WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Integrative and Functional Medicine is the medicine that connects the dots between all the things that are going wrong with our biology. It’s a medicine of why? In Integrative and Functional medicine, the doctor aims at treating the patient as a whole person and instead of numbing the symptoms with medications, the doctor finds out the root cause of the problem through advanced scientific testing and biomarkers using specialized labs.
The important thing to remember is that we do believe in the science and utility of Medications and vaccines for the prevention and treatment of various infections, including Influenza and COVID Vaccines.
Integrative medicine combines the modern conventional medical approach with a focus on lifestyle.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes, we are accepting new patients.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time we are NOT accepting any insurances for our functional medicine appointments.
What is the " Welcome to the Functional and Root Cause Medicine" Promotion
We are currently running a promotion" Welcome to the Functional and Root Cause Medicine" for New and existing patients from June 1st,2023 till the end of August 2023.
We have reduced our Functional visits fees down significantly for all appointments made during these three months.
The goal of this promotion is to help spread awareness about healthy lifestyle and encourage patients to take charge of their health and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Take advantage of this special promotion and text us to set up an appointment.
New Patient appointment: 750 $
Existing patient appointments: 30 minutes: 425$
Existing patient appointments: 60 minutes: 700$
Limited Time Promotional Fees:
New Patient 60 minutes appointment: 550 $
Existing patient appointments: 30 minutes: 280$
Existing patient appointments: 60 minutes: 490 $
Please note that these do not include the cost of any tests you request or are ordered by Dr Rubina Azam. Functional Medicine tests are run by completely independent labs and they have their own fees. For more information, please send us a text or email.
Why do I need Integrative and Functional Medicine?
There has been a recent rise in chronic diseases in population generally and specially in women and children including but not limited to Autoimmune diseases, Thyroid problems, Fatigue cancer, Allergies, Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Digestive diseases, IBS and IBD , Hypothyroidism and several other conditions.
The Functional Medicine physician will focus on finding out the cause for these acute and recurrent symptoms. In most cases the recurrence of any symptoms, whether its allergies, chronic infections, weak immune system or cardiometabolic syndrome can be a sign of something more significant at the cell level which can be diagnosed and treated in a gentler fashion.
Is Functional Medicine for me?
Functional Medicine revolves around lifestyles and the personal involvement of patients in their healing Journey. The functional medicine approach requires a patient's commitment and dedication. The Functional Medicine Journey is different for each individual depending upon how long their body has been going through the illness and a state of imbalance. Every patient's Genetics, Biochemistry, and environment are different and therefore every patient's care plan, time, and response to treatment are different. It can sometimes take years for the body to fully heal. We can not expect the body to immediately heal and reset to where it is supposed to be in a few days or weeks. However, most patients start feeling better within days and if they continue to adhere to their Functional Medicine Physicians' recommendations and lifestyle, they will eventually see a significant difference.
Will I continue my routine medications for anxiety, Thyroid, ADHD and other Illnesses that I am currently on?
Dr. Azam MD will not stop any of your regular medications. Her goal would be to find the root cause of your condition, and formulate a plan which is based on the root cause. Once you have started feeling better and the symptoms are improving, the medications can be eventually stopped by your primary care doctor
Dr. Rubina Azam MD will be happy to work with your doctor to achieve optimum health for you and your family.
What to expect in the first visit?
The first visit is the visit when Dr. Rubina will review your detailed medical history, medications history, life style, genetic and environmental factors, and your symptoms and signs. Based on this information she will order some advanced scientific labs and testing to look at the processes at the cell level. Usually these labs can take 4 to 6 weeks, that’s when your first follow up will be scheduled.
Follow up visits.
The first follow up visit will be in 4 to 6 weeks, when all the lab results are back and Dr. Rubina Azam has come up with a detailed treatment plan for you based on your test results. She will review the labs with you and explain what each and every result means.
After she has formulated a treatment plan with you, she will want to see you every 4 to 6 weeks to follow up on your symptoms as needed and may repeat the labs as well.
Can we ask Clinical Questions via Email?
Please remember that Dr. Rubina Azam will not answer any clinical questions via email. If you have an emergency or are not feeling well, please contact your Primary Care doctor or go to the Emergency room.
All patients are required to have and maintain their visits with their Primary care doctor.
Please remember that Functional Medicine is an elective service that is not covered by most insurance. We ask you to please continue your regular visits with your primary care doctor and continue to receive your annual physicals, vaccines and labs as ordered by your primary care doctor.