Ardis Fisch graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1994. She went on to complete a Family Practice residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. During medical school she conducted research on “The Recognition of Depression by Family Practice Physicians,” which received the Indiana University Outstanding Clinical Research Award.

Prior to medical school, Ardis Fisch attended college in Israel for two years, where she also worked at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem conducting research. She returned to the United States, where she graduated with Honors from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

After completing residency, she moved to Barrow, AK, on the Arctic Ocean. She served as the Maternal Child Health Coordinator during her tenure there. After leaving Barrow, she practiced in different parts of Alaska and around the country for four years, doing locum tenens (short-term assignments). During that time, Dr. Fisch had the opportunity to work on several Indian reservations, as well as in more traditional settings. She also volunteered at a bush clinic in rural Ghana where they had never had a doctor before, and many of the patients had never even seen a Caucasian.

Ardis moved to the Berkshires in 2001 and joined Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield, where she worked for five years. She has done training through the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine and The American Board of Holistic Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Family Practice, and has been board certified since 1997.  In 2004, she received the “Excellence in Primary Care Award” from Blue Cross of Massachusetts. She continues to be affiliated with Berkshire Medical Center, where she has had hospital privileges since 2001. She served as the Medical Director of Hospice at Springside Nursing Home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 2005.

After incorporating a holistic approach to medicine into a traditional western medical practice for a number of years, Ardis decided that she preferred a setting that would be committed to identifying causes of illness instead of treating symptoms. She began Essential Health, a solo practice focusing on complementary medicine in 2004, before joining Dr. Mark Hyman at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts in 2006. She maintained her association with The UltraWellness Center until 2008, when she chose to return to private practice.

Ardis has trained in multiple forms of energy healing. She also studied acupuncture in China, and although she does not incorporate it into her practice, she recommends acupuncture and many other forms of complementary therapies.

Ardis has traveled extensively around the world, and has been lucky enough to be exposed to many different cultures of medicine. She believes that this has given her a particular style and sensitivity that is often lacking in other medical practices.  Ardis is able to combine a strong clinical background in western medicine with a commitment to “a different paradigm” — treating root causes of disease, while maintaining a sensitivity to different belief systems.

Dr. Fisch is a member of the Southern Berkshire Medical Reserve Corp and contributes her time to Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic for the underserved. Dr. Fisch is also an associate professor at the Mind Body Medical Institute, where she teaches functional medicine to masters and doctoral students.

Several of her travel medical adventures were published in the Berkshire Medical Journal. In addition to writing short stories, Ardis works as a lyricist and enjoys travel photography. She recently completed an exhibit on “The Medicinal Uses of Charcoal” which is on display in Guido Historical Mine Museum in Poland, for which she received an award from the mayor of the city.