FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CONSULTATION

Functional medicine consultation- ideal for the patient who has one or more chronic conditions that perhaps are not responding as desired to current treatments, as well as for a patient just seeking a global health assessment. Most patients are established with a primary care physician elsewhere through their insurance and may also have one or more specialists through their insurance as well. My goal is to work in tandem with your existing healthcare team to come up with a comprehensive health plan for you.


For more information about Functional Medicine Consultations and how to determine if one might be a good investment for you or a family member Click HERE ( Functional Medicine FAQ)

First, We go through your homework! Prior to this visit you will have completed an in depth health history questionnaire along with a current medical symptom review and a 3 day food journal. You will also have compiled any lab tests, scans and treatment plans performed in the last 2 years or that you feel are relevant to your current concerns. Based on this information, we will come up with a timeline of your health journey similar to the format I presented to you on my “About Me” page. Our next steps will be to establish our mutual goals for your health. We will discuss your answer the question- “what does optimal health look like for me?” and in doing so we will prioritize our treatment targets based on the body systems that may be out of balance. I we will discuss if certain lab assessments or lifestyle trials may give us more information on root causes. We will discuss certain supplements that may be beneficial and come up with an initial action plan.

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Dr. Marina Rasnow-Hill

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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a paradigm that takes a systems biology approach to health and disease. Let us use a common ailment such as acid reflux to demonstrate the difference between a conventional and Functional Medicine framework. Conventional medicine would describe acid reflux as an overproduction of acid in the stomach and possibly prescribe a medication to reduce the symptoms of the disease by suppressing the body’s production of stomach acid. This treatment often provides relief, and in severe cases, short term acid suppression may be necessary. Functional medicine, however, would first seek the root cause of the acid reflux . It would view all of the biological systems working together in the GI tract and consider the presence of the symptoms of acid reflux as evidence of an imbalance of these essential biological processes. So instead of considering disease as a problem with an organ or organ system (i.e. acid reflux is a problem with too much acid in the stomach), Functional Medicine addresses the disease from the root cause, and looks for the imbalances in the biological systems (ie the reflux may be caused by an overactive defense mechanism resulting from unhealthy gut flora and/or food sensitivities). Functional Medicine operates in conjunction with conventional medicine, applying a more holistic framework of scientific knowledge about how the body works. Functional Medicine uses this knowledge to focus on reversing and preventing the root cause of diseases rather than masking or controlling the symptoms with a pharmaceutical based approach

What can I expect at my initial consultation visit?

First, we go through your patient intake packet that was provided to you when you scheduled your visit. This packet includes an in-depth health history questionnaire along with a current medical symptom inventory, as well as a 3-day food journal. You will also have compiled any lab tests, scans and treatment plans performed in the last 2 years, or that you feel are relevant to your current concerns. Based on this information, we will come up with a timeline of your health. Our next step will be to establish mutual goals for your health. We will discuss how you answer answer the question, “What does optimal health look like for me?” In doing so we will prioritize treatment targets based on the body systems that may be out of balance. We will discuss if certain lab assessments or lifestyle trials may give us more information on possible root causes. We will discuss certain supplements that may be beneficial and develop an initial action plan. Since there is a lot of information to cover, the initial visit is scheduled for 90 minutes.

How is a Functional Medicine visit different from a regular office visit with a primary care doctor?

Consider functional medicine like a consultation with a specialist. We are specializing in a systems biology approach and looking at your total health and well-being with a specific type of lens. Primary care visits are predominately conventional medicine based, for example, managing one’s hypertension, diabetes, or reviewing screening tests. These services may be reimbursed by your insurance and are included in what is generally classified as a standard office visit. These are important and necessary services and should be completed at regular intervals by your primary care physician. A Functional Medicine visit is far more detailed and involves greater time with the physician than insurance companies will generally reimburse. For this reason, additional fees for Functional Medicine consultations are charged directly to the patient.

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