Having the time and resources to treat the whole person has been one of our top priorities, as well as privilege, over our years of seeing patients in our practice. We take great pride and interest in learning about all aspects of a patient's life, including their diet, lifestyle and mental health, and engaging in collaborative conversations with the patient to come to a treatment plan that fits with their values and goals.
Sure, we love learning and practicing with the latest technologies and treatments, but it is not uncommon for us to recommend, and see benefit in, including supplements to take alongside prescription medication or counseling on anti-inflammatory diets to help mitigate chronic pain and inflammation. With the foundations of holistic medicine already at play in our daily practice, there has been a natural progression to include more complementary therapies and options, and with that, we are now offering functional medicine testing to further support and optimize our patient's health and wellness!
Functional medicine testing, what is it?
Unlike traditional lab testing, functional medicine testing is able to identify imbalances related to common health issues that can be found before standard labs can detect them. They also allow insight into how nutrition and the environment are impacting your body, and actionable steps to help optimize one's health based on the results. Through Genova Diagnostics, the two main tests that we will now be offering are:
GI effects- an at home stool test (fun, we know!) that can assess the gut function and microbial composition, including types and abundance of bacteria, viruses and other microbes, which gives us insight into the presence of inflammation, food sensitivities, dysbiosis or maldigestion.
Metabolomix+ - an at home test which uses saliva, urine and blood to identify nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies and inflammation, which may be contributing to persisting symptoms or chronic disease.
Who should consider functional medicine testing?
You may benefit from testing if you have experienced the following persisting symptoms:
Acne or persisting skin concerns
Skin, nail and hair changes
By evaluating what may be out of balance, we are able to provide actionable counseling on supplements, diet or lifestyle changes to optimize your health or treat illness. Through Genova Diagnostics, we can also test for food allergies and hormonal imbalances, and the good news is they accept most healthcare insurance plans, so some or most of the testing may be covered by your insurance.
If you think you may be interested in this kind of testing, call our office today to get scheduled for a consultation!
The latest in skin care- treating the biome!
Continuing on the trend of treating health conditions holistically, we are now carrying a state-of-the-art skin care line called BIOJUVE!
We were not seeking to carry a skin care line in our office, but have been very impressed with the technology and results of BIOJUVE, and could not resist having it as an option for our patients. It is a daily regimen that improves skin texture, tone, fine lines, wrinkles and photodamage, by using a living microbe technology that directly treats the skin biome. By optimizing the skin microbiome, this leads to healthier, younger-looking skin, as well as, treats skin conditions like acne and rosacea! Catherine started using it last month and has noticed a significant improvement in redness that she experiences.
Call our office today if you would like more information or to order your daily regimen set!