"Experience the Future of Medicine"

Ana Verzone, FNP, CNM

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Clinical Expertise:

Ana has been a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner for more than 12 years and a Certified Nurse Midwife for more than 9 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 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 teh 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.”

Education:
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.

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 learning the new skill of traveling with a baby.

Patient Testimonials

  • "I love going to Avante...they take pride in patient care and are always willing to accommodate... simply the best.."CSL
  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
  • "Finally a doctor is listening to me! I am so very very happy with Avante Medical and so thankful to be getting answers and in the right direction for great health! THANK YOU!" - VW
  • "I have been a patient of Avante's for several years now, and I have only wonderful things to say about their business. The place is beautiful and welcoming, the staff are all very helpful and kind, and the providers, all 3 I have seen, currently Kikki Green and Grant Gibbs, have been intelligent, intuitive and efficient. They care about you and your health. The lab is clean and full service and the nutritional supplements are extensive and high quality. The use of the Patient Portal is outstanding!  Give yourself extra time is my only recommendation as they sometimes get backed up on scheduling." - JH 
I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.