Tarin Forbes, DO, ABFM, ABAARM, FAARFM, ABOIM
Dr. Tarin Forbes is board certified or is a fellow with the following prestigious organizations: the American Board of Family Medicine, the Academy of Anti-Aging and Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, Metabolic Medical Institute, and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. Her drive and devotion is to enhance her patients’ quality of life for decades to come. Drawing from her own personal experience with health challenges, and her confidence that treating each patient as a unique person that is striving for optimal health, instead of addressing just their medical diagnoses and symptoms, is a far better approach to health care. Her special medical interests lie in optimizing cognitive function and memory, cardiovascular health and fitness, bio-identical hormones and sexual health, and integrative cancer support and prevention.
Dr. Forbes received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in December of 2000 where she was a captain on the National Championship winning synchronized swim team. She then studied medicine and received her Osteopathic Medical Degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona in 2006. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center, St Petersburg, Florida in 2009.
To expand upon her advanced medical education after residency, she completed a fellowship and board certification in Anti-Aging and Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, and in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine through The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and the Metabolic Medical Institute in 2016. Recently, she also became board certified in Integrative Medicine from the ABOIM American Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Forbes is also a member of Adaptive Cancer Care Essentials Program which is a highly esteemed, prolific and dynamic integrative cancer care training program.
Optimize Cognitive Function and MemoryThe primary cause for cognitive dysfunction and memory loss is related to insulin resistance (abnormal blood sugar regulation), and the Masley Optimal Health Center (MOHC) has an easy-to-follow, 5-step program to restore normal blood sugar control and to optimize brain function and prevent memory loss. I will share with you the specific foods and nutrients to add, and what foods to avoid, to be mentally sharper, quicker, less forgetful, more productive, and improve multiple aspects of your health at the same time.
Brain-Gut HealthNot only is there a connection between blood sugar control and brain function, many are surprised to learn that there is increasing evidence that shows a direct highway from the gut to the brain in regards to disease and wellness. This intuitively makes sense when you think about a stressful event in your life…did you feel nauseous or get those infamous butterflies? The evidence is proving that the majority of entities, including Alzheimer’s, begins in the gut. Your gut health is vital to your health and brain function that, as a physician, while addressing blood sugar regulation, a focus on optimizing gut health is often a place to start in regard to paving the way back to Wellness. Perhaps you suffer from depression, anxiety, irritable bowel disease/bloating/excess gas, autoimmune disease, skin disorders, joint pains, memory decline, or many other disorders that likely have initiated in your gut. I have seen time and time again that when I help heal my patients’ gut issues, all of these disorders improve as well. Through my functional medicine training, I am able to identify the underlying root cause of many disorders such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, candidal overgrowth, food sensitivities or intestinal permeability; and create a customized plan to heal the gut and as a result, heal the mind as well.
Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes and Optimize FitnessCardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women, and it accounts for almost 25% of all deaths. Despite that we can prevent 90 % of heart attacks with lifestyle changes, the health care system often overemphasizes pharmaceutical interventions yet, 50% of all heart attacks occur in the face of normal cholesterol so we cannot rely on pharmaceuticals alone which only address a small piece of the puzzle of heart disease.
There are also a number of genetic factors associated with increased risk of heart disease, however, genetics are thought to only play a role 20% of the time in heart disease. So we have been led to believe that genetics determines our fate when in reality it is our lifestyle.
I am passionate about heart disease since it has affected not only my family but so many of my patients. I feel strongly that we can prevent and reverse heart disease if we identify those at risk and give them the correct tools to reverse and/or stabilize disease with lifestyle modifications, nutrition, fitness training, and supplementation. Using sophisticated measures at MOHC, we have hundreds of patients that have actually shrunk their arterial plaque by at least 10 percent, and not only decreased their risk for heart attacks and strokes, but also improved their circulation, their energy, sexual function, and overall quality of life.
Correct Sexual Dysfunction and Hormone ImbalancesThis is a common complaint I have heard in my day to day practice and not just from patients who are of menopausal or andropause (low testosterone) age. Men and women are facing hormone disturbances at all ages. I believe there are a multitude of reasons for this, including on-going stress, poor lifestyle habits, poor diet, environmental toxin exposures, pharmaceuticals, and nutritional deficiencies.
Having gone through hormonal disturbances myself several years ago, after losing a baby while 36 weeks pregnant, and as a mother of three young children combined with the stresses of a very demanding career, I know what it is like to suffer from fatigue, brain fog, low libido, weight gain, and depression. Not only do I empathize with my patients but I feel confident in providing them with the necessary tools to restore their own hormonal symphony and feel sexier and more energetic than ever before.
Integrative Cancer Support and PreventionThis is an area that is very dear to me, since my Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer over a year ago and because I have had so many patients diagnosed with cancer throughout the years, both young and old. I believe we have all been touched in some way by cancer since it is becoming more and more prevalent, and people are becoming susceptible to it at a much younger age…no longer is cancer a disease of the elderly like it used to be. Whether you have had cancer in the past, recently been diagnosed, or want to live a lifestyle to prevent cancer…. it doesn’t matter who you are, I believe in an integrative cancer care approach.
Unfortunately, when my Dad was diagnosed, we received little support from his oncologist regarding what he could be doing in terms of supplements, diet, IV therapies, off-label pharmaceuticals, or other integrative modalities such as hyperbaric oxygen, ozone therapy, oncothermia, biofeedback, etc. It is not uncommon that an oncologist will shrug their shoulders when asked these questions since most of them have not had experience or training in these areas. The fact of the matter is that cancer is a multi-faceted disease which needs to be addressed in a multi-faceted integrative fashion in order to combat it not only in the short term but in the long term as well.
As a member of the “Adaptive Cancer Care Essentials Program”, I receive on-going access to the latest research and proven processes in integrative cancer care led by one of the most esteemed cancer scientists in the world. It is my goal to help detect cancer early using state-of the art early detection markers and to help patients prevent cancers using lifestyle modifications and integrative medicine measures. It is also my strong desire to help support cancer patients to not only make a positive difference for them, but also their families.
A Message from Dr. Tarin Forbes
“I believe that the best doctors are not only teachers and mentors, but are also leaders that are willing to walk the walk to health and not just advise others to do so. Everything I do is geared towards inspiring my patients to live a vibrant life and restoring health using a very personalized medical approach.”