After 17 years of caring for acutely ill patients, Dr. Gruning left the Emergency Department in 2001 to provide the best possible care for auto accident injuries. After he developed Chronic Fatigue himself, Dr. Gruning did much additional study on natural therapies that heal and started on a journey that led into Functional Medicine. He discovered the work of Richie Shoemaker, MD with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and now concentrates on using his protocols, along with other Functional Medicine treatments, to provide healing and hope to complex patients for over 12 years. He understands the importance of holistic treatment and spending time with the patient to fully evaluate their complaints. He also seeks to heal the whole person-body, mind and spirit-because that is what provides the greatest long term success.