Dr_Tapscott_functional_medicine_doctor Washington DC

Specialty: Functional Medicine, Adult Holistic Primary Care and Obesity Medicine

Practice Philosophy: “Find the root cause... It’s not enough to diagnose a disease or to treat a symptom without delving deeper and appreciating the processes that underlie the condition.  With any ailment, I always ask myself the question - why? My patients’ “true health” is much more than “your labs are within normal limits”.  Testing beyond the conventional labs helps to address nutritional, metabolic, genetic, and hormonal optimization. Everyone has a life story that influences their health. Through personalized treatment in partnership with the patient, we get to the root cause and begin the journey towards long term health and wellness.”

Areas of Focus: Functional MedicineHolistic Primary CareObesity Medicine and Medical Weight Loss through a functional medicine approach, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes Prevention and Metabolic Syndrome,  Executive “Functional” Physicals, Chronic Disease Management, Pre and Post Bariatric Surgery Care,  Diet and Lifestyle focused care

A note from Dr. Tapscott:



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Using specialized stool testing, the doctors at NIHA can more accurately assess the health of your immune system. Your gastrointestinal tract houses 80% of your immune system and your microbiome play a critical role in this function.

Your nutritional status is also essential to the health of your immune system.  Advanced nutritional testing allows us to personalize a vitamin / supplement regimen targeted at your individual health needs.

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Dr. Denia Tapscott has been practicing medicine for over 17 years.  She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she became increasingly concerned about the weight problems of her patients and its contribution to their poor health.  As a member of the Obesity Medicine Association, she received formal training in the medical treatment of obesity and has spent the last 12 years helping thousands of DC area residents reduce their disease burden, resulting in healthier lives. By implementing a holistic approach to weight loss, she incorporated the latest science, pharmacology, nutrition, and behavioral health into her practice.

Dr. Tapscott is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and has developed and directed several hospital affiliated medical and surgical weight loss programs.  She later became Associate Professor of Medicine at Howard University where she lectured locally and nationally on topics related to obesity and cardiometabolic disease. She is a published author and has been recognized for her leadership role in the health care community.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she was confronted with her own health challenges. Dr. Tapscott began to explore alternative approaches that could (1) answer the question, why and (2) help her begin the healing process.  Although she did not abandon conventional medicine entirely, she gained a greater appreciation for her condition by using functional medicine and continues to implement healthy living with her family.  

She now fully integrates this methodology into her current medical practice - providing personalized, predictive, participatory, and preventive care to her patients.


Formal Training/Education:

Medical School:  Georgetown University, Washington, DC  

Undergraduate studies: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 


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Dr. Tapscott, an exceptional practitioner

I was on a mission to explore healing possibilities when I encountered Denia Tapscott MD. Seeing numerous practitioners without much help, l did not have a lot of hope. However, from the initial consult till the present I have found Dr. Tapscott an exceptional practitioner with excellent assessment abilities. She is able to look at me holistically and develop a very focused plan of care that is realistic to implement. Her professional and compassionate communication skills made it easy for a very sick person to understand complex concepts. I highly recommend Dr. Tapscott to all that wish to explore a better quality of life.

As I begin to recover, I sign myself, Lazarus. 2020