Jennifer Engels, MD
While at the Cooper Clinic, unexpectedly, her medical career began to change. Engels attended a number of lectures focused on optimizing nutrition, cardiovascular fitness, and preventive medicine strategies. Quickly she developed a desire to delve more deeply into areas like nutrition, preventive medicine, supplementation, and cardiovascular performance, fields not emphasized in her earlier medical studies.
As she contemplated these new areas of interest, a colleague mentioned a field of medical specialization new to her – Functional Medicine – and she soon began studying this relatively new approach to patient treatment.
Functional Medicine focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease, while devising the most effective ways to treat them. This form of treatment requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to develop personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
Rather than focusing on symptoms, practitioners of Functional Medicine concentrate on causation, identifying the complexity of disease, including its many possible origins and manifestations. For example, one health condition may have many different causes, and, conversely, one cause may result in many different health conditions.
Receptionist and Phlebotomist
I have been in the medical field for 34 years and counting. I worked at Coffee Memorial Blood Donor Center in Amarillo, TX for 15 years.
I later moved my talents to El Paso, TX to work for the government at Ft. Bliss Blood Donor Center for 13 years. I met my husband through the military and we relocated to the Frisco, TX area.
I joined WeCare Frisco in July of 2021 and have been the receptionist and phlebotomist ever since.
Kelsey is a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. Her personal health journey is what inspires her to help others on their path to better health.
She is well-trained in both positive psychology techniques and Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) therapeutic diet protocols. She uses these tools to help patients successfully implement sustainable treatment plans in their day-to-day lives to reach their own health and wellness goals.
Kelsey will help you understand and apply any diet and lifestyle changes recommended by Dr Engels based on your clinical assessment and lab results.
A new focus, a new path forward
“I was absolutely fascinated,” Engels says, “by this new style of medicine that saw the patient as a whole biological system rather focusing on only one organ system at a time, such as Cardiology. This was a complete paradigm shift from conventional medicine and how I was trained.”
Intrigued and determined to learn more, Dr. Engels threw herself into a regimen of studies. She earned a degree in nutrition and health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and to deal with some of her own health issues, she became a patient of a Functional Medicine practitioner. “I experienced firsthand the power of Functional Medicine and how it helped me feel like my optimal self again,” she says.
In June 2020 she began her practice in Functional Medicine, WeCare Frisco, and in November 2021 she earned full certification in that field from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Since 2020, she has shared office space in Frisco with Dr. Xie Yin, but because of the growth of her practice, within a few weeks she will open her own separate clinic.
Summing up her years-long transition from radiologist to a clinician practicing Functional Medicine she says, “Sometimes I have to laugh because back when I was reading films in a dark room, I never would have imagined I would be seeing patients in my own clinic. I feel like this is my calling, I just took a roundabout way to get here.”
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