What is Functional Medicine?
How is Functional Medicine different from conventional medicine?
The Institute for Functional Medicine has a great page that explains the major differences in methodology between conventional and functional medicine. It must be understood that conventional medicine is tremendously effective in treating acute, life-threatening illness. However, it fails to address chronic and complex illnesses effectively. If you would like to read more about the differences between conventional and functional medicine paradigms, please click here.
What kinds of conditions respond well to Functional Medicine?
Complex, chronic conditions best respond to functional medicine. These are typically long-term diseases that linger or get slowly worse over time.
Examples of disease states that respond well are :
Inflammatory Conditions : Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Allergies, Asthma
Chronic Pain / Musculoskeletal Conditions : Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue
Cardiovascular Conditions : Cardiovascular Disease, Elevated Cholesterol, Atherosclerosis, High Blood Pressure
Autoimmunity : Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Eczema, Psoriasis, Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, Type I Diabetes
Preventative Care : A functional medicine health care plan is extremely effective in maintaining health and preventing disease. Just some of the diseases that can be delayed or avoided altogether include :
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autoimmunity, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Dementia
How will I know if you can help me?
What are Andrea’s qualifications and education?
Andrea holds an Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. She completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice module through the Institute for Functional Medicine and has completed several other advanced practice modules. She has also completed supplemental training in Functional Neurology and blood chemistry analyses. Andrea taught courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology for over a decade and has authored several texts for Pharmacy Technicians. As a functional medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist, Andrea educates and advises patients on how to regain and maintain health and prevent illness through the use of specific nutrition counseling, lifestyle changes and targeted supplementation.
How much does an appointment cost?
15 Minute Introduction : Free
New Patient Functional Medicine Program (4 Visits) – Evaluation & Support: $1000
Ongoing Follow-Up Appointment: Billed at $75 per 30 minutes
What types of payment do you take?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, cash or check.
Will you bill patients for the appointment?
No, payment is due at the time of service.
Do you accept insurance?
No, we are a fee-for-service practice. However, we can provide you with a ‘superbill’ following your appointment that you may be able to submit to your insurance carrier or HSA for reimbursement.
How do I schedule an appointment?
For New Patients
Fill out our Patient Consultation form and we’ll contact you shortly to set up a 15 minute, free consult or to give you access to My Living Matrix to fill out your new patient intake forms.
Once your LivingMatrix (see ‘What is LivingMatrix’ below for additional information) forms have been completed we will contact you to set up an initial 90 minute appointment.
For Existing Patients
To set up a follow-up appointment use this form or contact us by phone at 720-259-0316 and we will schedule your follow up visit.
Where are you located?
In All Your Ways is excited to partner with Active Lab in Broomfield Colorado. They are a facility that houses multidisciplinary professionals in the fields of Functional Medicine, Personal Training, Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. Located at :
6850 W 116th Ave
Broomfield, CO 80020
Do you schedule appointments by phone or by Skype?
Yes, both new patient appointments and follow-up appointments can be done by phone or by Skype. All documentation and visit notes will be mailed or emailed (your preference) to you following your appointment.
Why do I have to fill out all of these forms?
Often, chronic, complex conditions begin decades before symptoms appear. One of the hallmarks of functional medicine is the ability to reach back into a patient’s history and figure out why symptoms are occurring and how to reverse the process. In order to fully understand an individual’s story, an extremely thorough history must be taken.
To assist with history-taking, In All Your Ways utilizes ‘LivingMatrix’. This is software specifically designed for Functional Medicine practices. LivingMatrix allows Andrea to familiarize herself with your story prior to your visit and then spend time asking clarifying questions during your appointment.