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22/Aug/2019

When I began my journey in Functional Medicine in 2012, I was trying to find some answers for my own health. I wanted to understand what was happening in my own body that suffered from fatigue, eczema, asthma and acne. I began exploring the root cause of illness and looking at the body more as a whole organism and not always dividing the body into individual organs.

I completed an extensive certification program through the Institute for Functional Medicine which relies on an integrative evidence based approach.

I weave together the pieces of a person’s story to get a more complete picture: genetic (family history and genetic data if availalbe), epigenetics (lifestyle, environment, diet, stress, sleep, relationships), and past illnesses/surgeries and current symptoms.

It is nice to be able to take extra time to dig deeper into a person’s story to decode complex symptoms with the purpose to compliment traditional medicine. Areas of interest include but not exclusive: general wellness, digestion issues, autoimmune disease, lyme disease, mold illness, hormone replacement, detoxification of heavy metals and toxins.

I’m excited to be doing Functional Medicine consultations through Minds In Motion on Mondays, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday afternoons, and Thursdays starting August 21. Click here to schedule: https://mindsinmotionco.com/schedule-appointments-medical

– Dr. Phaedra Fegley
Board Certified Family Medicine since 2000
Functional Medicine Certification 2016

Dr. Phaedra Fegley is the acting functional medicine/psychiatric physician for Minds in Motion. She plays a pivotal role in helping the team in uncovering and treating underlying health issues preventing a patient from healing. She works in conjunction with the patient and therapist to enhance the treatment process.


22/Aug/2019

Summer is finally here! It is short and sweet and there are a million things happening around us. How do we feel about the things happening around us? Fear of missing out, as I learned from my millenial friends, is referred to as FOMO. It is this frantic push to make sure we fit everything in and do as much as we can with the people around us and not miss a thing that is happening. FOMO is reserved for more social examples, but I'm interested in looking at our tendencies to not want to miss out on ANYTHING..... that outdoor activity, that gardening task, that concert, and the list continues. With such a short summer, what this creates is a sense of what we are doing isn't enough, or we don't have enough time. I'm home for two more weekends before school starts again, and I've caught myself in a funny FOMO paradox. I don't want to miss out on all the things we have booked for ourselves (camping and trips) and yet I don't want to miss out on being home for lazy summer days in Steamboat. I have found myself wanting both worlds and not wanting to miss out on either experience. The irony is I'm not missing out, but I have FOMO anyway, and I'm caught in a losing battle. Sound familiar?


22/Aug/2019

Summer is finally here! It is short and sweet and there are a million things happening around us. How do we feel about the things happening around us? Fear of missing out, as I learned from my millenial friends, is referred to as FOMO. It is this frantic push to make sure we fit everything in and do as much as we can with the people around us and not miss a thing that is happening. FOMO is reserved for more social examples, but I'm interested in looking at our tendencies to not want to miss out on ANYTHING..... that outdoor activity, that gardening task, that concert, and the list continues. With such a short summer, what this creates is a sense of what we are doing isn't enough, or we don't have enough time. I'm home for two more weekends before school starts again, and I've caught myself in a funny FOMO paradox. I don't want to miss out on all the things we have booked for ourselves (camping and trips) and yet I don't want to miss out on being home for lazy summer days in Steamboat. I have found myself wanting both worlds and not wanting to miss out on either experience. The irony is I'm not missing out, but I have FOMO anyway, and I'm caught in a losing battle. Sound familiar?


22/Aug/2019

Yoga turned out to be a way to get people to safely feel their physical sensations and to develop a quiet practice of stillness. ~Bessel van der Kolk, MD Many years ago in high school P.E. I was introduced to the practice of yoga. I fell in love with it though at the time couldn’t articulate why or what the yoga was doing for me other than noticeably feeling better in my body and mind. I stuck with it, or rather the yoga stuck with me, and it hasn’t left my side since. Yoga has supported me through various physical and emotional challenges including depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors, trauma, pregnancy and child birth, chronic illness, a broken heart, and an aching body. Yoga offered me the opportunity to befriend my body, and work with my current experience rather than fighting against it. My yoga practice has evolved over the years, and can even shift day to day. Sometimes I simply sit and breathe, other times movement is what I need. I’m looking forward to joining the Minds in Motion team as a mindfulness based therapist. I can include yoga in sessions if it is something of interest to you. Please do contact me if you’d like more information.


