Dr. Larson is a traditionally trained medical doctor with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a year of training in Bioethics. After graduation from Northwestern University Medical School she completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and a residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Dr. Larson left the world of traditional medicine in 2012. She was disappointed that the system allows physicians so little time to really understand and meet the needs of patients. She was introduced to Functional Medicine by a colleague who challenged her to go on an elimination diet for a month. At the end of the month she realized what a huge difference dietary changes could make. She started courses in Functional Medicine later in 2012. By 2015 she had started her own Functional Medicine practice and qualified for certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Since establishing her Functional Medicine practice Dr. Larson has worked successfully with many different chronic diseases including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Mold Exposure, Dysbiosis, Nutritional Deficiencies, Eczema, Psoriasis, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Helicobacter Pylori, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, and others. She gets particular enjoyment from listening well enough to understand where traditional medical approaches have not helped people. Then she comes up with a combination of medical and Functional Medicine approaches that do.
As a mother, wife, and doctor, Dr. Larson combines the wisdom of life experience with her medical expertise. Because she has made significant life changes and struggled with serious health conditions herself, she understands the commitment required to make healthy lifestyle changes. She will work with you to find manageable, realistic choices you can maintain long term.