Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Services

Cropped ForksSparks Family Medicine is proud to offer an integrative approach to functional medicine within a traditional primary care office. All Sparks Family Medicine physicians have completed the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice course, a week-long overview of the application of Functional Medicine in patient care. Individual providers have various integrative and functional medicine credentials and experience. Specialty laboratory tests utilized by functional providers may not be covered by insurance.


Six Principles of Functional Medicine

The Institute for Functional Medicine’s website ( contains information on functional medicine, including the six principles, (

  1. An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  2. Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;
  3. Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;
  4. Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors;
  5. Identification of health as a positive vitality, (not merely the absence of disease), emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology;
  6. Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.


Functional Medicine Information

Experience L!fe has created two graphics that help to explain functional medicine.

“Functional Medicine FAQs” provides an overview comparing conventional and functional medicine, comparing integrative and functional medicine, the cost and training of functional medicine. Click here for Experience L!fe’s “Functional Medicine FAQs.”

“Two Paths” provides a more detailed comparison of conventional and functional medicine using a hypothetical patient. Click here for Experience L!fe’s “Two Paths.”

Experience L!fe has a Functional Medicine Roundup site, (click here), and has profiled functional medicine in “Functional Medicine: A Science Whose Time Has Come,” (click here).