Vida Integrated Health
Vida’s Functional Medicine Physicians combine the perfect blend of conventional and naturopathic medicine. This unique approach combines the diagnostic skills of a primary care physician with a philosophy and treatment rooted in the healing power of nature. Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.
Functional medicine is a science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease. This is a whole systems approach which looks at the underlying causes of clinical signs and symptoms and addresses the root cause of the symptoms. In Functional medicine, there is an emphasis on gastrointestinal health, endocrine system, and the complex interplay between genes and the environment.
Meet The Vida Functional Medicine Team
Dr. Michelle Leary-Chang, ND
Director of Functional Medicine, Primary Care
Dr. Michael Corsilles, ND
Dr. Kalea Wattles, ND
Kirsten Ramsdell, CN
Functional Primary Care offers full-spectrum family medicine from annual wellness exams to management of GI disorders, metabolic conditions, allergy, anxiety/depression, and skin disorders. We go beyond just “absence of disease” and really looks at ways to optimize health through nutrition and lifestyle as well as supplements and medications when necessary.
Our primary care providers are honored to be part of your health care team and work closely with specialist providers when necessary for a comprehensive management
Services provided include:
Annual pap smears and annual male wellness exams
In-house lab testing for standard and specialty testing
Supplements and medication management
Functional Women’s health is about supporting a woman physically, mentally, and emotionally through different stages of life. Female hormones are greatly impacted by non-hormonal mediators such as stress, sleep, nutrition, and connectedness. Evaluation of these lifestyle factors in combination with comprehensive laboratory testing allows for deep exploration in the areas that affect women the most.
Functional Men’s Health evaluates male wellness through a lens of pragmatic compassion and optimization of metabolism, hormones, and healthy inflammatory response. Fatigue, loss of libido, weight-gain, and changes to mood are common conditions that many men seek care for. Functional medicine works to rebalance the systems that affect men’s common concerns to see real changes in health and behavior.
Functional Nutrition focuses on building and restoring health by rebalancing proper physiological functions of the body through food as medicine. Imbalances due to vitamin/mineral deficiencies, poor digestion, malabsorption, bacterial overgrowth and chronic inflammation can be realigned with personalized, nutritional interventions.
In addressing the root causes of illness and dysfunction, we will work together to optimize your health and vitality.
A functional nutrition consultation involves a thorough discussion of your recommended functional medicine food plan and lifestyle changes as well as clarification of how to optimize your food plan in a sustainable way. We will also have a conversation about your personal goals, potential obstacles to these goals and the importance of mindset and maintaining a healthy relationship with food.
Nutrition and lifestyle changes are complex and difficult. At Vida Functional Medicine, in collaboration with our functional medicine doctor and nutritionist, we aim to help support and guide you in the process of embracing these changes and discovering the healing effects of food.
Gut and Immune Health
70% of our immune system is within our gastrointestinal system. Addressing gut dysfunction is one of the first treatments for any chronic illness and immune/autoimmune disease. Anything from IBS, Crohn’s, Celiac’s, to thyroid disorders, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s, Multiple Sclerosis, psoriasis, arthritis, and many more benefit from proper gut healing and optimizing digestion.
MS is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects over 1 million people in the US. Many individuals with MS may have increased “leaky gut”, formally known as intestinal permeability. In fact, a 2017 article found 73% of MS relapsing-remitting patients had IP vs 28% of healthy control subjects. If we can help support these leaky guts, we may be able to improve lives of people living with MS.
Vida has 5 locations around the greater Seattle area. Select the one closest to you.
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