Gretchen Perry-Emery is a board certified family nurse practitioner who pursued an advance degree to help others overcome challenges similar to those she has faced. Her personal experience in healing herself and family members from diseases like Autism, Inflammatory Bowel, Chronic Lyme, Hashimoto's Disease, Lupus and other autoimmune states has helped her develop a special empathy and an extra measure of compassion when working with patients and their families.
In 1994 Gretchen received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University, and as a new RN spent time working on the Maternal Child Health unit at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. After a few years of not being able to adjust to the night shift she entered the Pharmaceutical industry and learned about clinical trials, competitive selling and marketing.
In 2005, autism touched her family, and when westernized medicine could not provide the answers she was seeking, she began to dig deeper, knowing in her heart recovery was possible. It was then that she was introduced to functional medicine, and over time her knowledge and passion for this new kind of medicine grew.
In the Spring of 2015 Gretchen graduated with a 4.0 from Walden University's accelerated MSN-FNP program and achieved dual board certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. That same year she launched her private practice in an effort to provide personalized, high-quality care to patients who struggled in identifying and understanding the reasons behind their symptoms and disease.
Gretchen helps her patients achieve improved health in a multitude of ways. For starters, patients in the practice experience 1:1 concierge medicine. Gretchen spends a great deal of time with her patients- educating them and creating awareness about environmental influences and measures that can be taken to reduce the total body burden. The inital visit is four hours long and the second typically lasts 2 or more.
Frequently Gretchen will use specialty testing to hone in on the root cause of disease, something traditional medicine is not schooled in and gives little attention to. Continuing education and training, outside of what traditional medicine teaches has helped Gretchen know which tests will best serve the identification of root cause, how to interpret findings, and the most important step- The process of pulling a patient's thorough health history and testing together in order to develop an individualized plan and protocol for healing the body from the inside out.
Experience and training in epigenetics (the study of how the environment impacts genetic expression) and nutrigenomics (the study of how nutrition can override or improve genetic expression for the prevention or treatment of disease) is something that sets Gretchen apart from other 'holistic' or 'integrative' providers. She believes this additional knowledge is key to sustained healing.
For over 10 years Gretchen has studied this field under the works of Dr Amy Yasko and Dr Ben Lynch. Having this wisdom enables the identification of triggers in susceptible individuals, and allows for the development of an individualized plan of nutritional supplementation to improve the way the body can perform chemical reactions, detoxify and function.
Gretchen has achieved a record of success and high patient satisfaction in practice. She attributes this to the wisdom she has been blessed to gain over the years, and treating her patients the way she would want to be treated. Professional affiliations include American College for the Advancement in Medicine, Physicians for Informed Consent, PANDAS Physicians Network, Michigan Counsel of Nurse Practitioners, Foundation for Children with Neuroimmune Disorders, Institute for Functional Medicine, LDN Science, Michigan for Vaccine Choice, American/Michigan Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Gretchen is dedicated to bringing wellness naturally to patients, and is excited to help those who have lost hope for healing find it again through a holistic approach- based on the Functional Medicine paradigm.