I started coming here due to a panic attack about 5 months ago. I was transported to the hospital via ambulance with heart palpitations, anxiety, muscle spasms and stomach pain. Labs, EKG and CT scan were run but they all came back normal. But I knew something was wrong. I saw my PCP hoping that we could do a deeper dive into what was going on and all they were willing to do is recommend I get on an anti-depressant for the panic attack and Prilosec for the stomach issues. Prilosec didn’t help and I continued to feel sick, unable to sleep, jitters, heart palpitations, muscle spasms and random nerve pain. I went back to my PCP and another EKG was performed. Test was negative. I was so despondent that nothing was found. Of course you don’t want test results to be positive but you also want to know what’s wrong with you, right?
So I went on the internet and did some research. Found out about Functional Medicine. Found Wilmington Functional Medicine and there were some really great reviews and testimonials about them. So I thought I would give them a try. I did a phone consultation first with one of her assistants and they didn’t have any openings for almost 3 months. But I was desperate and so I took whatever appointment they had available. Luckily, after I had completed my paperwork, I got a call from them that something had opened up earlier and so I was able to get in after only one month’s wait.
And let me tell you… it was worth every minute of wait. First and foremost, Dr. Hilary takes her time. She actually listened to me and every condition or malady that I was experiencing, she took notes on. I started crying because no Doctor had done that before. I probably cried for 20 minutes of that 90 minute appointment and that 20 minutes was longer than any Doctor had spent time in front of me during any appointment.
The next thing she said to me was, “You’re not crazy. You’re not losing your mind. There is likely a cause or set of causes to your symptoms – we just have to figure out what it is.” And I was just relieved and thankful that Dr. Hilary was willing to take the time to figure it out. And when I got the results back from the tests that she ran, it was a 19-page booklet of what was out of balance in my body (full-blown gut infection in particular – 3 different strains of bacterial gut dysbiosis). The information was detailed and Dr. Hilary went through all of it, explaining to me exactly what was going on and how we were going to fix it. I have never experienced a Doctor doing this before.
Dr. Hilary then put me on a specific supplement plan and changed my diet so that my gut could actually heal and overcome this infection. It took a couple weeks to start feeing better but oh my God, after 2 months I feel normal again. I mean completely normal. I cry just thinking about how far I came in just 2 months and I have told everyone about this place. I have recommended to at least a dozen people in the last month to come here and get checked out. I can’t thank Dr. Hilary enough!!!
I have been with Dr Hillary for 13 yrs. My body inside and out never felt better. Give her a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Terry Jensen, age 68, Retired, Wilmington, NC resident/span>
I have really enjoyed learning different ways to improve my quality of life through learning more about proper nutrition and how foods affect my body. Dr. Hilary and her staff are very accommodating and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them.
Ellen Wester, age 68, Retired, Southport, NC resident
I’ve been a patient for almost 2 years. Thanks to their care and recommendations, I’ve seen large improvements in my overall health, attitude, and quality of life. Less joint pain, more daily energy, and less stressful lifestyle. Highly recommend them!
Craig Kiser, age 39, Wilmington resident
I absolutely look forward to my appointments with Dr. Hilary. I trust her wholeheartedly and am so thankful to have found such a caring doctor who listens to my concerns.
Chloe Miller, age 33, Stay-at-Home Mom, Wilmington resident
I’ve had digestive issues my whole life (75 years). Dr Hilary ran some tests, found out the cause, and today I am issue free for the first time in my life. Treating symptoms, without finding the cause like all the other doctors did, won’t fix you! Dr Hilary, you’re the best!
Wendie Schneider, age 75, Retired, Wilmington NC resident
Dr. Hilary was the only Doctor of many I had seen who read my timeline and symptoms I submitted for my free consult. She had read all the forms I had filled out and was ready with questions for me. I was truly impressed from the very beginning. It has been a long road but the support. Supplements, Recommendations, and testing have all been tailored to me and my health. I am so thankful for Dr. Hilary and Alyssa.
