Introducing Amy Drab, PA-C
Introducing Amy Drab, PA-C
We are pleased to announce the addition of Amy Drab, PA-C to our team!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Amy Drab, PA-C to our team! Amy has over 17 years of experience as a physician assistant including family practice, OB/GYN, and urgent/emergent care settings. She also taught at Kettering College of Medical Arts as an associate professor of Physician Assistant education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Professions/Physician Assistant from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, Ohio and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.
Amy’s journey in discovering functional medicine’s healing potential started early on in her career when she realized that something was missing in the “pill for every ill” philosophy that’s commonly embraced in medicine. She also noticed that patients often had a long list of unexplainable or unattributable symptoms. Armed with the belief that the patient is generally telling the truth and that their symptoms are real, Amy wanted to find the reason why these patients were so ill. These thoughts became a very personal story as Amy discovered that her daughters’ reflux, diarrhea, allergies, asthma, eczema, joint pain, seborrheic dermatitis, and generally grumpy disposition had one root cause: food sensitivities. Everything resolved once the root was addressed. Where 4 prescription medications were once needed to control asthma and allergy symptoms, there was now no need for any prescriptions. The lens of functional medicine was the vehicle for healing her family when nothing else worked. Amy now knew the truth and her practice of medicine was forever changed. Her desire to learn more about functional medicine led to rigorous study.
Amy attended a six-day intensive continuing medical education course offered by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice addresses one of the key issues in healthcare practice today – improving the management of complex, chronic disease. She has since then attended more concentrated functional medicine training in cardiometabolic dysfunction (such as diabetes and hypertension), gastrointestinal dysfunction, energy, immune dysregulation, and hormone-related issues. IFM programs utilize the emerging research base to identify effective interventions and to train physicians and other providers to integrate those approaches for the benefit of their patients.
The training Amy completed involves understanding the etiology, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance. In other words: getting to the root of the disease rather than treating symptoms.
In addition to her interest in functional medicine, Amy enjoys running, yoga, cooking and watching Netflix documentaries. She, her husband, and 3 girls also enjoy camping and exploring the great outdoors. Amy would be delighted to assist you on your journey back to wellness. She and Dr. Chavers will work in collaboration to address your unique issues. Your symptoms are real and you deserve relief and healing. Many others having successfully improved their health through discovering and addressing the root of their illness and you can too. Call Foundations Medical Center for a one on one consultation to begin your journey today.