Meet the Practitioners of our Clinical Services Team
Our practitioners are at the forefront of Functional Medicine. Our practitioners have extensive training in Functional Medicine, Nutrition, and Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s 4 Pillars of Health methodology (Structure, Biochemistry, Emotion, and Electromagnetic Fields). Additionally, our practitioners continue to educate themselves on the latest research findings through the work of Dr. Tom O’Bryan and other highly regarded thought leaders in the field of Functional Medicine. Our approach to healing parallels the latest scientific evidence.
Our practitioners also have additional expertise in interpreting functional laboratory testing. In fact, our team specializes in interpreting your results within “the bigger picture” of health and are able to identify potential false interpretations and lab errors.
Our practitioners pride themselves in addressing the whole person rather than the disease and in creating authentic partnerships between the client and practitioner.
Our team looks forward to working with you!
MA, MS, CNS, LDN
Michelle Ross, our Director of Clinical Services for theDr.com, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist*, and Certified Gluten Practitioner. She has completed all seven advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, Michelle holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pacific Union College. Michelle’s graduate school thesis focused on the complexity of gluten related disorders and the potentially devastating effects of gluten on the body. She has been extensively trained in the advanced interpretation of functional testing and Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s protocols for addressing autoimmune diseases, gluten- and wheat- related disorders, and microbiome health.
Michelle’s training in Functional Medicine has given her a strong focus on the person as whole, not just a set of isolated symptoms. This training, combined with her unique talent and nurturing manner inspires Michelle’s clients to make lifestyle changes that can totally transform their lives.
Dr. O’Bryan refers to Michelle as ‘The Teacher of Teachers’ as her elementary school teaching experience helped her develop the skill of communicating with easy to understand examples and analogies.
* State of Pennsylvania
Pooja is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Certified Gluten Practitioner specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from the University of Western States and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. Pooja has been training with Dr. Tom O’Bryan and Michelle Ross since 2016. She is in the process of completing the advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Pooja is dedicated to counseling and educating her clients on the benefits of a nutrient dense diet and a wholesome lifestyle that can assist with achieving vitality and optimal health.
DC, CCSP, CCN
Dr. Julie Martin is a Licensed Chiropractor, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and Functional Medicine Practitioner. Julie holds a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduating, Julie went on to pursue her C.C.S.P degree (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician Degree) and then continued an additional 2 years of study to complete her training for a Diplomate in Sports Injury. She is also Certified in Acupuncture.
In 2009, Dr. Julie began studying nutrition and functional medicine. Since then, she has completed her Comprehensive Nutrition Degree through Huntington College of Health Sciences and studied under leading functional medicine practitioners such as Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Ben Lynch, Chris Kresser, Dr. Dan Kalish, and Dr. Jason Hawrelak. Dr. Julie’s post-graduate studies and clinical expertise lie in genetics, methylation, clinical nutrigenomics, Lyme disease, autism, microbiome health, and organic acid testing.
Most recently, Dr. Julie has joined theDr.com Clinical Services Team. She has been training with Dr. Tom O’Bryan who specializes in gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disease and is in the process of completing the advanced practice modules required for practitioner certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Tom Malterre is the author of The Elimination Diet, an educator for The Institute for Functional Medicine, and has over 13 years of clinical experience. He has been part of the faculty at the Autism Research Institute and was a medical affairs team member at Thorne Research where he taught on numerous nutritional biochemistry topics across North America. After healing his own intestinal issues from celiac disease in 2004, Tom has specialized in gastrointestinal disorders and autoimmune diseases.
BS, FMCHC, NBC-HWC
Connie Swan is the office manager and client coordinator for the Clinical Services Department.
In addition to her background as a community pharmacist and office manager for various chiropractic clinics, Connie is a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. She received her training from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Soon after graduation, she was further certified by the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches. Connie is the first point of contact for our clients. She will assist with answering questions and scheduling appointments as well as offer coaching sessions as part of TheDr.com Functional Medicine Premier Program. Connie’s passion for Functional Medicine, fueled by her own health journey, and years of experience in administration, make her a fantastic addition to the Clinical Services Team at TheDr.com.
Melissa Mersch is the Lab Test Coordinator for the Clinical Services Department. She assists clients with all aspects of the testing process including scheduling blood draws, providing testing instructions, uploading test results to the client portal, and other needed support as. She works directly with Michelle Ross to coordinate timely review of all results.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and has an extensive background in customer service and management.