About Wolfe Functional Medicine
Our mission is to provide health care rather than sick care; to look beyond just the symptoms, understand the root cause, prevent future disease and restore proper health through supplementation, diet, and lifestyle; implemented with genuine love and concern for our patients.
Wolfe Functional Medicine is a full-spectrum integrative health office.
If you’re here, my story will sound familiar.
I feel very vulnerable telling it, but I want you to know you are not alone.
I experienced so much illness in my life, suffered from so many different kinds of serious conditions, I became hopeless. I lost a sense of “the real me” and wondered if I’d ever find myself and my health again.
My frustration with incorrect diagnoses, immune system weakening medicines, and constantly falling into cycles of illness, lead me to seek out my own answers and a new approach to my health.
I like to say Functional Medicine found me and changed my life forever. I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life engrossed in this; studying published medical journals, attending symposiums, working on diplomates and seeking out the hidden solutions to many health concerns. I work to offer much more than blanket alternative care. I want answers and I want to be able to help you regain control of your health!
You may recognize yourself in many of my experiences.
I grew up on a diet high in refined sugar and suffered from constant ear and sinus infections. Frequent rounds of antibiotics lead to chronic constipation by the time I was a teenager. Nothing seemed to help. One time, in a last-ditch effort, my parents drove me two hours away to an Amish iridologist who worked from his kitchen. (I was immediately intrigued!) He gave me a bottle of powdered herbs which helped me for a while, but they never truly healed me. They didn’t get to the root of my illness as I would later discover through my studies and unfortunately, many other health conditions.
Life continued to give me plenty of new opportunities to learn what worked for my body and what didn’t:
- Systemic yeast built up in my system due to several factors. Childhood diet, environmental conditions, etc.
- Once, after my wood stove was serviced incorrectly, I came down with carbon monoxide poisoning and suffered extensively, further weakening my immune system.
- A tick bit me in my own backyard, and after taking a prophylactic dose of doxycycline to avoid Lyme disease, my skin erupted in inflamed patches all over my forehead.
In each of my circumstances, I did my own research, educated myself about my condition, and took the steps I needed to regain control of my health. I wouldn’t let these conditions beat me, and I wouldn’t let a doctor’s diagnosis like “IBS” be the end of my story. (I called BS on that one!)
Have you ever been told there is no cure for what you have, or that it’s all “in your head”? So have I.
In addition to all of the health obstacles above, I have a rare neurological condition called (MdDS) that is triggered by boats. Despite being on solid ground after disembarking, I continue to have the sickening sensation of bobbing up and down and being thrashed around as if I’m on high seas. Not just for a couple of days. More like months and even up to a year.
Several doctors told me it was all in my head.
Finally, a neurologist at John Hopkins Hospital diagnosed this condition and said there was no cure. He wrote me a prescription for Valium, and said, “Good luck”.
Perhaps you can guess by now that I refused to accept this life-sentence.
I am in remission from MdDS and no longer suffer from it. I have a strong immune system and more energy I’ve ever had. In fact, I’m in the best health of my life thanks to Functional Medicine, and some amazing resources. I have been able to put an end to these cycles of illness.
I want this for you too.
I believe life brought me all these challenges not only to make me a stronger person, but also a better doctor and understand first-hand what you’re going through. It is my mission to help you experience vibrant health again whether you’re suffering from a chronic illness or simply want to optimize your current level of wellness. I will fight for your health with the same persistence and dedication I fought for my own.
I’m grateful for the privilege of supporting you in your journey back to “the real you”.
Thank you for reading my story.
I’m ready to hear yours.
Ginger Wolfe, D.C.
