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What is FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?

Functional Medicine addresses health conditions and prevents disease by investigating the root cause of your health issues. Instead of stamping you with a diagnosis and only treating your symptoms, functional medicine finds out WHY you have the diagnosis. It involves a deep-dive assessment to look at ALL of your body systems, and evaluates how well your body is communicating (think: hormones, neurotransmitters, proteins, etc) to uncover root causes including nutrient deficiencies, chronic infections, and inflammation. Functional Medicine interventions help restore balance through lifestyle factors such as nutrition, healthy movement, stress management, optimal sleep, and quality relationships.

The Facility Denver Functional Medicine Team :
Kate Daugherty, MS, CNS + Dr. Mitchell Rasmussen, DC, CFMP 

In the future, "FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE" will likely just be called medicine.

“Most doctors aren’t trained to think about the underlying causes of disease, such as toxins, allergens, microbes, nutrition, and stress. Conventional medicine is the medicine of what - what disease do you have, what drug should I give you. Functional medicine considers the diagnosis, but it also seeks to answer the question why.”

-Dr. Mark Hyman, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine
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30 Second Functional Medicine Synopsis

<< A functional medicine model of care looks at the whole person, mind and body, with communicating body organs/systems. We often eschew diagnoses. Truly, the name we use to label your symptoms isn’t as essential as the intervention. The core of functional medicine is finding the WHY, or root cause, not the WHAT. Many treatments don’t involve a medication to cover up symptoms, but rather support your individual needs to correct the underlying dysfunctions

 — you have a unique genome, microbiome, and lifestyle. >> 

While many people may assume functional medicine is simply lifestyle-based medicine; it is actually a systems-oriented, science-based approach that considers a patient’s biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and environmental exposures when looking for the cause of a specific medical issue or set of symptoms. 

Foundations of Functional Medicine 
at The Facility Denver

Initial Consultation & On-going Progress Checks

We'll take time to get to know you, review your history, health challenges, and goals. Regular progress checks and open communication allow us to stay focused on healing.

Functional Medicine Denver Colorado Team Dr. Mitchell and Kate Daugherty
Mitchell Rasmussen Kate Daugherty Facility Func Med Team

Functional Lab Testing

Lab Testing allows us to understand the underlying biochemical limitations contributing to your picture. This includes 'baseline' bloodwork as well as more advanced functional tests.

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Intervention

Expect extension education and individualized attention for making nutrition and lifestyle changes. Any directed supplement recommendations will be pharmaceutical-grade products. 

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Functional Medicine does NOT mean "take a bunch of supplements"

While supplements may be an important step in the healing process for chronic issues, nutrient deficiencies, or other burdens... they are not the solution to your problem. If we simply ran tests and gave you pills:

would we be any different than a conventional medical practice?

Instead, we look at FOOD and LIFESTYLE as paramount. This means we have high expectations of you as a patient to implement change. It could be as simple as chewing your food better, finding time to be creative, or getting more sun exposure. Little things add up- and we're here to guide you along the way.

Functional Medicine Follow Up Care Options

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A NEW PATIENT

Step 1: Functional Medicine Initial Consult - 90 Minutes - In Person/Telehealth - $275

When you book your first visit, we will send you (digital) new patient forms to be completed. This includes a comprehensive history and gives us background information on your symptoms, interventions, diet, supplements, medications, and current concerns. We ask that you provide any relevant medical records or laboratory testing results from the last 2 years. We will review these documents and forms prior to seeing you in person to best optimize your time.  >> Unlike other doctor visits, this initial appointment will take time! Plan to spend 90 minutes with us. 

In the office, Dr. Rasmussen will conduct a problem-based physical examination and a full history. Our functional nutritionist, Kate, will participate in the initial visit and collect a dietary inventory. At the conclusion of your first visit, Dr. Rasmussen will discuss which laboratory and biomarker analyses need to be initially performed to gain deeper insight into the root cause(s) of your concerns.

 

Within 1-2 days, we will follow up with extensive appointment notes and an outline of recommended tests and initial careTaking our time to properly work-up a patient’s case yields much better results in the long-run. We will work together in collaboration to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Step 2: Proceed with Lab Testing - timeline varies

Should you choose to proceed after reviewing the proposed testing and care, we will place lab orders on your behalf. You can expect that the minimum lab testing will include the Comprehensive Bioscreen from LabCorp. This can be done all over the country (great news for our distance patients!) Other test kits will be shipped to your house, and include pre-paid shipping labels to return to the lab. 

