Caitlin Pfeil, FMCHC, CPT, NCAA Personal Trainer, Leaves of Life Practitioners, Uncategorized

Meet Caitlin Pfeil, FMCHC, CPT, NCCA Personal Trainer

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I’m so excited to be part of the incredible team here at Leaves of Life. The kind of world I want to live in celebrates holistic health with a focus on balance, where body positivity is the norm, diet culture is not, and where “bad” foods don’t exist. It’s possible with small but powerful steps, accountability, support, and making it fun!

I’m a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach certified through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy with the Institute of Functional Medicine. I’m also an NCCA Certified Personal Trainer, with a specialization in fitness nutrition. On the Leaves of Life team, I’m a one-on-one Health Coach in partnership with practitioners. Working collaboratively with doctors, nurses, and lifestyle educators offers a clear treatment plan. I also provide laser allergy treatment for patients who need help with environmental and food allergies and other imbalances.

Over eleven years ago, I knew I had to make a change. At my heaviest, I was fifty pounds overweight, tired and moody, with skin issues, environmental allergies, food sensitivities, and frequent headaches. I joined a gym, became certified as a Personal Trainer and my passion for the gym led me to fitness competitions. Most recently I competed in the Arnold Classic. Competing has taught me extreme drive, intrinsic motivation, patience, and discipline, but definitely not balance. Now, I’m an advocate for balancing physical, mental and emotional health, which I’ve seen spill over into and improve all different areas of my own life and in the lives of my family, friends, and clients.

I’ve been working as a part of the holistic health world for about a decade now! I have owned and operated a successful nutrition club and storefront, led many large group fitness classes, taught dozens of nutrition workshops and seminars, managed thousands of supplements as a buyer for a health food store, and I’ve appeared on 10TV Columbus multiple times leading health, fitness and cooking segments. I spend hours every week self-studying to stay up to date in the ever-expanding world of natural health, and I enjoy continuing education conferences and seminars. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to help you achieve your goals and live your best, balanced life!

Education and Newsletters, Uncategorized

Ro-busting Your Immune Response

Many patients are asking what they can do to boost their immune system.  While none of us have encountered this particular Coronavirus previously, we do know the fundamentals of shoring up immunity.

Because 70-80% of immune function is found in the GI tract, any issues there should be prioritized.  This starts with a healthy diet, with a particular focus on lots of veggies, some fruits and avoidance of high glycemic and especially refined carbs.  Healing there can be assisted by probiotics, antimicrobials, colostrum, mucosal barrier support and other specifics based on individual concerns.  An advanced stool test like the one we use here at Leaves of Life is a great way to know exactly what needs addressed to help optimize the largest part of your immune system.

Also important is managing stress, since our immune system can be inactivated during times of high stress.  This is an adaptation carried over from the days when we had natural predators…it’s not important, after all, to fight a cold or flu virus if we’re about to be eaten for lunch.  Managing stress can be easier said than done when infection and death tolls are being discussed on every newscast.  It’s important to remember that this virus is much like other infectious agents…the healthier you are and the stronger your immunity, the less vulnerable you are. This can empower you to calmly take protective measures.

Sufficient sleep is essential for optimal immune function.  If you’re practicing good sleep hygeine and still have trouble sleeping, consider seeking help from a professional.  We get great results here with several different products: Perfect Sleep (DesBio), CBD, Melatonin and Alpha GABA PM.

Stay hydrated.  This includes making sure your environment has a good level of humidity since bugs spread and persist more easily in dry air.  The optimal level of hydration is 40-60% and can be tested and adjusted by purchasing a hygrometer for $10 or less. Hygrometer link here.

Aside from addressing GI concerns, eating healthy, managing stress and optimizing sleep and hydration, there are also natural products that can help enhance your immune response.  Here are some of our favorites: (We’ve included many options because some of these are or will go on backorder as companies try to meet the demand.)

