The Functional Wellness Approach

My clients have typically been struggling with chronic symptoms and often complex (undiagnosed) conditions for years. They have frequently seen practitioners of traditional medicine and complementary / alternative healthcare as well.  Over the years they may have tried “fad diets”, suggestions from their neighbors, late-night info-mercials and now have a kitchen cabinet full of supplements and nutritional products that may have helped for a little while, but most likely didn’t work.

Many of my clients are frustrated and confused because they have been told that “nothing is wrong”, that their blood work or other laboratory tests “look fine”.  As a last resort or garbage-can diagnosis they are often told that their problems are “all in their head”.

Functional medicine offers an approach to investigate these situations with a different set of eyes and more discerning criteria.  We know these symptoms are real, that they are often related to each other, and stem from an underlying dysfunction, and may not necessarily be considered a “disease”.

The types of clients who do best under my care:

  • are interested in discovering the underlying cause of their problems, rather than just suppressing symptoms;
  • are motivated to play an active role in their own healing process; and,
  • are willing to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes to support health and well-being
  • may want to investigate options to typical medical interventions and medications

What to expect at Functional Wellness?

Did you know that the word doctor comes from the Latin word “docere” which means “to teach”.  So, I primarily consider myself a health teacher (and I do teach Anatomy and Physiology at Colorado Mountain College).  What I will “teach” you is how to distinguish the fact from fiction, and how to take care of YOUR body (vs. the general recommendations you may find in books and online).

You will see from my New Client Intake Forms that I investigate  your past extensively, and inquire about things that may not deal directly with your situation, and inquire about injuries and pain that may not seem related to the reason for your visit, but they help me understand the various stresses your body is dealing with, or has dealt with in the past.   I use this information to help paint a picture for you and for me, about the processes and systems that might be involved in your presentation of symptoms, and determine where to work to help heal you most efficiently.

I might use a variety of tools to investigate your situation further, but I always begin with  a thorough initial consultation and if available, previous lab results.  We might spend 2 hours talking about your history and the progression of symptoms, things you have tried and that have worked, as well as those that have not.  From there I will try to summarize “the big picture” and provide you with a review or report of findings, and together we will determine a treatment plan that fits your current circumstances.