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Megan McElroy, PA-C

Megan McElroy, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Megan McElroy is a board-certified Physician Assistant with more than a decade of experience in functional and integrative medicine. Megan’s approach to practicing functional medicine involves being a “health detective” and practicing “practical” medicine—identifying patterns that may be negatively impacting optimal health or putting someone at risk for a medical problem in the future.


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About Megan McElroy, PA-C

Clinical Expertise

Thyroid health, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, health optimization and longevity, fertility optimization

Credentials
MS Physician Assistant Studies, IFM-Certified Practitioner (IFMCP)
What I love about Parsley Health
I am excited to be a part of a company that emphasizes collaboration and provides high-quality, accessible care.
Training Institutions
Colorado College (Bachelor’s in Biology, Minor in Religious Studies); Philadelphia/Thomas Jefferson University (Master’s in Physician Assistant studies); the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM); the Kresser Institute; the School of Applied Functional Medicine (SAFM); the Kharrazian Institute; Cogence Immunology
Previous Positions
Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor Scott & White; Lifestyle Medicine for metabolic conditions (thyroid conditions, pre-diabetes/diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome); Functional/Environmental Medicine (mycotoxin and complex illnesses); owner/co-founder of a private functional medicine practice in Austin, TX
What I’m most excited to bring to Parsley Health members
After many years of experience in Functional Medicine, I have learned that simple steps are often most effective at improving health. We are intended to thrive, but we don’t have to have “perfect,” strict diets and a long list of supplements to do so! There is so much information at our fingertips—I see my role as being able to filter out the “noise” and simplify the overwhelm. It may take time and patience, but I never give up on finding ways to help my members feel better.
Ask me about
How functional medicine and using fewer supplements improved my own health challenges (thyroid autoimmunity and gut imbalances).
Most likely to find me
Walking outside, listening to country music, making tea or herbal tinctures, expressing my creativity through sharing recipes and health tips online.
Language Proficiencies
Beginner-to-intermediate conversational Spanish

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