Hi, I’m Dr. Larry Silber. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I’ve lived in several different cities around the country and have spent years traveling abroad as well. I now call the pacific NW home for the past 20 years and feel this is the most beautiful place I have lived.
I have always been active and athletic. Starting with Basketball on the city streets, competitive swimming teams, running, biking, weightlifting and pretty much anything with a competitive edge to it. Even to this day I exercise regularly and train for Crossfit events, seeking to earn the title of fittest in the world in my age division.
This was not the case with some of my family members. I got to see up close the damaging effects of stress and poor nutrition on people I cared about around me. My father did not take good care of himself and at the very young age of 53 he passed away in his sleep from a stroke. The impact of that event was to direct my life to learn all I could about how to stay healthy and share what I learned with as many people as I possibly could.
My first business was a fitness studio. Teaching people to become fitter gave me the experience of what it takes to coach people to make changes in their lifestyles. It was at this time that a friend introduced me to Chiropractic. Chiropractic had a life-changing impact on her and I was curious to hear about it but I was not yet sold.
Once I did meet this certain Chiropractor he explained to me how the body heals itself if there is no interference to the system working as it should. A light then went off in my head and I started to get the “Big Idea”. Medicine and drugs were good for acute and emergency conditions, but the only way to achieve lasting health and healing was by restoring the normal function of the body. The way to do this required removing the things that were causing the problems and replacing them with healthy lifestyle choices. Now I was sold!
I went to Chiropractic school in Atlanta, GA and practiced for many years in Atlanta and in the Seattle area. I had the privilege of being able to help many people from infants to seniors, sedentary people to high level athletes. By removing interference to the nerve system people got well. I also noticed though that peoples’ lifestyle choices, especially surrounding stress, nutrition and exercise kept people from achieving the highest and most lasting level of health of which they were capable.
This is what brought me to Functional Medicine. Emotional stress, dietary stress, pain and hidden inflammation over time will cause the normal healthy function of the body to break down resulting in chronic common health conditions like weight gain, fatigue, depression, female hormone and digestive problems. By using lab-based natural healing programs and lifestyle coaching, people recover normal function and return to feeling alive and energetic once again.
For the past several years I’ve taken every functional medicine class I could from world-renowned experts and have been mentored by excellent clinicians. I learned how to eat, how much to sleep, and how to deal with stress. In 2013, I started studying with Dr. Daniel Kalish at The Kalish Institute in their basic and advanced programs. I utilized the Kalish Method on myself. Through highly-sensitive testing of the three body systems, I was given an individualized program to reset my hormones, heal my gut and restore normal liver function. I feel better, weigh less, and perform better now than when I was in my 20’s.
These days, people come to see me for any number of health problems. They don’t feel well, they don’t have energy, they’re depressed, have gut problems, basically they’re not able to live life as they want to and they want to make a change. My role is to figure out the root cause and put them on a plan that will naturally and safely bring them back to full, vibrant function.
Functional Medicine makes perfect sense and has a solid scientific base. I use sensitive testing that you can do in the privacy of your home to figure out what’s causing the breakdown in the three foundational body systems. Then I use time-tested and proven protocols along with healthy lifestyle coaching to help you truly thrive, beyond being symptom-free. Optimum health and function is your birthright. I can help you to find it again!