Heather Wheeler L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
After studying nutrition at Arizona State University and preparing to enter the pharmaceutical field, Heather was involved in a car accident that left her with pain. At the advice of her MD, a few relaxing and painless acupuncture treatments quickly resolved her pain. She then continued the treatments to manage chronic endometriosis. Acupuncture and some nutritional changes proved to be very effective and allowed her to avoid medications. That experience taught her that pain is not something to be ignored and masked, but should be explored and treated at the source. After all, it is our body's "check engine light!"
Functional Medicine would quickly become a passion when Heather struggled with secondary fertility issues. Not one to sit back and wait for answers, she pursued information. That's when she discovered she had a genetic mutation known as MTHFR. After consulting with experts in the field of genetics, and undergoing another round of diet and lifestyle change, Heather completed her family with a second son. At that point, she knew functional medicine and wellness had to be an essential part of patient care and is constantly pursuing this rapidly evolving area of wellness.
Heather attended Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in Phoenix, AZ. Completion of a Masters of Science degree, and becoming certified with the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), makes Wheeler Acupuncture and Functional Wellness one of only a small handful of advanced qualified Acupuncturists in the St. Louis, MO, area.
Heather and her family and live in St. Peters, MO. They love food, fun, and being outside as much as possible. She looks forward to raising boys who can cook and read food labels, and who understand that they are not destined for illness, but instead have the power every single day to make the decisions that can, and will, affect their health in a positive way.
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Jenny Andrade NP-C
Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner
After being inspired to pursue a degree in nursing, Jenny attended William Jewell College and obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing. She then proceeded to work for just over five years in the in intensive care unit, a rapidly changing environment where she treated and cared for individuals with life threatening conditions. During her time working in the ICU she was disheartened by how many of her patients had chronic diseases that had progressed and become life threatening. She decided to return to school and pursue her masters degree to help better prevent patients from needing an ICU admission, and to focus on wellness.
Jenny attended Walden University, where she obtained her Masters of Nursing. She completed certification with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and become a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Since then has been providing care the last several years to those with minor ailments and illnesses, but still did not feel as though she was helping individuals achieve a true level of wellness.
Being a lifelong learner, and not being satisfied at her former job, Jenny did her own research on how she could better help individuals lead a more healthful life. Through that research, she discovered functional medicine; this in turn allowed Jenny to focus on truly getting to the root cause of the problem and help individuals lead a healthy and more fulfilling life. Through the School of Applied Functional Medicine, Jenny continues to further her knowledge by engaging with colleagues, reading research articles and diving deep into complex medical conditions.
Jenny and her husband live in St. Louis, MO. They love traveling, trying different cuisines, spending time with family, and playing overly complex board games. She enjoys helping people to make small changes in their everyday life that can lead to long term success, and help individuals take back control of their health.