Meet Our Functional Medicine Team

Dr. Dean Allen

Doctor of Chiropractic,
Masters in Functional Medicine and Nutrition

Dr. Dean Allen has over 20 years of clinical experience as a practitioner and health clinic owner. He received his doctorate in from Parker University in 1998 and completed a Master’s Program in Functional Medicine and Nutrition from the University of Western States in Oregon. He has personally witnessed firsthand how Functional Medicine has healed his patients and changed their lives.

Before opening his Functional Medicine practice, Dr. Allen invested years as a successful chiropractor helping thousands achieve better health. However, as stress and fatigue started affecting his health, and his family members received various diagnoses, Dr. Allen began researching how he could better help them. It was then that the concept of Functional Medicine came across his path and changed his life.

He immediately began applying the basic principles of Functional Medicine to his own life and his family. He closely watched his results and theirs as they started the healing journey of overcoming the glooming labels of autism, dyslexia, asthma, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other autoimmune diseases. These very personal challenges were catalysts in Dr. Allen’s choice to pursue adding Functional Medicine to his practice. Rest assured, Dr. Allen understands the struggles of his patients since he has lived through them himself.

His completed Master’s program has furthered his ability to provide better care and help his patients, by specifically including Functional Medicine principles in his practice. Implementing lifestyle changes such as nutrition, stress management, and gut health is the cornerstone that allows everyone to achieve their highest potential.

Dr. Allen believes that your diagnoses are not your destiny. He believes that you should have autonomy and control over your health and your body. Overall, Dr. Allen believes in listening, compassion, education, and support! He will be there every step of the way to guide you on your journey to healing and optimal health.

 

Haley Young 

Functional Medicine Nutritionist
BS Nutrition, Emphasis in Clinical Nutrition & Nutrition Science

Haley Young  is a Functional Medicine nutritionist with an extensive background in clinical nutrition and working one-on-one with patients and families of all ages. As a graduate of Kansas State University she holds her Bachelor’s in Human Nutrition with an emphasis in clinical nutrition and nutrition science. Haley has worked in various clinical settings to educate adults, children, and community shelters in need to help them change their lives through nutrition therapy.

“Over the course of four years working in hospitals, I realized that my work was to manage patients’ symtoms rather than healing them. For instance, in the hospitals we measured tube feedings for critically ill patients. I was counting carbs for diabetics but giving them graham crackers and grilled cheese sandwiches. I was limiting caffeine and salt for cardiac patients but giving them foods like garlic bread, rice pudding, and jell-o. We may have effectively controlled their blood sugar or blood pressure in the moment, but not doing anything for their gut health or inflammation. We weren’t teaching them how to heal and thrive on a metabolic level. Our meals, just like medications, were causing other “side effects” or even worse, leading them towards other long-term chronic problems. I realized you can’t just look at the surface numbers and categorize each patient into a special diet based on that. This realization is what led me to break out of the mold of the dietetic industry… and find Functional Medicine.”

At Grapevine Functional Medicine, Haley has been able to help patients heal themselves, get off medications, and improve their blood work through nutrition. In addition to nutrition counseling, education, and developing meal plans Haley customizes her approach for each patient based on their specific blood work. She incorporates meditation, affirmations, mindful eating and many other tools to encourage a healthy, sacred relationship to food.

Haley’s approach is focused on dietary and lifestyle modifications with an emphasis on whole, nutrient-dense foods. She uses various diagnostic tools such as specialty labs to evaluate the health of each patient’s gut, food sensitivities, systemic inflammation, autoimmunity and much more to customize a result-oriented program based on each patient’s goals.

“If you’re sitting on a tack, the answer is not to treat the pain with aspirin. The solution is to find the tack and remove it.” Dr. Sidney Baker

1202 William D. Tate Ave.
Grapevine, TX 76051