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Introduction to Functional Medicine: Shifting the Medical Paradigm

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Richmond, VA 23221

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Less than satisfied with your current health care? Searching for information on how to take care of yourself besides medications? Trying to decipher what the best health options are for you? Simply want to take control of your health and be an informed health advocate for yourself and your loved ones?

Functional medicine (FM) is medical practice for the 21st century. While 20th-century medicine was a revolution for infectious disease and acute health issues, it is a medical paradigm that no longer meets our health needs today. These include everything from wanting more energy to dealing with autoimmune diseases; digestive issues to holistic cancer care; menstrual issues to pain; Lyme disease to mood disorders to insomnia and more.

Join us Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30-7:30 pm learn about FM, a medical paradigm of increasing renown that seeks to understand the root causes of health and illness and is tied intimately with research in systems biology, biochemistry, and genetics. More than seeking to quiet symptoms, FM treats the underlying causes of disease. It recognizes the individuality and complexity of the whole person and seeks to optimize wellness. Because today we deserve to do more than survive, we want to thrive.


ABOUT| Tressa Breindel

Tressa Breindel is a Functional medicine and Chinese medicine practitioner who specializes in understanding and treating the root causes of health issues. She obtained her Masters in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado and is a nationally certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Her background began in western physiology where she spent 4 years studying pre-med, including extra courses in immunology, genetics, anatomy, and physiology. She worked for three years endocrine-immunology and neuroscience labs focusing on physiological adaptations to stress, inflammation and exercise. For over two years she was a volunteer at Boulder Community hospital in the both the ER and ICU. She was a board member of the University of Colorado, Boulder student neuroscience club, helping educate and connect students with education and professional opportunities.

Her 3.5 year, 3000+ hour MSOM program included training in pediatrics, nutritional therapy, lifestyle counseling, tui na and Shiatsu. While earning her masters, she worked in a premier Chinese herbal pharmacy and studied alongside Chip Chace. She combines 16 years of education and experience in Western and Oriental physiology and medical practices, nutrition, mind-body therapies and stress management to support comprehensive healing in her patients.

She was motivated to figure out the underlying causes of health and illness in due to her diagnosis of Crohn's disease at 14. She has been an active member and served on boards of the Crohn's and Colitis Association of America (CCFA), promoting awareness of IBD and successful management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease through Functional and Oriental medicine.

She is actively devoted to research and a better understanding of health from molecular, biochemical and energetic modalities. She encourages her patients to ask questions and seeks to empower them in understanding their health and wellness choices through their health journeys.

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