only because we started early but also because we were so lucky to have Dr. Ingels in our journey. Thank you so much, Dr. Ingels! You are an amazing doctor! S.B., Mom of 2 year old daughter with autism
The use of herbal medicine has been historically documented by cultures around the world and continues to be popular today. Each year new research is published that documents the health benefits, safety and efficacy of herbs. Available in a variety of forms including tablets, granular teas, and loose herbal teas, herbs have never been easier or more convenient to take. Dr. Ingels will help determine whether herbal intervention might be helpful for you and which form would be the most effective. Particular attention is given to those people taking prescription medications. We want to ensure the highest efficacy of both the prescription and the herbs while avoiding any potential interaction between the two. Naturopathic physicians are highly trained and experienced in the use of herbal medicine and understand that just because a substance is natural, does not mean it is necessarily safe.
Western Herbal Medicine The popularity of western herbal medicine in the United States has increased dramatically in the past two decades, with over 1/3 of the American population taking some form of herbs. Despite the argument by some conventional physicians that herbal medicine has no scientific basis, the fact of the matter is that several studies have shown that herbs can be as effective or in some cases, more effective than its conventional drug counterpart. Herbal medicine also has a deep historical basis, dating back hundreds to thousands of years. The efficacy and safety of herbs have been demonstrated through observation and repeated use over centuries, whereas most studies on conventional medications are often a matter of weeks to months. We use standardized extracts, loose herbs or solid extracts, depending on which form best suits your needs. Some herbs are quite toxic and should only be used under the direction of a qualified practitioner of herbal medicine.
I have been going to Dr. Ingels for about three years now. In those three years I have gone from being tired, having headaches, and being sick all the time to being energetic, no headaches, and rarely getting sick. Dr. Ingels has helped me with all my food sensitivities and seasonal allergies. He has a wonderful bedside manner and has the patient’s best interest at heart. I have sent my whole family to him including my child, who absolutely adores him. I highly recommend him to anyone and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for making me healthier. Karen E.
Craniosacral Therapy refers to the connection between the cranium or head and sacrum, the bone at the base of your spine. For decades (since the early 1900′s) various forms of cranial manipulation have been used to treat a wide range of conditions, from headaches and ear infections to stroke, spinal cord injury, nervous system disorders, and musculoskeletal issues. Everyone is familiar with the body’s cardiac rhythm and the respiratory rhythm, yet there is a third important life-sustaining rhythm called the craniosacral rhythm that results from the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the brain and spinal cord. The craniosacral therapist is skilled at feeling this subtle movement along with areas of restriction (tension, compression, adhesions, etc) in the skull, spine, sacrum, joints, muscles, lymphatics, blood circulation, nerves, and fascia (connective tissue). Areas of restriction lead to decreased nerve transmission, reduced fluid circulation, organ dysfunction, and diminished cell communication.
What can Craniosacral Therapy do for my health?
Patients often experience freedom and relief from their physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, light touch bodywork that utilizes the natural energy and intention of the practitioner to activate a patient’s self-healing mechanisms and self-regulating capabilities.
Common conditions helped by Craniosacral Therapy in adults: Acute / Chronic Injury, Chronic pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Neck / Back Pain, Neurological diseases, Headaches / Migraines, Vision / Eye disorders, Chronic Sinus issues TMJ, Insomnia, Anxiety / Depression,Shock / Trauma In children: ADD / ADHD, Autism, Headaches, Behavioral issues, Ear infections, Failure to thrive, Growing pains Most conditions can improve from this Therapy since your innate healing mechanisms are being reawakened.
What is CEASE Therapy?
CEASE stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression. It is a protocol developed by Tinus Smits, MD, a Dutch homeopathic physician to help children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum recover and optimize function. Sadly, Dr. Smits passed away in April of 2010. CEASE uses a three-tiered approach. The first is Isotherapy. This means that the substances that appear to have caused the condition are used in homeopathic doses to begin to clear the condition. The second tier of CEASE is Orthomolecular. Through much observation and study, Dr. Smits determined that there are a few supplements that are indispensable when helping children on the autistic spectrum. They are chosen on an as-needed basis. Not every child will be taking every possible supplement, only the ones they need. Finally, the third element is Classical/Inspiring Homeopathy. Inspiring Homeopathy refers to nine different remedies that Dr. Smits recognized as being very common among his patients with autism. It is also possible that some won’t need one of these remedies, but rather one that is unique to the individual. Remedies are given on a schedule that best matches the needs of the child. Although there is a protocol each child is an individual and any natural medicine/remedy support will be reflective of that. Additionally, the CEASE approach can be used for adults with chronic conditions. Whether someone suffers from allergies, depression or an auto-immune disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis, this approach can help an individual get on the road to health.
We first met Dr. Ingels in April 2009. Matt, then 14, having been diagnosed with PDD at the age of three, had faced a lifetime of dietary and environmental allergens affecting his gut and brain. We had made much progress with prior professionals and I believed that the allergen component was under control, but, knew that Matt still needed additional treatments in our pursuit of his recovery. He had been gluten, casein, soy, corn and nut free for nine years, was continuing to make great social and academic gains but I suspected that underlying allergies were still troubling his development. On our first visit, Matt earned the award for the most food sensitivities found in one child! Matt begrudgingly accepted six months of additional dietary….restrictions and a daily allergy treatment regimen. Flash forward two years, Matt is the healthiest he has ever been. He is making up for years of poor growth, gaining weight in all the right places verses years of belly distention and skinny arms and legs. His muscle tone has improved, academically and cognitively stronger, socially happier and with puberty now in full swing, his body is equipped to handle the hormonal assault of physical and mental changes that are occurring. He continues with his allergy treatment for various seasonal allergens but his world of food possibilities has changed tremendously. We still restrict gluten and nuts and I am cautious in allowing him to overdue certain food products, but, he enjoys foods such as goat cheese at least once a week with no apparent problem and the days of OTC allergy relief and the use of a nebulizer in the Spring and Fall are long gone. Now four of us see Dr. Ingels, two other son’s (ages 9 & 13) are in treatment for various food and environmental allergens and my own lingering gut problems and incapacitating migraines are clearly better. When my headaches sneak in (often through stress or if I eat something I shouldn’t) he has given me the tools and knowledge of how I can treat them without having to turn to prescription or OTC counter pain relievers. With three adventurous boys, I have turned to him for advice and homeopathic treatments to alleviate concussions, sleeplessness, cold and flu symptoms and stomach viruses. He and his staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and resourceful, I highly recommend Dr. Ingels and would be willing to speak with families who are considering his practice. Sue B.