Message from the founder, Meg McElroy MS, PA-C:
“I am a PA. This stands for Physician Assistant, but for me, it also stands for “Patient/Practitioner Advocate”.
I created this website with a primary focus on increasing integrative/functional medicine support for my colleagues, from those that are interested but haven’t made the leap, to those that are fully integrated into an integrative practice.
A few things I like to remind my colleagues of: 1) always ask “why” (aka personalized biochemistry), 2) avoid green allopathy (commonly practiced and gives functional medicine a bad reputation!), and 3) never neglect all aspects of lifestyle medicine (sleep, stress transformation, nutrition, movement, and community), no matter how complex the patient.
I currently practice functional medicine through The Center for Collaborative Medicine, a clinic I co-own with Dr. Ron Manzanero. Prior to starting my own clinic last year (2019), I worked with various start-up clinics that focused on diabetes and metabolic syndrome, lifestyle medicine, and corporate wellness. I eventually joined an established functional medicine clinic owned by Dr. Ann Shippy, where the majority of patients that I saw had chronic inflammatory conditions that require “advanced” evaluation and interventions (e.g. MCAS, mycotoxin-induced illness, CIRS, and more). I left this clinic to start my own.
Many of my patients are referred to me by colleagues, due to the complexity and sensitivity of the patient. I focus on what I call the G.A.M.E. changers (Gut, Autoimmunity, Mitochondria, Environmental), helping those with unrelenting fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, and “brain fog”. It’s not easy work, and to avoid burnout, I only see 3-4 patients per day.
When I’m not seeing patients, I’m reading articles on PubMed (yes, I’m a geek!), working on creative ways to support my patients (blog writing, videos, etc), managing a Facebook group for PAs and NPs (PAs and NPs in Functional/Integrative Medicine), learning carpentry and gardening, and taking walks with friends and loved ones (usually virtually!).
Thank you for reading, and enjoy the content I’ve put together on this site!”