Adapt180 Health Practitioners
Chris Kresser MS, LAc
Founder and Health Director
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., is a renowned expert, leading clinician, and top educator in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health, and the New York Times-bestselling author of The Paleo Cure. Listed among the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, he was awarded “Best Inspirational Voice” and “Best Health & Wellness Website” by Paleo magazine in 2019. His latest book is Unconventional Medicine.
During a decade-long struggle with chronic illness, Chris learned firsthand where healthcare mattered most—and where it came up short. After seeking the help of more than 30 healthcare practitioners and, ultimately, having to learn and implement behavioral change on his own with limited support, Chris emerged with his health—and a vision and drive for changing and improving the practice and education of Functional Medicine.
Chris founded the Kresser Institute in 2015 to provide the next generation of Functional Health practitioners and coaches with the skills and tools they need to turn the tide of chronic disease—and change the future of medicine. Through the Kresser Institute, Chris created and launched the ADAPT Practitioner and Health Coach Training Programs, and he and his team have trained over 2,000 health professionals around the world in his unique approach.
In spring of 2020, largely in response to COVID-19, Chris decided to move on from his position of co-founder and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine to develop Adapt180 Health: a revolutionary new membership-based Functional Medicine practice and health transformation service.
As his legions of fans and avid readers can attest, Chris remains tireless in his efforts to share evidence-based insights from trusted sources and world-renowned health practitioners and coaches—through his blogs, guides, webcasts, interviews, and his podcast, Revolution Health Radio. He has appeared regularly in the media, including The Dr. Oz Show and Fox & Friends, as well as top-rated health podcasts, such as The Broken Brain, The Doctor’s Farmacy, and The Ultimate Health Podcast.
Chris lives in Utah with his wife and daughter.
Tracey O’Shea MSN, FNP-C, IFMCP
Health Assistant Director
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 knew there had to be another way to help patients reach their long-term health goals. She has completed the Kresser Institute ADAPT Practitioner Training Program and is an IFM Certified Practitioner. She began her Functional Medicine career working at a Functional Medicine pain management practice for four years.
Tracey has been by Chris’s side, helping patients in their health journey at the California Center for Functional Medicine since 2016. She manages her own patients in addition to working closely with Chris and his patients.
While she has experience managing a variety of chronic health conditions, she has particular experience with and training in:
- Digestive problems and food intolerances
- Low immune function, allergies, asthma
- Heavy metal toxicity/detoxification
- Biotoxin illness/Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Hormone imbalances (adrenal, thyroid, sex hormones)
- Metabolic problems (weight, blood sugar, blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Fatigue, low energy, and poor sleep
- Cognitive and neurological disorders
- Any of the above conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders like ASD and ADHD in the pediatric population
Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two boxer dogs. They enjoy hiking, camping in their travel trailer, outdoor patio gatherings, wine tasting, visiting restaurants, and spending time with friends.
Jessica Montalvo, MD, IFMCP
Jessica Montalvo is a physician certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004. She completed an internal medicine residency at Northwestern in 2007. After nearly 10 years of hospital and home-based practice, she found herself drawn to Functional Medicine and its personalized approach to addressing the root causes of chronic illness. She completed the certification pathway through the Institute for Functional Medicine and passed the exam in November 2019. Additionally, she pursued training with the Kresser Institute ADAPT) Practitioner Training Program. Jessica has an interest in the prevention and reversal of cognitive decline. She completed the IFM advanced practice module focusing on the protocol pioneered by Dr. Dale Bredesen. She started her own practice, Mindwise Healthcare, in February 2020. Her other clinical interests include women’s health and hormone balance for longevity.
Jessica is a diehard foodie. She loves to cook and sample amazing food of all types. She is also co-lead of the Chicago branch of the Bourbon Women Association.
Lisa Deptula, MMS, PA-C, IFMCP
Lisa Deptula is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a Masters of Medical Science (MMS) from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. After graduation, Lisa practiced in dermatology until 2014 when she discovered the benefits of using a functional medicine approach to get to the underlying root cause of an individual’s health condition. Lisa has since completed advanced training in functional medicine including the Kresser Institute ADAPT Practitioner Training Program, for which she now serves as a TA, and is an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certified Practitioner. Additionally, she is currently enrolled in the ADAPT Health Coach Training Program.
