Being a Functional Practitioner, I focus on function through Nutrition, Diagnostic Testing and Personal Training and offer you, the patient, the promise of providing you with personalized care.
It involves gathering various aspects of your wellness puzzle, including your medical history, symptoms, diagnosis, current habits and more to create a holistic understanding of you as an individual before making recommendations. This approach is what is missing when people meet with a practitioner. I am a specifically trained and skilled clinician that can effectively bridge the GAP between the physician and the patient, to yield better and more sustainable outcomes.
There is a major GAP between physician and patient, that isn't being filled. So many people feel that GAP every day and it seems daunting. The problem lies in that so many people believe in the idea that the doctor will fix all. Yet they aren't. In fact many medical practitioners leave patients with no answers to all their health woes and the cultural health status that leaves more patients sick, tired, frustrated and even demoralized. The GAP they are left looking at seems so wide that there seems they could never have relief.
The United States has one of the highest costs of healthcare in the world. In 2021, U.S. healthcare spending reached $4.3 trillion, which averages to about $12,900 per person ANNUALLY!! The average person takes 4 pills a day!!
The current medical model does not always know how to assess or treat chronic conditions. In fact, our current healthcare system that “makes something go away” or “fixes something”—say by treating things like an infection or broken arm—doesn’t often work for chronic conditions like autoimmunity. We can’t apply the same standards of care. That is where there is a GAP in the current health care model... a GAP in care, a GAP in understanding, which leads to a GAP in trust—between patient and provider. Unfortunately , there’s a price to pay for being a patient who falls into these GAPS. And often that price is the continued physical and emotional suffering of being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, and continually living with the signs and symptoms nobody seems to know how to resolve. The current quality of care has flaws and we are left floating on a boat with holes watching ourselves sink.
If we’re being honest, our physicians—those who we look towards for all the answers— for some part can't be faulted. They were not taught a model of healing. They were taught to look for symptoms and diagnose to prescribe medication or perform surgery. Let me be clear. There is always a need for emergency medicine. In fact if I need life saving measures I want to know I can get the help I need at an ER. If I'm in an accident I want surgery to repair me. But I will need more to completely heal that they might not offer. Like a patient with cancer may choose chemo or radiation to be saved. But it comes at a cost of killing good and bad in the body. Doctors will say you are healed from cancer but did they figure out why you had cancer? How will that doctor help you rebuild the broken body? how will they help ensure it won't come back the same way it arrived? Has your doctor given you an autoimmune diagnosis that comes with a lifetime sentence because they say there is no cure?
Two-thirds of doctors feel inadequately trained in the care of the chronically ill. Specialists are generally unaware of autoimmune diseases or advances in treatment outside their own area of specialty. When was the last time a dermatologist prescribed a cream with known toxins and warned you about it containing endocrine disruptors? When was the last time your gastroenterologist explored your micro gut biome and warned you that you bacterial overgrowth left untreated can lead to autoimmune? When diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes did your doctor prescribe
you a lifestyle plan of nutrition and exercise you must follow instead of shots and insulin?
A 2021 survey of medical schools in the US and UK published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that most med students receive an average of 11 hours of nutrition training throughout medical school. Nutrition is a baseline for care for chronic illness. The western medical approach of band-aid medicine with pills and blanket protocols are creating a chronic mess in this country. We are the sickest country yet still spend more on health care than any other country globally. How is this healthcare? It's sick care. They are failing to address the larger problem of chronic illness at our expense.
That is where I come in. I'm a GAP filler. I'm leading a health revolution to change one person at a time. I'm filling GAP's between healthcare and your current state of health. I'm beyond passionate about what I do. I fight for you to make choices for yourself on your journey. Because IT IS YOUR CHOICE to fight back and take back control or STAY in the current model of our healthcare system.
I'm waiting in the GAP for you, waiting to take you toward a new path of wellness. I'll see you here soon I hope.