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Dr. Nicole DiNezza, DC

I do a lot of things differently than my colleagues, even within functional medicine. Here are some ways that my practice differs from others:
- Many functional medicine practitioners order "all the tests on all the people," meaning that every patient is required to do a stool test, hormone test, vitamin test, toxin test, and food test. While they do have their time and place, I do not rely heavily on what I jokingly call "fancy labs." I predominantly order blood work through your insurance using Labcorp or Quest. Only after the first round of testing do we discuss further testing (usually).
- I believe that understanding and laughter are two of the most powerful medicines we have available, and I make use of them frequently

Specialties

I have not only clinical experience but personal experience with the following symptoms or disease. I always joke with patients that I'm "in the club, too," and while I often times wish I wasn't, I think it helps me understand what you're all going through. You can find answers. I did.

- Celiac Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Other Autoimmunity
- Chronic Fatigue and brain fog
- Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) reactivation (chronic infection)
- Irregular, wonky periods

I also have a deeply (but not directly) personal experience with Hashimoto's, hypothyroidism, gout, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gastric bypass surgery- close members of my family have dealt with these.

Background

Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science
- University at Buffalo
Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC)
- Southern California University of Health Sciences
Functional Medicine training
- Though numerous organizations as well as self-study
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)
- Nutritional Therapy Association

Memberships

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA)
North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society (NCIMS)
North Carolina Chiropractic Association (NCCA)