In 1995 I opened a new practice emphasizing functional, nutrition-based medicine in the care of men, women, and children. After experiencing significant frustration with conventional medicine to address my own or my patient’s medical issues I began an intensive search for solutions. After reviewing medical research, meeting with experts and attending educational meetings of The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine and The American College for the Advancement of Medicine I created a new medical practice.
Have you ever asked yourself: “Why do I have low energy? Why can’t I sleep? Why do I ache all over? Why is my gut so uncomfortable? Why do I feel so depressed?” or “Why can’t I lose weight”? If you are not getting the help you need you may want to try a new approach. I take the time to listen to you and really understand your medical history. There might be an underlying fundamental issue, like toxin exposure, inherited nutrient deficiencies, hidden food allergies, gastrointestinal malabsorption or hormonal imbalances—factors that generally are not examined in a routine medical office. I am committed to helping you uncover these factors.
This is an in-depth approach that begins with an exploration of the root causes of the patient’s specific condition. I believe every individual is unique in terms of genetics, health history, body chemistry, environmental exposures, stress, nutrition, exercise habits, and many other factors. My approach focuses on identifying the root cause(s) that need to be addressed to resolve the illness and restore health.
Cutting edge medical and nutritional knowledge generally overlooked by other busy doctors is the foundation of my practice. For example: Did you know that if you have periodontal disease it can promote cardiovascular disease? Or were you aware that low vitamin D level increases the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer? How about poor digestion as a cause for depression? And are you surprised that environmental exposures can precipitate Parkinson’s disease?
I work with awareness that physical symptoms can be linked to emotional, cognitive or learning problems. Physical symptoms can be a message that diet and environment may be adversely affecting both the body and the brain. Mind and body are not separate. If the body is sick it can make the brain sick and if the brain is sick it can make the body sick.
Our work together is a collaborative effort—one in which both doctor and patient contribute significantly to the decisions that are made. My goal is to increase healthy life span, often substituting dietary alterations, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements for medications that are causing significant side effects. We are seeking health as a positive vitality not merely the absence of disease.
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- Dr Hathaway’s approach to medicine should be a model for all physicians. I have had a long term undiagnosed illness that has been completely disregarded by traditional medicine…….If you’re tired of doctors making guesses about your health and prescribing drugs to treat only your symptoms without looking for or treating the cause of those symptoms, then integrated functional medicine might be exactly what you’re needing. –VK
- I have been a long term patient of Dr. Hathaway, approaching 6 years. As a busy, active mother of 3 and also a working woman who was approaching peri-menopause… I got myself into her office the first time that I recognized the pending signs of hormone imbalance. We never skipped a beat; putting into action a wonderful hormone plan……. supplements and vitamins suited to my needs and lifestyle. –Barb B
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Professional Publication (click below to read):
Women, Estrogen, Cognition, and Alzheimer’s Disease
by Ann Hathaway MD
Published in Townsend Letter, June 2012
Ann Hathaway MD Bio
Dr Ann Hathaway MD has been successfully treating women and men with bioidentical hormones and natural remedies since 1995. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a director of the Orthomolecular Health Medicine Board.
She was board certified in Family Practice Medicine in 1983 and practiced conventional medicine for many years until she became disenchanted with the “prescription to cover up the symptom” for every ailment. She found that her own health issues, and those of her family her friends, did not have satisfactory solutions in conventional medicine. She began to search and explore for better answers and eventually found organizations of physicians like her who were searching for underlying casuses and striving for real solutions
Dr. Hathaway graduated summa cum laude from The University of California Berkeley in 1975, The University of California Medical School in San Francisco in 1979, and completed her residency in Family Practice in 1983 at Natividad Medical Center of Monterey County,California.