Is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Over the span of 15 years he has gained broad experience in the conventional medical model as a hospitalist, private practice primary care physician and Chief of Primary Care at the Veterans Administration.
In 2010, one of his children was diagnosed with autism and it changed his life. Prior to this, he had only glimpsed the limitations within the conventional medical model, but after attempting to receive care from this model for a chronically ill child – his eyes were fully opened. Dr. Armen had dedicated his professional life to a model which was poorly suited to address complex chronic disease and now that same model was turning its back on his son. How many patients had he inadvertently done this to as well? This was completely unacceptable to him, so he began a journey to help his son and in the process make himself the best doctor he could be for all his patients. For his patients, the end product of this journey is Southwest Functional Medicine. On a personal note, his son is doing amazingly well and has progressed far beyond the bleak prognostications of his previous doctors.