Åshild is currently working towards achieving her functional medicine board certification through the Institute of Functional Medicine in Washington state. She is thrilled to join the team at Montana Functional Health and shares their strong passion for identifying root causes of disease and using numerous techniques to help her patients restore health.
Åshild earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Montana State University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
She previously spent 14 years as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Community Medical Center and developed a deep interest in women’s health. Since 2020, she has worked as a Nurse Practitioner with Maternal Fetal Medicine at Community Medical Center, providing care for high-risk pregnant women.
Åshild was born and raised in Norway and moved to Missoula in 1999 to play tennis for the University of Montana. She loves spending time with her husband, Adam, and their three children who all enjoy tennis, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking with their goldendoodle, Sunny.
My health took a sudden turn for the worse in 2010, when our first son was 10 months old. What initially seemed like a relatively straight forward diagnosis of C. difficile (a bacteria in the gut that can cause severe diarrhea), turned into a downward health spiral for the next 8 months. I suffered significant weight loss, intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”), Hashimoto’s, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), nerve pain and developed countless food intolerances. My diet became incredibly limited. I found myself weak and at a loss for what to do next.
After undergoing multiple rounds of antibiotics, I flew home to Norway to celebrate my 30th birthday with my family. While there, I was hospitalized and again diagnosed with non-remitting C. difficile. Instead of recommending more antibiotics, they told me I needed to heal my gut and rebuild my microbiome. This led me down the road of researching gut health, which eventually led to a complete change of lifestyle supported by Functional Medicine.
Years later, I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned about the body’s ability to restore balance and the tools that helped my body heal. My passion for Functional Medicine has only increased over the years as I see how well it works. I now have the opportunity to take what I’ve learned and help others heal as well.
“Navigating my own health concerns and wellness journey has opened my eyes to the effectiveness of functional medicine in helping people feel like themselves again. I am eager to join my patients in finding and addressing the root cause for their health concerns in search of optimal wellness.”
– Åshild Bork, WHNP-BC