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Exploring Life & Business with Dani Williamson of Integrative Family Medicine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dani Williamson.

Hi Dani, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am the owner of Integrative Family Medicine and Wild & Well a Wellness Emporium in Franklin, TN. I focus on gut, autoimmune thyroid (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is my passion), hormone, and adrenal health with my patients. My approach embodies a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual process to healing. I believe that God designed our bodies to heal themselves, we simply must give our bodies what they need. I teach my patients that we are not designed to break down in our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or even 70’s. I stress the importance of eating real food, as well as cleaning up the environment around us one step at a time. I incorporate the art of medicine by balancing traditional and integrative therapies. I encourage my patients to step out of the realm of “normal” and reach “optimal” health.

I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in 1985. I struggled with chronic itching of my arms and legs for several years and was diagnosed with lupus in my early 30s. Not surprisingly, I was prescribed psych medications to manage my emotions. Not once was I ever told: “your diet controls your pain” or asked, “what are you eating” by the 10 specialists I saw over 24 years. I continued eating a Standard American Diet as my symptoms progressed and taking prescriptions to treat the symptoms and never the root cause. It wasn’t until I began practicing integrative medicine in my first job after graduating from Vanderbilt University as a nurse practitioner that I was educated on the importance of healing the gut. My story of healing is an inspiration and source of hope to my patients.

I am a speaker at various conferences and workshops where I lead discussions on adrenal, thyroid, hormone, gut, and brain health. I’m on the board of Middle Tennessee chapter of the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention and believe strongly in addressing issues of adverse childhood trauma and its relation to overall long-term health conditions. I am a single mother of two grown children and attend Brentwood Baptist Church. I love traveling and participating in medical mission work.

My first book, Wild & Well: Dani’s Six Commonsense Steps to Radical Healing is being released November 9, 2021. I believe that your health is not rocket science, and healing shouldn’t be either.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it was anything but a smooth road! I was a single mother raising two children while putting myself through nurse practitioner school.  I was barely making it on food stamps and sheer will! During this time, I was suffering the symptoms of IBS, lupus, urticaria, and depression. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Integrative Family Medicine is a medical practice that is dedicated to digging deeper, truly listening to the patient’s story and partnering with the patient to find the root cause of their illness. I focus on gut health, reducing inflammation, thyroid health (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is my passion), balancing hormones and improving adrenal health with my patients.

My approach embodies a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual process to healing. I stress the importance of eating real food, as well as cleaning up the environment around us one step at a time. Right next door to Integrative Family Medicine I opened Wild & Well a Wellness Emporium. It is a comprehensive supplement store open to the public six days a week. It was my vision to open a wellness emporium encompassing not only vitamins and supplements but also clean everyday products ranging from candles to skincare. I run a monthly support group for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients. My practice offers lunch and learns at the office. I have a weekly Facebook Live show on Sunday evening’s named Sunday Night Service which addresses various health topics. I am also the founder of a Facebook community that continues to grow monthly with members from across the world that are dedicated to healing their bodies from the INSIDE OUT: Inside-Out Healing from Within. I have a book being released on November 9th, 2021 called “Wild and Well: Dani’s Six Commonsense Steps to Radical Healing.”

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Resiliency along with my tenacity and refusal to give up in my healing journey.

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