DIFM: The Integrative RDNs

Excerpt from integrativerd.org

 

The registered dietitians in our practice are proud members of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), a specialty practice group of Registered Dietitians within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, whose core philosophy centers around a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing. DIFM members integrate a variety of nutrition therapies including whole foods, tailored supplements and mind body modalities in clinical practice. 

 

What is Integrative Medicine?

 

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing. Reference: http://www.imconsortium.org/

 

What is Functional Medicine?

 

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

 

Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care promoting health as a positive vitality; beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.

 

An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

 

Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

Here is a short video about DIFM by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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Buffalo NY, 14209

DIETITIAN OFFICE HOURS

 

Tricia Sauer, RDN,CDN

(Subject to professional sports seasons)

Audubon Parkway:

Monday: 9:00am-5:30pm

Tuesday:  9:00am-5:30pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:00am-5:30pm

Friday: 9:00am-5:30pm

Noelle DeSantis, MS, RDN, CDN

Dent Tower:

Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday:  8:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Erica Smolinski, MS, RDN, CDN

Sterling Center:

Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday:  8:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Jenny Arnette, MS, RDN, CDN

Chapin Mansion:

Monday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday:  8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

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