By Dr. Dan Kellams
June 17. 2024

Hey everybody, Dr. Dan here. A question I frequently encounter is, “What is integrative medicine?” or “What is functional medicine?” At Peak Vitality, we proudly operate as an integrative functional clinic, but what does that mean?

Integrative Medicine: A Holistic Approach

Integrative medicine involves combining multiple treatment modalities to provide comprehensive care. For example, our clinic boasts a full medical staff offering a range of medical services, including IV therapy, peptides, and hormone replacement therapy.

Complementing these conventional medical treatments, we also incorporate natural medicine practices. Our team includes practitioners of Chinese medicine, nutritionists, and dietitians who emphasize the importance of supplements and nutrition. This holistic approach ensures that we address all aspects of our patients’ health.


Functional Medicine: Addressing Root Causes

Functional medicine, on the other hand, focuses on understanding and addressing the root causes of health issues. While it might not always be possible to pinpoint the original root cause, we strive to identify and mitigate the factors perpetuating health disruptions. This approach involves advanced laboratory testing, comprehensive physical and neurological exams, and detailed health histories. By gathering and analyzing this information, we develop evidence-based, integrative treatment plans that utilize natural therapies to correct underlying physiological dysfunctions.

Our Philosophy at Peak Vitality

At Peak Vitality, we see health and illness as existing on two main pathways: pathology and physiology. Pathology refers to disease progression, while physiology pertains to the body’s normal functions. Our goal is to support the body’s natural ability to heal by identifying and providing what it needs to function optimally, much like ensuring a wilted plant receives water, sunshine, and nutrients.

We aim to uncover any deficiencies in your body’s needs and eliminate any harmful elements that may be present. By doing so, we help restore your body to its natural state of health.

We hope this clarifies our approach at Peak Vitality and how integrative and functional medicine can benefit you. Thank you for reading, and have a great day!