“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
Our name is inspired by Saint Therese of Lisieux often referred to as the Little Flower. St. Therese saw the world as God's garden, and viewed each person as a different kind of flower, enhancing the variety and beauty in which God delights.
― Thérèse de Lisieux
Dr. Fritz developed an interest in integrative medicine early in her career. This interest was catapulted into action when her daughter was diagnosed with ASD in 2009. Like so many other parents she was told that aside from behavior therapy there was no treatment available for the health problems that plagued her young daughter, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, food allergies, and insomnia. It is now well understood that these are medical conditions that occur frequently in ASD, called comorbid conditions. Dr. Fritz began additional training through the Autism Research Institute (ARI) and implemented treatment based on sound nutrition and supplementation and began to see improvements in her child's symptoms. As comorbid medical conditions improved, autistic behaviors began to improve as well. Her daughter began to speak again, to have eye contact again and to sleep again, finally free from pain.
With this new found knowledge Dr. Fritz began to view her adult patients in her family medicine clinic through a different lens. Many patients suffered from symptoms of bowel dysfunction, anxiety, depression, insomnia, muscle pain, and fatigue; and yet based on routine diagnostic evaluation they all "looked great on paper". Focusing on overall nutritional status Dr. Fritz began to evaluate and treat these adult patients who responded to integrative interventions. Patients who had been plagued by symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), for example, became well in six to twelve weeks of treatment.
Dr. Fritz began treating children with Austism Spectrum and related disorders in her family medicine clinic in 2009. Dr. Fritz was quickly overwhelmed with requests and referrals for new patient appointments. In the primary care setting it quickly became apparent that in order to provide these much needed services Dr. Fritz would need to adopt a different model. The high-volume patient visits of 25 to 30 patients per day with 10-15 minute appointments could not accommodate these complex patients. Dr. Fritz envisioned the Little Flower Center for Integrative Medicine as a clinic specifically designed to meet the complex needs of pediatric patients with ASD, ADHD, and related disorders, as well as adult patients with chronic medical illnesses that respond well to an integrative approach.
Dr. Tracy Fritz received her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. She has over a decade of experience practicing full-scope family medicine. Dr. Fritz is a fellow in the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). This fellowship is for licensed medical professionals only and provides credentials demonstrating training in evidence-based interventions for ASD, ADHD, and related disorders.