About Amanda M Swan APRN, IFMCP
You deserve to feel whole and healed so that you can live your life to the fullest and share your gifts with the world. Together we can take you down the road to health and wellness.
Amanda M Swan APRN, IFMCP
I am a Yale-trained nurse practitioner, IFM-Certified Practitioner, and wellness expert with over 10 years of experience in preventive medicine. I have spent much of my career ferociously seeking expertise in integrative and functional medicine, and have studied with great minds and mentors. I completed my Institute for Functional Medicine certification in December 2020, and am also completing my certification with the Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine.
My passion and excitement for integrative and functional medicine stems from my personal belief that our bodies are designed to heal. With the right tools and proper fuel, we can conquer chronic illness, prevent debilitating conditions, and be fully present in our lives. I strive to find the root cause of your symptoms rather than simply applying a pharmaceutical band-aid.
In the early years of my career, I cared for individuals living with HIV and other infectious diseases. My patients were often quite sick, and their care was complicated. These years gave me a solid foundation in conventional methodologies and the complexities of dis-ease. I have seen examples of conditions in which pharmaceuticals are absolutely necessary and lifesaving. However, I also know that in many cases our bodies are capable of healing themselves, and my practice is devoted to helping you do just that. Targeted nutritional interventions, smart supplementation, and root-cause resolution medicine allows me to guide you to healing, yet I am well trained to use and manage medications when appropriate.
I began my studies of health and wellness at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where I created my own major, “Health Studies”, a blend of mathematics, biology, and psychology. My senior thesis focused on the practice of midwifery in America and how it differs from conventional obstetrical care.
After graduation, I worked on a large research project at the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health which examined the group prenatal care model for inner city women to see if this intervention resulted in better birth outcomes and lower rates of HIV and sexually transmitted disease.
From there, I attended the Yale School of Nursing where I studied adult and women’s health, received my Masters in the Science of Nursing, and attained licensure as both a registered nurse and an advance practice registered nurse (nurse practitioner). My senior thesis was awarded the Milton A Sydney Prize and focused on contraceptive options for adolescents living with HIV.
The next leg of my educational journey was spent in Brooklyn, NY where I was a fellow in the Nicholas A Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program.
In 2014, I completed my certification as a holistic health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and joined a team of integrative practitioners in Kensington, CT, working alongside naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Here, I deepened my knowledge of natural medicine and was able to expand my clinical skills.
I have worked closely with Aviva Romm, MD, a well-known functional medicine physician, midwife, and fellow Yalie who is also one of the world’s top herbalists. The mentorship that Dr Romm has provided has been invaluable, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I had to be on her team.
I completed my Institute for Functional Medicine certification in December 2020.
When I am not practicing, studying, or dreaming up new ideas for my business, I can be found hanging out with my little boy, cooking, and doing Crossfit.
Michelle Kennedy, APRN
I came to the field of health after a number of experiences traveling in Russia, East Africa, and Central America. These focused my attentions on matters of health and wholeness. I was fascinated by concepts of health in the contexts of cultures and communities. I studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at University of California, San Diego.
Following some time working with Mercy Ship in New Zealand, I trained as a family nurse practitioner at the Yale School of Nursing where I was a National Health Service Corps fellow. I have been a board certified APRN in family medicine since 2005. I worked for nearly 10 years in community health centers, first in San Diego and then in the greater New Haven area. Over those years I was engaged in a variety of exciting projects involving school based health, diabetes prevention and education, nutrition, and integrative chronic pain, all while providing full scope primary care.
For the past 5 years I have worked in women’s health practice seeing patients of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds with all degrees of health and dis-ease. I provide GYN care for adolescents through menopause. I have provided labor support to women at home and in hospital/birth center settings. At Swan Integrative health I focus my practice on women and children. My goal and joy in practice is to join people on their journey to living life to the fullest. I believe in a body-positive approach to our understanding of ourselves and the body’s design to function well.
I am actively expanding my functional medicine knowledge base and have completed the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course.
Outside of work, I am married to my beloved, and the proud and grateful mama to three healthy, happy kids, all birthed at home.
Deirdre Brannin, APRN
Deirdre graduated from Boston College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a registered nurse she practiced in the Neonatal ICU, Pediatric Psychiatry and Women’s Health/ Obstetrics and Gynecology. She then earned her dual Master of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Administration online while working as the Patient Services Manager of a mother/baby hospital unit while she underwent 5 years of surgical treatments for a complicated arm fracture. Once medically cleared, she returned to Boston College to complete her Post-Master’s clinical training.
