Meet The Doctors
Dr. Julie Stefanski, D.C.
Dr. Julie Stefanski, D.C. has a BA in Integrative Physiology and post-doctorate training in Functional Endocrinology and Clinical Nutrition. She is deeply passionate about her work, as her personal health experience mirrors that of many of her patients. From a young age, Dr. Julie, D.C. suffered from an immune disorder that went undiagnosed for years, even as she visited numerous doctors who deemed her “healthy” and “perfectly fine.”
Dr. Julie, D.C. knew she was not just “fine” though, and resented the suggestion that her symptoms were “all in her head”, so she continued to look for answers to her ailments. It wasn’t until she sought the advice of a Doctor of Chiropractic, who focused on Functional Endocrinology, that she was finally and correctly diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. After learning her immune system was attacking her thyroid, she actually experience a sense of relief as she now knew her symptoms were real. Because of her personal journey, she has made it her mission to help others who are suffering and looking for healthcare professionals willing to listen, help, and produce results.
Outside her practice, Dr. Julie, D.C. is an avid yoga enthusiast. In college, she spearheaded the yoga program at SCU. Her passion continued well after college, and she was even chosen to present yoga research at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). She also enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling to far off lands and discovering amazing local gems.
If you’re looking for a doctor who is truly passionate about her work and has a focus to discover the root cause of your health problems, look no further than Dr. Julie, D.C. She will help you discover the root cause of your problems and customize a care plan that addresses your individual needs. There is really nothing like having a health care provider who has genuinely “walked a mile in your shoes”, and has proven she can get the job done.
Dr. Rubén Valdés, D.C.
Dr. Rubén Valdés, D.C. is a healthcare provider with extensive Post-Doctoral training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. He has at this point been successful at helping over 5,000 patients suffering from different chronic conditions to find improvement and at times even resolution to many of their chronic ailments and symptoms. Dr. Valdés is an active member of The Institute for Functional Medicine and is working in completing over 300 hours of Functional Medicine to obtain his Diplomate Status.
As a clinician, Dr. Valdés has received numerous awards for his work and the quality of the service he provides amongst them; the prestigious VOGT® Leadership award from Palmer College in Davenport, IA, and is also the recipient of a 5 Star Award from Integrity Management for the quality of care and patient satisfaction. Other awards include a CBP®(Outstanding Achievement Award) and having graduated with high honors from his doctorate degree.
Dr. Valdés has been involved in research looking at hormones, like leptin and grhelin, and the influence these have in fat storage in the body. He has also performed undergraduate research at the Louis Pope Center from the University of Miami looking at traumatic brain injury.
In addition to being the Director of Admissions at Integrated Health Center of Miami, Dr. Valdés is currently enrolled in Medical School (USAT Monserrat) where he hopes to soon complete his MD degree which would be his second doctorate.
Dr Valdes is a huge sports and performance aficionado, and it was this desire to help world class athletes dramatically improve their performance that eventually brought him to his unrelenting passion for health through Functional Medicine.
He practices Muay Thai and MMA on a regular basis and is very kin on Functional Nutrition and absolutely insists on practicing what he preaches.
Dr. Niels J Pedersen, D.C.
Dr. Niels J Pedersen, D.C. is a Wisconsin-born, Chicago-raised football and volleyball fanatic. Winning three state football championships and placing third in volleyball throughout high school, Dr. Pedersen, D.C. went on to attend Quincy University where he continued his athletic legacy, playing football and earning conference honors for his contributions to his volleyball team.
Dr. Pedersen, D.C. graduated Quincy University with a degree in Human Sciences, and continued his education at Northwestern University in Bloomington, MN where he met Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP.
After completing his time at Northwestern University, Dr. Pedersen, D.C. relocated to Denver, intent on starting his first practice, but became ill. Having sought and successfully received treatment through a functional medicine approach, Dr. Pedersen, D.C. felt driven to pursue functional medicine; so, he sold his first practice and redirected his focus accordingly.
As he continued his practice, Dr. Pedersen, D.C. successfully treated the chronic illnesses of many of his patients – allowing them to live more rewarding, higher-quality lives. Empowered by the transformations he observed in his patients, he opened a second clinic in Seattle.
In his free time, Dr. Pedersen, D.C. enjoys playing with his dogs – Chyra, a black lab, and Moola, his three-legged Great Dane.
Dr. Caitlin Czezowski, D.C., CACCP
Dr. Caitlin Czezowski, D.C. CACCP attended Northwestern University in Bloomington, MN where she met Dr. Pedersen, D.C. After becoming engaged following graduation, the pair moved to Colorado where they opened their first practice together in Denver – a practice that has grown and expanded to the Pacific Northwest. The couple now resides in Seattle where they treat people in-clinic.
Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP is especially passionate about helping diabetic patients manage and reverse their conditions. Having personally seen the significant impact that chronic disease has on a person’s quality of life when her grandmother became ill, receiving diagnoses of both diabetes and Alzheimer’s, Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP found herself drawn to incorporate a functional medicine approach to her practice.
In her off-hours, Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP enjoys outdoor activities such as snowboarding and hiking throughout the beautiful terrain of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP appreciates the value of family and enjoys the time that she has to spend with her husband and their two dogs, Chyra and Moola. A frequent flyer, Dr. Caitlin, D.C., CACCP enjoys traveling to Canada where she gets to spend quality time with extended family.