What its like to work with a functional medicine practitioner

By Dr Kelly

June 27, 2023

What is Natural,Integrative and Functional Care

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Not a one size fits all

Functional medicine recognizes that each person is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. Instead of treating symptoms in isolation, functional medicine practitioners aim to understand the underlying imbalances and root causes of illness in each individual. By taking a personalized approach to care, functional medicine addresses the specific needs, preferences, and goals of each patient. 

Source not Symptoms

In functional medicine, the focus is on identifying and addressing the underlying sources of disease, rather than simply treating symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners seek to understand the complex interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to health and disease. By addressing the root causes of illness, functional medicine aims to promote long-term healing and restore balance to the body.

Build a Foundation

Functional medicine emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation of health and wellness. This includes optimizing nutrition, promoting healthy lifestyle habits, managing stress, and addressing any underlying imbalances or deficiencies. By building a solid foundation of health, individuals can better support their body's natural healing processes and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Comprehensive Evaluation

Functional medicine takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to evaluation, considering all aspects of a person's health and well-being. This may include detailed medical history reviews, comprehensive laboratory testing, assessment of lifestyle factors, and exploration of environmental influences. By conducting a thorough evaluation, functional medicine practitioners gain insights into the root causes of illness and develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual.

You are in charge

In functional medicine, patients are active participants in their healthcare journey. Functional medicine practitioners empower patients to take charge of their health by providing education, guidance, and support. Patients are encouraged to ask questions, express their concerns, and actively participate in the decision-making process regarding their care. You can dictate your goals and decide how quickly you will achieve them.

Reverse and Prevent Disease

Functional medicine focuses on addressing the underlying causes of disease with the goal of reversing and preventing chronic illness. By identifying and addressing the root causes of health problems, functional medicine aims to restore balance to the body and promote optimal health and wellness. Through personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual, functional medicine can help patients achieve lasting improvements in their health and quality of life.


Could you go through one by one and explain a little bit more in depth about what the process is, how it works and what it can do to help people feel better? I'll start with consultations with me. As nurse practitioners, our focus is what's the cause of the problem? So people come in with hormone problems, thyroid problems, belly problems, food problems, weight problems. Who knows what it might be? And it may be very small. It may be stage four cancer. They've got issues, they've got questions that have never been addressed. And then I'm answering them in a completely different way. Again, coming from the focus of what's your why? What is the cause and how does the bodywork to help make a strategic plan to help figure out what's at the root of this problem? And then I can better figure out, do they need one on one consultations with me? Do they need one of the other services? Or what do we need to do and overlap?

From Conversations to Inspire by Theresa Moore. Available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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About the author

Dr. Kelly has 25 years of expert medical experience caring for the sickest of the sick people in critical care (including ICU, Heart surgery, Heart & Lung transplant surgery, as well as cardiology). She is a clinical specialist who has taken care of and trained others to care for the critically ill/the elderly and developed many screening and preventative programs to help improve the health of the population. The reality is that most people just don't have to be that sick. or stay that sick. So, Dr. Kelly decided to change the focus of the care she provided: to prevent, reverse and restore the health of individuals.

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