Dr. Meredith Rusthoven DNP, CNM, IFMCP
I have had a passion for health and medicine from an early age. Years of sneaking to watch surgeries and medical shows on cable at my grandma’s house followed by a strong interest in women’s health in college led me to pursue a career in healthcare. After getting my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Rhodes College, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude. I then went on to complete my Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse Midwifery, and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice at CU. My doctoral work focused on decreasing non-medical formula supplementation of exclusively breastfed babies in the hospital after birth.
After catching (“delivering”) babies and providing obstetric and gynecologic care to women for several years in many settings (private practice, hospital-based practice, and public health), I kept seeing the same outcomes: patients with several problems or diagnoses, none being managed optimally, that never felt GREAT. These same patients typically waited for their provider that was running behind, were then rushed through appointments, only to not truly be heard, and just given a diagnosis and corresponding prescription. Most patients weren’t feeling better and many were adding more prescriptions to their list. This COULDN’T be the answer.
I am so excited to have a Functional Medicine practice where I can look at root causes for patient’s chronic health concerns and guide them on their path to healing. I utilize lifestyle medicine, including food choices, safe exercise, stress reduction, healthy relationships, quality sleep, and spiritual practice, alongside functional lab testing, targeted supplements, and medications when appropriate to get people well.
When I am not seeing patients or geeking out about Functional Medicine, I can be found enjoying life with my wonderful husband, family, friends, and cute JRT. I spend a ton of time in the kitchen trying new paleo, Instant Pot, and keto recipes. We love living life to the fullest in beautiful Colorado - hiking, exploring, cycling, frequenting the many farmer’s markets - there is never a shortage of fun things to do. Downtime = knitting, reading, patio time, and fireplaces...we love us some hygge.
RN, MSN, FNP-C
I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in a field where I could help care for people. I have been a Registered Nurse for 16 years with a background in oncology, medical-surgical, and women’s health. My interest and passion for Functional Medicine grew over time as I witnessed a health care system that delivered less than optimal results to its patients, specifically in the area of chronic disease management and prevention. I wanted to empower my patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to make long lasting lifestyle changes, and I knew that Functional Medicine was the future of medicine. I went back to school in 2016 to become a Family Nurse Practitioner with the goal of working in Functional Medicine where I could truly impact my patients’ lives on a more personal level. I became a patient of Functional Medicine myself while in graduate school because I was not feeling optimal, and I knew that conventional medicine would not adequately address the root cause of my symptoms. Working in Functional Medicine is so rewarding because I know I am helping my patients uncover root causes for their symptoms and helping them feel better so they can live their best lives.
My interests include spending time with my hubby and our three children, hiking, enjoying nature in our beautiful state, going to the movies, and spending time with friends.
My interest in medicine was sparked at an early age as my grandmother was a nurse in WWII in Europe and her stories of caring for others inspired me. This interest was further fueled by my fascination with human anatomy and physiology in high school. I subsequently obtained a major in Biology/Pre-med from the University of South Florida and went on to receive my Bachelor's in Physician Assistant Studies followed by a Master’s in Medical Science from Nova Southeastern University.
I practiced primarily in a hospital-based setting, including internal medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and heart/lung transplant programs for the first 17 years of my career. Becoming aware of some shortcomings of conventional medicine, I began to explore more holistic options for myself initially and found this to become so empowering that I wanted to learn how to become a practitioner to help guide others in this manner as well. I began extensive self study in integrative and alternative medicine which ultimately led to my passion and commitment to becoming a Functional Medicine practitioner. This allowed me to be able to utilize my experience in allopathic medicine to create the potential to help people optimize their health through a more comprehensive and individualized approach. I have been practicing functional medicine for over 3 years and continue to become more fascinated by it every day.
My interests outside of medicine include spending time with my partner and my dog Bailey, and working on our off-grid cabin in the mountains. I also enjoy cooking, practicing sound relaxation therapies with Himalayan singing bowls and when possible, traveling to foreign countries.
MSN, APRN, FNP-C, FNTP
I have my master’s degree in Family Health Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner, along with several years of experience working in functional medicine, and a lifelong passion for health and healing. My journey began earlier than most, as I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 12, Celiac Disease at 16, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (POTS) at 18. After feeling hopeless for many years, functional medicine saved my life – eliminating my laundry list of symptoms and taking me from housebound and sleeping 16 hours a day, to thriving, energetic, and able to pursue the career and life of my dreams.
I am incredibly passionate about the innate healing capability of the body, as it was fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator, and especially practicing medicine in a way that supports the body in regaining balance rather than competing with its natural state. I believe in an equal partnership between patient and provider rather than a paternalistic “my way or the highway” approach. As you share your health story with me, I am here to listen, guide, and offer expertise in a caring, judgment-free way.
