About Ashley Mannell, RD, NP, IFMCPNurse Practitioner, Practice Owner
As the only dual-credentialed psychiatric nurse practitioner and registered dietitian in Virginia, who is also a certified practitioner of Functional Medicine (through the Institute of Functional Medicine), I am uniquely qualified to provide a highly integrative and nutrition-centered treatment approach for people looking to achieve better mental health without relying solely on medications. I strongly believe that good physical, emotional, and mental health all start with a healthy gut and that reducing inflammation in the body is key to improving physical and mental wellness.
I integrate elements of nutrition and functional medicine into all of my treatment plans. These treatment plans are specifically tailored to each patient’s individual needs and goals—whether their goal is to decrease the number of psychiatric medications they take, discontinue them, or avoid taking them altogether to pursue a more natural and holistic approach to treating mental health symptoms.
My goal with every patient I work with is not just to treat their symptoms, but to work together with them to identify the underlying causes of the symptoms (which can vary from poor gut health, a taxed adrenal system, poor liver detoxification processes, low-level systemic inflammation, a history of trauma, etc). Treating only the symptoms of depression or other mood disorders is not a long-term solution and should no longer be the standard of care. A functional medicine approach to mental health and psychiatry is proactive, dynamic, collaborative, and integrative.
On a personal note:
I have lived in Richmond since 1999. I met my wonderful husband Ben while an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, and together we have three amazing daughters; Clementine, Chloe, and Clara, ages 9, 7, and 5. When I have spare time I spend it seeing friends, traveling, reading, and doing hot yoga….!! My little dog Henry comes to the office with me every day and keeps me company while I work or meet with patients. I strongly believe that laughter can be the best medicine and humor one of the best therapies.