Patient-Centered Functional Medicine: A Paradigm Shift

About the Course
Many individuals are suffering from obesity, anxiety, depression, chronic disease and autoimmune conditions. Our current health model focuses on symptoms, which often fails to confront both the root causes and long-term solutions. We must consider a new model of comprehensive care that assesses the whole person by looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors which can influence long-term health as well as chronic disease and not just an isolated set of symptoms. In essence, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. As health professionals, we have an obligation to guide individuals to "optimal health,” defined by the World Health Organization as physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social health. To do that effectively, each patient’s modifiable lifestyle factors, including sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, nutrition, stress, and social relationships, must be factored into achieving wellness. This new evidence- based paradigm shift looks at Antecedents-Triggers-Mediators (ATMs) of disease, the gut-brain axis, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health, inflammation, toxic loads, immune health, and much more. Utilizing this patient-centered, evidence-based approach, we can help our patients get to the root of their issues and improve their outcomes.

Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize Functional Medicine as a patient-centered whole person, whole system approach.
  • Identify Antecedents-Triggers-Mediators (ATMs) to help detect common pathways and causes of dysfunction.
  • Select the functional medicine matrix to analyze the patient’s data.
  • Recognize leaky gut as a major contributor to chronic disease.
  • Identify modifiable lifestyle factors of care: sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, nutrition, stress, and social relationships.
  • Recognize why a broad range of interventions to achieve optimal health is imperative including diet, nutrition, exercise and movement; stress management; sleep and rest, phytonutrient, nutritional and pharmaceutical supplementation; and various other restorative and reparative therapies.
About the Author
Dr. Arianne Missimer is an award-winning Doctor of Physical Therapy, Registered Dietitian, Registered Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness Educator. She has been in the health industry for 20 years and has been educating professionals in breathing, movement, and nutrition for most of her career. She is the Founder of the Movement Paradigm, an integrative health center in Downingtown, PA focusing on mindset, nutrition, and movement blending Eastern and Western philosophies, rooted in neuroscience, functional medicine, and movement science. She holds numerous movement–based certifications and is a Master Instructor for Evidence Based Fitness Academy (EBFA) Global. Her goal is to provide her patients with powerful dietary interventions, movement, sleep, and mindset reframing techniques to empower them to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and live with vitality.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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