Our job at FMI is to ensure our patients are educated in how to protect themselves and their families from contracting and spreading this virus. There have been NO cases in Idaho, but we want to ensure we are on the front lines of this. In the unfortunate instance that this virus DOES come to our state, we will be prepared, and we want to be sure our patients know the facts.

What is the Coronavirus?

  • A complex virus in the family of SARS
  • Mostly attacks the respiratory system
  • Most common symptoms- high fever, cough, shortness of breath. You can transmit this virus through respiratory droplets or touch.
  • At this point, the deaths are occurring in elderly and immunocompromised individuals.
  • The most concerning issues with this virus
    • It is highly contagious
    • There is a good chance it has a long incubation period, meaning an individual can have the virus for a few weeks and spread it WITHOUT showing symptoms

—–> We are making the following recommendations to our patients and community (backed by SCIENCE) on how to prevent getting and spreading this virus:

  • Wash your hands often- with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough, or sneeze with a tissue and throw in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children home if they get sick too.
  • Stay well hydrated, maximize sleep, and keep your good nutrition up.
  • Minimize stress, as it will decrease the immune system
  • ADULT SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS:
    • Vitamin D: adults can take as much 100,00k iu for 3 days to boost their immune systems. Daily maintenance dose is typically around 5,000 iu per day, or what your provider has recommended.
    • Zinc glycinate: 30-40 mg daily
    • Vitamin C (ideally liposomal): 2000-4000 mg daily. We also offer IV vitamin C in house.
    • Vitamin A: 10,000 iu twice daily
    • Probiotic: as instructed on bottle
    • NAC: 500 mg twice a day
    • Elderberry and echinacea: for short term use- 3-4 days
    • Immune Defense topical patch: a combination patch that is changed daily.
    • Probiotic
    • We carry all of the above at both locations and will be ordering more throughout the week. We can also send you links to purchase these from fullscript online.
    • Immunotix 500 – can be purchased at https://www.wholescripts.com/. Use referral code = “FUNMEDID”
  • PEDIATRIC SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR BRUS:
    • Vit D3: Age 1-12 months give enhanced dose of 2,000 u daily for 3-5 days or until well then back down to 1,000 u daily.
      Age 12-24 months 5,000 u daily until well then 2000 u daily.
      Age 2-3 yrs 7000 u daily until well then 3000 u daily
      Age 4-6 yrs 10,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter months
      Age 6-10 yrs 20,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter
      Age 11-teen yrs 50,000 u daily for 3-5 days then 5000 u daily through winter months
    • Zinc: EZ Melt Zinc carnosine at around ½ the illness dose
      Age 1-6 months: 7 mg daily crushed
      Age 6-24 months: 14 mg daily crushed or chewed depending on number of teeth
      Age 2-10 yrs: 28 mg daily
      Age 11-teens: 49 mg daily
    • Vit C: For better tissue levels and more effective, you can get I have started recommending Liposomal Vit. General rule is (using the Pertussis Protocol developed by Dr. Suzanne Humphries) 100 mg/Kg body weight per day divided twice a day. So, for example for a 10 kilo kiddo (22 lb) give 500 mg twice daily. This is ½ tsp twice daily. You can extrapolate up from there on weight. You can actually use down to two months of age!! Using same weight guidelines.
    • Elderberry and echinacea: as directed, short term use (3-4 days)
    • Vit A: not beta carotene. This is retinol, or the real, active, Vit A. There are lots of good brands. After researching and developing a comfort level, I am comfortable recommending this to all ages in the form of cod liver oil. It is around 5,000 u/tsp.
      Age 0-10, as with Vit D, use 1,000 u/year up to age 10 yrs
      Age >10: 10,000 u twice daily.
    • Immune Defense topical patch: a combination patch that is changed daily.
    • We carry all of the above at both locations and will be ordering more throughout the week. We can also send links for these to be purchased online from Fullscript.
    • Please make an appointment with your provider for a customized immune boosting plan or if you have specifics questions on dosage recommendations for yourself or child.

At FMI, we are committed to keeping our patients and community safe. We aren’t waiting for positive tests to show up in the Treasure Valley before we institute precautions. We have purchased enough N-95 masks for our staff and will implement our staff wearing these masks and gloves when we feel it will be necessary.

We are encouraging avoidance of non-essential social gatherings and interactions, including travel. Your medical care is not one of those. Please be ensured that we are doing everything we can to keep your and your family safe in our facility.

If you aren’t feeling well or have a scheduled upcoming appointment and are concerned about coming in, you can be seen virtually through our telemedicine platform – Google meet. You will need to call the office to get this switched.

We will keep you updated with any changes to our plan for this virus, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. As always, thanks for trusting us with your health!

Stephanie Ritari, PA-C

Stephanie Ritari is a board-certified Physician Assistant who offers primary care for adults at the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center. She specializes in Internal Medicine and has spent the majority of her career in the field of cardiovascular disorders.

