Carrie Welter, FNP-C
- FNP-C (Certified Family Nurse Practitioner)
- APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)
- MSN (Master of Science in Nursing): Westminster College, UT
- BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing): Florida State University
Carrie’s Perspective and Journey to Functional Medicine
I spent the first half of my career working to save lives in an acute care environment. For the rest of my career, my goal is to work with individuals to optimize their health through a variety of interventions that will prevent chronic disease and hospitalizations. Functional Medicine is about personalized lifestyle approaches that get to the “why” or “root” of our health concerns. Our body is not broken into separate parts by organ systems but, instead it’s an integrated whole. Having a broad knowledge base is essential as a provider; creating a thoughtful and interactive partnership with patients is my priority. As a student of the Institute for Functional Medicine, I am constantly learning and growing in this dynamic new field of healthcare. Our conventional approach of managing symptoms until acute illness occurs has failed to address the needs of too many patients. Utilizing a systems biology approach, looking for the root causes of symptoms, and partnering with patients to make changes that ultimately reverse symptoms is the next paradigm of health care. I am proud to be part of moving healthcare forward and being able to offer this kind of service to my patients.
My Personal Health Journey
After I had my second child, at age 35, I experienced postpartum depression and thyroiditis. I sought treatment from an endocrinologist at the direction of my OB/GYN. After he confirmed that I did not have thyroid cancer, he recommended thyroid medication, a subtotal thyroidectomy (removing 75% of my thyroid) and suggested I consider antidepressants. The night before surgery to remove most of my thyroid, I had an overwhelming feeling that there was another path to heal my thyroid and depression without surgery and beyond the symptomatic treatments that were being offered to me. I knew there must be a cause related to the large nodule on my thyroid, lack of energy and depression I was experiencing. Through determination and research, I discovered that there is a link between gut health, food sensitivities, immune function, and hormone dysregulation. Over time, making small changes in my lifestyle choices plus targeted nutrient therapy, I started to reverse my symptoms without surgery or endless medication. This journey led me to embrace functional medicine — an evidence-based approach that considers the provider/patient relationship a partnership, focuses on the whole person, uses an array of scientific disciplines to heal illness and help people regain and maintain optimum health.
At the Heart of Who I Am (Walking the Walk):
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