Christine Maren D.O. is a functional medicine physician, board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine. She was born and raised in Colorado by parents who promoted an active lifestyle and good nutrition. This upbringing inspired an interest in holistic medicine at an early age. But it was her own personal health challenges with chronic digestive issues, autoimmunity, hypothyroidism, gluten intolerance and recurrent pregnancy loss that motivated her to study functional medicine.
She chose an osteopathic medical education in search of a more holistic approach, earning her medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University in May 2009. She 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 opened her own independent practice and completed her exams and coursework to become a Certified Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFMCP).
A mother of two, she has first-hand experience with preconception and postpartum health, pregnancy, infertility and childhood wellness. She is happily married to a fellow physician, and has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. In her free time, she’s probably 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.