Vitamin D

If you’ve not been taking vitamin D and you live north of Georgia, you’re likely deficient and should start with 10,000 IU daily for the next 3 weeks.  At that time, we would suggest testing your blood level to determine dosing going forward.  Your goal is 60-90 ng/ml.  In my opinion, Vitamin D is one of the most crucial elements of protecting immunity.  Here are a couple of studies from  British Medical Journal and Scientific American that support that advice.

Andrographis Plus AND Essential Defense by Metagenics

Technically, the Essential Defense is meant to be taken when you’re fighting a new infection, and Andrographis Plus for once you’re actually sick, however, we find that they work best when taken together at the first sign of illness, 1 of each every hour.  Often after 3-5 doses, patients are no longer sick.  We suggest continuing to dose until you are symptom-free, though you can take less often as symptoms begin to abate.

Herbal Throat Spray, Propolis Throat Spray or Silver Throat Spray

Begin use at the first symptom of sore or tickly throat.  Spray directly at the back of your throat 2-4 times every 1-2 hours or as needed for symptom relief. This can also be backed down as symptoms resolve.

Silver (we use Smart Silver from DesBio-dosing may vary based on ppm of silver)

1-3 tsp daily for prevention and increase to 1 tbsp 3 times daily if symptoms appear, lowering as symptoms resolve.  You can also add silver to a spray bottle to use as a throat spray, add it to a neti pot for sinus rinsing, or apply it topically to disinfect wounds.

Ultra Flora Immune Booster

Helps with frequency, intensity, duration and onset of upper respiratory illness. Take one per day.

Vitamin C

There are many different kinds of vitamin C to choose from, and you should know that taking too much can create diarrhea.  This will quickly resolve if you lower your dose.  Some doctors recommend dosing to bowel tolerance (just below the dose that would create diarrhea), while others recommend 1-3 grams daily.  Whatever your strategy, know that vitamin C is water-soluble (unless labeled as liposomal) and will wash out within a few hours of ingestion.  Liposomal provides a time-released, constant blood level, or you can simply divide your water-soluble vitamin C into several doses throughout the day.

Zinc

We have several products to choose from – your provider can assist you in making the best selection for you, but be aware that chronic ingestion can cause imbalances in other minerals.

Elderberry, Viracid and Immucore are several more options should any of the options above be out of stock.  

Our providers are available if you have questions or concerns surrounding symptoms or prevention.  Let’s get through this together!

Education and Newsletters, Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Uncategorized

Everyone Should Detox!

What does it mean to detox?

We define detox as the body’s physiological process of reducing internal toxicity.

Every day the liver, kidneys, colon and skin are working to eliminate toxins, with the liver being the main driver of detox, via 2 phases of detox pathways. In phase I, the liver uses the cytochrome P450 enzyme system to convert toxic substances into intermediaries that are then fully processed for elimination in phase II. Phase III is the final, crucial step where toxins leave the body via stool, urine or sweating.

There are many critical nutrients needed to run phase I and II liver detoxification pathways. These include B-vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids (which come from protein). A diet high in organic fruits and vegetables as well as clean sources of protein and fiber will go a long way in supporting detoxification. Your healthcare practitioner can also guide you in providing your body with additional, tailored detoxification support.

Although our bodies are continuously working to combat toxins, if our total toxic burden is too great and/or we are lacking the proper support, chronic illness lurks just around the corner.

 Did you know?

  • The average adult carries over 700 toxins in their body
  • The Toxic Control Act, responsible for regulating industrial chemicals, was last updated in 1976!
  • Proper sleep hygiene allows our brain to clear out harmful waste products, possibly helping to reduce risk for developing Alzheimer’s
  • The average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood

Common symptoms and conditions indicating a need to detoxify:

  • Digestive issues
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Type II diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Skin issues
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Bad breath
  • Insomnia
  • Brain fog
  • Joint pain
  • Difficulty managing stress
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Cold sores
  • Cancer
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Behavioral and mood disorders
  • Allergies
  • Neurological symptoms (tremor, headache, brain fog, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s)

Testing to optimize detoxification capacity

Three of the main factors affecting our total toxic burden are:

  • The amount and types of toxins we’re exposed to in our diet and environment
  • Our genetic ability to produce detoxification enzymes for processing and eliminating toxins
  • Whether our diet provides sufficient nutrients necessary for supporting detoxification pathways

For some patients, it can be helpful to understand what types of toxins are present, what critical detoxification nutrients may be insufficiently present and whether there is genetic compromise in the ability to detoxify.  Your provider can work with you to determine what testing would be best in your specific circumstance.

