I see all patients virtually. A virtual or telemedicine visit is an appointment over a video connection rather than in person. It is convenient and secure and can be done easily wherever you happen to be as long as you have a phone, computer, and internet access.
Where I Focus
I see a variety of people with different health issues, and over the years I’ve gained a significant amount of experience and expertise using the systems-based, functional medicine approach in these areas:
Digestive issues including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), yeast overgrowth, and dysbiosis.
Food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances which can be an underlying cause of many aliments and dysfunctions.
Adrenal and thyroid issues including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis hypothyroidism, and adrenal hypo and hyperfunction.
Autoimmune conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Celiac Disease, psoriasis, and scleroderma
Cardiovascular issues including hyperlipidemia, hypertension, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an evidence-based, systems approach to health that seeks to uncover and resolve the root cause(s) of disease, not just suppress symptoms. By exploring the full range of factors that impact our health, including genetics, nutrition, toxicity, and other life stressors, it allows for a highly individualized and effective treatment. I spend considerably more time with patients, listening to and analyzing histories, including the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long term health and disease.
To learn much more about functional medicine, you may want to access the Institute for Functional Medicine website HERE
I use diagnostic testing to help understand the core imbalances that are occurring for an individual when my clinical experience does not clearly provide all of the answers. I work with specialized laboratories to get a better understanding of gastrointestinal function, nutritional status, hormone status, inflammation and immune function, the possible presence of toxins, food sensitivities, as well as specialized cardiovascular and diabetes assessments. These tests help identify patterns and guide me in choosing the best therapies. Specialty lab testing relies upon different sample types (stool, urine, saliva, blood) that can generally be collected at home and sent directly to the laboratory. if blood samples are needed, I work with local blood drawing stations or have a mobile phlebotomist come to your home. For standard labs we send you either to a Quest Laboratory draw center, or if you do not have lab benefits on your insurance plan, I also work with Empire City Laboratory, who offer special low cash prices.
Nutrition & Health Coaching
Nutritionists and Health Coaches are vital parts for the success of the functional medicine process. To help you meet your health goals and incorporate your treatment plan in an effective and affordable way, I recommend and offer health coaching packages with the coaches I work with. These health coaches are certified through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
In addition to recommending dietary changes and other foundational lifestyle factors, nutritional and botanical supplements can be critically important in supporting biochemical/metabolic functioning, immune and hormone regulation, and detoxification. They can also assist with ongoing health maintenance. Not all supplements are created equal. Some products are better absorbed and utilized by the body than others. The particular form of a vitamin or mineral, or the amount and quality of an herbal supplement can be critical for the way they function in the body and what organs and tissues they support. Therefore, getting a supplement from a quality company is critical. The supplements I recommend are all from companies that I have confidence meet these qualifications. They are conveniently available to you online through FullScript. I will make specific recommendations which will be stored in your individualized patient portal and also emailed directly to you. You then can order these supplements directly from your home. To make this more affordable, I offer a 15% discount to every patient I work with. If you order greater then $50 from FullScript, standard shipping (4-7days) is free. I’ll review your supplements at each visit to make sure you are on only what seems reasonable and effective.
Group classes allows me to combine clinical care and health education. Groups are also useful to connect, support, and work together towards similar goals. These group classes focus on educating a small group of patients on a particular health topic. I cover a variety of topics, including ketogenic and elimination diets, fasting protocols and detoxification programs. While I hope to do onsite programs in the future, currently these programs are all delivered online. Our next classes will start in the first quarter of 2021.