The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
Symptoms are a sign of some type of stress or dysfunction in the body and often times have many different causes which makes it difficult for people to treat on their own. When you understand the cause(s), you can find an effective treatment. A Functional Medicine approach focuses on the root cause of the symptom or condition by understanding the patient’s health history, lifestyle factors, stressors, and biochemical status.
By utilizing a variety of laboratory tests and physical exam findings in addition to a comprehensive health history, Dr. Caitlin can implement an effective individualized treatment plan that’s customized just for you. Every patient is given their own unique protocol.