About David Bilstrom, MD

David Bilstrom, MD, is an author, international speaker and distinguished member of the American Academy of Integrative Medicine and American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is an advanced fellow in anti-aging, regenerative, and functional medicine, and holds quadruple board certification in Functional and Regenerative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Medical Acupuncture.

As the Director of the International Autoimmune Institute & Bingham Memorial Center for Functional Medicine, Dr. Bilstrom is affiliated with the first medical center in the country associated with a teaching hospital to treat all types of autoimmune diseases. The center is the first in the nation to utilize nature and its healing properties as a fundamental component of a wellness program.

Dr. Bilstrom is passionate about educating individuals and medical professionals on the importance of reversing and preventing autoimmune diseases using the fundamentals of Functional Medicine. Instead of relying solely on symptom-controlled medications that may lead to additional health complications. 

Dr. Bilstrom is the author of the book, “The Nurse Practitioners’ Guide to Autoimmune Medicine, Preventing and Reversing All Autoimmunity.” He has also developed a course called “The Autoimmune Paradigm, an Experts Program,” which is available to all clinicians. He is also a sought-after speaker and has lectured on five continents.

In 2018, Dr. Bilstrom declared and named a positive ANA as Bilstrom’s Nuclearitis, because by definition an antinuclear antibody is antibodies being produced by a confused immune system, attacking a person’s nuclear material (DNA).  Named in 2018 and first published in 2020, in the textbook Advanced Therapeutics in Pain Medicine, Chapter 6: Managing Pain in the Presence of Autoimmune Disease.

About Jody Bilstrom, LCSW

As a behavioral health therapist, Jody has many years of experience in providing long- and short-term therapy for children, adolescents, and adults dealing with psychiatric issues as well as those struggling with complex, chronic medical issues and childhood trauma. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master of Social Work.

Jody works hand in hand with Dr. Bilstrom, focused on the mental health of their autoimmune patients.  Jody and Dr. Bilstrom have found that a combined approach to mental and physical health, provides the best outcome for patients. 

Quadruple Board Certified, Extensive Experience

Dr. Bilstrom is quadruple board certified in:

  • Functional and Regenerative Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Acupuncture.

He attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Rockford, Illinois, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. He initially sub-specialized in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, serving as Associate Director of the Spinal Cord Injury program at Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation in North Carolina.

He has extensive experience in Functional & Regenerative Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine, and Complementary and Alternative Medicines.

Dr. Bilstrom is a fellow of the:

  • American Academy of Integrative Medicine
  • American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

As well as an Advanced fellow in:

  • Anti-aging, Regenerative, Functional Medicine

He lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to autoimmune disease, integrative and complementary medicine, pain management, acupuncture, and health and wellness.

He was the Founder and Medical Director of the Adaptive Sports and Adventure Program (A.S.A.P.) at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation. Prior to coming to Bingham Memorial Hospital, Dr. Bilstrom was the Medical Director at The Oasis Center for Health—one of the premier Functional & Integrated Medical Centers in the Midwest—in Hinsdale, Illinois.

When Dr. Bilstrom is not practicing medicine and helping to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, snowboarding, backcountry splitboarding, hiking, and traveling.

Medical Tourism Programs

He is the Founder and Current Medical Director of these medical tourism programs:

  • International Autoimmune Institute
  • Center for Functional Medicine
  • PAPAYA Program: Prenatal, Antenatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Young Adult Preventative Medicine Program

Medical tourism programs are part of Bingham Healthcare, Blackfoot, Idaho.


  • University of Colorado: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency
  • University of Illinois: Medical School
  • Texas Christian University: Undergraduate Studies