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Through an extensive review of your history, symptoms, diet and environmental context, we outline a plan to uncover and treat underlying root causes that are keeping you from becoming Fully Functional™.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dr. Ellen Antoine completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Ellen was in the first class of practitioners certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Co-Founder & Physician
Dr. Scott Antoine completed his residency in Emergency Medicine followed by a fellowship in Hyperbaric Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he received a full military scholarship. Dr. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have a lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.
The Functional Medicine model evolved from the insights and perspectives of a small group of influential thought leaders who realized the importance of an individualized approach to disease causes based on the evolving research in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics. These thought leaders found ways to apply for these new advances in the clinic to address root causes using low-risk interventions that modify molecular and cellular systems to reverse these drivers of disease.
These Functional Medicine thought leaders were able to apply new research in a way that often brought dramatic results to patients who had previously received unsuccessful treatments. Part of this advance was a return to scientific principles of finding new ways to look for unifying factors at the cellular and systems levels that underlie organism-wide problems.
As others became interested in learning Functional Medicine, it became necessary to systematize the approach so that it could be taught to a wider group of practitioners of differing backgrounds. The IFM approach to applying Functional Medicine is mainly practiced through a set of tools that formalizes both history-taking and mapping symptoms to the categories of root processes that underlie illness.