• Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine
We are Functional Medicine trained providers focused on a precision medical approach to helping patients optimize their health.

In recent years, a new branch of medicine has been gaining popularity: functional medicine. Functional medicine is a type of care that focuses on identifying and treating the root cause of disease, rather than simply managing symptoms.

If you’re considering whether or not functional medicine is right for you, it’s important to understand how it works and what it can do for you.


Functional medicine is a branch of medicine that looks at the root cause of disease. It takes into account the whole person, their lifestyle, environment and genetic background when diagnosing and treating illness. This approach to medicine is becoming more popular as people become more aware of the need to address the whole person, not just their symptoms. Functional medicine can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, both chronic and acute. Rather than focusing on treating individual symptoms, functional medicine practitioners work to identify and address the underlying root causes of disease.

Functional medicine is based on the principle that all systems in the body are connected and that imbalances in one system can lead to problems in other systems. For example, an imbalance in the gut microbiome (the community of bacteria that live in the gut) has been linked to a wide range of chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. If you experience childhood trauma, that can lead to imbalances in the brain that increase your risk for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.


Functional medicine can be used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, including:

  •     Autoimmune diseases
  •     Digestive disorders
  •     Mood disorders
  •     Fatigue
  •     Hormonal imbalances
  •     Skin conditions
  •     Weight problems
  •     And more!

If you have any of these conditions, functional medicine may be right for you. The goal of treatment is to restore balance in the body and improve overall health, rather than simply treating individual symptoms.


Functional medicine practitioners use the Functional Medicine Matrix to guide their approach to personalized care. The functional medicine matrix is a tool that helps practitioners identify the underlying causes of disease and design individualized treatment plans.

The matrix includes six key areas:

  1. Diet and Nutrition 
  2. Gut Health 
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress Management
  5. Exercise
  6. Hormone Health

These six areas are interconnected, and imbalances in one area can lead to problems in another. For example, poor sleep can contribute to gut problems, and chronic stress can lead to hormone imbalances. By taking a comprehensive approach to care, functional medicine practitioners can help you restore balance in all areas of health.

 At the Institute for Human Optimization, we are  passionate about helping people achieve optimal health and vitality. We offer a wide range of services, including functional medicine to provide the most comprehensive care. Our team of highly skilled practitioners will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about functional medicine or any of our other services, we invite you to contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if our practice is right for you.