MSN, FNP-BC, APNP
Lindsay, FNP-MSN, APNP is the main provider at Forward Healthy Lifestyles, delivering leading care in the fields of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), regenerative therapy, weight loss, sexual disorders, IV vitamin therapy and injectables for men and women.
Lindsay remains steadfastly focused on individualized patient care, ensuring her team understands the personal needs and goals of every patient, and providing premier services and therapies to help each patient reach optimum wellness.
Lindsay’s specialty in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy allows her to help men and women struggling with the negative side effects of suboptimal hormones—which often go undiagnosed in traditional healthcare services. Lindsay and her team work with first-rate labs to evaluate patient’s hormone health and call upon more than 10 years of experience and expertise in medicine and HRT to deliver individualized treatment plans that help men and women of all ages overcome symptoms like lack of energy and endurance, waning muscle mass, weight gain, diminished libido, mood swings, thyroid imbalance, brain fog and beyond. She also helps women navigate menopause without the common side effects many women experience during this natural transition in life.
Through her work in HRT, Lindsay has become deeply knowledgeable about the causes of and treatments for sexual disorders in both men and women and provides preeminent therapies to help patients regain their confidence and enhance their intimate relationships.
Lindsay also specializes in the cutting-edge field of regenerative medicine, helping patients to live life free of pain. For 10 years Lindsay served in a busy orthopedic operating room and was responsible for organizing and assisting in more than 2,500 joint replacements per year. During this time, Lindsay came to appreciate just how detrimental a failed surgical outcome is for the patient and how difficult the recovery process can be, and she knew there had to be an alternative to treating degenerative joints.
Her research led her to the field of Regenerative Therapy. Today, Lindsay has performed hundreds of regenerative therapy procedures and the patient outcomes she has observed are nothing short of astonishing. “So many people deal with osteoarthritis and joint pain, and it can be truly debilitating. That’s why we work tirelessly to make this this cutting-edge therapy available. Our goal is to provide an alternative to help our patients live without pain, without the inherent risks and failure rates associated with surgery. We can always operate, but we can’t un-operate.”
During her years in the operating room, Lindsay also witnessed firsthand the severity of the obesity epidemic is in the U.S., and was both frightened and saddened by the death rates directly associated with obesity complications—such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and organ failures. In direct response to this experience, in 2013, Lindsay opened Forward Medical Weight Loss as a destination for integrative, scientifically proven weight management support.
Today, Forward Medical Weight Loss is a division within Forward Healthy Lifestyles and the robust menu of treatments include HCG, B12 shots, Phentermine, vitamin therapies and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies (bHRT)—all designed to regulate the body’s metabolism in healthy adults. Her work in this field has become a sought-after service for men and women in the area as she works with patients to create comprehensive, individualized plans that deliver real, meaningful results.
Lindsay graduated Cum Laude from Concordia University in Mequon, WI and is a rising Regenerative Medicine Fellow through the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (a4m).
Lindsay’s wellness tip: “If you think there’s something off with your body, you’re probably right! Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer—and if you need help getting to the bottom of your health concerns, know there are those of us out there ready to help!”
James A. Joseph
Dr. James Joseph completed his medical school studies at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1994-1998). He then went on to complete a Family Medicine residency through Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1998-2001. He has now been in clinical practice for about 18 years.
In 2010, he awakened to the exciting new field of anti-aging medicine. Anti-aging medicine encompasses evidence based strategies that can help people dramatically achieve more vitality and youthfulness.
Three categories of Anti-Aging medicine include Cosmetic Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, and Hormone Optimization. Examples of Cosmetic Medicine include advanced laser therapies to treat facial pigmentation issues, scarring, and wrinkles, facial injections to correct facial sagging, and body contouring with fat transfer lip sculpture to help shape the breasts and buttocks (“taking fat from areas of the body you don’t want it and putting it into areas that you do want it”).
In 2012, he completed a stem cell harvesting training course through the prominent Ageless Institute in Adventura, FL, and later went on to complete the first ever Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Fellowship in 2016 through his membership in the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (a4m). This field is called Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative Medicine represents the most exciting part of Anti-Aging Medicine as it allows for the possibility to enhance the body to regenerate itself. This can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as help manage diseases. Examples of cosmetic treatments include solutions for Alopecia (hair thinning), Erectile Dysfunction, and Vaginal Atrophy.
