Dr. Barbie. What excites you about functional medicine?
– So what excites me about functional medicine? I’ve been practicing functional medicine for the last five years. I’ve been a chiropractic physician for longer than that, and functional medicine has significantly improved my own life, and the life of my family and my children. I’ve been in health and fitness since I was in college, and have been in the fitness community with my husband for the last 15 years, and I have two daughters, a five-year-old and a three-month-old, so it’s very, very important to me to be able to provide them, and for me to have the knowledge to provide them every opportunity that they might want for their own health, and I carry that same want through to my patients in supporting them. So it’s really, really important to me. It’s made a huge impact and change in my own personal life. I used to, about 10 years ago, walk around with daily, consistent pain and came to learn that it was food related, wasn’t any kind of allergy; I wasn’t allergic to anything, but I had significant sensitivities to certain foods, and it really opened up the doors for me to this new way of medicine and functional medicine, and has allowed me to be able to pass that on to others.
How has functional medicine helped your family?
I strongly believe that education is important. I also believe that experience is just as important. I have experience with my own health and how I’ve implemented functional medicine. I’ve supported my husband and his health with functional medicine, and I have young children that I’ve supported them with. It’s particularly important to me with children because more and more there’s an increase in chronic disease among kids, and it’s even been studied that this generation may be the first to not outlive their parents, and a lot of the issues that are contributing to that are preventable, and they are environmental. So there are many things that are not within our control, but there are many things that are within our control, and so I’ve considered it a personal purpose of mine to really get that education for myself, but then also to pass it on and educate others so that they can impact their own households, and families and children in the generations to come.
How can I get more information on functional medicine?
So I’m very excited to be able to partner with Dr. Ben and Cornerstone Clinics in incorporating functional medicine and holistic medicine, and we are offering 15-minute complementary consultations, so you can schedule at the front desk, you can call in, and we’ll be able to set that up. We’ll meet in person either in the office, or we’ll meet via videoconference as well, and during that time I’ll answer any questions that you have if you need to learn a little bit more about functional medicine and see if it’s for you, and also just to get to know each other a little bit and see if we’re a good fit for each other moving forward.
Monday – 7AM–5:30PM
Tuesday – 7AM–7PM
Wednesday – 7AM–5:30PM
Thursday – 7AM–5PM
Friday – 7AM–3PM
Saturday – By Appt. Only
Sunday – Closed
1030 Davis St. Suite 100
Evanston, IL 60201
(Intersection of Davis & Oak)