Dr. West is an amazing provider of functional and lifestyle medicine. Her years of experience in nephrology and allopathic medicine coupled with her functional medicine training is unique in our practice. She truly practices what she preaches and helps patients with their whole life approach to care by focusing on treating the root cause and not just the symptoms. We are so lucky to have her.
Dr. West’s education, medical training and professional career have taken her from Erie, Pennsylvania where she obtained her undergraduate degree from Gannon University to Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia where she received her medical education. Following completion of medical school, Dr. West settled in Pittsburgh for internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital followed by a fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She spent over twenty five years practicing Nephrology in southwestern PA. Dr. West is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and served as medical director of a dialysis clinic in Washington, PA.
From her years of work caring for those with chronic health conditions, Dr West developed a passion for prevention of chronic disease. This led Dr West to begin implementing principles of lifestyle medicine well over a decade ago. Dr. West became actively involved with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and through it discovered Functional Medicine which incorporates lifestyle intervention at its foundation. Dr. West embraces the combined strategies of traditional and functional medicine as a means to prevent, treat and even reverse many of the same diseases she treated for many years. Her broad experience in treating complex medical conditions combined with a functional medicine approach provides Dr. West with a unique perspective. She is eager to share this approach with patients to optimize their healthspan and add life to their years.
Professionally, Dr West is a member of Institute of Functional Medicine, ILADS and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Outside the office setting, Dr. West loves spending time with her family including her children, grandchildren and grandpets. She likes to cook for family and friends and is an amateur gardener.