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What is Functional Medicine?

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Brigid Titgemeier

on 5 February 2015

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Center for Functional Medicine
What is Functional Medicine?
A personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying disease

Aims to find the causes of complex chronic diseases and try to heal them as opposed to just treating the symptoms

Looks specifically at identifying interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease
What Do We Treat?
Adrenal Disorders
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Autoimmune diseases
Cancer Prevention
Chronic Sinusitis
Detoxification and Healing
Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
Elevated Cholesterol
Environmental and Food Allergies
Fatigue symptoms
What to Expect in an Appointment
The patient meets with the physician, who reviews their personal history and looks for interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors

The patient and physician become partners in their plan of care

The patient also meets with the nurse, nutritionist, and health coach to discuss labs, dietary changes, supplements, and goal setting
Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, PCOS)
Inflammatory disorders
Interstitial Cystitis
Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
Memory problems
Migraine Headaches
Mood and behavior disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson’s disease
Restless Legs Syndrome
Thyroid Disorders
Our physicians are highly skilled in evaluating, assessing and treating chronic problems such as:
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Director, The Center for Functional Medicine

A family physician, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Functional Medicine

Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health

Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine

Medical editor at the Huffington Post and on the Medical Advisory Board of "The Doctor Oz Show"
Mark Hyman, MD
Patrick Hanaway, MD
Medical Director, The Center for Functional Medicine

Board-certified family physician
Medical degree from Washington University
Residency training at the University of New Mexico

Co-founder of Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Family Health with his wife in Asheville, NC

Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine

An initiated Marakame (Shaman) by the Huichol people in the Sierra Madres of central Mexico, who has incorporated healing approaches into clinical practice

Dirk Parvus, MD, MBA
Physician, The Center for Functional Medicine

Board Certified in Family, Emergency, Addiction and Sports Medicine

Founder of the Parvus Center in Florida and the non-profit in Haiti Clinic

An expert in age-management and lifestyle medicine

Received the Brevard County Humanitarian Award and Indian River County Hero of Medicine recognition for his continued efforts in Haiti
Physician, the Center for Functional Medicine

A board-certified internal medicine physician
Medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital

A specialist in Integrative Medicine with training and experience in Functional Medicine

Completed a two-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tucson,
Studied with Dr. Andrew Weil

Completed training in Mind-Body Medicine with:
The Chopra Center
The Center for Mind Body Medicine
The University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness
Melissa Young, MD
Registered Dietitian, The Center for Functional Medicine

Earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Nutrition from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in Health Science and Nutrition

Spent more than 12 years teaching health promotion and prevention to youth, families, corporations and the community

Completed training in:
Functional Medicine
Food As Medicine with The Center for Mind-Body-Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Completed certifications in:
Holistic Health Counseling from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition/SUNY
Child/adolescent and adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Trisha Howell, MSH, RD, LD/N
Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian, The Center for Functional Medicine

Earned a master’s of science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and bachelor's of science in Dietetics at Miami University

Completed her dietetic internship at Case Western Reserve University
The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C.
The Doctor Oz Show

Two years experience at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, researching and creating nutrition strategies for corporate clients of the Wellness Enterprise

A published author and co-author for health and nutrition articles for U.S. News & World Report, the Huffington Post, Cleveland Clinic Health Hub, YouBeauty

Laura Vuicich, BSN, RN
Nurse, The Center for Functional Medicine

A Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Six years experience in administration and as a staff floor nurse in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic

Completing her Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation in 2016, she will practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner

Left to Right: Patrick, Hanaway, MD; Dirk Parvus, MD; Mark Hyman, MD
Left to Right: Laura Vuicich RN; Brigid Titgemeier, Trisha Howell
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Meet the Team
Additional Movie Screenings:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Independence Family Health Center; Crown Center II
5001 Rockside Road - 8th Floor
Independence, OH 44131

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cleveland InterContinental Hotel; Bank of America Auditorium
9801 Carnegie Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44106

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Willoughby Hills Family Health Center; LL Community Room A
2550 SOM Center Road
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
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