At Functional Medicine of Idaho, we practice medicine that focuses on finding and treating the root cause of illness in order to optimize our patients’ health and radically transform their lives.
Our patients receive evidence-based, functional healthcare that is rooted in the latest research in modern medicine. We believe every person has the potential to achieve wellness, and we are here to partner with you to improve your health and enhance your quality of life.
Functional Medicine Addresses the Root Cause, Not Just the Symptoms
Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to medicine that looks beyond medical specialities to treat the whole person. Functional medicine aims to understand the root cause of disease. By taking an investigative approach and looking at the patterns that connect the body systems together, functional medicine becomes “medicine by cause,” not “medicine by symptoms.” Our practitioners are not focused on just medicating symptoms, but instead strive to identify the underlying causes of disease and help their patients treat or prevent chronic illness and promote wellness.
Functional Medicine Takes a Team Approach
Functional medicine empowers patients to work collaboratively with their healthcare team to develop an individualized, value-based care plan. Our patients are asked to work with healthcare providers, nutritionists, and health coaches and to become a proactive participant in their own health journey. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to healthcare. This is why our team of healthcare providers work collaboratively with you to develop a care plan that meets your health goals and fits with your lifestyle.
Functional Medicine Utilizes Detailed Information Gathering and Advanced Diagnostic Testing
Functional medicine providers gather information from genetics, labs, and lifestyle practices to gain a full understanding of your health. All new patients are required to complete in-depth medical and family history questionnaires, and our providers depend on advanced testing to assess the status of many functions within your body (microbiome, adrenal function, hormonal health, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicities, food sensitivities, amino acids, or more). This combination of information helps guide the selection of the best therapies to help you achieve optimal health.
Functional Medicine Emphasizes Lifestyle Treatments
Functional medicine emphasizes lifestyle modifications in the treatment of chronic illness. Factors like nutrition, sleep, connection, physical activity, and stress management are intricately connected and examining them in-depth helps providers gain comprehensive understanding of a person’s health and begin to establish a plan of care that positively impacts all 5 areas.
Functional Medicine Provides In-Depth Patient Education
Functional medicine provides extensive patient education on a wide variety of medical, nutritional, and lifestyle topics. Shared medical visits (SMVs) are hour-long sessions where patients are seen by a provider, nutritionist, or health coach in an educational, interactive, group setting. Shared medical visits can vary in size, but no more than 10 patients will be in a visit.