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Video Functional Medicine Consultations

 

Initial Consultation

$295

1Hour 15 minutes
Living Matrix Health Timeline, History from birth to present and Functional Medicine Matrix Dysfunctions explained with PDF, initial “Clean it Up” plan along with a recommendation for follow-up program package. If you decide to become a patient your fee for the initial visit will be applied to your 3,6, or 12 month package, determined by the extent and complexity of your issues.
 

Online Initial Consultation and Lab Review only

$595

2 hours
Living Matrix Health Timeline, History from birth to present and Functional Medicine Matrix Dysfunctions explained with PDF, initial “Clean it Up” plan
Evexia Functional Lab Report ( The labs MUST be reported from your doctor EXACTLY per my recommended lab list), Supplement recommendations, along with a recommendation for follow-up program package. If you decide to become a patient your fee for the initial visit will be applied to your 3,6, or 12 month package, determined by the extent and complexity of your issues.
 
*This does not include the cost of the labs, only a report from lab results from your doctor

Detoxification

Detoxification

 

Our body does amazing things if you think about it for a minute. We take in food and make new cells with it! Wow! We have our own construction and repair department. Along the way, however, these processes create and our food contains some toxic trash that must be handled properly. Where do those toxins come from? The pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, the preservatives in your processed foods and the bus you were behind on the way to work, not to mention the unfiltered water, excess sugar, alcohol and caffeine you consume.

Our liver and kidneys make up the bulk of the detoxification centers. Our intestines are involved in the elimination portion. These two organs need specialized nutrition to protect you from the toxic waste they deal with every minute of the day. The SAD MUD (Standard American or Modern Urban Diet) which comprises the majority of Americans’ nutrition, causes a breakdown in the efficiency of these organs. Also, if your gut isn’t healthy, this will compound the problem.

Functional Medicine seeks to restore efficiency. Some “detox” programs and supplements, I affectionately call them “Colon Blow”,  may cause you to have excessive stool for a week, but that is not true detoxification. Once you have cleaned up your gut, you can safely work on your liver and kidneys. Your liver and kidneys need specific nutrients to do their job well. Once these nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

Once these
nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

 

What is Functional Medicine anyway?? Alternative? Holistic? Collaborative? Complementary? It can be considered all of those things, but, at the core of Functional Medicine is how your body functions.

Think about your car for a minute. When gas doesn’t get to the engine, your car doesn’t function the way you think it should.  You step on the accelerator and maybe it goes a little, or not at all.  Maybe the engine doesn’t even start!  There are a few things that could be causing the dysfunction of the gas getting to the engine, right? Are you with me? It could be the hoses that bring the gas to the engine, maybe there is leak, or maybe it is plugged up with residue. It could be the fuel filter, maybe you haven’t changed it and it is so dirty, gas cannot pass through any more. Or maybe, the gas tank is completely empty! For this example, lets say the hoses are plugged.

Functional Medicine(FM) looks at your body to see where the dysfunction is actually located - known as the Root Cause.  The root cause of the car problem is one of two things, the filter is so plugged it released gunk and plugged up the hose, or the hoses are just so old, the residue built up causing the plug.  That could be your intestines or liver getting gunned up and not working properly, making you manifest any number of symptoms. And what if the tank was empty too.  That would be like you not getting the nutrients you need to keep your body running smooth.

I think Functional Medicine the future of conventional medicine–available now. As a physician I want to seek to identify and address the root causes of disease. Not put a bandaid on the symptom.  Symptoms start when your body is starting to dysfunction.  Like in the car example.  As the filter or hose became plugged, the symptom you may have experienced as the driver is the car had less “zip” or “get up and go” when pressing on the accelerator.  If we just press the accelerator down more, trying to compensate for the symptom, poor acceleration, this may help for some time, but in the long run, the hose and the filter will continue to clog up. All we did was address the symptom. This is like taking a medication to take away any symptom.  The underlying problem remains.

