Functional Medicine – a great option for those looking for individualized care from your doctor

A lot of people have been asking me about where I go to see my doctor.  I am in no way affiliated with Visions Healthcare.  


Since the beginning of 2013 I have been a client of Meena Kumar, M.D. in the Wellesley office.  I had heard from a friend (shout out to Lindsay Ghizzoni!!) about Visions Healthcare and decided to take a look.  My relationship with my Primary Care was not the greatest.  I would go in when I was sick, she’d give me a script and I would leave.  Only to see her again when I was sick.  I hadn’t been able to develop a connection with her, with such quick visits, and I was at the time in my life looking for something more from my doctor.  A little on my life background:  my dad was a doctor of endocrinology, he passed away about 5 years ago.  He was a dedicated doctor, gave his life for doing what he loves, practicing medicine and developing relationships with his patients.  But  he was a traditional doctor writing out prescriptions.  I am in no way trying to knock a traditional M.D. or tell you they are no good.  I just want to let you know what else is out there, because I didn’t even know this was available to me. 


I go to a healthcare facility named Visions Healthcare.  Their doctors are all Board Certified M.D. (Medical Doctor) and D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) who have chosen to use functional medicine as the foundation for their primary care and specialties practices.  According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, functional medicine is “personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.”  It is a science-based field of healthcare grounded in the principles of biochemical individuality, patient-centered, dynamic balance of internal and external factors, web-like interconnection of physiological factors, health as a positive vitality, and promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span.1  A method that focuses on the physical and emotional needs of a patient in order to determine the best results.  The patient’s symptoms are not the only thing used to diagnose and treat the illness. Practitioners of functional medicine believe that in order to provide the best treatment, every aspect of the patient’s life must be considered. This includes their genetics, living environment, physical traits, lifestyle, and health history. Thus, this method is very individualized. 2



How is this different from your traditional doctor?  While you go see your traditional doctor when you are not feeling well or with symptoms that have presented themselves (hair loss, migraines, ankle pain or chronic disease…), that doctors main concern is to write you a prescription to get rid of those symptoms.  I feel that the difference between  an M.D. and a Functional Doctor is that drugs and surgeries are the alternative and diet and exercise should be primary medicine (with Functional Medicine).  


At Visions, the doctors have an integrative approach (I call this their health/wellness plan for you) trained in Energy Systems, Chiropractic, Physical Therapies, and have other Stress Reduction, Energy & Spirit, Acupuncture and Nutrition services available to you.  Visions also offers workshops throughout the year for clients, which is a great way to educate yourself more about a specific topic (I have seen a lot of stress reduction workshops – that tells me that stress is a big problem for a lot of people, and chronic stress does have a big impact on your health).  


It may be time to assess how your doctor fits into your life and if the relationship is serving you in the way you want.  I highly recommend at least talking with Visions if you have some introductory questions @ 781.232.5400.


Stay healthy and vibrant!





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