I was in Sixth grade when I first discovered how awesome the human body is. I started to learn about the complex interconnection of physiology and anatomy. From that point on, nearly everything I did was with the goal of medical school in mind. Once finally able to treat patients, I was so excited to begin healing people. Unfortunately though, after years in practice, I was disheartened to realize that few of my patients actually got better for the long term. I began to realize the core of their disease had not been addressed. I intuitively began to suggest making lifestyle changes to improve their health. It was these changes that began to bring health and vitality back to my patients. Then, several years ago, I discovered Functional Medicine, and I realized that without even knowing it, I was already incorporating the basic principles of Functional Medicine into my practice.
What is Functional Medicine?
The Functional Medicine model of healthcare is an individualized, patient-centered, evidence based approach that empowers patients and doctors to work together to address the underlying causes of illness and disease. The goal of Functional Medicine is to achieve and promote optimal wellness in a way that is able to be sustained by the patient.
Functional Medicine is an approach to healthcare that seeks to determine HOW and WHY illness and disease occurs and seeks to restore health by addressing the root causes of the disease for individuals.
As an experienced family practice doctor certified in Functional Medicine through The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Lechner is in the advantageous position to provide much experience, cutting-edge research, comprehensive diagnostic testing, and a genuine desire to help each and every patient achieve wellness.
What does the Functional Medicine experience look like in Dr. Lechner’s practice?
The initial Functional Medicine consultation is 60 to 90 minutes long. A thorough medical and lifestyle history will be collected beforehand through The Living Matrix, an intake program that is completed online and submitted to our office before your first appointment.
Dr. Lechner thoroughly compiles, reviews and evaluates all of this information before the first appointment. During the initial consultation, Dr. Lechner will discuss your current health concerns, review your history, and will evaluate all factors that may be affecting your health in the immediate and long-term future. She then discusses all the possible ways to deal with the issues at hand.
The next step often includes diagnostic testing. The results of the recommended testing will allow Dr. Lechner to continue to develop your wellness plan. She will discuss all of the test results and will continue developing the plan at a Review of Findings visit after the testing has been completed.
Dr. Lechner works with several diagnostic labs that are on the forefront of comprehensive diagnostic testing. Testing can include blood, stool, urine, hair and saliva; any and all of which help her to assess the current biomedical status of your current health. Testing can provide Dr. Lechner insight into such things as gastrointestinal health, hormonal, thyroid and adrenal status, as well as vitamin, mineral and nutritional states.
Dr. Lechner is committed to working in partnership with her patients. Her goal is not only to help them feel better, but to also discover why they don’t feel well so that permanent improvements can be achieved. Her intention is to identify the root causes of their condition. She then works in conjunction with each patient to make an individualized plan to make sustainable health and lifestyle changes, and ultimately, to achieve wellness.
Health issues that Functional Medicine can help with: Gastrointestinal issues, autoimmune disorders including Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, fatigue, depression, anxiety, eczema, neurological conditions, food sensitivities, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, and many more.