Functional Medicine

Personal, root-cause, and holistic

Dr. Laura Paris helping patient during a functional medicine consultation at Monterey acupuncture office.

Ready to take a personalized journey toward restoring your immune health? Laura uses Functional Medicine to go far beyond short visits and symptom masking. She digs deeper to identify which of your underlying body systems are struggling. This approach is called “root-cause medicine” and the systems we investigate are shown in the graphic below. Together we gather information about your symptoms, your history from conception onwards, and your concrete lab data to map out the unique health story that brought you to where you are today. Then we create a personalized treatment plan that focuses on modifiable lifestyle factors first. These include specific changes in your sleep, stress management, movement, and nutrition habits. Most health conditions and symptoms change significantly with lifestyle modifications appropriate to the individual. Then, we can layer in therapeutic supplements and herbal prescriptions that match you as an individual. Laura provides the holistic aspect of your health care and works complementary to your conventional medical team.

A process, like therapy

Laura often describes Functional Medicine as akin to therapy, except the healing journey is driven by physical symptoms and sensations, and appointments are more spread out than a typical psychotherapy schedule. It takes time to investigate which underlying body systems need support. Specific examples include identifying and healing nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalance, stress chemistry, blood sugar issues, gut dysbiosis, food intolerances, and toxic burdens, among others. At the core of Laura’s immune matrix (below) is the mental-emotional-spiritual state of the individual. We don’t separate this from your physical experience, as this is really the core of physical health for everyone.

A partnership, where you are in charge

Laura partners with you on your health journey. You’re the captain, and she is a guide, helping you discover the meaningful steps to take toward restoring your vibrant health. Your treatment plan consists of actionable things to put into place, and you are empowered and in charge. Depending on the complexity of your situation, follow-up appointments typically take place 4 to 12 weeks apart while you work through your customized treatment plan, which is updated after each visit as you grow, change, and heal.

Laura’s specialties

Laura is an autoimmune expert. In the process of healing the immune system, she also addresses:

  • Hormone Balance, including adrenals, thyroid, reproductive, insulin, leptin, and stress hormones.
  • Structural Issues, including pain and movement restrictions, bone and joint health, and breast and pelvic floor tissue.
  • Gut Health, including personalized nutrition, food sensitivities, digestive symptoms, gut microbial imbalance, and leaky gut.
  • Immune Balance, including autoimmune remission, allergies, chronic infections, and inflammation.
  • Nervous System Health, including stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, and rest.
  • Detox Plans, including supporting phases 1, 2, and 3 of detoxification, and mitochondrial energy production.

Want to talk to us before embarking on this journey? Book a discovery call:

To learn more, read Laura’s post What is Functional Medicine Anyway?