Dr. Anthony Crifase
DC, LDN, CNS, DACBN, CISSN, CPT
Dr. Anthony Crifase graduated from National University of Health Sciences in Illinois with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He has extensive post-doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist® practitioner, Board Certified Diplomat with the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, Board Certified Sports Nutritionist and also a Certified Personal Trainer.
Dr. Crifase is one of only a few Board Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) and Diplomats of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition practitioners in the United States. CNSs have fulfilled the most rigorous advanced-degree, education, experience, examination, and continuing education requirements. The CNS certification is held by clinical nutritionists, physicians and other advance-degreed healthcare professionals with a specialty in nutrition.
Dr. Crifase seeks to identify and address the root cause of health concerns, and through a collaborative relationship with patients, works to restore health and optimize wellness. This work of empowered health is Dr. Crifase’s calling in life. Dr. Crifase has also graduated with a Bachelors of Biomedical Science from National University of Health Sciences as well as a Culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago, and prior to entering the field of Functional Medicine, established himself as an expert in the food industry who has worked under multiple Michelin star executive chefs.
He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Anthony Crifase, senior clinic director, is uniquely skilled and experienced at finding the root physiological, biochemical and hormonal causes underlying many diseases. Dr. Crifase has broken free from the limiting approach of the “conventional” or “mainstream” medical model which most often calls upon drugs and hormones as a first defense against these diseases without a real inspection as to the root underlying causes and contributing factors to each individual’s presenting complaints.
OUR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH
Dr. Crifase uses breakthrough diagnostic testing and analysis that’s rarely done in conventional settings to uncover the hidden causes of why people feel the way they do. The doctor also takes great pride in delivering personalized health care treatment to patients as well as providing an environment that supports and inspires patients to reverse their poor health. See Functional Medicine tab for more information.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
We strive to fully understand the needs and concerns of our patients and we will work closely with you to ensure your good health is restored. To help ensure your health is improved, we offer extensive testing and customized treatment programs as well as an overriding dedication to helping you get better. We are a healthcare provider that is committed to meeting your needs and providing you with VIP service. Your health is our passion and our number one priority.
But this experience opened my eyes to another world and a way of approaching health care and management. It helped me improve the way I looked at patients, the questions I asked and how I approached management.
This lead me to a specific practice style which is still evolving:
The practice of functional medicine and nutrition!
That is to say that each patient is highly unique and therefore each patient will need a different plan than the patient before them. This sounds so simple and so obvious but it really isn’t the way that healthcare is approached right now, nor taught.
Many treatments follow a simple algorithm with symptom—> diagnosis —> treatment, a pill-for-this-pill-for-that model which makes the practice and application of medicine and healthcare quick and effective, but certainly very impersonal and not concerned with more than the superficial issues at hand. This applies to chronic disease states such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.
Doesn’t it make sense to base your treatment on the individual – their lifestyles, genetics, environment and THEN form a treatment plan specific to that person? Addressing their unique biology, just as they have their own unique thumbprint?
Well, that’s what I started to do and the results were amazing!
I noticed that by taking this approach most patients would start to experience improvement in almost every facet of their life.
Even if they came in for weight loss they would report more energy, better sex, improved mental clarity and so on.
Why I Focus on Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Conditions, and Leaky Gut
Ever get the feeling that your doctor is missing something?
Well, that same thing happened to my mom.
She was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) when I was very young… and I can’t even tell you how many different doctors she saw – probably in the hundreds.
I personally watched her suffer from debilitating symptoms that progressively worsened.
Because of what I watched her go through I have realized that many conditions just as ALS, can begin YEARS before someone actually gets a diagnosis.
I was not able to help my mom and always wished I could have. I was too young and did not know what I know today.
But I remember, the only thing she was offered by traditional medicine was: Take this pill, take that pill, get this lab test done, get that procedure done… all of which only addressed her symptoms!
Sure she may have gotten some alleviation from prescription medications, but at what cost? Did it solve the problem? Unfortunately not…
Functional medicine was not given to her as an option at the time… to look at underlying imbalances, root dysfunctions… this I’m sure is what would have benefitted her the most.
Since that time I’ve devoted my time and energy to helping people get their life back from all different chronic disease states.
On this website, you will find a tremendous amount of information designed to help people with chronic health conditions from thyroid to weight loss to autoimmunity to gut issues.