amber Wood Health, Functional Medicine
Total years in practice: 8
I’m passionate about medicine that is natural, evidence-based & effective. Helping you restore vitality is my goal. When I became a mother I decided it was much like being an extreme, endurance athlete. Learning to manage stress, eat well & rest enough are crucial. Overdoing it combined with the wrong diet can equal serious health consequences. I already learned this. Prior to studying medicine, I trained as dancer & traveled. This led to problems with my joints, hormones & energy at a young age. Like many people, I suffered from gut issues that didn’t make sense. It affected me in strange ways. My immune system and ability to handle stress diminished. I ended up with infections from travel that wouldn’t heal. With chronic brain fog & digestive pain I never felt at my best. Then I discovered the doctor I later studied with. I was on the way to developing an autoimmune disease when he advised me to adopt an ancestral diet. That was in 2003. This approach has since become known as the Paleo-type diet & lifestyle. It has helped hundreds of thousands recover their health and live well. This is not a fad but a system rooted in our genetics. It allows us to adapt to the overwhelming stress and distraction of today’s world by applying the principles of evolutionary biology Using evolutionary medicine I discovered how to heal my gut, manage stress & restore vitality. When gut health is compromised so are neurotransmitters, nutrient absorption and blood sugar. People can have trouble maintaining a healthy weight and hormone issues develop. Evolutionary medicine has answers to all these problems. It provides a simple approach that address complex situations at their root. Each patient is unique & requires an individualized treatment plan. My patients are engaged in their health. Once the right information is available, it’s easy. This is why I love patient education. If you’ve ever felt at a loss with conventional medicine or anxious that something has been missed then welcome. We apply evidence-based research & use the best, innovative lab testing to discover the underlying cause of your symptoms. I offer classes & written resources to support your journey. My goal is that you are as informed as possible so you can make the best decisions for you & your loved ones. I want you to apply this knowledge with your family & community. Our healthcare system needs a preventative & cost-effective approach. The epidemic of chronic inflammatory disease is not how humans have evolved to live. Aligning with our genetics means we engage the hard-wired physiology that has allowed us to live well & thrive. Trust Your Body I work with people who are fed up with being in pain, having low energy & not sleeping well. If you want to trust your body, feel at home in your skin & live a full, vital life then you are in the right place. The best medicine catches & prevents disease before it is full blown. It is thorough, empowering & treats the root cause. This is how I’ve been trained in & how I have helped hundreds of people. I use functional lab testing, botanicals and individualized treatment plans. Functional medicine is rooted in evidenced-based research that is current. When I was sick I knew a different approach was needed if I was going to get my life back. I’m excited to be part of a growing movement that is not about disease management. This is a deeper level of healthcare. Welcome!