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What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. This 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.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find 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.
Melody Hartzler, the CEO of PharmToTable, . is a clinical pharmacist with a speciality in diabetes and functional gut conditions. She is currently a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialist (BCACP), and Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). She graduated from Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy in 2009 and then completed a pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in ambulatory care (primary care) at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. Following residency training, she took a full time faculty position at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and started a clinical practice in family medicine at the Victor J. Cassano Health Center where she practiced for 6 years.
From a practice standpoint, She has focused on diabetes management for the majority of her career. She loves helping people learn how to eat healthy and figure out what they need when diet and exercise don’t do the trick. She also has been managing other chronic disease states such as hypertension, asthma, and COPD and most recently she has developed a passion for functional medicine. Functional medicine is treating the underlying causes of disease vs. just treating the symptoms.
New Frontiers in Functional Medicine (Dr. Kara Fitzgerald)
Pharm to Table Podcast
Château Tour Neuve Côtes de Bourg Bordeaux Rouge (2019)
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