Sharon Freeman Clevenger is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The exciting news is that she is also a Doctoral Candidate for a Doctor of Science in Integrative Healthcare at Huntington University of Health Sciences in Knoxville, TN. Sharon continuously pursues the lastest information in psychiatric healthcare in order to provide the people that she helps the most up-to-date, science tested, individual psychiatric health care that is available.
So what is Integrative Functional Medicine?
Integrative Medicine means that the practitioner "integrates" modern medicine with nutritional sciences and complementary treatment options in order to develop a plan that is unique to your body and your symptoms. The term Functional Medicine is a relatively new term in health care. It reflects the changes that have been made regarding scientific knowledge of health in the 21st century. Basically, Functional Medicine focuses on returning your body to optimal functioning. To do so, we have to have current knowledge about your health, which is a function of your genetics (DNA), nutrition and the environmental “soup” that has interacted with your genetics.
Current science is now showing us that there are some very easily modifiable factors that contribute to health risk, and therefore can contribute to your overall health and well-being. When some of your biologic systems are out of balance; for example, lacking essential fats, minerals, nutrients or chemical, your body may fall out of "function", and you get sick. So, rather than just fixing your symptoms, a Functional Medicine practitioner looks to discover what caused you to fall into disease in the first place - and reverses those factors as much as possible to return you to the healthiest you possible.Sharon has authored and uses peer-reviewed, contemporary, scientific research from around the world to help guide her decision making and health care recommendations. She is continually studying to increase her knowledge of nutrition, supplement use, biochemistry, psychology, psychiatry and physiology so that she can provide science-based, personalized treatment plans to her patients.