As you may have heard, our AMC family grew with the addition of Allison Gray, MS, FNP. She will be joining Dr. Bedecs in treating patients in men’s and women’s health, functional medicine, sexual health and much more. Beyond her scope of practice, we wanted to get to know Allison a little better. Check out our Q&A where we dive into some fun facts about Allison!
Q: A little birdie told us you love martial arts and boxing. Can you tell us what you love about the sports?
A: I actually met Dr. Bedecs through an evaluation for a boxing match! I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. I love training because there is always something new to learn and improve on and most of all it requires complete focus. It allows me to be totally present in what I am doing. MMA forces you to face your areas of weakness and fear and work to overcome them. It is similar to yoga, but with more actionable movements.
Q: Follow up – as an athlete, do you try to stick to a nutrition plan?
A: I eat fairly “healthy” in general. I consume very little refined flour and sugar, no dairy or processed foods. If I’m being honest, I should be eating more protein than I do! I try to pay attention to my energy and stamina and make sure I’m getting better nutrition and supplements if I feel off.
Q: What are your favorite topics to teach to your students?
A: Teaching Holistic Health is such a gift! I review many holistic modalities and I experience great joy when I see the light bulbs go on. It is often when they start to realize that there is more to medicine than just a diagnosis or symptom. A diagnosis is just the first step to finding out what’s going on underneath the surface. It often confirms for them what they already know, which is that Western Medicine is not necessarily meeting the needs of wellness and prevention for people. They learn about Chinese medicine, Reiki, Ayurveda, Shamanic healing and much more. The best part is that no matter what the modality, they learn over and over that symptoms are just the body’s way of communicating that something is out of balance. It is hugely rewarding to know that future health care practitioners are learning this more holistic way of looking at wellness.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Portland, Maine?
A: I am an ocean junkie! I love driving along the coast on my way to and from work. Portland is so unique and has such a vibrant art and culinary community. People are really interested in alternative health options. Most importantly, you can find delicious espresso around every corner!
Q: Are there any vitamins or supplements you are really loving right now?
A: I am a huge fan of Oil of Oregano (internally or topically), Elderberry Syrup and Zinc during cold and flu season. A good Multivitamin, Methylated B12 and Vitamin D are so important year-round!
Q: What do you love most about functional medicine?
A: I believe wholeheartedly that the human body is designed to be balanced and well. When given the right environment to heal, it is capable of amazing things! Functional medicine gives the provider and patient a working template that puts all the pieces of the puzzle together to achieve long term balance. I never identified with the traditional model of medicine that just focuses on a certain set of symptoms, gives them a name and suppresses them with medication. It may have addressed the “what,” but it didn’t address the “why.” Functional Medicine looks at the why – which is different for each person – and offers treatment options that a provide long-term healing. It feels like a detective looking for clues based on each person’s unique story. I have seen it work over and over again where Western medicine couldn’t. There is nothing more fulfilling as a practitioner than reassuring someone they are not crazy, and that there are better ways to address their symptoms to help them achieve wellness.
Q: Finally, what are you most excited about working at AMC?
A: Having the opportunity to work in sexual, reproductive and regenerative health and infusing Functional Medicine practices into patient care is a dream come true. Dr. Bedecs has been so instrumental in bringing an alternative, holistic approach to age management and reproductive health for years and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to join in! I am also excited to offer an expanded functional medicine approach to things like gut health (IBS, bloating, heart burn etc.), as well as menstrual irregularities and adrenal fatigue. It is my passion, and it never feels like “work!”
Allison is now accepting new patients! If you are interested in a complimentary consultation, please give our offices a call at (207) 774-1356.