Doctor Wolfe has over 17 years of experience improving the health and wellness of her patients through both Functional Medicine and Chiropractic care. From the very start of her career, she has had a dedicated passion towards understanding the “why” behind health conditions, how they originated, and how they can effectively be helped without the use of prescription medications. She has studied with the Functional Medicine University and has had extensive post graduate training in gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmunity, neurology, supplementation, clinical nutrition, sports medicine, functional endocrinology, pediatrics, and the gut-brain connection. Because of her unique and in-depth approach to healthcare, Dr. Wolfe often receives referrals from other practitioners including those from John Hopkins University and other national healthcare leaders.
Dr. Wolfe has held several professional memberships including the Colorado Chiropractic Association, the Maryland Chiropractic Association, and The Virginia Chiropractic Association as well as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She has served as a team doctor for triathlon clubs, soccer teams, and has had the pleasure of treating many professional athletes.
Dr. Wolfe is originally a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and fell in love with Boulder, Colorado while on a vacation during graduate school. She enjoys all the great outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, yoga, and triathlons. She currently sits on the board of the Boulder Triathlon Club and is a member of the Old School Industries Cycling Team. Whenever possible, you will find her best friend (and office teammate) “Colbie” in tow as her furry sidekick.
Meet Rachel our Office Manager. Although a classically trained flutist and professional singer-songwriter, Rachel has worked in the nutritional supplement and alternative medicine industry for 20 years.
She loves people, music, and the arts. Her passion for music with the goal to inspire people to be their unique selves allows for an intuitive understanding and compassion for our patients who come to our office for
extremely diverse health issues.
Andrew J Pollak, L.Ac, LMT
Colorado-Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Massage Therapist
Andrew J Pollak is a Colorado-licensed acupuncturist, clinical Chinese herbalist and massage therapist. He holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College and an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Medical Massage from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. He is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado (AAC). Andrew holds a Diplomat of Acupuncture and a Diplomat of Chinese Herbs.
The four-year Chinese medical training curriculum included over 3000 hours of didactic and clinical education and over 900 hours of clinical practice; the 2 year massage therapy training curriculum spanned 1350 classroom hours and 300 hours of clinical practicum.
Andrew is a native of Detroit, Michigan and has been a resident of Colorado since 2006. He loves cats and horses, and is endlessly enchanted by the hiking vistas explored and yet unknown in the Colorado mountains.
Andrew’s passion for deep healing in healthcare was born out of a love for languages. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he studied Linguistics and specialized in East Asian and Western European languages. Living abroad as an English teacher, he uncovered a dormant capacity for heartfelt listening while engaging his students in sincere conversation. Since then, he has developed many intuitive and scientific tools for hearing the issues in his patients’ tissues, such as clairvoyance, clairsentience and empathic point location.
Norah Charles, MSOM, L.Ac
Boulder Acupuncture and Herbs
Norah Charles, MSOM, L.Ac., holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the state of Colorado. Norah holds a Diplomat of Acupuncture and a Diplomat of Chinese Herbs. She is also a Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture.
Norah specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal issues, women’s reproductive health (including menopause), headaches, fatigue, hypertension, and many other chronic and acute conditions. Norah is especially committed to providing exemplary geriatric care and regularly treats patients in their senior years.
Prior to her education in Chinese medicine, Norah received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Colorado and worked as a writer. When not in the clinic, Norah likes to dance, read, hike, and practice yoga.
Colbie is our resident English Golden Retriever and Certified Therapy Dog. He’s a staple part of our office and even has his own business cards! You’ll often find him leaning into a patient’s leg, serving as a pillow for kids, or just basking in sun with one of his toys. We all need a little puppy love in our lives and we’re grateful for the love and joy he brings to our office and patients.
“Dr. Wolfe is incredibly knowledgeable, kind and very effective. Looking forward to continued improvement in my health from her work.”
“Dr. Wolfe is the absolute best! She is consistently amazing with the care that she provides.”
