How to Find a Trusted Functional Medicine Practitioner

by Jordan Reasoner

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The first time I fired my Doctor, it felt so weird.  I trusted them with my health completely…

After all they work FOR us. So why did it feel so wrong?

In everything but my health, if someone doesn’t do a good job, I have no problem firing them…

Like if I hired someone to mow the lawn and they killed my grass… FIRED.

Or if I hired someone to change my oil and the engine blew up… FIRED.

Or if I hired someone to do my taxes and I ended up in trouble with the IRS… FIRED.

But firing a Doctor is something I never thought I had to do, until they just shrugged their shoulders and wrote another prescription that didn’t work.

The 2nd and 3rd time I fired a Doctor, things went a little easier, but it sure was depressing. I honestly didn’t think there was anyone out there who could figure out what was wrong with me.

Finding a skilled Functional Medicine practitioner was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life… EVER.

Not only was I sick, but working with terrible practitioners literally stole every ounce of my hope.

After years of this, I FINALLY found a truly Skilled Functional Practitioner that put a lot of the pieces together for me and did some amazing work on my body. For the first time, I had hope I could get healthy…

When you’re trying to recover your health, there’s a lot going on inside your body…

How do you find someone who can help?

What questions should you ask?

Are there things you should be looking for in a good practitioner?

Here Are Three Signs a Practitioner Can Help Turn the Tide in Your Favor…

Before we begin, the disclaimer in me has to share: please always make sure they have the standard certifications and training. In general, I’m going to dive into signs of skilled practitioners that go beyond the standard schooling and additional Functional Medicine programs that are out there. These are more “intangible” signs that we’ve found to be good indications of skilled practitioners beyond the standard checks that make them credible as a professional.

With that out of the way, let’s dive in…

1. They test the three body systems

A Functional Medicine approach to chronic illness involving testing, at a minimum, the three main body systems:

  • Your hormonal system produces your sex and stress hormones.
  • Your digestive system breaks down food for use by the body.
  • And your detoxification system protects you from free radicals and chemical toxicity, both from your environment and from your diet.

Through targeted lab testing you can do in the privacy of your own home for each of these systems, a skilled practitioner can help you assess how each system is working and what areas need to be corrected to rebalance your body. Tests like stool testing, saliva testing, and organic acid profiles should be common tools in their toolbox.

Not only that, but they will also be looking at advanced autoimmune panels and blood serum testing to check for deeper root cause problems that are common in those of us with complex health problems.

2. They fix the area that is your ‘limiting factor’

There is always one area of the body that is your ‘limiting factor’ and needs to be corrected first.

For example, if you went through an extremely stressful period of your life, like the death of a spouse or child, and your illness was triggered within 6 – 24 months of that… your hormonal system could be crashed and keeping you stuck.

Like in 2005 after my Mom died of Cancer I started suffering from diarrhea 10X a day. A few years later, doctors finally figured out I had Celiac Disease. I couldn’t believe how fast my health fell apart. It can happen to anyone like that.

And it can even be a slow burn out where you hardly notice how bad you feel until one day you wake up and realize, “Hey, this isn’t right!”

Say you’re dealing with Ulcerative Colitis in your GI Tract, but your hormonal system crashed after an ugly divorce and custody battle. If you want to get rid of the digestive problems, a skilled practitioner can help you address the hormone problems that are holding you back from healing your gut. If you don’t support the hormonal system, it’s likely your digestive system will never completely heal, no matter what you do.

Great practitioners know how to find the limiting factors that are holding you back at each level of health you are seeking.

3. They understand what it’s like to be sick (and got better)

This is the most important thing you can do to get better. Find a skilled practitioner trained in Functional Medicine that has overcome chronic illness themselves. Some of the best practitioners we know were people who were sick as hell just like us and they understand what it’s like to crawl back from the brink of death.

Don’t be ashamed to ask your practitioner if they’ve also struggled with chronic illness or digestive problems. If they have, they’ll be happy to share all that they have overcome.

From that place, they understand there are several ingredients to getting better such as: diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes.