Actionable Steps:

  • Choose organic whenever possible – refer to ewg.org to find the dirty dozen (a list of the 12 most heavily contaminated fruits/veggies that should be avoided)
  • Remove inflammatory foods such as trans fats, refined carbs, sugar and processed foods
  • Drink plenty of clean, filtered water to enable to kidneys to remove toxins
  • Work up a sweat regularly (exercise, hot baths, sauna, etc)
  • Consume plenty of fiber to ensure regular bowel movements to carry toxins out
  • Get rid of plastics as much as possible
  • Work on cleaning up your personal care and other products -the environmental working group has a healthy living app that can help
  • Minimize EMF exposure
  • Work to lower stress levels
  • Eliminate toxic relationships as much as possible
  • Get regular deep sleep – shoot for around 8 hours per night
  • Work with a functional medicine provider if you need more guidance

Beyond detox support, a functional medicine provider:

  • Sees the body as a whole
  • Looks for the root cause
  • Takes a thorough history from birth to present day
  • Focuses on body systems and how they are connected
  • Lays the foundation for health by addressing lifestyle factors
  •  Does targeted testing as necessary
  • Creates an individualized care plan with the client as a partner
  • Is not limited by time constraints imposed by insurance companies

Interested in meeting with one of our providers?  We suggest reading the bios on our webpage to see who would be the best fit for you.

 

 

Dairy-Free, Detox, Elimination Diet, Garden Gluttony, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Uncategorized

Sweet Potato Chickpea Chili

Ingredients:
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  1 small yellow onion diced
  •  2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes
  •  1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1 small jalapeno, minced
  •  3 cups vegetable broth
  •  1 15 oz can fire roasted, diced tomatoes
  •  1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  •  1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  •  2 teaspoons chili powder
  •  2 teaspoons ground cumin
  •  1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, sweet potato, and red pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion is softened. Add the garlic and jalapeno and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and chili has thickened.
  4. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with avocado, cilantro, green onions, chips, and any other desired toppings. Serve warm.
  5. Note-this chili will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It also freezes well. Cool completely and store in a freezer container. The chili can be frozen for up to 2 months and the recipe can easily be doubled.
Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Healthy Desserts, Paleo, Recipes, Uncategorized

Chia Fruit Muffins

Photo and recipe courtesy of Leaves of Life

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Stevia to taste
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (pea protein adds 8g protein per cup, but any milk will do)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, coconut nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fruit of choice (peach is pictured here)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another (reserve fruit for now)
  3. After thoroughly blending dry and wet ingredients in their separate bowls, add the dry to the wet slowly while stirring continuously, until thoroughly incorporated
  4. Gently stir in fruit
  5. Grease muffin pan with coconut oil
  6. Spoon in mixture to just below the top of each cup
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean

A fresh fruit garnish is the perfect complement!

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CBD: What Can’t it Help?

Did you know all invertebrates have a biological system named after cannabis?  Cannabinoids, active compounds found in cannabis plants, were discovered in the 1990’s when scientists were studying how cannabis works, thus the name “endocannabinoid system” (ECS).

What Is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?

The ECS is a physiological system constantly working to maintain homeostasis at a cellular level. This system is made up of three parts:

  • Endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced naturally inside the body)
  • Receptors throughout the body
  • Enzymes that break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids (from external sources)

Scientists say CBD interacts with pain, gene activation and serotonin receptors, (among several other neurotransmitter receptors), as well as enzymes and other proteins.

Because of the numerous receptors and other sites where cannabinoids interact (both exogenous, from plants such as hemp, and endogenous, from the body), elevated or depressed levels of cannabinoids can have repercussions throughout your entire body.

