Functional Nutrition takes a Personal Holistic Approach to Nutrition
Functional Nutrition seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease and views the body as one integrated system, not as a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the person as a whole system, not just by symptoms.
Prior to your initial appointment, you will be asked to fill out an in-depth patient history. This is critical, as it helps the Functional Nutrition Practitioner get a complete picture of your health history. At your initial appointment, you and your practitioner will cover this health history and they will ask you additional questions regarding your health. After that appointment, your practitioner will determine what labs and diagnostic tests to order, to best determine what is contributing to your condition. Once the results are received, you and your practitioner will meet again to review your labs and diagnostics. They will also determine and communicate a course of care to help you with your condition and symptoms. If there are no further questions for the practitioner regarding care, then the finances of the care that they outlined will be covered. We never want to “surprise” a patient with a bill, so we cover the financials upfront. We will also discuss the different payment options available.
Appointment frequency is determined by the Functional Nutrition Practitioner. Obviously, each presenting condition will be taken into consideration. Typically patients will be seen more often initially (every 10-20 days) during the first 1-2 months. As patients begin to improve, visits are moved to monthly, and with more improvement, patients are seen every 1.5-3 months until the condition resolves.
To be eligible for certification as a Functional Nutrition Practitioner you must have a graduate degree in a health-related field with one of the following credentials: Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Dentist, Nurse Practitioner (NP), Acupuncturist (LAc), Pharmacist, mental health professional, or an equivalent degree from countries outside of the US.
Physician Assistant (PA), Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Dietitian (RD), Occupational Therapist (OT), and Physical Therapist (PT) must hold at least a bachelor’s level degree in their field as long as their education was completed prior to the entry-level education change.
No practitioner, physician, or doctor can guarantee a successful medical outcome. What we can state is that we have helped a large percentage of patients who work with our practitioners. Many patients, prior to working with us, did not know if they were ever going to overcome their condition. The reason for the patient’s success is due to our unique approach, and the dedication of the patient to follow our advice and plan of care.
Traditional medicine absolutely excels in acute and emergency situations/conditions. Traditional medicine primarily uses the “tools” of medications, injections, and surgery to accomplish their outcomes. The shortcomings of traditional care occur with many sub-acute and chronic conditions. We believe that there is a better set of “tools” to use for these types of conditions. Therefore, we utilize this better set of “tools”, and, in turn, have a high percentage of successful outcomes for the patients with which we work. To reiterate, this is a partnership between the practitioner and the patient. Those that follow and implement the care program outlined have the best outcomes statistically.