Clinical Pearls

DUTCH Providers share their tips and tricks for
understanding hormones and leading their patients to better health.

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Benita Phillips, DO

Founder and medical director of Alive and Well Health, Benita Phillips, D.O. specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement, preventive and integrative medicine, and wellness to the Nashville and surrounding areas of Tennessee and bordering states.  She helps her patients find relief from symptoms of aging, perimenopause, menopause and andropause as well as thyroid and adrenal dysfunction.

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Mindy Pelz, DC

Dr. Mindy Pelz, D.C is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional health expert who has spent over two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health. She is a recognized leader in the alternative health field and a pioneer in the fasting movement, teaching the principles of a fasting lifestyle, diet variation, detox, hormones, and more. 

Dr. Phillips strongly believes that by providing the body with the tools and environment it needs, you allow and encourage the body to heal itself.  Dr. Phillips' goal is for each of her patients to feel and to be their absolute best. This includes her belief that everyone should be treated as an individual.  We are all different and should be treated as such.  Her excellent listening skills and compassion as well as her innate ability to educate and communicate in laymen's terms make her an outstanding physician.  [Text Wrapping Break]

Her popularYouTube channel (which just celebrated 23 million lifetime views) regularly updates followers on the latest science-backed tools and techniques to help them reset their health. She is the host of one of the leading science podcasts,The Resetter Podcast, and the author of three best-selling books;The Menopause Reset,The Reset Factor, and The Reset Kitchen, and her current book published with Hay House, Fast Like a Girl, is available for pre-order. Dr. Mindy has appeared on national shows like Extra TV and The Doctors, and has been featured in Muscle & Fitness,  Well + Good, SHEknows, Healthline, and more.  

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Lacey Dunn
Lacey Dunn is a functional medicine dietitian specializing in physique enhancement, weight management, thyroid disorders, PCOS, adrenal dysfunction, and metabolic resistance through her online coaching platform UpliftFit Nutrition and UpliftFit Nutrition radio.

Lacey's goal as a dietitian is to provide the tools that people need to achieve a healthy and balanced diet while simultaneously helping them grow and thrive. Her best-selling book "The Women's Guide to Hormonal Harmony" gives women the knowledge, tools, and confidence to rebalance their hormones, master their metabolism, and become the boss of their own bodies.

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Will Cole

Dr. Will Cole is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world over a decade ago. 

Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is also the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and was the co-host of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand goop's first spinoff podcast ,the goopfellas podcast. He is the bestselling author of Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum, and the New York Times bestseller Intuitive Fasting. 

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"I’m the first call for the woman who has questions she would only ask her best girlfriend – if her girlfriend were a Triple-Board Certified OB-GYN."

I’ve worked with thousands of women one-on-one to help them understand and improve their health and manage their hormones. I’m committed to supporting women so that they can thrive physically, emotionally, sexually and even spiritually as they go through the natural and inevitable life shift of menopause.

Anna Cabeca
Owner and Founder of “The Girlfriend Doctor”

Dr. Cabeca works with her patients to tackle a host of symptoms including fatigue, depression, and weight gain to shine a light on changes that happen through perimenopause and menopause and find solutions to restore vitality and joy.

She's spent years developing and perfecting a complete suite of life-changing products and programs that she shares as part of her daily routine. Her treatments are based on  research and her mission to find solutions that help women reclaim their vibrancy, sexuality, health and happiness.

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There’s a bit of a learning curve when you become a DUTCH provider. In this clinical pearl, Dr. Smeaton talks about her first time using the DUTCH Plus and how she became more confident using it to treat her patients. Once you are comfortable setting effective treatment plans based on the results, the DUTCH Test will become an essential tool in your patient care toolkit. 

Dr. Jaclyn Smeaton, ND

Dr. Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton is a naturopathic physician focused on infertility, reproductive, and genitourinary health. In addition to her private practice, Hello Fertility, she is a prolific teacher in the field of reproductive endocrinology and hormones and has trained thousands of clinicians on her treatment methodology. Dr. Smeaton has extensive leadership experience in integrative medicine including as President for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, as an Ambassador for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and a board member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium. 

