Arielle Bennett, APRN, FNP-BC, CFMP, CNE has been a registered nurse since 2006 and worked in the hospital caring for pre- and post-operative clients and also those with neurological challenges. She would then become the charge nurse leading a stroke team for several years. Following this, she became a nursing manager for a home health agency providing one-on-one care for clients recently released from the hospital. Her desire to become a nurse was inspired by her oldest son who was born with multiple medical challenges and eventually passed on to eternity with Jesus just before his sixth birthday. Her son Kainen spent much of his life in the hospital and of course, so did Arielle. She became very aware of her son’s ability to recover from acute challenges much faster dependent on the quality of his care and the compassion of his nursing staff. She chose to take the incredible pain she felt from losing her son and use it for good. Within two months of his passing, she was accepted into an accelerated nursing school where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and honors for excellence in patient care. Since that time, she has strived to continuously gain more wisdom and knowledge to help her clients thrive. She is now a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a certification in functional medicine through Functional Medicine University and has a master’s degree as a certified nurse educator. She continues to attend conferences and other training opportunities as often as possible to ensure her ability to provide the best cutting-edge care.
Working at the DaSilva Institute and IV Lounge since 2014, she finds herself right at home among professionals that are serious about their patients’ health. Arielle so admired Dr. Guy DaSilva’s brilliance as a doctor and continues to evolve and carry out his protocols. She describes him as a humble physician blessed with a plethora of knowledge that traditional medical doctor’s simply lack. A person who was first to give God the glory and an instrument used to greatly enhance people’s lives. Having started her career in standardized medicine with the addition of her experience with her son’s health, Arielle firmly believes that the shift to functional medicine is invaluable. Where traditional medicine would say “let’s give your set of symptoms a name so we can match a drug or surgical procedure for treatment”, functional medicine seeks out the root of the problem and puts an end to the disease processes at their core. She loves to empower people to stop defining themselves related to the condition they are challenged with and instead claim their inherent ability to heal.
“I love that the goal at the DaSilva Institute aims to get to the “why” of our clients’ health challenges rather than continuously covering up symptoms so that we never get to the root cause. Here I really get to encourage and see the fruit of people overcoming their disease processes instead of just maintaining them with therapies that often cause more harm than good.“ -Arielle Bennett
Functional medicine has given Arielle a lot of hope for the well-being of her clients and herself. She knows that people are not living with diseases simply because they picked the short straw. The reality is that most of the time people can control their health outcomes by the health choices they make if they are provided with the proper education. She was shocked to learn that she could have avoided a diagnosis of insulin-dependent diabetes and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis had she understood the importance of gastrointestinal health and avoiding toxic substances such as heavy metals and modern gluten. She is happy to report since committing to a functional medicine approach, she has overcome her Hashimoto’s and cut her insulin doses in half. Many people don’t realize that the health of their G.I. tract influences all other body systems including the brain. And that is the best, yet hardest part of her job. Combatting the age-old brainwashed concepts of what makes up a proper nutritional plan, Arielle works tirelessly to help her patients understand that they really do have the choice to make a difference in their health. Frequently, when patients come to Sarasota IV Lounge and the DaSilva Institute, they have already exhausted every specialist and are left hopeless and tired. Although it is difficult to watch at times, Arielle finds it the best part of her job when she sees lifestyle changes leading to real results and people finally seeing the light at the end of a very long and hopeless tunnel.
Arielle is happily married to a man she describes as a hard-working, who loves Jesus and her with a passion. He has been extremely supportive through her never-ending journey in education. Together they have three grown children, each of whom they are extremely proud. She loves to travel. Whether it’s going to IL to see her son in college in his latest play, TN to see her daughter serving as an athletic coach at the University, or TX to visit their first grandson and oldest daughter who is a talented graphic designer and business owner. Any moment spent away is cherished as a chance to recharge and regroup. Arielle considers the feeling of a cool breeze gently passing by as she’s immersed in a good book on a hammock an ideal escape. She believes in the True Power of her Savior Jesus Christ and will not shy away from sharing her many testimonies she has experienced through her trust in Him and realizes the importance of faith in our power as children of God. You can meet her in person at the DaSilva Institute and Sarasota IV Lounge and get to know more about her amazing work in functional medicine. You will appreciate her optimistic and honest personality and will be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated practitioner.