As a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Nutritional Therapist, Lauryn is trained to evaluate your lifestyle, mental wellbeing, nutritional needs, and physical fitness in order to make recommendations around lifestyle, dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, health-promoting activities, and fitness design. Lauryn is not a medical doctor, licensed by the American Medical Association, nor does she claim to be. The term “Dr.” designates her PhD in Occupational Therapy, earned by Belmont University, and she is addressed as “Dr.” in academic, published, and online educational contexts. Lauryn remains within her scope of practice as an occupational therapist and nutritionist, using a functional medicine paradigm to integrate lifestyle, nutrition, mindset, scientifically backed and education-based solutions as her primary therapies with clients.
An Occupational Therapist is licensed and board-certified by both the national licensure board and the state board as well. Occupational Therapists must sit for a national board exam and maintain good standing with professional liability insurance. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner® are trained by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® which provides a certificate of completion to students who have successfully met all course requirements, including a written and practical exam. Functional Medicine Practitioners are trained in the advancements and foundations of evidence-based medicine and integrative medicine practices through the Institute for Functional Medicine and The Kresser Institute.
The focus of functional medicine is not meant to be a replacement of your primary care physician and works in conjunction with both conventional and integrative medicine to help individuals address the roots of disease and imbalance rather than focusing on treating symptoms, incorporating natural lifestyle and nutritional modalities as primary treatment protocols. An Occupational Therapist, Nutritional Therapist and Functional Medicine Practitioner is not trained to provide medical diagnoses or prescribe pharmaceutical medications, and no comment or recommendation should be construed as being a medical diagnosis. Since every individual is unique, we cannot guarantee any specific result from our programs. Ultimately, our therapeutic programs and holistic healthcare services are a personal process. There are no guarantees that Functional Medicine, Occupational Therapy or Nutritional Therapy, or the information on this website, will work for you.
If you do see our staff Medical Doctor, the scope of practice is as follows: Physicians and surgeons are authorities in the practice of medicine. They assess patients, diagnose diseases and illnesses, and treat a variety of conditions. They may order and perform tests and use those tests to diagnose and treat their patients.