Lauren Ruegg, DNP, is a board certified nurse practitioner. She has additional training in Functional medicine, nutrigenomics, and is a certified Reiki Practitioner.
Dr. Ruegg earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. To complement her nursing curriculum, she studied mindfulness, meditation, and Reiki energy healing through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.
After completing her degree, she accepted a position as a Registered Nurse in medical oncology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In the events of caring for patients and families facing complex illness, she observed the importance of a holistic approach to care and eagerly explored ways to achieve this. This led to her discovery of Functional Medicine. The principles of functional medicine resonated deeply with her knowledge and experience with health and healing, and she decided to advance her career as a Nurse Practitioner, focused in Functional Medicine.
In 2015 she moved to Arizona, to pursue her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Arizona State University. As part of her training she completed clinical rotations at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, as well as coursework with the Institute of Functional medicine. Dr. Ruegg worked with Mayo Clinic to complete her Doctoral research project, where she facilitated the use of comprehensive care plans to improve health promotion, and disease prevention in cancer survivors. Dr. Ruegg was awarded the Mayo Clinic’s Student research project award, and was invited to present at local and regional conferences on the subject matter.
Dr. Ruegg is working towards her certification with Institute of Functional Medicine as well as the Center for Translational Genomics. Outside of her educational endeavors, you can find her spending time her family and friends, exploring nature in the beautiful southwest, practicing yoga, or in the kitchen dreaming up healthy recipes.