Imagine you’re going on a journey. This journey will be long and arduous at times, but from what you have been told by others who have travelled there, the destination is worth everything you have to put up with to get there. Some have even told you that the journey is half the adventure of traveling to this destination in the first place. You can certainly take this journey alone, but you have been told that a guide is well worth the expense, to get you to the destination quickly and safely.
If you have come to this site, you’re considering this journey. Maybe you’ve even started it. But there are so many choices to make along the way. Many roads will get you this destination, but many others will not. You need a guide; you need someone to show you which roads to take to get you to your destination.
I’m Dr. Christa Whiteman. Did you know that “doctor” is derived from the Latin verb docēre ‘to teach’? That is how I see my purpose, to teach, to be your guide to your destination- better health. More then just “not sick,” I want to help guide you to a place of vibrant health. A place where healthy eating, restful sleep and good stress management come easy to you. A place where you have plenty of energy to get through your day. A place where you feel vibrant and radiant. A place where you can fulfill your greater purpose in the world.
Let me be your guide. I’ll show you the best roads for you to take to get to your destination and help you avoid pitfalls along the way. And I promise you, the destination is worth the trip!
Got questions about getting started? Contact me by clicking here. I’m more than happy to answer your questions! You can also continuing reading below to learn more about my story.
In undergrad, I majored in, and eventually earned my degree in, Biochemistry because even back then I was fascinated by nutrition and how the foods we eat eventually become the chemicals and cells that make up our bodies and allow it to function. As graduation began to loom, I knew I needed to figure out the next step, but what? Since I was also drawn to how plants can be used as medicine, I squeezed in a few botany courses and considered going on to study ethnobotany.
Wanting to do more hands on work to help people directly however, I choose instead to go to chiropractic college. I was particularly drawn to the ethos of healing ‘without drugs or surgery.’ While I do believe there is a time and place for such things, I do think we over-utilize such ‘quick-fixes’ and proverbial Band-aids while not doing enough to address the true, underlying health problem. It is also my firm belief that diet changes, exercise and herbs should be first-line therapies in most cases of chronic disease, with drugs being a back-up or support option.
During this time, my mother was diagnosed with Celiac disease and put on a strict gluten-free diet. Our whole family had to learn what it meant to be gluten-free and how to support someone on a gluten-free diet. My sister and I were also ‘tested’ for Celiac disease. Neither of us were positive at the time, though my sister showed an increased risk. Eventually, my mom started working with functional medicine doctor who started to connect the dots for her. She had been diagnosed with hypothyroid and depression twenty years before. When someone finally tested her antibodies, she was positive for Hashimoto’s hypothyroid. It’s known from the research that ingesting gluten causes the creation of antibodies to the thyroid. And perhaps that clinical depression wasn’t a chemical imbalance in the brain, but a symptom of the hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, we can’t know if the Celiac disease could have been prevented if she had stopped eating gluten years earlier. Understanding the interplay between these conditions did help her find the help she needed beyond simply being ‘gluten-free.’
It also refined my purpose and direction as a doctor when I started my own private practice. I want to help people like you and people like my mom. If you are like my mom, you are struggling to find someone who understands you as a whole person. Perhaps you’ve seen a slew of specialists, all very knowledgeable, but all failing to see the whole picture or how your symptoms connect. My functional medicine approach allows me to see the bigger picture, how your symptoms connect, and how we can change your diet and lifestyle factors to either resolve your symptoms or get you more relief from them than just medications alone.
If you’d like to talk to me about how I may be able to help you, call me at 845-687-6387 or email me today.