“Dr. Wolfe is probably one of my favorite medical professionals. Yes, I’m acquainted with a few. She is thorough, kind, honest, and so pleasant. I have been going to her for a few months now and she has made suggestions but never ever pressured me. She understands where people are in life and never oversteps but every time I go see her I feel like I’m going to a friend’s home. And I drive from Arvada. Also, the office administrator is wonderful. She works so hard to make each patient feel comfortable and at home. She is disarmingly kind and caring and remembers who you are and sees you as a person not a number. Two paragraphs later.. I HIGHLY recommend this office and Dr. Wolfe.”
“My wife had been suffering with fibromyalgia for nearly 6 years when we began seeing Dr. Wolfe for chiropractic treatment in Odenton, MD. By this point, we had seen nearly a dozen doctors who were unable and sometimes not even concerned to provide any improvement to her condition. Dr. Wolfe’s sincere concern for her patients plus knowledge and network of specialists in alternative medicine helped us to finally solve my wife’s on-going, debilitating issue; a severe sensitivity to gluten. Dr. Wolfe’s treatment revitalized my wife’s health and improved our family’s quality of life. This review is a thank you to her.”
“Dr. Wolfe is well-informed on inflammatory conditions and much more. I trust her.”
“Dr. Wolfe has done wonderful things for my body. Before seeing her for functional medicine, I would get sick from eating most foods. After a few months of her help, I am feeling amazing. I can eat foods that were previously on the “never eat” list with no issues. She is very nice and listens to everything you tell her.”
“So grateful we were referred to Dr. Wolfe by a family member a few months ago! Our 5-month-old boy was having trouble eating (hurting tummy) and gaining weight. We were in and out of hospitals because no one could figure out why he wouldn’t eat as much as he was supposed to and were concerned about his low weight (0 percentile on the growth chart). After the first two weeks of seeing Dr. Wolfe he was eating double what he could normally eat in one sitting and without all the crying and curling up. He is now gaining weight steadily and eating normally…. If you are debating on going in, stop putting it off. Just go!”
“Dr. Wolfe was fantastic to work with. She quickly identified the cause of my issue and was able to address it successfully – the results have been great! I highly recommend!”
“I have known and been a patient of Dr. Wolfe for 8 years while she had her office in Maryland. She is as compassionate as she is knowledgeable and skillful. She takes the time and has amazing patience to teach the importance of holistic medicine. I recommend her healing touch to anyone, anywhere and at any age. “
“Dr. Ginger Wolfe is an incredible doctor, caring person, and has a very organized practice. Getting treated by her is a great experience from start to end. Thank you, Dr. Wolfe!”
“I have been under Dr. Wolfe’s care for nine months now since she started me on a low sugar, no grains diet to reduce inflammation and ultimately get me off blood pressure medicine. I had been on BP meds for over 18 years. I have now been totally off all meds for 7 months. Yesterday my BP was 118/68. I can’t recommend Dr. Wolfe enough. She’s an awesome, caring person who genuinely loves taking care of her patients.”
“I would give 10 stars if it was an option! I am seeing Dr. Wolfe for functional medicine and within the first 10 minutes of my appointment, she knew exactly what was going on with me. She is kind, compassionate, wise and a great listener. I trust her completely!!!”
“Go see Dr. Wolfe now! I struggled for years with GI issues and couldn’t seem to make progress in getting control of my health. Within a month of becoming a patient of Dr. Wolfe, I started to see results and have continued to see progress over the past year. I feel like a completely different person now! I’ve had many issues to work through and Dr. Wolfe has been encouraging, thoughtful, kind, and is constantly reviewing the latest research and trends in the field to help support my health. I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Wolfe!”
“As part of my training regime for an upcoming Everest trek, I sought Dr. Ginger Wolfe’s expertise to improve athletic capability and performance. In one month on her Functional Medicine supplementation and diet program, I’ve lost 9 pounds and have felt dramatic gains in digestive health, quality sleep, stamina and recovery. With Dr. Wolfe’s guidance, I’m very excited by the prospect of continued mountaineering improvement and success.”