WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional medicine is a person-oriented approach, rather than a disease/condition-oriented approach to health care. In other words, instead of treating conditions or diagnoses, we try to identify and treat the cause of the condition or diagnosis, whatever that may be. This approach would involve an extensive gathering of your whole medical history, examinations, laboratory examinations, and so forth. Once the cause of the condition is found, only then can it be treated effectively. With functional medicine, we try to use natural methods to treat, rather than medications that typically simply cover up the symptoms, although we will gladly work with your primary care physician if you still need medications.
This link will take you to a 15-minute video that does a good job explaining functional medicine in more detail.
Here is a link to an article by Dr. Ron Grisanti that explains the power of functional medicine.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our primary goal with functional medicine is to help you get well.
We also understand that outlining what you can expect will decrease some of the initial apprehension and get you on the road to improved health much faster.
Remember that the most important part of any medical work-up is a thorough and detailed history. We have carefully developed a medical questionnaire that will allow us to obtain the most comprehensive and detailed history possible. The more information you can provide, the better your functional medicine experience will be.
Like a good CSI agent, uncovering the underlying factors that have caused or are causing your present health problem(s) is essential for getting well. That will all start with our functional medicine questionnaire.
Medical records can only be released with your authorization. You are responsible for obtaining previous medical records from other physicians or health care providers. Please contact your physician or other health care provider(s) to obtain these records. We can request medical records after you have given us authorization to do so.
Once we have your completed functional medicine questionnaire and have all your medical records, you will be scheduled for a 60 minute consultation with Dr. Shepherd.
Remember, the cost of your first visit not only includes your 60 minutes with Dr. Shepherd, but more importantly covers the time it will take for the doctor to thoroughly study your medical records.
On your first visit with Dr. Shepherd, he will have completed his review of your medical questionnaire and reviewed medical records from your physicians. This will commonly provide significant information for him to determine what to do next to help you get well.
You will receive a detailed report from the doctor summarizing his findings and letting you know the possible underlying causes/reasons for your health challenge.
Our main objective is to carefully identify what has possibly been missed by other physicians and to give you some logical direction to help turn your health around.
The next step may require further testing consisting of physical examination, lab testing, and possibly other medical diagnostic testing.
Fees for the above services will be discussed after your first consultation. Once Dr. Shepherd has the results of the above testing, he will be able to outline the most effective treatment plan.
Due to the overwhelming requests for new patient consultations, there is a 7-day cancellation policy for any functional medicine visit, and your appointment must be confirmed at least 7 days prior to your scheduled consultation. You may cancel your appointment by calling our office. If calling after hours, please leave a message. If you do not cancel 7 days prior to the appointment, you may be responsible for up to the entire visit cost.