Rhonda Jolliffe NP, MSN, FNP-BC, CTNC
Rhonda Jolliffe NP, MSN, FNP-BC, CTNC : Wife, Mother, Nurse Practitioner, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Clinical Instructor, Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, Pilates Instructor, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Specialist, Thermography Specialist, Entrepreneur.
My nursing career began in Intensive Care and progressed to Emergency and Trauma. At that time I never thought anything else would interest me. I loved it.
After 8 years as a nurse, I decided to return graduate school to pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree. During my graduate program, a guest lecturer spoke on “Homeopathy”. Lightning struck. It was at that moment she said some things that forever changed the way I thought. My world in medicine as I knew it, was never the same.
I started studying Holistic and Integrative Medicine, and could not get enough of it. It became my passion and it didn’t take long to realize for me, this was how I wanted to practice. I felt this was the BEST MEDICINE.
I transitioned to the study of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease. It uses a systems-oriented approach. This approach engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine. It addresses true healthcare needs of the 21st century and my patients.
Today, Functional Medicine is the foundation of my practice. My private practice of 16 years thrives because my patients search for answers. Our health care system fails them. The patients that enter my clinic look for empowerment to take care of their own health. They don’t want to rely on medications to band aide a problem.
I treated and cared for menopausal women for years. Until I went through this experience, I didn’t get it. Now, I understand. Boy, do I ever!
What is an NP?
What sets NPs apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.
NPs are more than just health care providers; they are mentors, educators, researchers, and administrators. Their involvement in professional organizations and participation in health policy activities at the local, state, national, and international levels helps to advance the role of the NP and ensure that professional standards are maintained.