The Direct Functional Medicine Team

Meet Helen

Helen Tackitt DNP, RN, FNP-BC, NE-BC has over 15 years experience as a nurse practitioner providing high quality care in a number of practice settings. It has always been her dream to open her own practice where she can spend the time needed with her patients instead of being forced to rush them through clinic. She believes a personal and understanding relationship between the patient and their healthcare provider is important and it cannot be rushed. Helen’s work at the Cleveland Clinic as Director of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in the Taussig Cancer Center and as a Director of Clinical Practice and Education in the Duke Cancer Network made her aware of the gaps in Primary Care services for Cancer Survivors. Survivorship Primary Care that addresses the unique needs and monitors the treatment specific risks of Cancer Survivors became her passion. Direct Primary Care Mebane offers an array of primary care services to all patients, individuals and families, with no co-pays and no rush.

What is Functional Medicine?

At Direct Functional Medicine, we seek to get to the root of your chronic medical conditions.  Through use of specialized lab testing, not performed in traditional primary care settings, we can assess for nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, stress, hormones, gut disturbances, toxins and cellular dysfunction. These issues can impair metabolic function and manifest in numerous symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorders, migraines, and skin disorders. 

We prescribe medications for chronic diseases but with the goal of being able to decrease or discontinue medications as the root cause of the illness is treated.

What treatments are suggested?

Treatment plans are personalized to patients based off of the results of specialized lab testing. Treatment plans involve supplements and diet changes to balance gut health and heal a leaky gut, correcting nutrient deficiencies that keep people’s bodies from functioning properly, treatment plans to help the body detox harmful chemicals, metals and toxins, and hormone replacement to correct hormonal imbalances. 

Many people spend hundreds of dollars on over the counter vitamins and supplements hoping to feel better without benefit. We only suggest highly bio-available, quality supplements to correct your nutritional insufficiencies. Don’t spend money guessing what supplements you may or may not need, let us help you find the right ones for your health.