Functional Medicine focuses on the optimal functioning of the entire body and its organs. It addresses the underlying causes of diseases, using a systems-oriented approach partnered with understanding of the conditions and history of the individual patient. Dr Larson listens to your story and merges your previous medical history with the knowledge gained through Functional Medicine testing. In a step by step process she works with you to create a wellness plan that you can sustain. She is very attentive to each individual patient, taking the time to think carefully about their health, their personal preferences, and lifestyle.
Your first appointment focuses primarily on your current complaints and a full history including diet, exercise, sleep, social connections, and spiritual practices. We discuss your goals and expectations for treatment. Before you leave you will have an idea of what to expect and a general timeline required. Because everyone is different the amount of time, number of appointments, and number of tests needed varies from person to person. Sometimes resolution of symptoms comes quickly and in other cases it takes longer. Remember that chronic conditions develop over long periods of time. They also take time to resolve. Six months to a year is a typical scenario.