Meet The Doctors
Dr. Rubén Valdés, D.C.
Director of Admissions
Dr. Rubén Valdés, D.C. is a health care provider with extensive postdoctoral training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. At this point, he has been successful in helping over 5,000 patients suffering from different chronic conditions find improvement and at times even resolutions to many of their chronic ailments and symptoms. Dr. Valdés is an active member of The Institute for Functional Medicine and is working on 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. He received 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 quality of care and patient satisfaction. Other awards include a CBP®(Outstanding Achievement Award) and the high honors he received upon graduating from his doctorate degree.
Dr. Valdés has been involved in research looking at hormones like leptin and ghrelin and their influence on fat storage in the body. He has also performed undergraduate research at the Louis Pope Center at the University of Miami looking at traumatic brain injury.
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. Valdés 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 keen on functional nutrition and absolutely insists on practicing what he preaches.
Dr. David Ward, D.C.
Dr. Ward, DC focuses on helping patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders, autoimmune conditions, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. He is a certified practitioner of the Bredesen Protocol™, which is a comprehensive, personalized program designed to reverse cognitive decline and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
After receiving his master’s degree in sports health science, Dr. Ward, DC received his doctorate in 2007, which was only the start of obtaining an expansive education as a health care provider. Dr. Ward is a certified functional medicine practitioner and works tirelessly to expand his clinical knowledge to help the chronically ill.
His passion for helping patients with “unsolvable” health conditions was born out of his own health challenges. Dr. Ward often says, “Conventional medicine kept me alive, but functional medicine gave me my life.”
When not in-clinic helping patients, Dr. Ward can often be found at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library studying the latest research on functional medicine and clinical nutrition.
Dr. Ward spends his free time enjoying the great Colorado outdoors with his wife, Rose.
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 from 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.