About Resilient Roots

For those chronically sick patients who have seemingly tried everything but aren’t getting better, Resilient Roots provides hope and long-term healing that sets us apart because of our proven wholistic, functional and evolutionary approach to health and wellbeing. By practicing in true collaboration with each of our patients, we empower them to regain not only their health, but also the health and wellbeing of their families and loved ones.

Meet the Team

Resilient Roots team

Rob Abbott, MD

Integrative Medicine Physician

Rob Abbott M.D. completed his internship in family medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University- Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Front Royal, Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) School of Medicine and is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the Charlottesville community. He has completed training in functional medicine, through the Kresser Institute and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). He is on the scientific advisory boards for both the Kresser Institute and the Ruscio Institute, leaders in functional medicine research and education. In addition, he is the medical advisor for the innovative collaborative, Autoimmune Wellness where he conducts research and writes about integrative approaches to autoimmune disease. He is the medical director for Charlottesville Hyperbarics, an outpatient clinic providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat numerous chronic disease states. In his free time, Dr. Abbott enjoys trail running and creative expression through writing and communal conversation, sharing blogs, poetry and podcasts through his website amedicinalmind.com.


1. Abbott R D, Sherwin K, Klopf H, et al. (July 08, 2020) Efficacy of a Multimodal Online Lifestyle Intervention for Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life in Individuals With a History of Major Depressive Disorder. Cureus 12(7): e9061. doi:10.7759/cureus.9061

2. Abbott R D, Sadowski A, Alt A G (April 27, 2019) Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet as Part of a Multi-disciplinary, Supported Lifestyle Intervention for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Cureus 11(4): e4556. doi:10.7759/cureus.4556

Ryan Hall, CNS, CKNS

Functional Medicine Nutritionist

Bringing his life experience and expertise to work at Resilient Roots, Ryan helps individuals, couples, and families come up with creative solutions to implement evidence based nutritional therapy and lifestyle design so that they may find healing and build the skills necessary for taking ownership and sustaining their wellness.
Ryan’s areas of expertise and focus are gut health, autoimmunity, complementary oncology, and chronic illness.

Ryan’s specialties include, but are not limited to:

Therapeutically Structured Ketogenic Diets, Fasting and Fast Mimicking Diets, The Autoimmune Protocol, Low FODMAP, Yoga, Zen Meditation/Mindfulness, Stress Reduction/Management, and Sleep Hygiene.

Ryan holds a Masters of Science in Clinical Human Nutrition and Integrative Health from the esteemed Maryland University of Integrative Health. Currently, Ryan is engaged in pursuit of a Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition.

Lora Volant

Patient Care Coordinator

Lora decided to turn her long-time love for nutrition and wellness into a career after earning her bachelors in business from Randolph-Macon College. During her post-baccalaureate studies in nutrition and dietetics, a microbiology professor introduced her to functional medicine. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States and serves as the patient care coordinator for Resilient Roots. In her free time, she can likely be found exploring mountain trails with a nutrition or wellness podcast in her ears.

Sidney Hall

Health Coach

Sidney has had an affinity for transformational work and contemplative practice for quite some time. Receiving a BA in Traditional Eastern Arts from Naropa University, she dove deep into the ancient art and science of Yoga receiving her 1000 YTT. She has also been involved with alternative baking for the past 12 years, and owns and operates a wellness bakery called Moon Maiden’s Delights. Navigating her own turmoils and challenges with health and wellness has been a huge impetus towards assisting others in their own pursuits. She has gained training as a Health Coach through Chris Kresser’s ADAPT Health coach training program.