Integrative and Functional Medicine

From the Institute for Functional Medicine: "The Functional Medicine 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."

Our physicians believe that that cutting edge science can only be applied with a thorough understanding of you as an individual. We use the latest technology in functional medicine by apply The Living Matrix to identify key areas of your life, habits, and genetic makeup that make you vulnerable to disease. We get to know you as an individual to suggest lifestyle changes to increase your resilience to disease. We believe that ultimate wellness lives in a fully realized self, encompassing your physical, mental and spiritual wellness. 

Both of our physicians are graduates of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. We will work with you as your partner in the healing process on your journey toward health and wellness. 

      What are the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine?

      1. Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
      2. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
      3. Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body's innate healing response.
      4. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
      5. Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
      6. Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
      7. Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

Neuromusculoskeletal Optimization

Our physicians are both board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and are trained to evaluate the structure and function of the body. Background in osteopathic medicine gives the physicians a unique perspective as to how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. Both physicians are experts in osteopathic manipulation, but can identify changes in postural stance, range of motion of the joints, and evaluation the functional capacity of the body. They will recommend specific stretches, exercises, and meditation techniques to self-optimize neuromuscular health and function. 

Breastfeeding Medicine

Dr. Lauren Davis is an advocate for breastfeeding and offers consultations for the parent-child dyad at any stage of breastfeeding. Dr. Davis is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has dedicated the last year to moderating an online forum for breastfeeding female physicians, known as Dr. MILK (Physician Mothers Interested in Lactation Knowledge). She is an advocate for the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and infant, especially with the knowledge of lifelong changes to the microbiome. Consultations can cover general information regarding breastfeeding, or acute management of any of the following conditions: 

  • Evaluation of breast milk intake during feeding
  • Feeding strategies to support successful lactation
  • Assistance with establishing good milk supply
  • Assistance with breastfeeding premature babies or multiple births
  • Managing sore nipples and other sources of breast discomfort during feedings
  • Evaluation of low/slow weight gain in baby
  • Preparation for return to work – pumping management
  • Treatment of engorgement, plugged duct, thrush or mastitis
  • Elimination diets and protein Intolerances
  • Medication management during lactation

Although within the physicians ability, we do not recommend consultations solely for the evaluation of tongue tie. Though this may be a component of any breastfeeding issue, the physician is unable to perform tongue tie release virtually and should be managed by a pediatric dentist or otolaryngologist.