Dr. Lauren DeStephano
Inspired to help people at a young age after seeing her father’s work, Dr. Lauren DeStephano always knew she wanted to perform some sort of healthcare. After attending Indiana University to study pre-med, she realized that track wasn’t for her, but she stuck with science and looked for something else in a related field in order to find the right path to achieve her goal.
Around her junior year, she discovered the field of functional neurology through her father’s then-new practice. Shadowing him in his work, she soon realized that it had been what she was looking for. Working with the practice intensively over the summers confirmed this and grew her appreciation for the field.
After graduating Indiana University with a bachelors of science in Human Biology, she attended Parker University in Dallas, Texas. While earning her doctorate, she did her functional neurology training through the Carrick Institute. In November 2019, she passed her functional neurology board exam through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and earned her diplomate.
The appeal of functionality, she recounts, was seeing patients who appeared mentally healthy on the outside, but didn’t feel that way on the inside. Using simple exercises to help them overcome the internal battles they fought, she would see results over the course of a few months. Seeing this type of success in helping others turned out to fulfill her dream of being a healthcare professional in a totally unique field.
“When you ask them how they’re feeling after a few months,” says Dr. Lauren, “they say, ‘it’s like night and day. I feel one hundred times better than I did when I walked in the door.’ That is really what inspired me about this line of work.”