CORNELIUS – Dr. Akiba Green had been a chiropractor for six years when he decided to go back to school. He wanted to help patients better.

“I always felt as a doctor-chiropractic that there was more to the traditional chiropractic model that muscle-skeleton,” Green said. “We’re always looking for what can we do to help patients who don’t get normal help.

“When I went into the functional medicine world – started training, going back to school and really learning how to help people with chronic health problems – that’s when things started to click for me and my patients.” 

Lake Norman Health and Wellness moved into a new office on West Catawba Avenue in June. Patients drive from an hour or two hours away, sometimes even farther, to get treatment.

Green recently earned his certification as a functional medicine practitioner, allowing him to help a new class of patient who suffer from chronic conditions, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

Functional Medicine University awarded a graduation certificate to Green, signifying his completion of a rigorous course of study in holistic diagnosis and treatment. 

Functional medicine is especially helpful for patients suffering from chronic conditions or symptoms that have baffled medical doctors. 

Green continues to treat patients at his Cornelius office, focusing on chronic conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, Crohn’s, Colitis and celiac disease, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy and vertigo/dizziness.

“Getting additional training in functional medicine adds to my existing training in integrative medicine and functional neurology, and has been instrumental in allowing me to help our patients get better,” Green said. “The overwhelming amount of information and misinformation out there on TV shows, the Internet, etc., has caused patients to be more confused than ever. Utilizing the functional medicine approach, we are able to look at each case individually and come up with the best course of action for that patient based on our exams and lab tests.”

The Functional Medicine University curriculum includes coursework on blood chemistry, advanced diagnostic tests, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, immune imbalances, metabolic problems, inflammation, detoxification, hormone disregulation, psychological functioning and bio-mechanical difficulties.

The new credential builds on Green’s previous degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Sherman College of Chirorpactic and other certifications in integrative medicine, functional neurology and clinical nutrition.  

Green has been seeing patients in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte region since 2003. 

“The ability to treat the patient and not just the diagnosis is completely backward from traditional ‘insurance-run’ medicine, and to me it just makes more sense and our patients agree, especially when they are seeing results,” Green said.