Services & Testing

Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine
Erin Falco Kellie Mendes Andrea Alario Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Counseling
Nutritional Counseling
specialized nutrition testing
Specialized Testing
eating disorders counseling
Eating Disorders
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Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is an integrative approach to health care that is patient-centered and addresses the whole body, not just a set of symptoms or disease. In this way, functional medicine seeks to identify and treat the underlying causes of disease.
Why nutrition?
As Registered Dietitians, we use a “food-first” approach. Functional nutrition emphasizes healthful eating personalized to YOUR genetics, lifestyle, environment and health concerns. We use food to maximize the potential for health and reverse dysfunction or disease. There is no single "right diet" that applies to all of us. This is why we use an individualized approach. 
What are some root causes your functional medicine practice uncovers?
Keep in mind, most often there is not one root cause of your symptoms and conditions. There are several factors that can contribute to your health status today. These may include:
  • Chronic antibiotic, steroid, PPI (acid blockers), medications usage

  • Viruses, bacterial infections

  • Stress/trauma

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Micronutrient deficiencies and food sensitivities

  • Injuries

  • Genetics

  • Leaky Gut

  • SIBO (Small Bacterial Intestinal Overgrowth)

  • Environmental: Allergens | Mold | Toxins | Heavy Metal Exposure

  • Dental surgery/work

  • Genetic expressions

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1:1

Nutritional

Counseling

Let us help you create a personalized nutrition approach to prevent and manage diet and lifestyle-related diseases, develop a healthier relationship with food and focus on behavior change rather than a quick fix diet approach.

Erin Falco Kellie Mendes Andrea Alario Registered Dietitian Nutritionist nutritional Counseling

Initial Session

A 90 minute, 1:1 consultation with a registered dietitian. During your first visit, we personalize your nutrition consultations by diving deep into a comprehensive assessment. This includes a dietary recall, patient and family medical history, a review of your most recent labs, and your individual nutrition and wellness goals. 

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Second Session

After 1-2 weeks, you will meet again with your RD for 60 minutes. During this appointment your RD will have focused their care to your goals and set a nutrition path based on your previous assessment.

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Follow-Ups (first 3 months)

Every 2-3 weeks, 60 minute 1:1 consultations are highly recommended for accountability and progressive change. These follow-ups are patient-centered to goals, challenges and nutrition education the patient may need more assistance with. 

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Follow-Ups (6+ months)

Every 4-6 weeks, 60 minute 1:1 consultations are highly recommended for accountability and maintenance of change. These follow-ups are patient-centered to goals, challenges and nutrition education the patient may need more assistance with. 

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Specialized

Testing

Testing takes the guesswork out so we can get right to a targeted approach. Elimination diets can be tiring, unnecessary and difficult to follow. Symptoms are not always related to food alone.  Let us help you get to the root problems without wasting months or years of your life. Test, don't guess!

Micronutrient Testing

What is the importance of micronutrients?

  • Micronutrients serve multiple purposes in the body and they are often depleted by a lack of variety in diet, environmental toxins or stress. Deficiencies can be a root cause of many symptoms and drivers of disease. 

 

What does this test for?

  • Vibrant America's micronutrient testing measures over 31 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids within the white blood cells.

  • Rather than looking at micronutrients from an average measure of normal vs. deficient, this speciality testing provides measurements of deficient, sub-optimal and optimal.

How do we use Micronutrient Testing?

  • Measuring the amounts of micronutrients in the body provides a look into the body’s metabolism and which nutrients are lacking for optimal function.

  • Using a “foods-first” approach, we can help rebalance your nutrient deficiencies with a customized nutrition plan. We also can support your nutrition deficiencies with supplements when necessary.  

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Wheat Gluten Sensitivity Leaky Gut Testing 

Wheat/Gluten Sensitivity & Leaky Gut Testing 

Vibrant America’s Wheat Zoomer + Intestinal Permeability is a speciality test that identifies leaky gut condition, celiac or developing celiac disease, and gluten and non-gluten wheat sensitivity.

Who would benefit from this test? Those who experience: 

  • Non celiac gluten sensitivity 

  • Gluten / wheat containing food intolerances / sensitivities 

  • Symptoms of leaky gut: IBS, poor GI health, poor immune system, skin rashes, brain fog, poor mental health, anxiety & depression

 

What is Leaky Gut?

  • Leaky gut condition is the gapping and damage of the intestinal cells that line the digestive tract. With leaky gut condition, nutrient absorption is compromised and symptoms such as inflammation, skin rashes, brain fog, fatigue or constipation and diarrhea are common. 

How is this test different from others?

  • Tests over 33,000 peptides of gluten and wheat; results are highly specific and sensitive

  • Identifies if a gluten-free diet would best suit the patient's dietary needs or conditions 

Should I get a Wheat Zoomer test even if I don’t have Celiac Disease?

  • You do not have to be diagnosed with Celiac’s disease or a wheat allergy to get this panel completed. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat sensitivity may be a cause of your IBS, total body inflammation and nutrient malabsorption.

  • If you have already been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease or a wheat allergy, the Wheat Zoomer panel will not be necessary to complete. However, the intestinal permeability panel can be done for anyone. 

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Organic Acid Testing

Great Plains offers urine organic acid testing that assesses your body’s overall metabolism.

 

What are organic acids?

  • Organic acids are by products of our cell’s metabolism. 

 

What does this testing provide?

