I’ll never forget the moment when I ended a patient consultation writing a prescription and I couldn’t help but feel deep down….that if I would have spent more time supporting lifestyle changes, I could avoid handing out medications, and actually help my patients, not just attempt to cover up their symptoms! The thought crossed my mind…
I am not doing enough.
See, I am trained as a Nurse Practitioner and I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. Since age 3, every time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was “nurse.”
When I started college, I badly wanted to talk myself out of nursing because it wasn’t glamorous.
I remember reading the course catalog, literally cover to cover, trying to find a different major; engineering, environmental science, criminal justice… but none of the alternatives struck joy in me like the thought of being a nurse.
So I stuck with my childhood plan!
Soon after becoming a registered nurse (RN), I discovered I had a gift for knowing what my patients needed, and becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP) was the next logical step. It gave me a more active role in patient care: ordering tests, prescribing medications and formulating treatment plans.
That’s why, after years of working in medical offices, it didn’t feel good to have the realization that I wasn’t doing enough. Especially after dedicating my adult life to practicing medicine.
However, when I was honest with myself I was tired of seeing patient after patient for small 15-20 min consults.
It was barely enough time to write a prescription let alone give a protocol for lasting health.
In fact, I was really starting to feel and see all the ways the traditional western allopathic system was inadequate for long term care. It’s great for emergencies and acute situations, but when it came to creating lasting, vibrant health – it was falling flat.
With my own health, I was experiencing food allergies, weight gain, low energy, and migraine headaches.
At first, I tried prescription medications and calorie restriction but I wasn’t getting results doing the same things I was telling my patients to do.
Using a functional medicine approach I discovered I was intolerant to dairy, had high cortisol levels, 2 chronic bacterial infections in my gut and colonization of yeast in my urinary and GI tracts.
The only way I was going to heal my body was through a massive lifestyle overhaul including stress reduction, better sleep habits, elimination of inflammatory foods, the addition of gut supporting foods, eradication of infections with natural supplements, reduction of toxins, and balancing of my hormones.
It was a huge wake-up call to discover that my training as a nurse practitioner wasn’t helping me heal my body, but a functional medicine approach was!
I started applying these approaches as best I could as a Nurse Practitioner in my clinic and my patients were grateful, but I still couldn’t do everything I wanted in the current medical system.
I knew there was a better way to deliver massive results and the system I was working in wasn’t set up to help patients succeed at lifestyle changes.
It takes time to curate a personalized plan for each patient, learn the unique health history of each individual, and dig into what has worked and not worked in the past. From there an individualized plan can be formulated. All of this takes longer than the standard 15-minute office visit!
This is why I opened up my Functional Health Consulting practice… to help YOU reclaim vibrant health in a holistic way through dietary changes, smart movement, stress reduction, improved sleep habits, detoxification and strong mindset building.
I realized I can’t make the impact that little 3 year old Laura wanted to make staying in a traditional medical model setting…I was made for more, and so are you!
Are you ready to get healthier than you’ve been in years? Are you ready to up-level your health and finally be handed the solutions you’ve been seeking?