Healing through functional medicine is a journey, I partner with you giving you the tools you need to help you place yourself in the path of healing.
By restoring your energy at the root, you can again achieve cellular balance.
At Hyperion Functional Medicine, we’re all about root cause resolution, digging deep into what causes your symptoms or disease. Start your journey to improved health today with my unique functional medicine/functional oncology and lifestyle medicine program to address chronic disease and cancer. Schedule a Inspiration Encounter with me to discuss your goals and make a plan for healing prior to your initial appointment.
I help cancer patients and survivors to optimize the soil that contains cancer roots:
Learn about how and why to live healthier lifestyles.
Decrease inflammation impacting cancer growth and proliferation.
Learn how to optimize detoxification in their body through impact on genetic SNPS.
Learn about nutrition deficits and support nutrition impacting cancer recovery and remission.
Learn stress reduction techniques to impact cancer growth and proliferation.
Heal the gut and optimize the immune system.
Normalize and potentially detoxify harmful hormones, particularly toxic forms of Estrogen.
Optimize their cancer microenvironment further impacting cancer growth and proliferation.
COMING SOON: ONLINE AND GROUP BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS.
We Combined Functional Medicine and Oncology
How They work Together
I lost my beautiful 30-year-old daughter, Hannah, to a rare Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma in 2020. In her memory, and for others' lives I can touch to implement change, I will offer functional tools to support their efforts to restore health, optimize cancer treatment and prevent recurrence.
My Story: Sometimes it takes a lemon to spark a dream.........A Mother's Mission After Daughter's Cancer Battle: Get to the Root Cause: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1320676/13863713
Too often, people think of “wellness” in temporary terms. They are led to take short- and long-term steps, multiple treatment protocols with chemicals, surgeries, radiation and pharmaceuticals, to heal cancer, improve survival outcomes and symptoms without dealing with the unhealthy routines and lifestyle choices that may have created the cellular imbalances leading to cancer in the first place.
After years of seeing this happen with patients, AND with myself, I offer a functional medicine practice that not only helps you improve your overall wellness, but also gives you the tools through multiple coaching platforms to successfully continue your lifelong journey through health and disease and optimize cancer survival.
THE TREE OF LIFE: "Hyperion"
The "Hyperion" tree logo was taken from a "tree of life" painting I created for my daughter while she underwent cancer treatment at Yale.
We all are "trees of life' and we can discover our roots to disease and change our destiny by clearing our microenvironment where cancer thrives.
Become who you truly are: A Survivor. Optimize your tree of life, your connection between earth and heaven. The Tree of Life represents harmony and balance: rebirth. We go through periods of growth and renewal after our healing from periods of disease. Create a renewed tree of life through discovering your roots to disease: cancer.
I left my position at the Cleveland Clinic in March of 2022 to offer healing through a "Functional Oncology" treatment program. Roughly 5-10% of cancer is caused by damaged DNA. Looking from a functional medicine perspective, the remaining 90-95% of cancer cases are caused by unhealthy lifestyles, poor diet that, in turn, damage mitochondrial function.*
Cancer is a metabolic disorder resulting in damage to the mitochondria and cellular metabolism, in response to unhealthy lifestyles, environmental toxins, stress and trauma, inflammatory foods, an unhealthy gut contributing to immune system dysfunction and chronic inflammation.
In addition to your oncologist's and oncology team's plan for treatment, using the Functional Medicine model, I will give you more tools to use to optimize healing.
*Anand P, Kunnumakkara AB, Sundaram C, Harikumar KB, Tharakan ST, Lai OS, Sung B, Aggarwal BB. Cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes. Pharm Res. 2008 Sep;25(9):2097-116. doi: 10.1007/s11095-008-9661-9. Epub 2008 Jul 15. Erratum in: Pharm Res. 2008 Sep;25(9):2200. Kunnumakara, Ajaikumar B [corrected to Kunnumakkara, Ajaikumar B]. PMID: 18626751; PMCID: PMC251556
Who should be a part of the program?
If you are at high risk for cancer development or recurrence, are currently in treatment, or in a post-treatment phase/remission.
Details will be shared during the initial Inspiration Encounter.
We need to work together to change the mindset that cancer is a death sentence. Thoughts are energy, and my intention is to change those thought patterns ingrained in us.