  • Helps identify gut dysfunction (an imbalance of bacteria, yeast, mold), neurotransmitter dysfunction, (brain health) amino acids deficiency, toxicology, abnormal protein, fat, carbohydrate metabolism, nutritional markers. Genetics may also alter the composition or metabolism of organic acids in the body. With an extensive look into each individual’s organic acids make-up proper nutritional support is provided.  

Who's this test best for?  

  • Organic Acid Testing is great test for patients suffering with mental health disorders, digestive tract dysfunction, Lyme Disease. It is the most popular test for children with ADHD, Autism, and learning disabilities.

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Food Zoomers/Sensitivities Package

What are food sensitivities? 

  • IgG & IgA immune reactions to food are chronically inflammatory vs. IgE (allergy) immune responses to foods. High levels of food IgGs and IgAs may trigger symptoms such as: GI complications (bloating, diarrhea, constipation), brain fog, fatigue, lack of focus, sinus congestion, post-nasal drip and skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.

How many foods does this test? 

  • Food Zoomers measure food sensitivities using IgA and IgG antibody reactions to over 200 foods. This test eliminates the guessing game of which foods work for you individually, allow for inflammation to decrease and nutrients to heal the body. 

Who is this best for? 

  • Someone experiencing those symptoms above, has constantly tried elimination diets and has found no relief.

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Gut Microbiome Testing (stool testing)

What is gut health?

  • Gut health lays the foundation of our overall health in many ways. Being able to identify your personal gut microbiome through comprehensive testing is one advantage we use in our practice when working with digestive compromised patients. 

 

What does this testing provide?

  • Gut microbiome testing takes a look into normal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungal overgrowth.

 

Who is this best for?

  • Patients that benefit most from this testing are those suffering from chronic digestive conditions such as constipation, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO, food poisoning, and GERD, as well as patients suffering from mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. 

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Gut Reset Method 8 Week Group Program 

8 Week Group Virtual Program 

  • A program using proven methods to eliminate IBS symptoms and improve gut health by following a Low FODMAP diet, addressing lifestyle factors and ruling out root causes. 

  • Includes step by step elimination & reintroduction of FODMAPs. Weekly meal plans, recipes, grocery lists and an in person group cooking demonstration at our local teaching kitchen. 

  • 10 % off pharmaceutical supplements for all group participants 

  • Options for specialized testing such as food sensitivities,  celiac disease and/or non-celiac gluten intolerance & intestinal permeability. 

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Gut Reset Webinar Monday 1/10/22 at 6:00 pm EST

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Eating

Disorders

Eating disorders are mental illnesses with physical and potentially life-threatening complications. Recovery from an eating disorder is a process, intense at times, can be rewarding and impacts ALL members of the family. 

We are committed to helping you develop a healthy relationship with food while finding solutions together to meet your nutritional needs. We understand self care can be challenging. A commitment to your care must be mutual as it is essential to your treatment. 

 

Commitment 

  • Our RD's provide meal support, collaboration with family members and providers to help navigate challenging day to day situations that impact recovery in-between scheduled sessions.  

  • All patients have a required monthly fee membership that is seperate from scheduled visits. We accept health insurance plans for individual sessions which may significantly decrease your expenses. Unfortunately, the monthly fee is a necessary service which is not covered. We believe in between session support is crucial to recovery and this service improves our ability to provide the most effective care.

  • Newly diagnosed patients are required to be seen in-person for all sessions, some exceptions may apply. Weekly sessions with your practitioner for the first 8 weeks. 

  • Patients must be under the care of a physician and a therapist (we can provide referrals if needed). If under the age of 18, both parents are required to be present at the first session. 

  • Blood work from your doctor is required, an EKG may also be needed: frequency of blood work and specific labs will be discussed at your first visit.

  • Ongoing collaboration with your practitioner and interdisciplinary team (therapist, MD, etc.) is required between sessions.

  • Patients seen for eating disorders must bring a snack or meal every session. 

  • Note: At any time in your treatment, it may be necessary to refer you to a higher level of care if deemed appropriate by your team (RD, MD, therapist).

Sessions 

​Initial Session:

  • Vitals will be taken (blood pressure, blood sugar, and oral exam)

  • Blind weigh-in on InBody machine

  • Assessment of past medical history, medication/supplement use, bowel movements, food/fluid intake, eating behaviors and social history, and labs

  • Review of where you are in terms of your treatment journey

  • Discussion of nutritional goals and plan for treatment moving forward

Follow Ups:

  • Review of goals

  • Vitals and weigh-in

  • In-session eating

  • Cooking/prep exposures

  • Discussion of challenges and accomplishments

  • Challenging fear foods

  • Exchange system worksheets

  • Family collaboration sessions

COMING SOON- FEB 2022:

Weekly Group Cooking and Meal exposure classes:

When struggling with disordered eating, the joy and pleasure of eating foods that were once loved can become difficult. We understand that it becomes a challenge to eat out, eat socially, cook or prep foods with certain ingredients, eat baked foods, etc. These classes will encourage patients to increase confidence in the kitchen, learn about food facts, challenge foods once loved, try new foods and bring back the excitement to eating all in a group setting. Participants who are not patients of the practice will need to provide note from current treatment team deeming appropriate for the class.

 

Ready to Get Started?

If you are using insurance, please have a copy of your ID, credit card, insurance card, and all necessary insurance benefits information ready before calling to schedule. Required insurance benefit information can be found here. We do not schedule appointments without this information unless you are paying out of pocket. 

*COVID-19 Update: both telehealth and/or in-person visits are available.