The medicine we practice is...
A new approach with methodology and tools that are specifically designed to prevent and treat chronic disease. Functional medicine is the future of conventional medicine – available now. It seeks to identify and address the root cause of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
A healing-oriented medicine that takes into account the whole person - body, mind, and spirit - is evidence based and makes use of all therapies both conventional and alternative medicine.
The Principles of Integrative Medicine
- A partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process.
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response.
- Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body.
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms.
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible.
- Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease.
- Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development.
Using specialized laboratory testing and interpretation - including genetic testing, comprehensive nutritional testing, gastrointestinal testing for function, infections, parasites, food intolerance or allergies, heavy metal testing, specialized lipids metabolism testing, and full hormone panel testing to design a customized plan for each individual patient, making specific recommendations in regards to all aspects of health - starting with diet, exercise, stress management, lifestyle, supplements, alternative and complementary.