What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is transforming healthcare by giving the patient the ultimate power to heal. Functional Medicine efforts focus on the root causes of an individual’s condition and treats those causes.

We believe that by studying the individual and his or her interactions with their environment (exercise, toxic exposures, sleep patterns, diet, stressors, mental health, and history of disease or dysfunctions), we are better equipped to help our patients achieve improved health and wellness. Our philosophy for optimum health is based on our belief that everyone has the potential to achieve wellness.

It Takes a Team

Tara Erbele, M.D.

Tara is Board Certified in Family Medicine and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albany Medical College and a degree in Genetics from UC Davis. She has specialty training in OBGYN, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and metabolic syndrome. Tara’s depth of experience includes patient care from newborn to geriatrics.

As a Hospitalist at acute care centers, Tara treated patients with chronic conditions ranging from respiratory failure to long-term physical rehabilitation in intensive care settings. Her medical achievements include establishing an OBGYN clinic and Patient Centered Medical Homes. Tara is an accomplished and published physician with articles on obesity treatment and women’s health issues.

Karen Callagy, P.A.

Karen received her Masters in Physician Assistant studies from the Arizona School of Health and Sciences.  Prior to joining FMI, Karen cared for patients in urgent care and family practice settings.

She has been actively practicing Functional Medicine for several years and finds great satisfaction in the success her patients attain through nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, and appropriate supplements.

Amber Warren, P.A.

Amber received her Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University. She worked in both orthopaedics and rheumatology for seven years before venturing into the world of functional medicine. In treating autoimmune diseases, Amber began researching gut health and its impact on the immune system and the body in general, and knew she couldn’t continue to practice conventional medicine. While working with patients in surgery and rehabilitation, Amber researched and emphasized the importance of nutrition and exercise in surgical outcomes as well as optimal patient recovery. Amber utilizes her skills in Functional Medicine to help patients pursue an active role in their health and is passionate about helping patients achieve wellness through nutrition and lifestyle modifications.