When you want to get healthier, many people will give you advice on how to go about it. When they suggest alternative forms of medicine, you probably disregard it and rely on traditional methods. That’s also what Dr. Corey Priest from In2Great Health Clinic in Corporate Woods used to do.
Priest was an athlete growing up and played baseball at Northwest Missouri State University. He had a passion for medicine and wanted to become a surgeon initially the decided to pursue the field of a physical therapist. One of his teammates was studying to be a chiropractor, which Priest dismissed as not “real” medicine at the time.
“I used to give him a hard time about what chiropractors did. But the more I talked to him, I started to realize it made sense,” said Priest. “Over time, I fell in love with what chiropractors stood for and eventually changed my focus to pursuing this field.”
After graduating, Priest bought an existing chiropractic practice in Independence, MO. He soon knew he needed to do more to help his patients than just performing traditional adjustments.
“Once I started working with people, I noticed they kept coming back in with the same problems,” said Priest. “I discovered there was something deeper causing an imbalance in their bodies, which led me to functional medicine.”
Priest said the secret to functional medicine is not only having a comprehensive understanding of the bodies inner workings and symmetry but most importantly is spending time with each patient to listening to their story. He says an outward symptom, like chronic pain, oftentimes may actually be the result of a bigger internal problem.
“All doctors want to help people, but most have rules and regulations restricting the type of care they can provide,” said Priest. “Functional medicine allows us to peel back layers to find the root cause of the problem in ways traditional medicine can’t.”
Priest wondered if functional medicine could also benefit athletes. To find out, he returned to his athletic roots and put his own body through rigorous workouts while implementing his functional medicine approach. In 2014, he hired a coach and started competing in triathlons in 2015.
“It forced me to look at my own body, and it was clear that other athletes suffer from the same imbalances I had at first,” said Priest. “Through experiencing the trials and tribulations elite athletes go through, I discovered a void in what they are doing to help themselves.”
Just as Priest was skeptical of his teammate’s ideas about chiropractic medicine, Priest says athletes are usually hesitant when he discusses his methods. Once they see his progress, they become believers. This has naturally led Priest really look into putting together a program for elite athletes of all disciplines. He has been putting this together over the past year and will be releasing early part of 2017.
“I’ve been practicing what I preach by pushing my body to an insane limit,” said Priest. “I believe all athletes can benefit from functional medicine by examining what’s going on with their bodies and making proper adjustments to the imbalances to increase their performance.”
To raise awareness about the clinic’s services, Priest hosts free classes and always offers a free 10-15 minute discussion to see if a functional medicine approach is a good fit. He believes Corporate Woods is the perfect location for his practice.
“Corporate Woods is in a central location, easily accessible for our patients,” said Priest. “Stoltz management has been a huge help, and we appreciate their work.”
He says the public’s perception of functional medicine is changing and education will help more people understand how this is the medicine of the future.
“We are seeing people respond to what we do, and they are referring us to their friends and family,” said Priest. “Our goal is to build long-term relationships with our patients, and help them live a healthier and happier life.”
In2Great Health Clinic is located at 8717 W. 110th St. Suite 270, Overland Park, KS 66210. Call them at (913) 906-7787 or visit their website to find out how they can help you!