Functional Health and Wellness

Patient Centered Care

A patient-centered approach refers to health care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and that ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Patient-centered care is the core of what we call the therapeutic partnership; the relationship that forms between a patient and clinician that empowers the patient to take ownership of their own healing. The power of the therapeutic partnership comes from the idea that patients who are active participants in the development of their therapeutic plan feel more in control of their own well-being and are more likely to make sustained lifestyle changes to improve their health.

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Functional Health and Wellness

Instead of just focusing on patterns of standard symptoms to simply diagnose and classify diseases, we work with patients to help them discover the underlying causes of diseases and dysfunction.

By treating each person as an individual, we carefully examine each patient’s unique biochemical and structural factors, as well as their lifestyle, promoting each person’s health and vitality, recommending treatment that helps patients return to their optimal health.

Our goal is to move away from a “disease oriented/doctor centered” approach to a “health oriented/patient centered” way of life, from a “one size fits all” model to respecting our biochemical individuality, from looking at a disease to looking at a whole person, from overpriced health care to cost-effective health care, from basic detection to active prevention, from “high tech only” to “high touch and high tech” care.