She's more than just a familiar face with a fancy job title; she's helping Mississippians heal and age gracefully. Kelly Engelmann, owner and family nurse practitioner at Enhanced Wellness in Jackson, is dedicated now, more than ever, to women's health.
"Women set the tone in the household for health," Engelmann says. "When the woman is treated, she learns how to take care of herself and her family. ... If I can treat the woman, I have really treated the whole family."
Engelmann, 44, grew up in Sandersville, a small town near Laurel and Hattiesburg. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and her master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
"I always wanted to do something in the medical field," she says. "I am in a profession that supports continuous growth in learning."
Engelmann recently earned a master's degree in metabolic and nutritional medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. As a student in Florida, she had the opportunity to be part of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a nonprofit organization that helps educate practitioners on anti-aging.
"Anti-aging is not just about how a person looks outside; it is about the inside--how to slow down aging through healthy lifestyles," Engelmann says.
The Enhanced Wellness clinic focuses on metabolic and nutritional medicine through treatment based on lifestyle changes. It conducts female and male sex hormone tests, stress hormone tests and tests to evaluate nutritional deficiencies. The clinic also focuses on Alzheimer's and dementia prevention by suggesting improvements patients can make to their diets, exercise and sleep.
In April 2011, the clinic started Precision laser-therapy treatment for hair loss in both men and women. Engelmann says she has been able to help women restore and regrow their hair in as little as six months with no side effects.
"The best part of my day at the clinic is patient interaction, hearing them say that they feel better and hearing about what they have learned about their bodies," Engelmann says.
Engelmann is married to Branch Dildine, a retired military veteran. They have four children: Emily, 22; Erin, 19; Zachary, 18; and Ethan, 16; and one grandson, Cooper, who is 5 months old.