We are far more interested in your success story than ours. Going out of our way to help you succeed with your health goals is our specialty. We focus on your individuality; no two patients are alike. We are not here to judge or make predeterminations. We empathize and listen to every detail of your personal story, asking the questions and running the tests necessary to help connect the dots and determine the root cause of your health issues. We want to work as a team, with you, to design a path to health that fits within your life and meets your health goals and intentions. We strive to educate, serve, and bring hope to those on their own personal journey to optimal health. If you allow us to play a role in the current chapter of your health story, we promise that this chapter will be supportive, informative, and full of self-discovery and self-love.
Experts now predict that the current generation of US children will be the first in history to live shorter lives than their parents. Chronic illness and autoimmune conditions are truly a problem of modern industrialized countries. The question remains, "Why?" Chronic illness is an outcome of imbalances in the key underlying physiological systems in your body. When inflammation, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance, digestive issues, oxidative stress, hormonal problems, and systemic upset occur the body spirals out of balance. This in conjunction with poor diet, lack of essential nutrients, emotional stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle issues set the stage for chronic disease to develop. By treating the patient as whole we are able to determine the root cause of the dysfunction and then rebalance, replenish and restore the optimal function of the body to achieve your personal health goals.
"When it comes to your health we don't guess, we TEST."
Genetic, functional hormone, micronutrient, and microbiome testing all give us insight into the root of your health conditions and gives us an exact starting point from which to base all further re-evaluations, as well as allows for accurate and individualized nutrition, lifestyle and supplement recommendations. Functional testing looks to determine if organs and systems are functioning within optimal ranges, rather than simply testing for the presence of disease, we are looking to determine WHY the patient is experiencing the symptoms they feel and how we can optimize their health.
Functional Health Practitioners are expertly trained to sort through all of the food plans, fad diets, and nutritional advise you may come across. Have you ever been confused by whether or not a food/ nutrition plan might be right for you? What may work wonders for your friend or sister may not be the best choice for your body. That is because we are all genetically and biochemically different than one another. For instance, those with the APOE4 genetic variation should not consume a high fat (Paleo or Ketogenic) diet. However, someone with an APOE2 variation will do very well on this plan. In addition, some food plans were only meant to be used therapeutically, or short term, and employing them at the wrong times, or for too long, or without the proper nutritional support, can be detrimental to your health. Cutting carbs out of your life on a whim may sound like a good idea, but in fact it may destroy your microbiome and lead to irritability, anger, inability to sleep, and feeling out of sorts. We are experts at knowing why, when and for whom a nutritional plan should be implemented, as well as what nutritional support is needed during this time. We customize these plans for your specific body based on our testing. We are here to sort out all of the confusion and help you feel better as quickly as possible.
Part 1: (60 minutes) We take an extensive personal history, perform a physical exam, and create a comprehensive and detailed Timeline and Matrix to help us determine the root cause of your health issues. Bring all medications and supplements you are currently taking with you to this visit. As well as COPIES of all prior labs.
Part 2: (30 minutes) We discuss our findings as well as various options and recommendations. Together, as a team, we will determine your best path to optimal health. You will be given the test kits deemed necessary as well as nutritional, homeopathic, and herbal/botanical therapy, supplements, food plans and lifestyle recommendations. You will be matched with an online Functional Medicine trained health coach (if you choose) to smooth out the details on implementing our plan into your daily life.
After, you may hear from us via phone, email, and/or text to discuss what to expect on your first visit and to walk you through filling out the new patient forms.
It is vitally important to take the time to fill out these thorough patient forms at least 3 days prior to our initial visit, so the doctor may review your case.
You will be matched with your personal Functional Medicine trained Health Coach or will have weekly phone calls with the doctor. You will meet once as a free consult, then your health coach will meet with your doctor so that everyone is working together as a team to ensure that your physician-directed plan will be implemented into your life with ease. You will meet online or by phone 5 times (45 minutes each visit) in the first month: twice the first week, and weekly thereafter. If you chose the 10 visit package, you will use 5 visits the first month and 5 visits over the following 2 months, as needed. Your health coach works directly with your doctor so that everyone is on the same page throughout your recovery. Your personal FM trained health coach can guide you through implementing our recommendations into your life in the simplest way possible, while they provide education, guidance, and the support you need.
We may meet periodically thereafter, if needed, to discuss your progress and make changes accordingly. We may discuss the findings of test results and adjust our plan accordingly. We will educate you on important health topics related to your health plan and may choose to continue working with a Functional Medicine trained health coach if you desire.
We will meet 4 weeks later to discuss your progress, the findings of your test results, and to adjust our plan accordingly. Follow-up tests may be recommended depending on the results of initial testing.
Our office visits are considered "above the standard of care" and therefore elective as far as the insurance industry is concerned. Insurance may cover some testing and services but not all. We do everything we can to make sure our care is affordable, and available to everyone! Functional Health is not just for the wealthy. Most of our patients are working class people who want to get healthy and feel great. Our top patient bases are nurses and blue collar workers. The overall price of care depends on several factors, including the complexity of your condition, the extent of lab testing required, the combination of natural remedies and other therapies needed during treatment, and the number of consultations you receive. These are all determined by the patient and doctor together. We accept all credit and bank debit cards, as well as HSA (Health Savings Account) cards as payment and offer CareCredit to make care easier to afford when it's most needed. Click HERE to learn more about CareCredit.
We would love nothing more than to help you discover your path to optimal health as our patient. So if we are able, let's get together and dig deep into your health. And if we are too far apart, let's let the interwebs connect us. Here's what we are up to ...