April Vukelic, D.O., IFMCP is board certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Her approach integrates environment, structure, and function to address the root cause for the whole person. In 2022, she was named a faculty member as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Vukelic is certified in the Shoemaker Protocol for Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), which is a disorder of the innate immune system caused by biotoxins. The Shoemaker Protocol is the only peer-reviewed, evidence-based approach to dealing with mold exposure from water-damaged buildings.
She contributed to Nutrition and Integrative Medicine for Clinicians, 1st Edition. Routledge Press, the largest textbook publisher in the world, has dedicated 16 out of 29 chapters to CIRS and water-damaged buildings. She was honored to author one of the chapters: “Mechanisms of Potential Central Nervous System Injury in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.” Additionally, she contributed to 7 other chapters written by Dr. Shoemaker, Dr. Heyman, and Larry Schwartz.
Dr. Vukelic is a founding member of the CIRS Academy. She has a published case study in Dr. Shoemaker’s book, The Art And Science of CIRS Medicine. She received editing credits in the 2020 Surviving Mold remediation update and took Greg Weatherman’s Small Particle Remediation class.
Dr. Vukelic is certified in Dr. Dale Bredesen’s reversal of cognitive decline (ReCODE) program and is particularly well-versed in the environmental, dietary, and traumatic factors affecting patients with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may complain of “brain fog,” but that term does not adequately convey the significant damage that can occur with exposure to water-damaged buildings. About 95% of CIRS patients have neurological issues like word recollection difficulty, memory problems, confusion, disorientation, issues with concentration, and the assimilation of new knowledge. She uses Dr. Shoemaker’s peer-reviewed, evidence-based approach for treating biotoxin exposure from water-damaged buildings for these patients. She is accredited in HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety, and Emotional Regulation and HeartMath Interventions Certification Program. She is certified in MoCA test administration.
Dr. Vukelic is also an osteopathic physician trained in key lesion sequencing, biodynamic and cranial osteopathy. She had the honor of training directly with Dr. James Jealous and Dr. Ed Stiles. She trained in cranial osteopathy with a sutural approach with Dr. Ed Stiles and the curved tensegrity model of Dr. Beryl Arbuckle. Additionally, she is a member of the Cranial Academy, The American Academy of Osteopathy and teaches with The Indiana Academy of Osteopathy.
Dr. Vukelic seeks to support health in a comprehensive approach that blends her knowledge of functional medicine, environmental medicine, preventive medicine, osteopathy, and diet to address the root cause for the whole person.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Connective Tissue Disease
Depression, Anxiety or Bipolar Disorder
Infections (acute and chronic low-grade such as Lyme, Candidiasis etc.)
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
Metabolic Syndrome (pre-diabetes, insulin resistance)
Migraines and Headaches
Thyroid, adrenal, and other hormonal disorder
Weight or Metabolism concerns
Allergy and Immunology
Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
Sports and Injury Rehabilitation