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Vanessa Allen, MD. 

12200 Annapolis Rd #115
Glenn Dale. MD 20769

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We provide a holistic integrative family medical approach to wellness using western and alternative medicine. We are pleased that you are considering our practice to coordinate your total medical care. You will receive the best care possible from our physician and office staff. We are now accepting infants and participate with Vaccines for Children program.

New Patient Registration

Click on the following link to register as a new patient, establish patient check in, confirm appointments, review lab results and update personal information: https://webview.mckesson.com/drallen Registration is required to login. New patients please contact the office for a generic password to register. If you would like to schedule a Functional/Integrative medicine appointment, please let the receptionist know when you make your appointment. (See FAQ for explanation)

Dr Vanessa Allen MD Dr. Vanessa Allen, MD

Dr. Allen successfully treats medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, acute care (URi, sore throat, colds), asthma, allergic rhinitis, depression, anxiety, back pain, dermatitis, headache, thyroid disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), vaginitis, menopause, obesity, and tobacco addictions.

We have programs to help you achieve optimal health, and to restore and maintain health. We focus on providing health care to persons from infants to adults, emphasizing health awareness and prevention. As always, we welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Please call us at 301-805-7084 and we will be happy to talk with you. Most major health insurances are accepted.

Dr. Vanessa Allen received her medical degree from Howard University, College of Medicine in 1989 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina.

After completing her residency in 1993, she developed a successful private group practice in Ft. Washington, Maryland before starting her own practice in Bowie, Maryland.

In her search for knowledge, Dr. Allen has moved beyond her training in traditional allopathic medicine to embrace integrative and alternative medicine.

She has continued her education in complementary and integrative medicine by completing course work with the University of Arizona department of Integrative Medicine chaired by Dr. Weil, and has studied and mentored with Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil who specializes in herbal and Chinese medicine. She has completed her studies in acupuncture at UCLA, Helms Institute, the leading center for physician training in acupuncture.

Dr. Allen has developed unique and individualized programs for weight loss that successfully assist patients in meeting their weight loss goals. In addition, she has experience with individualized treatment with bio-identical hormones for women’s health and anti-ageing. Dr. Allen believes in patient centered care and addresses healthy lifestyle issues focusing on nutrition, physical activity, mind-body approaches and spirituality. Her goal is to promote wellness and disease prevention that enables patients to increase control over and improve their health care.

Areas of Practice

The clinical practice of Dr. Vanessa Allen offers a spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options.  Dr. Allen is board certified in Family Medicine and has trained in integrative medicine.  She offers primary care services and looks forward to creating a plan for optimal health and to address your unique needs.  Dr. Allen provides each person with individualized treatment options as well as self-care skills that will help overcome illness and promote optimal health.

Dr. Allen cares for people throughout Maryland and Washington DC who are challenged by:

  • Optimal Weight
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mood Disorders
  • Fatigue/Adrenal Insufficiency Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Bowel Disorders
  • Stress Management/Coping Effectiveness
  • Dysmenorrhea/PMS
  • Menopause

Wellness Options


We believe that the patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process and collaborate to create individualized treatment programs. We respect each person as a unique individual and value the important relationship between mind, body, spirit and community in health and healing. Our physician educates patients, empowering them to make wiser life and health choices.

Distinctive Features of the Office

Our clinic is aesthetically pleasing and offers our visitors a calm, healing environment. We care for the whole person and create individualized plans of care. Our practitioner teaches skills to reduce symptoms and promote health.

Look Good/Feel Good on the Inside and Outside

The Weight Loss Program offers a comprehensive and cost effective approach to weight-loss to address the multi-dimensional needs of its participants.  No matter your fitness level, dietary habits or lifestyle, this program is designed to meet your unique physiological and psychological needs.

