Learn More About Dr. Williams
My passion for vibrant health began at a very young age due to my having asthma. I was driven to find a way to restore my health so I could breathe with ease.
I was fortunate to have the foresight to go to the southwest and begin pre-med studies while earning a nursing degree. I then went on to study chiropractic and completed my studies at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon as a Chiropractic Physician, with the ability to serve as a primary care provider.
I also earned a Masters in Human Nutrition/Functional Medicine and am certified in classical Homeopathy.
My post graduate studies are in the field of genomics and functional immunology.
I am a volunteer with the Human Genome Project.
I am a 2017 TNP Academy Scholar with the Nantucket Project
My Story: How My Passion for Holistic Care
Uncovered the Cause of Cancer in My Family
I am from a small town in New Hampshire, a place where connections are valued, and business is done on a handshake. It is also a place where an individual’s vision of the future can influence many lives.
I was born with asthma and struggled to find my way to good health. I was fortunate enough to have a mom who found value in yoga and suggested I take classes to learn how to breathe correctly. With breathing came mindfulness, and with this came clarity as to the direction I would take in my life. At the age of 13, I decided that I would become a health practitioner. I wanted to practice the art and science of medicine in a holistic fashion, assessing the whole person; the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
This realization resulted in my drive to figure out what was causing the cancer. Initially, I thought it could be just bad luck, a poor diet, contaminated water, birth control pills, or stress. I provided my mom a road map for good health through nutritional medicine. When she developed her second cancer, I was distraught. What was missing in her health care? What follow up care should she be receiving? Health care in a small town often lags behind large academic hospitals in metropolitan areas. Moreover, medicine was still being practiced in silos so that connections regarding familial illnesses were not being made.
My curiosity led me to The Personal Genome Project which was founded in 2005. It is dedicated to creating a public genome containing health and trait data. I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a participant and publicly share my personal data for the greater good - I would be a citizen scientist. I anxiously awaited my genome report. It did not show a gene for any cancer. I was new to the genomic world and thought perhaps the analysis wasn't accurate. It was around this same time my mom developed her 3rd cancer to which she finally succumbed. I felt strongly that this could have been prevented if we had more clinical data and a way to provide better screening. This cluster of cancers in our family could not merely be the result of bad luck.
Within that year my cousin and sister developed their second cancers. I requested that their tumors be genetically sequenced. The MLH1 gene, often referred to as Lynch Syndrome, was found and with it, the answer to my own personal quest. Lynch Syndrome leads to early onset uterine and colon cancer.
We now know the gene our family carried from generation to generation. The mystery behind the cancers that had taken many of my family members was now uncovered. I only wish my mother had known.
My journey to becoming a functional medicine doctor has been a deeply personal one. It has inspired me to become a healthcare practitioner who thinks out of the box and continues to ask why in my search for answers. Furthermore, it has made me believe in my vision and has always kept me curious. One person’s vision can touch many lives.