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Dr. Kristy Appelhans
Functional Doctor

I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in California. I graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona in 2007. I have spent the majority of the last 15 years as the owner and sole medical provider in a private practice. My mission is to bring more balance to patient care with an equal focus in conventional care and lifestyle management to help provide more health options and benefits for my patients. I also believe in creating a personalized plan for each and every one of my patients to find an approach that works best for their individual health care goals.

 

About Dr. Kristy Appelhans

Areas of Focus:

Digestive Disorders; Food Allergies, Sensitivity, or Intolerance; Weight Management; Diabetes and Insulin Resistance Management; Personalized Nutrition; Fitness and Sports Performance

A little history of me:

While completing my undergraduate degree in nutrition, I learned how healthy lifestyle, especially proper weight management, regular physical activity, and balanced nutrition, are cornerstones of wellness. However, there is a lot of misinformation in our communities about meeting these goals in a sustainable way for long-term health. I have also had too many heartbreaking experiences seeing loved ones suffering from the effects of poor lifestyle choices. For these reasons and so many others, I am deeply committed to helping my patients learn how to be advocates for their own health. Most importantly, my approach to healthcare is rooted in the philosophy of “doctor as teacher”. I give patients the educational tools they need so that they are empowered to build a foundation of knowledge for successfully meeting wellness goals at any age.

Why I love being a Functional Doctor:

I love being a doctor who uses a functional medicine model because it allows me to form a partnership with my patients and their other providers, where all participants are committed to working as a team to help patients achieve health goals through all aspects of wellness. Through this approach, patients become more aware of the broader spectrum of choices available to them which support better health – effectively incorporating conventional care with strategies to achieve balance in lifestyle management , with equal focus on physical and mental/emotional health.

What I love outside work:

Fitness is a passion of mine! I am a professional level competitor in several natural bodybuilding organizations and have been doing this for 20 years. But I couldn’t do this without an amazing support network in the home! My husband and now 6-year old son are always finding ways to encourage and inspire me to reach new heights in fitness. I love hanging with “my boys” and we enjoy a very happy and active lifestyle together!

Why I work with Wisdom:

Wisdom is the perfect solution for patients who wish to enjoy flexible access to health care. So often patients are restricted by short office visits, crowded waiting rooms, long commutes, and many other barriers. Wisdom helps patients partner with providers that can spend more individual time during each visit through a myriad of access options – including evening and weekend appointments and telephonic visits.

Professional Credentials:

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor

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