Garlande Powell, 51 y.o., Counselor, Wilmington, NC resident
I am so grateful that I made the phone call to Dr. Hilary Rutledge for the 15 minute free consult! It has been a very long journey up to this time with a lot of non-answers for physical issues and much needed direction in the medical community. I turned to Wilmington Functional Medicine to see if this was the place and the people to reach out to who would hear my concerns and needs and actually hear me, then guide me to a place of health that I have not been in many years. This was a huge step for me from the start, and I had my doubts just knowing myself and my past experiences. But from the very first meeting to present, I have made a great deal of progress and learned so much about how I need to eat along with how I see myself and the things that make a difference in me physical, emotionally and mentally each day. I have received great input and direction to get me started on a path to healing. Dr. Hilary, Alyssa and the office staff have all been great! My questions get answered, thoughts redirected to the right place and encouragement in the progress and what to look forward to in the future. When I don’t understand the direction, explanation is given. I look forward to continuing to push. Myself and to also enjoy the process of this journey to being healthy…body, mind and soul. Thank you Wilmington Functional Medicine!!!
Robin Miracle, 64 y.o., Retired, Leland, NC resident
Dr. Hilary and Alyssa have been so friendly and helpful throughout my wellness journey. They have both taken the time to listen to my concerns, research solutions, and using their expertise we have developed a great health plan moving forward. Dr. Hilary is great about breaking down your test results in a digestible format. She and Alyssa care about your whole wellness and really give you the tools to help you help yourself. If you’re at all skeptical about functional medicine, I just encourage you to just schedule a phone consult and speak to Dr. Hilary. Her friendly demeanor to medical knowledge will leave you wanting more!
Tiffany Bowie, 39 y.o. Wilmington resident
I met Dr. Hilary when I moved to Southport in 2010. She was highly recommended by a friend of mine who is a patient of Dr. Hilary. Since I was in my twenties, I suffered from scoliosis and sought monthly treatments from various chiropractors. I have been Dr. Hilary’s patient for l0 years. She is the best chiropractor I have ever had. In addition to adjustments, I partake in her foot baths and laser treatments for my congested sinuses. I also have been a patient of her Functional Medicine practice for 2 years. Her knowledge and approach to health care is incredible. She is helping me with my cholesterol levels and other health issues by emphasizing nutrition, food and lifestyle changes. Dr. Hilary truly cares for her patients and their well being. She is funny, smart, compassionate and an exceptional practitioner. There have been several occasions when I or my husband needed emergency treatment or care, and she was always there for us. I trust her completely and am fortunate to have her in my life.
I experienced a fall in May 2017 which resulted in facial bone fractures which thankfully healed without surgery. However a year later I developed sinus infections which caused me to be sick, away from work for at least a week at a time every 2-3 months. I sought out specialists who told me the infections were caused by allergies and would require antihistamines and decongestants and strong antibiotics as needed. As a nurse I know frequent use of antibiotics and antihistamines cause other unwanted side effects. I needed to find a better answer…
As a proponent of more natural, gentler remedies I went in search of a Functional Medicine Doctor which brought me to Dr Hilary Rutledge at Wilmington Functional Medicine. From my first appointment I knew I was in good hands. I have been seeing Dr Hilary since November 2019.
Dr Hilary took time to review my concerns and created a plan to correct underlying causes including yeast overgrowth, allergies, gastrointestinal malabsorption issues and hormonal imbalances. I am happy to say I have been without a sinus infection or allergy symptoms for the past 8 months. I also strongly believe I met Dr Hilary just in time especially with this COVID virus lurking around the corner.
Since being treated by Dr Hilary I am healthier and feel more vibrant than I have in a long time! Although I have annual checkups with my PCP I do not start any medications or treatments without discussing options with her first. I am so thankful for Dr Hillary’s incredible knowledge, gentle and kind approach and the professional and attentive care offered by her and her staff.
Outstandingly fantastically excellent! My experience with Dr. Hilary and her office staff is incredibly positive. I appreciate the prompt attention and caring to my needs. Dr. Hilary really took the time to listen and review my medical history, and for the first time in 20 years, I am feeling so much better (more energy and weight loss)! Dr. Hillary and her staff are quick to respond via email or phone and are professional and courteous. I highly recommend Wilmington Functional Medicine.
How can I even start to say how much I appreciate your help! After months/years of having symptoms none of my primary doctors/allergists could help, I finally found you and started down the path of healing! You found the source of my symptoms and showed me how to heal these problems, all naturally and without prescriptions! I’m feeling so much better and although I still have a journey in front of me, you’ve helped me find a plan that will get me back to good health! Thank you so very much for your expertise and care, I don’t know what I would do without you!!
And staff, thank you so much for always taking care of my husband and I, although we don’t live there anymore, I’ll always be grateful for all your help!
Miss you all,
Elinor Ryan, Retired
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