Tracey O’Shea is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) who graduated from Samuel Merritt University with a Master’s degree in Nursing. She became board certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was first introduced to Functional Medicine in 2013, when she began her journey through the Institute for Functional Medicine’s certification program. She has trained with the Kresser Institute (ADAPT) program and is an IFM Certified Practitioner.
Tracey chose to become a nurse practitioner because it provided her the opportunity to help patients gain control of their health and become active participants in life. Seeing people enjoy every aspect of their health is rewarding. Studying and practicing functional medicine has given her additional tools to ensure that patients get the individualized, comprehensive treatment they deserve.
Tracey finds that communication is key for all successful and sustainable relationships. She tries to emphasize this with her patients during the first encounter, so that they understand what makes functional medicine different than conventional medicine. She listens carefully to the patient, especially as they discuss their needs and how they fit into a comprehensive, individualized health plan. Tracey hopes that she gives her patients motivation to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Her goal is to help them understand the pivotal role they themselves play in designing and carrying out their treatment plan for health optimization. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the California Center for Functional Medicine and is honored to be part of this journey.