Meet The Team

Dr. Emily Hecker 


Dr. Emily is a board certified chiropractic physician who is passionate about Functional Medicine. Patients seek her out specifically for nutrigenomic support for those who have a genetic polymorphism for MTHFR. She is proud to offer nutritional consults for her patients.

Her passion for natural health care started when her aviation career required her to work at a desk job, leading to chronic back pain. She was amazed at how a chiropractic physician was able to evaluate her body and tell her where she was unknowingly in pain. After a few adjustments, she was pain-free and never needed pain killers to manage her chronic back pain. As private pilot and meteorologist in her previous career, Dr. Emily discovered the human body was similar to operating an aircraft in a thunderstorm, where everything had to be in balance to function perfectly. After completing her Masters of Business Administration degree she decided to dedicate her life to helping people in the most natural way God would allow by obtaining her doctorate of chiropractic.

She specializes in supporting those with autoimmune diseases, MTHFR polymorphisms, food sensitivities and inflammation. She has had extensive training in understanding the methylation pathways trained by Dr. Ben Lynch, world leader and expert in MTHFR. She has post doctorate training in Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, Neuroimmunology, Thyroid Disorders, Chiropractic Craniopathy, and the Webster Technique. She is an active provider for the Shape ReClaimed anti-inflammatory program and uses a supervised ketogenic approach for weight loss in her practice.

She supports natural childbirth, breastfeeding, parental choice and strives to be your best advocate. Her practice in Ballwin, MO is not limited to patients seeking optimal health, but for those who are struggling with chronic health conditions trying to find an answer.

In her spare time, she values being with her husband, building train tracks with her toddler sons Max and Leo and loving on her two terrier dogs. She enjoys geeking out and reading scientific journals for fun, trying new paleo/ketogenic meals, graphic design (for her creative side) and volunteering in the kids area at her local church.

Laci Hansard

Office Manager

Laci is an Administrative Creative at Laci Writes. She is part get-things-done and part storyteller. Laci is very familiar with functional medicine and has a healing story of her own to share. 10+ years happily gluten-free. Mom of a teen, tween and toddler, she is empathetic, resourceful and strives to find joy in all the little moments.

Amy Hadden

Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

Amy is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. She received her training from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

Amy offers online health and wellness coaching. Her approach blends coaching tools derived from positive psychology and functional medicine principles along with mind-body techniques to help clients find inspired motivation. The science of strengths is central to her approach since research shows people who utilize their strengths are 18 times more likely to thrive in life.

Amy is a survivor of mold-related illness. She is an affiliate member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI). Amy is no stranger to the host of frustrating and oftentimes misunderstood symptoms that come with thyroid issues and knows firsthand the cost of burnout from unmanaged stress.  Through a whole body approach, Amy continues to discover greater levels of health and wellness. She desires everyone⸺especially those who face chronic health challenges⸺to cultivate compassionate space for a kind, healing journey.  

Creativity and love of learning are at Amy’s core. She has experience in the realms of education, communications and organizational development. She first learned of the powerful connection between the mind and body during her decade in the kindergarten classroom and remains deeply curious about the interplay between our bodily experiences, thoughts and brains. Amy is seeking National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC) by sitting for exams in the coming year. 

Amy resides in Saint Louis with her husband and five-year-old son. On the rare occasion her nose isn’t in a book, her eyes expectantly scan the skies for rainbows. 

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