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Rachel Pollack, RN, BSN

Rachel Pollack, RN, BSN“I was inspired to become a nurse after all of the hardships that I dealt with in regards to my health condition. When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with a genetic chronic pain syndrome (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) after a fall at school. My whole life was flipped upside down. I did not walk for over 6 months; therefore, I couldn’t participate in sports, and my grades were not keeping up as I would have liked.

My parents took me to doctors all over the country and I went through multiple therapy sessions, and was on a high dosages of medication. I wasn’t myself. My parents found a program in Chicago (Rehab Institute of Chicago) that combined conventional medicine with functional medicine (something that we were not familiar with). The combination of the two is something that I needed all along.

With that I met some amazing doctors and nurses along the way that I am still in contact with to this day. They changed my life and changed my whole outlook on what health care should be like and what kind of nurse I aspired to be.”

A Background in Health Care

Because of them I was able to obtain a college volleyball scholarship to Robert Morris University where I studied my Associates of Nursing Science. While I was there I did an externship at Illinois Cancer Center where I was exposed to chemotherapy treatments, as well as bone marrow aspirations. I then went on to Methodist College and soon after obtained my Bachelor of Nursing Science.

The best part about my job is being able to respect conventional medicine and respect my education while being able to step outside the box and treat patients from a different perspective. I am living proof that the combination of functional medicine and conventional medicine helped me get better and achieve goals that I had for myself.

Today I am able to travel around the country and participate in seminars with other health professionals. My nursing education is my foundation but I am continuously able to grow and expand my knowledge in functional medicine, which helps me work with my type-II diabetic patients.

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