Many traditional doctors are realizing that medications do not solve the problems.  Since lifestyle is responsible for 90% of the chronic diseases that kill people in America - heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and autoimmune disorders - lifestyle MUST be the ultimate answer.

I also view the body as an integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. FM treats the whole body, not just the symptoms. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach.

We will have a therapeutic partnership. I know that seems a radical shift from the traditional doctor-patient relationship where the doctor holds all the power. However, it is a revolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, we can address the whole person, not just your isolated set of symptoms.

As an FM practitioner, I spend time with YOU! The patients. I want to hear your story! Everyone has one, and it is therapeutic to tell it and have someone listen and integrate your current health concerns with your history. Because of the specialized training I have, I can look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine will support your unique expression of health and vitality.

So, why do we need Functional Medicine anyway? Why doesn’t traditional medicine know this stuff? Walk through this with me:

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Who do you know?
  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration, like an accident or infection - like the pneumonia - and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
  • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society. It is a know fact that 90% of disease is lifestyle driven - what we eat, drink, how we move sleep think and feel.
  • There’s a huge gap between research and the way traditional doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. Literally, only 25% of physicians have had any significant coursework in nutrition! I know it’s crazy, right!?! They just don’t know anything except drugs and surgery - scripts and scalpels...

How is Functional Medicine Different?

  • We dig in to what is going on... functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.
  • Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
  1. Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. This is about vitality! Feeling amazing everyday! By listening to the patient and learning your story, FM coaching can bring you into the discovery process and tailor treatments that address your unique needs.
  2. FM is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach. We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to your illness. Your unique genetic makeup is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect your body’s ability to function efficiently.
  3. I integrate best medical practices. Functional medicine does integrate some traditional Western medical practices with what you may consider “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. The focus will ultimately be on not only prevention, but treatment through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. We will find what combination suits YOU!
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Speaking | Webinars | Workshops

Author | Speaker | Coach | Functional Medicine Authority

 

Dr Kris Sargent is a cutting edge expert in Functional Medicine. Her interest in Functional Nutrition was sparked by looking for real solutions for her own health issues and loves to share her experiences with her audience to keep things exciting. Like many of you she struggled with her weight and blood sugar related fatigue at 19 years old, PMS issues in her 20’s, digestive and gallbladder issues in her 30’s, postpartum depression, weight issues and hormonal hell after having her children at 40, and post-menopausal weight challenges at 50. She knows what it means to FEEL LIKE CRAP!

She is an eternal optimist and decided to make some GOOD CRAP out of the BAD CRAPAudiences have said she is funny and engaging. She brings an upfront and frank spirit to her Keynotes, Workshops and Seminars. Knowing that Lifestyle creates 70-90% of our chronic disease epidemic, it’s NOT all genetic!  Dr Kris is passionate about helping people understand how to have more energy and normalize digestive, immune, adrenal and hormonal imbalances. She wants everyone to know they CAN control their health!

Speeches

“Cut The CRAP and Take Your Health Back”

Learn to have more energy and start cleaning up your Health CRAP
C: Clean it Up – Clean Up What You Eat, Drink, Move, Sleep, Think and Feel
R: Recognize the Root & Restore Function – Gut, Immune System, Liver, Adrenals, Hormones
A: Action – You Are In Control of Your Health Choices
P: Personalize Your Plan – Get Expert Advice from Dr Kris Sargent

“CRAP! You’re Not Crazy, You Do Know More Than Your Doctor”

  • Learn what to do when your Doctor says “nothing is wrong” and you still feel like CRAP
  • Navigating the PCP/Specialist Merry-Go-Round
  • Start Your Own Healing Journey
  • 5 Key Ingredients to Having Exceptional Energy

Workshops & Seminars

Dr. Kris Sargent provides workshops in person or webinar formats to provide education about healthy living. You will learn about how your body works and what to do to find optimal health for your life. Dr Kris is animated and funny.  She uses relevant examples and understands how to make complicated concepts seem simple. No boring classes!

