Ana has been a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over 18 years and a Certified Nurse Midwife for over 15 years. She has a strong conventional medicine background spanning emergency medicine, women’s health, pregnancy and birth, as well as international and refugee healthcare. She has also studied Functional Medicine extensively with the Institute for Functional Medicine, as well as with esteemed mentors such as Dr. Sara Gottfried, among others. She continues her education on an ongoing basis, and is self-described as a “lifelong learner.” Combining the best of conventional, integrative and functional medicine allows her to provide effective, well-rounded care for her patients.
She specializes in integrative psychiatry and functional nutrition, especially in the management of women’s health, chronic disease, weight loss, and in the pregnancy and postpartum phases of life. Ana also has a passion for integrative pediatrics and enjoys helping parents navigate the unique health issues that children present with evidence-based integrative medicine. She also enjoys natural hormone balancing for women in their reproductive and menopausal years, as well as adrenal imbalances. While she is happy to utilize all tools available to her to help patients improve, she particularly enjoys when patients desire to commit to deep lifestyle changes and likes helping to empower them to make the dietary, movement, and mindset changes necessary to optimize their health. “It’s how we eat, drink, think and move!”
Philosophy of Care
“I believe that the deepest healing occurs when we address our entire being, from cell to spirit. Life is meant to be more than just getting by – it’s about thriving, and we need to address the whole self in order to do that. Bio-individuality is also very important in designing the best healthcare plan since no two people are alike. Therefore, I believe that healing best occurs in a collaborative relationship between me and my patients, where I provide a safe and non-judgmental place to listen to your story – and that unique story often holds the key to your healing. It is not about being healthy per se – it’s about what being healthy allows you to do, and how it allows you to be, in this life.”
Ana graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology in 1996 and was inducted into the PsyChi Honor Society. After working as an international climbing guide until 2001, she went on to the University of California, San Francisco where she received her Master of Science degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004 and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She then went on to a post-Master’s graduate program for Nurse-Midwifery in 2006 at Frontier Nursing University, the oldest nurse-midwifery program in the country. There she also received her doctorate in nursing as a Jonas Baumstein Scholar and later, post-doctorate training in psychiatric mental health nursing from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed fellowships in integrative psychiatry and psychedelic-assisted therapy as well.
Ana continuously adds to her didactic education by regularly attending educational conferences in evidence-based medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine throughout the country. She is a current member of the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Extracurricular Activities & Personal Interests
Ana has a strong commitment to volunteering internationally and takes 1 or 2 trips a year abroad with her family to keep her fingers on the pulse of international healthcare. Places she has volunteered so far include the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Nepal, multiple countries in Africa, and Mexico.
Ana has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys mountaineering, skiing, and trail running, as well as all kinds of yoga and dancing – especially to Latin music. She is refining the skill of traveling with a kid and dog in tow.