The benefits include:

  • Initial Comprehensive medical and nutritional history and brief physical exam
  • Nutritional Assessment and Coaching based on your dietary habits
  • Monthly Consultations with Medical Doctor
  • Monthly Body Assessments includes: (Body Fat, BMI, Weight, Body Measurements,  Pulse, Blood Pressure, etc.)
  • Loyalty Reward Incentive Program
  • Natural herbals, supplements, or medication to assist with cravings, sluggish metabolism and to improve digestion (optional)
  • Weekly Group Meeting to address common areas of emotional and behavior needs such as choosing healthy foods, time and stress management, and emotional eating conducted via teleconference.


As an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a way of treating disorders and promotes wellness by inserting sterile needles into the skin at very specific points.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than forty medical problems, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, headaches, and chronic pain associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis.

Nutritional Coaching

Change your diet to achieve optimal health, prevent and control diseases, and manage your weight, while still eating delicious food.  All information is individualized to meet your specific goals and needs.

Smoking Cessation

The use of acupuncture and behavior modification to decrease cravings and quit tobacco smoking.

Vitamin Analyses

Comprehensive vitamin analysis that evaluates nutritional status and assess the functional need for vitamins and minerals.

Bio-Identical Hormones

Ideal for hormone adjustment for women as they enter menopause and for men as they start the ageing process. The hormones enhance and normalize male and female hormones. An assessment will include hormone measurement and recommendations with bio-identical hormone treatment if indicated.

Pharmacy Review Services

Pharmacy Review services for review of complex drug regimens and chronic care conditions

Appointments: If you are new to our practice, please call to schedule an appointment for a check-up. Please bring a list of all prescription medicines that you are currently taking with you to each appointment.

Emergency Care - What to do in an emergency: Seek care at the nearest emergency facility or dial 911 (if your area has emergency response service). If a delay would not be detrimental to your health, call us first, if possible. If you are admitted to the hospital, have a friend or family member notify our office as soon as possible.

Prescription Refills: Please call during regularly scheduled office hours to request prescription refills. Do not wait until the last day of medication to call the office. This will ensure enough time for us to review your request and send in the prescription if indicated.

When calling for a prescription refill, please have the name and phone number, and location of your pharmacy available to give to our office staff.

Referrals: As your primary care office, we will coordinate all of your medical care. Please consult our office whenever you have questions about your health and obtaining specialist care. We will be able to help you select the proper specialist and continue to coordinate your care with the consulting doctor. Many times, follow-up care can be provided through our office. However, if it is medically necessary for continuing care to be provided by a specialist, we will help arrange this for you. Please make sure that we are aware of any medications that a specialist prescribes for you. Please allow 24 hours for referrals to be processed.

Telephone Calls to the Office: We welcome your telephone calls and encourage you to call the office if you have any questions or concerns. If you have a question for your physician, we will most likely take a message and have him/her call you back during a break in our schedule, at the end of office hours, or by e-mail on our secure website. This allows the physician(s) uninterrupted time with all patients.

If you need to make an appointment, our office staff will assist you in doing so. When calling for a sick visit, please call as early in the day as possible so that we can see you that day. You may be asked to speak to a nurse so that we may arrange the most appropriate plan for your care.

If you need to cancel an appointment, please call the office as soon as you are able. Twenty-four hours’ notice is requested when possible; this allows us to offer the appointment time to another patient.

Test Results: Our office will call you with any significantly abnormal test results. For normal test results, a member of our staff will send a letter or e-mail to inform you. If you wish to call the office for test results, you may do so during regular office hours. We will respond to your call as quickly as possible.

Urgent Calls: A physician is on call at all times. If you have an urgent medical problem, call the office immediately. During scheduled office hours, provide your name and a description of the situation to the receptionist. When the office is closed, our answering service will take your call. Please indicate that you are calling regarding an urgent situation; the answering service will contact the physician immediately. A physician will guide you in your urgent care.

