We use integrative, evidence-based medicine to develop patient-centered plans of care. This means, we conduct a complete history and physical examination, and as appropriate order specialized tests such as blood, urine, stool, and genetics to assess patterns of health imbalances. When the medical problems are treated, the patient’s neurologic, biochemical and psychiatric symptoms improve.
We provide functional medicine care to all children. Our clinicians not only have years of experience providing care in a traditional pediatric settings, but also have specialized training in functional and integrative medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Our comprehensive care is built on a therapeutic relationship between practitioners and families, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic interventions for sustained wellness or resolution of chronic disease.
The scientific study of individualized genetics and nutrition is known as nutritional genomics or “nutrigenomics”. Nutrigenomic testing accurately identifies each patients’ genetic protein variations to identify sites of metabolic weakness. These key proteins are involved in enzyme conversion, nutritional delivery and signaling pathways in the cell. Abnormalities in specific genes can negatively affect many physiological and metabolic processes. Our clinic utilizes genetic testing through laboratories such as GenomixNutrition and 23andMe (processed through Livewello).
Pharmacogenomics uses information about a person’s genetic makeup, or genome, to choose the drugs and drug doses that are likely to work best for that particular person. This personalized, data-driven approach, is pain-free and simple to perform, can reduce the time, expense and struggle of finding the right treatment by trial and error. Our clinic utilizes testing from CLIA certified and CAP accredited testing laboratories such as Molecular Testing Laboratories and GenoMind.
Our clinic uses a laboratory that provides specialized food and environmental allergy testing through Alletess Labratories. Alletess Medical Laboratory has been a leader in the field of allergy and immunology testing for over 35 years. They specialize in food and inhalant allergy testing, food sensitivities and other tests to assess the immune system.
Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut”. Gut issues can be the cause of digestive problems, as well as autoimmune disease, developmental delays, hormone imbalance and many others. Taking a thorough history and listening to our patients story is important, however, sometimes more in-depth analysis is required. Most conventional testing has limitations for understanding digestive system function or the status of the microbiome. We offer testing through Doctors Data that assesses digestive bacterial balance, enzyme levels, digestion and absorption markers, status of overgrowth from yeast, parasites and water borne illnesses, in addition to gut immune system markers.
Allergy drops are also known as Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT). They are a form of allergen immunotherapy, which is the process of stimulating the immune system to develop tolerance towards an allergen. Sublingual refers to how the drops are taken: instead of getting an allergy shot, you are putting small amounts of allergen under your tongue. We offer SLIT therapy through All American Allergy Alternatives.
Below is a list of the most common conditions we treat. However, this is not a comprehensive list, and we will see any child regardless of diagnosis.
Our approach to treating neuropsychiatric diseases is different from the traditional methods of using pharmaceuticals to manage symptoms. Our goal is to identify and treat the underlying root causes of the behavior. We believe that utilizing things such as amino acids, herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals and special diets can have a profoundly positive impact on cognitive health without the use of prescription medications.
Autism is a complex condition that is unique to each individual on the spectrum. We believe that autism is a biomedical condition that needs a systems-based approach to understanding where the body may be suffering and functioning poorly. We believe that a patient’s environmental, genetic, physiological, nutritional, and behavioral health contributes to the functioning of each child and their hope for recovery.
Our genetics play a key role in how we can process the nutrients we eat, filter out toxins in our environment, and regulate biological processes and health conditions we have a genetic susceptibility to developing. We identify your child’s genetic weaknesses and potential problem areas which allows us to recommend which foods and supplements to avoid and which to increase, putting your child on a health to overall wellness.
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause inflammation and irritation in the body, and therefore cause behavioral health issues, digestive problems and skin conditions. Certain foods can exacerbate conditions such as asthma, ADHD, and autism. We help you detect the symptoms of food allergies, identify trigger foods and support patients with nutritional and digestive support to combat and overcome food sensitivities.
Trillions of microorganisms live in our digestive tract, making up what is called the “microbiome.” When a microbiome is compromised, it makes children more susceptible to gastrointestinal disorders and immune dysfunction which can manifest in behavioral symptoms such as agitation or depression. We look for underlying causes and then regulate and repair the gut through specific probiotic strains and nutrition management.
Our skin is a defense system and acts as a physical, chemical, and antimicrobial barrier. Stress, gut inflammation and leaky gut caused from diet can lead to impaired skin integrity and skin disease. This includes everything from eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris to even warts. We can discuss your child’s diet and even do specific stool studies to analyze gut function and get to the root of his or her skin condition.
Children develop along a continuum, and when they are not meeting their milestones, such as with language or motor skills, they are diagnosed as being developmental delayed. We support traditional treatment of physical and speech therapies, but also look for underlying biomedical causes of delays. We apply the principles of functional medicine to investigate potential root causes of developmental delays, so that we can tailor early medical interventions specific to a child’s needs.
Colic describes the behavior of excessive crying in babies, but it is not a medical diagnosis. We do not dismiss excessive crying as normal baby behavior. In fact, it’s the first sign that a baby has a compromised microbiome. We work with moms to determine possible causes such as reflux, antibiotics at birth, allergies and others. We support mom with recommendations of diet changes, feeding techniques and support baby with natural remedies rather than pharmaceuticals.
As a supplement to traditional well checks children receive at their medical home, we offer functional preventative medicine and general treatment. Whether it’s help in identifying the appropriate supplements, addressing concerns over a child’s immune system or you have family history of illness you’d like to proactively avoid, we can help you optimize you child’s health. We also cover topics such as nutrition and creating a healthy environment for your child.