What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach focused on the root cause of disease that uncovers the underlying imbalances, not just symptoms. This holistic, whole person approach is based on your individual needs and recognizes that no two people are the same.
Functional Nutritionists take the time to listen to your story and to learn about your history so they can connect the dots between your genetics, lifestyle, social, and environmental factors that have impacted your current health.
Why should I work with a Functional Nutritionist?
We consider the complex interrelationship between your nutrition, lifestyle, stress, and sleep habits, as well as your relationships, genetics, health history, and life experiences and how they might be impacting your health.
Functional Nutritionists use a whole foods approach and strongly believe in using food as our medicine. We also include supplements, botanicals, mind-body medicine, stress-reduction techniques, and exercise/movement in our treatment plans.
We like to “think outside the box” and will look at food and environmental toxins that you are exposed to such as chlorinated water, pesticides, cleaning products, mold, or carpeting that could be making you sick. Functional Nutritionists use evidence-based protocols and spend time researching your individual case to bring you an individualized plan designed specifically for you.
Our goal is to partner with you to not only resolve health issues, but also to provide you with the tools to make lifelong lifestyle changes that will benefit you and your family.
Functional Nutritionists also collaborate with other practitioners and will work with your current healthcare providers. In addition, we often encourage incorporating other healing modalities such as acupuncture, yoga, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, biofeedback, counseling, craniosacral therapy, or massage.
Who can benefit from the functional medicine approach to nutrition counseling?
Everyone! Functional Medicine not only treats the root cause of imbalances and disease, but it is also heavily focused on prevention and biochemical individuality for those wanting to achieve optimal wellness. This approach is especially beneficial for prenatal, pregnancy, and postnatal life cycles, as well as childhood disorders such as allergies, asthma, ADHD, and autism.
Can I work with you virtually?
Yes! If you do not live in the Greater Seattle area or it is not convenient for you to visit my office in Issaquah or Kirkland, then we can work together virtually. I offer a complimentary 15 minute Get Acquainted Session for virtual clients.
Our initial consultation will be via video chat (Skype or Google Hangout) and then follow-up visits can be on the phone or video chat. This allows you the flexibility to schedule appointments when they are convenient for you, even if you are traveling.
What can I expect from the Get Acquainted Session?
This session is an opportunity for us to review your health goals and for you to ask me any questions you may have about how we will be working together. It’s important to me that you choose someone you feel comfortable working with and I want to ensure that you are ready and open to making the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve your optimal wellness. During this appointment we will also determine which package is right for you based on your current health status and individual needs. Some people may only need one or two individual sessions or the 1-month intensive package to get back on track, while others may be dealing with multiple imbalances and/or chronic disease and need a 6-month package.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are currently in-network providers for Regence, Cigna, and Premera. Insurance plans and policies can vary greatly. Please call your insurance company to determine your Medical Nutrition Therapy coverage, diagnoses accepted, copayments and any deductibles. If your insurance plan requires a referral it will need to be issued prior to your first appointment.
If you are outside of these networks we offer discounted rates and packages, as well as installment plans for private pay clients. In addition, we are more than happy to provide you with a properly coded, paid invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Each insurance company and policy is different so you will need to call and find out your coverage.
If you have a Health Savings Account through your employer you may be able to use those funds towards nutrition counseling. HSA's typically require a doctor's referral for a medical condition to qualify. Check with your HR department for details.
For those who are virtual clients, insurance does not currently cover this type of nutrition counseling.