Heidi Arens, FNP-BC
Heidi is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health in every stage of life. She firmly believes that living a vibrant and purposeful life requires vibrant health. She is driven to better understand the unique characteristics, behaviors, and patterns that allow individuals to truly thrive—physically, mentally, spiritually, and relationally?” This curiosity combined with her desire to care for the whole person inspired her to enter the nursing profession.
Heidi received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008. She has spent much of her nursing career at Scripps Health in San Diego, primarily caring for patients with cardiovascular disease. She has also worked extensively as a float nurse for 9 hospitals in a wide variety of specialties. Throughout her career, she has embraced numerous leadership roles working with interdisciplinary teams to improve care delivery, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
Although caring for people during an acute health crisis is incredibly rewarding, Heidi recognized that the majority of chronic conditions treated in the hospital are either preventable or largely reversible. She saw a need for a different approach that could help people address the root cause of illness and empower them to take an active role in transforming their own health. Heidi became a Family Nurse Practitioner because she wanted to gain the knowledge, skills, and autonomy that would allow her to make a greater long-term impact in people’s lives, as well as influence change in how our current health care model treats and prevents chronic illness.
Heidi received a Master of Science in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University and is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her conventional training, she is currently pursuing a certification in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. This training has equipped her with an entirely new set of tools to help identify the underlying causes of disease or dysfunction and partner with patients to restore and maintain wellness. For the past several years, she has been working in the field of integrative and functional medicine helping patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction, food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, acute and chronic infections, mold related illness and other environmental exposures, autoimmune diseases, and hormonal imbalances. Heidi believes that achieving optimal health takes a village and she is honored to be part of a dynamic interdisciplinary team at the Center for New Medicine.
Outside the office, you can find Heidi in the yoga studio or gym, trekking mountains, traveling, listening to podcasts, watching Ted Talks, and finding fun ways to enjoy healthy, organic food.