She has been working directly with Chris and the team at CCFM for the past several years. She utilizes a personalized approach that combines emerging science with conventional medicine, and incorporates the whole body into the equation, to help prevent and reverse disease and achieve long-lasting optimal health. She supports members in individual appointments in addition to working closely with Chris and the team at Adapt180 Health.
Lisa has experience and training in: GI disorders (such as irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO, and food intolerances), hormone imbalance (adrenal and thyroid), fatigue, metabolic concerns, lipid disorders, autoimmune disorders, mast cell activation syndrome, detoxification, environmental illness, and preventing and reversing cognitive decline with the Bredesen protocol.
In her free time, you can often find Lisa trying out new recipes, reading, or participating in outdoor activities such as hiking or playing tennis. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Allie Nowak, PA-C
Allie Nowak is a board-certified Physician Assistant who graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She was first introduced to Functional Medicine in 2011 during her capstone undergraduate internship with Dr. Terry Wahls; she experienced firsthand the impact a therapeutic diet and lifestyle can have on patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The experience not only was eye opening, but forever changed the way she wished to approach her patient’s care. After completing her graduate school coursework, a year of Primary Care, and transitioning to OBGYN, she decided to pursue Functional Medicine training given the gap she saw in standard medical care. She has completed the Kresser Institute ADAPT Practitioner Training Program as well as advanced training through A4M in “A Metabolic and Functional Approach to Endocrinology”. She began her Functional Medicine career in OBGYN; however, her practice quickly expanded beyond hormone imbalances to include gastrointestinal issues, poor sleep, fatigue, metabolic problems, and autoimmune disease.
Allie currently resides in Minnesota and enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two Miniature Goldendoodles. In her free time, hiking, camping, cooking, traveling, weightlifting, and spending time with friends brings joy to her life.
Adapt180 Health Nutritionists
Danielle Dellaquila, MS, CN
Danielle has a Master’s degree in Nutrition, is a Certified Nutritionist with the state of Washington and has 19 years of experience. She’s spent the last four years in the Functional Medicine world with a specialty in healthy gut function. Danielle completed the 12-month ADAPT Level 1 Practitioner Training with Kresser Institute in 2017. She has also done advanced training in Functional and Nutritional Blood Chemistry with the Metabolic Healing Institute and has completed the Bioindividual Nutrition for practitioners course. Danielle has recently sat for her Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam and is anxiously awaiting the results.
Her favorite part of her job is playing detective and helping folks discover the root cause of their health issues and strategizing ways to use nutrition to accelerate their healing process.
Fun Fact: Danielle’s personal “secret formula” for staying sane and healthy includes hiking, beach-going, and dancing!
Lindsay Christensen, MS, CNS
With a B.S. in Biomedical Science and an M.S. in Human Nutrition, Lindsay has been working in the Functional Medicine space for four years. After working hard to fulfill the rigorous requirements of the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS), she also earned her Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential and has been working directly with nutrition clients for two years.
Her favorite part of working with clients is helping them expand their diets and deepen their positive relationship with food.
Fun Fact: Lindsay loves being outdoors in the mountains and enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and trail running.
Jill Sheppard Davenport, MS, MPP, CNS, NBC-HWC, LN, LDN
Jill has Masters’ degrees in Nutrition from MUIH and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. With 1,000 hours of hands-on training, she also became a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), has trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine, and completed advanced training in nutrition for mental health, medical herbalism, nutritional genomics, mindfulness meditation, and suicide prevention.
Her favorite part of her work is witnessing symptoms like pain, mood instability, foggy thinking, insomnia, and gut health problems fall away and become replaced by energy and stamina, new hobbies and abilities, and a new-found appreciation for nourishing food.
Fun Fact: Jill has never been stung by a bee!
Adapt180 Health – Health Coaches
Louise Buckley, A-CFHC, NBC-HWC
In addition to her A-CFHC certification, Louise is proud to be a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). In her first full-time coaching role, she was also recognized as the “Coach to Call Out” among a team of over 1,000 coaches.
A former music teacher, a vocal cord injury led to a period of rest and reflection and a decision to make a big shift. Louise enrolled in and completed the ADAPT Health Coaching Training Program and hasn’t looked back!
Her favorite part of being a coach are the moments when she’s able to ask powerful questions, which elicit true a-ha moments and give her clients inspiration or clarity about their next steps.
Fun Fact: Louise earned a black belt in Karate at the age of 13.
Erica Evans, A-CFHC
Erica completed her training and certification through the Kresser Institute’s ADAPT Health Coach Training Program. She is currently also completing a two-year Fertility Awareness Educator certification. Prior to health coaching, she worked in the local food industry—first in organic farmer education and professional development, then in local food distribution.
