Personalized & Functional Medicine

Dr. Tania Dempsey

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes

Here at the AIM Center, all care provided is against the backdrop of a functional systems based approach. We look at each patient as an individual person and address all of their history, symptoms, triggers, and goals.

Functional Medicine is becoming the preferred method of care as patients feel heard, listened to, and typically see results quicker and in a more sustainable manner

A Functional Medicine approach works well for problems such as:

  • Metabolic issues such as weight gain, prediabetes, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
  • MCAS and other autoimmune diseases
  • Digestive disorders such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation or diarrhea, SIBO, and food sensitivities
  • Energy issues, stress & chronic pain such as chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal issues, and fibromyalgia
  • Hormone imbalances such as feeling “tired & wired”, thyroid issues, PCOS, PMS, perimenopause, menopause, hot flashes, and mood swings

How is Functional Medicine Different?

A detailed history and advanced laboratory testing can outline the root causes of your symptoms. Root causes can include things like hormone imbalances, stress, toxins, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and chronic inflammation.

By addressing the root cause rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find that one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions.

As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual. An individualized treatment plan may include nutrition and lifestyle changes, personalized pharmaceutical-grade supplement recommendations, medication therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement, and various other therapies to help heal the body.

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Why Hasn’t My Doctor Been Able to Help Me?


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Many of our patients share with us that past doctors are quick to prescribe medication to address each individual health complaint. Unfortunately, that’s how training goes in medical school! Many patients have tried conventional medicine before making their way to us here at the AIM Center.

If you feel down, there’s a pill for that…

If you aren’t sleeping, there’s a pill for that too…

In pain? Constipated? Gaining weight? More prescriptions while never getting back to feeling great. Symptom management via a band-aid approach.

Prescription drugs are needed and important in the right setting. In many cases however, they are not addressing why you have the symptom to begin with.

Additionally, certain drugs can cause new problems. For example, many common antidepressant medications cause weight gain and low libido… talk about depressing!

Medicines often don’t resolve the root cause of the symptoms and don’t actually make you feel WELL.

Health restoration and optimization is the goal of the Functional Medicine approach.

Did you know?

Functional Medicine practitioners use solid scientific foundations to translate breakthroughs in scientific understanding into clinical practice in real-time. As a result, Functional Medicine practitioners are early adopters of innovative knowledge and practices. Functional Medicine patients are co-creators of health along with their clinicians.

This is a mutually empowering relationship between patient and provider where both share responsibility for creating and implementing the healthcare plan to achieve desired well-being.