Alabama Functional Medicine

Alabama Functional Medicine Staff

Our Mission

Our mission is to offer you the latest tools and treatment options to help with the toughest problems patients face. We emphasize preventive and natural measures to restore youthfulness and help maintain an active lifestyle.

Our Practice

Most people present to us with a problem or diagnosis that has just gone on way too long. They are tired of being labeled and just given medicines. They are tired of being labeled incontinent, heart patient or chronically depressed. They are tired of the solutions that have been offered. They may already have had treatments, like surgeries or medicines causing significant side effect. They learn of us from a friend who is urging them on or find us from googling their specific problem and they see something they pray can help them. As a team it gives us great satisfaction to present highly effective strategies that have dramatically helped those with similar problems or diagnoses. We love bringing technologies that patients could only dream existed. We try to get patients where they need to be in the quickest, safest, least expensive way.

Everything around us is advancing at an incredible pace. Cell phones are a pocket-sized links to the world. Cars are available with GPS that analyze traffic and suggest a faster route. Shouldn't your doctor have access to the latest medical technology?

At Alabama Functional Medicine we make great efforts to keep up with the medical science and technology available to us today. New tests offer information we never dreamed possible. We can test to see if you're likely to experience an early heart attack, and whether or not some of the prescription medicines you take are actually working.

Some of these more advanced tests may not yet be covered by insurance, but we help you make informed decisions to make the most of new technologies.

We are confident we can assist you in regaining your health, but we know the unexpected can happen. If Dr. McWhorter detects a condition requiring a visit to the hospital he will contact one of the area hospitalists to assist in the transition to hospital care. The hospitalist will serve as your primary care physician while in the hospital, but he or she will also keep Dr. McWhorter updated on your treatment and progress. This relationship will afford you the best care because in-patient care is the hospitalist's specialty. Dr. McWhorter welcomes your updates and calls while in the hospital.

Our Process

Prevention and treatment of health problems is serious at Alabama Functional Medicine, and we take it personally. We do more than just treat you when you're sick, we help you learn how to take control of your personal journey to optimal health. Dr. McWhorter is committed to working with each patient, using an innovative healthcare approach and the latest in medical technology, to achieve real results you can live with.

  • Advanced Labs - Identify risk factors at the earliest possible stage, see how interventions are working.
  • Cardiovascular - Identify risks and root causes of heart disease leading to assurance of no future heart concerns.
  • Supplements - Bridging the gap in modern day nutritional deficiencies.
  • IV Therapies - We offer IV Therapies to those in need when supplements cannot work due to digestive issues.
  • Detoxing - Learn what contributes to fatigue, brain issues, pelvic health issue and hormone problems.

Our Team

Dr. Ryan McWhorter, M.D.

Dr. Ryan McWhorter, M.D.

After I had established myself as a family care physician I lost my father figure due to heart disease. He was too young for this to happen and, like everyone, I thought there has to be a better way to predict, and try to prevent, these conditions. It was a real turning point in my career, leading me to seek advanced cardiovascular training. One conference led to another, and I realized new and better therapies, that make a real difference, do exist.

I am amazed daily by the light-speed advancement of modern medicine, whether it involves relieving severe joint pain, reversing cardiac disease, new options for cancer support, eliminating urinary incontinence, or improving erectile dysfunction. Each day I hope to learn something new and exciting to assist my patients in restoring and maintaining the health they want to achieve. It is a true passion to bring help to those who need to enjoy life again.


After graduating with honors from Auburn University at Montgomery, Dr. McWhorter received his medical education at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham (UAB), graduating in 1994. In medical school he was awarded the G. Gayle Stephens Award for Excellence in Communication and the Mutual Assurance Award for Excellence in Family Medicine.

Medical Certification & Licensure:

Dr. McWhorter is certified to practice Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine by the State of Alabama.

Professional Organizations:

Dr. McWhorter is a member in good standing with the American Board of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, The Institute of Functional Medicine, Cellular Medicine Association (CMA), Bale & Doneen Method / Practice, Klinghardt Academy, Medical Association of the State of Alabama, I.A.S.I.S Certification, and Sciton JOULE Aesthetic Practitioner.

Continuing Education:

Dr. McWhorter attends a minimum 50 hours of continuing education in the medical field each year in order to maintain Family Medicine Board Certification and licensure.

Alternative Studies, Conferences & Certifications:

Dr. McWhorter also pursues additional education in alternative studies as taught by leading M.D.'s, because he is searching for the best healthcare has to offer, and he knows the way we've always done it does not always provide optimal care for the patient. Dr. McWhorter also pursues additional education in alternative studies as taught by leading MD’s, because he is searching for the best healthcare has to offer, and he knows the way we've always done it does not always provide optimal care for the patient. In medical school he was told advances in medicine would overshadow many of the things he was then being taught, and he would always need to keep up with new and better ways to treat his patients.

With this in mind, Dr. McWhorter seeks to learn all he can about new and emerging treatments by attending training sessions and conferences across the country.

