Functional vs Conventional Medicine

"Root Cause" based medicine never ignores the patient's story and experience. It embraces them.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered, "root cause" based approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Our functional medicine practitioners spend time with our patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Our focus at Kare Health & Wellness is promoting vitality, not just avoiding illness. Through the lense of "root cause" based medicine being healthy is not simply being free of disease, it is full optimization of ones body so that each individual may thrive on a daily basis.  We offer personalized medicine. Getting to the "root cause" takes time to dig deep into your health history, address your unique concerns, and identify how various factors affect your health.  Time that is not often given in traditional medicine.

Functional Medicine Vs. Conventional Medicine


Treats symptoms by addressing underlying causes, which leads to more profound and longer lasting results

Masks or suppresses symptoms


Treats the body as an interconnected whole, and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease

Views the body as a collection of separate parts

Patient centered

Treats the patient, not the disease. Treatments are highly individualized based on patient needs 

Disease Centered
Treats the disease, not the patient


Patient is respected, empowered educated and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process.

Patient's opinion is often discounted or ignored


Tests & treatments designed to promote optimal function, prevent and reverse disease, and improve quality of life

Designed to prevent death, without dealing with cause


Focused on optimizing the body's natural functions to prevent illness and disease rather than reacting to illness or disease

Focused on managing irreversible disease

Functional Medicine Springfield Missouri - Conditions Addressed

It's time to break free from conditions keeping you from living an optimized life

Health conditions shouldn't keep you from living your best life. Optimization is possible with a partnership between a functional medicine provider and the patient to restore balance and return to a life of wellness.

Your Story Matters

Conventional Medicine vs Functional Medicine in Springfield Missouri Medical History


Your history, "your story", is important in getting to the true root cause of your illness.  We all have a story, often discounted and dismissed by conventional medicine.  Our approach requires us to understand your story and all the places it has taken you physically and emotionally.

Conventional Medicine vs Functional Medicine in Springfield Missouri Exposures


Another piece of your story is the places, people and things you have been exposed to over the years.  Often overlooked, our exposures from a young age have a drastic effect on our health as adults.  You never know what random exposure years ago may be the root cause of your illness today.

Conventional Medicine vs Functional Medicine in Springfield Missouri Genetics


We all love to blame our ancestors for the problems we face with our health.  The reality is that genetics play a very small role in our health.  The question we have to ask is what turned on those genetics.  Once we identify the trigger we can begin to work backwards to turn those genes off and restore health.

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Our mission is to create a safe environment for our patients to share their story and be empowered to take control of their health.  We constantly challenge patients to think differently about their health. We never find contentment in simply being disease free. We want to help patients optimize their vitality of life so that they can strive for things that they thought were unattainable.

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