Now… that’s not to say that someone isn’t a good practitioner just because they haven’t been sick… that’s not true at all. There are great practitioners out there that haven’t been sick, but what I do know is that most all practitioners who’ve overcome some kind of personal health struggle just relate better… they know what it’s like.

But the bottom line is this: Skilled Functional Medicine Practitioners can really help…

They can also answer questions like: which one of your body systems are crashed? Do you have Adrenal fatigue? Parasites? Detox problems?

All these things need to be understood before you recover from chronic illness plagued with inflammation, leaky gut, and gut dysbiosis.

And only a skilled guide knows the right tests and therapeutic program to restore your three body systems. And I can’t caution you enough, ordering the WRONG tests is not only expensive, but a false test result can send your treatment plan on a wild goose chase and make you want to give up.

Hopefully you haven’t already spent years using misleading test results like some people in this community.

Can a I really find someone who can help?

If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably not feeling as good as you could.

And you’re most likely frustrated trying to find a ‘skilled practitioner’ that can meet the three signs we just showed you.

When you’ve already spent years being sick and not getting the help you need, and many of us have been there – it can make you just want to completely give up.

That’s why we’ve created this practitioner resource page for you… so you can finally get the help you’ve been looking for from practitioners who ‘get it.’

Get Help From a Skilled Functional Practitioner Today

Here’s what we know after helping people over the last 7 years:

Skilled Functional Practitioners seem impossible to find.

And when you find them, word spreads fast, and they get so booked up their waiting list is months out. These type of people are just flat out RARE!

I’m talking about people who are skilled in Functional Medicine with years of experience… but also have overcome chronic illness themselves. Even better? People who have trained with Dr. Kalish and have years of experience using his protocols.

One of the hardest things for us was to tell someone to “find a skilled practitioner” when they are desperate for someone to help them get better. We honestly didn’t know that many skilled people who will listen to them, know what tests to order and use time tested protocols, and understand what it’s like to see a toilet full of blood and scared to leave the house.

And the absolute worst case is when someone emails us after spending $1,000’s on worthless tests and supplements… or even $20,000 at a special Clinic and didn’t get better.

So we’ve gone out and built relationships with those people for you.

These are practitioners who have been sick and know what it’s like. They also appreciate our approach to diet and as well as trained with our friend Dr. Kalish, who’s one of the best Functional Medicine Practitioners we know… and his protocols have been working for over 8,000 patients in the last 20 years.

These are practitioners who can help you get the testing and protocols you need, but also support you in the diet, supplement, and lifestyle changes that your body is asking you for.

The first trusted resources are ready to work with you right now…


Susana Puelles, L.Ac.

Susana is an Integrative medical practitioner, acupuncturist and herbalist who helps women achieve hormonal harmony by resolving gynecological issues, naturally. Her passion for hormonal health was born as a young girl watching her own mother struggle after having a "preventative" hysterectomy to deal with the symptoms from fibroids. Since then, she’s been on a mission to help women understand that their "female problems" don't have to remain problems.

Now in private practice, she brings a unique fusion of Eastern and Western medicine to help women reach their health goals without resorting to invasive operations and harsh medications. If you’re struggling with painful, irregular, periods from cysts, fibroids and endometriosis, Susana is ready to bring her natural approach to your healing journey.

Jaime Ward

Jaime Ward is a Functional & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who’s been helping women with Autoimmune Disease from a Christian Perspective since 2012. Her passion for health was sparked after she developed debilitating fatigue, chronic insomnia, digestive problems, and fibromyalgia-type symptoms during her pregnancy that was later diagnosed as Celiac Disease and sensitivity to over 33 foods! After Functional Medicine saved her life, Jaime left her job in the Pharmaceutical industry to train with the best, including the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Dr. Tom O'Bryan, and more. Since then, she’s recovered her health and had the honor of working with over 500+ women living with Autoimmune Disease in her private practice, many of whom are busy moms like herself. If you’re seeking help with Autoimmune Disease, and you’d prefer to work with a practitioner who’s been through it herself, Jaime’s excited to help you step by step on your road to recovery from a Christian Perspective.

