in Denver, NC
What Is Functional Medicine?
The Functional Medicine approach to wellness is much like that of a medical detective. We do not ‘treat’ disease, but identify and address underlying causes of illness, such as hormonal, physiological and biochemical weakness’ that keeps someone from having optimal health.
We peel back the layers of chronic dysfunction through patient history and exam findings, utilizing state of the art diagnostic testing rarely used in conventional medicine today. Continually covering up symptoms with drugs does NOT heal the underlying cause, functional medicine does.
Functional medicine is often successful in helping those with…
Cardiovascular risk factors
Pre-Diabetes and diabetic risk factors
Poor cardiac health
Gut and intestinal issues
Brain health including anxiety, depression and fog
Post covid long-term health challenges
General sub-optimal health
How It Works
1. Text or call us for a FREE 15 min phone conversation
The first step of the process is to speak with one of us to see if you are a good candidate for functional medicine. We will discuss your health issues and willingness to make necessary changes for healing. The easiest way to reach is by text or email. firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-577-7458
2. Initial 60-80 Minute Consultation
If we feel you are a good fit, we will schedule your initial 60-80 minute consultation and place your Functional Medicine Lab Screening order. Before our meeting we spend approximately 2-3 hours reviewing past medical records, your intake forms, lab results, environmental exposures, nutritional habits, stress levels and more.
This information gathering visit is a time of putting together as much information as we can in order to better uncover the root cause of your illness and to help us decide what path to take moving forward.
3. Testing & Analysis
Your second 60-80 minute visit will be to review the results and implications of your specialty testing and help us decide which of our programs would be the perfect fit for you to take back your health. Tests we may order depend entirely on your individual health challenges and history.
We have state-of-the-art investigative testing in our toolbox which include food sensitivity and allergy testing, comprehensive stool analysis, SIBO breath test, genetic testing, cortisol and stress testing, and so much more.
4. Time to get well!
After your specialty testing results have been reviewed and you have enrolled in our program, the real fun (and hard work!) begins. We will spend a lot of research and time to develop a precise protocol to move towards healing, optimal well-being and enhanced quality of life! Your plan will include sound nutritional modifications, doctors visits and health coach calls, appropriate movement guidelines, stress management and quality supplements & botanicals to correct underlying physiological dysfunction which is contributing to your issues.
Who Can Benefit From Functional Medicine?
People who are chronically ill and healthy patients who want to stay that way can benefit from functional medicine care.
Patients that have the greatest potential for successful healing are those that are ready and willing to make dietary changes, take supplements necessary to align body chemistry for optimal physiological function, and those who can make healthy lifestyle modifications such as appropriate exercise and stress management.
Functional medicine offices everywhere have waiting lists of sick people, tired of being a number, tired of being offered nothing but prescription after prescription. We would love to work with whomever is truly ready to change their life and get healthy, however, if you are not committed to this process, then our office may not be a good fit for you.
Not everyone is a fit for functional medicine so we do not accept each and every patient. This is a practical, not personal decision. We accept only those patients we think we can help and we believe are ready to make the changes necessary to get well.
2. What’s the Difference Between Integrative and Functional medicine?
Integrative and functional medicine are similar in that they view and understand the body as one whole organism that cannot be separated into parts. Both are patient-centered, focused on getting to the root cause, are holistic, prioritizing lifestyle, nutrition, and behavioral changes over pharmaceuticals.
Functional medicine uses in-depth bloodwork and specialty lab testing to get at the root cause, while integrative practitioners may focus on standard lab testing.
Credentialing is different in that Integrative medicine is a board-certified fellowship that MDs and DOs can take and obtain as an official credential. Functional medicine offers both fellowships and post-graduate certifications to MD’s, DO’s. DC’s, NP’s.
3. What Types of Treatments Are Used in Functional and Nutritional Care?
A skilled functional medicine practitioner can help patients with complex, chronic conditions that traditional medicine has not been able to nor has the understanding to.
Functional medicine practitioners do not ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ disease. Rather, we investigate the underlying or ‘root’ cause of why individuals have chronic health issues and consider factors like diet, genetics, hormonal changes, and other lifestyle components as potential causes and treatments for patients’ diseases.
After a thorough investigation into physical, emotional and lifestyle history, as well as specialty testing, we utilize nutrition, movement, stress management, lifestyle modifications and evidence based supplementation (herbals and vitamins/minerals) to strengthen physiological weakness or to eliminate, for example, things like bacterial or fungal overgrowths that are contributing to a patients ill state.
4. What Kind of Training Did You Receive?
I am a CFMP, (Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner) and a Chiropractic Physician. I received my doctorate from New York Chiropractic College and my postdoctoral training in Functional Medicine. I have also received hundreds of hours of nutritional training outside of my functional medicine curriculum. I am not a medical doctor and do not prescribe medication, however I am happy to communicate with my patient's medical doctor when necessary for the betterment of my patients.
4. Are There Other Practitioners I Will See?
Follow-up appointments may be scheduled with Dr. David Noonan on a limited basis Fridays and Saturdays. He is also a CFMP and Health Coach. Dr. David received his doctorate from Logan College of Chiropractic and his postdoctoral training in Functional Medicine and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Functional Nutrition Guide & Health Coach.
5. Do You Accept Insurance?
We do not participate with any insurance companies. You may use cash, credit card, checks, Flex or HSA cards if applicable, so long as it does not require any communication with your company. We are focused and staffed for patient care only, not reimbursement. Receipt of payment available upon request.
6. Can You See People Outside of the Charlotte Area?
Absolutely! We can do all distant appointments via HIPAA compliant video call.
Distance is not an issue with functional medicine. If you are local,
we would love to meet you in person for your first visit, however.
7. What Types of Conditions Do People Seek Functional Medicine for?
Functional Medicine practitioners do incredible work with many chronic illnesses including autoimmune disease, diabetes, poor cardiac health, gut and intestinal issues, thyroid health, hormonal imbalances, anxiety and mental challenges, to name a few. We do not treat disease, but try to understand the underlying cause of why someone is ill and restore proper balance and optimal function to all body systems by addressing the underlying root cause. Underlying causes may be, for example, inflammation, toxic exposures, poor nutritional habits or undiagnosed infection.
8. What Advanced Diagnostic Testing is Available?
At Well Body Chiropractic & Functional Medicine, we have access to a vast array of advanced functional testing that covers many disease states. This testing is available to all patients whether in person or via tele-health, no matter where you are in the US. This state-of-the-art testing allows us and our patients to discover underlying pathogenic and biochemical marker imbalances that help us to understand the root cause of your issues. Examples of diagnostic testing we use includes, but is not limited to;
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
SIBO breath test
Food sensitivity and allergy testing
MTHFR and other genetic snp testing
Male and female hormone panels
Salivary cortisol and stress index
Mycotoxin (mold/fungus) Test
Organic Acids Test
Comprehensive blood chemistry panels
Omega index fatty acid profile
DUTCH hormone and cortisol stress testing for men and women
Serum (blood) tests