Dr Kris interacts with the audience and gets them involved in the learning process. Our workshops provide you with the most updated information based on scientific research. There are huge developments in the field of health research given the explosion of information in genetic research, the microbiome and other topic areas that are rapidly changing what we know about the body and how it functions.

Functional Medicine is born from the research and our workshops are dedicated to educating the general public. Read our blogs and subscribe to our newsletter to get pertinent information. Join a workshop to get detailed information from which you can educate yourself and make choices regarding your the care of your mind and body.

Below are a sample of engaging speaking topics:

Flexible time frames to fit your needs CRAP Food, Friend or Foe

  • Food Speaks: “Inflame” or “Unflame”
  • Why potato chips aren’t the worst thing in your lunch
  • 5 Favorite Grab and Go Snacks
  • C.R.A.P!

Digestive CRAP

  • Irritable Bowel is not a life sentence
  • What is Leaky Gut
  • Why is Gluten so evil?
  • What about Dairy, Vitamin D and ‘Dem Bones

Hashimoto’s, Graves and Thyroid CRAP

  • What is it? How do I know if I have it?
  • What does the Thyroid do anyway?
  • Solutions for weight loss
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Auto-Immune CRAP

  • What is it? How do I know if I have it?
  • Leaky Gut and Auto-Immune issues
  • Root Cause is Key
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Weight Loss CRAP

  • Tried everything and still can’t lose
  • Top 5 Weight Gainers
  • Top 5 Weight Losers
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Testing & Analysis

Testing & Analysis

 

Diagnostic Testing from the Functional Medicine perspective is a little different than from a traditional perspective.  The traditional perspective is too look for diseases.  It is important to rule out any potential disease, what I think of as “the ugly stuff” like cancer. Most of the time when people “just don’t feel well” or feel like CRAP, or if you have had long standing irritable bowel, hormone issues, fatigue, etc...it actually isn’t anything ugly and you’re told “your labs are normal and maybe you’re depressed”.

The Functional Medicine perspective looks at labs from a nutritional perspective.  All of things the labs are testing for are some kind of molecule or cell in the body.  These cells and molecules are made of the nutrients we eat.  Specific types of molecules require specific nutrition.  For example, you need iron to make the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen in your red blood cells.  You also need B-12 and folate to process an inflammatory molecule called homocysteine, completely.

To start off your plan with a solid baseline, I like to get labs when we start to work together and then 6-12 months later. The initial Functional Health Panel is done through Evexia and Quest. I can order labs in most states through her network.

Another difference between traditional and Functional medicine is that labs are assessed using Optimal Values, not Standard Ranges. Your body can heal itself and will be in the Optimal Ranges when it is functioning in a healthy way. The goal of Functional Medicine is to help your body reach optimal function through filling in the deficiencies and taking out the things that aggravate your condition or cause disease in your body.

Some tests are only available through specialty laboratories. During your medical consultation, your we will determine which tests are needed.  We will review testing recommendations, instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs.

Your financial resources, and how much testing you want to do, are taken into account and the plan for testing is reviewed with you. Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status including food sensitivity testing, amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available, including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function and many others.

Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva or stool. Others may require you to go to a local laboratory to draw the blood. In all cases, we will assist you in coordinating initial and follow-up testing.

Health & Nutrition Coach

Health & Nutrition Coach

 

Kristin, our most awesome Health and Nutrition Coach, offers a personal touch to our patients’ lifestyle transformation. Kristin is interested in you total health. She realizes that it takes more than following a program for a few months then slowly slipping back into your old patterns.  

Kristin knows how to work through the emotional stuff we al face when we must change our diet and lifestyle.  Habits can be hard to break! Getting to the deeper reason you are really ready to make the changes will help you get through the tough spots.

She will guide you through the beginning steps of your program. From helping you go gluten or dairy free to a full on elimination diet, she will help you meet your challenges head on. She will help you clean up your thoughts and clean up the unhealthy items out of your refrigerator. She continues on the patients’ journeys by creating grocery shopping lists, receipts, resources and teaching you how, what, and when to make healthy meals. She will also get you through weight loss plateaus and teach you a complete transition and maintenance plan. This way your new habits will be more secure.