Dr. Steve Hyjek, DC

Dr. Steve is a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, and Director of The Functional Medicine Center, a clinic where he and his team utilize cutting edge solutions to provide real results. As a pioneer in the field of modern healthcare, Dr. Steve is actively sought out by clients who crave custom care and full recovery. He’s been trained by the best, including Dr. Dan Kalish, The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and many others. Dr. Steve’s obsessive drive to create a systems approach to healthcare by identifying and correcting the root causes is something we love about him. Over the years, he’s honed a unique skill in helping his patients regain total body wellness. He’s narrowed his focus to women struggling with autoimmune disease, especially Hashimoto’s disease. If you’re exhausted and have increasing symptoms like digestive problems, brain fog, weight gain, and chronic pain, Dr. Steve’s ready to bring his life’s work to your case.

Marcus Ettinger, DC

Marcus is a southern California Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with 29 years of experience. Since struggling with chronic migraine headaches as a child, he’s been obsessed with natural and Functional Medicine solutions like diet, exercise, supplements, sleep, gratitude, and positive thinking that serve to handle the underlying problem rather than just treat symptoms. Marcus is passionate about gut health, serving those “tough cases” with unresolved GI issues, even after seeing multiple doctors and having completed multiple protocols. Especially those that suspect chronic infections like H. pylori, klebsiella, pseudomonas and biofilm are contributing to their conditions. If you’re struggling with Abdominal Pain, Gastritis, Diarrhea, Bloating, or Chronic Gut Infections, Dr. Ettinger is ready to coach you on your healing journey.

Brie Wieselman, L.Ac

Brie is a Licensed Acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner, who’s Director of her own clinic in Santa Cruz, CA. She’s been studying Functional Medicine for 13 years, including training with Dr. Dan Kalish, The Institute for Functional Medicine, and many others. Brie’s own struggles with severe childhood asthma, PCOS, multiple digestive parasites, Candida Overgrowth, and Subclinical Hypothyroidism have driven her to seek the root causes of chronic illness. Over the years, she’s honed a unique skill of solving chronic illness puzzles in her clinic. If you want help with digestive problems like gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, or you’re struggling with female hormone challenges, Brie’s excited to start unraveling your case.

Stephanie Davis, D.C.

Stephanie received her doctorate of chiropractic medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. While in school, she discovered Functional Medicine and began training with the best, including The Institute for Functional Medicine, Kalish Method Mentorship, Hashimoto's Institute, and the Seeking Health Educational Institute. Stephanie fought through her own health struggles with hormone imbalance, hypothyroidism, infertility, and eczema, as well as her husband’s Hashimoto’s. Her personal journey drives her to serve those who want guidance on finding the real root cause of their illness and snuffing it out, for good. If you want help with Eczema, Psoriasis, or preventing autoimmunity in your children, Dr. Davis is passionate about serving you.

Dr. Michael Tremba

Michael is a Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in Southern Alabama. He’s been nicknamed the ‘Holistic Prediabetes Doctor’ by his patients because of his dedication to a natural alternative approach to treating the root causes of carb cravings and blood sugar conditions. Michael’s own struggles earlier in life with excessive weight gain, uncontrollable blood sugar issues, and terrible conventional advice to “lose weight,” have driven his passion for helping others who are tired of conventional options like drugs or lifestyle advice. If you want help controlling your cravings and naturally reversing blood sugar conditions like prediabetes, Dr. Tremba is here to help you regain control.


What to Do Next:

If you’d like to start working with a trusted, skilled functional practitioner right now, these practitioners are waiting and excited to help you get at the root cause of your issues.

–> Click here to book an appointment with one of these trusted practitioners

Please know that you are the fuel that keeps us going. You are the inspiration. Hearing your stories of transformation and empowerment is what fills us up. Thank you for being a part of this awesome community.

In good health,

– Jordan and Steve

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner

Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Emily November 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Hi Jordan, my daughter was born with biliary atresia. She is now 4. She has been on antibiotics and ursidol for a short period if time and then I took her off little by little. She has been doing good and she gets checked yearly. Last time we met with her specialist she said that her platelet count was low due to liver scarring. What can we due to get this under control so she doesn’t have to have a transplant latter on? What are some good liver specialist that we could get an functional medicine approach to biliary atresia?
Thank you for all you do.

