Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, and unites both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is a patient-centered evolution that addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual and promotes wellness by focusing on the  underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.
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Dette Avalon ANP

Dette Avalon is a Family Nurse practitioner and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She brings over 15 years experience in Complementary and Alternative Medicine to her practice. She specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine, which drives her analysis and treatment of health concerns by getting to the root cause of health issues, rather than simply diagnosing and prescribing. She integrates the best of conventional medicine with the latest research and most effective alternative care modalities. Her practice includes patients of all ages and expertise in sleuthing out root causes, preventive cardiac care, bio-identical hormones, allergies, digestive problems and conditions that have been unresponsive to conventional care.

She is a Functional Medicine practitioner who considers multiple factors, including:

  • Environmental inputs – The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical activity, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
  • Mind-body connections – Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the Functional Medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
  • Genetic makeup – Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
Through assessment of these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the Dette understands how key biological processes that keep you alive are affected.
Functional Medicine is a Comprehensive Approach to Treatment.
Beyond this, prevention is paramount. Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality that can be identified and effectively managed. Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health. Functional medicine expands the clinician’s tool kit. Treatments may include combinations of drugs, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.

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