Dr Tabatha

I’m Dr. Tabatha

A triple board-certified OB/GYN physician who specializes in using functional medicine as my primary way for treating women’s health.

I have dedicated my life to studying the intricacies of women. I am passionate about educating women on the importance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

My mission is to show, by example, how you can create optimal wellness for yourself. By utilizing food, movement, mindfulness practices, herbs, supplements, and energy healing techniques as medicine, you can reverse chronic illness and create a vibrant, energizing life full of joy and longevity!

You may ask,

“How did a traditional, board-certified OB/GYN end up in the world of health and wellness? Why did you go on to study functional medicine?”

My answer-

“I got gutsy!”

My Journey…

Since childhood, I have struggled with a range of symptoms including alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation, stomach pain, bloating, headaches, and painful periods. Homeopathic remedies like peppermint extract, honey, iodine tincture, or warm baths were our go-to solutions as we didn’t have health insurance. It wasn’t until I got pregnant in high school that I truly began to understand the complexity of the human body (yes, at 17 years old!). After giving birth, I faced severe depression, hair loss, weight loss, and difficulty swallowing due to a large goiter in my neck. It took multiple tests and biopsies to finally diagnose me with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. As an 18-year-old, I lacked the understanding and confidence to deal with this terrifying experience. It wasn’t until later in medical school that I fully grasped the extent of my body’s journey. I felt remorse for my younger self and wished I could have guided her towards healing. Today, as Dr. Tabatha, my mission is to prevent other women from enduring the same hardships. Despite my medical struggles, I made the most of difficult circumstances. I dropped out of high school after 11th grade, earned my GED, and pursued my passion for science and human physiology at community college. I dedicated myself to my studies and eventually transferred to Michigan State University, where I graduated with honors in Physiology. Throughout medical school and residency, my purpose has been to empower women to have a voice and choice in their healthcare.

Becoming a Doctor…

Unfortunately, as a physician, I neglected my well-being for years, resulting in poor health. I was constantly sleep deprived and ate processed food on the go. I didn’t exercise and missed out on important moments in my daughter’s life and family gatherings. I thought sacrificing my own well-being would make me a better doctor, but it only made me sick. Despite my professional success, my body broke down due to neglect. My Hashimoto’s flared up, leading to exhaustion, weight gain, and depression. I also developed Raynaud’s syndrome and experienced uncontrollable IBS. This neglect took a toll on my busy life as a doctor.

My Back Injury…

The surgeon told me I needed to have my back fused with plates and screws, and that eventually I would herniate above and below and require more surgery. He explained, “Back surgery is like Lay’s potato chips, you can’t have just one.” That scared the crap out of me, so I went for a second opinion (to another orthopedic surgeon) and he said the same thing.

The Healer heals herself!

I left that office determined to find a different healing approach. It was challenging, but I took a four-month break from work to fully focus on my recovery. I followed the Whole 30 program and attended physical therapy twice a week. Along the way, I discovered podcasts by Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Amy Myers, which introduced me to functional medicine. Addressing the root causes of my ailments instead of just masking the symptoms appealed to me. To completely heal myself, I needed to overhaul my lifestyle. This meant prioritizing my well-being by saying no to things, adopting a clean and nutritious diet that I prepared myself, and eating mindfully without distractions. I also learned the importance of daily self-care practices, like listening to my body’s signals. Establishing a schedule that included sufficient sleep, regular exercise to prevent future injuries, and having faith that guidance will come if I remain open and attuned to what the universe and my body communicate.

I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve figured it out and with my help you can too!

I have learned so much on this challenging journey, and I am compelled to share it with all of you. I want you to benefit from my struggles and errors, and take steps today to improve your health and well-being. Let’s embark on a better path towards vitality together!