Dr. Ellen Antoine completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In May 1997, Dr. Antoine took first place as the Resident Presenter at the SAEM Regional CPC Competition. She then went on to win first place as the Resident Presenter at the ACEP National CPC Competition in October of 1997. In June 1998, Dr. Antoine was awarded with the William and Margaret Menin Award for Humanistic and Academic Achievements from Albert Einstein Medical Center. Following residency Dr. Antoine took a position as faculty in an Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She was named “Most Outstanding Teaching Faculty Member” both 1998 -1999 as well as 1999 – 2000. In 2002, Dr. Antoine was named a Fellow in American College of Emergency Physicians. She is dually board certified in Emergency Medicine (FACEP) and Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). Dr. Antoine was one of the first 100 practitioners to be certified in Functional Medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFMCP) in Federal Way, Washington.
After years of health issues plaguing her family, Dr. Antoine wanted to understand the underlying causes rather than just treat the symptoms. These are the tenets of Functional Medicine – An integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance. Through addressing root issues with appropriate diet, nutritional supplementation, optimizing detoxification, and making lifestyle improvements, Dr. Antoine was able to reverse her diagnosis of Lupus, an autoimmune condition, as well as heal from chronic infections. She was also able improve behavioral concerns and academic weaknesses in several of her children and restore health to all of her family members. Because friends and other family members noticed the significant improvements in their health and requested consultation, Dr. Antoine began a small medical practice out of her home where she saw patients for a couple of years. In 2011, Vine Healthcare, LLC was officially founded. Dr. Antoine is committed to and passionate about partnering with her patients on their journeys to becoming Fully Functional® so that they can live their most healthy, productive, joy-filled lives. Her goal is to empower others with the knowledge of how to best care for their own bodies. She loves to educate others, including other practitioners, about the role lifestyle and diet play in health and healing.
Dr. Antoine was one of the first class of practitioners certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is also one of the few physicians in the country who are currently board certified in Integrative Medicine.