Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Suzanne Tither is a Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist and is committed to bringing true compassion, warmth, and humor to her patients. Suzanne bridges the best of Western and Eastern medical philosophies to help patients improve their health and maximize their overall well-being.
Suzanne has practiced as both a nurse and acupuncturist for over 20 years. She has a strong background addressing the healthcare needs of men, women, and children of all ages. During the early stages of her career she worked in various healthcare settings to include family practice, college health, pediatrics, and fertility and reproductive endocrinology. For nearly a decade now Suzanne has worked extensively within functional and integrative medicine facilities, combining her skills as both an Eastern and Western medical care practitioner to meet patient needs.
“From a very young age, I have been fascinated by Western medicine. If I ever became sick, my father, a scientist, would swab my throat in his microbiology lab and culture the bacteria to determine proper treatment. Starting here I knew the power of medicine and the capacity of the body to heal.”
Areas of Expertise and and Interest:
Education and Specialized Training
- Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, The University of Maryland School of Nursing (2012)
- Master of Acupuncture, Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD (2001)
- Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, John Hopkins University School of Nursing (1997)
- Extensive training with:
- The Institute for Functional Medicine
- The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
- The Kalish Institute
- Dr. Isabella Wentz, a Hashimoto’s expert
- Functional Nutrition Lab Digestive Intensive Graduate with Andrea Nakayama
- Undergoing Certification in Functional Medicine at the Functional Medicine University
- Undergoing training in Full Body Systems Nutrition Intensive with Andrea Nakayama
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Institute for Functional Medicine
About Suzanne Tershak Tither
Bridging Eastern and Western Medicine to Deliver Patient-Centered Care
Suzanne’s interest in medicine began in childhood. Her parents were microbiologists and she was exposed to the Western germ theory early on. Whenever sick with a sore throat, she joined her father in his microbiology lab where he swabbed her throat and cultured the bacteria in his incubator. If it was Streptococcus pyogenes, she was given dad’s laboratory penicillin. Realizing first-hand this miraculous cure to an unwanted symptom, Suzanne came to appreciate what Western medicine had to offer.
Suzanne decided to become a healthcare provider after watching Bill Moyers’ Healing and the Mind documentary series while in college. The concept of the body, mind, spirit, and energetic aspects of illness inspired her. She became fascinated with more holistic approaches to managing disease.
The deepest foundation of her functional medicine training came while working at the Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine in Waltham, MA. There she cared for men, women, and children with severe chronic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as allergies and hormone imbalance.
Suzanne also worked alongside hormone expert Nisha Jackson at Peak Medical Clinic in Medford, OR where she continued to utilize her functional medicine skills and educate other providers. Since 2020, she has provided functional medicine tele-health services to patients in the mid-Atlantic.
“Combining the healing philosophies and tools of both Western and Eastern medicine to serve my clients optimally is by far the best of both worlds. From the West, we come to know the body’s biochemistry: to recognise hormonal, nutrient, digestive, and immune imbalances and how to strategically address them with the use of nutraceuticals, hormone replacement, medications (sparingly), a proper diet, and lifestyle and stress management. The East offers a more holistic framework, recognizing that all of the systems and organs in our body work together energetically….that they are inherently interconnected. The body naturally strives for balance of mind, body, and spirit.”
Suzanne is committed to bringing true compassion, warmth, and humor into her patient-centered practice based on true collaborative care. Her thirst for knowledge and learning new concepts and skills to serve her patients better is her commitment and a constant source of joy and inspiration. She has a forward-thinking approach to healthcare and will guide a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Blending supplements, nutrition and nutrient therapy, lifestyle and stress management, bio-identical hormones, mind/body/spirit integration, acupuncture, and medications if needed, Suzanne will support you in your path to optimal wellness and vibrant health.
When not practicing medicine, Suzanne can be found reading, writing, practicing yoga, studying astrology, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, fishing, and exploring the Big Sky wilderness with her husband Eric and their Labrador retriever Ben and Golden Retriever Olive.
If you are committed to healing, let’s connect to see if working together feels like a good fit.