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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module Immunology, Tampa, Florida 2013

Amy Petrarca travels to Tampa, Florida to attend the Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module on Immunology.

What an amazing experience!  It is difficult to explain the exhilaration I feel just being around other Health Care Providers who are as passionate about health, wellness, and prevention of disease as I am!  And - to sit in the front row in an audience of several hundred physicians and clinicians from all over the world!  Next to me, an MD from Atlanta, Georgia, and behind me, a surgeon from Italy!  All of us here to study Immunology and the intricate balance of health in a stressed body.

I had the good fortune to stay with my Dad & his wife in Fort Myers for a few days before the conference - giving me time to reflect on the importance of spending life with loved ones and how precious this time is.  I had even more hospitality shared with me when I ended up in Tampa to stay with my good friend, Corinne Wolfe, Acupuncture Physician and fellow Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture colleague from the Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN.  It is such a great experience when a business trip can include cozy dinners and time with loved ones and friends.  The perfect balance after a long day studying cytokines, pathogens, and antibodies!

Speaking of cytokines, pathogens, and antibodies, I have never been so excited to study Immunology than I am right now.  In fact, after spending three solid days listening intently to the articulate and compressed lectures of the presenters, I am convinced that I am quite actually on the cutting-edge of Immunology!  The IFM faculty lecturers for this APM (Advanced Practice Module) on Immunology were:

  • ROBERT ROUNTREE, MD received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and herbal pharmacology along with certification as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Dr. Rountree has provided his unique combination of traditional family medicine, nutrition, herbology, and mind-body therapy in Boulder, CO, since 1983. He has recently opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is coauthor of three books on Integrative Medicine, Immunotics: A Revolutionary Way to Fight Infection, Beat Chronic Illness and Stay Well (Putnam, 2000); Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child (Avery Publishing, 1994); and A Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies (Avery, 1997).
  • KARA FITZGERALD, ND received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She completed the first CNME-accredited postdoctorate in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory medicine at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory and residency at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Fitzgerald is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine’s 21st Century Medicine. She is currently writing a book of case studies in integrative medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald lectures widely on the clinical application of functional laboratory interpretation for several organizations, including Food as Medicine, Autism One, The Institute of Women’s Health and The Institute for Functional Medicine. She maintains a clinical practice at Advanced Diagnostic at Yale-New Haven on Long Wharf, in New Haven, CT.
  • ALEX VASQUEZ, DC, ND, DO began his professional training at Texas Chiropractic College and later graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. He then attended and graduated from the Naturopathic Medicine Program at Bastyr University near Seattle, Washington. Over the next few years, Dr. Vasquez maintained a private practice (first in Seattle, then in Houston, Texas), taught Orthopedics and Rheumatology at Bastyr University, and pursued his constant review of Medline for the continuous compilation of his biomedicine, nutrition, and physiology database. From 2006–2010, he attended University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2010

(bio of each presenter courtesy of the Institute for Funcitonal Medicine website.)

Seriously awestruck after three solid days of lectures from these three stellar educators/clinicians, I was fired up to bring this knowledge and insight back into my clinical setting, and assist my clients with more tools and interventions to help them on their path to optimal health & wellness.