Dr. Horzempa graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology. He then went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center. He graduated with Honors from Ross University School of Medicine in 2011 and then went on to Emory University to complete his intern year in Family Medicine. After completing his internship year in Atlanta, he went out west to the University of Arizona to complete his Family Medicine residency training. He continued his training in Tucson by completing his Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil. This fellowship has only been completed by just over 1000 physicians worldwide, most through distance learning. Dr. Horzempa is one of only a handful of physicians that have been able to complete it on site at the University of Arizona under the direct supervision of the Faculty at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson. During this time he received additional training in nutrition, sleep physiology, herbal and botanical medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Exercise Physiology and Movement, Osteopathic Manual Medicine and Stress Reduction Techniques. After completing fellowship, Dr. Horzempa became a small town family medicine doctor in rural Canada and continued to develop his knowledge and skills in Integrative Medicine. He then returned to Tucson and started his own private Integrative Medicine practice.
Dr. Horzempa's clinical interests include: disease prevention, sleep physiology, enhancing longevity, nutrition, movement and exercise physiology, supplementation, herbal medicine, functional medicine, heart rate variability analysis, mind body medicine and hormonal optimization.
What is Integrative and Functional Medicine? The answer is that it's complicated and not as easy as defining most other specialties. The intent of Integrative Medicine is to uncover the root causes of disease and use a wide variety of tools to treat them. Everything from medications to herbs to mind-body methods are all employed by a skilled Integrative Medicine Doctor. However, all of these methods are evaluated through scientific study and rigor. Second, conventional medicine is concerned with the labeling of diseases that the patient has. While this is useful to some degree, it is also incomplete. Integrative Medicine looks at the person from a more holistic point of view, including the lifestyle and social factors that make the person an individual. These personal factors are often crucial in the the person's illness and must be addressed if any progress is to be made. Since each person is different, the treatment plan for each person will differ based on these many factors.
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