CANCER: The Functional Medicine Perspective
“The cellular rhythm and dance of life is altered in response to different environmental signals, and that cancer represents an altered orchestration of that complex symphony. The cell is constantly in dynamic flux; cellular signaling creates messages that induce changes internally and externally and the cell is continually changing and morphing in response to the environment it is exposed to.”
-Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Founder of Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine Focus Areas Impacting Cancer
When the any of the 14 cancer hallmarks are activated, cancer growth and progression has begun. The Hallmarks are activated through the roots described below, note the Hallmarks of Cancer tree and disease progression from the roots.
In functional oncology, we dive into the roots of cancer that are behind cancer hallmark activation.
These processes are integral to cancer cell survival. Functional oncology makes an impact on these hallmarks through root cause discovery and devises a healing plan that starts in the soil where the roots survive.
- Nutrition/Phytonutrient Deficits Contributing to cancer cell survival and growth
- Toxin Exposures Impacting Cancer Growth and Recurrence: Mold, Heavy Metals, Pesticides and other Environmental Exposures to Chemicals
- Inflammatory and Toxic Foods
- Emotional Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
- Sleep Disturbances
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Chronic and Undiagnosed Infections Contributing to Cancer Growth and Occurrence
- Bloating, Gas, Diarrhea, Constipation, SIBO
- GI Microbiome and Immune System Dysfunction Prior to, During and Post Cancer Treatment
- Leaky Gut leading to Chronic Inflammation, Chronic Disease and Food Sensitivities
- Hyperinsulinemia Driving Cancer Growth
- Hormonal Imbalances Driving Cancer Growth
Focus Areas in Functional Oncology
Because of cancer, the normally well-regulated activities of the body’s cells and organs are disrupted. Pharmaceuticals and other therapies have been developed to target each hallmark and its molecular signaling. Pharmaceuticals can yield dramatic results.
But cancer cells are very adaptable, and can adapt ways to resist the therapy prescribed.
In Addition to Standard of Care Cancer Treatment Plans Prescribed by Your Oncologist, We Develop Personalized Functional Medicine Treatment Plans and Focus on Cancer Pathways Influencing Your Cancer Microenvironment to Promote:
- Reduction and Control of Inflammation
- Reduction of Oxidative Stress
- Gene stability and DNA repair
- Modification of Gene Expression
- Normal Cell Cycling
- Apoptosis and Natural Cell Death.
- Normal Mitochondrial Function and Energy Production
- Normal Hormone Modulation and Metabolism
- Regulation of Glycemic Load
- Inhibition of Invasion and Metastasis
- Control of Angiogenesis, and Monitor Coagulation
- Resolution of Latent and Active Infections
- Enhancement of Detoxification
ANCC board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Multi-State Licensure as a Registered Nurse
Masters in Public Health, Tulane University
Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Member of the Cleveland Integrative Oncology Working Group
Member of the Cleveland Chapter of Integrative Health and Medicine
Member the Institute of Functional Medicine
One of nearly 1800 Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Providers (IFMCP)
Member of the Society for Integrative Oncology
Coursework and Research in Oncology: Foundations of Integrative Oncology. Dr. Nalini Chilcov L.A.c O.M.D.
The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Nasha Winters N.D, L.A.c, FABNO and Jess Higgins Kelly MNT.
The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
IFM Functional Medicine: The GOLD Standard of Functional Medicine Practice
IFM’s Functional Medicine Certification Program has been developed by the foremost thought leaders in the field. IFM-Certified Practitioners are the most sought-after clinicians in the field and possess a depth of experience and knowledge honed by years of practice and their commitment to the ongoing development of core concepts, tools, and applications.
I trained through the IFM scholarship program and alongside many amazing and seasoned Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine providers, including Dr. Mark Hyman MD. I strive to stay up to date and search for current and evolving research based treatment options in the field of western medical oncology, functional medicine, integrative oncology and functional oncology that is now an emerging field in medicine.
IFM supported the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine initiative to develop and study innovative care delivery models for patients with chronic diseases, resulting in the Center’s expansion of care delivery. I am proud to be a seasoned provider with extensive clinical experience from the Cleveland Clinic Center of Functional Medicine.
A provider at the Center for Functional Medicine Cleveland Clinic on Main Campus and in Chagrin Falls from 2017-2022.
Functional Medicine Experience includes clinical work alongside former Clinic Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine Director, now innovator, and best-selling author, Functional Medicine leader, Dr. Mark Hyman MD.
Who is Jen?
