MEGAN MCELROY MS, PA-C
Meg was born in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado and relocated to Austin in 2011. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Religious Studies from Colorado College. She received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies from Philadelphia University.
Meg has worked in the medical and wellness field since 2004. Her experience in the medical field started at a functional medicine clinic in Ft. Collins, and as a PA includes several years in orthopedic surgery. Meg joined Dr. Shippy’s practice with high recommendations from Austin wellness colleagues. She has trained one-on-one with Dr. Shippy, and works side by side with her in the clinic. Meg has extensive knowledge in all aspects of Functional Medicine including nutrition, lifestyle, and in specialized laboratory testing used in Dr. Shippy’s practice. Her goal is to get to the root cause and help her patients achieve optimal health and wellness. And she shares in Dr. Shippy’s mission and passion for Every Life Well™.
When Meg’s isn’t seeing patients, reading scientific research, or staying informed on all things Functional Medicine, she enjoys getting creative doing carpentry and woodworking. Currently she is putting her skills to work in her fixer upper home – building kitchen shelves, raised garden beds, and she’s even preparing to start making a few furniture pieces. She also is learning to garden and loves to spend time walking, hiking and eating her way around town with friends and her fellow functional/integrative medicine colleagues. Meg suffered chronic health issues her entire life but credits the best state of health she’s been in to functional medicine and living a lifestyle that emphasizes quality foods with healthy habits.
I believe Functional Medicine goes beyond its definition of the pursuit of the root-cause of disease. Functional Medicine is “smart” medicine that involves using cutting-edge resources in a personalized approach, while forming a partnership with people to get to truly know a patient and what is driving health. I work with patients to seek and find the sources of dis-ease, to create health through medical wisdom, empathy, and dedication.
In my experience, food and lifestyle are the foundations of optimal health. If someone does not share this belief, it is very difficult to truly help. Food can be used as medicine, but when the body is afflicted with something that food cannot fix, we need to treat the cause. This is why functional medicine is so great – we have access to up-to-date scientific information to find the causes, and utilize prescription medications, herbs, supplements and more for treatment. My years of professional and personal experiences have taught me that infections and toxins are often at the source of an illness in about 25% of our population. As a result, I focus on thoroughly evaluating the gut and optimizing pathways of detoxification, and am passionate about helping people who have been told they are “unlucky” or that they are “just getting older”.
I want to make a difference in the world of medicine, and I do this by inspiring and educating people on how to thrive. I hope my work in the clinic and outside of the clinic is contributing to the development of a world where everyone can understand that attaining great health is more than pills and procedures. Being healthy involves effort – health is a journey, not a destination. My wish is that everyone can experience great health and happiness.