What is Functional Medicine?
The Functional Medicine model of care is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that engages both the provider and patient to find the root cause of disease and promote overall wellness. This requires a detailed understanding of the patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to create personalized treatment plans. Functional medicine bridges a gap between allopathic or conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine.
The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) provides evidence-based education to providers seeking training in Functional Medicine. They offer a rigorous certification exam, and after completion of all modules, a case study, and examination, providers earn the prestigious title of IFMCP: Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. This certification program is limited to certain licensed healthcare professions such as MD, DO, ND, NP, PA, and nutritionists or dietitians with a master’s degree, so you can rest assured your Functional Medicine practitioner is well-educated.
What To Expect
- Investigation of nutritional, metabolic, mental/emotional, and/or physical imbalances
- Review of other pertinent symptoms or aspects of your intake form
- Initial treatment plan
- Time for questions
*Please arrive on time to allow us the full allotted time with you. We will do our very best to limit waiting, as we respect your time as well.
Your second and subsequent visits include reviewing labs and creating a personalized holistic plan including movement, relaxation/stress management, nutrition, and supplementation recommendations. You should expect to be an active participant in your care plan and come with an open mind and eagerness to make changes. Follow-up visits are 30-45 minutes in length, and regular follow-ups are encouraged until symptoms have improved. Then you can expect to have a check-in visit on an as-needed or bi-annual basis.
The frequency of your appointments will vary based on your concern and what the doctor believes is in your best interest. Generally, your appointments will be every 2-4 weeks initially and become farther apart, about every 1-3 months, as you achieve higher and higher degrees of health.
Timeline to Health
In general, Functional Medicine protocols generate health on a deeper level and this takes time. Some estimates are 1 month for every year you have been sick, however this is not always true. Colds, flus, and other acute conditions can be resolved very quickly, often in just a few days. Chronic conditions, however, often take months to years. Although the timeline to renewed health may seem long, our goal is that you will begin to see positive and lasting changes throughout your consultations.
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If nutrition and lifestyle changes in combination with essential supplementation fail to improve health symptoms, it is often necessary to order functional testing. Standard tests that help your functional medicine provider include genetic, hormone, GI, nutrient, organic acids, chronic infection, toxicity, and food intolerance/allergy testing. We work with various labs to bring you the most cost-effective and valuable results. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not cover this functional testing. Pricing can range from $150 to $700 and will be discussed during your visits.
Our Functional Medicine Practitioners
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Elixir: A Wellness Collective
2146 NE 4th St #160
Bend, OR 97701
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