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I apologize for the long post AND I wanted to share my experience with Elizma – I spent 3 weeks in Australia and about 10 days learning from Elizma – I have been back home for 2 months. I am a Physician Assistant and have been taking functional medicine (IFM) for about 2 years, it’s a great way to systematic learning the material. That said I was wanting more hands-on experience – I wanted to understand the clinical run around the process that getting to the root cause (connecting the dots) can sometimes bring. I wanted to learn how to expedite my learning process, of root cause assessment) so I could be fully ready to support my clients toward better health. I went to an organic acid test (OAT) lecture in January 2017 and heard Elizma Lambert speak on biochemistry; the way she shared her clinical application made sense. I had heard lectures before but somehow, she lit up the clinical relevance and not a protocol-driven treatment plan. She spoke to the listening of the patient, the biochemistry, and other cofactors. What I liked most was using real-time case examples and the if this then that or if that then this scenario. After this lecture, I ran about 25 OATs and began to understand that I don’t know what I don’t know – meaning I needed more biochemistry but also how it was applied to clinical relevance and treatment. I wanted more guided experience with someone who could help me process patient information and testing (all kinds of testing). I wanted to know interaction and sequence of testing and treatment options. I wanted to know what worked and what didn’t in different patient populations. I did not want to learn on the job – I wanted to be fully effective and efficient before I officially opened the NavWell doors. I looked for opportunities to do a one on one internship and Elizma agree to mentor me. I packed my bags and headed to Australia! The experience was incredible, combining telehealth and in office consultations, I saw over 100 patients, was able to have all my questions answered and then some. I would not have been able to handle this load – my sheer ‘newness’ alone would have me researching and double checking my thoughts on each patient till the cows came home and at best I would have been able to see 10 – 20 clients. I am sure if left on my own I would most likely have been left questioning my treatment plan. However, since studying with Elizma I confidently have understanding, a plan and structure in place to run NavWell Effectively and Efficiently. Thankfully, there is much less bumping into walls and I am very grateful for her time and expertise. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity! Elizma Thank You! – D. Valoras (Functional Medicine Practitioner USA)