About Dr. Rebecca Ford
As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Registered Nurse, and Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner, I apply an Integrative Medical approach with each of my patients. I understand how the conventional medical system works, the scope of it's efficacy and when conventional medicine isn't adequate or effective at all in correcting chronic conditions. I approach each patient holistically. Through verbal consultations, rigorous testing and my own research, we work together to discover the underlying cause(s) of your health concerns. Then we work in partnership to make informed decisions and map way forward toward transforming your health. That is my commitment to each of my private clients.
Medical and Educational Background
Beginning in 1980 as an R.N., the majority of my experience was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Clearly, conventional medicine is unparalleled in crisis interventions such as trauma, overwhelming infections, cardiac emergencies, etc. But, after decades on the job, I found that conventional medicine alone is ineffective at resolving common chronic health conditions such as arthritis, stomach and GI disorders, bone loss, mood imbalances, chronic fatigue, among others. Often the sympotms of these conditions are managed by converntional medical treatment, but the underlying cause often remains unresolved.
Early in my nursing career, I realized I had learned a lot about disease. I wanted to learn more about health, how to build it, and more importantly, how to maintain it over a lifetime. I went back to school and obtained a Master's degree in Nutrition, being the only RN in a room full of Registered Dietitians. People asked me what I was thinking, but I was on a mission. I knew there had to be a way to really help people beyond pharmaceutical medications. Upon completing my Masters in Nutrition in 1991, I joined the International and American Association(s) of Clinical Nutritionists. Shortly thereafter, I was among the first in Texas to become credentialed in the newly emerging field of Functional Medicine as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN).
As a CCN, I began educating and guiding my clients on their journey toward optimal health through nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle management. I became the Nutrition Support Coordinator at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1991. There I had the opportunity to utilize my unique education and experience as a nurse and Clinical Nutritionist. In addition to my post at CTCA, I maintained a private practice. Many of my patients had suffered for years with little or no relief from the conventional treatments. In an effort to more effectively address my clients' health problems, I realized the need to broaden the selection of therapies I could offer. I decided to become a doctor, but I didn't want to be trained exclusively in conventional medicine. I wanted to learn conventional medicine as well as the scientifically researched and clinically validated forms of alternative medicine. I wanted the best of both worlds, and decided to become a Naturopathic Physician.
Five years later, I graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. I chose SCNM because Arizona's Naturopathic Physicians enjoy the largest and most comprehensive scope of medical practice of anywhere in the US, and because the SCNM curriculum is known for being heavily founded in the medical sciences, preparing their students for that daunting responsibility. SCNM focuses primarily on clinically researched and scientifically validated forms of alternative medicine, maintaining the high standards of education and credentialing so important for clients in choosing a health care practitioner.
I am now a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a Clinical Nutritionist, an IFM Certified Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse. After graduating medical school, taking my clinical boards, and receiving my medical license I moved back to my home state of Texas to take on the challenge of providing a truly collaborative and integrative medicine approach to health care for my clients. I have recently added phone and/or virtual (HIPPA compliant) consultations to meet the needs of established and potential clients throughout the US and abroad.