Dr. Joseph has also treated advanced diseases with human stem cells as a sub investigator of a university backed research study including Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, and Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease. A third category of Anti-Aging Medicine is Hormone Optimization. It can be said that as our hormones decline so does our body and mind. Hormone Optimization uses evidence based medicine and the use of Bio-Identical Hormones (exactly as nature created them) and Peptides (natural cell-signaling molecules) to help maintain the physiology of a 25 year old in order to preserve vitality and youthfulness safely and effectively into the middle and later years of life. Dr. Joseph works with Acara Partners to insure his services meet state and local guidelines while generating excellent patient satisfaction.
Medical Aesthetician/Laser Technician
Judy Thao is the lead aesthetician at Forward Healthy Lifestyles. With more than 15 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and certified laser professional, Judy’s expertise spans a broad range of aesthetic treatments and procedures, including a special focus on laser machines.
Judy has a passion for beauty, aesthetics, health and wellness, and is eager to help patients understand their treatment options in order to best achieve their individual goals. Seeing her patients gain confidence and hold their heads up high are the most rewarding parts of her job.
In her free time, Judy enjoys traveling to experience culture and local cuisine with her husband, gathering and cooking with friends, playing with her dogs and binge-watching reality TV.
Judy’s top skincare tip: “Apply SPF every day, no matter your skin tone. You will thank me later.”
Erika Marquardt is a registered nurse that brings her 15 years of experience in healthcare to Forward Healthy Lifestyles patients looking to reach new heights in wellness and aesthetics.
In her free time outside of the office, Erika enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling to northern Wisconsin to seek some outdoor adventure on ATVs/UTVs, and reading.
Her health tip: “Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to start the re-hydration cycle for the day!”
Jenny Truse is a trained surgical technologist and Integrative health coach that has worked alongside Forward Healthy Lifestyles founder, Lindsay Carmody, for years. Jenny began her career in the operating room, but when faced with her own set of health issues that were not being resolved with traditional healthcare methods, she turned to integrative lifestyle changes and experienced such profound results, she re-dedicated her career to supporting patients with integrative health practices.
Today, Jenny is a fully trained IH coach and uses her expertise and experience to manage the Hormone Replacement Therapy Program with Lindsay. “I personally understand the struggle many patients face and helping them finally feel better is so rewarding!”
In her spare time, Jenny likes to walk, read, garden and spend time with her family and two fur babies.
Jenny’s health tip: “Get your gut health in check. An unhealthy gut can cause so many health issues that you might not have any idea are stemming from poor gut health.”
Patient Care Coordinator
Melissa Wingers is the patient care coordinator at Forward Healthy Lifestyles, bringing with her 13 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining Forward Healthy Lifestyles, Melissa helped patients in a wide array of fields including orthopedics, rehabilitation, memory care, behavioral health and care for people with disabilities.
Melissa joined Forward Healthy Lifestyles in 2022. Today she is responsible for office scheduling, as well as supporting both patient and provider needs, including helping patients upon arrival, ensuring HRT medical orders are arranged for patients, assisting providers with procedures, and beyond.
During her free time Melissa enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old daughter and going to country music concerts.
Melissa’s wellness tip: “Take care of yourself first because if you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone around you.”
Ashley joined our FHL team as a medical receptionist in August. Ashley has previously pursued her passion for animals with employment within veterinary practices, including 5 years at a clinic in Chicago, IL. Ashley has also spent time volunteering at various animal shelters. As an interesting side note, she holds a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Michigan State University. When she is not offering her love of working with people and animals, she is taking care of her adopted Corgi mix named Libby.
Registered Vascular Technologist
Lia Laterza, RVT, RPHS, is a Vascular Ultrasound Technologist at the forefront of our RED Alert Screening Program. With more than 10 years of experience providing premium ultrasound imaging services and helping to manage patient care in leading vein treatment centers, Lia brings unparalleled expertise, skills and knowledge to our programs at Forward Healthy Lifestyles.
Lia’s wellness tip: Our bodies can’t heal if we are stuck in a perpetual state of “fight or flight”. We only heal if we allow our bodies to relax! Prioritizing relaxation and seeking activities that bring a sense of peace and tranquility are key. When you find that inner calm, you stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for regulating crucial bodily functions. This is what enables your mind and body to regenerate and heal.
In her spare time Lia loves to travel and explore the world – and she has been to many different countries. She also loves taking her dog, Hooch, for walks, adores everything water related, and enjoys meditating and exercise.
Claire C. is our welcoming, experienced receptionist that helps ensure your visit is as efficient and seamless as possible. She supports our team by keeping all patient information accurate and up to date, helping patients book appointments, getting questions answered quickly and thoroughly, helping during appointments, and facilitating other patient needs both in and outside of the office.
During her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and watching her son play on his soccer team. Her health tip? Sleep meditation for improved sleep hygiene. “It really calms my thoughts before bed and helps me get a good night’s sleep.”