LabCorp results typically come back within 5-7 days of completing a blood draw. We will reach out when we get a report, and decide together whether to schedule a review visit or wait on the remaining test results. Other Functional Lab Tests like stool testing, hormone testing, and nutrient assays may take 2-3 weeks. 

Step 3: Report of Findings - 60 minutes - In Person/Telehealth - included in testing/care costs

Step 4: Nutrition Consultation - 60 minutes - In Person/Telehealth - included in testing/care costs

WHAT TO EXPECT AS A NEW PATIENT

Step 1: Functional Medicine Initial Consult - 90 Minutes - In Person/Telehealth - $375

When you book your first visit, we will send you (digital) new patient forms to be completed. This includes a comprehensive history and gives us background information on your symptoms, interventions, diet, supplements, medications, and current concerns. We ask that you provide any relevant medical records or laboratory testing results from the last 2 years. We will review these documents and forms prior to seeing you in person to best optimize your time.  >> Unlike other doctor visits, this initial appointment will take time! Plan to spend 90 minutes with us. 

In the office, Dr. Rasmussen will conduct a problem-based physical examination and a full history. Our health coach will participate in the initial visit and collect a dietary inventory. At the conclusion of your first visit, Dr. Rasmussen will discuss which laboratory and biomarker analyses need to be initially performed to gain deeper insight into the root cause(s) of your concerns.

 

Within 1-2 days, we will follow up with extensive appointment notes and an outline of recommended tests and initial care optionsTaking our time to properly work-up a patient’s case yields much better results in the long-run. We will work together in collaboration to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Step 2: Proceed with Lab Testing - timeline varies

Should you choose to proceed after reviewing the proposed testing and care, we will place lab orders on your behalf. You can expect that the minimum lab testing will include the Comprehensive Bioscreen from LabCorp. This can be done all over the country (great news for our distance patients!) Other test kits will be shipped to your house, and include pre-paid shipping labels to return to the lab. 

LabCorp results typically come back within 5-7 days of completing a blood draw. We will reach out when we get a report, and decide together whether to schedule a review visit or wait on the remaining test results. Other Functional Lab Tests like stool testing, hormone testing, and nutrient assays may take 2-3 weeks. 

Step 3: Report of Findings - 60-90 minutes - In Person/Telehealth 

At the Report of Findings appointment, we will review ALL lab results with you. We spend time explaining every marker- not just the ones that flag as abnormal. It is important to us that you understand the biochemistry in context. This appointment can feel like information overload, but we'll do our best to follow-up with clear notes and resources to connect the dots. With the complete picture in front of us, we're ready to recommend specific dietary, lifestyle, and nutrition changes. This is 'commencement of care' - where the true healing can begin. You will walk away from this appointment with an INITIAL ACTION PLAN and may choose to proceed with in-depth functional medicine guidance.  

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PROCEED WITH IN-DEPTH CARE, HERE'S WHAT'S NEXT:

Step 4: Nutrition Consultation - 60 minutes - In Person/Telehealth - included in testing/care costs

After giving you time to digest the information and settle in to a few changes, you'll come back to specifically discuss nutrition changes. This appointment is a chance for us to discuss what's going well, what challenges you're facing, and get very specific with food choices and patterns FOR YOU. It is unrealistic for you to take a Therapeutic Diet Guide or Food List and follow it without direction. We find much better outcomes when you spend the time talking through an implementation strategy that matches your daily life. We will provide specific recommendations, recipes, shopping lists, and other resources so you can feel confident (and satisfied).

Step 5: On-Going Care & Support / Next Steps

Over the first three to four months, you'll meet with the functional medicine team regularly every 3-6 weeks. Communication is vitally important for your success, not only from a motivational standpoint... but so we can tackle challenges and setbacks as they arise. You will have unlimited email access and regular virtual check-ins throughout the process. During appointments, we will review progress, adjust supplements, layer on new lifestyle habits, and adapt nutrition recommendations. 

Step 6: Follow-Up Lab Testing & Review 

Around the four month mark, we may repeat some of your initial labs. This gives us a chance to assess progress with real data and make any shifts in care. Similar to before, we’ll put in an order at LabCorp for bloodwork. You’ll schedule it on your own time, and we see results in our portal fairly quickly. We will then schedule a Lab Comparison appointment to review the results in detail with you. 

