Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.
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. We spend time with our patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.
We integrate traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. When appropriate, we prescribe pharmaceutical medications to alleviate symptoms. Then we work with our patients to create wellness through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.