Functional Medicine (FM) is an integrated biochemistry-based approach to medicine that treats the body as a complete system rather than compartmentally (e.g., endocrine, musculoskeletal). Because this approach requires more depth and time than mainstream medicine typically does, many functional medicine practitioners charge quite a bit for their services. On top of that cost, FM labs are pricey, and often not covered by insurance. Happily, the direct primary care model allows me to incorporate principles of functional medicine into every visit at Gaia Tree, saving you money.
DPC membership may also save you money on FM labs! Many discounted functional biochemistry labs are available to members through my community partners, and I am mindful of ordering only those tests which will inform my understanding of your health concerns and wellness plan.
Included with DPC membership