Gail Dawson NP
I had my first “crash” about a year after arriving in Colorado. I wasn’t sleeping well, very irritable, and had to take a nap in the afternoon because my energy was so low. This was so unlike me, I thought it might be my thyroid, but the doctor said my levels were “within normal limits”, so there was nothing to be done, except maybe an anti-depressant. I soon took my care into my own hands, and found out I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and very low levels of essential hormones. I began an autoimmune diet, took some supplements, and bio-identical medications, and slowly started to feel better….but not quite right.
I attributed my ongoing fatigue, poor sleep, and problems with finding the right word to getting older….until I dug a little deeper. I recalled that the first house I lived in since arriving, had a mold in it. And sure enough, when I tested myself for mycotoxins I was three to five times over the limit on three of them. This began another round supplements and medications that have helped greatly.
Because of my own health issues, I know that the initial symptoms of my patients are often not easily remedied with just a pill. I look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the client’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to any illness, and particularly mental illness.
University of Northern Colorado, Family Nurse Practitioner, certificate, 2017
University of Wyoming, MSN, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2010
University of Northern British Columbia, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, 2005
Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – ANCC
Institute of Functional Medicine – Board eligible for certification
Kalish School of Functional Medicine
Interfaith Minister, New Seminary, NY
Attunement Energy Work, Practitioner and Teacher
Chartered Professional Accountant – British Columbia, Canada
Colorado Nursing Association
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
Institute of Functional Medicine