Founder

Heather Christie, MD

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Dr. Christie was inspired to pursue training in Functional Medicine after more than 25 years of knowing she would ultimately practice medicine in a more holistic manner than traditional American medicine. She had a brief career in the business world in the early 1990s in sales and marketing before starting a family and then entering medical school with two young children. Dr. Christie practiced Family Medicine beginning with residency in 2005 and then as an attending physician since 2008. Over time, she became disenchanted with conventional medicine after seeing many patients taking more medications but who were not getting healthier. She learned of the enormous impact of chronic diseases in her patients’ lives and saw their quality of life decline as they aged prematurely. Knowing that nutrition and lifestyle modifications could reverse, or completely prevent, these chronic diseases, she discussed the importance of lifestyle changes with her patients. Working together, she and her patients achieved ​measurable improvements in their health conditions including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, preventative care and cancer screening. As a result of consistently meeting or exceeding objective quality measures, Dr. Christie received the following Awards and Recognition:

Heather Christie, MD
Heather Christie, MD

Dr. Christie was inspired to pursue training in Functional Medicine after more than 25 years of knowing she would ultimately practice medicine in a more holistic manner than traditional American medicine. She had a brief career in the business world in the early 1990s in sales and marketing before starting a family and then entering medical school with two young children. Dr. Christie practiced Family Medicine beginning with residency in 2005 and then as an attending physician since 2008. Over time, she became disenchanted with conventional medicine after seeing many patients taking more medications but who were not getting healthier. She learned of the enormous impact of chronic diseases in her patients’ lives and saw their quality of life decline as they aged prematurely. Knowing that nutrition and lifestyle modifications could reverse, or completely prevent, these chronic diseases, she discussed the importance of lifestyle changes with her patients. Working together, she and her patients achieved ​measurable improvements in their health conditions including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, preventative care and cancer screening. As a result of consistently meeting or exceeding objective quality measures, Dr. Christie received the following Awards and Recognition:

Awarded the Duke Family Medicine William J. “Terry” Kane, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Family Medicine, 2008. This award is presented annually to one Third Year Resident.

Achieved Premium Care Physician status with United Healthcare. This is their highest level of status designation and includes quality and cost efficiency assessments, with quality as the primary measure.

Achieved Blue Distinction Total Care status with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Per BCBS website “These doctors go above and beyond to enhance the overall health of their patients, providing preventative services and wellness coaching as well as working with patients with chronic conditions to better meet their care needs.”

Impressing insurance companies was not her goal, however this recognition reflects getting healthy results with patients. Most importantly – her patients felt better!

Dr. Christie loved her patients and her ability to offer some alternative therapies within the insurance model but she was frustrated trying to give her patients better care within the typically brief 20-minute visits. She knew she wasn’t serving herself or her patients to the best of her ability within this insurance based model, so left primary care to practice Functional Medicine full time, thus realizing her vision of employing a more holistic method of healing.

Dr. Christie is originally from Tallahassee, FL and returned to her home state after a 32 year absence. She loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, shell hunting, swimming, pilates, and traveling.

Clinic hours

Clinic hours

Monday 9AM – 5PM Book
Tuesday 9AM – 5PM Book
Wednesday 9AM – 5PM Book
Thursday 9AM – 5PM Book
Friday 9AM – 5PM Book
Saturday – Sunday Closed Book

Education and Training

San Diego State University

San Diego State University

Bachelor of Science, Business
San Diego, CA 1992

Tulane University School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

Medical Doctorate New Orleans, LA 2005

Duke University Medical Center, Community and Family Medicine

Duke University Medical Center, Community and Family Medicine

Family Medicine Residency Durham, NC 2008

Institute for Functional Medicine

Institute for Functional Medicine

Completion of all Advanced Placement Modules 2019

Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine

Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine

Additional Functional Medicine training with Dr. Kalish 2020

American Academy of Facial Aesthetics

American Academy of Facial Aesthetics

Neuromuscular blockers and dermal filler training 2020

Dr. Christie continually stays up to date on current evidence-based, integrative therapies.

Professional Society Memberships

Institute for Functional Medicine
Institute for Functional Medicine
American Academy of Facial Aesthetics
American Academy of Facial Aesthetics
Florida Board of Medicine
Florida Board of Medicine
Institute for Functional Medicine
North Carolina Medical Board
American Board of Family Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine