Quality healthcare in family medicine is the achievement of optimal physical and mental health through accessible, safe, cost-effective care that is based on best evidence, responsive to the needs and preferences of patients and populations, and respectful of patients’ families, personal values, and beliefs.
Most people can relate to the frustrating situation of making an appointment to see their doctor, only for the appointment to start an hour or more later. Then, after a very rushed visit, being sent home with a prescription and no new insight into what exactly is happening with their health. This is a cycle that focuses on symptoms, ignores underlying causes, and it’s not one person’s fault. Our conventional medical system arose from the treatment of acute illnesses. Our modern medicine successfully treats many acute and infectious diseases.
The problem is now when most people get sick, it’s no longer an acute illness that sends them to the doctor. Chronic conditions are on the rise and proper diagnosis and treatment of these diseases require more than a 15-minute appointment.
We believe everyone should have access to the benefits of holistic personalized medicine. To address this new health epidemic, FH&W incorporates comprehensive medical histories, lab work, and a broad understanding of the body and its metabolic processes are needed for the entire family. We like to think of it as detective work. Clues are collected, and a diagnosis is revealed. Because finding the root cause of symptoms is the foundation of integrative and functional medicine treatments involve completely addressing underlying issues; infectious, toxic, genetic, nutritional, metabolic, and others.
When you address the root cause, there’s a much better chance of reversing or eliminating the condition altogether. The ability of functional medicine to look beyond the symptoms and offer real, lifelong solutions is why our team is so passionate about our life’s work.