Studies also indicate that CBD and other cannabinoids increase your body’s own natural production of endocannabinoids. One reason is that CBD competes for binding proteins that are responsible for transporting neurotransmitters for breakdown. This means CBD is involved in reuptake inhibition of neurotransmitters, including serotonin, the same mechanism as pharmaceutical SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibiting anti-depressants). A balanced mood can actually increase your body’s own production of cannabinoids!

Aside from its role in elevating mood, serotonin is also used throughout your body for many purposes, including bone sythesis, cardiovascular function and digestion (95% of serotonin receptor sites are located in the GI tract). And serotonin is just ONE neurotransmitter affected by CBD!

Pain Perception, Memory and Epilepsy

CBD also interacts with and desensitizes TRPV1 (transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V, member 1), receptors found in the hippocampus and throughout the body, thereby helping patients with memory loss, pain and epilepsy.

CBD’s Role in Genetic Expression

Another class of receptors CBD activates is peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPARy), which is positioned on the surface of the nucleus inside immune and fat cells. When activated, PPARy changes which genes in your DNA are expressed, impacting metabolism, inflammation, antioxidant production and insulin sensitivity. among other functions.

Stimulation of PPARy by CBD provides neuroprotection when inflammation could be detrimental, such as following a stroke or other traumatic brain injury.  Researchers believe this interaction at PPARy explains CBD’s beneficial effects on inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis, immune dysregulation (think autoimmunity, MS, asthma) and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

CBD and Enzymes

CBD has been found to inhibit the enzyme that degrades the endocannabinoid anandamide, often referred to as the “bliss” molecule because it acts as a mood enhancer.

Other enzymes targeted by CBD are involved with cholesterol metabolism, mitochondrial function, melatonin synthesis, and much more!

Other Effects of CBD

Cannabidiol interacts with G-protein-coupled receptor 55 (GPR55), a receptor that influences appetite, bone density, insulin secretion and cancer proliferation.  GPR55 helps cancer cells proliferate, and CBD appears to antagonize (block) the function.

In a recent study of mice being treated with chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, those given CBD survived almost three times as long as mice who received only chemotherapy. Click here for the study.

CBD also increases your body’s production of antioxidants, and is a potent antioxidant itself — why many skincare products now include CBD.

How does CBD Interact with Prescription Drugs?

CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes in the liver that is collectively called cytochrome p450 (CYP450), specifically CYP3A4 and CYP2D6.  This accounts for many of the above-mentioned benefits, however, depending on how the drug is processed by these enzymes, CBD could elevate or decrease the concentration of medication in your bloodstream. This may necessitate decreasing or increasing your dose.  If your medication comes with a warning about grapefruit consumption, you’ll also need to also be cautious when adding CBD, since grapefruit targets the same CYP450 enzymes.

If you take blood thinners, anti-epileptics, HIV antivirals, or chemotherapy, it’s best to consult with your physician before taking CBD as you may require extra monitoring to ensure the proper level of medication in your system.

Having said all that, in the 3 years we’ve been recommending CBD for our patients, we haven’t had any reports of drug interactions in doses up to 180mg daily (most patients don’t require dosing above 30 mg daily).

While researching for this article, I found the following statement on the Project CBD website:

“Thus far, based on observations regarding the widespread use of raw cannabis flower and full-spectrum cannabis oil, it does not appear that there have been many problems because of cannabinoid-drug interactions….To the extent that there have been problematic drug interactions with cannabinoids, these have involved high doses of nearly pure CBD isolates…”

Whether or not you’re taking any pharmaceutical medications, it’s always best to start low and increase incrementally to achieve optimal dosing with CBD.  To read more about dosing CBD, click here.

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Balancing the Endocannabinoid System Without Cannabis

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the body’s primary regulatory system, and is extensively and constantly involved in regulating and balancing numerous functions.  Endocannabinoid receptor sites are present in the brain, glands, organs, connective tissues, and immune system. In each tissue, the ECS works in different ways to maintain a stable internal environment (homeostasis) despite fluctuations in the external environment.

