Lori Esarey, MS, APRN, FAARFM, ABAHHP describes herself as a master prepared family nurse practitioner who received an additional master's in Nutritional Medicine in 2012 and then board certification in anti‐aging and restorative medicine earlier t READ MORE...
Lori Esarey, MS, APRN, FAARFM, ABAHHP describes herself as a master prepared family nurse practitioner who received an additional master's in Nutritional Medicine in 2012 and then board certification in anti‐aging and restorative medicine earlier this year. "Taking care of people" was her passion from a young age. Moving to Florida at the young age of 6 for her family to assist in the development and organization of a retirement community who catered to ages 55 and older at all stages of necessary care, fostered an appreciation of the aging process. Then, as a challenged teenager, "overweight yet active " opened her eyes to the challenges this brings. Like many, she grew up in an Italian home full of pasta, cakes, sweets, treats and very large meals.
Additionally, as the daughter of parents that both have diabetes, multiple forms of cancer and rare ones too, on triple therapy medications for hypertension, high cholesterol and on medications for diabetes and who sat at the side of a father and grandmother after open heart surgery, she decided it was not a matter of if BUT when disease would begin and had it already. A true empathy for the sick, the overweight and the health challenged developed as a result of these life experiences and this same empathy now drives her passion to optimize aging and help people live their best at any age.
Her work history added to her passion and appreciation for wellness. Upon graduating as an RN, she worked with the sickest of the sick in the ICU's of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and the VA Hospital in Tampa, and transitioned to the Emergency Room to gain a better understanding of acute care as she was completing her Masters Degree. Upon graduation, she worked with an internist who taught her how to independently think, study hard, trust your gut and most of all , do what you love to do. He instilled in her a drive to find her "niche" and practice medicine in such a way that it brings joy. The experiences gained working as a young kid with aging adults of all functional levels, being the overweight kid of parents who were not necessarily "sick" but certainly not well and caring for the most sick both chronically and acutely, combined with the drive and determination instilled in to her by her entrepreneurial dad to pursue her dreams and not take no for an answer, led her to take the initiative and create and open her own practice, Total Nutrition and Therapeutics, in 2006. A practice initially designed to help people lose weight and now helping individuals from 18 months of age all the way to 87 be the best they can be at any age.
Through trial and error , Lori learned that in order to create change individuals must first understand their true current level of health. As a result, she has seen many lives changed. Her goals now are to promote this style of practice with other providers to give them the hope that they too can experience joy in medicine and the financial security they need, despite the changing healthcare system. She realizes transforming medicine and people's lives will take an army, not an individual. Teaching other providers how to look at disease from a functional approach will allow more of us to work together to move people away from a "sick care system" to achieving a true "health care system" that we desire and deserve. She is looking forward to presenting that approach today and hopefully gives you at least one pearl for your practice that will impact the lives of many others.