Functional Medicine Services
Functional medicine is a systems biology-based approach to collaborative medical care that focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease.
By investing this time and effort up front, many people find that working with an IFM-trained functional medicine practitioner helps them get to the bottom of perplexing chronic health issues that may have eluded other clinicians for years.
Functional medicine is a holistic, patient-centered, integrative medicine approach that searches for the root cause of an illness and works on reversing it and preventing future diseases. Our board certified functional medicine practitioners focus on personalized treatment and prevention by correcting the root cause of your symptoms. We offer state-of-the-art advanced testing such as nutrigenomics, gut microbiome, and micronutrient labs to get the best results for you.
Our Unique Functional Medicine Approach
At AustinMD, you will have a team comprised of a physician, nurse practitioner, dietician, health coach, chef, and personal trainer that collaborate to create a personalized diet, supplement, and lifestyle plan to help create a healthier you. You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a large part of what we do is explore your detailed personal and family health history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you may have had with other healthcare providers.
Unlike other family medicine providers, our integrative functional medicine approach seeks to become part of our daily routine, helping you enhance your holistic health for many benefits in addition to aiding with chronic illness symptoms. Schedule a complimentary phone consultation and start your journey to optimal health today!
The Integrative and Functional Medicine Process
The order in which we approach healing your chronic pain through integrative medicine is vital to ensuring a good outcome. At AustinMD, once we’ve identified the downstream symptoms that affect your daily life, we trace the issues back to their multi-faceted source with these 10 steps:
Allergen removal or avoidance
Understand genetic factors
Encourage healthy mind-body balance
Address subtle infections
It All Starts with Food!
The reason we focus on diet so intently is because it’s hugely important for the entire integrative medicine process. Achieving a nutritious diet can help your body develop a healthy microbiome, balance your pH, and support normal hormone cycles.
There may be sensitivities and/or allergies in your diet that are keeping you from feeling 100%, which we identify through a 2-3 week systematic reintroduction process. We also can test your blood for deficiencies in your nutrients and fatty acids and your overall stress response. Your diet can also change your metabolism and body’s ability to detoxify the compounds increasingly found in our environment that contribute to disease and poor healing.
Our functional medicine-trained dietician can help augment our providers’ recommendations and guide you on the best foods for you, according to your lab results.
When you struggle with a known or unknown chronic illness or disease, it affects more than just your biology, but also your psychology and mental health. Doctors know there’s a very real and complex link between a person’s lifestyle factors and mental and physical health, so making sure your mind is in good shape is key to keeping your body healthy.
People need different things from a functional medical approach when it comes to mental health; some need help learning to let go of worry, others need help creating meaningful connections with the people around them. Whatever stress or mental burden is weighing you down, our team of functional medicine specialists can help you achieve a positive outcome.
Explore Your Options for Functional and Integrative Medicine with AustinMD
We see many patients who are dissatisfied with their primary care physician and the result of conventional medicine. If conventional medicine hasn’t achieved the results you want with prescription medications and symptom-relief protocols, our functional medicine doctors may be able to help. Learn more about integrative medicine in Austin and Cedar Park by calling our office or contacting us today.
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What to Expect
Your initial appointment with Dr. Roy or Dr. Sechler will include an extensive review of medical history, symptoms, recent labs (if you have any), and medications and/or supplement lists. The providers will then order the necessary Advanced Functional Medicine labs and tests to help identify the root cause of your symptoms. Once results are received, you’ll have a follow-up appointment to discuss them and be provided with a plan of care.
Are You a Candidate?
If you are considering becoming a functional medicine patient at AustinMD, but still have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our Patient Coordinator will be happy to answer your questions or give you more information on any of our programs and memberships. We also offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with our providers to make sure we are a good fit for your needs. You may give us a call to schedule your consultation. 512-593-5605.
Functional Medicine FAQ
A “regular” doctor looks at individual symptoms to make a diagnosis while a functional medicine doctor does additional testing to get to the root cause of a medical problem.
A functional medicine doctor looks at your overall health with a personalized approach. Seeing a functional medicine doctor can be incredibly beneficial for diagnosing the underlying causes of chronic illnesses and helping recover from them.
The microbiome is filled with millions of microorganisms that play a key role in your health. They impact your digestion, immune system function, metabolism, mental health, and many other facets of your health.
Integrative and functional medicine are similar because both approaches take the whole body into consideration. They both use a combination of treatments and therapies for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
At your initial consultation, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal health goals with Dr. Roy or our Functional Medicine certified nurse practitioner, Dr. Jenny Sechler. This is an opportunity for you and our team to identify if you are a good candidate for our services.
Expect the consultation to last for 60-75 minutes. If you are a good candidate for our care, we will go over the test kits and some paperwork to get you started. We value your time and do our best to provide a timely service.
The initial consultation appointment is $400 to see Dr. Jenny, NP and $450 to see Dr. Roy. It’s important for you to complete the consent forms and any questionnaires assigned, 48 hours prior to your visit. This allows the providers to develop the best plan for you and utilize the appointment time efficiently to answer your questions. During that visit, the functional testing needs will be determined and any additional testing kit costs will be shared with you. An In-Body scan and a 60-minute Functional Medicine dietician appointment is also included with this consultation, which can be scheduled after you receive your test results.
The follow-up appointments can be paid for on a fee-for- service basis based on the hourly rates of the providers. The hourly rate of Dr. Roy is $450/hour, and Dr. Jenny Sechler’s is $400/hour. The length of follow-up appointments are scheduled according to the provider’s discretion. You may also join one of the AustinMD Membership plans which includes unlimited visits with all Functional Medicine providers and complimentary membership IV Vitamin drips.
All testing that we do is known as functional lab testing. Functional lab testing helps us evaluate your health at a cellular level and this testing is different from traditional testing because it helps evaluate the root causes of your symptoms instead of just diagnosing you with a condition. This testing is done through your stool, saliva and or blood often times we provide you with the kits and many of the samples can actually be collected from the comfort of your home or the local lab. Each lab test provides us with details of clinical data and insight into your cellular function and we want to make sure that you fully understand your lab results and that you can easily share them with your health care team if necessary.
Once we get your lab results back and review them for your mineral nutrient needs we will recommend a personalized supplement program. Our recommendations will include only the highest quality products to create more predictable outcomes. By doing the right testing to start with we can ensure that you’re taking the right supplements for the right length of time. All supplements and remedies are included in our Creating a Healthier You program.
Depending on your health issues, some supplements may be taken on a temporary basis and others may be taken on a more permanent basis.
Although food is the best medicine, supplementation supports the lifestyle changes and fills in any genetic weakness.
Your medical files and treatments are held in the strictest of confidence; all correspondence is handled through our secure patient portal.
We do not accept any form of medical insurance or Medicare. We do encourage you to use your insurance for lab work, however some tests may not be covered. You may also use pre-tax dollars from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Care Credit to pay for your consultations and supplements used for specific health problems.
To provide you with the most affordable care possible AustinMD has made special arrangements with all of our lab vendors to provide our patients with direct lab pricing. This ensures that you’ll get the lowest price possible and all lab testing that you receive. Some tests with some insurance companies will cover a large portion of the test. On average, you should budget $500-$1500.
A Health Savings Account (HSA) enables you to pay for medical expenses on a tax-free or pre-taxed basis. For more information and to see if you qualify, you will need to speak with your medical insurance provider.
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