Though the ECS is named after the cannabis plant that inspired its discovery, your body continuously makes its own cannabis-like molecules called “endocannabinoids,” and you can influence and enhance this production!

Activities that Enhance Your Body’s Endocannabinoid Production

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Massage and acupuncture
  • Breathing exercises
  • Unstructured down time
  • Social interaction
  • Any enjoyable activity or exercise (animal studies show only enjoyable exercise promotes endocannabinoid production; otherwise, it’s interpreted by the body as a stressor, reducing production).

Foods that Enhance the ECS

Omega-3:6 Balance

A healthy ratio of omega 3:6 enhances ECS function, and lowers levels of inflammation in the body.  Arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, acts as a precursor to the body’s endocannabinoids, but too much AA or other omega-6’s will down-regulate endocannabinoid receptors.

Food sources of omega-3 include:

  • Hemp seeds
  • Flax seeds and oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Sardines and anchovies
  • Salmon and tuna (not canned)
  • Eggs (pastured or high omega-3 only)

Foods that are Cannabinoid Helpers

Some foods contain substances that are structurally similar to cannabinoids, while some inhibit the breakdown of the body’s endocannabinoids, and others enhance endcannabinoid production or the function of the ECS.  These include:

  • Dark chocolate and raw cacao
  • Lemon balm
  • Black pepper
  • Hops
  • Oregano
  • Maca
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Kava kava
  • Truffles
  • Echinacea
  • Camelia sinensis
  • Turmeric
  • Electric daisy
  • Helichrysum

Eat Clean and Avoid Processed Foods

Certain pesticides (e.g. chlorpyrifos and piperonyl butoxide) are known to disrupt the endocannabinoid system. Always opt for organic when shopping for:

Phthalates Shmalates

Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in manufacturing toys, vinyl flooring/wall coverings, lubricating oils, food packaging, plastics, medications, blood bags/tubing, detergents, and personal care products (Ex: nail polish, hair spray, lotion, soap, shampoo, perfume, other fragrances and much more).

Tips for Avoiding Phthalates:

  • Ditch plastic wherever possible, particularly with recycling codes 3 and 7, and never heat food in, or add hot food to plastic containers.
  • Eat organic whenever possible since phthalates are used in pesticides and are found in fertilizers used in conventional farming.
  • Avoid products that contain “fragrance” or “parfum” since these are likely phthalates. Instead, choose fragrance that boasts “phthalate-free” or “no synthetic fragrance.”
  • Filter your water to remove DEHP, a type of phthalate used in water pipes to prevent corrosion.

Summary

Like any of the regulatory functions and systems in the body, it all comes down to balance.  Managing stress and eating a healthy, balanced diet, while minimizing your exposure to toxins are all key to achieving and maintaining optimal function.

If you experience mood disorders, chronic inflammation or pain or other signs that your body is out of balance, addressing lifestyle factors should be first on the list.  To achieve balance more quickly, consider short-term use of full-spectrum hemp oil.  You can read about it the many varied benefits of CBD here, and find dosing tips here.

Education and Newsletters, Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Patty Shipley, RN, Naturopath, Uncategorized

Thyroid Health Lecture

On Thursday, May 30, I co-presented with Patty Shipley, our Naturopath, on the common causes of chronic fatigue.  Patty’s talk covered some of the unusual layers that patients and their doctors may be unaware of, and I took a deep dive on thyroid imbalance since that is one of the most common layers to chronic fatigue in our practice.

Our goal in lecturing was to help patients who have already addressed the more easily identified layers (such as healthy diet, exercise, sleep) to move forward with some more advanced information. Feedback on our talk ranged from “most was way over my head” to “wonderful lecture with lots of great, new info” and “please allow more time on these complex topics!”. Clearly, in future lectures, we should cover the basics before moving into the more advanced information and stick to one main topic.  We appreciate those who attended and their willingness to share input!

For those of you who wanted access to the information presented, here are links to my presentation and handouts. Patty’s presentation on Common Causes of Chronic Fatigue and her handouts can be found here.

