About Us

Advancing the Transformation of Healthcare for Patients and Practitioners Worldwide

IFM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only organization providing functional medicine education and certification programs that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

We Lead

We set the gold standard for education, training, and clinical practice in functional medicine globally.

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We Innovate

We accelerate the application of emerging research in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.

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We Inspire

We inspire practitioners to rediscover their passion for medicine and patients to take active ownership of their health.

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Our Purpose

What We Do

We believe health and vitality are essential to the human spirit. IFM’s vision is to advance the highest expression of individual health. Our mission is to ensure the widespread adoption of functional medicine. We accomplish this work through:

  • Teach: We support the confident and competent practice of functional medicine by providing high-quality, ACCME-accredited education, certification, training, and resources.
  • Access: We ensure the practice of functional medicine is accessible, understandable, and applicable; improve the delivery of patient care, and advance health equity.
  • Partner: We partner with academic, governmental, public and private institutions across medical disciplines to improve the patient experience.
  • Research: We catalyze and promote functional medicine research and evidence generation through strategic and technical project support 
  • Advocate: We increase awareness of functional medicine through communications and efforts to connect with patients, practitioners, policymakers, and individuals.

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IFM Educators

Leaders in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research

IFM is the only organization providing functional medicine certification along with educational programs directly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Our educational programs are led by a diverse team of educators who bring together the complement of modern scientific tools, including a deep understanding of biology, physiology, genetics, social and environmental determinants of health, and the vital connection between mental and physical well-being. Collectively representing clinical practice, education, and research, each educator has years of experience practicing functional medicine.

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IFM Leadership

Executive Leadership

IFM’s Executive Leadership provides strategic direction, guidance, decision-making, and execution within their teams and cross-functionally to advance IFM’s mission and vision. This group represents department leaders from HR, Finance, Operations, Medical Education, and Strategic Partnerships & Innovations.

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Board of Directors

IFM’s Governing Board of Directors (BOD) brings stewardship, insight, expertise, and resources to advance IFM’s mission. The BOD provides guidance to IFM’s executive leadership and supports the strategic direction of the organization and field of functional medicine to ensure advancement of health and well-being for all.

Meet IFM’s Board of Directors

Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Ex officio, non-voting member, IFM Board of Directors
Tabitha C. Barth
Chief of Staff
Brian Clintworth
Chief Finance Officer
Liz Grater
Director of Credentialing
Michelle Harreld
Director of Medical Education Resources & Standards
Kaz Kinsella
Chief People Officer - Human Resources
Robert Luby, MD
Director of Medical Education Initiatives
Dan Lukaczer, ND
Director of Medical Education Curriculum
Stephanie Sharkey
Chief Operating Officer
Karen Sigmon-Smith, MPH, CHLC
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Innovations

Bridging Past and Present

History and Founders

Since its founding in 1991, The Institute for Functional Medicine has served as the leading voice for functional medicine. We have trained clinicians to translate the latest scientific advances in biomedicine, genetics and nutrition into solutions for notoriously challenging clinical problems.

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ACCME Accreditation

IFM is the only functional medicine organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). We have been continuously accredited since 2001, having received the coveted status of accreditation with commendation three times. Read more about our accreditation with commendation here.

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