Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. We apply this model to Primary and Preventative Care.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual. (IFM.org, 2021)
Erin Marie Allen FNP-BC, CCHP, ACHPN
Erin has spent more than twenty years providing compassionate, patient based care in a variety of healthcare settings. She began her career as a nursing assistant in 2001 while earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University. In 2006, she became a Registered Nurse and has worked in the Correctional Health, Medical/Surgical, and Trauma fields. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Frontier Nursing University in Hayden, Kentucky in 2013 and has been practicing in primary and palliative care in Colorado since 2014. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Psychopharmacology from the The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2013, a certification in Sexual Health Promotion from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019, and a certificate in Plant Based Medicine at Cornell University in 2021.
In addition to her western medical training, Erin is an herbalist, Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master who integrates western medicine with traditional and complimentary therapies for a patient centered healing experience.
She holds board certifications in Family Practice, Correctional Health, and Palliative Care, she has been a BioTE Medical Certified Practitioner since 2013 and is a member of the Holistic Nurses Association, the Direct Primary Care Coalition, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Richelle Power, MSN, CNM, MPH
Certified Nurse- Midwife
Desiree Duckworth, MSN,MBA/HCM, RN NEA-BC
Health and Wellness Doula
Desiree started her almost 20 year career as a nurse in 2003 as an LPN from Platt college in Oklahoma City. In 2007 completed ADN RN program while providing patient centered care at an acute care facility in Oklahoma City. In 2011, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through University of Phoenix and continued to practice nursing in critical, post general surgical- specialty surgical, medical, cardiovascular, and Neuro/Trauma settings. In 2016 she earned an MBA with focus on Health Care Management and a Master of Nursing Leadership degree from University of Phoenix. Desiree received her certification in Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching at Creighton University in 2021. She is currently enrolled in a Family and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree program at Frontier Nursing University. She has a passion for the ongoing mental and physical health of bariatric and post bariatric surgery patients and for guiding all of her patients toward a healthy mind, body, spirit balance.
Desiree holds certification as a Nursing Executive for program development, implementation, team development, and individual growth. She became a BioTE Medical Certified Practitioner in 2021. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists.
Richelle grew up in Canada. Her parents had careers in health care – her mother, a Registered Nurse and her father, a CEO of rural hospitals and long-term care facilities in Western Canada. Richelle inherited her love of business from her father, having earned two undergraduate degrees; a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics and Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, followed by a Master in Public Health degree to enhance her perspectives in a woman’s choice for place of birth. Richelle worked in clinical research until finishing her registered nursing designation in July of 2017 Vanderbilt University. From there, she moved into an MSN program with The George Washington University which also afforded her a post-graduate certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University in May of 2021. Richelle has two children – one born at the hospital with a significant adverse outcome for herself following the birth, and her second born healthy and safe for both mother and baby at home with midwives. In the spirit in keeping with holistic and all-encompassing care, Richelle is currently completing a Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Purdue University. Currently, Richelle only sees women from the onset of menses to beyond menopause per her scope of midwifery practice. She will be seeing clients of both genders/sexes for psychiatric mental health services in the Fall of 2022.