What's different about True Life Medicine?

Randolph James, MD, ABFM, IFMCP

Growing up part of a medical and military family, I learned a lot of the values and passion that characterize my practice today. Entering my collegiate years, I watched my physician father start to practice medicine a new way, before it became more acceptable to treat patients with an “alternative” thought process. Considering a career in medicine myself, it took me a while to make up my mind considering I had a lot of other interests to pursue. I first received my bachelor’s degree in History and Foreign Service from Baylor University and went on to an intensive language program earning a Master’s in German through Middlebury College. After finishing those studies at the University of Mainz in Germany and discovering that I definitely didn’t want to be a professor after all, I decided to go back to the original pursuit of medical school and earned my MD from the University of Kansas in 1998.

It was inspiring to watch my dad (an ENT surgeon and allergy specialist) recognize that surgery wasn’t always the necessary or best treatment for many of his patients, many who started to get better by changing the way they thought about food, environment, and overall lifestyle. Hearing the stories of how he was changing the health and lives of his patients with this approach, and seeing their gratitude because their lives (vs just symptoms) had been improved with his guidance, inspired me to study and apply medicine in the same way. I especially remember a hiking trip to Mt. St. Helens together. On the way to the trailhead he was asked by a fellow bus passenger about a medical issue, and after a few short minutes, many people were craning their necks to hear more about how they could be empowered to take charge of their own health. That settled it! Still young and early in my medical training, I knew that I would practice the kind of medicine that captured the heart of people in this way.

Professional Credentials

After completing my Internship and Family Practice Residency with the USAF at Womack Army Medical Center, I was pleased to serve my country and the military community for 9 years of active duty. During this time I was a “regular” doctor, treating patients to the best of my ability in the traditional western manner. It did not take long to realize that my dad was right – treating illness once it sets in just doesn’t seem like the best approach to manage and maintain health. Functional Medicine’s approach (developed by the Institute for Functional Medicine, IFM) finally offered the evidence-based curriculum and teaching necessary to recognize root-causes of illness along with the methods for prevention or healing. For me, this approach to medicine has been much more successful and fulfilling. I completed my certification with IFM in 2013, and I am able to offer my patients an elevated level of care that focuses on the individual, not limited by a reactive treatment approach, or confined by the business driven policies of insurance companies.

Developing True Life Medicine (TLM) is something my family has been a part of as well. My wife is a nurse, and we are raising 3 energetic young boys. Being active and protecting our health is something we value; we know wellness is earned. It allows us to pursue our interests and tackle life’s demands, whether it’s hiking our beautiful Rocky Mountains, playing soccer, or meeting deadlines and building relationships.

It hasn’t been easy raising a family while also pursuing the additional training for Functional Medicine and developing a private practice unlike any current models, however, I am so gratified by the response I’ve received from my patients. When I connect authentically with a fellow person in need and help them, it reminds me that this is what I am compelled to do – that people need and desire to develop a plan for their wellness. That is why I am devoted to partnering my skills with the interests of my patients by offering specialized time and discernment, as well as advanced diagnostic testing and analysis, utilizing the most current research and referrals available in our area. Together we uncover the complex root-causes of their unwellness, and together, we discover the best path towards Resilience and Wellbeing.

When it comes to the relationships with my patients, I want to help them discover and clarify what “True Life” is for them. I am honored to be invited into your lives in such a significant way!

Michelle Wolff, WHNP-BC

Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember being in the kitchen. Whether helping my mom prepare meals, canning food from our garden, preparing large meals during hay season, or processing our harvest from the last hunt, I was always in the middle of it. My love for cooking comes from a long line of passionate cooks and bakers. And now I am blessed to pass that on to my daughters with our many hours tinkering in the kitchen. 

Even though I have always loved the gift of food, it was not until I was in my 30’s, a few years out of nursing school, that I understood the impact food has on your health. Food is your medicine…or your poison. 

As a Woodland Park native, growing up on my family’s ranch, I learned the value of hard work at a young age. My grandparents grew their own food without the use of chemicals, and my grandfather often used herbs as healing remedies and soothing teas. I remember him telling us stories about the German soldiers who came to our ranch to work. They were at a prison camp in Divide called Camp Carson. He showed them acts of kindness, speaking to them in German, giving them potatoes and cigars in exchange for their work. Generations of kindness, hard work, healing foods and herbs have been instilled into my heart and soul – all good medicine. Some of my fondest memories are from the daily rhythms of my family’s ranch, and we are blessed to be able to raise our girls there with the same values. 

Unfortunately, another life lesson I learned at a young age is how trauma can impact your health. I was a young teenager when my family was struck by tragedy. My older brother unexpectedly died a week after he turned 16. That was instrumental in my growing desire to help people and “solve the puzzles” of life. After obtaining my degree and starting a career in police work, I realized that I had a different calling  – working in nursing with trauma patients.

Professional Credentials

I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2007 from UCCS, Beth-El College of nursing. During this time, I also struggled with infertility, and thus my passion for women’s health was ignited. 

In 2012, I became a board-certified nurse practitioner in women’s health from the University of Cincinnati. After my first year as an NP, I discovered that so many of my patients not only yearned for more time to be heard during their office visits, but also sought alternative treatments and a more natural approach to their care. They wanted to know why they were having “xyz” symptoms. Unfortunately, I had no answers to give because that was not the type of training and education I had received. That was a driving force for me to continue my education seeking out alternative methods for natural healing.

In 2018, I obtained a postgraduate certification in nutrition and integrative health from Maryland University of Integrative Medicine. That same year, my husband fell ill, my kids kept getting rashes and my oldest was constantly complaining of joint pain. We were tired of going from provider to provider with no answers. I was ridiculed for even suggesting that my kids might have a food allergy or sensitivity; that “it was not possible”. My husband was tired of feeling sick and exhausted, not getting answers and being told “there are no treatments, just give it time”. We had enough and sought the care from a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Randy James. 

Since then, my family has had noticeable health benefits. We were guided down a functional path, treated as a whole person and together as a family. We are now thriving, not just surviving. This experience was a game changer for me. I had found my purpose – to authentically partner with and guide individuals and families on a path to health and wellness. 

In the summer of 2020, I graduated from the Women’s Functional and Integrative Medicine for Healthcare Professional Training Program at the New Medicine for Women Institute. 

I believe that healthcare should be tailored to the individual not the symptoms. I believe that practitioners should stop blindly following disease protocols and look instead at the deeper issues. 

And I am excited to do that for you. Functional Medicine is just that – seeing you as a whole, not a sum of parts, addressing the root cause not the disease itself. Let’s work together to find the root cause of your symptoms rather than simply matching the drug to the disease.
Join me on your journey to find what health and true life is to you. It would be my honor and pleasure.


Our Team

The True Life family is (from left to right) Randy James, Jane Enger, Jon Uher, Caleb Miller. Not pictured: Michelle Wolff and Lora Jean Martinec. We are here to walk along side you from your first phone call to your True Life. We believe in a team approach to wellness. Coaching and camaraderie as well as accountability and support. We want to join you on your journey to True Life and then we want to exist in a community with you! We are passionate about building a better future for all of us!

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