Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better address your healthcare needs. By shifting the traditional disease model of medical practice to a more patient centered approach, we address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
At the Integrative Medical Institute, we incorporate the ideals of functional medicine as we work to find the underlying cause of our patients’ symptoms, issues and concerns.
How is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Our approach includes:
A focus on the patient
Promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. We pay attention to our patients, understanding their problems, and make it more easy to bring our patients into discovering more about themselves so we can tailor treatment that addresses each individual’s unique needs.
Our approach is integrative and a science based
We consider the complex web of interactions in our patient’s history, physiology and lifestyle that led to illness. The unique makeup of each patient is considered along with both internal and external factor that affect functioning.
Integrating the best of medical practice
We integrate traditional western medicine with what is sometimes called alternative or complimentary medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise, and by using the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques and prescribing combinations of drugs and or botanical medicine, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and stress management.
We are holistic in our approach
Examining all aspects of each person’s life, including the mind-body and spirit. We advocate mental and physical health and are strong believers in the spiritual well being of our patients.
Interested in Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.