Functional Medicine is a comprehensive, science-based framework changing the way patients and physicians work together to reverse complex medical conditions and optimize preventative health. Functional Medicine is by definition holistic, integrative, and systems oriented.
Your individual health is “your responsibility” but it’s intimately connected to a vast network of effects and inputs such as natural ecologies, physical environments, social relationships, belief structures, imprints, behavioral choices, biochemical individuality, genomic interactions… just to name a few.
Creating a detailed map with this level of personalized understanding requires a listening first approach. This means being fully present and investing quality time with every patient I treat. Accurate observation is the first step to answering any and all medical questions.
By necessity, this is a different model than conventional medical practice and treatment.
Here are some of the major, important differences between the kind of functional medicine I practice and what you’ve likely come to experience from conventional medicine: