Christine Maren D.O. is a board-certified physician and the founder of an innovative functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan and Texas. She was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and environmental toxins. Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping other modern-day moms optimize their health during pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their life back.
Dr. Maren was born and raised in Colorado by parents who promoted an active lifestyle and good nutrition. This upbringing inspired an interest in natural medicine at an early age, and she chose an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach. She earned her medical degree (D.O.) at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University and later moved to San Antonio, Texas to train at one of the nation’s premier family medicine residency programs at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.
During residency, she spent a month in Tucson, Arizona, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil’s group at The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil, who has been coined ‘The Father of Integrative Medicine,’ was a guiding figure very early in her career. Spending this time in Tucson was an exciting and transformative experience.
When Dr. Maren was later introduced to functional medicine to address her own health concerns, she knew it would become the focus of her practice. She devoted countless hours to studying and began her training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. This journey gave her to the tools she was missing in her conventional training, and reignited her passion for medicine.
Inspired by Dr. Amy Myers’ leadership in the functional medicine community, she joined her practice at Austin UltraHealth. Dr. Myers’ books, The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection, drew complex patients from around the globe. Dr. Maren had the privilege of partnering with these patients, specializing in autoimmunity, digestive health and thyroid disorders.
In 2017, Dr. Maren completed her exams and coursework to become a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFMCP). She opened her own independent practice upon relocating to Metro Detroit for her husband’s fellowship training, and later returned home to Colorado to be closer to family.
She is happily married to a fellow physician, and has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. In her free time, she’s probably chasing kids, reading a book about functional medicine, or hanging out with her functional medicine friends… but you may also find her at Whole Foods, Orange Theory Fitness or packing her bags for the Colorado mountains.