Root is proud to announce that Dr. Bethanie Thompson, MD will be joining our Root team this fall! Dr. Bethanie Thompson is board certified in family medicine and has completed training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She believes in the body’s ability to thrive when the root cause is discovered and treated and she is excited to offer this more fulfilling type of wellness care at Root.
Her special interests are: anxiety/mood and the gut brain connection, weight management, women’s health and hormone balance, preconception planning, and health optimization and prevention.
Here’s a little more about Dr. Bethanie Thompson!
Why did you start functional medicine training?
I went to my first functional medicine conference in 2016 with Erica Armstrong (it was her first too!) with the intent to learn more about how to treat gastrointestinal problems, since so many people experience these symptoms. Honestly, it was partly to learn better how to help some of my own symptoms. I didn’t even really know what functional medicine was at that point, and was a bit of a fish out of water at that first conference. I realized there was so much more to learn than what was taught in my traditional medical training, but it offered hope that there was more out there. That was the start of my journey.
What do you want clients to know about working with you?
I am a human being work-in-progress just like them! My practice style is hugely different than it was when I first finished medical school and residency training. I think that having children has been one of the things that has changed me most for the better. I am still evolving, and hope that I will be even a better version of myself in decades to come.
What are your special areas of interest in functional medicine?
Health optimization for people who want to work toward their fullest wellness. I also like to work with people who are starting to notice a down-turn in their mood, to help naturally treat symptoms that may feel like depression or anxiety.
Why did you decide to join Root?
The practice model at Root will allow for much more time with each client – a welcome change. To really do the deep detective work that is Functional Medicine, I will look forward to really getting to know all aspects of each individual’s story so we don’t miss any important info that might be clues to how to help and work toward wellness.
What is your favorite food?
Blueberries! I tell my kids that they were made out of blueberries because I ate so many during the Summers that I was pregnant with them.
What is a health tip that you personally do?
This past few years, I’ve tried out various fun things as I’ve taken the scenic route to improved wellness. In the colder months, I enjoy infra-red sauna on a regular basis. Mindfulness practices and meditation have been really helpful for me to improve my focus, feel at peace more regularly, and miss less of the simple but treasured moments with my children. I started to practice yoga when I turned forty, and the most important thing it’s taught me is that I can do hard things. My husband and I (usually) eat a pretty clean plant-based whole-foods diet, of which the benefits can not be understated. Currently, I’m working on optimizing my circadian rhythm and sleep hygiene, and recognize the difficulty I have had with implementing the seemingly simple behavior change of getting to bed earlier. Oh what else have I practiced … intermittent fasting, dry skin brushing, reduced wi-fi exposure, the list goes on. There’s always some thing to work on!
What’s the best part of your job?
I have always loved the intersection of science and working with people that is medicine. Getting to know people well and feel that I can help them work toward their health goals is a rewarding and humbling experience, and I’m so lucky to be able to do this work.