Hello! My name is Kristen Gonzales. I am the founder of Functional PharmD. By KG. I’m a wife, a mother of two, a functional nutritionist, and a pharmacist. Perhaps most importantly for you, I’m a passionate advocate for better, more patient centered healthcare.
I’ve worked as a pharmacist for over 12 years, providing service in my local community pharmacy. A few years ago, I began to struggle with crippling symptoms including depression, anxiety, abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, brain fog, food sensitivities, inflammation and more. Despite pursuing solutions within the conventional medicine system, I could never get a firm diagnosis or sound medical advice. I felt extremely hopeless and frustrated. Would I ever feel like myself again?
I longed for answers and desperately wanted my health back. I refused to believe my wellness could be found in a pill bottle. It was then I found Functional Medicine. Taking a root cause approach with the right guidance, my symptoms started to disappear. A revelation happened. I took a deeper dive and earned my certification as a Functional Nutritionist. Overtime, with targeted nutrition and supplements, I learned how to take better care of myself and my family. I still respect conventional medicine, which is absolutely necessary and helpful in many cases, but I feel it works better in conjunction with functional medicine. By “dismantling the dysfunction” and taking a total body systems approach to health and wellness, the terrain shifts and you can get back to feeling your absolute best self.
Spending those years suffering without answers changed me and has now inspired me. I want my kids to grow up without the heavy burden of chronic illness. I want to instill in them the hope and knowledge that they can heal from within. We are not here to suffer in vain. We have been given everything we need to be restored. I want to deliver a truly personalized approach to nutrition that treats you as a person, not a number. Most of all, I want to be here to give you the answers I couldn’t get, and to help you understand the “why” instead of the “what”. I hope to empower you on your health journey and help you live vibrantly.