As an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, my skill set is focused to assist you in reclaiming your health and vitality through addressing the underlying root cause of your disease, versus focusing on treating symptoms.
My journey of education and service as a health practitioner resonates with Thomas Edison’s vision of healthcare when he said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”.
I have over 25 years of combined clinical and health consulting experience, tending to the human frame and helping patients reclaim their health with personalized and targeted wellness plans to include nutritional, dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Raised in Louisiana, I moved to Hawai’i in 1995 to relocate in private practice and raise a wonderful family. I’ve been practicing Functional Medicine long before it was called that and utilizing functional testing for just as long. During my early private practice years, I was already seeing a lot of painful inflammatory autoimmune diseases. This encouraged me to continue to look beyond just the structure and learn more about the root cause.
My inherent understanding is that health is not defined by the mere absence of disease, and true health is not created by the suppression of symptoms with a “pill for the ill” approach. Instead, I'll help you to discover the underlying root cause of your health concerns. You do not have pain because you are deficient in NSAIDs, or depression because you are deficient in anti-depressants. Instead, such symptoms are likely to have a biochemical, nutritional, structural, dietary, stress and/or lifestyle component that is out of balance. The body is amazing at healing when interference is removed and it is given what it needs to do so.
My tool box incorporates an extensive case history, lab review, nutritionally focused physical exams, and specific functional lab testing (ie: food intolerance/allergy; digestive function; genomic; nutrient and oxidative stress status; leaky gut/SIBO; cardiovascular/diabetic; adrenal stress panels, etc.) when needed to better assess underlying imbalances and to further personalize your wellness plan.
I have dedicated my career to helping my patients reach their fullest health potential. My passion as a healer and dedication to finding the root cause of illness and disease has allowed me to help thousands of individuals live their best lives. You can read some testimonials here.