Dr. Devers trained in Family Medicine, completing her residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She practiced Family Medicine in a diverse range of settings: at a community health center in Seattle, as a hospitalist with obstetrics in Alaska, in urgent care and in a “high tech” practice in San Francisco. She then developed her own medical problems which were not being adequately treated by “conventional medicine”. In her own health journey and discovery she researched and tried many different types of medical practices and modalities. Because of what she learned, and what helped her and her patients, she was inspired to change her own practice to integrative medicine.
She also found the principles of integrative holistic medicine really fit with her values and philosophy of practice:
- health as optimal health and vitality, not just the absence of disease
- recognizing that each person is unique
- patient care is a partnership
- the provider helps the patient to invoke their own innate healing ability
- illness is viewed as a dysfunction of the whole person – body, mind and spirit
- integration of the best practices from a combination of healing systems
- the provider “walks the talk” and teaches by example
The specific type of integrative medicine she practices is functional medicine. It is a science-based approach that is focused on addressing the underlying root causes of disease, looking at for example: inflammation and the immune response, the detoxification system, allergies and food sensitivities and infections. This approach works very well for chronic diseases (*see below). She has trained through the Institute of Functional Medicine, and continues to study with them. Learn more about Functional Medicine and the IFM here:
Dr Devers has a special interest in Mind-Body Medicine. She has received training in many modalities, including study with the Center for Mind Body Medicine, as well as medical acupuncture, EFT, medical qigong, Psych K, and reiki. She finds these practices can be a good adjunct to functional medicine because they address underlying stress, and its effect on the body. They also can be helpful when someone has “tried everything” because they might allow shifts, by addressing subconscious patterns that are keeping people “stuck”. She also facilitates Mind-Body Medicine groups.
Dr Devers is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She lives in Albany, CA with her partner and two step-children.
*Examples of conditions that respond well to the functional medicine approach: auto-immune diseases, thyroid problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, concentration or memory problems, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, GERD, arthritis, eczema.