TheDr.com is your resource for information about autoimmune diseases and gluten- and wheat-related disorders.

 

Our clinic specializes in functional medicine laboratory testing. We offer test recommendation consultations and test interpretation consultations that are conducted via our HIPAA-compliant Virtual Wellness Clinic or in our California office.

 

Functional medicine testing assists clinicians in addressing the root cause of underlying disorders. Functional medicine testing may include blood, stool, urine, saliva or hair samples. In-depth testing offers clinicians more information about your metabolic, nutritional, and detoxification status as well as further details on your hormonal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immune system function. This reliable testing helps to address “why” and “what” led to the present state of illness.

 

Our Functional Medicine Nutrition Practitioners are highly trained and have an in-depth understanding of specialized laboratory testing. Our practitioners specialize in interpreting the results within “the bigger picture” of health. Our practitioners are also trained to identify potential false interpretations and lab errors which can affect diagnostic sensitivity and specificity.

 

If you would like a consultation to discuss personalized testing recommendations or a consultation to understand your test results, please click here:

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Functional Medicine Laboratory Testing

Our practitioners are highly trained to interpret Cyrex Labs, Vibrant Wellness, Doctor’s Data, Genova, BioHealth, Precision Analytical Inc., and other specialty lab test results.

 

Functional Medicine Nutrition Practitioners

 


Michelle Ross, MA, MS, CNS
 

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Michelle Ross is the Director of Clinical Services for theDr.com. Additionally, Michelle is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist in the State of Pennsylvania, and Certified Gluten Practitioner. She has completed all seven advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

 

Michelle holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s in Education from Pacific Union College. She has been extensively trained in the advanced interpretation of functional testing and Dr. TomO’Bryan’s protocols for addressing autoimmune diseases, gluten- and wheat- related disorders, and microbiome health. Dr. O’Bryan refers to Michelle as ‘The Teacher of Teachers’ as her previous years (14) of grade-school teaching experience helped her develop the skill of communicating with examples and analogies we allunderstand.

 

 

 

Pooja Mahtani, PharmD, MS

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Pooja is a Functional Medicine Nutritionist and a Certified Gluten Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from the University of Western States and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. Pooja has been training with Dr. Tom O’Bryan and Michelle Ross since 2016. She is also working towards her Certified Nutrition Specialist credential and in the process of completing the advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

 

Pooja is dedicated to counseling and educating her clients on the benefits of a nutrient dense diet and a wholesome lifestyle that can assist with achieving vitality and optimal health.

 

 

 

Julie Martin, DC, CCSP, CCN

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Dr. Julie Martin is a Licensed Chiropractor, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and Functional Medicine Practitioner. Julie holds a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduating, Julie went on to pursue her C.C.S.P degree (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician Degree) and then continued an additional 2 years of study to complete her training for a Diplomate in Sports Injury. She is also Certified in Acupuncture.

 

In 2009, Dr. Julie began studying nutrition and functional medicine. Since then, she has completed her Comprehensive Nutrition Degree through Huntington College of Health Sciences and studied under leading functional medicine practitioners such as Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Ben Lynch, Chris Kresser, Dr. Dan Kalish, and Dr. Jason Hawrelak. Dr. Julie’s post-graduate studies and clinical expertise lie in genetics, methylation, clinical nutrigenomics, Lyme disease, autism, microbiome health, and organic acid testing.

 

Most recently, Dr. Julie has joined theDr.com Clinical Services Team. She has been training with Dr. Tom O’Bryan who specializes in gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disease and is in the process of completing the advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

 

Connie Swan, BS, FMCHC, NBC-HWC

Connie Swan is the office manager and client coordinator for the Clinical Services Department.

 

In addition to her background as a community pharmacist and office manager for various chiropractic clinics, Connie is a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. She received her training from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Soon after graduation, she was further certified by the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches. Connie is the first point of contact for our clients. She will assist with answering questions and scheduling appointments as well as offer coaching sessions as part of TheDr.com Functional Medicine Premier Program. Connie’s passion for Functional Medicine, fueled by her own health journey, and years of experience in administration, make her a fantastic addition to the Clinical Services Team at TheDr.com.

 

Melissa Mersch

Melissa Mersch is our Lab Test Coordinator for the Clinical Services Department. She assists clients with all aspects of the testing process including scheduling blood draws, providing testing instructions, uploading test results to the client portal, and other support as needed.  She works directly with Michelle Ross to coordinate timely review of all results.

 

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and has an extensive background in customer service and management.

 
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