Written Jul 6th, 2015 by Franco Varriano
Practitioner Spotlight: Dr. Emily Gutierrez, DNP, CPNP
This is a blog series profiling the philosophies, practices, and work spaces of integrative health professionals. This week we spoke with Dr. Emily Gutierrez, DNP, CPNP.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
My name is Dr. Emily Gutierrez, and I am a doctor of nursing practice and a pediatric nurse practitioner. I received my doctorate from Johns Hopkins, my masters from The University of Texas at Austin, and my bachelorette from Texas Woman’s University. I live in Austin, Texas, and have been practicing medicine and nursing for fifteen years.
What inspired you to become a practitioner?
My collegiate journey began with the pursing of a journalism degree, in which I was required to take a basic biology class to complete. I will never forget the feeling of leaving that class so invigorated and curious about a world I had no idea existed. From there, I changed everything, and started my journey of becoming a medical provider. From serving at the bedside in the emergency room as a registered nurse, to diagnosing and managing disease for pediatric patients as a nurse practitioner (NP), receiving my doctorate is what really changed my style of practice. My doctorate is a degree of translational medicine, and I have learned that providing integrative care (utilizing both holistic and mainstream modalities) is what truly yields the best patient outcomes.
Do you have any mentors?
My clinical mentors are two incredible physicians that practice integrative and functional medicine, Suntia Vohra, MD, and Alejandra Carrasco, MD. I also highly respect and esteem the practice of Kendall Stewart, MD.
What are your favorite blogs, books or information sources?
I follow the work of clinical pioneer’s such as, David Perlmutter, MD, Amy Yasko, ND, and Ben Lynch, ND.
Something people don’t know about you?
I am actively pursuing my certification from the Institute of Functional medicine and am scheduled to have completed all courses by February 2016.
Tell us about your practice
Our practice, Neuronutrition Associates, is one of the first pediatric functional medicine clinics in the state of Texas. Our specialization is in children with neurocognitive disparities such as ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety.
“We also see children with other complex chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, and allergies. We believe that medical diagnosis are related to the whole body, not just an isolated system, so our methodology includes a systems based biological approach to discovering the root cause of illness.”
I have a wonderful partner, Jana Roso, NP, an office manger/clinical assistant, and a business development and management team. Our clinic is a small boutique practice that is rapidly growing. We see children in our office from 0-21. We do provide some remote treatment and phone consultations as long as we have seen the child in our office first to initiate their care.
How do you deliver personalized care?
Every patient we see receives individualized patient care. We examine our patients in the context of their genetic, nutritional, biophysical, emotional and social environments. In order to gather the data we need and support our practice goals, we have to use supportive clinical tools.
We use comprehensive and functional medical labs as well as our online medical dispensary through Fullscript for our nutritional and supplement support. Since treatment plans are individualized and vary in therapeutic management, stocking every supplement we might need is not realistic for our practice. Fullscript helps us close this gap, and ensures that we can find what we need for our patients in an easy and convenient way. Since dietary supplements lack the same regulatory rigor as other prescription medications in the US, our practice only uses pharmaceutical-grade supplements that have third-party tested product integrity, potency, and purity. Fullscript carries most of the brands that we use, so writing a prescription from their virtual dispensary is as easy and convenient as writing a medication from our prescription pads.
Any advice for new grads?
We are practicing in an era of medicine where there is an explosion of exciting new discoveries such as the critical role of our microbiome, methylation and genetics, and biophysical connections such as our gut/brain axis. I wish all of my fellow colleagues, across all disciplines of medicine, happiness and health as they navigate through the frontiers of science so we can all help our patients achieve lasting health and vitality.