Are you tired of female hormone problems, low energy, aches and pains, exhaustion, weight gain, or trouble sleeping?
You don’t have to accept these symptoms as normal – they aren't! They are signs that something isn’t right. This is often how people feel, that something isn't right, and it's worrisome. As a functional medicine detective, I help you solve these types of chronic and troubling symptoms, and get your vitality back.
How? By investigating and nailing down the underlying root causes of your symptoms, and using natural medicine to resolve them.
Do you find yourself unsatisfied with conventional medicine? Do you want more options?
You are not alone! Women and men frequently complain about the lack of safe and effective solutions from the conventional medicine toolbox. Dangerous synthetic hormones? Antidepressants? Long waits and short appointments? No solutions? A prescription for a symptom? This is how doctors are trained, and what we expect from modern medicine – masking and covering up symptoms, with more and more medications – all of which have side effects.
Did you know that many symptoms can be resolved simply with natural approaches and lifestyle medicine? It’s true. This is because genetics play only a small part in most diseases. It’s typically your environment and lifestyle that trigger disease symptoms. And, these are things that YOU can change, with a little help.
This is where functional medicine comes in . . .
We functional medicine doctors don’t simply mask symptoms with medications or even supplements. Instead, we investigate what went wrong and how to fix it! We delve deeply into how to fix broken sleep, moods, energy, and period problems.
Like a puzzle, symptoms that seem unrelated and random are often connected by the same body system gone awry. For example, we may find that by fixing a gut bacteria imbalance, your mysterious fibromyalgia goes away. Or improving your detoxification pathways clears up your skin, stops your PMS, and eliminates your headaches.
Conventional medicine hasn’t caught up with every other branch of science that recognizes interconnected, dynamic systems. We are not separate parts, we are complex, dynamic, living beings! Watch this 5-minute video to learn more:
What exactly happens in my Functional Medicine appointments?
Whether in person or distance (phone or video), the appointment structure is the same. The first time we meet, we talk about your history, symptoms, concerns, and goals. We decide what labs to order to gather more information. I give you initial steps to take to feel better right away. At your second appointment, we review your lab findings, and I propose a treatment plan, using lifestyle and natural medicine. As you progress, we have follow-up visits and modify your treatment plan. I speak with other providers on your team or give referrals when needed. I counsel you on your options. When your goals are met, we discuss an ongoing plan to maintain your health.
What can you expect in my care?
You can expect compassion, time, and a deep level of thought. I use conventional blood labs with cutting-edge functional lab tests for precise diagnosis, which is often what is lacking. With this concrete data, and my extensive clinical expertise spanning over 20 years, I customize your healing treatment plan – a holistic (non-pharmaceutical) functional approach to fill in the gaps missing in your conventional care. I use only natural medicine (DIY lifestyle adjustments, nutrition, herbs, supplements, bio-identical hormones).
I want to hear from you in between appointments on my secure patient portal, so we are up to date. Sometimes you keep journals or logs that I can view between appointments. In addition, you get the benefit of a hive mind, as I am in a very special women's group of four Functional Medicine practitioners. We review our cases together on a daily basis.
Goodbye hot flashes, anxiety, allergies, and brain fog. Hello to your energetic, life-loving, healthy self!
I work with these conditions and symptoms:
Period problems, PMS, menopause, hot flashes, PCOS, infertility, postpartum, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, depression, libido.
Energy & Metabolism
Unexplained weight gain, insulin resistance, prediabetes, high cholesterol, blood sugar regulation, adrenal and thyroid function, low energy, mitochondrial function.
Sensitivity to chemicals and fragrances, estrogen clearance, acne, headaches, mold, heavy metals, environmental toxins, poor methylation, liver function.
Gut & Microbiome
Food intolerance, leaky gut, bacteria imbalance, candida, IBS, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, SIBO, brain fog & cognition, fibromyalgia.
Chronic inflammation, allergies, infections, aches and pains, swelling, autoimmune remission, unhealing injuries, frequent illness, brain inflammation.
Foods right for your metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, the right supplements to fill in dietary gaps, therapeutic food plans, weight regulation, what to eat?
How can you work with me?
It’s simple and easy! I offer Functional Medicine appointments for women and men across the United States, by phone or video. We can meet in person if you live in the Monterey Bay area or can come to Monterey. I offer two paths for Functional Medicine appointments. You can start with a free consultation for guidance on which to choose.
Single Consult Client
You're a savvy self-educated person who already has diet, sleep, and exercise dialed in, and you have great stress management techniques. You like to be independent between appointments. You like being an active participant in your health care, and you're good at follow through with lifestyle changes. You are familiar with the concepts of the functional approach – you've read blogs and listened to podcasts in the functional arena. You have an excellent support system, your home is a relaxing refuge, and self-care is built into your daily life. You want to add me to your team of medical providers to provide the functional side – labs, lifestyle and self-care tweaks, and a custom protocol of therapeutic (and eventual maintenance) holistic medicine (supplements, herbs, bio-identical hormones, and more). You may be interested in optimizing your health to reach your peak vitality, prolong your healthspan and protect your youthfulness, and prevent the breakdowns that happen with aging and inflammation. Or, you may have one or more problems you want to fix.
Every single consult includes my time to review your new labs and intake/update form prior to our session, and the creation of your treatment plan afterward. Then you are good to go until our next session! Typically my appointments are once per month until goals are met.
Single Consult PLUS One Month Follow-up Support
You want to work more closely. You'd like a month of unlimited support and coaching on my private patient portal after your appointment. You want to be in my care, under my wing, and in my thoughts during the time between appointments. I support and coach you on all aspects of lifestyle medicine – step by step we dial in your self-care, stress reduction, exercise, sleep, and support system. We troubleshoot any symptoms that arise. We order labs whenever needed. We adjust your protocol as you change. This is for you if you have a list of health issues to resolve or something that has plagued you on a long-term basis. It's also for you if you want a health overhaul, with lots of support between appointments, from me and my assistant. For people with gut problems or complex menstrual cycle issues, we recommend this path, as frequent contact is highly beneficial.
These appointments include everything in a single appointment plus my time to respond to unlimited portal messages for one month, and any additional work on your case - ordering and reviewing labs, troubleshooting, coaching and support, and updating your protocol. Rest assured, between sessions I have your back. No need to panic, as you can rebook this appointment for as many months as you need, without returning to the waitlist.