Meet Kyle Chavers, MD, IFMCP
Dr. Chavers ultimately chose medicine as a career because he wanted to find the best way to help people in the most significant way. He understood from the beginning the importance of lifestyle factors such as nutrition and exercise. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and a residency in Family Medicine in Tuscaloosa, AL he set out in a traditional Family Medicine practice ready to make a difference in the lives of his patients.
Dr. Chavers saw very quickly that the current medical model—oriented toward acute care and prescribed treatments aimed at treating an immediate problem or symptom—was in no way conducive to educating patients on how to make lifelong changes to improve their health and quality of life. In addition, time constraints due to pressure to see a higher quantity of patients along with increasingly burdensome requirements from insurance companies overshadowed the ability to form meaningful relationships or provide quality care. He became incredibly frustrated because he felt that he was unable to truly make anyone well—he was simply writing more and more prescriptions. At that time he made the decision to no longer practice primary care. Soon thereafter, he discovered the emerging field of Functional Medicine. This revolutionary approach to the management of chronic disease was a perfect fit. It provided in-depth, scientifically backed education behind what Dr. Chavers already knew to be necessary and effective for the management of chronic disease.
Dr. Chavers is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician and is certified in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and completed his residency at the University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Program in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has over 11 years of experience that includes Functional Medicine, Family Medicine, Hospice, medical mission work and long-term care. His extensive experience in managing chronic disease from both the conventional and the functional approach, as well as, seeing the devastating effects of chronic disease through end-of-life care, offers invaluable insight into his practice
Dr. Chavers works closely with you as a Functional Medicine consultant in conjunction with your current health care team and is not considered a replacement for your primary care physician. His approach uses preventive, nutritional and functional medicine to help you address the root causes of chronic health problems and he requires all new patients to have a primary care physician to cover emergencies and routine care and screening. He may confer with your primary care doctor if required.