Melissa Gentry, FNP has a career in Western medicine that extends back to the early 90s which is what propelled her to use functional and integrative medicine as the chief means of helping people overcome health issues.
Melissa became a registered nurse in 1991 and worked for 15 years in a Level 1 Trauma ICU setting. After 15 years entrenched in the traditional world of medicine, Melissa left to take on the full-time job of staying at home to raise three amazing little boys.
After several years, the itch to help people get well drove her back into the medical field where she embarked on a path as a home health care nurse and eventually an oncology nurse while working to advance her degree and eventually becoming a family nurse practitioner.
Melissa’s interest in looking at patients as a whole (and not as a managed set of symptoms) prompted her to research on her own time to learn about how integrative health could help people overcome health challenges conventional treatments had failed.
Now, as a member of Robinhood Integrative Health, Melissa is armed with a full set of tools to help her… help our patients get better in an integrative way!
A doctor of integrative medicine is a physician who practices functional and holistic medicine. Doctors of integrative medicine believe in a whole person or systems approach to managing chronic ailments and preventing illnesses. Their main focus is on addressing the underlying root cause of disease instead of just covering up symptoms.
Additionally, they believe patients ought to be educated about their conditions and have a better comprehension of their treatment plans and the motive governing the treatment plan. This is why longer (half an hour) office visits with our doctors are routine at Robinhood Integrative Health (RIH).
We have a great, well-trained team of healthcare providers that will do their best so you can experience health as it ought to be.
Honestly, not much. Functional and integrative medicine can pretty much be used interchangeably.
They both strive to treat an individual as a whole and concentrate on developing personalized treatments tailored to treat and cure underlying causes of disease. They also attempt to restore people to an optimal state of wellness not just an absence of disease.
Our providers have training in both Integrative and Functional Medicine and continue to learn. Our providers pursue ongoing medical education about various topics including hormones, thyroid dysfunction, anti-aging, chronic infections, Lyme disease, mold toxicity, and IV therapies. We strive to get better and more comprehensive every year.