Hi I'm so glad you're here.
My name is Amy Read. I have many roles and titles, the best of which is being a mother to 6 beautiful children. I love the sun and the beach, if I have a day off that's where you'll find me! The water is mesmerizing and the sun enlightens my soul!
I am a functional medicine practitioner. I am also a nurse practitioner and bring over 25 years of experience into my practice. Functional medicine has saved my life and become my passion for helping others. My own triumphs and trials with fibromyalgia allow me to have a deep understanding of what my clients are going through and what they need to have in order to achieve the life of their dreams. Through my program clients are able to obtain optimal health and wellness.
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Why I Became a Functional Medicine Practitioner?
I was inspired to start Sunshine Functional Healing due to my own health failures. I unfortunately have suffered for years with various symptoms such as Migraines, fatigue, joint pain, IBS, and the past 2 -3 years worsening brain fog.
I finally was placed on a medical leave of albescence, after falling asleep at the well became a habit. As a nurse practitioner in charge of people’s lives every day, I felt I could no longer safely perform my job.
I did everything my doctor asked and still came up short. I was even sent to see multiple specialists (neuropsychologist, Neurologist, rheumatologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, dermatologist, psychiatrist (because you must be crazy if they can’t find an answer, a counselor, chiropractor.
I’ve done physical therapy and multiple other treatments.
But still nothing worked…
All I did was spend a lot of money and fill my medicine cabinet with tons of prescriptions that never worked.
Finally, I found functional medicine. I was able to identify the root cause of my symptoms and reverse many of the symptoms!
I went back to the basics: good rest, good healthy whole foods, exercise, decreased stress, and positivity. I worked on being grateful and learning techniques that have healed my gut (which was found to be the root of my problems)!
I want to help people like me who are getting lost in the healthcare system and just not getting the right answers for their health. Many autoimmune disorders as well as diseases like cardiac disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s start due to inflammation in our bodies.
Conventional medicine treats the symptoms that are caused due to the inflammation; however, they never get to the root cause of the inflammation which eventually leads to chronic disease.
Our health is dependent on our eating habits, lifestyle and environmental factors far more than we realize. Our genes in our bodies change and react to food, lifestyle, and environment.
Because everyone has different genes, some things affect others more (like the girl who has an endless appetite and is sooo skinny).
If you have the set up for a bad gene and then expose it to its (unhealthy source food, lifestyle, environment) that gene will change and not work properly causing inflammation and other health problems.
In functional medicine you can identify if you have any of these genes that predispose you to adverse reactions. As a result of implementing lifestyle changes your health improves.
My symptoms and my life are improving even though doctors told me I’d have fibromyalgia forever and that there was really nothing that could be done.
I want this for my clients.
The Best Part of Being a Functional Medicine Practitioner
My favorite part of my business is being able to truly make an impact on others and also lead a healthy lifestyle! Walking the walk is important to me… and to my health!
Healthcare workers, although they know better, often do not follow what they preach.
Healthcare workers carry high loads of stress, have poor sleep habits from being on call and working long shifts, have little time for exercise, eat on the go, etc. (WAY BEFORE COVID)!
With my own practice I can live the lifestyle that keeps me healthy so I can lead by example, actually provides great outcomes for my clients, and allows me to actually enjoy my family & my life.
Win, win, win! 🙂
Being able to help people that are ready for change is rewarding and inspiring!
My goal is to provide outstanding care and teach people to become their own health advocate by giving them the skills they need to succeed and to achieve fibromyalgia relief.