For only $349 a month* you get unlimited, on-going, individualized Functional Medicine and health coaching from Dr. Karla Birkholz and her team. Personalized, precision medicine gives you the keys to unlock a lifetime of wellness and STAY healthy...
Strengthen your immunity, and move beyond chronic disease. Shift from illness to healing and THRIVING... and take control of your health and your life.
You can visit with your personal Functional Medicine physician online via the comfort of your home, and stay connected with unlimited texting and email.
* The Functional Medicine Program has a 3 month minimum.
About Functional Medicine
Are you looking for a doctor who specializes in hormonal health, immunity, longevity and prevention?
Have you been told that "nothing seems to be wrong" or "there's nothing to be done" even though you haven't felt healthy for some time?
Do you have a complex set of symptoms and diagnoses that aren't responding well to traditional allopathic treatments?
Are you struggling to manage one or more chronic diseases?
Do you want to optimize immune function to increase your ability to stave off illness and disease?
Would you like an evidenced based approach to discovering your unique clinical picture?
Are you confused about which health advice, diets, lab tests and/or supplement protocols actually apply to YOU?
Do you want to HEAL instead of just managing your symptoms with ever increasing amounts of medications?
OUR Functional Medicine Program provides an unparalleled opportunity for optimizing health... now and for a lifetime.
Functional medicine looks deeper.
Rather than simply managing symptoms with medication alone, Functional Medicines investigates and treats the unique root cause(s) of your illness while preventing more significant disease processes “downstream”. In many cases it is possible to reverse disease processes rather than just cope with them. Functional Medicine is a systems based approach to wellness medicine that looks at the WHOLE PERSON and treats you as an individual, not a number. There are NEVER any one-sized fits all protocols at Your Wellness MD.
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergies & asthma, hormonal dysfunction & imbalance as well as neurological and mental illness. These chronic conditions frequently have multiple symptom profiles and don’t respond well to traditional allopathic treatments. Seven out of ten people will actually die from a chronic disease. Chronic disease remains the leading risk factor for severe illness from viruses like SARS-Cov2. Today in America 27% of children have a chronic disease, and the economic costs of chronic disease are staggering. Many Americans are truly suffering from what we sometimes call chronic FT syndrome- they simply "feel terrible" without having an official name or diagnosis that acknowledges the depth and severity of their experience.
The good news is that many of these diseases and symptoms can be appropriately managed and even reversed with the lifestyle interventions and individualized treatment protocols at Your Wellness MD.
We take the time to support your body, mind and spirit. Our goal is to see you thriving.
Functional Medicine integrates the very best of the traditional "Western" medical approach and standard of care with what is sometimes called "integrative" medicine. We view each person's healing path as a complex and unique mix of life experience, biological reality and personal meaning. If you join our six month program, you can expect to spend a considerable amount of time discussing your personal and family history, symptoms, stressors, diet, lifestyle and, most importantly, your goals for your future wellbeing. Recognizing the bio-individuality of each person, we begin our process by investigating the complex interplay genetics, inflammation, advanced cardiometabolic markers/risk factors, hormones, gut health, toxicity, current nutritional status and more.
Though we dive deeply, we are also appropriately conservative and low-risk in our assessments and treatment plans because the latest fad diet, detox protocol or miracle supplement can actually be the thing that makes you more sick. With decades of experience Dr. B. is uniquely positioned to make sure your efforts, time and finances, are not wasted.
Our Functional Medicine program is a 6 month program* designed to initiate long lasting positive changes in your life that will continue over time. It's our experience that quick fix approaches also tend to fail quickly. Your individual treatment plan will be a mixture of shorter term interventions and suggested changes that we hope are lifelong. In our experience it takes at least 6 months to initiate the kind of lasting change that will reverse disease processes and help you thrive.
Over the course of 6 months expect to meet with Dr. B once or twice a month your health coach once a month. In between meetings you will have plenty of work to do, and we believe in moving at your own pace. Interventions that build immunity and address chronic disease require implementing lifestyle interventions such as diet & exercise programs, stress reduction and mindfulness practices. For this reason, it is best to start this program when you are ready and able to commit to positive change.
Specialty labs are a necessary component of the Functional Medicine approach. Our initial laboratory recommendations will generally cost between $300 and $900 depending on the complexity of your health issues. These specialty labs are typically not covered by insurance and are not included in your membership fee. The costs for these labs (and imaging) will be paid by you directly to the vendors themselves, but Dr. B. works tirelessly to acquire every discount available for her members. Dr. Birkholz will also order a comprehensive laboratory workup that typically IS covered by insurance, or you can utilize her highly discounted cash price. Ongoing and follow up labs will likely be recommended during your 6 month program in order to assess metrics around your progress. It is also highly likely that certain specialty supplements will be recommended based the information received from your labs. Not all supplements are created equal, and we only recommend nutraceutical quality supplements that meet our stringent quality standards.
After the completion of the 6 month program, most clients graduate and continue in the Direct Primary Care Membership, while others find that more than 6 months is required to complete their Functional Medicine journey. *Though you can cancel any time, a 3 month minimum payment is required at the time of cancellation. If you choose to discontinue the 6 month program early or pause your membership, you can re-enter the program at any time for a $300 fee as a new intake and assessment will be required.
WHAT IS EXPECTED:
Your participation determines your success.
Positive and healthy change is rarely a linear path, and sometimes you will feel things are moving too quickly or too slowly, but treatment protocols need to be fine tuned over time. You guide the pacing of your healing journey, and we are partners in creating a plan that will work for you. But on the path to true healing instant results are rarely the case. We encourage open, honest and clear communication so that you can get the most out of your Functional Medicine journey. This is truly a collaborative effort.
Invitations to our email and text portals will be provided upon enrollment. You are expected to provide regular updates of your progress through the Electronic Medical Records portal (www.elationemr.com) and via text message through the Spruce App (https://www.sprucehealth.com/). We are available to answer your questions and concerns in a timely manner. It is up to you to schedule monthly or bi-monthly appointments with Dr. Birkholz and your health coach via the scheduling portion of our website.
Your Wellness MD is dedicated to achieving meaningful, measurable improvements in your health and well-being. We work to ensure that you have access to the care you need, when you need it, at a price you can afford...