Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like. [Want to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com (More about the author, Amy Fortier: A short interview]
This week I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Court Vreeland MS, DC, DACNB, Owner and Clinic Director at The Vreeland Clinic
I’m a functional medicine and functional neurology doctor who specializes in getting to the root cause of why someone is sick. I use the best of nutrition, neurology, manual therapy, and lifestyle management to get results where others have failed.
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
My wellness philosophy is simple; make wellness a lifestyle. Once your lifestyle is dedicated to wellness, feeling and being well is automatic.
How did you get to where you are now?
Education. I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours educating myself, both in school and out, on the human body and how it works. Continuing to educate myself has allowed me to help patients with complex health conditions that no one else has been able to help.
What makes you unique in your field?
The combination of training I’ve had in functional medicine, functional neurology, and manual therapy sets my clinic apart from others. We use these techniques to help people with a wide range of conditions.
What's your go to meal for: breakfast, snacks/sweets, lunch, dinner, beverage?
My go-to meal for breakfast is simple - chop up some onions, throw in a handful of grape tomatoes and a big handful of baby spinach and cook it down. Drop 3 eggs on top and pan scramble it all together. It’s quick and healthy.
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
I really love Molly’s
in Hanover. I usually get the fire roasted vegetable salad with the addition of steak, an avocado, and some feta cheese. Delicious!
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
I’d probably head to Hannaford’s and get an apple and buy some almond butter packets to eat with it.
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
You have to meet people where they are. You cannot force someone into being healthier. However, you can help them make small improvements that they are ready for, which over time lead to huge improvements.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
This is a mantra that I like to use in practice: “If you can’t fix your patients so they can have a hot dog and a beer at the game once in a while, you haven’t really fixed them.” This was said by a great doctor and teacher who has since passed away, but imparted a lot of knowledge to a lot of great doctors.
Who or what gives you inspiration?
When I see a patient with a years-long history of debilitating symptoms get better, it inspires me to learn even more so we can help more people achieve true wellness.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
I wish all of my patients would take more time for themselves. Too often they are rushed and scheduled to the point where there’s no time for them to eat well, move, and enjoy life. There are the things that lead to disease.
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
First and foremost - make it a lifestyle. Second, be consistent with that lifestyle. If your habits are healthy ones, you’ll always fall back to those habits. If you only make temporary changes, you’ll fall back into those old and unhealthy habits.
How do you make better bad decisions?
Great question! We all make bad dietary/lifestyle decisions from time to time. To limit the damage, don’t make it a habit. A burger and French fries at a fair isn’t going to kill you. But a burger and fries every night eventually will.
Where can people learn more about you?
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