22/Aug/2019

Improve Your Sleep Quality…even if you aren’t getting enough of it

When I ask patients about their health goals, many of them tell me that they’d like to improve their sleep.  Whether they are getting 10 hours or 3 hours, they aren’t waking up feeling refreshed. We all know that setting aside the appropriate amount of time for sleep (7-9 hours) is critical, but what if you’re already doing that?  Or what if you simply do not have that time available to you? In this article I’m going to focus on increasing quality of sleep, using the time you’ve got to really make it count. 


22/Aug/2019

Are you waking up more nights than not between 1-3am, head starts running about everything that needs to get done in the next day, what didn’t happen yesterday or all your general worries? Maybe you are able to fall back asleep or maybe you are up for an hour or more.

Maybe you actually feel like you get a good nights sleep but have a hard time getting up and getting going in the morning without that grande triple shot latte to jump start your day.

Maybe you have “slumps” in your day between breakfast and lunch or between lunch and dinner where you just run out of steam, no energy.

Finally, after dinner may be the best time of your day, energy wise, and if you stay up past 10pm you seem to get a “second wind” and are able to get all kind of things done around the house, telling yourself “its because there are no distractions” and are able to stay up for several more hours without feeling tired.


22/Aug/2019

There is a little known fact out there that I want to share. There is indeed, a difference, between empathy and compassion. Why am I writing about this? Because recently, I realized that I had slipped back into an empathic state and stayed there longer than I should have, resulting in fatigue and sadness. Empathy is required for us as humans to connect. IT is a basic concept that we use everyday to respond to hurting loved ones or distraught friends. Empathy is feeling the suffering of another being. When one is empathic, they not only feel another being's suffering, but their body responds to it as if the threat is truly in their own body, eliciting a sense of fight/flight or danger based response. This is important to have in order to keep ourselves and others safe.....but at a certain point it may burn us out. Moving to a compassionate state is in contrast, very healthy for the body, our emotions and our brain. Compassion is ability to see another suffering, not be afraid of it and be responsive to it. We can not fix, save, or rescue someone from their suffering but rather support it.


22/Aug/2019

The Minds in Motion team is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Phaedra Fegley to our practice to enhance the healing experience. Dr. Fegley will be working with the therapists at Minds in Motion as an adjunct to the healing process. Dr. Fegley is a board certified Family Practice Physician that is also certified in Functional Medicine. Our team has practiced and treated the body and mind as a whole system for the past several years. We recognize that the mind body connection is real. When we are faced with physical challenges/illnesses our emotional health can be affected. Consequently, when we are faced with emotional challenges our physiology can change, often resulting in illness. We believe, in many cases, we need to address the whole body and mind to move towards health and illicit lasting change. Functional medicine addresses the underlying issues that may be compromising mental health. Our goal at Minds in Motion is to find the most effective treatment, conventional or alternative, that addresses the symptoms of the individual patient. We strive to find the underlying causes, teach you to move through them and heal. Our goal is to empower you to know when things are moving towards misalignment in the future, thus enabling you to intervene with tools you have learned to stay present and healthy. Dr. Fegley will work with patients as a medical consultant using an in depth interview of 1/½ hours, functional medicine principles and lab testing to facilitate a patient’s path back to wholeness and health. Dr. Fegley is not considered your primary care physician and requires that you have your own physician for primary care needs. Patients working with Dr. Fegley need to be a current client of Minds in Motion with the philosophy of utilizing a team approach…you, your therapist, and/or nurse practitioner and a medical consult.


22/Aug/2019

Angela Melzer / Meditation / January 19, 2018

WHY IS MINDFULNESS THE NEW FAD?

You see mindfulness everywhere, the newspapers, 60 Minutes, and medical schools.  And yes, even a law school or two has prescribed to the idea that mindfulness is the best way to cultivate good lawyers.  The company, Google, has a mindfulness professional titled: “Sr. Manager, Well Being and High Performance Learning”. Oprah Winfrey jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon and has done some spectacular 21 day mindfulness challenges with Deepak Chopra. And the list goes on and on……

So what is mindfulness and what are the components that aren’t so sexy about practicing it?  I’m a licensed clinical social worker who has a background in occupational therapy. I practice mindfulness based counseling and coaching, and have been meditating daily since 2007.  Yes, that means I’m a new meditator.  It’s kind of like living in a ski town (which I do – Steamboat Springs, Colorado).  Nobody is a local unless you homesteaded the land and birthed your first child in a chuck wagon.

SO, WHAT ARE BASICS TO MINDFULNESS?  IN MY OWN WORDS, HERE ARE THE MAIN COMPONENTS:


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