Summary

I am a physician of over two decades who has a love and mastery of nutritional and functional ways of healing. I have

had the opportunity of studying under many experts in the field (Masters Degree and Institute for Functional

Medicine) and more so, I have had a personal journey that lead me to nutrition and functional medicine in order

to support and aid in my healing. Conventional medicine can fall short. Good nutrition is the foundation

of health. I have extensive experience in teaching clinical medicine to medical students, nursing students and

residents in training from many disciplines. My compassion and dedication has earned me recognition on many

levels.


Recent Experience

Owner at Functional Nutrition Doc, LLC

March 2015 - Present

I help patients to achieve their maximum health potential through the concepts of functional nutrition,

nutrigenomics and functional medicine.

I have been working out of the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine since August of 2015.

Pediatrician/Nutritionist at Pediatric Alliance, P.C.

April 2012 - March 2015 (3 years)

Traditional pediatric practice in a group setting. I also did nutritional consults on patients.


Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America

Best Doctors, Inc

July 2006

This award is voted on by peers (other physicians) and only the top 4% of each subspecialty is inducted.

Physician of the Year

Newberry County Memorial Hospital Medical Staff

July 2007

Robert Woodruff Fellow

Emory University School of Dentistry

July 1985

Full tuition four year scholarship to Emory University School of Dentistry based on academic achievement

and community service. I withdrew after one year of dental school in order to pursue my dream of becoming

a medical doctor.

Consumer's Guide to Best Pediatricians in America

Consumer's Guide

December 2008

Compassionate Heart Award

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

May 1994

Award given to employees who exhibit compassion above and beyond the expected norm.


Languages

Spanish (Professional working proficiency)


Education

Gannon University

Bachelor's Degree, Biology/Pre-Medicine, 1981 - 1985

Grade: 3.84 cumulative GPA

Activities and Societies: President, Vice President and Secretary of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

Beta Beta Beta honorary biology fraternity

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Doctor of Medicine (MD), Medicine, 1987 - 1991

Grade: Top 10%

University of Bridgeport

Master's Degree, Human Nutrition, 2012 - 2014

Grade: 4.0 GPA

Institute of Functional Medicine

Certified practitioner with ongoing education


Interests

I am an expert in nutritional approaches to health and well being. I have a specific interest in maternal/child

health.

I have co-authored a chapter in a study guide book Pediatrics: In a Page; Study Guide for Medical Students,

Hematology Chapter, Blackwell publishing, 1st ed, 2004

I also co-authored a paper: Decreasing Psychological Distress during the Diagnosis of Pediatric Leukemia;

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing; 2008


Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics

Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)