What is Functional Medicine?

The functional medicine model of care is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s lifestyle, history, biochemical, and genetic factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

Who are these services for?

Functional medicine can help you:

If you have been struggling with ongoing illness and not getting the results you had hoped for from conventional medicine
If you feel like no one is listening and you are wanting to avoid prescriptions as much as possible
If you want to learn about your disease, the root causes, and you want to take action in altering your health trajectory
If you are willing to work hard and make the changes necessary to heal. This isn’t a magic bullet, it takes work, but it is possible to begin healing!

Examples of Conditions Treated

Most chronic conditions can be helped with functional medicine because we are looking at the root cause instead of treating the symptoms only.

Some examples include:

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases such as:
    • Celiac disease
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Eosinophilic esophagitis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Grave’s disease
    • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    • Interstitial cystitis
    • Lupus
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Psoriasis
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Vitiligo
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive decline
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Food sensitives
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Nutritional deficiencies

THE UNIQUE PROCESS

Prior to your first visit:

The Clarity Call

 

I don’t have a full-time assistant so it is important that I set aside time to answer the phone. The easiest way for me to do that is to have you schedule a call with me. The link to schedule a call is HERE. You can choose to do a phone call or video conference. I want to answer any questions you have during that call. I try to keep it to 15 minutes, but occasionally it goes a little over, which is okay. We will determine if functional medicine can help you and if you are ready to make the changes that may be necessary. If this is for you, I will walk you through the next steps in scheduling an appointment and filling out the paperwork on the secure patient portal.

Your 1st visit:

The Detective Session

In-person only – 2 hours

You will have filled out several online forms for me that I will review prior to your appointment. During your appointment we will discuss your history and put together a timeline of your history. I will also do a non-invasive physical exam to identify nutritional deficiencies and to make sure we didn’t miss something important! We will identify the most important items that you need to start on and determine what testing may be needed before your second visit.

Your 2nd visit:

The Planning

Session

In-person or virtual visit – 1 hour

You will have completed the testing that was ordered at the first visit. We will review how you are doing with the initial changes recommended at the first visit. Then, we will review your labs and develop a comprehensive plan for what may be necessary for healing. This will guide us in determining the next steps for you and will help determine how much support you may need.

Have more questions?  Schedule a free 15 minute Clarity Call

FAQ

Insurance

I will provide you with an itemized bill from your visit that you may submit to insurance. If your deductible is paid, in most cases your insurance will reimburse you for at least a portion of the visit but this cannot be guaranteed. Unfortunately, if you have Medicare, the visit cost is not covered but the labs are typically at least partially covered. 

Labs

In your first visit, we will determine what labs are needed for your treatment.  Almost all of the lab companies that I work with will submit the expenses to your insurance or Medicare for payment. I will do my best to let you know the potential costs before I order any testing and work within your budget to try to keep costs to a minimum.

Primary care provider

I work as a functional medicine consultant in conjunction with your current medical health care team. I am not considered a replacement for your primary care provider or your specialists. Your primary care provider will continue to provide urgent care and any annual exams that you need.

More questions?! Check out my FAQ page