ThriveGI Integrative Health Program

The ThriveGI Integrative Health Program provides care for pediatric patients with underlying gastrointestinal disorders. By bringing together evidence-based conventional and complementary approaches for care in a coordinated way, providers place emphasis on the person as a whole, considering mind, body, and spirit, and their interplay in health and disease.


The Lurie Children's Difference

ThriveGI is unique in that it is one of only a few GI-focused pediatric integrative health programs in the country. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to create care plans that are individualized for each child’s needs and are respectful of family values. Recommendations may include mainstream medical testing and therapies as well as complementary approaches to care such as hypnotherapy, guided imagery, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, and yoga.

Conditions We Treat

We see patients with underlying GI issues including the following conditions:

For patients already followed by a GI physician, the ThriveGI program can provide advice on complementary practices that supplement your child’s existing care plan.

Our Specialists

Joshua D. Prozialeck, MD

Dr. Joshua Prozialeck is the director of the ThriveGI Integrative Health Program. He has completed an Integrative Medicine fellowship through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Lauren M. Potthoff, PhD

Dr. Lauren Potthoff is the program’s clinical psychologist. Her partnership in the program allows for assessment of psychological factors affecting health and how health concerns impact psychological functioning. This collaboration also enhances mind-body therapy offerings.

What to Expect

Once a visit is requested, our ThriveGI coordinator will arrange completion of the program’s intake form for scheduling.

The initial appointment includes a 90-minute visit with Dr. Prozialeck and 30-minute visit with Dr. Potthoff. All aspects of a patient’s health will be reviewed as depicted in our ThriveGI Tree. 

The goal of the first visit is to develop an Integrative Care Plan that meets the patient’s and family’s goals and individual needs. These plans can evolve over time in follow-up appointments where patients spend 60 minutes with Dr. Prozialeck and 30 minutes with Dr. Potthoff.

Make an Appointment

If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS.DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information. Request an integrative medicine visit with Dr. Prozialeck in the ThriveGI Integrative Health Program.