Meet the Team at Burlison Clinic
Family, Friends, and Community
We are a team of doctors, educators, practitioners, and supporting staff members. It is our goal to help you breakthrough your health challenges using functional medicine standards and testing, powerful natural protocols, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, and specifically designed functional food programs. As you start to learn about us and what drives our practice, feel free to connect with us and ask us questions about how we can help you.
To health and wellness,
Dr. Steve Burlison
DEAN A. SHOUCAIR, D.O., m.P.H. - Medical Director
Dean A. Shoucair, D.O., M.P.H., is Board Certified in Occupational, Preventive, and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Shoucair earned a medical degree (D.O.) from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Psychology from The University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in public health (M.P.H.) from The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Shoucair is also a U.S. Army veteran of 34 years of combined Active, Reserve, and National Guard service. He currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Medical Corps Officer and Flight Surgeon, and holds the rank of Colonel. Dr. Shoucair is originally from Detroit but has been an Illinois resident for the past 15 years.
Chiropractor Steve Burlison D.C. - Clinic Founder
I’m a natural health practitioner, board-certified chiropractor, nationally published author and keynote speaker. But I have also been a patient. After practicing for over a decade my body started to break down and I developed an autoimmune disorder. It started as a small rash — tiny red spots on my legs and arms. It was itchy but I felt it would surely go away, not giving it much thought, and thinking perhaps this was some sort of allergic or stress reaction.
Over time it got worse. Much worse. I was in constant pain and discomfort, with red inflamed skin that looked so bad that you would think I had second degree burns all over my body. The burning, swelling and itchiness was reaching excruciatingly painful levels. The unbearable symptoms started to greatly impact my life. Yes, after leading what I considered a full, healthy and vigorous life, this skin condition, or whatever it was, had spread throughout my entire body and had completely taken over my life.
I set out to figure out what was going wrong. Over time I realized what has happened to me. You see, years of a poor diet as a kid and young adult caught up with me. I was also over stressed and I slowly developed a condition called leaky gut. My gut lining started to erode, making me vulnerable to foreign particles in my bloodstream. Undigested food, bacteria and other foreign invaders entered my bloodstream and were transported all over my body. As a result my immune system was set in motion and set out to destroy the invaders, leading to the massive autoimmune response and chronic inflammation. Through research and a lot of patience, I figured out how to heal my gut lining and get my health back. I now teach this protocol to my patients.
My health journey has made me a better practitioner and a more loving husband and father. I’m able to relate to my patient’s experiences, seeing them as more than a set of symptoms. This is totally consistent with the philosophy of functional medicine and true health care.
Dr. Toni Giovannetti - Clinic Co-Founder
Dr. Justin Linker - Clinic Director
I have always known that my path was in the healing-arts, and I have been on the front lines of healthcare for over fifteen years. But after ten years of practice, because of struggles in my life, I began to gain weight and damage my own body. Poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, bad habits, and long work hours all lead to a steady increase in weight, and a major decline in my health.
It wasn’t until 2015, when Dr. Burlison recruited me to become his Clinic Director, that I could finally put my health-life back together. You see, as a Functional Medicine doctor, I had all the knowledge about diet, body chemistry, exercise, etc. but I wasn’t applying these own principles in my own life. Being part of the Burlison Team, I now have the environment, support, and procedures not only to help our patients achieve amazing life changing results, but to change my life radically as well.
This team and the protocols that are in place has helped me lose almost 40 pounds now, and I am so proud to help our practice members from the knowledge of my own experiences.
Partnering with Burlison Clinic was truly a gift. Not only do I have my health back, but I now work each day to help others just like me. I no longer practice out of books or from case studies. I now practice from true-life experiences, which has made all the difference in the world.
Jean - Office Manager
I am so thankful that I get to work with such an amazing team! I remember the first time I met Dr. Burlison. You see, there was a time when I was severely obese… or just call it fat!
I recall being at my son’s ballgames and just wanting to hide. In my heart I wanted to cheer him on and encourage him but most of all I wanted to be invisible. My weight had just gotten so out of control.
I had tried it all, and I mean ALL. I had tried diet pills, supplements, Weight Watchers, working out, yoga, Pilates, spinning classes and classes that made my head spin. If I did lose some weight, it returned (and then some) within weeks.
Then I met Dr. Burlison and his functional medicine approach. This was a turning point in getting my life back. That was a few years ago now and I have lost all the weight, gained my fitness and reclaimed my life. This is one of the many reasons I am so proud to be part of this team.
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