Functional medicine is a systematic, science based approach to evaluating and addressing health and illness. It is patient-centered meaning the patient, and not a specific disease or illness, is at the core of the evaluation. Through an in depth look at an individual’s history, genetics, lifestyle, functionality, and laboratory tests we attempt to uncover the root causes of one’s symptoms. Then, using a combination of lifestyle therapies, nutritional therapy, supplements, and medications, these root causes are addressed to help restore and optimize health. One can think of a functional medicine specialist as a health detective trying to find and reverse the hidden causes of dysfunction within your body. A key question for the functional medicine practitioner is “Why?”. This question guides our ongoing exploration and pushes the practitioner to dig deeper to find the causes of dysfunction and hunt for the latest research for new and innovative treatment modalities.