ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Clare Cattarin, MSN, FNP, IFM-CP
I am opening my Functional Medicine Clinic because I believe it is the future of medicine. I resonate completely with delivering a whole systems approach to health care. I have been in medicine all my life. Ten years as an ICU/CCU & ER nurse, one year walking across the country as the medical director of the Great Peace March in 1986. Then getting my Masters degree and Family Nurse Practitioners license and have been in private practice: Internal Medicine, Women's Health and HIV care for the past 25 years. I have a passion for connecting with people and I am always searching for answers in the medical literature and research.
I was born to be in medicine. Deep trusting connections are at the base of a healing practitioner/patient relationship. I view myself as a conduit of information and guidance for people who come to see me for medical help. Knowledge is a powerful tool and information is liberating.
In practicing conventional med for 30 years I am well versed in it's strengths and shortcomings. Conventional medicine is great for acute care treatment, a pill for an ill, short - in and out visits, but it is not given the time or the tools to find out what is going on underneath the surface when it comes to more chronic or ongoing issues which don't fall into the conventional diagnostic paradigm. I do not practice an "either or" philosophy. I believe in both approaches and utilizing them when appropriate.
My experience has shown me that people are multi-layered, deep and ALWAYS worth listening to. Fifteen-minute appointments and medicine dictated by insurance companies is NOT taking care of people. For this reason, I signed on with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). I follow this path because the IFM bases its teaching out of current research, contemporary lab testing and old fashion medical care mentality of taking time with people.
Meeting people where they are at, finding out who they are, not just the disease process, and getting to the "cause of the cause" of the illness is the future of medicine. The state of California requires that all Nurse Practitioners in private practice have a supervising M.D. My supervising Medical Doctor is Dr. Riva Robinson. We are collaborative partners and share the same office space.
Please join me in helping you walk down your Ridiculously - Healthy path.
Get cozy with chaos, to not know what is coming next, to leap into a healthier state: Mind/body and soul.
I INVITE YOU TO DISRUPT YOUR STATUS QUO.
Dr. Riva “Wellness” Robinson
An absolutely vibrant and alive physician who walks her talk. She is extremely adept at ‘meeting people where they are at’ in their own health continuum and helps them advance toward their own state of optimal well being.
I met Dr Riva at an IFM conference, our philosophies about life, health and wellness are paralleled. She is a champion body builder who has personally used the Functional Medicine approach and is now in practice to help others find their health.