Functional Medicine Consults
Hearthside Medicine Family Care offers integrative primary care, and can serve as "PCP" for the purpose of insurance and general family care. However, if you are looking for a much more comprehensive approach, you may want to consider getting a functional medicine consult!
All of our providers employ integrative medicine into our care, but only one of our providers at this point is offering functional medicine consults. Havilah Brodhead, FNP, is training with the Institute of Functional Medicine and the School of Applied Functional Medicine. She has long valued and incorporated integrative medicine into her primary care practice and is now excited to offer highly comprehensive functional medicine consults as well.
If you choose to see Havilah Brodhead for functional medicine consultations, we strongly encourage you to have a PCP either here at our clinic with one of our primary care providers (Rachel or Marie) or to have a PCP elsewhere.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
Functional and integrative medicine is different and better primarily because it focuses on health. When you report your symptoms to a conventional doctor, the doctor either prescribes medication or a medical procedure to alleviate your symptoms and, perhaps, eliminate the illness. With functional/integrative medicine, our diagnosis doesn’t stop at the symptom or illness level; we continue to peel away the layers of the onion to identify the source of that illness, which is almost always at the cellular level.
By restoring health instead of merely eliminating illness, we give the body what it needs not only to eliminate the reported illness but also to eliminate other underlying illnesses that may not be showing symptoms and to prevent the onset of future illness. As a result, our patients generally feel considerably better overall after receiving treatment and can return to activities they assumed they would never be able to engage in ever again or at the level they once did.
Our comprehensive functional care includes diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, prescriptions and/or supplement suggestions, in depth nutritional assessment and counseling. health coaching, functional medicine lab testing and more.
Integrative Functional Medicine at times incorporates other healing
modalities such as acupuncture, regenerative medicine, bioidentical hormones, trigger point injections, cupping, massage, & plant-based medicines.
We recognize the importance of understanding the whole health of our patients - body, mind, & spirit - in order to determine the best treatments for holistic well-being.
This makes it important for us to provide unrushed care, so that we can listen to our patients' needs and provide the care they deserve to treat both their immediate symptoms as well as improve overall health.
Our approach is not to replace conventional medicine, but rather to use effective natural and less invasive treatments when appropriate to provide more complete care and promote overall health for our patients.
It is a privilege to serve the community of Bend by providing quality integrative and functional medicine at our office on the westside across from Safeway and virtually to those who don't live in the area. .
We are able to see patients in clinic here in Bend or via telehealth (virtually) in Oregon, Washington, & California. Currently, we cannot offer medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis to non-residents of Oregon, California or Washington--however, we CAN offer health coaching virtually anywhere.
If you would like to schedule your functional medicine consultation, you may book online or give us a call at 541.316.5693.