Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is a science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

The Institute for Functional Medicine is the premier educational body in the world. Certification requires completion of a series of trainings and proof of competency in both clinical and didactic knowledge (there’s a test) and must be maintained over time. Dr. Gillian Ehrlich was in the second cohort gaining certification in 2014. She continues to stay current with ongoing training and study.