Who We Are

Dan LaPerriere, MD

Dr. Dan LaPerriere (Dr. Dan) is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and one of the few medical doctors in Colorado who is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine*.

Dr. Dan has a passion for working collaboratively with his patients and providing them with support and education. Seeing his patients’ health and energy improve brings him joy as does working with them to prevent future illnesses/problems.

He has extensive experience in primary care and emergency medicine.  He completed his Family Medicine Residency in 2005 and spent the next 14 month voluteering as medical director for a clinic in rural Ethiopia.  On returning from Africa he began practicing full specturm primary care medicine in rural Colorado.  He spent 9 years working in this setting providing outpatient, emergency room, and geriatric care.

Dr Dan continues to practice rural emergency medicine one day a week.

His interest in functional medicine grew out of his experience working in the conventional medical system. He began his career working in rural medical clinics and emergency rooms and was frustrated that he did not have the time or framework to truly help people address their chronic health issues or achieve optimal health.

He came across found the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2010 while searching for ways to help his patients achieve better outcomes. This discovery changed the trajectory of his career and reignited his passion for medicine. Since then he has immersed himself in functional medicine and nutritional education. He desires to help patients attain a true vitality in life.

This April 2017 he completed his coursework and testing through the Institute for Functional Medicine and received his official Certification in Functional Medicine from them. (* certfication indicates that one has done extensive training in functional medicine, has passed a rigourous test, and has passed a case review by one’s peers).

He is a certified practitioner in the Bredesen protocol for reversing cognitive decline.

He lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife Melissa and their three children. When not working he enjoys family time, travel, running, and music.

Dr. LaPerriere continues to work in rural Colorado Emergency rooms where he keeps his acute care medical skills honed.

Education:
Dr. Dan received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in 1998. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson attaining his MD in 2002. He then did a family medicine internship and residency at Rose Hospital in Denver Colorado from 2002-2005.

Tiffany Bentsen

Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach

Tiffany’s interest in nutritional counseling started when she was a midwife in Oklahoma, working with women to have healthy pregnancies and resolve pregnancy related illnesses with proper nutrition.  After moving to Colorado her focus shifted to working with people to manage and resolve their chronic illnesses and autoimmune disorders through proper diet specific to their individual needs.

After having worked together in another primary care office, Tiffany joined Dr. Dan at Front Range Functional Medicine in March of 2019 to do nutritional and health coaching, as well as help manage the practice.