Meet Dr. Sawyer
I am a Board Certified Family Physician with over 20 years of clinical experience. I had the privilege of caring for families in a solo practice that included the delivery of 1500 babies, caring for children, specializing in women’s health, and managing adults’ well and sick care.

I moved to Functional Medicine in response to losing every member of my immediate family (except my sister) to cancer within one decade, despite the best medical treatments available in conventional medicine. My own personal frustration with conventional medicine’s focus on drugs and surgery exclusively, led me to invest 3 years of advanced training to become a Certified Practitioner with The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Functional medicine is unique in its approach. It starts with the patient’s life story and looks for the root cause of illness. Functional medicine has equipped me with the latest science and understanding of how imbalances in one part of the body affects the whole body system.

You and I will be partners in sharing your story, understanding how your life experiences have caused imbalances, and discovering how lifestyle changes
can be used to reach your optimal health potential. My Institute for Functional Medicine training has empowered me to empower you.

Credentials and Education
     Board Certifications:
          American Board of Family Medicine
          The Institute for Functional Medicine
          Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine

          University of Iowa, BS
          University of Iowa School of Medicine, MD
          Tulane University, Masters of Medical Management, MMM

     Internship and Residency:
          Family Practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Board Certified Family Physician

          American Academy of Family Physicians
          American Association for Physician Leaders

     Work Experience:
          Cohort Leader, American Association for Physician Leadership
          Family Physician, Iowa (1980-2002)
          Regional Medical Director, Iowa Health System (1995-2002)
          Pilates Instructor West Coast Pilates Certification (2002-2014)

          Volunteer Family Doctor for the Neighborhood Health Clinic
          Moderator of United Church of Marco Island (2016-2018)
          Vice Moderator of United Church of Marco Island (2014-2016)


Sheila Sawyer MD