We are here to help you on your journey and Kristin is a the perfect person to kick off your journey and stay by your side until you are healthy and successful, on your own.

Physician Coach

Physician Coach

 

Okay, this is where I get to brag a little about myself and how I can help you.  This is still really about you and your health goals, which will drive always our conversations.

I feel I am uniquely qualified as a physician and certified health and life coach.  Many physicians think that putting a plan together for a patient is enough, and the patient “should” follow the plan. I know physicians who don’t even see their patients for 3 months after their plan is revealed.  That works for them, but I have not seen that to be effective for the patient. I believe monthly follow up coaching sessions over the course of up to a year or more may be necessary to get full healing AND mindset shift.

I feel like a big chuck of what I do is help you understand the root causes of your health issues and that healing takes time! Then I guide you to health by creating and implementing a plan to assure the GOOD CRAP stays and the BAD CRAP is pushed aside for optimal health and wellness. You deserve to healthy, vital and full of energy to take on whatever you want to do in your life!  Life is too short to spend it FEELING LIKE CRAP!

Here’s what coaching looks like:

Picture your current health status. If you do not change anything what does your health look like next year? or in 10 years? “Do you like that picture?” What can you change today that would improve that picture?

As your physician I understand what is necessary for your body to heal.  As your coach I understand the complexity of implementing a lifestyle change in a busy life. Implementation is easy - it’s the long term integration that is  really important for lasting results.  As a single mother, business owner and busy entrepreneur, I understand the importance of self care for the strength and resilience necessary to positively move through challenges of life.

To heal, lifestyle modifications - eat, drink, move , sleep, think and feel -  and dietary supplementation are essential to actually allowing the body to heal.  Those factors work together to create optimal function. With 26 years in practice and my extensive knowledge of the use of food as medicine, I will walk you through the changes necessary to Clean it UP – Eat, Dink Move Step Think and Feel. I am skilled in using nutritional supplements safely and effectively to enhance the healing process for you. I can coordinate your care with your other medical providers to develop a comprehensive plan that is most effective. My patient-centered, personalized approach helps to identify the various barriers which you may encounter when making these sweeping changes.

The coaching side comes during the follow up consultations to help you note only implement but integrate.  There is a difference.  You can implement a new plan for 2-3 weeks but then the honeymoon is over. Integration goes a little deeper.  We have to dig in and get to the core of incorporating the mind-body connection to our food and lifestyle choices. We will help you develop a new way of eating - and other habits - that are sustainable for you.

Habits and mindset are at the core of achieving your personal goals We all know that feeling like CRAP didn’t happen overnight.  When we get really honest with ourselves, we also know that some of our habits are perpetuating our current health status.

Coach moment:

Do you feel stuck in your current health issues? “Do you have any idea what needs to shift?” On a scale of 1-10, 10 being ALL IN, how ready are YOU to learn about what it will take to get healthy?

Coaching isn’t about me just barking out commands and you doing them out of fear – although I can take that approach – JOKE! Coaching is about creating a team, you and I, and discovering what will work for YOU!  Coaching is all about discovering YOU and YOUR best self to get to a healthier YOU!

Peer support is another layer of support. I believe that creating a community of like-minded people is a unique opportunity to meet others who are going through some of the same struggles.  Some have been at it a long time and are well on their way, they will help you as a newcomer with some of their own strategies. Using social media we can create that community.

The group is more powerful than an individual. This community approach is highly effective in creating behavioral change as the peer support is encouraging and motivational. There are many studies proving the effectiveness of coaching a group setting with significant outcomes in many areas such as lowering hemoglobin A1C for diabetes, weight loss with significant decreases in BMI (body mass index) and smoking cessation to name a few. Accountability, keeping track of the habits you are trying to change and feeling like you are not alone on the journey are well documented to create greater success.

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