Functional medicine is defined as a systems biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Functional medicine is at the core of how I practice, and I am committed to offering the very best functional medicine care to the
patients in my practice.
My approach to your care starts with an hour-long consultation in which I listen to you and hold space for you to share your story. Based on what I learn about you, I may order laboratory tests and suggest supplements to enhance your wellness. We will develop a nutrition plan that suits your needs and puts you on the path to healing. Follow-up visits will provide ongoing support as we continue to explore the true cause of what is making you feel unwell.
I work with all of the major professional supplement companies, including Metagenics, Designs for Health, Xymogen, Integrative Therapeutics, Vital Nutrients, and Thorne and have access to top quality products, often at a discount to you. I also partner with several of the functional and specialty lab companies such as Genova, Neuroscience, and Cyrex to ensure that you get the best, most reliable testing when necessary. In many cases, conventional laboratory tests give us most of the information that we need, and I partner with Quest to get your labs done efficiently and in a manner that will be reimbursed by your insurance provider.
My favorite, most powerful tool is holistic nutrition. Many health conditions can be improved or even cured with simple, yet potent dietary changes. As a holistic health coach with a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I have been trained to guide you along the journey of lifestyle change so that you can achieve weight loss, health improvement, and increased vitality.
Food provides our bodies with information and fuel. You can spend your life sending your cells faulty, disease-promoting messages, or you can nourish your body with whole, nutrient-dense foods that send the message of healing. But anyone who has ever tried to make major dietary shifts knows that it’s not easy. Sugar and processed foods have their grip tightly around us, both biologically and socially, and breaking free takes time, guidance, and support.
Common conditions that I can help you heal from:
“I began working with Amanda a year and a half ago. When I first met her, my body was a complete mess. I was recently diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and in the middle of a flare, which was not fun and my body felt the same! I didn’t know what to do, what to eat, what not to eat, what medicine is good, what isn’t. I was totally lost! I feared I was literally going to wither away to nothing. That is until I met Amanda. She made me feel comfortable talking about anything. Her wealth of knowledge was of amazement to me! She totally knew where to begin to get my belly back on track. That began almost a 2 year journey with her and also led to a friendship as well. I don’t know where I would be without her! Amanda is one of the most genuine, passionate, thoughtful, smart, giving and kind human beings I have ever met. She truly wants to help people feel as good as they can and cares so deeply about others. I thank her for getting me to where I am today..maintaining a happy belly! Amanda changes lives for the better! She is AMAZING!! I thank you Amanda and so does my body : )”
In our harried, inefficient health care system, primary care providers rarely have the time to truly listen, even though that is often their intention. Nor do they have the time (or training, quite honestly) to provide solid nutritional guidance or dig deeper than surface level to get to the true cause of your symptoms. You may be told by your PCP to eat healthier, lose 20 pounds, or quit smoking, but you are rarely given a road map to actually take you there. You may have been prescribed a new medicine but would prefer to tackle your symptoms in a more natural way. Let me light your path!
I book 30-60 minute appointments so that there’s always enough time to hear your story and talk collaboratively about the best treatment plan for YOU.
Because I am a solo provider and my practice is new, I am not available every day, and I may not be accessible in the case of an emergency. If your needs are extensive and you require the type of care that provides 24/7 on-call availability, you may want to consider keeping another PCP on board and seeing me collaboratively.
The InBody body composition analyzer is a state of the art tool used in research and clinical settings to evaluate body fat, muscle mass, body water, basal metabolic rate, visceral fat, and other important health markers. Knowing this information can help you track your progress as you make lifestyle changes. Traditional scales offer one piece of data – your overall weight – and body mass index calculations are misleading. The InBody tells you what your body is actually made of so you can make meaningful changes and see results! Results are available immediately on an easy-to-understand results sheet. Click here to see an example.
Having an InBody scan done is a helpful piece of your first visit and I encourage all patients to invest in a baseline assessment. The process is simple: after wiping your hands and feet with a tissue to to increase conductivity, you stand on a platform with bare feet and hold on to two handles. Results are available in 45 seconds so that we can use them immediately as part of your care plan.
Preparing for your InBody test:
I also offer InBody testing to folks in the community who are not established patients at Swan Integrative Health and Wellness. Body composition testing is an important tool for athletes looking to monitor changes in their muscle mass and body fat and for people on weight loss journeys who are interested in seeing whether they are losing fat, muscle, water, or all three. I work closely with the Crossfit community and welcome athletes from all disciplines!
Established/new patients of Swan Integrative Health and Wellness:
I offer gentle, routine gynecological care including:
In addition, I manage the following women’s health conditions from a functional and integrative perspective:
“I was having a hard time losing baby weight and was tired of feeling unfit and unhealthy. Despite running routinely, staying active, and being generally health conscious, I knew I needed to make life-long dietary changes but didn’t know where to start. I falsely still believed that I could eat whatever I wanted and get back my previous self. In her characteristic non-judgmental and supportive way, Amanda helped me focus and identify things I could change, one at a time. She gave me concrete, uncomplicated advice that I could act on immediately. Over the course of 12 weeks, I was able to make incremental dietary changes. These changes were not temporary, they have become my new normal. I can’t imagine going back. I’ve known Amanda since nursing school. She is one of those people that radiates positivity. This is such a perfect profession for her, as she is able to combine her knowledge of health and wellness with her genuine kindness – all to motivate people to become a better more empowered version of themselves.”
“I want to sincerely thank you for all that you have done for me and for my family. It was such a wonderful experience working with you. I never thought that in such a short time I would be where I am today. You taught me a whole new approach
to food that is realistic and therefore not challenging to stick to. Little changes like having bun-less burgers or zucchini noodles instead of pasta is now my new norm and I enjoy it! (I’m still trying to convince the kids on the zucchini noodles though!) Your strategies for eating out, holiday parties, and more have been extremely useful. I need a whole new closet of clothes, and I can easily say I have never had as much confidence as I do right now. THANK YOU!!!”