Deirdre has been working as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2013. She maintains two areas of clinical expertise: a pediatric and adolescent practice and an adult and geriatric practice. She is completing certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine and furthering her learning of botanical medicine in Dr. Aviva Romm’s Herbal Medicine for Women course.
In Deirdre’s words:
“As a practitioner of integrative medicine my role is to partner with you on your journey to wellness. Integrative medicine has so many tools to help support efficient biological processes that lead to health. We are not limited to only using pharmaceuticals once a disease has presented. We can intervene upstream, to identify and help resolve imbalances or inefficiencies that may be causing symptoms now or that may lead to disease in the future if left unresolved. I am not only a practitioner of integrative medicine, but I was also my first patient. This root cause approach saved my health when conventional medicine failed me.”
In her free time, Deirdre can usually be found outside in pursuit of active adventures. She loves the mountains and forests, hiking, backpacking, biking, snowboarding, kayaking, playing competitive soccer, swimming and traveling.
Sarah Fontaine, APRN, FNP-C
Sarah grew up surrounded by nurses. Both of her parents were in nursing and throughout her childhood her family fostered medically fragile children in their home. As a result, Sarah was immersed in caring for others and nursing at a very young age.
In 2013, Sarah graduated from University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut with a degree in nursing. She practiced as a nurse in a variety of settings with many different populations including pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics, all with a variety of health concerns ranging from failure to thrive to mental health issues. Sarah has always had a passion for learning. When an opportunity in the hospice and palliative community presented itself, she took it and began a journey in this specialty in 2015. She quickly saw the need for more nurses and practitioners in this setting and became a certified hospice and palliative nurse in 2018. Around that same time she decided to go back to school for her masters of science in nursing. Sarah graduated from the University of Saint Joseph in 2020 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
During her education and practice she has witnessed the health care model of “a pill for every ill.” Deep down, she knew there had to be more to health and sought out another way for her own family. That’s when Sarah met Amanda Swan APRN. She fell in love with the model of functional and integrative medicine that Amanda and her colleagues practiced. She completed her capstone clinical training at Swan Integrative Health and Wellness while finishing school for her masters degree in nursing. This helped to solidify Sarah’s desire to work in a similar setting. Upon graduation, Sarah began working at Swan Integrative Health and Wellness in a nursing capacity and has quickly transitioned into her newest role as one of our talented nurse practitioners.
Sarah is licensed to see children, adolescents, and adults, and has a passion for family medicine. Her goal is to equip her patients with all the tools they need to live a healthy and balanced life through prevention and finding root causes. She wants to join patients on their journeys to health and wellness. She strongly believes in health choice freedom.
Sarah is currently working on completing the Institute of Functional Medicine modules so that she can gain certification as a functional medicine provider. When she's not studying or working, she can be found enjoying her family which includes her loving husband and five beautiful children. Sarah looks forward to meeting amazing people from this community and partnering to find wellness!
Lisa Shettle, RDN, CD-N
Voted 10 Best In Nutrition By Natural Nutmeg Magazine
“I am passionate about translating the ever-changing science of nutrition into simple and meaningful information so patients can achieve optimal health without feeling deprived. I have learned that nutrition is completely individualized and that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”
Lisa is a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Connecticut and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and graduated from the University of St. Joseph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of St. Joseph.
Lisa has provided evidence-based medical nutrition therapy counseling for a variety of chronic conditions for patients in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, primary care and naturopathic practices. She supports her patients with an individualized, holistic, science-based approach while educating them about ways they can incorporate sustainable lifestyle changes so they can achieve their health goals.
When she is not working or in school, Lisa enjoys traveling, working out, trying new recipes and spending time at the ocean with her husband, two children, and mini-goldendoodle.
Rebecca “Becca” Crumb
I graduated from Dean College in 1994 with a degree in early childhood education. After graduation, I moved to Missoula, MT and worked as a nanny for a wonderful family who taught me volumes about patience, communication, and the importance of family. These lessons served me well as I went on to have my own family and began a career in healthcare. Today, I have three daughters of my own. I became a certified medical assistant in 2009 so that I could help others and pursue my interest in women’s health. I worked in a busy Ob/GYN office from 2009-2017 where I honed my skills, met some wonderful patients, and mastered the ins-and-outs of a medical office. When Amanda joined that practice, we quickly realized that we were a great team, and this has held true as I’ve transitioned into the role of medical assistant for Swan Integrative Health and Wellness. I love learning about integrative and functional medicine and look forward to what the future holds.
When I am not working, you will find me at home with my husband and our big, blended family. Together, we have seven children, two dogs, plus other small, furry family members. I enjoy cooking, traveling, and hanging with my family. There is never a dull moment!