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Betty Murray

Nutrition expert, certified functional medicine practitioner, and speaker Betty Murray, PhD-Candidate, MS, CN, IFMCP helps women 40+ harness their hormones to lose weight, optimize sleep, restore energy, and thrive in life. During her research for her PhD, Betty made 4 key discoveries that lead to hormone imbalances that plague women over 40.

Betty’s interest in nutrition and functional medicine came from her own health struggles. In her early 30s, Betty was diagnosed with colitis. She just knew there was more she could do to get to the root of her disease! Betty’s tenacity led to a 25+ year educational journey that included immersion into the world of nutrition, biochemistry, and functional medicine that has become the backbone of her approach to restoring health. Since then she has focused on the intersection of women’s hormones and their complex interplay in immune, gut and metabolic function.

She is the host of This Functional Life Podcast and the founder and CEO of Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center.

Find out more at Living Well Dallas

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Dr. Mary Pardee

Dr. Mary Pardee is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and a Certified Functional Medicine Doctor who specializes in integrative gastroenterology and hormone balancing in Los Angeles, California. She is the founder of modrn med, a telemedicine and virtual wellness company that provides medical and health services to clients from the comfort of their homes.

Dr. Mary Pardee’s focus on gut-brain health means she has to be tuned in to the hormone signals passing through the body. In her practice modrn med, she’s “focused on healthcare, not sick-care” to help her patients meet their highest potential of wellness. Watch this month's Clinical Pearl to learn more about Mary Pardee, NMD, and how she uses the comprehensive results of the DUTCH Test to profoundly change her patients’ lives.
For those who can not work one-on-one with a modrn med practitioner, Dr. Mary also created a gut-health course that dives into the most common gut related complaints and natural solutions to start healing. You can find Dr. Mary Pardee on Instagram @dr.marypardee or on Facebook at
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Dr. Rob Downey

Dr. Rob Downey is a board-certified family practice MD and IFM Certified Practitioner. He has 21 years of experience as an attending physician, and 15 years as a functional medicine provider.

Seaworthy Functional Medicine

He is the founder of Seaworthy Functional Medicine, a pioneer in providing better availability of functional medicine in underserved areas of Alaska. His whole career has been spent working for, and on behalf of, non-profit hospitals and Alaskan Native Corporations. Many of the people Dr. Downey has the privilege of providing care for have a very high ratio of challenges to resources; this gives him a unique capacity to share a key lesson – a little goes a long way.

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Dr. Kristen DeAngelis

Kristen DeAngelis, RD, LD, RYT is the Director of Health Coaching for the largest health coaching company in the nation, Nutrition Dynamic. She has made research and key contributions to Wellness Mastery as well as actively educate hundreds of coaches emerging into the field of Functional Medicine through her work with Metabolic Mentor University.

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In addition to her roles at Nutrition Dynamic and Wellness Mastery, Kristen works as a Health Coach working with clients one on one to address their root causes to achieve solutions for hormone/thyroid imbalances, weight loss resistance, adrenal dysfunction, period problems, gut issues, food sensitivities and more to help her clients reach their fullest potential.


Hormones have so much potential to change cell and gene expression in the human body. If hormones can help turn an eight-pound baby into a 225-pound linebacker in the NFL - we need to pay attention. Learn more about Dr. Rostenberg's approach to helping his patients optimize their hormone metabolism for healthier outcomes.

Dr. Andrew Rostenberg

Andrew Rostenberg, DC, DIBAK, is a chiropractor, kinesiologist, functional medicine expert, methylation researcher, author, and director of Red Mountain Natural Medicine in Boise, ID. He is the founder of BeyondMTHFR©, a leading voice in the emerging field of functional medicine and genetics, and the author of Your Genius Body, a book designed to help connect the dots between genetics, gut health, and optimized brain function.

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Dr. Nicole Ortiz explains the important role that hormones play in the body. It's important to recognize that hormones are the chemical messengers of the body and by understanding how they're connected to the organ systems, you start to see how treatments that focus on hormone health can have positive effects on the body as a whole.

Dr. Nicole Ortiz

Dr. Nicole Ortiz first brought her passion for naturopathic medicine to patients in the Palm Springs area when she co-founded Live Well Clinic, a naturopathic family practice, in 2008. As advancements in stem cell therapies have emerged and the demand for natural healing methods has grown, Dr. Nicole Ortiz transitioned to opening her dream clinic focusing on innovative regenerative therapies.