If you or someone you know is experiencing signs of lipodystrophy, wasting or muscle weakness, Body Positive Rehab/Wellness Program may help put you back on the track to feeling better. Body Positive offers a comprehensive wellness program that lasts up to 12 weeks and consists of exercise therapy supervised by a Certified Personal Trainer and a Physical Therapist, nutrition counseling by a Registered Dietitian, nutrition supplements, and massage therapy by a Certified Massage Therapist. Our highly trained staff of professionals specialize in HIV and side effect management.

To apply, come by and pick up the referral forms or print them out on your computer at home. You will need your doctor to sign the 2 forms and provide you with a copy of your latest lab work. 

To qualify for the Rehab/Wellness Program, you must be Ryan White eligible and meet one physical criteria as identified through nutrition and physical assessments.  Parameters to be assessed for qualification include body composition, blood glucose and lipids, cardiovascular capacity, strength, pain and functional capacity.

Physical Therapy

If you or someone you know is experiencing muscle weakness, pain from peripheral neuropathy, problems with movement or mobility and/or balance difficulties/falls, seeing our physical therapist may help to alleviate or manage these problems. Treatments provided may include: modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat/cold, etc), manual therapy, exercise instruction, movement retraining, and education on how to self-manage your problem.

Physical therapy is available to clients who are Ryan White eligible and to those who have Medicare, Medicaid or no insurance. If you are interested in applying, come by and pick up the referral forms or print them out from your computer at home.

Nutritional Services

Seeing a Registered Dietitian to help plan a nutritionally sound diet plan is an important part of building the immune system, managing side effects and keeping the overall body healthy. One of our Registered Dietitians will not only provide the guidance for eating right, but will also discuss dietary supplements and complete a BIA test which will show body composition, i.e. body fat and body cell mass (muscle).
Dietary supplements can be not only helpful in overall health, but can also be a valuable part of a PWA's arsenal against side effects. Generally, a multivitamin/mineral and a B-complex is recommended for people living with HIV. There are many other dietary supplements, such as L-glutamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, that show promise in managing side effects while promoting good health. Montrose Clinic offers dietary supplements to those who are Ryan White eligible and who have a prescription from their Medical Doctor, Registered Dietitian, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant. 

Side Effect Management
Sick of having diarrhea? Tired of being tired? Fed up with a poor appetite? The Body Positive programs are geared toward managing side effects, such as peripheral neuropathy, wasting, lipodystrophy, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides, insulin resistance, gas/bloating and muscle weakness. Make an appointment at Body Positive to start managing those unwanted side effects. 

From our Rehab Program to increase lean body mass, our Physical Therapy to battle muscle weakness or Nutrition Services to relieve diarrhea, we can help!

Clients must be Ryan White eligible. To schedule an appointment call 713-830-3033


Heart Positive Study

Montrose Clinic/Body Positive and Baylor College of Medicine are teaming up to conduct the Heart Positive Study.   This is an important study to answer important questions about how to reduce heart disease risk in people with HIV infection.  It is scheduled to begin this February and will last for 4 years.

HIV infection and the antiviral drugs used to treat it can increase an individual's risk for heart disease. However, the best way to lower the risk is not known, because medical studies have not focused on this population.  The HEART POSITIVE Study, designed and conducted by Montrose Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine directly addresses this important issue. It examines the benefits of diet, exercise, and cholesterol/triglyceride-lowering medications specifically in people who are HIV positive and taking antiviral drugs. This research study is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Why Is Heart Disease Risk Greater in People Who Are HIV Positive and Taking Antiviral Drugs?

The increased risk is related in part to a condition called lipodystrophy. (Lipo refers to fat, and dystrophy refers to abnormal growth.) Lipodystrophy results in:

·        Changes in body fat: For example, an increase of fat in the stomach, at the top of the back, or in the breasts, or a loss of fat in the legs, arms, buttocks, or face

·        High levels of fat in the blood: cholesterol and triglycerides

·        High levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood, in some cases diabetes

These changes are frustrating for both patients and their doctors. What causes lipodystrophy and how best to treat it are not yet known. Developing effective treatments depends on research studies such as HEART POSITIVE.

During the Six-month Study We Will Test:

·        Lifestyle Changes: A heart-healthy diet plus supervised and structured exercise

·        FDA-Approved Medications: To improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Participants will be randomly assigned to a treatment group. Some participants will receive only placebo (dummy) pills. Participants may not choose their group, but they will have an equal chance for each.  Participants will commit to 6 months of lifestyle change including supervised exercise 3 times weekly, daily recording of food intake on study website and eating a heart healthy diet, as recommended by their dietitian. 

Each of the treatments has been proven to be safe and effective in patients with high cholesterol and/or triglycerides to reduce their risk for heart disease.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Heart Positive Study, visit or call 713-830-3034.


Wellness for Community
These services are offered to the community regardless of HIV status and to those who do not qualify for Ryan White funding.

Services Include:

 Nutrition Consult
        *  $50.00
        *  Follow-up visits for $25.00
        *  A registered Dietitian will help you identify dietary changes that need to be modified and assist in meal planning to help you meet your
health goals or to address a specific condition or disease.  
        *  Body composition testing will be done to measure muscle mass and body fat.

Fitness Package
     *  $300.00
        *  Personal Training for 3 hours/week for 4 weeks
        *  A Certified Personal Trainer will work with you on a tailored exercise program designed specifically to meet individual goals and needs.  

Wellness Package
     *  $375.00 per person, or $650.00 for a couple.
        *  Includes Fitness Package with Nutrition Consult and Follow-up, plus two 30 minute massages.
        *  This package combines all the elements needed to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Note:  Once Fitness or Wellness Package is completed, participant is eligible for $25.00/month gym membership.  

Cash, credit card and check accepted.  


In collaboration with
American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,

now available at
Montrose Clinic – Body Positive as of
Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Why try acupuncture?

Digestive problems
Nausea and vomiting
Knee pain
Low back pain
Peripheral neuropathy
Smoking cessation
Rheumatoid arthritis
Stress relief
Pain control

Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40 each

RWI eligible clients receive a 50% discount.

Montrose Clinic – Body Positive
3311 Richmond Suite 100

*Call 713-830-3033 to schedule an appointment.


Chiropractic Services

now available at
Montrose Clinic-Body Positive

Why use chiropractic services?

Back Pain
Peripheral Neuropathy
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Joint & Soft Tissue Problems

How do I get started?

Call to schedule an appointment #713-830-3033

X-rays are required prior to beginning services.



Initial appointment $60
Follow up appointments $40

RWI eligible clients receive a 50% discount.
*A chiropractic x-ray package is available for a fee.

Montrose Clinic-Body Positive
3311 Richmond Suite 100

*Call 713-830-3033 for more information.

Wellness Resource Sites:

A Public Service Message  
Sponsored by the Mayor's  
Hepatitis C Task Force