Who Can Benefit From Functional Medicine Services?
Every person is unique. Our patients come to us from all walks of life—those suffering from chronic diseases, competitive athletes, young women, older men, children, and everyone in between. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. A Functional Medicine workup can be beneficial for everyone.
What Should I Expect From An Appointment?
Dr. Beard and Dr. Kinard review your medical questionnaire prior to your appointment to allow for a more productive consultation visit. Your medical questionnaire provides us with very valuable information and allows for the creation of a health time-line. This time-line includes specific detailed information about all of your medical problems–when your problems started, circumstances surrounding the onset, possible genetic predispositions, environmental factors, etc. This time-line is the first piece of your health puzzle and can help guide us towards the root cause(s) of your problems.
Your initial visit is an intense information gathering session. Your current issues and concerns are thoroughly discussed. Recommendations regarding any obvious dietary, lifestyle, and medication issues are often made at the first visit. Both standard and specialty lab panels may be recommended. There is always plenty of time for questions and concerns to be addressed. Our patients are never rushed. Our practitioners have direct access to Dr. Beard who can provide guidance and direction, if necessary, during your visit.
We always strive to solve our patients problems as quickly as possible, however, everyone is unique. The complexity of each case will determine the frequency of follow-up visits. Some may need only infrequent follow-up visits, while others will benefit from more regular contact and monitoring. However, many patients will utilize a “Functional Medicine work-up” once or twice a year to ensure they are doing everything possible to stay healthy.