Dr Teresa Peña

Dr Teresa Peña

Thyroid Doctor

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Dr. Peña has over 25 years of experience in primary care with a strong focus on functional medicine. Managing thyroid disease and other autoimmune issues has always been her personal passion

Focus on Root Cause

Functional Medicine

Holistic Approach

About

Dr Teresa Peña

Terri Peña MD MBA IFMCP is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with over 25 years of clinical experience. Graduating medical school from the University of California, Davis, and residency from the University of California, San Francisco at Fresno, she has continued her professional development with an MBA in medical administration from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. She has also completed a master's level health coaching certificate from the University of Minnesota's Center of Spirituality and Healing.  

Dr. Terri has become one of a handful of physicians in the state of Minnesota who has been certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine, the premier educational and certifying body for functional medicine.


A Minnesota since 2000, Terri was born, raised, and trained in California. Before moving to the Twin Cities area, where she now lives with her husband and their Australian Cattle dog - Gabby, Terri spent four years in Abilene, Texas, where she served in the Air Force. Dr. Terri, her husband, and Gabby are like the three musketeers and look forward to their annual trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Why I am passionate about treating patients with hypothyroidism:

A "normal" TSH does not mean your thyroid functions optimally in your body's systems. Too often, patients have been dismissed and ignored when they have a "normal" lab check for thyroid issues when conventional medicine limits their evaluation to just a TSH. It takes a deep dive into the thyroid and all the things that could be affecting it, to get to an optimal state where a person is feeling energetic and focused.

My approach to treating hypothyroidism is:

First, do a deep dive into the current state of function, making sure there to see if there are antibodies (because they make a difference in how to manage hypothyroidism).

Then we optimized all the hormones involved but focused on the free T4 and free T3 since that is what the body uses for metabolism.

Q&A with

Dr Teresa Peña

Affiliations

Education

Master Business Administration, Medical Group Management, 2004
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis

Doctor of Medicine 6/1992
University of California, Davis

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry 6/1986
University of California, Davis

Professional Accomplishments

Certifications

American Academy of Family Practice

Institute of Functional Medicine

Dr Teresa Peña

's Reviews

K
That was my first ever telemedicine visit and I have to say I was very happily surprised. The doctor was great too and spent 30 minutes with me, another first for me
M
Dr Terri was great! She is very kind and doesn�t make you feel rushed. She answered all of my questions. Happy to have found her!
F
Very happy with my visit with Dr Terri and the treatment plan. We decided to change thyriod meds and I can't wait to see the impact it will have on my overall health and symptoms
M
Love Paloma Health and that I could do everything from the comfort of my home. I love the mobile app as well!
V
Dr Terri was patient and a great listener. So glad I found her and Paloma Health
S
Very good 1st visit with Dr Terri, I have already scheduled a FU.
S
I have seen doctors for my hypothyroid condition for the past 20 years and finally I feel like I am in good hands. Grateful for Paloma Health!
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