When You Need More
We developed our clinic to provide quality integrative primary care. Most of the time, this foundation is all that is needed to restore and sustain optimal health.
Sometimes, individuals with chronic illnesses or conditions benefit from a deeper investigation in order to achieve their best health. This ‘deep dive’ approach is beyond the typical scope of primary care.
Some conditions saddle the border between primary care and specialty care. We are able to help with many hormone and gastrointestinal conditions. We do not operate as ‘Functional Medicine Consultants’ and limit our specialty testing to hormone, thyroid, and GI concerns. Please follow the links below to read about our lab test policy or how we manage hormones.
Integrative Versus Functional Medicine
While there are some overlaps and similar approaches between Integrative and Functional Medicine—and “Functional” means different things to different people—we see Functional Medicine as a subspecialty of Integrative Primary Care.
At Integrative Family Medicine, we focus on an individualized, integrative approach to health care to prevent and reverse chronic illness.
Functional Medicine, on the other hand, includes a style, model, and language that often casts a wide diagnostic net with expensive specialty laboratory testing. While this approach has its place, it is not necessary for everyone at all times.
We have close relationships with local and regional providers that specialize in Autoimmune conditions, Chronic Lyme, Environmental Toxicity, Heavy Metal Exposure, and other conditions that may benefit from expertise beyond Integrative Primary Care.
We often serve as the primary care home for individuals working with providers in Functional Medicine or other Integrative Specialty Services.
For Functional Medicine, we usually recommend Family to Family or Insight Integrative Medicine. In fact, Insight founder and certified functional medicine physician Susan Bradt, MD, offers $100 off the initial intake visit and $25 off all future follow up visits for Integrative Life Members wanting to take a deep dive into functional medicine.
For Environmental or Heavy Metal Toxicity we usually recommend Asheville Integrative Medicine. We know the providers well at each of these practices and share patients regularly.