Carrie Welter, FNP-C

Carrie Welter is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for lifestyle medicine and optimal health for the whole family. Utilizing all the tools of functional medicine and looking to the root causes of your symptoms, Carrie will help you make adjustments that will restore your vitality and lead to lasting health.

Credentials:

  • 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

Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a Registered Nurse in Pediatric Critical Care medicine for 18 years. I have always been intrigued by the science and amazing resilience of human beings. I started studying lifestyle medicine and the mind-body-spirit approach in health over a decade ago; really, as a self-preservation journey. I was determined to find healthy ways to cope with the trauma of being on the front lines of healthcare as an ICU nurse. Ultimately, it was this unique blend of acute care experience and complementary medicine practices that led my pursuit to an integrative approach to health and healing as a nurse practitioner. I knew I wanted to blend my skill sets and help patients avoid (or treat) chronic illnesses that impact their overall health and wellbeing.

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

Five years into my nursing career, working night shifts, I was burnt out, cynical and stressed. I experienced insomnia and struggled with anxiety. In an effort to blunt some of these effects, I found myself drinking too much caffeine and alcohol. A former dancer, I knew there had to be a better way to cope so I decided to join a Pilates studio and start training my mind and body. This regular practice quickly became a saving grace. I found that the lower back pain I regularly experienced went away and I would use the breathing techniques I learned in class to help me relax before bed. As a nurse, I had the opportunity to become an instructor. Pilates offered me the healthy outlet and balance I needed to cope with the stressors of being a critical care nurse.

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):

The greatest lesson I have learned is that optimal health is not a destination to be reached but rather a commitment to living your best life while finding joy in the gift of if all. My journey to better health began when I decided that I was worth the fight. I decided to continually invest in my physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. I allow my Self to be a priority. I am not perfect but this journey is not about perfection, it is about connection and putting care back into health. When I am not studying or working with my patients, I enjoy spending time outside in nature with my family and friends. Some of my favorite healthy activities include Pilates, skiing, hiking, paddle boarding, and roller skating.

Take Charge of Your Health.

Naturally.

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