Functional Medicine


Dr. Matthew has earned the distinction of Advanced Fellow in Functional Medicine. This 2 year program is offered by the Institute of Functional Medicine

The term “functional medicine” was coined in 1993 and it is an approach that includes the following:

Patient uniqueness

Each individual is unique. This uniqueness encompasses voluntary activities, such as decision-making, personality development, and emotional response, and involuntary activities like metabolism of nutrients, cellular processing of information, and communication among the body’s organ systems. Functional medicine professionals realize that all individuals have unique metabolic patterns that affect their health needs and thus, the concept of individuality is central to every aspect of functional medicine, from clinical assessment and diagnosis to the broad spectrum of treatment modalities.

Patient-centered approach

Functional medicine practitioners use a patient-centered approach to support wellness. This means that in addition to considering the overall health of the patient, functional medicine practitioners consider the beliefs, attitudes, and motivations, as well as the physical, mental, and emotional aspects, of the patient.

Preventive care

Optimal health is not just the absence of disease. Even the most minor symptoms can foreshadow more serious conditions later in life. This often happens via the “snowball effect,” in which a “minor” imbalance within the body produces a cascade of biological triggers that can eventually lead to poor health and chronic illness. For this reason, functional medicine focuses on the prevention, instead of just the treatment of, even the most minor imbalances.

Through changes in lifestyle, environment, and nutrition, functional medicine professionals rely on their knowledge of key physiological, genetic, and biochemical processes for establishing an innovative form of total patient wellness amidst the diversity of interests in health care today.

References
1-The Institute for Functional Medicine. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2002, from http://www.fxmed.com/aboutus/about-frame.html
2-GSDL Functional Medicine. (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2002, from http://www.gsdl.com/gsdl/functional_med.html

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Deborah Matthew MD

Wellness for Men, Women and Children

President – NC Integrative Medical Society

Advanced Fellow Functional Medicine

Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-

   Aging & Regenerative Medicine (A4M)

Diplomat of the American Board of

   Integrative & Holistic Medicine (ABIHM)

Oral Examiner for A4M

Medical Director

 

Staci Burrell FNP

ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

 

Marci Scott ND

Patient Educator, Naturopath

 

Heather Baerga RN BSN

Aesthetic & Wellness Nurse

 

Dee Langford APRN – BC

Adult Psychotherapist

 

Debbie Dalessandro RN, BSN 

Wellness Educator, Health Coach

 

 

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