Why root?

The name Root stands for natural living, eating foods grown from the earth, feeling grounded and mindful, and getting to the root cause of the problem. Root reminds us that our roots are the foundation that leads to our overall wellbeing. 

What we treat

We focus on prevention.

We use functional medicine and nutrition to create a customized wellness plan for you. You will learn more about yourself through our testing, review, and in-depth evaluation to transform your lifestyle to feel well for the long term. We know that gaining healthy roots will allow you to blossom.

We also cover the breadth of functional medicine, with a special interest in:

  • Gut health
  • IBS
  • Acid Reflux
  • Weight loss
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • PCOS
  • Thyroid
  • Mental wellness
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Autoimmune conditions

About Dr. Erica Armstrong

As a practicing family medicine physician, Dr. Erica Armstrong would often see patients who weren’t feeling well, and after multiple specialists visits and testing, did not have a diagnosis. Helping these patients required her to think differently than her traditional medical training. She had to connect all the body systems and look at imbalances from a holistic view, while still relying on her medical background to rule out a potential disease.

To learn more about holistic healing as well as how to interpret the most advanced testing in genomics, hormones, and the microbiome, she began training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. The more she incorporated parts of functional medicine in her family practice, the more she saw that this kind of medicine works.

People’s health scores were improving, but beyond that, people really felt well. They were feeling so much better than she had seen in the past with simply treating symptoms and illnesses with medication. She began to realize that functional medicine was the right thing to do for people for long-term health and wellness.

Dr. Armstrong saw the difference between absence of disease and overall wellness. She needed a practice where she could focus entirely on helping people through functional medicine, and so she founded Root.

She partnered with Kelsey Stricklen, RD, knowing the importance of nutrition as a cornerstone of functional medicine.

Dr. Erica Armstrong's Credentials

  • B.S. Psychology  The Ohio State University
  • Medical Doctorate Wright State University
  • Family Medicine Residency at Michigan State University
  • Board Certified Family Medicine Physician
  • Completion of extensive Functional Medicine training through Institute of Functional Medicine in Gastrointestinal, Cardiometabolic, Detox, Immune, Hormone, and Energy Modules, Applying for Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, and Advanced Clinical Training: Pediatrics.

About Kelsey Stricklen

Kelsey believes that we are all unique individuals with different nutritional needs. She helps people get to the root of their health issues by translating nutrition science into practical and actionable advice for her patients. She enjoys helping people increase their confidence in the kitchen and values creating long-lasting healthy habits.

Kelsey's Credentials

  • B.S. Dietetics from Michigan State University
  • M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University 
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) since 2009. 
  • Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Certificate of Training (2017)
  • Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) – 2017.  Kelsey is qualified to order the Mediator Release Test (MRT) for food sensitivities and create custom anti-inflammatory eating protocols based on results.