Functional Medicine

An individualized root-cause approach

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

Ready to take a personalized journey toward restoring your 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.” We use your symptoms, your history from conception onwards, and your concrete lab data to map out your unique health story on the Functional Medicine Matrix (pictured below). Then we create a holistic personalized treatment plan that focuses on modifiable lifestyle factors first.

A process, like therapy

Laura often describes Functional Medicine as akin to therapy, except the unwinding process is driven by physical symptoms and sensations, and appointments are more spread out than a typical psychotherapy schedule. However, at the core of the Functional Matrix is the mind-body-spirit of the individual. We don’t separate this from your physical experience.

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.

Functional Medicine is a process, a partnership, and it’s personalized.

Laura’s specialties

Laura’s specialties include:

  • Menstrual cycles & hormones, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, and menopause.
  • Metabolism, weight regulation, blood sugar and insulin management.
  • Nutrition and gut, whole food anti-inflammatory nutrition, nutrient & food sensitivity testing, digestion, gut microbiome.
  • Immune issues, autoimmune remission, allergies, chronic infections, inflammation.

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?

Institute for Functional Medicine