I am now officially listed on the directory of practitioners who have received formal training from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)! You can see my profile at the link here:
I am really excited about this. I have always been interested in a holistic approach to healing and wellness. So much of western medicine practice tends to be covering up symptoms with medications. But the best doctors strive to get to the root of what is going on! There are a lot of good doctors out there doing this.
As a patient it can be hard to know who those doctors are!
When I was training, I found that I could most often find these “root-cause” doctors when I was working with/learning from doctors who had been trained in “integrative medicine” and/or “functional medicine.” These are very similar, holistic ways of approaching patient care and I have sought additional training in both over the years. This has given me many additional tools, and most important of all, a specific mindset so that I can approach patient care from a holistic perspective and work to find these root causes of disease in my patients.
One critical hurdle that many good doctors face in practicing this kind of “root cause” medicine is a lack of time with their patients in insurance-based primary care. This was a crucial reason that I chose to practice “direct primary care” and contract directly with patients for their primary care needs rather than billing insurance: it gives me time with my patients. Time to do things the right way. To ask questions. To really listen. To talk about all of the factors that are crucial to healing and wellness like food, sleep, exercise, mental health, relationships. To follow up with patients on goals set during our visits. Etc.
I am so excited to provide thorough and compassionate primary care with a holistic approach to the New Braunfels community starting September 1st! I’d be honored to talk with you about becoming a patient. Reach out to us by phone, email, or through the website to set up a free meet and greet with me to find out if I would be a good fit for you.