What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition is a holistic approach that looks for the root cause of symptoms and conditions.  It then uses a systematic approach to restore health through nutrition and life style changes.  It follows the principal that every person is a unique individual with their own health history and physical attributes.

Patients start by completing a detailed Patient Health Questionnaire and a copy of current medical records, labs and tests for any current complaints are reviewed.  Once Dr. Roseann has reviewed the information, a patient consultation and exam is schedule.

The first visit includes a comprehensive exam, review of questionnaire, and recommendations for any additional testing along with some nutritional recommendations.

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Additional Testing

  • Gluten and Food Sensitivity
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis
  • Adrenal Stress Test Nutritional Evaluation
  • Blood or Urine analysis

Functional Testing can be expensive.  To help with costs I do not add any additional cost to the price of the tests and usually have the patient pay the labs directly if possible.  I do charge a small fee to interpret the results, which depends on the complexity of the test.  This can save the patient hundreds of dollars on testing.

Functional Nutrition Workshops

Workshops  allow you to start as a Functional Nutrition Patient and attend sessions related to your specific health recommendations.  These workshops help to educate the patient on “why” certain nutrients or lifestyle changes are recommended.  The group setting also provides community support , which encourages lifestyle changes, and an exchange of ideas and favorite recipes.

Patients will receive an Initial Report based on their Questionnaire and previous laboratory results.  This will include nutritional deficiencies based on signs and symptoms, drug induced deficiencies, and optimal ranges of lab results.  It will also include a review of systems and pinpoint areas of possible dysfunction, dietary history analysis, toxic load exposure, and suspected gluten or food allergies. Suggestions for future sessions will be in the report. Laboratory optimal ranges will be reviewed and how they relate to nutrients and imbalances in body function.  Brief overview of macro-nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals) will be discussed.  An examination is included and will be scheduled after SESSION 1 is completed.  Additional blood work or other labs may be recommended and are priced separately. (Maximum session size 8)

This session will include a review of anatomy and physiology of digestive system, the nervous and immune system of the gut, and the gut/brain connection.  There will be information about the microbiome and Leaky Gut and its connection to autoimmune disease, allergies and bacterial infections.  Common digestive issues will be discussed such as celiac, acid reflux, IBS, diverticulitis, leaky gut, IBD, SIBO and gallstones with recommendations to resolve and restore gut health using the 6 R’s and modified to fit each patient’s specific health needs and goals.

 (Maximum session size 8)

This session will discuss our organs and pathways of detoxification, determine if a body is ready for detoxification, and what method is best.  It will explore sources of toxins and easy ways to remove and reduce them.  The focus will be on the toxins that can actually be controlled and help support the body’s ability to detoxify effectively.  (Maximum session size 8)

This session will explore the link between our immune system, including our innate and acquired immunity and inflammation.  The focus will be on the differences between a food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance and the relationship of food sensitivities, bacterial or parasitic infections and autoimmune diseases.  Different tests and ways to determine food allergies and sensitivities will be compared. Fatty acids and their effect on inflammation will be discussed, along with how cells produce energy and the balance between free radicals and anti-oxidants. Connections between a healthy gut and a healthy immune system will be reviewed with nutritional and dietary solutions for reducing inflammation. (Maximum session size 8)

This session will review the connection between our endocrine system, nervous system, and immune system.  The effects of chronic stress will be examined and its effect on hormones.  Most focus will be on cortisol, DHEA, insulin and thyroid.  The HPA( Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) and HPT(Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid) axis will be reviewed and the connection between thyroid and adrenal health.  Nutrients needed for maximizing the hormone receptors and hormone production will be reviewed for insulin, thyroid, cortisol, and sex hormones. (Maximum session size 8)

This session will review what nutrients and amino acids make our neurotransmitters and support healthy function.   Several questionnaires will be used to help pinpoint areas of deficiencies. Review of the gut/brain connection and what changes in diet and lifestyle can help mental wellness.  Several easy suggestions to shut off the “Fight or Flight” response and help balance cortisol levels will be taught.  Identifying organ or system dysfunction, such as thyroid or digestion, that affect mental health and may be a contributing cause to depression, anxiety and memory loss, will be investigated. (Maximum session size 8)


Functional Nutrition Services Pricing

  • Initial Patient Consultation, medical records review and exam..........$175-$200
  • Follow up visits (based on time)..........$50-$100
  • Phone follow up visits (based on time)..........$30-$90
  • Review of additional labs and tests..........$25-$50
  • Solo topic classes..........$30
  • Workshops:
    • 1st session only..........$125
    • Sessions 2 – 6..........$40 each
    • All 6 sessions..........$300

Functional Medicine Nutrition is not covered by insurance.   Medicare considers any care that seeks to promote health, prevent disease or enhance quality of life, not medically necessary, and not a covered service.  Many insurance companies follow these recommendations.  Some patients use their health savings plan to pay for their nutrition care.

Functional Nutrition Individual Classes

I schedule ad-hoc individual classes throughout the year. Sign up below to receive an email when new classes are scheduled.

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