Integrative & Functional Nutrition
Our practice is setting the standard for cutting-edge medical nutrition counseling in the community. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are advanced certified in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the world's largest organization of nutrition professionals. Our group owner Tricia Sauer, RDN, CDN, IFNCP is also advanced credentialed with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA). The IFNCP credential is the highest level of functional nutrition training available, as it requires 2 years of intense coursework followed by a board examination.
The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
By addressing root cause (alteration in normal function), rather than symptoms ( aka the conventional medicine model), practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual. We utilize functional medicine testing and combine a variety of nutrition therapies including whole foods, tailored supplements and mind body modalities into clinical practice.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the most highly credentialed nutritionists in the world. We hold a degree in medical nutrition science and are licensed health professionals bound legally to a code of ethics.
Here is a short video by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: