Amanda John, PA-C

Functional Medicine

What is your personal philosophy?

Work hard and dream big!

What advice do you have for someone who is struggling with their health?

Start with the diet. Food is medicine is 100% true. You can’t heal without fueling yourself with the nutrients your body needs.

Where did you go to school?

I went to the University of Denver for my undergraduate degree in biochemistry, but decided that was too far from my beloved Texas so came back to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for my PA degree.

Where is your favorite place to be?

With my family, both immediate and extended. The location isn’t important to me; we just love being together.

What do you like most about San Antonio?

The people. We have met so many wonderfully friendly, caring, and giving people here and made long-lasting friendships.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

I am a military spouse and we were lucky enough to live in Germany for three years which lent itself to tons of traveling. My top two were a 10-day Baltic cruise to see all of the Scandinavian countries. Estonia was my favorite! The other favorite was a two-week stay in Tuscany at a working vineyard. It was so fun to meet the locals and just relax and drink wine!

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?

The insta pot. I have two that are used almost daily in my house. It has made feeding my family nutritious, home-cooked meals so much easier.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Changing my diet in attempt to heal myself and then discovering functional medicine has led me on an incredible journey to where I am today- actually able to practice functional medicine and help others.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven person about to start working on their health? What advice should they ignore?

Just like you hear all the time, diet and exercise. But not in the sense of the word most people use it. By diet I mean change your eating habits for the better and don’t even worry about the scale. Fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods and get rid of the junk that is just a filler. And by exercise, just incorporate some sort of movement every day. You don’t need to do any special programs or go to a gym. Find something you enjoy and do it! Even better if you can find a group of people to do it with. Ignore advice on the low fat dogma or specialty diets promising quick results. This is a lifestyle adjustment you want to stay with forever.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

Alternate nostril breathing helps me re-center, calm myself and return to the task at hand.