Dr. Catherine Willner, MD

Doctor Willner is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Durango, Colorado. As the President of Durango Neurological Associates, PC, she maintains a general practice in neurology and also has expertise in pain, autonomic and peripheral neurology. In addition to providing allopathic neurological care, Windom Integrative Neurology has evolved as a multidimensional clinic that focuses on personalized systems based health and wellness care, utilizing a Functional Medicine integrative systems based approach. Windom's clinical focus is on optimizing the health of the individual using food based nutritional biochemistry and dynamic physical, structural and emotional therapies including extensive application of bioenergetic techniques and technologies. Windom's mission includes clinical research specifically focused on the appropriate integration of bioenergetic devices in clinical care. A range of innovative technologies is in use at Windom including a variety of microcurrent technologies, PEMF and low level laser therapies.

She currently serves as the Clinical Lead on Nura's USAF Integrative Medicine project (IMMSP). She has served for many years as adjunct faculty for the Institute of Functional Medicine, was core faculty for the Annual IFM Symposium on Energy (2012). She also serves on the faculty for the American Academy of Anti-Aging's Fellowship Master's program in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine, lecturing on topics related to neuroprotection, neurobehavioral topics, sleep and restorative lifestyle interventions. In 2004, she created and presented the first three day module for the Institute for Functional Medicine, entitled Neuroprotection: Applying Functional Medicine to Common and Uncommon Neurological Problems. Doctor Willner was the recipient of the 11th Annual Linus Pauling Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine presented in 2005 at the annual IFM seminar. She was the first woman to receive this award given yearly by the Institute.

Doctor Willner received her formal training in neurology at the Mayo Clinic including subspecialty training in autonomic, peripheral neurology as well as interventional pain management. She remained on staff at the Mayo Clinic until 1997 and was affiliated with the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology (training residents to do interventional procedures in the Pain Clinic, training Neurology fellows about pain, and she served as the liaison for women residents and medical students for the Department of Neurology). Practice also involved working intensively with the Mayo Vascular Division surgeons managing patients with thoracic outlet syndrome, and various dysautonomias, specializing in caring for patients with complicated pain problems including complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS/RSD) and erythromelalgia. She is board certified in Neurology and maintained subspecialty board certification in Pain Management until 2010 when her life pursuits transitioned to a wider scope. The major transition in her practice related to caring for patients with chronic pain has been the use of bioenergetic devices and techniques which have completely replaced use of interventional injections and techniques.