Welcome to our Functional Medicine Page! Here you will learn what this is, how it works, and what it can do to help you. We are open to any and all questions you may have, so feel free to reach out!
Hi there! I'm Dr. Kenzie, and I am a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. At its core, Functional Medicine is all about getting to the root of the issue.
It is a patient centered, holistic, individualized approach to health. No two patients are the same. We look at your lifestyle, nutrition, diet, genetics, stress, hormones, and so much more!
"The incidence of chronic illnesses is literally exploding.
If you don't treat the root cause, clinical and chronic conditions will continue to resurface"
WHAT CAN IT HELP WITH?
Are you tired of having 'normal' lab results, but you know something is wrong?
Most of our chronic diseases can be traced back to a different foundations, such as inflammation, gut issues, stress, exposure to toxins, chronic infections, etc.
Many of today's complaint seem normal, but are not.
Instead of looking at NORMAL lab values, we look at OPTIMAL lab values, as in the values that your body is functioning its BEST at. We offer in-dept testing that goes beyond standard lab tests.
Internal imbalances can manifest themselves as:
SKIN: Acne, Eczema, Hair Loss, Rashes
HORMONAL: PCOS. PMS, PMDD, Low Testosterone, Hormonal Imbalances, Adrenal Insufficiencies
GUT: Food Intolerances, Dysbiosis, SIBO, Leaky Gut/Increased Gut Permeability, Chronic Constipation, Bloating, Loose Stools
BODY SYSTEMS: Autoimmunity, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Thyroid Dysfunction
MENTAL: Depression, Cognitive Impairment, Brain Fog, Migraines, Headaches, Chronic Stress
WEIGHT HEALTH: Inability to Lose Weight, Weight Management
While you can't change your genetics, you can change how your body handles it
After booking an appointment, you will be sent some (hefty) intake paperwork. Learning your health history is vital to the process, as parts of your history 6 months, 5 years, or even 20 years ago can play a role in your health today.
Next, you and Dr. Bayless will have a hour long, comprehensive, 1-on-1 meeting where you will go over the paperwork to get a better idea of your history and complaint, and discuss next steps. The most common route is to order different types of labs that will take a deeper look than your standard panels.
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
LAB TESTS INCLUDE (but are not limited to): Blood Work, Stool Work, Breath Testing, Mold Testing, Heavy Metal Testing
After completing the necessary next steps and receiving results, you will meet again with Dr. Bayless to go over the results, determine your next steps, and possibly start your treatment plan.
What's next will depend on your history, lifestyle, complaint, and lab results.
These include, but are not limited to:
Supplements - There are thousands of supplements that can help a wide array of conditions. While we should be getting our nutrients from foods, that is a lot harder than it seems in this day and age. Supplementing is a great way to help hit all of your micronutrients, as well as help balance hormones and other bodily imbalances. She works closely with different supplement lines, such as Standard Process, the leading supplemental company, offering clean, safe, and affordable supplements.
Food Elimination Diets - While most of the time these are not permanent, sometimes you need to eliminate some symptomatic foods while giving your gut a break to heal.
Nutritional Counseling - If there is one thing Dr. Bayless is passionate about, it is nutrition. She believes in eating whole, nutritious food, at least 80% of the time (we all need some pizza every now and then). She will help guide you towards a heathier way of eating, without strict dieting.
Lifestyle Management - Whether this is stress, habits, changes in routines, sometimes it's tough to known what to do and what not to do. She will give you guidance on how to incorporate healthier acts into your daily life.
Heavy Metal Detoxing - Heavy metals are everywhere; mercury fillings, in our dishware, food, playgrounds, and more. These impact every system in our body, and keep it from doing its job. These are a sneaky cause of many of our chronic conditions.
Home Health Cleansing - Fragrances, toxic cleaning supplies, dishware, and more, are full of toxic chemicals that impact every body system. You may be offered suggestions as how to switch to some more natural, healthier products.
Mold Cleansing - Mold is the big up and coming toxin that is taking over chronic illnesses. It hides in plain site, and can wreak havoc on your body. Further home testing may be needed to find the source of your mold exposure.
Exercise Counseling - "If exercise could be condensed down into a pill, it would be the most prescribed prescription in the world". She won't ask you to workout 7x a week for 2 hours, but will be able to find an exercise regimen that can fit your lifestyle and needs. Exercise can help with virtually all conditions!
Sometimes these results are out of our scope of practice, and we will refer out to medical doctors for any necessary prescriptions