About Carpathia Collaborative
Carpathia Collaborative is centered around you, our client. We use our expertise to find the root causes of illness instead of just treating your symptoms. Through our comprehensive programs, we then move beyond disease guiding you towards the balanced wellness you’ve been yearning for. With your active participation and our collaboration, we will help you build resilience, vitality and well-being for a lifetime of vibrant health.
Our Core Values Of Care
An Integrative Approach
Rooted in our focus on participatory client care, it’s our mission to empower you with knowledge and collective wisdom to create health for yourself, no matter where you are right now.
Guided by our care team, you will embark on a whole systems, integrative, Functional Medicine approach to your wellness. Utilizing leading functional laboratory markers, genetics, nutritional analyses , and other assessment tools, we’ll design a personalized wellness program including smart lifestyle modifications, that will significantly improve your health and symptoms.
You’ll receive dedicated attention from our care team of doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, health coaches and nutritionists and others.
During your initial intake consultation, you will meet with one of our Functional Medicine intake coordinator nursing professionals to chart the course for your care, determine which diagnostic labs are most needed and be assigned to the most appropriate physician or other practitioner.
The subsequent treatment will be largely handled by our care team based on your individual needs, supervised by your physician.
No client is exactly the same, and yet there are common factors that affect your health- gastro intestinal function, nutritional deficiencies, toxin exposures, genetics and stress factors are just a few. Guided by our team, we will get to the root cause of your dis-ease – using diagnostic tests that your current doctor may not even know about.
We’ll explore your situation holistically, uncovering disrupting “mediators” in your home, at work, and emotional state to arrive at a “lifestyle prescription” that puts you back on the road to health.
Did you know that it takes on years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into the standard of care? At Carpathia Collaborative, our entire team is deeply committed to shortening that lag.
All our staff are life-long learners, continuously upgrading their knowledge by attending leading edge conferences, collaborating across specialties and seeking out innovative solutions to help our clients achieve their health goals. We strongly believe in keeping up-to-date with advancing in holistic health and food science, as well as any technology that can help patients heal more effectively.
Root Cause Resolution
Unlike traditional Western medical care, our team always focuses on root cause resolution – isolating key imbalances such as infections, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal disruption or imbalances, environmental toxins, and more that cause “dis-ease” symptoms that are typically diagnosed incorrectly.
The Functional Medicine approach seeks to help the client create health from the inside out, taking into account everything that may be creating illness, rather than just treating symptoms with drugs or surgeries that typically do not deal with the root cause(s).
Steady, regular support is one of the best ways to help our clients achieve desired health outcomes because facing and healing chronic illness has its challenges. We have seen, first hand, the power of community and personal connection at work to help individuals make the necessary habit changes that seem daunting when you are alone.
We leverage group structures for client education, peer-to-peer support, and accountability – with both your care team and your fellow clients rooting for your success as you follow you set out on your own personal healing journey.
About Dr. Christensen
Dr. Margaret Christensen is passionate about helping her clients create health through treating the root cause of illness and hormone imbalance. A challenging personal health journey led her to the science based, whole systems approach of Functional Medicine where she is passionate about educating clients and colleagues alike on how to heal the whole person.
As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (IFMCP), she currently serves as an associate faculty member for the Institute for Functional Medicine (FunctionalMedicine.org) where she teaches physicians and health care practitioners nationally and internationally on the role of environmental toxicants, epigenetics, nutrition, and lifestyle exposures on hormonal health and chronic complex disease.
About Dr. Heidi Iratcabal
Heidi Iratcabal, N.D., brings a great many talents to her work. At the center of her impressive credentials is a lifelong passion for the mind-body connection and she uses this to unlock each person’s unique ability to achieve optimal wellness and vitality.
A naturopathic practitioner, Dr. Iratcabal is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, board-certified by The American Alternative Medical Association, a Doctor of Pastoral Therapy, and a Certified Gluten Practitioner. Her interest in alternative medicine was heightened during her time as a professional athlete, and includes a focus on chronic disease, functional endocrinology, hormone balancing, chronic pain, and athletic performance.
The Philosophy That Drives Us
The philosophy that motivates everyone on our care teams at Carphathia Collaborative is pretty simple:
“Do whatever it takes to effectively, comfortably, and safely treat you, the patient.
Dr. Christensen and Dr. Iratcabal founded Carpathia Collaborative on the belief of participatory care where the client is an instrumental partner in returning their body back to health (or keeping it healthy). And that it’s not about pre-determined ideas about a diagnosis without a full understanding of a client’s situation.
That’s why the care team at Carpathia Collaborative will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting to the root cause of your gastrointestinal problems. In fact, the medical community finally realizes that all disease starts in the gut, and without taking the gut into account, no autoimmunity and inflammation processes can’t be addressed at the root cause.
We will integrate findings from the most recent research along with decades of knowledge that our team has accumulated. As it is stated in our Core Values of Care, you will always be first in line for innovative, integrative treatment methods that combine the best of Western and Eastern medicine.
About Carpathia Collaborative
Utilizing Functional Medicine principles, we have created a compassionate, 360 degree, science-based, leading edge approach to health at all levels. We educate and engage our clients to treat root causes of illness — moving beyond disease to build resilience, vitality and well-being.
Our practitioners work collaboratively on patient cases utilizing each member’s unique knowledge base to improve patient care and outcomes. We are able to provide a very comprehensive care package because our collaborative includes experts from a wide range of healing schools including a Functional Medicine physician, naturopathic doctor, integrative pharmacist, dietician, and a massage/physical therapist. Both Dr. Christensen and Dr. Iratcabal are of the few Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners in Dallas Forth Worth.
Take The First Step On Your Journey Back To Health
Functional Medicine gets to the root cause of your issues with the help of our experienced team of practitioners. Register as a new patient, on our patient portal and fill out a new patient questionnaire. Our admin team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment and jumpstart your journey back to health!