Functional Medicine focuses on the underlying causes of disease, 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 influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Visit the Institute for Functional Medicine
Our years of experience treating patients in a traditional western medicine family practice raised some troubling recurring questions.
- How can we give more personalized care to each patient?
- Is there a better approach for people suffering from chronic diseases?
- How do we help patients to dig deeper into their health story and better educate and empower them about their symptoms, test results, and treatment options?
- How do we put more care in healthcare?
Functional medicine provides a better approach. We listen to your story. We take time with you. You may be surprised or confused by the many questions on our intake forms. Then, you’ll wonder why other care providers don’t worry about such useful health questions. What is your toxic exposure history? What is your work and home environment? How do you cope with stress? Functional medicine helps patients and healthcare providers connect the dots and achieve better outcomes.
Let’s work together to get to the source of your health imbalance and help you chart a path to a more balanced life.
“When a plant’s leaves are turning brown you don’t paint the leaves green. You look at the cause of the problem. If only we treated our bodies the same way.” – Dr. Frank Lipman