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Does Your Doctor Guide Your Wellness ... or Treat Your Illness?

More than ever, people are searching for ways to feel better and live longer. Functional Medicine digs deeper than the symptoms to find the underlying cause. Dr. Mel has traveled all over the world to find better ways to help her patients feel better, live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

What is Functional Medicine?

No two symptoms nor patients are a like which means choosing just one treatment to diagnose a symptom doesn't work for everyone. More and more doctors are choosing functional medicine as a means to treat their patients as it addresses the root of cause of the disease.

Benefits of Functional Medicine

  • Can help get to the root cause of the disease faster and can have long term, lasting results without the longterm exposure to harsh treatments.

  • Treatments have shown to have less side effects making them a healthier option vs. harsh treatments and risky surgeries.

  • Focuses on total well-being by encouraging patients to not only seek treatment, but also change their eating, exercise, and sleep habits to support overall health.

Functional medicine combined with naturopathic medicine focuses on psychological, spiritual, and physical wellness so patients find a more complete path to maintaining their health.

Changing lifestyle habits to support functional medicine treatments can help get to the root of the disease and develop healthy habits to support a longer, happier, healthier life!

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Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Mel studied Women, Gender, Sexuality, and History of Science and Medicine at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. Interested in learning skills of medical mediation and to promote cultural competency amongst health care providers, she completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Dr. Mel acquired a Naturopathic Medical Degree at Bastyr University in WA. While in school, she received additional training in Biological Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Clinic, Switzerland. Dr. Mel completed training in Regenerative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Medical Aesthetics, BHRT, Neural therapy, Biofeedback, Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, Environmental Medicine, and IV Therapy.

Post-graduation, Dr. Mel entered a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program as well as a Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine. She received training in Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute and became certified as a Wahls Protocol Health Professional (The only certified provider in AZ). Dr. Mel completed the post-graduate certification as a Swiss Biological Medicine Provider from the Swiss Biological Medicine organization. Her training at Swiss Biomed concluded with a one-on-one internship with Dr. Thomas Rau in Switzerland. While in Europe, Dr. Mel received training in the use of the Weber Endolaser for intraarticular/ intravenous/ interstitial/topical applications directly from the inventor, and founder of ISLA, Dr. Michael Weber. In addition, Dr. Mel studied PRGF-Endoret therapies at the Biotechnology Institute (BTI) in Bilbao, Spain, where PRGF was developed and patented by Dr. Eduardo Anitua, who was the founder of BTI.

Dr. Mel received additional training in PRP at the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics and became certified in all Vampire Therapies. She recently completed the Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship from the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). She is currently completing the A4M Stem Cell Therapy Fellowship and Peptide Therapy Certification.

Lastly, Dr. Mel has personal experience with her own health concerns, in that she has treated herself, which has resulted in the elimination of all medications. Today, Dr. Mel is able to mountain bike, hike and travel the world in pursuit of her passion for learning the latest innovations in medical theory and clinical practice, and mineral and fossil collecting.


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