Dr. Elisa Mercuro, DO

Doctor of Osteopathy

Dr. Elisa Mercuro is a Certified Functional Medicine Physician. Her mission is to reverse and prevent chronic diseases and help her patients experience optimal vitality and health. Functional medicine is a systems approach to your biology. Dr. Mercuro will work with you to find the root causes of your medical problems. She uses personalized treatment plans that involve dietary changes, lifestyle interventions, and supplements or medications to target the imbalances that precede, trigger or perpetuate disease. Elisa’s main goal is to educate her patients so they are able to find and maintain their own best health. True to her osteopathic roots, she feels the body has an amazing ability to heal itself and her recommendations and efforts seek to restore optimal function.

Dr. Mercuro works as a functional medicine consultant in addition to your healthcare team. She treats many medical problems using a functional medicine and integrative medicine approach but, asks that you maintain a primary care physician for emergencies, routine care, and standard screening. She does not function as your primary care physician.

Dr. Mercuro is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She received her residency training in family medicine at NH Dartmouth. She worked in primary care for 13 years in Derry, NH. Elisa was inspired to study functional medicine after realizing that she was managing declining health in her patients instead of promoting health. She received her certification from the Institute of Functional Medicine in 2016.

 

Elisa’s Personal Story

I think if I am being completely honest, I entered medical school because of obesity, which is a chronic medical condition. I was obese my entire childhood and overweight for most of my adulthood. I certainly did not put this on my medical school entrance essay but I think all along I have been seeking answers to my own health problem. Interestingly, the answers did not come in medical school. I was not self-aware enough at the time to realize I was looking for solutions for my own health until I was sitting in my first functional medicine lecture. I became so emotional right in the middle of the conference as the information was presented to me in such a way, that I felt all of my life experiences had led me to that moment. I was finally able to improve my own health through functional medicine. This compelled me to learn and share this approach with my patients. Having practiced for many years in conventional medicine, I recognized the limitations in the prevention and treatment of chronic medical conditions. Functional medicine gave me a whole new set of tools to change the course of my own health and the health of my patients. In fact, if I am asking my patient to alter their diet or implement some intervention or lifestyle change, odds are I have tried it too. 

 

EDUCATION

2001 Doctor of Osteopathy, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri
1997 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
1996 Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA

 

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION

2016 Institute of Functional Medicine Certification Program
(successfully completed certification)
2004 NH Dartmouth Family Practice Residency, Concord, NH

 

CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Family Practice
Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Provider

 

LICENSE

New Hampshire
Massachusetts

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Family Physicians
Institute for Functional Medicine

 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS / PROJECTS

2015 Hereditary Cancer Screening, Researched and implemented Hereditary Cancer screening and testing in primary care setting

2015 Yoga for Pain, Helped organized Yoga instruction for Chronic Pain patients in medical group visit setting

2015 Gastrointestinal Health Medical Group Visit, Organized and conducted a medical group visit program with the focus on gastrointestinal health and the treatment of GERD and IBS using a functional medical approach

2014 Medical Group Visits for Diabetes, Implemented group visit program for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

2014 Accelerated Weight Loss Program, Initiated an accelerated weight loss program utilizing a mildly Ketogenic Food Plan for the Treatment of Obesity in a group setting

2013 Metabolic Detoxification Group, Organized and ran the 28-Day Metabolic Detoxification Program

2016 IFM Annual International Conference on Modifiable Lifestyle Factors

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS

The Science of Habit Change
Positive Psychology Research and Happiness
Running and Pilates
Mindfulness Meditation
Cooking