Personalized Approach to Wellness

Functional medicine, also referred to as integrative or metabolic medicine, is a personalized approach to health and wellness that uses the body’s own biochemical processes to promote well-being in a variety of areas. Functional medicine is a modern, integrative, scientific approach to healthcare for men and women that uses natural resources to:

  • Improve immune system function and defense against disease
  • Be proactive against diseases of aging (such as diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, high blood pressure, and chronic pain)
  • Promote better health and well-being
  • Prevent DNA damage and promote longevity using a combination of hormone balancing, detoxification, and energy/spiritual health.

Functional Medicine vs. Traditional Medicine

Today’s traditional medicine and healthcare system places focus on achieving relief from various symptoms without addressing the root cause or looking at long-term health. Although it may focus on prevention, it relies on screenings and medications rather than taking sustainable steps to influence long term health.

Instead of focusing on treating various symptoms, a functional medicine specialist aims to treat the underlying causes of chronic disease and illness in the body. This is done through a holistic and patient-centered approach to care, where the primary focus is on treating the whole person, helping the body heal, and restoring life-long well-being across biological and mental health care.


  • Overall Wellness


  • 30-40 Minutes

Health is Personal, and Your Functional Medicine Approach Should Be Too

We use multiple biochemical tests as well as a medical review and assessment of lifestyle factors to assess the needs of each patient independently. This holistic approach allows us to check any personal variations in metabolic function that develop due to genetic or environmental causes.

Integrative medicine focuses on understanding the patient’s overall quality of life. We understand that health cannot be measured solely through the absence of disease, but instead, through the evaluation of your health with an eye toward optimal wellness. We can do this by focusing on positive vitality in each patient. This is a holistic perspective towards health – one that acknowledges the orchestrated connection of a body as a singular, complex, interconnected unit.

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What’s the Goal of Functional Medicine?

When you approach your health holistically, it becomes possible to weigh the connection between our fundamental physiological processes and environmental factors. The root goal of functional and integrative medicine is to offer a comprehensive treatment route for most chronic diseases. With the proper medical support, many chronic diseases and ailments are preventable or reversible. Functional medicine addresses internal and external factors that influence our well-being to find and treat the underlying cause of chronic disease. Holistic health is achieved with integrative and functional medicine. For example, these factors include:

  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Stress
  • Exercise/Sleep Habits
  • Emotional Stability
  • Spiritual Needs
  • Balanced Hormones
  • Detoxification

Functional Medicine Focuses on Finding Balance

Functional medicine aims to balance internal and external factors that are at work in your body. This is done through a systematic approach to well-being that features eight main components:

  • Energy production
  • Inflammatory responses
  • Immune system function
  • Emotional and spiritual equilibrium
  • Digestive and gut health
  • Hormonal stability
  • Toxin regulation
  • Structural integrity
  • Neurotransmitter balance

Functional Medicine Consultation in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

If you live in or near Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, or West Palm Beach and want to support your overall health through personalized treatment, our functional medicine plans can help. Protect your body and mind from the root cause of common illnesses with a highly customized plan that works for you. Call us or contact us online to learn more during a consultation with our functional medicine doctors.

Involved Team Members:

Gloria Hakkarainen, MD, FACOG, FASBP, FABAAM

Juliet Laser, Hormone Replacement, Private: Acupuncture,

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