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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying, root causes of illness, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional Medicine views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs that should be divided up by medical specialties. To put it simply, it treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.

This science-based evolution in the practice of medicine better-addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century by shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach.

To support healing and restore balance, the Functional Medicine model looks at:

  • How each organ and system is functioning and communicating in conjunction with the rest of your body. 
  • Your unique genetic makeup
  • Your internal and external lifestyle and environmental factors that affect body function
  • Integrating Western medical practices (use of the latest lab testing and diagnostic tools) with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine (combinations of supplements, therapeutic diets, weight loss/detoxification programs, stress-management techniques,etc.)
  • Maintenance and ongoing prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise

What conditions does Functional Medicine help with? 

Functional medicine addresses underlying issues of:

Fatigue and exhaustion
Environmental toxins
Chronic fungal and mold illnesses
Thyroid and hormone metabolism
Weight management
Digestive issues
Fatty liver and metabolic syndrome
Blood sugar metabolism
Nutrient deficiencies
Genetic SNP mutations
Food intolerances and leaky gut syndrome

Functional Medicine Consultation & Patient Journey

Initial Consultation

The first appointment is designated as a time for patients to share their health journey and describe what symptoms they’re currently experiencing. Here, we can talk more in-depth about Functional Medicine and find out if we can help. We might order labs as indicated and request past records from other healthcare practitioners. If the patient determines that this is the right fit, then follow up visits will be scheduled.

2nd Visit

At the second appointment, the doctor will perform an exam for relative clinical findings.

3rd Visit

At the third visit, we review the patient’s case, diagnosis, and plan for treatment. The treatment plan varies based on the type and severity of the condition(s).

See our list of available Diagnostic Tests Here:

Meet the Doctor

Dr. O’Donnell graduated with honors from the University of Northern Iowa and Northwestern Health Science University. Dr. O’Donnell has clinical experience with Applied Kinesiology and focuses on biomechanics and organ connection of the body.

She is a Wahl’s certified Health Care Practitioner to address Autoimmune conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, Chron’s, ulcerative colitis, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s disease and more. Dr. O’Donnell has enjoyed teaching collegiate health science courses.

She is a Clear Lake, IA, native which developed her love of water-based activities and vacations. She is married with 2 children and 2 miniature Australian shepherds.

What Functional Medicine Patients have to say…

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