APNP, ABAAHP, FAAMM

ivy leasumI was drawn to health care at an early age, and over my career I’ve held a variety of positions where I’ve been able to care for people.

My professional training began as a radiology technician during my 8 years in the Army Reserve, where I completed my undergraduate degree as a registered nurse. After leaving military life, I did some time as a surgical/medical nurse - helping with pre-op, operating room and recovery, and also worked in maternity and newborn nursery departments at different facilities - before returning to complete my Masters degree as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner.

In the 8 years that followed, I served in Urology, Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Urgent Care departments. It was during this time I came to the realization that something was missing in the healthcare delivery system. I didn’t feel people were ‘healing’ - rather, it felt more that I was only helping to alleviate symptoms and not getting to the underlying cause of the actual problem. It was while working in Family Practice that I had the privilege of working with Dr. Kristen Lindgren, and found we shared the same concerns about the traditional healthcare model.

When Dr. Lindgren ventured out to start an independent Functional Medicine clinic and invited me to be a part of it, I jumped at the chance. Recently, I completed my Fellowship in Functional Medicine and received certification from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners. Functional Medicine looks at the entire person when optimizing wellbeing. That means we are able to look for and treat the root cause of the healthcare issue, instead of simply masking the symptoms of the issue.

It’s exciting to work with patients and teach them how to truly become healthy through lifestyle changes, vitamin supplementation and natural options. I love being part of an amazing team working together to help patients reach their highest level of individual health.

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