Our Mission

Personalized medicine for optimum health.

Benefits of Functional Medicine


Improving the five big ailments: depression, weight gain, fatigue, hormone imbalance, and GI problems. 


Decreasing abnormal inflammation, blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol levels. 


Optimizing hormone levels, which can improve weight loss, energy levels, and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. 


Reducing sleep difficulties and brain fog. 


Helping with GI dysfunction creating an improved immune system and potential resolution to bloating and abdominal discomfort. 

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is an individualized, patient-centered, science based approach which identifies and treats the root cause of dysfunction that contributes to disease. It looks at a patient’s genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease and tailors treatment to address an individual’s unique needs. We can benefit immensely from a medical system that integrates traditional Western medical practices with illness prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise. A system that prescribes combinations of pharmaceutical and botanical medicines, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques. This multimodality of care has proven effective and decreases long-term physiological and financial cost to the patient. 

La Jolla Functional Medicine Clinic's Approach

To rebalance the body’s underlying physiological systems and address lifestyle factors that contribute to illness and restore health. We will focus on the following areas to optimize health: 

  1. Inflammation
  2. Hormones and neurotransmitters
  3. Gut and digestive health
  4. Detoxification
  5. Mitochondrial function
  6. Oxidative stress
  7. Mind/body relationship

5 Key Points of Functional Medicine


Our hormones and neurotransmitters regulate energy production, fat burning and mood, and their dysregulation is common in patients with weight gain, fatigue and depression.


Our digestive tract is responsible for the absorption of nutrients and is a key component of our immune system through SIgA production. Problems with digestion can cause bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Low stomach acids and digestive enzymes are common problems seen with digestive issues as well as the development of parasitic, bacterial and yeast infections. Gut dysfunction can inhibit the assimilation of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. 


Our detoxification system helps us eliminate harmful toxins. Chemical and heavy metal exposure through beauty supplies, plastics, and environmental pollutants are taxing our detox system creating a negative impact on our genes. By positively optimizing epigenetic influences (the environment’s impact on our genes) we can better control and possibly even eliminate allergies, asthma, joint pain, skin problems, headaches and the acceleration of aging. 


By optimizing mitochonidrial function (our cells’ engines) and minimizing oxidative stress which destroys them, we will be able to increase energy production within the cell and our bodies and overcome the fatigue many of us experience on a daily basis


The mind/body relationship will be optimized so we can fully benefit from this extremely integrated system. 

What We Treat

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Optimum health

For those of us who already feel healthy but want to prevent the development of chronic disease and optimize their immune, exercise capacity, and brain function. Improve their health span not just life span with healthy aging. 

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Digestive Issues

Including IBS, Constipation/diarrhea, SIBO, food intolerance (like gluten and dairy), heartburn/GERD, chronic bloating and gas, leaky gut, Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease

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Mental Wellbeing

Low mood, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, low energy, loss of interest in activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite or weight, brain fog, agitation, depression, hopelessness, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

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Autoimmune and inflammation

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, chronic sinusitis, diabetes, eczema/psoriasis, interstitial cystitis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and adrenal disorders. 

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Hormonal health

Fatigue, anxiety, acne, PMS, temperature intolerance, insomnia, hair loss, brain fog, weight changes, low libido, irregular cycle, adrenal dysfunction, insulin resistance, infertility, PCOS, menopause, low testosterone, and migraine headaches. 

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Weight and Metabolism

Stress reduction techniques, optimization of sleep, exercise plans, anti-inflammatory diets and detoxification leading to an improvement in metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, obesity. 

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Long COVID Treatment and Prevention

Supplements and exercise recommendations to help support ACE2 activity that is destroyed by the COVID-19 virus helping to improve fatigue, brain fog, headache, cough, breathlessness, and loss of taste and smell. 

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