Dr. Lara Sweeney, DC

Dr. J. Lara Sweeney; DC, IFMCP

Functional Integrative Heath & Advanced Clinical Nutrition

I know firsthand, what it feels like to be a slave to modern medicine.  I was diagnosed with depression, told I had a brain chemical imbalance, and was written a prescription for antidepressants.  I took them for more than a decade, hating every minute of having to rely on a mind-altering drug just to feel normal.  Years later, I went on a “salmon kick”.  I didn’t know why, but I craved the fish and ate it every night for six weeks before I found myself reading a book that discussed how salmon and other foods could supply the needed nutrients for balancing out brain chemicals.  My first thought was, “you mean I can eat these things and maybe not need to rely on prescription drugs?”; my second thought was, “I’ve got to share this with the world”!  Eagerly and carefully, I acted as my own physician and used nutrition instead of pharmaceuticals to correct my body’s physiology.

It worked!  Today, I am completely prescription-free, and have been since 2002.  My only complaint is, I had to do this on my own; I could never find a doctor who knew enough about body physiology who could help me.  This motivated my husband and I to become doctors, and open our own clinic in order to help others with these same problems…to let people know they have options, and that they’re not alone!  I’ve helped people with depression, thyroid problems, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, mental fog, chronic fatigue, eczema, psoriasis, and more!  I’ve done my best to become the doctor I’ve always needed, but could never find: respectful, open-minded, compassionate, and knowledgeable.  Someone who would actually take TIME with patients, treat them as individuals, listen to their concerns, and offer a variety of treatment avenues.  You’re worth more than 3 minutes and a pill!

IFM
TCA
American Chiropractic Association
Training, Education, and Certification

Along with being a featured guest speaker on WOAI’s weekly natural health radio call-in program “Wellness Matters”, Dr. Lara Sweeney has an impressive array of training, education, and certification.

  • 2017: Institute For Functional Medicine; Certified Practitioner IFMCP
  • 2016: Institute for Functional Medicine Hormone Advanced Practice Module – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; National Harbor, MD
  • 2016: Cardio-Metabolic Advanced Practice – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; Bloomington, MN
  • 2015: Institute for Functional Medicine International Conference; Austin, TX
  • 2015: Immune Advanced Practice – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; Bloomington, MN
  • 2014: Energy Advanced Practice – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; Bloomington, MN
  • 2014: Detoxification Advanced Practice – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; Bloomington, MN
  • 2013: Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice – Underwritten by: Northwestern Health Sciences University; Bloomington, MN
  • 2013: Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Board Eligible – Clinical Nutrition Certification Board; Addison, TX
  • 2012: Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry – Underwritten by: University of Bridgeport; Bridgeport, CT
  • 2012: Mastering the Thyroid – Underwritten by: University of Bridgeport; Bridgeport, CT
  • 2011: Functional Endocrinology – Underwritten by: University of Bridgeport; Bridgeport, CT
  • 2011: Neurotransmitters & Brain – Underwritten by: University of Bridgeport; Bridgeport, CT
  • 2010: Perinatal Care: Webster Certification – International Chiropractic Pediatric Assoc., Media, PA in conjunction with Cleveland University; Overland Park, KS
  • 2010: Chiropractic Family Wellness Care – International Chiropractic Pediatric Assoc., Media, PA in conjunction with Cleveland University; Overland Park, KS
  • 2010: Doctor of Chiropractic – Parker College of Chiropractic; Dallas, TX
  • 2010: BS, Anatomy – Parker College of Chiropractic; Dallas, TX
  • 2010: BS, Health & Wellness – Parker College of Chiropractic; Dallas, TX
  • 2010: Functional Neurology – Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies; Cape Canaveral, FL
  • 2009: Chiropractic Board Certification, Parts I, II, III, IV – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; Greely, CO
  • 2009: Physical Therapy Certification – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; Greely, CO
  • 2009: Y-Files – Dr. John Donofrio; Dallas, TX
  • 2008: M.L.S. – Dr. Arno Burnier; Dallas, TX
  • 2008: Activator Methods, Level 1 – Dr. A. Fuhr, Activator Methods; Phoenix, AZ
  • 2008: Chiropractic Adjusting Using Functional Neurology – Dr. John Donofrio; Reading, PA
  • 2005: Certified Neuromuscular Therapist – Sterling Health Center; Addison, TX
  • 2004: Licensed Massage Therapist – Sterling Health Center; Addison, TX
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