I am a lover of the water. I live in a beautiful community in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with a lake in my backyard, and spent most of my childhood summers, even now, on a beautiful family owned lake property in Indiana. I read many nonfiction, health-related books and research documents in my spare time. My education spans decades, I earned my BacheIor's in Nursing degree through Valparaiso University in 1986, my Masters in Nursing and Degree as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in 1996 from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Public Health, with a strong focus in environmental health and toxicology from Tulane University in 2005. I have had a strong interest in and have practiced energy work daily for the last 25 years through various forms of meditation (Dr. Joe Dispenza, ZIVA meditation), utilizing the Energy Codes, and Medical Qi Gong. I love to cook and experiment with new flavors. My time relaxing and socializing includes cooking delicious healthy meals in my home or wherever I might be with friends and/or significant other. I offer these delicious meals to my family and friends and emphasize the importance of healthy plant based organics and grass fed/organic meats whether dining in or out. I enjoy as much time as I can with my daughter, Caitlin, who is a level 1 Trauma nurse in Chicago; we meet "halfway" at the lake house in Indiana many times through the year to enjoy time together, and with other family members and friends in between our personal and career demands.
How Functional Medicine has impacted my life: I was diagnosed with a rare genetic motor neuron disorder in 2014 at Cleveland Clinic after more than 20 years of leg weakness symptoms. This condition "sort of" mimics Muscular Sclerosis with spasticity better described as muscle stiffness. I tried prescribed pharmaceuticals and physical therapy which offered no change in what I was feeling or displaying. After reading “The Wahls Protocol” by Multiple Sclerosis survivor, Dr. Terry Wahls MD, and “The Disease Delusion” by Dr. Jeffery Bland PhD, the founder of functional medicine, I was led to have a strong clinical interest in functional medicine. Through my own research, and after six months of working with an expert in chiropractic functional medicine treatment, Dr. Stuart White (https://doctorof the future.org), taking prescribed supplements, adhering to the elimination diet, removal of eight dental amalgams, three infected root canals and leaving a toxic relationship, my symptoms markedly improved. After assuming a position in the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, was seen by Dr. Hyman in 2017, chelated for mercury and arsenic, eliminated toxic and inflammatory foods, practiced a full detox plan and continued daily exercise including 30 minutes of walking daily and Pilates core work five days a week, my symptoms were markedly improved. My Cleveland Clinic neurologist questioned how I “changed my gait,” he did not agree that my functional medicine treatment plan was “getting at the root” of my symptoms and physical changes were just a result of weight loss and “more exercise.” But he revised my gait disorder severity.
In 2017, a newly created "Hybrid" position was offered to me at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. I was the first uncertified and clinically inexperienced provider hired to learn functional medicine and become a part of the amazing team.
My passion for healing is personal as you may suspect, I know the physical and emotional suffering that comes with chronic illness, and cancer. I learned from this personal experience and later, from my own patients at the Cleveland Clinic. I gained clinical expertise and learned specifically that the roots to chronic illness symptoms are deep and many diagnoses are just symptom labels in order for a drug prescription to be made that “may” change you. In most cases these drugs do not work because they are not addressing the “root” of the problem.
I want to help YOU to realize what your underlying triggers or “roots” are in relation to your symptoms and potential chronic illness. I will utilize the latest tools available in functional medicine including include supplement protocols, nutritional recommendations, and lifestyle modifications to place you on a journey towards healing.
Our Functional Oncology treatment platform is based on The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) standards of practice which are aimed treating the whole person, not just symptoms, and targeting the root cause of disease. The same is true for functional oncology. We are not just interested in treating symptoms or cancer as a diagnosis with a drug or radiation treatment. The patient is seen in a holistic view, is fully considered in addressing imbalances in the body. There are very few practices in the country focusing on functional medicine and using it as a platform to treat cancer. The Hyperion Functional Medicine Functional Oncology Program through Hyperion Functional Medicine evolved out of Jen's clinical experience as a certified functional medicine provider at the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and the hands-on experience she had with her daughter during her cancer journey with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. We take the proactive steps identified by the IFM to diagnose and treat the root cause(s), then further dive into the research-based causes, contributors to the roots of cancer. Central to the program is understanding the cancer hallmarks which drive cancer occurrence and cancer cell production, then applying the roots of chronic disease to cancer manifestation. Functional oncology is being shown to impact cancer treatment outcomes and recovery when we look at our functional oncology treatment plans.