Our Philosophy
FoundationMED is a consultative medical practice designed to apply Functional Medicine Principles to your health care and health optimization. Our focus is on both maximizing health as well as treating conditions typically derived from dysfunction in underlying physiologic processes. By seeking out and correcting root causes, we provide a more comprehensive approach to general health and wellness.

For each and every visit, you will be seen and evaluated by an MD who has focused on Functional Medicine as a therapeutic approach. You will be given the time and attention needed to appropriately understand and evaluate your particular concerns. You will have access to FoundationMED via encrypted email between office visits as well.
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Diet, nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins play central roles in functional medicine because they may predispose to illness, provoke symptoms, and modulate the activity of biochemical mediators through a complex and diverse set of mechanisms.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2006 Jul-Aug;12(4):62-70
Our Services
  • Comprehensive Health Evaluation and Recommendations
    • Highly advanced laboratory testing - now with advanced SNP/Genetic testing available for multiple conditions.
    • Risk marker and genetic risk evaluation and recommendations
    • Detailed evaluation of personal history and prior medical testing
  • A Functional Medicine approach to chronic conditions such as...
    • Chronic pains - joints, body
    • Hormonal Imbalances
      This can include Menopause, Perimenopause, PMS, Thyroid conditions, Adrenal issues such as Adrenal Fatigue. We also address Leptin Imbalances and Leptin Resistance (often seen with weight loss that is seemingly impossible)
    • Gut and Stomach Issues
      Including Heartburn and GERD, Chronic Constipation or Diarrhea, IBS, IBD and poor digestion
    • Insulin Resistance, Pre-diabetes, Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular and Cholesterol Issues
      FoundationMED has developed the Happy Heart Program designed for those who want to improve their cardiovascular status. In addition, we offer an alternative to using Statin drugs in many cases for those who have been advised to use Statin drugs but do not wish to do so.
    • Weight Loss
    • Autoimmune Diseases such as Arthritis, Hashimotos
    • Methylation Issues and imbalance
    • And many others...
  • We Provide
    • Advanced Laboratory Testing with No Up-charge to our Patients - Savings for our Patients!
      Using quality laboratories and advanced testing techniques, we can seek out and understand your underlying issues. We utilize laboratories such as Cyrex Labs, HDL Labs, Metametrix/Genova, and Doctors Data and others. We do not up-charge on lab testing - most of the fees for lab testing are paid by the patient directly to the lab at a much lower then retail price.
    • Highly Rated and Certified Compounding Pharmacy
      We use Central Drugs Compounding Pharmacy for our compounded medications.
    • Discounted Supplements Directly from the Manufacturer
      We do not sell supplements in our facility but we do recommend supplements when needed from quality supplement manufacturers. In most cases, we have arranged with the manufacturers to sell directly to our patients at a discounted price. We always recommend purchasing directly from the manufacturer to avoid outdated, mislabeled, grey-market non-supported products.
    • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy and Monitoring
      It is not enough to be prescribed Bioidentical Hormone therapy - it needs to be done at safe (physiologic) doses, appropriately balanced with other issues at hand (i.e. thyroid, adrenal). Further, metabolites need to be properly monitored and managed. Estrogen metabolites, in certain ratios and levels, can lead to increased risk of cancer. We do not engage in "drive-by" hormone therapy. Hormone therapy is serious and needs to be done with finesse and specifically tailored to each individual.
    • Cardiovascular and Cholesterol Issues
      FoundationMED has developed the Happy Heart Program designed for those who want to improve their cardiovascular status. In addition, we offer an alternative to using Statin drugs in many cases for those who have been advised to use Statin drugs but do not wish to do so.
    • Weight Loss
    • Autoimmune Diseases such as Arthritis, Hashimotos
    • Methylation Analysis and Treatment
      Most practices do not understand the implications of, nor how to properly assess the methylation status of an individual. Methylation is a very basic and important key metabolic process. In many cases, methylation issues can lead to disease, discomfort, neurotransmitter imbalances and even increased cancer risk. While very complex and intertwined, this area of research is exciting in its ability to "get to the source" of key problematic issues that may be causing you to be unwell.

      FoundationMED is pleased to be actively working to help patients better understand and compensate for their particular methylation issues.
    • And MANY others...
More Information...
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The following are several key areas of focus for our practice, but these are not the only areas covered by FoundationMED. This information is provided to give a sense of what issues are considered when approaching medical problems using a foundational point of view.

Health maintenance and optimization - General Wellness - is an area of major importance. By strengthening the health foundation, we can better resist changes that would lead to disease and dysfunction.

Womens health as it relates to menopause and peri-menopause is another point of focus for FoundationMED. By using a prudent approach to optimizing hormones such as Estrogen and Progesterone, many women have found that they feel better, think better, sleep better, have more energy, and are very satisfied when hormonally in sync.

Cardiometabolic disease encompasses the progression to and development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity - obviously a very important area to manage effectively and aggressively!

HPA Axis Dysfunction represents a major area of concern for all of us. The HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis impacts key processes involved in your health as well as contributing to the development of a variety of disease states.

The impact of poor Bowel Health and its many manifestations are increasingly seen in our population. As bowel health and immune health are intricately linked, we can see why it is important to properly strengthen and maintain proper bowel health.

Methylation is the general term referring to transferring a simple methyl group (CH3) from one molecule to another. The Methylation Process produces key molecules (i.e. Methylfolate, SAMe, others) that are involved in many fundamental metabolic processes. The methylation process is involved in protecting your DNA from damage and turning genes on or off, reducing histamine levels (histamine is broken down by methylation), producing cell membrane phosphatidylcholine, making neurotransmitters, and detoxifying toxins and hormones in the body to name a few! You can see how fundamental the methylation process is when it comes to basic health and wellness!
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