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Functional Medicine

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Why Functional Medicine?

(text provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine)

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as a heart attack or a broken leg.
  • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine is ill equipped to address complex, chronic disease.
  • There's a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous - as long as 50 years - particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease, nor to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.

How is Functional Medicine Different?

(text provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine)

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, preventions, and treament of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks for a functional medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look "upstream" to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient's history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic make-up of each paitent is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered "alternative" or "integrative" medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

Intial Visits

For morning appointments, you may have your blood drawn after your intial consulation. Many of the tests require a 12-hour fast. You can drink water during this fast. If you have an initial visit in the afternoon, we can schedule an appointment for you to return the following day for your blood work.

  • Initial Consultation, including first follow-up visit $685
  • Follow-up Visits $285 per hour

Confirmation and Cancellation of Appointments

Due to the overwhelming requests for new patient consulttaions, there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. We will confirm your appointment via text, email or phone one week ahead of time. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please call our office and leave a detailed message. The will be a $75 fee for missed Functional Medicine Office Visits.

Payment Options

Our office only accepts Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), cash, checks, or credit cards for Functional Medicine Services. We can provide you with an itemized receipt with appropriate diagnosis codes and procedure codes for you to get reiumburesed from your HSA or FSA, but we will not bill Functional Medicine Services to your insurance company.

Causes of Disease Wheel