Gretchen Reis, M.D. is the Medical Director of the North Carolina Hormone Institute and an esteemed member of the BodyLogicMD network of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Reis is passionate about medicine and her patients, working in partnership with each patient as she helps them discover optimal wellness
It was her devotion to her patients that led her to leave traditional medicine and join the growing field of functional medicine, where she can address health from a whole body, preventive perspective and uncover the root cause of disease rather than simply managing symptoms. Before Dr. Reis made the transition to functional medicine, she grew frustrated with primary care practices. She didn’t really have the opportunity to use the tools that truly help patients find healing, such as nutritional guidance, targeted supplements, and healthy lifestyle changes. So, in 2009 after Dr. Reis was introduced to the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, she began to incorporate bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) into her practice, making the transition from traditional medicine to functional medicine.
With BHRT in her arsenal, Dr. Reis witnessed men and women of all ages experience bountiful health and a vastly improved lifestyle. In many cases, her patients were able to reduce or eliminate use of prescription medications and enjoy all the benefits of optimal health. This is the driving force behind Dr. Reis’ practice: she believes in creating a partnership with each patient to focus on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and then employ bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to achieve and maintain balance and function throughout the body.
Dr. Reis has found that practicing functional medicine makes her a better doctor because she no longer has to focus only on managing symptoms —now, she can “truly get to the root cause of symptoms” and harness a power beyond what traditional medicine can provide.
Today, Dr. Reis takes a preventive approach to medicine, delivering solutions for long term health and the highest quality of life. She joined the BodyLogicMD family in 2013 and began her practice at the North Carolina Hormone Institute where she embraces the added time she gets with each patient to address everything that stands between that patient and optimal health.
She has had the honor of being a guest speaker on the amazing abilities of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at a primary care conference. Dr. Reis sets an example to her patients by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and running regularly for exercise.
Dr. Reis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received the AMA/Glaxo Leadership Award during her time there. Dr. Reis is currently an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Erin grew up in Rhode Island as an athlete and avid Patriots fan. Growing up she was a competitive dancer and long-distance runner throughout high school. Her love of sports led her to pursue a career in the medical field. She graduated from nursing school at the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and moved to South Carolina where she began her career as an intensive care nurse. Erin quickly fell in love with the south, as well as cardiac nursing, and moved to Charleston, South Carolina where she spent most of her career working in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at the medical center of The Medical University of South Carolina. After caring for critically ill patients for many years, she realized she wanted to focus on more preventative approaches which ultimately led her to pursue a Nurse Practitioner graduate degree at Maryville University, where she graduated Sigma Theta Tau in 2016.
After graduation and eight long years as a bedside ICU nurse, Erin made a change and began working with the geriatric population in acute and long-term facilities, but still felt compelled to do more to help people prevent chronic diseases from forming.
Her love of sports and wellness led her to a position in physical medicine and rehab where she worked with an array of patients experiencing musculoskeletal injuries. Erin gained extensive experience utilizing PRP and stem cell to heal soft tissue injuries and joint pain, as well as trigger point and hyaluronic acid injections. She also helped coach patients on their weight loss journey and worked with men receiving testosterone hormone replacement therapy. This is where her interest in hormones and integrative medicine began.
In pursuit of more knowledge, Erin found the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (A4M), where she gained extensive training in anti-aging, metabolic, and functional medicine and was introduced to Dr. Reis and the BodyLogicMD family. Their combined passion for helping others was an instant match, and Erin was honored to join Dr. Reis in practice. She also sought out courses with the Aesthetics Medical Educators Training in Botox and filler injections and has since fallen in love with medical aesthetics.
They say that things happen for us and not to us – and Erin truly believes that. After being diagnosed with a chronic illness in the Spring of 2018, Erin became even more interested in integrative medicine and other non-conventional approaches to wellness. She dedicates her career to helping others feel, look and live their best, and is passionate about helping patients get to the root of their illness and correct the underlying issues that keep them from having a high quality of life. Erin pairs her personal experience, knowledge of the GI system and years of experience to provide patients with the most comprehensive and tailored treatment plan possible. Through her journey, Erin continues to set an example for her patients that true healing is possible.
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