Functional Medicine

“There is a vast difference between treating effects and adjusting the cause”  ~ D.D. Palmer

Four Features of a Functional Approach to Your Health & Wellness

While Functional Medicine may not be a novel approach to healing, it seems to be gaining increased attention these days. Frequently referred to as the 'medicine of the future,' the following four characteristics of my functional medicine approach will provide you with an insight into what you can anticipate with me.


Your body is NOT your enemy. It is communicating with you.  

I will guide you through a process to investigate your specific health concerns and understand the story your body is telling. This will involve a comprehensive history, a review of any prior health records, lab results, and previous treatments, as well as providing you with an opportunity to share, ask questions, express concerns, and discuss your goals.


You are unique!

Even though two individuals may exhibit the same symptoms or condition, each person is unique. My functional approach considers your distinct makeup and physiology when determining a treatment plan. Here, one-size-fits-all solutions do not apply. Functional lab tests may be utilized to gain deeper insights into your unique chemical and physiological profile.


A whole-body approach.

Your body consists of various systems that contribute to your overall well-being, including (but not limited to) your gastrointestinal system, hormonal system, physical structure, and emotional and mental health. My functional approach examines how these elements interrelate and function as a whole to comprehend the full picture, identify the root cause, and establish the most effective plan for YOU!


Your body CAN heal!  

The functional medicine approach understands that despite the limitations of matter, your body possesses an inherent wisdom to heal itself. While perfect health may not exist on this side of heaven, together we CAN work towards better. When your body functions better, it naturally manifests health and wellness. My role is to help you restore and maintain this innate state of well-being. I am not only a physician but also your coach and advocate. We will consider your unique factors such as diet, lifestyle, detoxification, and personalized supplemental support.

Can I help you?

Many patients turn to me when all else has failed, yet this perspective is shifting as integrative and holistic wellness methods gain popularity. I offer a personalized, restorative approach to whole-body health, where improved function inherently leads to enhanced health and well-being.

Some of the health challenges I commonly assist patients with:

  • Hormonal Imbalances (perimenopause, menopause, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, PCOS, PMS, etc.)  

  • Thyroid Dysfunction

  • Hashimoto’s and Autoimmune Conditions

  • GI/Digestive Problems

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Sleep Dysregulation

  • Skin Conditions

  • And more …

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