Functional Medicine

"Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual."

— The Institute for Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

The Functional Medicine model 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 relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

I am an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). The Institute for Functional Medicine sets the gold standard for Functional Medicine education and training, synthesizing the latest medical research with a personalized, effective model of care.

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Functional Medicine Benefits:

  • Addresses the underlying causes of disease.
  • Addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
  • Looks at the interaction of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence health.
  • Supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
  • Engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.

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