Ward-Hauge MS, NP, BCIM
& Integrative Medicine
April is a member of the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners and certified by both the California State Board of Nursing and
the California State Medical Board. She
is board certified in Integrative Medicine and is a member of the American
Association of Integrative Medicine. Her
clinical focus includes PANDAS, mitochondrial dysfunction, Autism, CFS/ME/FM, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and other neuro-autoimmune disorders.
April served her communities as a registered nurse
in the emergency department and intensive care for over eight years before
attending the nationally recognized University of California, at Davis Family
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant program, which is renowned for its
rigorous clinical and academic curriculum. She received dual certification as a family nurse practitioner and
physician's assistant in 2002. Prior to
graduating, April was offered a faculty position with UC Davis School of
Medicine, and declined due to her desire for ongoing patient interaction and love for
clinical medicine. She later obtained
her masters degree in science at California State University, Sacramento in
April spent the past 9 years in family & internal medicine. She was fortunate to work with an exceptional
group of physicians who fostered her desire for complex cases. This gift coupled with diligence, an endless
curiosity, and a passion for problem solving resulted in April's reputation for
taking on, and often solving, many of the most difficult cases. She
pursued research and education in seemingly diverse, yet interconnected fields
of medicine including immunology, endocrinology, rheumatology, mitochondrial
medicine, infectious disease, and metabolic medicine as well as the study of biomolecular nutrigenomics.
This culmination of study led April to specialize
in chronic diseases such as pervasive developmental disorder, fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue syndrome and myriad autoimmune conditions. In order to successfully treat these medical problems, April has blended two decades of experience
in conventional medicine with the evolving science of nutrigenomics, a result
of The Human Genome Project. Nutrigenomics seeks to understand gene-nutrient interactions and disease
outcome, which ultimately targets the source of numerous health problems.
In 2008, April's son developed a life threatening
illness that led to debilitating neurobehavioral changes (see A Medical Insider's Story). Following a futile search for answers, she discovered the evolving field of nutrigenomics at
University of California, Davis. This
discipline revealed a genetic predisposition toward a vast array of disorders
when exposed to infectious agents and/or environmental toxins. Utilizing the principles of this medicine with biochemistry,
she was able to successfully treat her son as well as many of her patients who
suffered from previously "incurable", chronic diseases. Since then, April has dedicated her career
toward helping others achieve similar success.
She now practices telemedicine, treating patients from all over the world, and lives in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California with her
husband and two children.