Wellness Thursday Services: Is a therapeutic wellness evaluation of your health. We cover several areas to assist you with making healthy lifestyle choices everyday that will enhance your overall health and fitness. The services provided are: 1) Weight reduction; 2) holistic nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching; 3) acupuncture; 4) smoking cessation; 5) vitamin analysis and 5) hormone balancing with bio-identical hormones.

Insurances Accepted Include the Following:

  • AARP
  • Amerigroup
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Care First
  • Champ Va
  • Coventry health Care
  • Cigna
  • Compass Rose Health Plan
  • FCE Benefits PHCS
  • FCE Benefits PFCS
  • GEHA
  • Gerber Life Ins
  • Greatwest Health Care
  • Humana
  • Informed
  • John Hopkins EHP
  • Mailhandler
  • MAMSI Life and Health
  • Maryland Physician's Care
  • Medcost Alliance
  • Medi Novitas Solutions
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • NICO Northern Ins Co
  • One Net PPO
  • River Health
  • RRMCR Rail Road
  • Sedgewick
  • Teamsters Local
  • Tricare
  • UAIC (United American Insurance)
  • UBA Health Plans, Inc
  • UHC

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are your hours of operations?

A. Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
     Tuesday: 11:00am - 6:00pm 
     Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
     Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
     Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
     Saturday hours are available
     Closed Sundays and Holidays:
     Memorial Day
     4th of July
     Labor Day
     New Years
     President's Day
     Martin Luther King

Q. Can you be a primary care doctor?

A. Yes.

Q. Which insurance carriers do you accept?

A. CLICK HERE for current list of insurance accepted

Q. Who is principle contact in your office?

A. Receptionist

Q. Areas of specialized treatment?

A. Optimal Weight
     Mood Disorders
     Fatigue/Adrenal Insufficiency Syndrome
     High Blood Pressure
     Heart Disease
     Bowel Disorders
     Stress Management/Coping Effectiveness
     Women's Health/Routine GYN

     Wellness Options:
     Weight Reduction
     Holistic Nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching
     Smoking Cessation
     Vitamin Analyses
     Hormone Balancing with Bio-Identical Hormones

Q. What is the initial cost of an office visit?

A. To determine your office visit cost, please refer to your individual health plans.

Q. What is a functional/integrative medicine evaluation?

A. A functional medicine evaluation treats each person as an individual and gets to the root cause of health problems and the management of complex, chronic diseases. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological and structural balance. Working in partnership with a trained functional medicine provider, patients make dietary and activity changes that, when combined with nutrients targeted to specific functional needs, allow them to really be in charge of improving their own health and changing the outcome of disease.

Q. What can I expect during my functional/integrative medicine office visit?

A. Your initial office visit will be to primarily gather information and sharing session. Dr. Allen may make some simple recommendations at this time, but most advice will be deferred until after lab and physical exam results are in and there has been time to thoughtfully consider your case. The second visit is generally scheduled a week or two later. Any physical exam that is indicated will be performed during your second visit. It is at that time that Dr. Allen will discuss the review of findings. This includes what may be causing your health problems and what supplementation (vitamin, minerals, and herbs), diet, and lifestyle changes may be needed, as well as any or other medications that may be appropriate for your care. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled in approximately 48 weeks from this visit to evaluate progress and make any adjustments in your program.

Medical Background / History Forms

Patient Registration Form

Review of Systems

Adult Medical Questionnaire


You can print the forms to fill out. Filled out forms can be brought into the office, mailed into the office or faxed to us at 301-805-7043.

FirstLineTherapy Forms

Health Profile Form

Health History Form

Awards & Recognition

Patients come from all over Maryland, Anne Arundel, Howard, PG Prince Georges County MD including Bowie, Crofton, Upper Marlboro, Mitchell, Kettering, Largo, Hyattsville, Capital Heights, District of Columbia, Ft. Washington, Forestville, Brandywine, Tacoma Park, Greenbelt,  Lanham, Seat Pleasant, Lanham Seabrook, Suitland, Oxon Hill, Clinton, Camp Springs, Temple Hills Washington DC and surrounding areas.

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