Functional Medicine is the focus on treating root causes of illness. A skilled Functional Medicine Doctor will have a differential diagnosis that explores the reason why (root cause) and then confirm the reason using typically alternative lab testing, radiology, and even energy testing.
I got my first microscope at 6 years old. A microscope to most any kids back then would have gotten tossed aside, but for me it opened a new world. I became a clinical laboratory scientist and then earned my degree in Medical Technology and Medical Research. My first two years of college were at Villa Julie College with training in laboratory medicine at John Hopkin’s Hospital. It was an amazing experience back then. Doctors rotated through labs and we were invited to rounds. There were no computers back then, so the techs would give reports on labs.
Then my Father a clinical pathologist pulled some strings and got me into his hospital, University of Maryland. I basically went from lab to lab learning everything I could until I finished my bachelors at University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. I graduated with honors and was the president of my class. At graduation, I was given “Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to Lifelong Learning” which I think was one of my proudest moments.
After finishing my bachelors, I then took a position at University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Infectious Disease and eventually became their first Lead Technologist. This was an area of laboratory medicine; I had not yet mastered. The medical director of this lab heard me speak on Hepatitis C which was my senior research project, and I was then recruited to be their first Medical Technologist of University of Maryland School of Medicine Infectious Disease laboratory.
My position at the Infectious Disease lab was to help the laboratory to become College of American Pathology Certified. I learned every facet of virology from cell media (meaning growing the cells that viruses grow on), growing viruses, and reading tube (meaning watching how viruses kill cells)…
Each virus likes certain cells, and has distinct killing patterns, so you are probably thinking why is this important for my Doc to know. I have a knack at helping patients overcome infectious disease. This is an area of clinical focus for me personally and professionally because in my early years as a medical technologist, before handheld pipets, we mouth pipetted specimens (cerebral spinal fluid, pleural fluid, …. of course from sick people)
I was exposed to a multitude of pathogens and have over the years struggle with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. Now I rarely have fatigue or pain and feel the healthiest I have ever been.
In my office we utilize may alternative labs. Below are a list of typical testing we offer as part of functional medicine approach:
GI Effects Panel (comprehensive digestive stool analysis with pathogen tesing)
Advanced Intestinal Barrier
Food allergy and Food Toxicity Testing
Dutch Testings (urine hormone panel)
Salivary Hormone Testing
Serum Hormone Testing
Brain Zoomer (antibody testing for Brain illness)
Advanced Cardiovascular Screening
Heavy Metal Testing (urine, blood, and hair)