Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach,

Certified Rolfer(TM), Musician 

Shay Gestal

Photo courtesy of ifm.org

What Is Functional Medicine?


Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
As the graphic illustrates, a diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause. For example, depression can be caused by many different factors, including inflammation. Likewise, a cause such as inflammation may lead to a number of different diagnoses, including depression. The precise manifestation of each cause depends on the individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle, and only treatments that address the right cause will have lasting benefit beyond symptom suppression.

Functional Medicine Health Coaches use Functional Medicine principles & positive psychology coaching techniques to:

Educate clients and help them understand their doctor’s plan of care
Offer tools and accountability when clients implement new lifestyle changes
Motivate clients using positive psychology techniques
Guide clients through dietary changes, food plans, and physical activity protocols
Lead clients through group coaching sessions on specific topics
Work directly with the client’s practitioner when appropriate
Celebrate successes and encourage progress