Nancy A Lark
I am an Advanced Fellow in Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine (A4M), an Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietitian – Nutritionist, an Exercise Physiologist (MESS), and have an additional Masters in Medical Sciences (MMS) with a concentration in Metabolic Nutrition and Medicine from the USF School of Medicine.
I use a Functional Medicine approach to help patients heal, assessing system imbalances, identifying root causes and triggers, then supporting body systems so the body can heal itself. Areas: Pain Management, Adrenal Fatigue, Bone health, Cardiovascular health, Detoxification programs, Mood Physiology, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Food Allergies/sensitivities (including gluten issues), Gut Health/conditions, Blood Pressure, Migraines, Obesity and Natural weight loss programs, Stress Management, with a focus on Lifestyle modification and health coaching to optimize your success.
Using a systems biology approach to assessing imbalances in the body, I look for root causes of your symptoms, work to remove triggers and then develop a program that supports wellness with nutritional therapies so the body can heal itself.
The Functional Medicine Assessment looks at how your history, genetics, physiology, environmental factors and lifestyle choices have worked together to trigger your issues. Specialized Testing includes: Food Allergy/ Sensitivities, Gluten Intolerance , Nutritional Deficiency Testing, Advanced Cardiovascular Risk Measures, MTHFR gene testing, Gut Dysbiosis, Genetic Panels for Weight Loss/Exercise and Diet recommendations to optimize a personalized plan for you.
I now offer VIRTUAL appointments in the convenience of your home or office using a HIPPA compliant, user-friendly online platform! Call the office or email email@example.com to start on your road to wellness! You can also see more of my background and the Functional Medicine approach at www.youroptimalhealthsolutions.com
I was referred to Nancy Lark through a friend who had some great results working with her. I was having all sorts of issues from a skin rash, joint and muscle pain, sleeping issues, and GI problems. After speaking to Nancy for the first time I was very excited to start a program with her. Nancy is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition. I loved listening to her and learning things that I never knew. She is also a great listener, and did not only realize that I had some nutritional issues but she picked up in our conversations that my kids and husband may have some problems with nutrition too. She was looking out for my entire family; that meant a ton to me. After a couple weeks of working with Nancy I started seeing improvements with myself and everyone in my family. When I finished my last appointment with Nancy I had no more joint pain, my skin rash was gone (on both myself and my 1 year old), my GI problems were better (so were my kids), and I’m finally sleeping well and feeling refreshed. Along with my progress my husband lost close to 30lbs and said he feels like he is 10 years younger. I am amazed at what Nancy helped me and my family to achieve!! The best part with Nancy is even though I’m done with my appointments she still cares and has checked up on me, and has even shared recipes to continue to help. Also, during the entire process she was always available if I had a question or if I needed to talk. I highly recommend Nancy to anyone that needs nutritional help or healing! Thank you Nancy!
DE, Oxford, MI
I started this road with Nancy Lark a little over 2 months ago. I hit my bottom when I had to make a few trips to the ER Walk in clinic. I could no longer take the gas pain. I had major gas pains which were all the way up into my chest. Sometimes it was unbearable to even move. If I wasn’t suffering from gas pains, it was diarrhea, and/or headaches. Diarrhea that wouldn’t let me leave the house or headaches that sucked the life out of me and kept me in bed. There was the time last year when I aspirated while having a colonoscopy due to the anesthesia. I’m also allergic to the anesthesia that comes from the dentist office.
I suffered from lack of night vision, I was 10-15 lbs overweight, unhappy and easily emotional to snap. I have been so miserable and having a hard time existing and living my everyday life and severely allergic to anesthesia.
My husband found Nancy Lark surfing the internet for help for me and he liked what he found on her. I honestly didn’t think she could help me. I was wrong. . . Thank God I was wrong! She has given me my life back.
I now have normal “night” vision. I am happy! So happy! I am calm and not so easy to fly off the handle. I can live in the moment. I lost 10 lbs. I have only had 1 headache since we started this road, no stomach aches, no gas or diarrhea. I feel great! I had no idea how food could have related so much to all of these issues or had so much control over my body.
I am certain that Nancy will continue to help me! I highly recommend her! D.G. Rochester Hills, MI
When I came to Nancy, I had a plethora of symptoms that were not being resolved with care from my family practice physician, rheumatologist and hepatologist. I had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Srojgren’s syndrome, which causes dry eyes and dry mouth. As a medical professional myself, I was frustrated that the conventional treatment I was getting seemed to only be treating the symptoms and was not addressing the causes of my symptoms. I was still using drops in my eyes 6-8 times a day, and struggled with dry mouth. My hair was falling out, I had chronic bad breath, and low body temperature. I had my gall bladder out, had stomach upset and digestive issues, compromised muscle function and low energy levels, eczema, frequent bruising, and tingling and numbness in my fingers and legs. I felt hyper-anxious , wasn’t sleeping well and was beginning to feel like I would never feel well again. A year earlier I ran a half marathon, but now I couldn’t exercise at all!
Nancy put me on a program to quell the inflammation, heal the gut and help support detoxification, along with supportive nutrition for autoimmune issues, and support for my adrenals. We eliminated gluten and in the last 5 months, nearly all of my symptoms have subsided. I am also noticing improvements in areas that I didn’t realize were connected until now. My hair has grown back; the central nervous system symptoms of tingling in my hands and legs is gone; the dry eyes and mouth is virtually gone; I am able to exercise again; my anxiety is gone; I am not bruising like I was and I continue to improve. I am thankful that I now understand what led me to this spot and how to stay on track. Thanks Nancy!
AG, Ferndale, MI
After years of seeing doctor after doctor, enduring repetitive tests, and living with my debilitating and embarrassing GI symptoms, getting through the day had become such a challenge that I needed to take a sabbatical from medical school in order to solely focus on my health. Then I lucked out and found Nancy.
Unfamiliar with Functional Medicine, I was a bit apprehensive when I came to see her. But, after just a couple of visits, I was feeling more energetic and pain free than I had in three years. Following Nancy’s dietary evaluation and supplementation, I suddenly had the energy to start exercising regularly. Several months into my program I continue to improve. Unbelievably, I just got back from a hiking trip and spent 7 hours a day on the trail with no issues! Myself being a third year medical student I can say Nancy’s whole-body functional medicine approach is miles ahead of conventional medicine. If you’ve been down because of a disorder doctors can’t seem to pinpoint, don’t suffer for years like I did, go straight to Nancy!
I came to Nancy because I wasn’t feeling as well as I wanted to. I am in my early thirties, but had low energy, suffered from heartburn and had arthritis pain that was getting worse.
Nancy explained whenever anyone has GERD she suspects food sensitivities as part of the problem. She also explained that food reactions create inflammation and that can create the flare-up of arthritis pain. She suggested a food panel and I did the ALCAT test.
My GERD has gone away, and my arthritis only acts up if I get exposed to some of the foods I am sensitive to. My energy level is up and I lost about 15 lbs. since I started eliminating the foods and using a nutrition program to heal the gut. Life is better when you feel good enough to enjoy it! Thanks Nancy!
JL, Chicago, IL
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