About 5280 Functional Medicine

The professional mission of Dr. Mark Riggs and Dr. Akilah Spencer is to provide the highest quality of preventative and proactive care so that their patients are leveraged to seek help while they feel well, as opposed to seeking help out of fear of sickness and disease.

At 5280 Functional Medicine, located in Englewood Colorado, we believe in 3 things that we hope we have in common with our patients:

  1. Attempting natural, conservative, holistic care first.
  2. Addressing the underlying causes of symptoms, not just covering up symptoms.
  3. Recognizing that the most important thing we can invest our time, energy, and money in is our health.

Let’s face it, our current medical model isn’t working. In our society, there are more chronically sick people suffering from diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, hormone conditions, and nutritional deficiencies than ever before.

Dr. Mark Riggs and Dr. Akilah Spencer, of 5280 Functional Medicine in Englewood Colorado, seek to provide patients with a complementary and alternative approach to healthcare that is natural, conservative, and holistic. Our current healthcare system is really a “sick care” system that seeks only to manage diseases, not to cultivate health, and aims to cover up symptoms rather than investigate root causes. The current standard of care in conventional medicine is usually to prescribe medications to cover up symptoms. However, this “pill for every ill” approach to healthcare is actually making us less healthy.

For example, the United States represents roughly 5% of the world population yet we consume nearly 75% of the medications produced worldwide! Based on the numbers, if taking more prescription drugs was making us more healthy, we in the United States would be the healthiest people on the planet. In reality, we are one of the least healthy industrialized nations. As we said, the unfortunate reality is, our healthcare system is failing us.

That being said, you are here because you are still hopeful. And so are we! Maybe you feel like you just haven’t found that delicate balance in your healthcare provider. A provider who employs evidence-based diagnostic tools, but will also teach you a how you can help manage your health concerns through more natural means. By making the commitment to wellness and adding us to your healthcare team, you are well on you way to making your life an adventure in health!


Dr. Mark Riggs &: Dr. Akilah Spencer

Our Team

Dr. Mark Riggs
D.C., D.A.B.C.I.

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified Acupuncture Practitioner, Nationally Registered Certified Medical Examiner

Dr. Akilah Spencer
D.C., D.A.B.C.I.

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified Acupuncture Practitioner