The Patient Experience

The Patient Experience at Bay Area Functional Medicine (BAFM)

Your body is a truly awesome machine. It functions with little need for attention through many decades of life. But occasionally this normal function hits a roadblock along the way that the self-management systems can’t get around.

This creates a chronic health condition (a dysfunction that does not improve on its own).

Bear in mind that for many attacks and insults, the body’s capacity to repair itself are still intact and the body is able to maintain function. But repeated insults coupled with poor dietary and lifestyle habits can overwhelm the body’s restorative capacity, leaving it without the resources to heal itself.

At BAFM we dig down into your health history to understand where the breakdown in body function may have started. We use specialized laboratory testing to identify and confirm what body systems are in distress. And then we work with you to restore normal function and full health.

Think of functional medicine doctors as medical detectives.

We sift through all the health clues and information (symptoms, signs and lab markers) and track down the real culprit (which typically leaves a trail of imbalances) that are dragging down your health. To do this takes time and patience, as well as a commitment to follow through with this journey back to health.

So how do we start this process?

Before your first visit

When you are ready to schedule your initial appointment, you will be sent a link to your personal health registration portal that is part of our EMR system. There, you will be asked to complete the New Patient Intake Form and a series of questionnaires/assessment forms.

These multiple-choice assessment forms will take just a few minutes while the online New Patient Intake Form is a bit more extensive and asks questions related to your health history, goals and objectives as well as current diet and lifestyle. Answer as honestly as possible.

The questions are grouped in such a way that, based on the pattern of your responses, we are able to pick up on where things may be going wrong which may require additional evaluation.

This preparation on your part will save both of us time and help us quickly and efficiently identify and prioritize the most likely health issues that need further investigation.

Your first visit - The initial encounter

Armed with a completed set of questionnaires we are then ready to dig deeper into your health history and start on the exploration to discover the root causes of your chronic health condition.

This will take some time as we put together a health history and possibly timeline of events for you. We may also map out your problem areas on a Functional Medicine Matrix, which allows us to group your health imbalances by organ system and function in order to see the big picture in a meaningful way.

From this analysis we suggest a range of testing to corroborate our initial suspicions as to where your body is out of normal ‘function’.

The purpose of these lab tests will be explained to you prior to testing. This may include testing previously done through your PCP, but will probably include other blood, saliva, urine, and stool testing outside your usual experience.

This will give us a scientific foundation to:

  • Develop the initial program of diet, lifestyle and nutritional changes to address results that are out of range.
  • Give us a reference point to monitor progress as our journey back to health together progresses.

The Journey back to health - Together

And then the journey has started! Your Initial Evaluation gives a baseline as a reference for the management of your health issues, as we guide you back to a more balanced and healthy physiologic state.

We are always accessible to answer questions and help you with any issues that may come up!

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