Integrative Medicine

Heather Tallman Ruhm is a Certified Family Physician and an Integrative Medical Doctor who takes a system’s biology approach to health, wellness and disease.  Whether you struggle with blood pressure issues, constipation, anxiety, headaches, an autoimmune condition, or chronic infections, she tries to help you understand the root causes of your health challenges. She finds that most health issues are improved with better attention to diet, lifestyle and tools that lower body burden.


Dr. Heather explores the root causes of a person’s signs and symptoms.  Signs are what others notice (like heat, scars, redness, a distended belly, or a swollen ankle).  Symptoms are people’s own feelings (tired, anxious, painful, foggy, tingly or bloated) and are not necessarily visible.  Taking a thorough history, reviewing environmental factors, and running special tests when indicated empowers the doctor and her patients to better understand the source of their concerns and prioritize treatment.

Exploring and addressing root causes is an on-going, active collaboration.  To identify the best plan of action and track progress, patients are asked to fill out a detailed intake form before their initial visit.  Prior lab work (usually within six months of the visit) serves as a baseline or may indicate the need for further testing.  Patients are encouraged to share their medical records from the past six months if possible.  For subsequent visits, patients submit an updated short symptom survey. 


Systems biology incorporates a holistic overview of the connections between multiple systems.  Conventional medicine often uses a more reductionist approach (treating body parts as independent or unrelated systems or offering a pill for an ill).  Dr. Heather’s style is like an expanded version of the childhood rhyme: the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, connected to the intestinal tract, connected to the immune system, connected to the nervous system, and to the cardiovascular system. 

The optimization of systems working together is contextual.  Dr. Heather respects the body’s innate power to work for us, within the right context. No-one is simply a diagnosis (an autistic, a manic depressive, a diabetic, or a cancer patient) but rather a unique individual in a specific context - connected to a personal history, and certain habits and beliefs, and environmental exposures within the context of a family or community that supports or impedes their progress toward better health.  


Dr. Heather has provided direct patient care in integrative clinical settings for over 15 years, collaborating with a diverse network of health care providers. She takes her own education seriously, attending workshops, webinars and lectures from experts across many disciplines both conventional and holistic.  She particularly relies on functional, bio-regulatory, and energy related medicine for techniques to investigate root causes, provide education, and create meaningful treatment plans.

As patient, you enter into an active partnership, sharing enough input before and during visits to allow Dr. Heather to guide and support your journey to better physical, mental and emotional health.  In this way, she is able to offer sensible tips and tools for lifestyle or dietary changes or recommend specific supplements or modalities from other providers that make sense for each patient’s specific needs.

Appointments are fee-for-service and generally last 45 minutes.  Initial visits can take up to 90 minutes.  Proof of care is available upon request if patients wish to submit their own receipts to their insurance plan for reimbursement.

To book an appointment, please call: 603-402-9134

Dear Dr. Heather

I am so grateful for your kindness, attentive listening, persistent brainstorming, endless knowledge (and ability and willingness to explain) and the enormous amounts of time you have spent both with me and on my case.  I am a better person for having met you.  Thank you so very much.

Hollis, NH

Dr. Tallman Ruhm,

Thank you so much for speaking at Rotary today.  You have the kind of energy that our club thrives on.

Milford, NH

Dear Dr. Heather,

Your practice blazed a trail for others to follow as “alternative healthcare” has become more gradually acknowledged in more establishment businesses/practices.  I want you to know that you made a positive difference in my life and I have benefited from your wisdom, knowledge and compassion.

Manchester, NH

Dear Dr. Tallman Ruhm,

Words cannot express my deep gratitude for the procedure you performed on the ski slopes. It was an emergency room visit that you could have easily overlooked.  My husband and I identify you as “the angel on the slopes.”  We thank God for your presence on so many levels.

Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Heather,

Thank you for taking me on as a patient!  I sing your praises to everyone and I am blessed to have you with your expertise and knowledge helping me stay healthy!

Concord, NH

Dear Dr. Tallman Ruhm,

I woke up this morning for the first time in along time since my cancer diagnosis…feeling like a human being!!  I mean I felt great.  Thank you for giving me the time and patience, and education to help me regain my quality of life.  I hope I continue on this path.  It feels great to be me again!

Northfield, NH