we’re proud alaskans
Seaworthy Functional Medicine offers you an opportunity for lasting movement forward to feeling very well and being very healthy. Seaworthy is unique in that it combines old-school sweat-the-details family medicine compassion and training with cutting edge telemedicine, specialized testing and an energetic, responsive team. At Seaworthy we have learned how to help patients achieve their goals amidst the challenges of living and thriving in Alaska: we deliver a refined and effective way of working together.
Rob Downey, MD
Dr. Rob Downey witnessed his first exceptional clinical outcome in response to functional medicine in 2006 when his natural medicine mentor turned around a severe autoimmunity case via whole food, probiotics and safe, potent anti-inflammatory botanical supplements. When he asked her whether getting Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) training would allow him to “speak the language” so he could understand what she was doing she responded, “If you get the IFM training, you will help people the way I do.” He never looked back.
Dr. Downey is driven to connect with other people, listen deeply to what they are experiencing and ask, with them, “What’s next, where do we go with our thoughts and actions to be whole and healthy?” It started in childhood talking with friends and family while hiking in the mountains of western Montana and continues part-and-parcel in the IFM-informed therapeutic alliance he endeavors to form with every patient. He finds there is a beauty, transparency and honesty in the doctor-patient relationship when approached this way. His patients report this approach creates a space for them to get over their hurdles and be their best.
Dee Dahmann, RRT, RPSGT, RST
Dee Dahmann RRT, RPSGT, RST is our Functional Medicine Clinic Manager. Dee started working in the medical field at the age of 16 and completed her education in Respiratory Therapy, Biology, Business Administration and Sleep Medicine before moving to Alaska in 2010. She has a great thirst for knowledge and loves Alaska and all that it entails. Travel, fishing, hunting, gardening, charcuterie, smoking meats and canning are a few of her broad list of interests. She practices mindfulness and meditation daily, works toward improving her life and that of those around her daily and thoroughly enjoys working with the SPH Functional Medicine team.
Emily joined the Seaworthy team in August of 2019. She has spent most of her time here in Homer, AK and loves nothing more than walking the beach with her dogs. Emily was excited to work in Functional Medicine after seeing how it helped friends and family members.
Jacob Gunzel: MA
Jacob joined the team in early 2020. He moved from Washington to Alaska in 2018 to experience new things and a better way of living. Functional Medicine has been a way to help him find vital balances to keep his body healthy and happy.
Alysia Partridge: MA
Alysia moved to Alaska from Colorado with her husband in 2014. She has two sons, Rodger who is 2 and Jack who is 5. She recently left her management job at Safeway to jump into the healthcare industry as a CNA in Long term care at South Peninsula Hospital. Alysia joined our team in the summer of 2020 as a medical assistant.