Integrative and Functional Medicine Addresses the Underlying Cause(s) of Disease

Through using a systems-oriented approach, and engaging both the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership, Integrative and Functional Medicine concerns itself with understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex chronic disease. Integrative Functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are the nationally accredited and recognized leading experts in the field of functional nutrition. They specialize in understanding the science of nutrition far beyond the basics, with intimate knowledge of how individual nutrition needs impact the relationship of many physiological systems within the body.

These specialized RDNs employ unique and diverse tools that are a part of a profoundly effective treatment plan for patients.  Integrative and functional RDNs work to establish an integrative model of healthcare that recognizes the importance of a qualified team of healthcare professionals in their patients' recovery process. Such RDNs are a critical piece of this team, often possessing a deep understanding of metabolic biochemistry that can be applied in a practical and highly useful manner when successfully preventing and treating a variety of chronic illnesses.

 

what to expect

You'll be offered a thorough and ongoing assessment of your individual goals, medical history, and treatment options, executed in a collaborative manner with you and other practitioners you may be working with.

Treatment plans always include detailed written recommendations and are often accompanied by customized detailed guided meal plans, recipes, and any necessary additional resources and/or educational materials.

How to prepare for your Initial appointment

Once you schedule an initial appointment, you'll receive a confirmation email from Heather. This email will include patient intake forms for you to fill out as well as instructions for how to complete a 3-day detailed food journal. 

If you are meeting at the clinic, your paperwork can be brought to your first appointment. If you are doing a distance phone consult, your paper work can be faxed or emailed to the office.

Sessions

Initial private clinical or phone consultations generally last 90 mins, with follow-ups being anywhere from 15-60 mins, as needed. Please contact for info on rates. 

Heather is also available to give talks and professional presentations at community wellness centers, to groups of patients or specialized medical professionals seeking greater knowledge in most any area of nutrition and disease. Rates vary. Please contact for more information.

 

Functional Nutrition Goes Beyond Basic Nutrition Recommendations

 

Many of the basic nutrition recommendations we hear about came from research that looked at healthy populations only. But what does that tell us about what and how sick people need to eat in order to restore their health?  Often, chronic disease leaves our digestive systems broken and compromised, our elimination pathways weak and unable to metabolize "adequate" amounts of nutrients.

Many of us, when very sick, may even become intolerant of supplements meant to compensate for these deficiencies. With our bodies too compromised to handle what general "common sense" nutrition recommendations tell us we ought to be eating, we face frustration. This is where the nuanced insight of functional nutrition comes in.

Highly compromised patients who have been struggling with a variety of illnesses - often for long periods of time - require specialized nutrition strategies that work to halt the downward spiral of disease and begin to reverse it from a whole-system perspective. This is a highly individualized approach and requires supervision by a qualified and experienced team of functional healthcare professionals who are well-versed in the convoluted paths of recovery these patients face.