Functional Medicine

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

Start with a 20-minute introductory call to meet Laura and decide which new labs to order. It’s good to have current lab results for your first visit so you can hit the ground running on your personalized functional health plan.

At your first appointment, Laura goes over your history and timeline – the things in your life and environment that led to who you are today, including your health struggles. She clarifies your goals, reviews your labs, and creates a comprehensive treatment plan that consists of lifestyle changes and natural medicine:

  • Therapeutic food plans that fit you
  • Personalized supplement and botanical prescriptions
  • Lifestyle homework regarding movement, sleep habits, and stress reduction/management
  • Acupuncture treatment for local patients

Follow-up appointments are 30 minutes and typically take place once a month until goals are met. Please see our Appointment Menu and FAQ for more information.

Laura works with all spokes of the wheel that direct your immune system towards health, balance, and resilience:
  • Adrenal dysregulation
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmunity
  • Blood sugar, cholesterol, weight
  • Chronic fatigue & infections
  • Detox
  • Digestion and microbiome
  • Female hormones & cycles
  • Infertility
  • Inflammation

These take place via video consults or in person at two Monterey Bay clinic locations: 820 Bay Ave in Capitola (Santa Cruz County) and 700 Cass St in downtown Monterey.