Functional medicine determines the how and the why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. We look at antecedents, triggers and mediators that may have played a part in the development of your condition. We look for signs of physiological dysfunctions that have led to core clinical imbalances. We discuss modifiable lifestyle factors that would make the biggest impact on your condition and your health.
We take a patient-centered approach where you are the focus, not your diagnosis. We may ask you to make some tough lifestyle changes, but we have health coaches to help you make those changes and to hold you accountable.
We believe health is more than just the absence of disease. Health is a state of living where you feel your best, full of energy, free of pain, clear headed, sharp as a tack, relaxed and present. We want to take you, wherever you may be on the spectrum of health and disease and move you in the right direction.
What makes our approach different?
We know how difficult making long-term lifestyle changes can be, we’ve been there! That’s why we have developed a team approach to help you make changes that will last.
We believe in a food-first philosophy, because food is medicine. We may ask you to eliminate foods that could be contributing to your condition and will incorporate others that could be therapeutic on your healing journey.
Functional Medicine Services
In your first visit, you will meet with both Dr. Kirsch and one of her functional medicine assistants. By the end of your visit, Dr. Kirsch will develop a plan (often a multi-stage plan) to get you started on your healing journey.
From there, you will be given options for different levels of support with our health coach based on what you think is necessary. Some of our patients need weekly support and others can tackle the plan on their own.
Follow up visits with the doctor vary on a case by case scenario. Usually the first follow up is to review any labs that Dr. Kirsch may have ordered. Follow ups from there are typically spaced about 6 weeks apart to ensure you are meeting your treatment goals.