Medical Director Dr. Rick Sponaugle
Believing in functional medicine, Dr. Sponaugle approaches healing on an intracellular level using biochemistry and detoxification protocols to optimize mitochondrial function.
Raised in Franklin, West Virginia which is a small farming town bordering the Shenandoah National Park. Dr. Sponaugle attended West Virginia University with the funding of government loans and scholarships. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Degree in Chemistry and was awarded these additional honors:
- Alpha Epsilon Delta National Chemistry Honor Society
- Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
- Beta Theta Pi National Merit Scholarship
In addition, Dr. Sponaugle was awarded one of four scholarships, given each year by the state of West Virginia, to exceptional PreMed students for matriculation at the WVU School of Medicine. After receiving his Medical Degree at WVU, he began an Internal Medicine residency at Charleston Area Medical Center with the intent to become a Cardiologist.
While performing his Internal Medicine Internship, Dr. Sponaugle became disillusioned with several aspects of Internal Medicine; particularly Oncology and Rheumatology. With a love for Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Intensive Care Medicine, he left his Internal Medicine Residency to seek specialty training in Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Florida.