Functional Medicine

I had this course in school called "Whole Health." It was a chiro-student-only class, and I felt like I was the only one that was at all interested in the "web-like interconnections" we were learning about within our textbook from The Institute of Functional Medicine.

This was my intro to the language of functional medicine, but it was also like coming home. It all made sense to me. It got me excited to be a doctor and to change peoples lives by changing the course of their chronic pain and illness--and without heroic interventions or drugs! This medicine is based on the patient's entire story, not simply on the fastest way to relieve their symptoms--although those symptoms will be relieved by dealing with the real, root cause. And it's a partnership! Oh how attractive that is to me. I've had some terrible doctor-patient interactions as a patient that left me feeling small and stupid. No patient should ever feel unimportant in their own health journey. This is why I wanted to become a doctor. To work with patients to get them better. 

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Whole Health & Clinical Nutrition were two of the holistic, integrative clinical science courses I had in my time earning my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. These were also 2 of my favorite classes. I'm still pretty sure there are people out there who think I'm a Naturopathic Doctor rather than a Chiropractic Physician because of my interest in nutrition and holism.

Fast forward to present day: I'm launching my very own functional medicine practice. I'm in the process of learning to be a business owner & how to run a successful new medical practice. I'm finding like-minded practitioners of all modalities to glean information from and to have as resources for my future patients.

So Functional Medicine is where I've planted myself. Oh the places you'll go!