What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcome.
By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Lisa DiRenzo graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. After graduation she went on to immediately become a board certified anesthesiologist. During her 27 years of practice, she has become Increasingly aware of the toll that chronic inflammation due to poor diet, obesity, environmental toxins, antibiotic overuse, sleep deprivation and stress have taken on her patients. She has witnessed and empathized with patients who felt frustrated at seeing multiple doctors, taking more medications and getting no relief of symptoms.
She began researching the Functional Medicine philosophy and discovered sound, evidence based, physiologic solutions to many chronic conditions. However, her research revealed very limited resources for such medical care in her practice region. She became a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2017 and decided to pursue a practice to provide patients with this much needed care close to home
Her practice is a patient driven approach to treat the root causes of a patient’s condition while paying attention to how all the body’s systems interconnect. In particular, she can address the impact that stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and toxins have on accelerating the natural hormonal imbalance that occurs as both men and women age.
Her practice modalities include:
1) Removing and reducing dietary and environmental toxins where possible.
2) Improving the body’s natural healing ability with dietary changes and nutritional supplements.
3) Using customized exercise routines.
4) Providing personalized stress relieving techniques.
5) Addressing lack of sleep.
6) In addition to the aforementioned lifestyle modifications, providing the option for bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) for hormonal imbalance.