What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach to medicine. A trained practitioner addresses the whole person, including genetic, lifestyle, environmental and family histories to find and treat the root cause and shift the focus away from simply treating the symptoms.

The Institute for Functional Medicine defines it as “a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.”

Our Daily Choices Matter

We all know that exercise and eating right is healthy, but there is so much conflicting information out there. I enjoy scouting the latest research and sharing what I know from my medical training that can help or hinder your health. My programs will help you find the best lifestyle choices for your goals.

Our Genes Are Not Our Destiny

Our gene expression, or “epigenetics,” is influenced by many factors, including food, environmental factors, sleep, supplements, and exercise. With knowledge and the right tools, we have the ability to shift our cellular function and prevent many illnesses. Genetic testing is an important tool in Functional Medicine. I will share what testing I feel is valuable and what you can do to mitigate your risks.

Food Can Help Your Body Heal

Micronutrients impact our biochemistry and physiology at a molecular level, which means good nutrition is critical for the body to run well. Food can be incredibly healing– or terribly damaging. My programs share relevant research as well as the right recipes to guide you and support you in the complicated (and often contradictory) world of food and nutrition.

Information is Power

I love data. Data allows me to identify where the body’s mechanisms are not working optimally. Often there are gentle solutions to restore balance. The human body is a set of intricate and complex systems. Each body is unique and is best treated individually. Functional Medicine will help you identify important data you should be looking at in your own body and provide the tools as well as the science to support optimal health.

Detoxifying Can Improve Health

Toxins can build up in the body and lead to multiple health problems. Toxins affect your immune, cardiovascular, muscular, neurological, hormonal, skeletal and digestive systems. They exist in the products we use, in the environment, within our buildings, and in our food. I’ll show you how to lessen your toxic load, detoxify your body, and improve your health.

Stress, Mindset, and Cognitive Health

Emotional stress takes a toll on the body. Improving your emotional well-being will positively impact your health and your outlook on life. I provide insight into the field of neuroscience to help you naturally care for your brain and mental health.