What is Functional Medicine?

I was introduced to the possibility Functional Medicine can create for a persons health years ago while in line at an Aveda salon to purchase a hairbrush.  The clerk behind the counter, a breast cancer survivor, was sharing with the person in front of me the success she saw in using Functional Medicine alongside the traditional chemotherapy/radiation regimen suggested for her treatment.

This conversation was so rich, I bent my ear a little closer in time for her to hear that she never ever got sick from the chemo/radiation like so many people do, and she credits that to utilizing Functional Medicine.

I paid for my hairbrush, refrained from jumping across the counter to hug this woman I didn’t know (whose story she had no idea I listened to), and went home to Google search the name of the doctor she worked with and to answer my own question:  What is Functional Medicine?

What I’m excited to share with you is that there are Functional Medicine doctors all over, including right here in the Twin Cities, and Dr. Laura Sandquist of Newbridge Clinic is one of them.  I recently nabbed her for an interview, so you’ll want to scroll down to check that out.

 

Laura Sandquist Headshot

 

Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May of 2012. Her undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s of science in Nursing and minor in psychology from Winona State University in 2006. She is a Certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and has an additional specialty in Integrative Health and Healing. The Integrative Health and Healing specialty provides expertise in developing holistic and individualized approaches to health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, with a special emphasis on managing lifestyle changes and incorporating the use of integrative therapies.
Laura also received a fellowship to study functional medicine and has additional training in health coaching. Her background includes 7 years of Registered Nursing experience in adult acute care, clinical education and corporate wellness. Laura has a passion for uncovering and treating the cause of disease rather than covering up or suppressing symptoms.  Her special interests include general nutrition/supplementation, weight loss, metabolic syndrome, menstrual concerns, menopause, testosterone concerns, PCOS, depression, anxiety, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases and gastrointestinal issues.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Laura Sandquist, CLICK HERE.

 

If you could ask Dr. Laura anything about Functional Medicine, what would it be?

 

 

 

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am honored to have their trust. Glad to have you join this community.
Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am honored to have their trust. Glad to have you join this community.

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