Amanda was born and raised in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She went to the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She then pursued her nursing degree at the University of Missouri through the accelerated program. She finished with another big 12 school at Baylor University and got her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She then became board certified as Family Nurse Practitioner.
After graduating with her master’s degree, Amanda began working in Neurology and Geriatrics. These patient populations were very difficult and frustrating because she was treating every symptom with a pharmaceutical medication. The patient would then have side effects from these medications and so then another drug would be added. She knew this was not preventing disease, but creating more.
In 2013, she was struggling with fertility issues. She had been diagnosed with Autoimmune Thyroid severals years before, but knew these were tied together. She attended a Functional Medicine course about hormone therapy. She realized that she wasn’t addressing the root cause. This was the turning point in her career. She began to read and attend as many conferences she could to learn more about Functional medicine. This became her passion and she wanted to address disease through prevention.
Both conventional and functional medicine can be used to help a patient reach their optimal wellness. She practices from a Functional medicine view, but understands when convential medicine is needed. She wants to help you achieve your optimal health.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease.
A Nurse Practitioner must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse education. They are board-certified and adhere to a code for ethical practices.
As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.
They perform comprehensive physical exams, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries; manage high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and other chronic health illnesses; order and interpret laboratory tests; prescribe medications and therapies; and can perform minor procedures. Nurse Practitioners also refer to specialists when a health condition warrants.