About Enlighten Functional Medicine - Functional Medicine In Ballwin

About Enlighten Functional Medicine

Unlike conventional medicine that focuses more on the diagnosis and prescription, Dr. Emily Hecker takes a much more holistic approach. By focusing on why your symptoms manifest the way they do, she seeks to identify the root cause behind your chronic dis-ease so that we can craft a personalized plan just for you.

My Core

Values Of Care


An Integrative Approach

Unlike conventional medical care, I first help patients heal and then empower them with the knowledge and tools to avoid many of the pitfalls that created their illness in the first place. No matter where you are right now... with my expert guidance you can heal and lead a vibrant life!

Guided step-by-step, you will implement an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the most up-to-date nutritional science and lifestyle medicine, to significantly improve your health and alleviate symptoms.


Personalized Care

Not only is each patient biologically unique, their illness is unique too. There are so many factors that may be to blame for your illness – from lifestyle choices, food choices, allergies, genetics and even toxins in your immediate environment... plus let's not forget mindset (which plays a big role in your health).

After Dr. Emily sees your intake, she may conduct further specialty lab tests (that your current doctor may not even know about). Plus, we also use other assessment tools to get the full picture of your health so that with a precise diagnosis, we can come up with a precise "healing prescription."


Co-Creating Health

Changing your lifestyle may seem daunting, but we teach you how to use mindset tools to overcome stubborn habits that aren't serving you any longer. We make the prospect of becoming healthy "fun" and have a wide range of tools in place to support you during your health transformation and beyond.

We also leverage health coaching and other forms of support and accountability so your new healing lifestyle practices can become an integral part of your everyday life. We also harness the support of online communities to give you support remotely, as you make important changes that translate into lasting health.


Dedicated Attention

In your typical 7-minute doctor's visit, there is little time to understand the depth of your illness... let alone the contributing factors that may have caused it.

During your in-depth case review consultation, Dr. Emily takes the time needed, one-on-one, to conduct a thorough review to understand all the potential triggers for your illness. This review includes your past medical history, your past and present diet, environment, stress levels, and gut health. Your in-depth health history is the start to unraveling the root causes of your illness.


Root Cause Resolution

Unlike conventionally-trained doctors, Dr. Emily always focus' on getting to the root cause of your illness. She also examines the key cellular imbalances that are responsible for virtually all symptoms you’re experiencing right now.

Also known as functional medicine, our care is so effective because we focus on dealing with the "up-stream" catalyst of chronic illnesses – including toxicity in your home or work-place, potential food intolerances and allergies, gut & hormonal imbalances, along with mindset that all determine how healthy you are to date.


Innovative Treatments

Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into your conventional doctor's office? That means many health care practitioners are dispensing outdated advice and not using the best lab testing available for your case. Chances are they are not even aware of the proper testing that could make all the difference in your healing plan.

At Enlighten Functional Medicine, Dr. Emily is trained in up-to-date medicine – including the best, most advanced strategic testing and we pair that with current nutritional science so that you can finally achieve your health goals .

Dr. Emily Hecker, DC

Board Certified Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Emily is a board certified chiropractic physician who is passionate about practicing functional medicine. Patients seek her out specifically for strategic metabolic & nutrigenomic management of their complex cases and for weight loss.

Born in the midwest, her passion for natural health care started when her aviation career resulted in prolonged hours of sitting, leading to chronic back pain in addition to a violent, unexpected reaction to the flu shot. This turning point propelled her into digging into the “why” behind achieving optimal health, not just accepting ordinary health.

I love seeing Dr. Emily! She is an extremely personal health professional. It’s wonderful to feel like I have a guide, an instructor as I walk this journey towards optimal health. I was finally able to shed super-stubborn baby weight with her guidance, losing 30 pounds and 3 dress sizes in 3 months! Her office is inviting and super-cute. She’s punctual and professional. Her office manager, Deanna, is quick to respond and very helpful. I just made one of the recipes from her weekly support emails and it was delicious!

- Amy

I found Dr. Emily online when searching for a functional medicine doctor with expertise in MTHFR mutations. It was important for me to see someone who had training with Dr. Ben Lynch. Dr. Emily practices 3 1/2 hours from where I live however, I’m thrilled that I chose to make the day trip to meet her!

- Jen

Dr. Emily was the long-awaited answer to my prayers…I was bloated, depressed, inflamed, and anxiety was at an all-time high. There were no doctors in the STL area who had answers to assist with my recent MTHFR diagnosis. I have already lost over 20 lbs & she has provided me the support, tools, and encouragement to stay focused on my path to success.

- Chelle

Take The First Step On Your

Journey With Me

Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a patient. My patient coordinator, Laci, is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Enlighten Functional Medicine is right for you.

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