Stephanie has more than 15 years experience as a Physician Assistant in a variety of medical areas, including cardiology and electrophysiology. Holistic practices have long been a part of Stephanie’s lifestyle, with a particular focus on clean living and nutrition. She has embedded functional principles into her conventional medicine practice throughout her career. After watching family members struggle to find answers for their chronic illnesses, Stephanie became more interested in finding ways to take a root cause approach in her own practice. Wanting to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and preventative scope of care for her patients, Stephanie began studying functional medicine. In 2021, she joined Functional Medicine of Idaho, where she is able to provide evidence based, root cause medicine.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Montana and her masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Rocky Mountain College. She is currently working towards her certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine. 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog doing outdoor activities including biking, hiking, and skiing. She also loves interior design and traveling, and is hoping to start her own garden in the near future.

Dr. David Musnick, MD, IFMCP

David Musnick is a board-certified medical doctor who offers in-person and telemedicine care from the Functional Medicine of Idaho Eagle clinic (coming soon). Dr. Musnick offers Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine, Functional Immunology, and Primary Care for adults and teenagers. He specializes in sports medicine, internal medicine, frequency specific microcurrent (FSM), scars, homeopathy, prolotherapy, and low-level laser treatments. 

Dr. Musnick is interested in getting to the root of underlying causes and factors that affect healing, including diet, sleep, exercise, stress, GI health, brain region health, toxins, hormones, infections, and electromagnetic fields (EMF). In medical school, Dr. Musnick spent a year studying nutrition. He has always been interested in the complex interrelationships of different systems of the body. Taking on challenges in the past, he created new treatment programs to heal the brain after concussion, treat chronic pain, arthritis, and tough SIBO and IBS cases. Dr. Musnick wants to help his patients achieve the highest level of health, vitality and function. 

After his internal medicine residency in Seattle, Dr. Musnick completed a fellowship in sports medicine where he became interested in helping patients get back to optimal musculoskeletal health and eventually back to their favorite activities. He quickly learned that many areas of the body were interrelated and started learning more about nutrition, supplements, and other facets of functional medicine. Dr. Musnick has more than 24 years of experience in Functional Medicine and achieved a very high level of both experience and expertise with many health conditions. He is also the author of the book, Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness, and helped in writing textbook chapters on arthritis and concussions.

Dr. Musnick received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. He is certified through the Institute for Functional Medicine as an IFMCP. He also studied in the French school of Homeopathy. He is uniquely rare in that he teaches Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) and how to integrate it with functional medicine. 

In his spare time, Dr. Musnick enjoys hiking, nature photography, cooking healthy food, mountain biking, and skiing.

IFM Certified Practitioner

Aaron Dykstra, DNP, FNP-C

Aaron Dykstra is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. He offers pediatric primary care, including well-child checks and acute visits, in the Pediatric Department of the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center.

Functional and alternative therapies were a part of Aaron’s life from a young age, and he has implemented these principles into his conventional medicine practice throughout his career. Aaron has more than 8 years of experience in a variety of medical disciplines, including pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, and nutrition. He has practiced in rural health clinics in California and Oregon. For the last 5 years, Aaron has had a passion for working with children and implementing positive change through the family unit. Aaron joined the Functional Medicine of Idaho Pediatric Team in 2021. His enthusiasm for educating children and parents about living a healthy lifestyle allows him to provide preventative and acute care for infants, children, and adolescents. 

Aaron obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Brigham Young University. He earned both his Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice through the University of Arizona. He has obtained a Family Herbalist and Family Nutritionist certifications through The School of Natural Healing by Dr. Christopher. He is currently working towards his certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Outside of work, you will find Aaron spending time with his wife and 5 kids, mountain biking, running, or camping in the backyard. Aaron is a big fan of Master Chef and enjoys cooking.

Nadia Kravchuk, DNP, FNP-C

Nadia Kravchuk is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She offers functional pediatric primary care, including well-child checks and acute visits, in the Pediatric Department of the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center.

Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1989 where they first settled in Oregon and then moved to Idaho in 2001. Complementary medicine practices were embedded into her lifestyle at a young age, and she has implemented these principles into her conventional medicine practice throughout her career. She has more than 15 years experience in a variety of medical environments, including emergency room, intensive care unit, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, and aesthetics.

Nadia joined Functional Medicine of Idaho so that she can combine functional principles with the foundations of conventional medicine to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. As an avid gardener, beekeeper, and sustainable living enthusiast, she understands the importance and role of optimizing nutrition, sleep, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. She has a passion for pediatric functional medicine and understands that early recognition and interventions can correct imbalances, prevent chronic illness, and improve overall outcomes for children.

Nadia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University. She earned both her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice through Frontier Nursing University. In 2017, she was the recipient of the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award. She is currently working towards her certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine.

Outside of work, you will find Nadia working on her urban homestead, hiking, foraging, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband and her dog, Wolfy. She is also fluent in both English and Russian.