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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is an integrative approach to the management of our patient’s health needs. The systems in our body are designed to work together. Knowing this, each system is dependent on each other for the optimal function of the body as a whole. Our goal at Thrive for life is simple; we work to support and restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself. We do not claim to treat conditions or cure disease. Emphasis is on the underlying cause of disease and development of a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We have the ability to assess the function of the neuroendocrine, immune and metabolic systems and are able to generate and devise a customized plan with nutritional, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations. We embrace functional medicine and nutrigenomics (methylation and MTHFR). Functional medicine at Thrive for Life is about adapting a new lifestyle that is attainable, real and can produce results.

Functional Medicine is a personalized approach to creating a nutritional plan for you. The plan is based on diagnostic tests (blood, saliva, urine, and DNA), your symptoms, a detailed clinical history, and state-of-the-art laboratory testing. We utilize a variety of testing facilities: LabCorp, 23andme, Genova Diagnostics, Neuroscience, and Cyrex Labs just to name a few. These labs assist us in evaluating your blood chemistry, neurotransmitters and hormones, food sensitivities and allergies, “leaky gut”, nutrigenomics (MTHFR), and autoimmune conditions. The lab values in the medical model are based on sick people, so when a medical professional looks at your labs, there are no grey areas. Therefore, you either have an illness or you do not. On the other hand, through research, the lab values used in the functional medicine model are based on healthy individuals. Functional medicine supports individuals in the so called grey area, outside of healthy functional lab values but not outside pathological values. We not only develop a customized nutritional and lifestyle plan for you but also use supplements to support the body’s natural process. We choose specific nutraceuticals from companies such as Apex, Designs for Health, Neuroscience, Orthomolecular, and Seeking Health. Everyone’s story is different, which is why it is important to find someone you trust that can guide you along your health journey.

Conditions Treated

Autoimmune Disorders
Blood sugar issues


Metabolic Syndrome


“One valuable lesson I have learned since being cared for by Dr. Matt is that Functional Medicine works best with chiropractic care. That our body needs both……our body needs to be properly aligned in order for it to function at its best. Through nutrition, spiritual and emotional health, and chiropractic care I am the healthiest I have been in years. I am blessed to be a part of the Thrive for Life family. Thanks to Dr. Matt I am able to effectively manage my autoimmune disease. Today I am happy, hopeful, and most importantly healthy.”

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