At the conclusion of the initial 3-4 month period, we will collaborate with you on what on-going care looks like. Sometimes, follow-up testing is relevant. Often, your symptoms (or lack thereof) will dictate that decision. Most patients settle in to seeing us for check-ins monthly, quarterly, or yearly. You become a Facility family member: and we're here for you when new challenges and questions arise. 

WhatToExpect: FM

Meet The Functional Medicine Team:

Dr. Mitchell Rasmussen, DC, CFMP          +              Kate Daugherty, MS, CNS

  • How is Functional Medicine different than my normal doctor?
    Functional Medicine is a more holistic approach to wellness. Instead of focusing on single symptoms, we look at your body as a complete system. Everything is connected - Everything matters - Everybody is different. We are able to spend more time getting to know YOU and helping you understand how to be healthy.
  • Does insurance cover Functional Medicine?
    We are out-of-network for all insurance networks. It is unlikely that functional medicine consults and advanced lab tests are covered by your insurance. We are happy to provide a receipt for services that you can submit for possible reimbursement.
  • How does Lab Testing Work?
    The majority of lab testing is typically done at home, but blood work will also need to be completed at a phlebotomy center. We will direct you to the appropriate clinic depending on the labs that are ordered. Payment is made directly to The Facility according to our negotiated practitioner pricing. We will recommend very specific tests for you following an Initial Functional Medicine Visit. After your review, we will input lab orders and give further instruction on completion.
  • How much should I expect to invest on lab testing?
    Functional Medicine care will typically require in-depth comprehensive laboratory analysis using both conventional and functional lab testing. Please be aware that insurance will likely not cover many of the labs ordered from specialized companies like Genova, Diagnostic Solutions, DUTCH, and Cyrex. Testing is something that will be discussed in detail at your initial appointment with recommendations made on an individual basis.
  • Does The Facility offer financing?
    We do not offer traditional financing for Functional Medicine and Physical Medicine care plans. We do our best to work within your means to create a payment plan that works for you.
  • Should I expect follow-up testing?
    We suggest follow-up testing on a case-by-case basis. Often, we can utilize proxy markers or isolated panels to re-assess after intervention. This keeps your out of pocket expense lower, so you can focus on investing in treatment! For ongoing care, we find that a Comprehensive BioScreen is a useful annual "wellness" lab for assessing baseline health. Think of this as routine bloodwork your Primary Care Physician would run.
  • Can I order tests without follow-up care?
    We see the best outcomes with directed guidance following lab testing. We do not offer testing outside of Functional Medicine care. As clinicians, we want the best for you and this is the model that allows us to see that through.
  • What supplements do you recommend?
    We regularly recommend a variety of supplements from certified and qualified companies. We look for products that are made with superior ingredients and have been extensively researched and tested. We look for highly effective supplements in therapeutic doses to support your body’s metabolism and nutrient absorption. We are happy to discuss specific supplement recommendations as part of a functional medicine consultation, ensuring you are educated about the best product for you. You can shop our online dispensary here.
  • What are Dr. Rasmussen's credentials and training?
    Dr. Mitchell Rasmussen is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) in the state of Colorado. He completed his doctoral education at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is fully certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP), having completed over 300 hours of formal functional medicine coursework. Beyond this, he has additionally completed more than 200 hours of Functional Immunology coursework; and has plans to complete a Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry- with goals of someday teaching other clinicians. Read Dr. Rasmussen's full bio here.
  • What are Kate's credentials and training?
    Kate Daugherty holds a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Her undergraduate degree is in Neuroscience from Washington and Lee University. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the American Nutrition Academy, a particular distinction that allows her to practice therapeutic nutrition. Read more about the CNS credential here. Kate has completed coursework through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and is working towards her certification as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. Read Kate's full bio here.
  • Do you see patients outside of Colorado?
    Yes! We are able to see you via Telehealth for Functional Medicine. We have patients all over the country, and most labs can be completed remotely*. Note that as a distance patient, we will provide coaching and advice but you are not considered under the medical direction of a physician. *There are limitations in New York and New Jersey for lab testing; but we are able to provide referals as needed.
  • I’m ready to get started, what are the next steps?
    If you are ready to make your initial visit, please visit our Online Booking Site or call the clinic (303) 474-4811 to schedule. To schedule a free consultation with our patient coordinator prior to the first visit, call us or email info@thefacilitydenver.com

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