Let us know if you have questions or additional feedback!  We’re busily planning upcoming events with all your feedback taken into consideration.

Click Here for the Thyroid Lecture Powerpoint Presentation

Handout from the lecture:

Tips for a Healthy Thyroid

Education and Newsletters, Kelli Cuda, Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Patty Shipley, RN, Naturopath, Uncategorized

Common Causes of Chronic Fatigue

On Thursday, May 30, I co-presented with Kelli Cuda, our Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner, on the common causes of chronic fatigue.  My talk covered some of the unusual layers that patients and their doctors may be unaware of, and Kelli took a deep dive on thyroid imbalance since that is one of the most common layers to chronic fatigue in our practice.

Our goal in lecturing was to help patients who have already addressed the more easily identified layers (such as healthy diet, exercise, sleep) to move forward with some more advanced information. Feedback on our talk ranged from “most was way over my head” to “wonderful lecture with lots of great, new info” and “please allow more time on these complex topics!”. Clearly, in future lectures, we should cover the basics before moving into the more advanced information and stick to one main topic.  We appreciate those who attended and their willingness to share input!

For those of you who wanted access to the information presented, here are links to my presentation and handouts. Kelli’s presentation on Thyroid Imbalance and her handouts can be found here.

Let us know if you have questions or additional feedback!  We’re busily planning upcoming events with all your feedback taken into consideration.


Click here for the Powerpoint presentation

Handouts from the lecture:

Tips for Improving Energy

What Every Patient Should Know about Lab Testing

 

 

Dr. Emily Roedersheimer, Leaves of Life Practitioners, Uncategorized

Meet Dr. Emily Roedersheimer, DO, IFMCP

Hi. I’m Dr. Emily Roedersheimer, DO but that’s a mouthful so please call me “Dr. Emily”. I had been a board-certified family physician in the Columbus area for more than a decade when my career path took a change. Now, I am thrilled to be practicing functional medicine and helping people reverse or greatly improve their chronic medical conditions. Let me tell you a little bit about how I got where I am today.

I was originally drawn to medicine through my own life experiences. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. After years of medications, injections and frustration, I came upon an article by Dr. Mark Hyman that discussed functional medicine and how it can reverse such conditions. The article talked about how the food we eat can either help us heal or harm us, and the impact of lifestyle choices on our health. By starting an anti-inflammatory diet and following other functional medicine principles, I was able to eliminate all of the prescription medications and am now in remission. Being a patient for many years myself, I can relate to how scary it can be to suffer from a chronic medical condition.

Discovering that it was possible to reverse an autoimmune condition in this way, I wanted to learn what other benefits functional medicine had to offer, and how I could spread this knowledge to others. I was on a mission! So, I started my training through the Institute for Functional Medicine and have received my certification (IFMCP) after years of hard work. I’m also presently in The Kalish Institute Mentorship Program with Dr. Dan Kalish to continue my learning.

Functional medicine sees the patient and provider relationship as a partnership. Much of the healing comes from lifestyle changes incorporated by the patient (with some guidance along the way) – including nutrition, stress reduction, exercise and sleep. These lifestyle habits are the foundation of health and once this foundation is strong, the body can heal and remain healthy.

Whether you have symptoms that cannot be explained after visiting multiple specialists, or have been properly diagnosed but prefer to use lifestyle changes rather than multiple medications, I applaud you for also finding your way to functional medicine.  I take immense pleasure in working to create health and wellness in the lives of my patients and want to help you as well. I will individualize your care based on your life circumstances, medical history, genetics and specialized lab test results. As your functional medicine physician, I want to collaborate with you and guide you in taking a lead role in improving your health and finding wellness again.

I’ve been blessed with an amazing husband and two wonderful boys. I love spending time with them, walking our dog, working out, traveling and reading (Harry Potter anyone?). Since discovering functional medicine my love of learning has been reinvigorated, so you can often find me listening to a podcast or reading the newest research that’s come out. And last but not least, I really enjoy clean cooking (especially if I can get my kids involved) and have been told I make a mean guacamole! I look forward to partnering with you on your path to wellness!

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