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 addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. 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. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their 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. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. 

Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.

Functional Medicine enables clinicians to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.

Insurance based medical clinics are often very busy. They usually overbook and are often running behind schedule; are designed to put out symptoms, rather than looking upstream to the causes. They are bound by the terms of their contract with insurance companies to receive very little money for each patient visit so volume is necessary to remain afloat. I have chosen not to practice in this model; therefore I don't accept insurance. This allows me to spend more time with you, diving deep into the roots of your story and to offer you in-depth education about your condition and treatment. 

Functional Medicine is medicine by cause, not by symptom. Functional medicine practitioners, don’t in fact treat disease, we treat your body’s ecosystem. We get rid of the bad stuff, put in the good stuff , and because your body is an intelligent system-it does the rest. Mark Hyman, MD