Blossoming in Functional Medicine
December 1, 2015
By Lisa Lichtig, M.D. –
Functional Medicine is uniquely suited to address many of the primary drivers of chronic illness including the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. This approach is systems-based, integrative, and patient-centered.
Functional medicine makes listening to the patient a priority. This approach helps clinicians understand where to look to find the roots of dysfunction. Finally, it provides tools and treatments to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic illness. It is founded in food, movement, lifestyle and mindset as foundations for health while also individualizing the approach based upon who you are and what your underlying needs are. This is not one size fits all medicine.
One way to stem the rising tide of disease, is to change the way we practice medicine. We believe Functional Medicine offers that opportunity.
While this work has created a complex commuting lifestyle for him, the work and research they are doing has the hope of transforming and improving our medical system and medical education. Thus, we are both willing to make this sacrifice (temporarily) so that it gets off the ground in a good way.
Check out the video tab for an overview of what they are doing: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/center-for-functional-medicine.
Functional Medicine Model is making a difference in terms of cost of care, outcome measures, patient satisfaction and provider satisfaction. I’m inspired and proud of what they are accomplishing at both the Cleveland Clinic and and the Institute for Functional Medicine which is the training organization for this great model of care which we also offer at Family to Family.
Functional Medicine at Family to Family
While we’ve been working with and applying the principles of holistic, integrative and functional medicine since we opened in 1999, Family to Family is now able to bring a more robust set of tools and approaches through the support of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
Lindsey Gatrell, our Clinic Supervisor has attended IFM’s foundation course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. She came back very excited and with a better understanding of why we recommend things such as the elimination diet, why we order special stool and hormone tests and why it’s so important to spend time listening to the patient’s story.
Dr. Bradt has also attended a number of advanced practice modules in Functional Medicine, including cardiometabolic health, hormone health, detoxification, gastrointestinal health. She is thrilled to enhance her skills, knowledge and approach with patients.
I, too, have completed several advanced practice modules (cardiometabolic, GI, hormone, food/nutrition, & Energy Dysregulation) and am now enrolled in the Functional Medicine certification program.
Over the next year, please look forward to updates in our intake forms, nutritional tools and supplements. We also hope to add some classes and group visits to our services as well.
New Patients Accepted!
We look forward to the day when Dr. Hanaway can return to Family to Family and offer his services as a teacher, physician and traditional healer in our home town. In the meantime, we are happy to share him with the world.
I am also happy to announce that along with Dr. Hoch and Dr. Bradt, I am once again accepting new patients (men, women and children) for functional medicine consultations, wellness visits, heart of birth consultations as well as traditional healing. Stay tuned for my next blog on a more complete picture of services I will now be offering.
Medical Director and Owner, Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care.