FDN of SW Florida
Email: [email protected]m
- Associates in Science USNY 1988
- Bachelors in Science USNY 1997 (Biology) BS.c. 1997
- Certified Kalish Practitioner (Kalish Institute) 2014
- Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
(FDN, Bonesandhormones.com) 2014
- Certified Functional Medicine Lab Analysis 2016
- Studied @ School of Applied Functional Medicine 2016
About Anthony Llabres
As a young boy growing up in Buffalo NY I remember that my fascination with sports and fitness began at an early age. Be it the winter or the summer you could not find me in the house. We might be at the local school playground shooting hoops, hitting baseballs, playing tackle football or playing street hockey. In the winter, we would take our ice skates, flood a yard and play ice hockey. We often would find frozen roads and driveways to flood with water for a reasonably smooth surface and a good hockey game. If we could get a few dollars together we would go across the Peace Bridge to Canada so we could skate at the Ft Erie ice arena. The point is that I had a very active childhood.
At the age of 16 I sustained a severe shoulder injury while playing high school football. That day, I realized my shoulder would never be the same. While x-rays were negative I knew that every tissue structure in and around that joint was damaged. MRI was not possible in the mid-late 70’s and only through the miracle of being a healthy strong teenager was I able to regain much of my shoulder mobility and continue on. Many surgeries would follow until a full shoulder replacement was performed in 2014. The Functional Medicine approach worked miracles as you will see.
I had my eye on the US Military Academies for college. The application processes were in play for West Point or the Air Force Academy until 1981. It was a day I will never forget, Ronald Reagan on TV imploring that the Air Traffic Controllers of the nation return to their Control Towers and Radar Rooms which would end the PATCO strike. The job fascinated me in many ways. It was exciting, if not exhilarating to say the least. My focus changed from college to wanting to be an Air Traffic Controller. I was too young for the FAA, but not too young for a military enlistment in the United States Army as an Air Traffic Control Specialist.
In 1982 I enlisted in the United States Army. My travels took me to Texas, Alabama, Germany, Kansas and finally to the Federal Aviation Administration in 1987. Through this journey I never stopped weight training and reading about Health, Fitness and Nutrition. While I loved my job, I always felt as though something was missing! I wanted to know more about the human body and it's biology. That led me to study and attain a 4 year degree in the Biological Sciences in 1997 through USNY. Additionally I opted to continue my military service and enlisted in the medical field with the US Air Force Reserves (Medical Technician). My reserve duties took me to Homestead AFB and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. I was honorably discharged after 8 years of duty in 2001.
At the age of 38 something was wrong. I did not feel right but I couldn’t put my finger on the problem. My detective mind was hard at work trying to analyze the negative symptoms I was encountering. I mean life was great right? I had a fantastic job, great personal life, played ice hockey and weight trained regularly. Everything was supposed to be going well. But everything wasn’t well, I started to have intermittent brain fog, fractional urination and unanticipated weight gain around the midsection. How could I be suffering from these ailments when I had not changed much in the way of diet, exercise and nutrition? I should be healthy, but my health was failing.
I researched my symptoms and self-diagnosed that I was suffering from prostate hypertrophy and declining hormone levels. After running a few lab tests and discussing the issue with some scholarly research chemists, I opted for Hormone Replacement Therapy. I didn't clearly understand the underlying root cause, but at least I could begin to feel better. Within 2 weeks of therapy, my symptoms began to noticeably improve. I was feeling NORMAL once again after a few months. Energy, clear mind, urinary flow were returning to normal. I never stopped reading, asking questions on forums and discussing anti-aging with experts in their respective fields. Surely there was a REASON, a "Root Cause" for my symptoms! If I could find the answers, I could teach others how to avoid my mistakes.
Fast forward to 2009. I began to focus on an area of healthcare called Functional Medicine. Many Doctors were leaving their traditional practices for work in this field. They were actually treating the body systems as a whole and not merely treating patient symptoms. I knew I was getting closer to something big! Had I found my niche’?
By 2013 I had decided I would retire from the FAA and pursue a career in Functional Medicine. Several visionaries in the field such as Reed Davis of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Dr. Dan Kalish of the Kalish Institute, were paving the roads for me to follow my dream.
I enrolled in both training courses in 2013/2014. The training was very comprehensive and enlightening. As a certified practitioner through both organizations, I am now able to work with clients around the world. Practitioners cannot diagnose or treat specific diseases as a rule, but the real beauty of the Functional approach is that we can work on underlying body systems such as the Hormone, Immune, Digestive, Detoxification and Brain which just so happen to alleviate or eliminate top complaints that patients bring to their physicians.
Through this work and the DRESS code (Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction and Supplementation), clients are coached through a structured model that they can use throughout their lives to remain healthy and vibrant.
It was through the Functional Approach that I designed a personal recovery protocol that would assist me with healing after Total Shoulder Replacement in October 2014. 4 weeks post-op, my physical therapist said he had never seen anything like it. He asked me how I was healing so fast and so well. 2 weeks later my surgeon advised the same. He said he had never seen anything like it. Things were going so well my physician released me from physical therapy, and advised me, “to keep doing whatever it is that you’re doing” at just 12 weeks. While I did credit my surgeon for his professionalism and great skills, there was much going on behind the scenes with my nutrition and DRESS principles. I began my protocol about 1 month pre-op and continued it through 20 weeks post-op. That is the power of a Functional Medicine Approach!
Now in my 50’s, it’s my mission to share my knowledge, and the knowledge of others, who are experts in their field with you! I don't claim to have all the answers. I do claim that the answers to your health concerns are out there and through my resources we can design a protocol to address underlying body malfunctions that can address your issues. In this day and age, we all have dysfunctions and imbalances in our bodies. It’s my job to do the detective work to unravel the mysteries surrounding your health concerns. People are getting sicker earlier in life than ever before. Many woman are having difficulty conceiving and don’t know why. Modern medicine may not have the answer to what ails you. The Functional, Whole Person Approach may very well have that answer. I know it did for me.
I desire that as people age, they age gracefully and thrive, not merely exist as though nothing can be done to improve their poor state of health. That’s my personal goal for you as well.
I want to use this website in a way that not only promotes my business and skill sets, but to share with you some of the great work that others in Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Alternative Therapies and Biochemistry are engaged in today. I highly encourage you to ask questions, explore the other resource links in the site, and challenge yourself to grow in knowledge and in confidence that your health is valuable enough to you and to your loved ones to maintain for a lifetime.
In Good Health….