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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.

What Functional Medicine services are available at Covalent Health? 

Initial Evaluation

Your initial evaluation is a 1 hour appointment with Dr. Suarez and Luisa Hays Health Coach that begins with a thorough assessment of your medical conditions and concerns. The aim is to uncover the root cause of your condition and provide you with actionable lifestyle modifications, supplement protocols, and recommendations for laboratory and diagnostic testing. 

Fee: $150 

Follow Up Visit

Patients who elect to follow up on an as needed basis can do so through an in offce follow up or telemedicine visit. This visit is also performed for those not in our programs in order to review any associated testing with your initial evaluation. 

Fee: $75

For patients with ongoing or complex medical issues that benefit from continued support and follow up, we offer two programs designed to achieve your health and wellness goals. 

Standard Functional Medicine Program

Includes your initial evaluation and 4 follow up visits as well as access to continued support from Dr. Suarez and Luisa Hays Health Coach. 

Fee: $399 

Comprehensive Functionl Medicine Program 

Includes services of the Standard Program plus a comprehensive specialty test package which includes: 

  • Adrenal Stress Profile: Cortisol level testing for stress and fatigue
  • GI Map: Gut microbiome and pathogen/parasite stool testing
  • Nutreval: comprehensive nutritional blood and urine test
  • Retail value for Specialty Test: $949

Fee: $1275

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.