Functional Medicine (FM) is an approach to medicine that addresses the underlying causes of disease and imbalances using a systems-based approach. FM practitioners understand the complexity of the body and that the different systems interact with each other. For example, a FM approach understands that your immune system is also linked to your hormonal system which is also connected to your digestive system. FM considers biochemical (the chemical reactions in your body), environmental and genetic influences and treats the whole person.
Naturopathic Medicine (NM) is a distinct health care profession that emphasizes the body’s natural healing processes, disease prevention and the use of traditional and natural remedies to support healing. NM focuses on removing obstacles to healing and thriving by using the least invasive and most effective methods, always remembering that nature knows best. Other important principles of NM are:
- Doctor as Teacher: educate patients and encourage self-responsibility
- Treat the Whole Person: not just the one part currently having symptoms
- Prevention: do not wait for symptoms to seek medical care, get a healthy baseline and evaluation to catch things BEFORE symptoms develop.
Nursing is an art and a science, the heart meats the brain. The broad scope of nursing and nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale inspired Melanie to advocate for medically underserved populations and to embrace simple, yet effective, diet and lifestyle approaches that support optimal health. Through listening to patient stories, nurses can identify critical healing needs and ensure every patient receives the best possible care. When Melanie says, “this is the art of medicine,” it means her decision is informed by both science and a nursing insight grounded in a sincere desire to see patients thrive.
FM, NM and Nursing philosophies have forged Melanie’s unique integrative approach which is preventive, patient-centered, root-cause oriented, promotes the body’s ability for healing via conventional and natural therapies and driven by a desire for thriving health and optimal performance.