Dr. Michael Schoenwalder
Dr. Schoenwalder has been a practicing, board certified Internal Medicine physician since 2005. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic medical degree from Des Moines University in 2002, finishing third in his graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in 2005. After 10 years of practicing traditional Internal Medicine, he became frustrated with the current healthcare system. He did not believe this way of practicing medicine was beneficial to the long term health of his patients. There had to be more to help his patients recover from the chronic illnesses that he saw every day in his practice. Because of this, he decided to further his education by attending the University of Southern Florida for functional/preventative medicine from 2012-2013. He loves this new focus of medicine. In the five years that he has incorporated this into his practice, Dr. Mike has seen first-hand how beneficial it is to shift the focus from an isolated set of symptoms to treating the whole person. He routinely maintains his credentials and certifications with various continuing education programs.
Dr. Mike was born and raised in St. Louis. He and his wife, Maureen, have four children - Justin, Jacob, Joshua and Josie and a dog named Jasmine. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He loves family vacations especially to Disney. Lastly, he loves his early morning workouts and running on the weekends.
Kristina Plesons, Nurse Practitioner
Kristina has been a practicing RN since 2007 with background in critical care, cardiology, internal and functional medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, graduating magna cum laude. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2013. She is a certified Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. She has been practicing functional medicine since 2014 when she joined Dr. Schoenwalder's practice. Her goal is to focus on the person as a whole, and optimize their health through preventive medicine and holistic approach. She is trained in prolozone, PRP, and bio-identical hormone replacement.
Kristina is married with two sons, Will and Luke, and her lab named Max. She enjoys the outdoors and loves gardening, fishing, kickboxing, and spending time with her family and friends. With her background in nursing, she feels it is important to treat the patient as a whole and believes that healing is a matter of mind, body, and spirit. Her goal is to help educate patients about wellness, anti-aging and preventive medicine, and allow patients to have an active role in their healthcare.