How does functional medicine work?
In your first visit, Dr. Izadi will obtain a complete medical history. The key to functional medicine is treating each person as an individual and getting to the root cause of health problems. That generally entails a detailed conversation about your current state of health, health history, family history, diet, lifestyle habits, etc. At that point, Dr. Izadi will discuss with you potential approaches and recommended laboratory workups. This visit will last approximately 75 minutes and is primarily an information gathering and sharing session. Dr. Izadi may make some simple recommendations at this time, but most advice will be deferred until after lab and physical exam results are in and there has been time to thoughtfully consider your case…
The second visit is generally scheduled a week or two later. Any physical exam that is indicated will be performed during your second visit. It is at that time that Dr. Izadi will discuss the review of findings. This includes what may be causing your health problems and what supplementation (vitamin, minerals, herbs), diet, and lifestyle changes may be needed, as well as any or other medications that may be appropriate for your care.
Follow-up visits are usually scheduled in approximately 4–8 weeks from this visit to evaluate progress and make any adjustments in your program.
How often you see Dr. Izadi after that will depend on why you are being treated. Some healthy people see Dr. Izadi only once a year for physical exams and screening lab tests. Many people who have multiple complaints are seen more often based on the severity of their condition.