I am a professional member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, and the Weston A Price Foundation. I am also currently finalizing my certification in Functional Medicine from IFM and am on track to complete this in November of 2022. My clinical interests center on chronic complex illness, including mold, Lyme, and chronic infections, along with hormones, minerals, and metabolism, while supporting the health of the nervous system by promoting a sense of safety and connection.
When I’m not studying new functional medicine topics or chatting with patients, you can find me running, doing yoga, taking long walks with my Cocker Spaniel - Schnauzer pup, Sadie, and leading worship at my church. I look forward to getting to know many of you as you continue your healing journey!
Functional Medicine Health Coach
Health and fitness have been my passion for over 25 years! I believe food has a purpose and that not only what we eat, but what we choose to do every day matters. Our bodies are brilliant healers - they just need to be listened to! I am so excited to be working alongside Dr. Meredith Rusthoven to help you achieve your health and wellness goals!
For over two decades, I have led others to healthy movement practices. Originally, my certifications and interests were in group fitness instruction, but that eventually led to opportunities as a personal trainer. Currently, I hold an American College of Sports Medicine Certification.
When I moved to Colorado, I needed to find a local Functional Medicine doctor to support my continued healing. During our initial consultation, Dr. Rusthoven realized she had been a participant in my very first teaching module in Austin, Texas! We hit it off and after a year as her patient, I began scribing for her appointments. This was a wonderful way to get to know how her practice operates and allowed me to get to know patients, too. I am excited to be working with patients directly now as the Functional Medicine Health Coach for the practice. Functional Medicine has helped me reverse the pain of chronic migraines and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now I get to pay it forward by giving people hope for and direction towards recovery from their chronic illness and pain.
When I’m not working with patients, I’m likely to be found hiking, skiing or working out. I have three grown children that live in Florida. My husband Mike and I hope they move out here some day soon!
Director of Community Wellness
Certified Family Health Coach
BS, MEd, CHC
I have always had an interest in community and education! For years, I built community within education. Little did I know, my life’s path would lead me straight to a passion for combining that with wellness and whole health!
After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, I went on to complete a K-6 teaching licensure program and ultimately earn a Master’s in Elementary Education from Regis University. My undergraduate studies provided opportunities to examine human’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development across the lifespan in relation to families, schools, communities, and culture. As a natural next step for me, I was anxious to fulfill my life-long dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Upon earning my Master’s, I set out on a ten year teaching career which included teaching various primary and intermediate grade levels, serving as the instructional computer resource teacher and webmaster, creating online curriculum studies, opening a new school, mentoring student teachers, and representing the district in teacher education opportunities. After taking a break to start a family, I re-entered the education field as Elementary Coordinator at a private school. This role provided me with additional leadership experience and an understanding of private education while launching opportunities as an educational consultant. Most recently, I’ve taken on the role of full-time educator to my own children as we enjoy homeschooling!
I was fortunate enough to find Functional Medicine as a patient in 2017. After years of health challenges and dead ends in conventional medicine, I was introduced to Dr. Mark Hyman’s work and the Functional Medicine approach. Thankfully, I found Dr. Meredith Rusthoven shortly after that and began healing! Healing has required relearning, digging, questioning, researching, undoing, letting go, trusting, and courage. It hasn’t always been easy, but every bit of it has been worth it as I’ve learned to create health for myself and my family! I believe this life transformation will impact generations in my family and allow us to share what we’ve learned with others in hopes of whole health and wellness! In 2021, I completed a health coach program and officially became a Certified Family Health Coach - I am thrilled for each and every opportunity I get to work with individuals, groups, and families!
As a family, we love exploring, playing, and learning together! While we’ve got our noses in books each and every day, we can also be found traveling, hiking, biking, fishing, cooking, playing lacrosse, dancing, cheering on our lil’ gymnast, and enjoying time with friends. Caring for my family, creating a home, preparing nourishing meals, keeping things clean, teaching my kids, spending time outdoors, loving my husband, offering to help others, worshipping, praying, reading, researching, moving my body, laughing with friends, and letting the sun soak into my skin are my greatest joys, gifts, and pleasures! This is the life God created me to lead and I am so grateful!
About Functional Medicine
Unfortunately, our current healthcare system with the conventional medicine framework looks at patients as a diagnosis. That is the primary goal of the appointment: What is the diagnosis? With a diagnosis, you can then prescribe a medication and move on to the next patient.
In Functional Medicine, a conventional medicine diagnosis is just the beginning, and sometimes it may even be incorrect. We start by taking an exhaustive history and then plotting this information in a meaningful format called the Timeline. This helps tell your health story up to today. We then further synthesize this information using the Functional Medicine Matrix to explain your symptoms in terms of body systems and look for imbalances. The ongoing goal of Functional Medicine evaluation is to find the root cause of your symptoms and condition. We are then able to address the root cause instead of putting a bandaid on the symptom. Do you want to heal your symptoms or simply treat them with more medications as they continue to worsen?
We both know the answer to that question. Now we can starting working toward healing!