EPISODE 159: Functional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Researcher
Episode 159 features Dr. Aaron Hartman, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Practitioner and clinical researcher who advocates for and practices functional medicine, an integrative approach to conventional and alternative medicine.
Dr. Aaron Hartman is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Practitioner and clinical researcher who advocates for and practices functional medicine, an integrative approach to conventional and alternative medicine. Aaron guides individuals to restore their health and hope, using science-backed solutions, so they can live the vibrant life they were made for. Aaron’s own journey with Functional Medicine started with his first daughter, who he and his wife took in as a foster child, then adopted.
Due to her cerebral palsy and countless dietary issues, the Hartmans went to specialist after specialist, but even as a physician, Dr. Hartman felt let down and confused. His daughter’s health struggles forced him to confront an uncomfortable realization: Our current healthcare system doesn’t have all the answers. Aaron’s wife, a brilliant–and very stubborn–occupational therapist refused to give up hope. She ultimately pointed him towards functional medicine, and their daughter thrived.
The human body is infinitely complex, and functional medicine caters to this complexity. Dr. Hartman listens to his patients’ whole health stories then helps them apply data-driven solutions to start healing. In short, he looks at clients’ home, environment, diet, daily habits, and health history, and then teaches solutions instead of just treating symptoms.
Episode 114 features Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Erin Ellis and we speak with her about how getting and beating cancer sparked her drive to become a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and help others think differently about their health and wellness choices.
My pre-doctor work-life consisted of restaurant management, bartending, and serving for nearly 20 years, but life quickly changed in my early 30s.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 31. I never thought in a million years I would have been diagnosed with cancer at such a young age, but it was the turning point in my life. To say I was scared was an understatement, but it honestly was the defining moment in my life. I always wanted to be a doctor, but gave up on those dreams because I was sick of being in school, and instead worked in the bar and restaurants, but always knew I could do and be more. After 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a positive attitude with a side of determination, and sass I became a survivor.
Receiving this diagnosis and kicking its butt gave me the drive, the motivation and determination to get out of my own way and become that doctor that I always wanted to be. Not only did it give me my defining purpose in life, but I learned a lot about myself and really how strong I truly was. Having had a cancer diagnosis at such a young age, my mission and passion now is to empower those to take control of their health now before it is too late. This diagnosis proved to me that life is too short to feel sub-optimal and given the right tools, your body has the innate ability to heal itself.
After graduation from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2017, I worked at a naturopathic urgent care in N. Scottsdale seeing medical cases ranging from acute to chronic and seen in pediatrics to geriatrics. After 2.5 years, I decided to branch out on my own and spread the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine to the East Valley where I find my passion to be helping those boss women, those boss moms or highly ambitious, goal-driven women and addressing the root cause of why they are constantly running on empty, have a hormone imbalance or can’t lose weight despite exercising and eating clean.
When I’m not empowering others to become the best versions of themselves, I spend my time helping my community, spending time with my dogs, enjoying game nights with family and friends, and making new memories with my Fireman.