Dr. Rebecca Ryder
Dr. Rebecca Ryder is a board certified gynecologist, a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and an expert in nutrition. Dr. Ryder’s medical degree and residency were completed at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition.
She is a former faculty member at Duke University and Eastern Virginia Medical School, and has completed extensive training in medical acupuncture for physicians as well as herbal medicine.Dr. Ryder was selected by her peers several times as “TOP DOC” in her field. The recognition is courtesy of a yearly Hampton Roads Magazine survey.
Dr. Ryder blends the roles of traditional and holistic medicine. She is one of the few physicians in Hampton Roads who has completed the Institute for Functional Medicine’s training program. Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs.
By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine doctors spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine individualizes treating the patient.
She is well-versed in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, menopausal issues, and the treatment of many chronic medical conditions with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Dr. Ryder is the mother of two boys, and enjoys reading, traveling, scrapbooking, yoga, and being a private pilot in her (limited) spare time.