Blue Couch Interview with Dr. Emily Parke

Dr. Emily Parke of Arizona Wellness Medicine located in Scottsdale, is a long time friend and collaborator of ilumina. She is also the creator of the 7 Weeks to a Healthier You, Master Class. Dr. Parke is one of the most positive people we know and we are excited to share our interview with her.

Please tell me about your business?

I have a Functional Medicine clinic called Arizona Wellness Medicine located in Scottsdale. Functional Medicine looks into the root causes of the signs and symptoms that you are experiencing and figures out how and why you got there. We utilize advanced lab testing as well as view traditional labs from a different lens. We treat both adults and children.

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How and why did you start it?

My previous career was as a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist and Vice Chair of the Pain Department at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I was working a lot and experiencing burn out and sought out acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help with my stress related insomnia and stomach problems. After diligently going for weekly acupuncture sessions, I wanted to learn about acupuncture to help my pediatric pain patients. During my acupuncture education I learned about Functional Medicine and then attended the Institute for Functional Medicine’s training and certification program.

What have you learned along the way?

Functional Medicine is based upon the 5 Foundations of Health which are: Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise/Movement, Stress Management, and Toxin Reduction. 80% of your health is dependent on these 5 foundations and 20% of what’s going in your own body’s biochemistry.

How can your business benefit our patients?

For women trying to get pregnant we offer our complete functional medicine program which includes a thorough medical history, advanced lab testing and the development of a treatment plan with the 5 Foundations of Health as a basis. We also offer vitamin IV Infusions and injections. Those visits do include a 15 minute consultation with a physician reviewing lab work or ordering it to ensure the safety of the infusion. We also have a Infrared Sauna and Biomat sessions for detoxification and pain relief. For pregnant women we offer IV fluid infusions for dehydration.