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Meet Dr. Christine Maren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Maren.

Dr. Maren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Golden, Colorado by parents who promoted an active lifestyle and good nutrition. This upbringing inspired an interest in natural medicine at an early age. After completing my undergraduate studies at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder, I pursued an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach. I earned my medical degree (D.O.) at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University and later moved to San Antonio, Texas to train at one of the nation’s premier family medicine residency programs.

During residency, I spent a month studying with Dr. Andrew Weil’s group at The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil, who has been coined ‘The Father of Integrative Medicine,’ was a guiding figure very early in my career. Spending this time in Arizona was an exciting and transformative experience.

I was later introduced to functional medicine after struggling with my own health concerns, brought to light after pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped me address my own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and environmental toxins. At this point, I knew that functional medicine was my calling, and it would become the focus of my practice. I devoted countless hours to studying and began my training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. This journey gave me the tools I was missing in my conventional training and reignited my passion for medicine.

Inspired by Dr. Amy Myers’ leadership in the functional medicine community, I joined her practice at Austin UltraHealth. Dr. Myers’ books, The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection, drew complex patients from around the globe. I had the privilege of partnering with these patients, specializing in autoimmunity, digestive health and thyroid disorders.

In 2017, I completed my exams and coursework to become a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFMCP). I opened my own independent practice in Austin, Texas and later relocated to Detroit, Michigan for my husband’s fellowship training. A year later I finally returned home to Colorado to be closer to family. With medical licenses now in Colorado, Michigan and Texas, my practice evolved into a virtual platform and followed me around the country.

Now a mother of three, I’ve devoted my professional life to helping others optimize their health and get their life back.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Heck, no! Being a physician is a blessing, but training is a huge sacrifice. This was made more challenging by military life, mold exposure, recurrent pregnancy loss, three kids, and multiple moves I’ve moved from Boulder to Chicago to San Antonio to Austin to Detroit and back to Boulder! I met my husband in medical school in Chicago. He was on a scholarship from the U.S. Army, which required us to move around the country. After we got married, I was suddenly an Army wife — as well as a budding physician. We moved to San Antonio, Texas for his surgical residency with the Army, and I managed to find a great civilian family medicine residency program there. We were very busy, away from family, and had our first child during residency.

We finished residency and he deployed to Afghanistan — meanwhile, I managed to relocate our little family north of Austin for my husband’s new duty station at Fort Hood. Professionally I was doing well, but I had a lot of health challenges – and recurrent miscarriages were pretty heartbreaking. Eventually, we had our second child in Austin. After fulfilling his Army obligations, we then moved to Detroit for his spine surgery fellowship training (can you say intense?). I moved my practice across the country and ironically we had a surprise pregnancy — and I gave birth to our third child in Detroit!

I was really overjoyed to return home to Colorado last year, where my parents and three siblings live. All of these moves have afforded me a lot of great experiences, good friends, and three medical licenses — but I’m excited to be home for good!

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
I am the founder of an innovative functional medicine practice based in Colorado. I work closely with patients to help them address the root cause of their symptoms in order to restore health, prevent disease, and help them get their life back. I work with a wide variety of patients, some of whom are looking to optimize their health and others with specific health concerns. Many of my patients struggle with food sensitivities, chronic digestive issues, thyroid issues, hormone imbalance or autoimmunity.

As a mother of three, I also love helping women who are trying to improve their fertility, optimize their health during pregnancy, and feel better in the postpartum phase of life. Being a mom is hard on our bodies!

My practice was built to facilitate virtual consultations, which makes getting good care more convenient — no waiting in a doctor’s office and less time away from work and family.

I was fully trained by the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFMCP) and Amy Myers MD, which has afforded me a lot of experience in the field. I am super grateful to work with awesome patients, and I’m privileged to be a part of their journey as they reclaim their health and change their lives.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to staying put – no more moves! And I continue to enjoy my clinical practice. I also have an exciting new project in the works to help support women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood journey — from preconception to postpartum. Heymami.com will be launched later this year!

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