A program of treatment in Functional Medicine typically proceeds in the following manner:
You’ll first fill out a detailed Intake Form that we’ll review together at the first visit, via telemedicine or telephone. We will also ask more specific questions about your health history to help connect the dots of your health puzzle. During the visit you’ll receive dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and, based on your particular situation, possibly supplements such as a 2-week detox program to help get your body ready for the upcoming changes. At the end of the session we’ll order 1-3 lab tests that will be shipped directly to you.
Functional Medicine Labs
These lab tests can be performed at home and usually involve the collection of saliva, urine, or stool samples that are you package and ship via UPS or Fedex. If there is a blood draw, you would need to schedule an appointment with a phlebotomist. The results take 2-4 weeks to arrive, during which time you should usually be experiencing positive changes from the lifestyle adjustments you’ve already been implementing.
With the arrival of lab results, we will schedule time to discuss your labs, lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplements. We’ll send you a summary of the recommendations that we discussed, a supplement protocol that outlines your course of treatment for the next 6 to 12 months, and a supplement requisition from our online dispensary.
We will also schedule periodic Follow-up Visits (every month or so) to discuss progress on health issues, lifestyle changes, and supplements.