Dr. Tammy Atkinson is a Certified Functional Medical Doctor and is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. She assists patients by evaluating individual lifestyle factors, addressing the underlying root causes of symptoms, and developing a customized nutritional and lifestyle plan.
The functional medical approach seeks to determines how and why illness occur in individuals, and focuses on restoring health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. Functional Medicine is a 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 requires 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 outcomes.
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.