Her favorite part of health coaching is holding space to encourage growth, empathy, and self-connection, working through challenges, and celebrating the achievements (no matter how big or small).
Fun Fact: In her “former life,” Erica worked as a freelance costume designer for TV, dance, theater, and film in New York City.
Adapt180 Health Practice Manager
Kristi has 15+ years of experience running medical/dental practices. Her degrees are in business administration and computer science. She provides excellent service and compassionate care to our members. Kristi suffers from multiple chronic illnesses, so she has a deep understanding of the journey that our Adapt180 Health members are on. She loves helping people, so the fact that she gets to do that on a daily basis makes her extremely happy! She has the unique skill of being able to find a typo or a grammatical error in almost anything she reads!
Fun Fact: She was a 3-sport athlete in high school and played softball in college.
Adapt180 Health Practice Assistant Manager
Laura has worked with Chris for over five years and worked at an orthopedic surgery practice for five years prior to that. She does her best to support people “where they are” and help them understand the treatment we recommend so they can take steps toward their health goals. She feels grateful that she gets to share her passion for wellness and Functional Medicine through her work every day. “Talking to others about something you love never feels like ‘work!’”
Laura has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a B.A. in psychology and sociology. She is a life-long learner, always looking to learn new skills, see new places, and educate herself on new topics!
Fun Fact: Laura dabbles in three languages besides English (some better than others!). She loves traveling and her favorite place she’s been is Spain. She’s ready to head back for a third time soon!
Adapt180 Health Member Care Coordinators
Jen has worked with Chris and Tracey at the California Center for Functional Medicine for the past two and a half years. She aims to be as thorough as possible when reviewing notes with members and answering their questions. There is a lot of information to process and she likes to make it as easy as possible to understand it.
Her favorite part of her job is making a personal connection with our members and helping them understand that we are always here to help. Jen is very detail oriented and always provides excellent customer service.
Fun Fact: She loves to make concoctions with essential oils. Anything from salves to bug spray. They are always her go-to!
Pilar’s background is in administration and writing. She helps people improve their health by advocating for nutrient density and movement. Her favorite part of her job is that she’s passionate about what Adapt180 Health represents and that she’s part of a team that seeks to treat the root cause of illness.
Fun Fact: Pilar loves seeking the beautiful things in life and writing about them.
Abby’s background is in retail management and buying for an online retailer. She is a health coach and through her health journey has helped people think about their own health differently. She believes modeling positive changes in diet, sleep hygiene, exercise, and emotional well-being can drastically change your life. She has always been passionate about helping others and is excited that her career now aligns with that!
Fun Fact: Abby enjoys learning new things, reading nonfiction, hiking, gardening, and grounding herself in nature.
For the past seven years, Brooke has owned her own photography business and worked in customer service. She spent her entire life in a small town outside the Phoenix, Arizona area and then spent a few years cooling off from the heat in Colorado. She’s back in the desert now with her husband and pets to be closer to family and friends.
After discovering her passion for health and wellness, she joined the Adapt180 Health team to help others on their journey to feeling their absolute best through Functional Medicine by creating a smooth workflow in their experience with Adapt180. With a type A personality, she loves the organization and structure of tasks. Being able to connect with the patients and make sure they feel welcomed and comfortable in their experience is another favorite! She holds a B.S. in Business Management Entrepreneurship.
Fun Fact: Brooke grew up on a farm and had horses, cows, emus, turtles, pigs, goats, cats, and dogs.
Adapt180 Health New Member Advisor
Prior to her time at Adapt180 Health, Kathrine spent five years working in college admissions. In this role, she worked with high school students to guide them through the college application and enrollment process. While working in higher education she pursued a graduate degree in health psychology and a certification in functional nutrition.
She wants people to feel welcome and comfortable from day one. “The commitment to invest in your health is a big step!” She is here to counsel and guide members throughout the nerves and excitement of getting started. She feels very aligned with the approach and mission that Adapt180 Health takes and is excited to share the benefits of Functional Medicine and lead people to a program that’s going to make a huge positive impact.
Her favorite part of her job is working for a company that’s creating powerful and positive change in the world. She holds a Master’s degree in health psychology and a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) certification.
Fun Fact: She loves to draw and paint! One of her favorite things to do in her free time is to go to the mountains and paint nature scenery.