Functional Medicine

There is only one YOU . . .

People are like snowflakes; no two are alike. In our practice we recognize that you are an individual who is genetically and biochemically unique. Functional Medicine is patient-centered. It’s all about treating you as a WHOLE patient, not just treating your disease. This treatment approach is based on scientific data,  which supports the body’s innate healing mechanisms. It encourages close collaboration between the patient and practitioner with a combined goal of creating ultimate wellness.  Functional Medicine requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic and biochemical makeup and considers lifestyle factors and patient history  to formulate a personalized treatment plan with the best possible outcomes.

How Is Functional Medicine Different from Conventional Medicine?

Conventional medical doctors often take a one-size-fits-all approach; using drugs or invasive procedures  to deal with dysfunction or disease. Chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and heart disease is generally treated the same. The patient is either treated by his/her primary care physician or referred to a specialist, both of whom rely heavily on pharmaceutical intervention.

The standard model of care is to diagnose a disease and match that disease with a corresponding drug or intervention.  While conventional medicine is unsurpassed in treating acute diseases, trauma, infection, and emergencies sadly, it fails miserably in the care of the chronic diseases that affect over 125 million Americans.

Chronic conditions such as allergies, GI issues, hormonal dysfunction, metabolic and some neurological problems are not always managed well with the conventional approach. Functional Medicine strives to understand the unique makeup of each patient, addressing the underlying causes of disease and engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. These chronic conditions are finding solutions in the field of Functional Medicine which looks at the cause of disease versus merely treating its symptoms.