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Lori Jo Berg November 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Hi Emily, thank you for reaching out! My best suggestion here is to search this site for a functional medicine practitioner near you: functionalmedicine.org

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Desiree White February 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

I have had Lyme (misdiagnosed until 8 yrs ago) all my life and been reinfected a multitude of times. My bacteria load is higher then most Drs I’ve seen have ever come across. I also have MTHFR T667T, homozygous. I’m so sick that finding Drs is a nearly impossible feat due to “you’re too sick” “you’re a liability” “how are you even alive right now” “you’re high risk”. I have a myriad of health issues i.e. heart disease, had a blood clot, high toxicity, unstable labs, high bp, menopausal, acute diarrhea for nearly a year after yrs of severe constipation, failed L5-S1 transacial ALIF, etc, etc. Is there any FM docs near SE Dallas that you trust and do FMDs take insurance? I’m literally dying a slow painful tortuous death. Home bound and bed bound for 7yrs.

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Lori Jo Berg February 10, 2017 at 11:27 am

HI Desiree, sorry to hear you’re suffering right now.
While we are not familiar with any practitioners in that area, please do remember that our practitioners take all appointments via Skype or telephone, so your location should not be an issue here.
If you are interested, you can go here: http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners/

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Desiree February 10, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Woderful!! Thank you so much!

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Sandra Hexner June 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I have just been diagnosed with Hashimotos. I want to make sure that I have the best doctor and I’ve heard that functional doctors will help my hormone imbalances naturally. That is good to know that that will be looking at advanced autoimmune panels and blood serum to make sure that every angle is checked out. Thanks for your help and confirmation that I need to find a solution fast. Thanks.

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Brooke November 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

Hi,

I am looking for a functional medicine Dr in the greater Seattle area (I live in Kirkland, WA). Do you have any recommendations? I have some serious health issues that need to be addressed/tested more in depth than what my ND has done. My kiddos would also benefit from a FMD; they have food intolerances and I could use some answers as well as help healing their gut. Our family needs more than what our ND can offer us but I have no idea where to turn for someone who can truly help us. Any recommendations you have for the Seattle area would be so much appreciated! Thank you

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Lori Jo Berg November 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Hi Brooke, thanks for reaching out.
We would be happy to support you in finding a functional medicine practitioner.

Steve is very selective in who he will work with for his own health, and he personally endorses the following options:

http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners – Stephanie and Brie are our recommended practitioners, but they don’t work for SCD Lifestyle. They take new patients from around the world.

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James November 23, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Hello,

My name isn’t James and I have been dealing with a crazy bout of Anxiety for more than 4 years now. My primary care physician, who I have been seeing since I was an adolescent, shrugs his shoulders and and has prescribed Klonopin and SSRIs. I have silent reflux and digestion issues and have since found out that I may have Hashimotos though two family members, one is a Chinese medicine herbalist and the other a chiropractor, said that my blood work was not comprehensive enough. I’m in south Florida and I really want to find a good functional medicine practitioner in the area. Where do I find them and do they take insurance?

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Lori Jo Berg November 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hi James! You’ll have to reach out to them to see if they take insurance. Here are a few options for you to sift through:
http://scdlifestyle.com/practitioners – Stephanie and Brie are our recommended practitioners, but they don’t work for SCD Lifestyle. They take new patients from around the world.

http://chriskresser.com/ccfmed/ – Dr. Amy Nett has trained with and works with Chris Kresser. Dr. Nett is currently accepting new patients who live in the continental United States. An in-person visit to Dr. Nett’s Menlo Park, CA office is required for the Case Review appointment. Follow-up appointments can be completed by phone or Skype.

http://drruscio.com/consult-dr-ruscio/ – Dr Ruscio is a highly successful and trusted practitioner. He accepts new patients from around the world.

You can also search for a functional medicine practitioner near you here: http://www.functionalmedicine.org or a Kalish-certifed practitioner here: http://kalishinstitute.com/practitioner-directory/

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