  • Bale and Doneen Preceptor Course for Advanced Cardiac Prevention, Lubbock, Texas and Sedona, Arizona
  • Testosterone Pellet Insertions for Women with Mark E. Richards, M.D., Washington, DC
  • Curing the Incurables with Simon Yu, M.D., St. Louis, Missouri
  • Detox Summit with Kenneth Bock, M.D., New York City, New York
  • Weight Loss, Xymogen, New York City, New York
  • Applying Functional Medicine in Practice with Mark Hyman, M.D., Austin, Texas
  • Detox Advanced Practice Module, Denver, Colorado
  • Energy Advanced Practice Module, Dallas, Texas
  • Cardiometabolic Advanced Practice Module with Mark Houston, M.D., Atlanta, Georgia
  • Immunology Advanced Practice Module
  • GI Advanced Practice Module
  • Hormone Advanced Practice Module
  • Energy and Movement IFM Annual Conference with Mark Hyman, M.D.
  • Annual International Conference of The Omics Revolution Nature and Nurture, Austin, Texas
  • Brain Neuroplasticity IFM Annual Conference with David Perlmutter, M.D. and Anat Baniel “Neuromovement”
  • European Injections Academy, Bastyr Univ. with Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D., Seattle, Washington
  • Autonomic Response Testing I, II, Bastyr Univ. with Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D., Seattle Washington
  • Reversing Alzheimer's with Dr. Dale Bredeson, Pasadena, California
  • IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) with Thomas Levy, M.D. and David Brownstein, M.D., Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ozone Therapies Group on Cellulitis, Varicose Veins, Hair Restoration with Marcelo Valio Day, M.D., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cancer Treatment Center for America CME, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Real Health Conference / Lancaster Agriculture with Dr. Sally Fallon, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • The Science of Obesity Webinar
  • Healing the Gut Webinar
  • Vampire Face Lift® and BreastLift® Certification with Charles Runels, M.D.
  • Hair Loss Restoration using PRP Certification with Charles Runels, M.D.
  • O-Shot® for Urinary Incontinence, Sex Response in Women with Charles Runels, M.D.
  • P-Shot® for ED Reversal in Men Certification with Charles Runels, M.D.
  • Mastering the Thyroid with Drs. Datis Kharrazian and Stephen Noseworthy, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ozone Therapies Group Tips and Pearls with Frank Shallenberger, M.D. and Michael Gerber, M.D., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Ozone Without Borders, Aruba
  • Foundation of Nutritional Therapy

Our Healthcare Team

Vickie McEwen, Nurse

Vickie McEwen, Nurse

Vickie McEwen began working for Dr. McWhorter in March of 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field.

"I love working with Dr. McWhorter and the patients at Alabama Functional Medicine. They keep me motivated with their kindness and appreciation for giving them the best care I can."

Vickie is married, with one daughter. Her family lives in the country and has two cats and three dogs. She enjoys going to the beach and visiting Savannah, Georgia, but her favorite place to be is at home working in her yard during the summer, or sitting in front of the fireplace in the winter months.

Nikki Hinson, Lab Tech

Nikki Hinson, Lab Tech

Nikki Hinson is our in-office phlebotomist. She has been working in this field for many years and is happy to help with your lab needs.

Nikki is the proud mother of two boys, Jerrell and Nicholas. She loves going to the beach, especially Gulf Shores, and is a fan of all types of music, but her favorite genre is Neo-Soul. Nikki is also a fan of the Auburn Tigers.

Maranda Kervin, Membership and Procedure Coordinator

Maranda Kervin, Membership and Procedure Coordinator

Maranda Kervin is happy to answer your questions about membership in Alabama Functional Medicine or any of the procedures offered in our office. She has worked in the healthcare industry for 12 years, and is currently finishing a business degree with focus on healthcare administration.

On fall Saturdays Maranda enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide with her husband Brian. She loves being involved with her two beautiful children and their extra-curricular activities. Maranda volunteers her time coaching cheerleading, Upward basketball, baseball, and softball. She also enjoys time relaxing with her family at the beach during her off time.

Pam Gabehart, Administrative Assistant

Pam Gabehart, Administrative Assistant

Pam is the administrative assistant to Dr. McWhorter. If you have any suggestions or concerns just let her know. Pam will also be glad to help you with your supplement orders. You can reach her on our dedicated supplement line (334) 819-4Rxs and have your supplements shipped to you for free.

Pam has degrees in History and Human Resource Management. She and her husband, Ken, have two children, JB and Kensley. Pam enjoys watching her children play sports, going to the beach, and cheering for Troy and Alabama.

Christie Boucher, Procedure Technician

Christie Boucher, Procedure Technician

Christie is the procedure technician for the exciting new treatments we offer such as the EMSella, IASIS, HOCATT, and HUGO.

Christie has a Business Administration degree and served in the Marine Corps.  She is married to Robert, her high school sweetheart. They have two children, Kaitlyn and Christian, whom she homeschools. Christie loves to work on her yard, read a good book, Turtle Tracks ice cream, and a good fajita. You will also hear her cheering "Roll Tide" during football season.

Beth Nixon, Receptionist

Beth Nixon, Receptionist

Beth is our receptionist and is the patient's initial contact with the office. She assists by answering calls and emails, greeting patients, and selling supplements.

Beth is a former teacher who is studying to become a nurse. She has two daughters, Emery and Anne Marshall. Beth enjoys going to the beach, teaching Sunday School, cooking, and spending time with her family cheering for the Crimson Tide.

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