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Functional Medicine Specialist

Covalent Health

Gabriel R Suarez, MD MBA

Functional Medicine Physician & Concierge Primary Care located in Miami, FL

In today's fast-paced world, conventional medicine often focuses on treating symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of health issues. Functional Medicine offers a revolutionary approach that aims to uncover the underlying factors contributing to illness and promote overall wellness. Dr. Suarez is one of the only Board Certified MDs who also holds a certification for Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. This allows him to take a balanced yet holistic approach to your medical concerns and wellness goals. He favors lifestyle modifications and supplement protocols over medications and uses a team-based approach with a Health Coach to reach the patient's goals. He also uses both basic and specialty testing to thoroughly evaluate patients' conditions and concerns. 

Functional Medicine Specialist Q & A

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach that emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person, not just isolated symptoms or diseases. It seeks to identify and address the underlying imbalances in the body's systems that lead to dysfunction and disease. By understanding the interconnectedness of various bodily functions, practitioners of Functional Medicine work to restore balance and promote optimal health.

Key Principles:

  • Personalized Care: Functional Medicine recognizes that each individual is unique, with their own genetic makeup, lifestyle, and environmental influences. Treatment plans are tailored to address the specific needs of each patient.
  • Root Cause Identification: Instead of merely suppressing symptoms, Functional Medicine seeks to uncover the root cause of health issues, whether they stem from genetic, environmental, or lifestyle factors.
  • Systems-Based Approach: The body is viewed as a complex network of interconnected systems. Functional Medicine practitioners consider how imbalances in one system may impact others, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of health and disease.
  • Lifestyle Modification: Diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, and other lifestyle factors play a significant role in health and wellness. Functional Medicine emphasizes the importance of addressing these factors to promote healing and prevent disease.

Practices and Modalities: Functional Medicine incorporates a wide range of tools and therapies to support healing and promote overall well-being. These may include:

  • Nutritional counseling and dietary interventions
  • Lifestyle modifications, such as exercise and stress management techniques
  • Functional laboratory testing to assess biomarkers and identify imbalances
  • Supplements and botanical medicine
  • Mind-body therapies, such as meditation and acupuncture
  • Detoxification protocols to support the body's natural detox pathways

Benefits of Functional Medicine:

  • Holistic Approach: By addressing the root cause of health issues and considering the interconnectedness of bodily systems, Functional Medicine offers a more comprehensive approach to wellness.
  • Personalized Care: Treatment plans are tailored to each individual's unique needs, promoting more effective outcomes.
  • Empowerment: Functional Medicine empowers patients to take an active role in their health by providing education, support, and tools for self-care.
  • Prevention: By identifying and addressing imbalances before they manifest as disease, Functional Medicine helps prevent illness and promote long-term health.
  • Improved Quality of Life: By optimizing health and well-being, Functional Medicine can lead to increased energy, vitality, and overall quality of life.

Schedule Your Appointment

Ready to experience the benefits of Functional Medicine for yourself? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Suarez and our care team.