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Meet Dr. Emily Hecker

Emily HeckerDr. Emily is a board certified chiropractic physician who has practiced functional medicine for 15 years. She owned and operated Enlighten Functional Medicine for 10 years before joining The Wellness Connection. Patients seek her out specifically for strategic metabolic & nutrigenomic management of their complex cases.

Born in the midwest, her passion for natural health care started when her aviation career resulted in prolonged hours of sitting, leading to chronic back pain in addition to a violent, unexpected reaction to the flu shot. This turning point propelled her into digging into the “why” behind achieving optimal health, not just accepting ordinary health.

She detoured her career as a pilot and meteorologist into functional medicine and chiropractic after she obtained her MBA. Founding the functional medicine club as a student at Logan University in St. Louis, she is now on faculty at Logan teaching students principles of operating a successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Emily specializes in supporting those with autoimmune diseases, weight management, infertility, MTHFR, food intolerances and inflammation. She has had extensive training in understanding methylation pathways and is a founding member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness. She has postdoctoral training in functional endocrinology, functional blood chemistry analysis, neuroimmunology, thyroid disorders, and mycotoxin (mold) illness.

She has also completed a 60 CEU certificate in Medicinal Plants from Cornell University.

Away from the Office

When not seeing patients, you’ll find her bundled up at the rink cheering on her hockey & soccer loving boys! She enjoys researching scientific journals for fun, interior design and having impromptu dance parties to 80’s music. She also loves to find time to get outdoors for hiking, biking and feeding the Muscovy ducks in her neighborhood.

Take That First Step Toward Optimal Health

Whether you want to get out of pain or feel great and want to stay that way give our practice a call today to book an appointment!


Dr. Emily Hecker | (636) 978-0970