About Freedom Healthcare
family practice • wellness • bioidentical hormones
FREEDOM HEALTHCARE’S STORY
Freedom Healthcare (FHC) was started in 2010 by Dr. Jeffrey S. Nelson. The Clinic was founded with the objective to provide a preventative and personal healthcare approach. Dr. Nelson’s passion to provide evidence-based medicine brought Freedom Healthcare into fruition. Prior to the emergence of FHC, Dr. Nelson practiced family medicine in Germany. While he was in Germany, his mom told him about the innovative treatment of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Dr. Nelson later attended his first evidence-based medical education series on bioidentical hormones in 2008 by Dr. Neal Rouzier. At the conference, Dr. Nelson was shocked at the sheer volume of scientific evidence there was for bioidentical hormones. This information was not taught in medical school or residency. After the education series with Dr. Rouzier, Dr. Nelson changed his patients’ treatments from synthetics to bioidentical hormones and all of them felt better.
Dr. Nelson continued to study bioidentical hormones and became an expert in this area of medicine. Freedom Healthcare continued to grow as patients saw incredible results through functional medicine and bioidentical hormones. In addition, Dr. Nelson’s innovative approach to healthcare attracted other providers, who trained under him. Freedom Healthcare is now quickly expanding with locations in Layton and Sandy, Utah. However, FHC’s passion for evidence-based medicine remains the catalyst for the Clinics’ tenacity and success in the healthcare sphere.
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Meet the Team
Staff members at the Sandy Location
Jeffery S. Nelson, DO Utah’s Wellness Doctor
Jeffrey S. Nelson, D.O., graduated with a B.S. in human biology from Brigham Young University and then received his D.O. from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. Dr. Nelson completed his residency in Family Medicine at St Louis University Hospital in St Louis, MO and Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL.
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He practiced family medicine and aerospace medicine in Germany from 2004 to 2010 for the United States Air Force and managed the NASA space shuttle emergency medical response team in Europe. Dr. Nelson is board certified in Family Medicine. He focuses on evidence-based, preventative, anti-aging medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Nelson has five kids; four girls and one boy. His children range from ages 15 to 23. His wife, Inga Nelson, is from Denmark and the family visits her home country every summer. In his spare time, Dr. Nelson enjoys skiing and hiking.
Melissa Lonnecker, PA-C
Melissa Lonnecker is Freedom Healthcare’s (FHC) Physician Assistant PA-C. She has worked for Freedom Healthcare since 2012. Melissa received her Associate’s Degree in Biology from RICKS College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with an Emphasis in Human Biology from Brigham Young University. She later attended Physician Assistant School from Western University of Health Sciences.
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Melissa worked in Family Practice/Urgent Care from 2001-2012. Her personal philosophy is to live well until you die. Melissa’s professional philosophy centers around “Functional Medicine, which is to make sure the body has the building blocks it needs so it can heal and thrive. These building blocks include nutrients, hormones and lifestyle factors.”
She said, “I love FHC because we are able to practice healthcare in a much more comprehensive way. It’s a relaxed environment and we have time to really help our patients to thrive and live well.” Melissa is a space nerd. She follows astronomical events and enjoys anything on the topic.
Shaune Bullock: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
Gavin Woods: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C)
Staff members at the Layton Location
Aaron Butcher, PA-C
Aaron Butcher is Freedom Healthcare’s physicians assistant. Aaron opened the Layton, Utah Clinic in 2012. Aaron received his Bachelor of Allied Science in Physician Assistant from D’Youville College, in Buffalo New York. His well-rounded experience has made him a thought leader and expert in the medical field. Aaron worked in emergency medicine for twelve years, spine and pain management for eight years, assisted a spine surgeon for three years and worked for an OBGYN for more than three years.
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Aaron has a passion for excellence and hard work. He experienced the negative side effects of low hormones which served as the springboard to his career as a BHRT expert. His objective is to take care of patients and help them achieve overall wellness. In his perspective, true healthcare should not be simply managing people’s health. Instead, it should restore function, quality of life and help patients return to their normal activities through customized treatments for the individual.
Aaron values FHC because of its natural approach to healthcare, ability to identify the cause of disease and restore the body to its natural capabilities. In addition, he likes FHC’s focus on genetic testing where gene mutations are identified and natural genes are put back in their place.
Aaron lives by the quote “Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it,” by Charles Swindoll. Aaron enjoys dirt biking, snowboarding, traveling with family and golf. He is fluent in spanish and portguese. He has five kids, three boys and two girls with his wife Monica who he has been married to for twenty-six years.
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