Osteoporosis Services

Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services: For a Longer, Stronger Life

Studies suggest that as many as 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. While this disease is common, many people who have it don’t even realize it until a fracture occurs.

If you’re at risk or think you might be at risk for osteoporosis, you don’t have to simply let it shatter your life. Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services can help you understand your risk for osteoporosis, as well as give you the tools and treatment to achieve optimal bone health. So you can continue to enjoy an active and full life—without worrying about a broken or fractured bone.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease where your bones become weak, brittle and more likely to break. People who have it typically break bones in their hip, spine and wrist. A condition that strikes both men and women, osteoporosis has been called a “silent disease” because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. Those who have osteoporosis are at risk of bone fracture from something as insignificant as a minor fall, bumping into furniture, or even a cough or sneeze.

Learn more about Osteoporosis.

Dedicated to You—and Your Bones

Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services is led by Andrea DeWeerdt, FNP-C. Andrea offers personalized and comprehensive care, and specializes in bone health management and fracture prevention.

If you’ve already been diagnosed or at risk for osteoporosis, Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services can help ensure your continued quality of life. Throughout your care, your primary caregiver will be kept abreast of your test results, treatment plan and progress. Our team will work with you to understand your current bone health, take steps to improve your condition, and limit your potential for future fracture.

A Comprehensive Diagnosis

Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services embraces a multidisciplinary approach to managing the health and wellness of your bones. With the ultimate goal of preventing fractures, we offer an initial one-on-one bone health assessment that includes: evaluating your medical history and your exercise and nutritional status; performing a fall risk assessment and bone-mineral density screening* (if not performed within the past two years); and providing educational strategies for better bone health.

* Recommended for women age 65 and older. Post-menopausal women younger than 65 should be screened if they have significant risk factors associated with osteoporosis.

Treatment: Building a Stronger You

Lakeshore Health Partners Osteoporosis Services delivers treatments and the latest medical breakthroughs for slowing or stopping bone loss, as well as reducing the risk of fracture. No matter your age or fitness level, we’ll help you bone up on your bone health, so you can live a longer, stronger life.

Osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. There is great hope for those living with this chronic disease. Although 50 percent of women will have a osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, you don’t have to surrender to becoming part of the statistics. Making key lifestyle changes and taking medications (if needed) can go a long way toward reducing bone loss, and increasing independence and fulfillment.

Together, we will build a personalized and comprehensive bone health program based on your initial assessment and diagnosis. Your treatment may include:

  • Calcium and vitamin D supplementation
  • Osteoporosis medication (e.g., Forteo, Prolia, Reclast and oral biphosphonates)
  • Weight-bearing and other exercise recommendations
  • Referral to physical therapy and/or occupational therapy
  • Referral to nutrition services
  • Strategies for avoiding excessive alcohol and/or soda consumption
  • Ongoing guidance and education

What is a bone mineral density test?

A bone density test—or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test—uses X-ray to measure the amount of minerals (mainly calcium) in your bones. This quick and painless test provides a snapshot of your bone health and is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis or osteopenia before a broken bone occurs.

Bone density scanning is available at these locations:

844 Washington Avenue
Door 4, Suite 2100
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 355-3865

8300 Westpark Way
Zeeland, MI 49464

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Meet Our Osteoporosis Services Team

Laura Norder, FNP-C

Education & Training

Institution Degree

Andrea DeWeerdt, FNP-C

Education & Training

Institution Degree
Michigan State University - College of Nursing MSN
Calvin College BSN