What is Integrative/Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.

Rebuild your health from the inside out. We offer a doctor-led, holistic approach to medicine proven to treat the root cause of your health issues.

We look at genetic and lifestyle factors to find the best way to treat the root cause of your symptoms. From nutrition and exercise, to stress management and herbal medicine and supplements....we do it all.  We offer in-depth, comprehensive laboratory testing, scientific analysis, and diagnosis to help identify the root cause and develop a customized treatment plan.

A personalized approach to medicine. 

 

We see patients with a variety of health concerns. Many of them have tried traditional medical treatments in the past only to be left frustrated, feeling unheard, and  continuing to struggle with painful conditions.

Some of the most common of those conditions are:

–  Irritable Bowel Syndrome

–  Rheumatoid Arthritis

–  Multiple Sclerosis

– Chronic Infections

– Adrenal Fatigue

– Thyroid Problems

– Hormonal Imbalance

– Anxiety/Depression

– ADHD

– Fibromyalgia

– Migraines

Conditions or Diseases Treated with Integrative/Functional Medicine

 

GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Acid Reflux, Leaky Gut, Food Intolerances, C-DIFF

 

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis

 

CHRONIC INFECTIONS

Parasites, Tick-Borne Pathogens,
Epstein-Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus

 

FATIGUE

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue, Hypo Thyroid

 

HORMONE IMBALANCES

Adrenal, Thyroid, Sex Hormones

 

DETOXIFICATION

Metal and Heavy Metal Toxicity, Chemical, Mold

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Brain Fog, PMS, ADD, Hyperactivity

 

FIBROMYALGIA

General Joint & Body Pain Syndromes

 

MIGRAINE HEADACHES

Chronic Headaches and Migraines

 

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Individualized Program Designed Just For You!

Comprehensive Laboratory Testing

BLOOD ANALYSIS

Functional Medicine doctors see patients every day who suffer from fatigue, thyroid problems, digestive problems, weight gain, muscle problems, cardiovascular disease, memory loss, foggy thinking or other exhausting conditions. They come to us after other doctors have dismissed their symptoms, telling them there is nothing more they can do. We are dedicated to working with you until we uncover the root cause of your problem. We combine experience, intuition and the latest proven testing protocols to detect any imbalances that affect your health and vitality. We then prescribe customized, science-based solutions, using natural treatments free of the side effects of common medication.

NUTRITIONAL TESTING

This micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. Repletion recommendations are made based on need.

HORMONE TESTING

Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known collectively as the endocrine system. Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of their similar functions and relationship to each other.

Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by these glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body playing the role of chemical messengers turning specific target tissues on or off. Because they can’t be stored in the cells, hormones do their work as they pass through and then they’re gone. As a result, hormones must be made and released at the precise time they’re needed. To keep things functioning at their best, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits.

Because of the complexity of these interactions, a hormonal imbalance rarely stems from only one type of hormone. More often, the problem involves a series of hormones that are out of balance. In addition, a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland or set of glands can cause other glands or systems to dysfunction. Before you know it, you’re feeling miserable on multiple fronts.

To restore the vital balance of hormones, we first need a detailed, accurate measurement of hormone levels. Not just numbers, but an assessment that offers real meaning.

Hormone testing can be performed for:

 

  • Menopause
  • Andropause
  • Low Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Menstrual Mapping

 

NEUROTRANSMITTER TESTING

Learn if you're in the 86% of Americans who have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another.

Optimal neurotransmitter balance is required to maintain proper health. Imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over- or under-stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms.

 

Genetics, environment, chemicals and nutritional deficiencies are a few factors that can impact neurotransmitter production. Once out of balance, the nervous system begins to compensate – which, in time, can lead to neurological or psychological symptoms.

Some of the more common psychological conditions today are known to be accompanied by neurotransmitter imbalances. However, it’s also possible for individuals to present with similar symptoms yet have unique foundational imbalances. Testing helps clarify these root issues.

Common neurotransmitter-related causes of health issues often involve the following scenarios:

Anxiety & Depression

Neurotransmitter imbalances are often associated with anxiety and depression, specifically Glutamate (panic attacks), PEA, Histamine, Serotonin, as well as Epinephrine & Norepinephrine.

Chronic Fatigue

An imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters can lead to persistent fatigue.

Impulsivity

GABA, Dopamine and Serotonin are three chemical messengers commonly linked to disorders like ADD, ADHD & OCD.

Insomnia

Imbalances in Glutamate, Histamine, Dopamine, GABA and Serotonin are often linked to sleep disturbances and insomnia.

PMS or PMDD

Imbalances in Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine and GABA are often involved in cases of PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) and severe PMS.

Treatment Plans

Each patient will receive a customized treatment plan and protocol based upon their diagnosis. Typical treatment plans include nutritional counseling, lifestyle guidance, acupuncture, herbal medicine, vitamins, supplements, and referrals to specialists, when needed.