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The Benefit of Functional Medicine--And Welcoming Kimberly Stalnaker, FNP-C!

The Benefit of Functional Medicine

You may never have heard of functional medicine, but it’s really something you should know about. In fact, functional medicine involves an approach to health and wellness that long predates modern, conventional medicine.

There’s a reason why the approach has endured for centuries! Today’s modern medical model centers principally on disease--its prevention and treatment.

Functional medicine, however, takes a far more holistic approach to health and healing. Its emphasis is on the person, not the pathology. That includes, above all, understanding that illness and disease rarely arise from a single factor but from a constellation of root causes, each of which the functional medicine approach seeks to understand and address.

Functional medicine, in other words, is integrative and systemic. The goal is to understand wellness and disease from a comprehensive perspective that includes biology, physiology, psychology, and behavior.

Thus, addressing illness using a functional approach involves the integration of nutrition, lifestyle, and emotional and social wellbeing into the care regime. It seeks to treat the whole person, not simply the disease.

For instance, a functional approach to caring for a person with an autoimmune disorder wouldn’t just address the disease itself using conventional pharmaceuticals and therapies alone. Instead, it might also include a personalized diet plan aimed at reducing inflammation and increasing energy. In addition, metabolic screening might be conducted to determine if vitamin supplementation or hormone therapies are needed. Finally, the care plan might integrate strategies for ensuring healthy sleep, creating a healthy exercise regime, and even pursuing healthy and inspiring activities, from art or music therapy to meditation and mindfulness courses.

As you can see, functional medicine is highly individualized, comprehensive, and deeply person-focused. Its strength is in the relationships formed between the patient and their care team, and in the commitment to a patient-directed pursuit of physical, emotional, and psychological wellness.

At Prime Wellness, we are proud to provide our clients with an array of options rooted in functional medicine, including nutrition counseling, hormone therapies, and vitamin shots and injections.

As we pursue our commitment to phenomenal client care, we are proud to welcome the newest member of the Prime Wellness team. Kimberly Stalnaker, FNP-C brings to Prime Wellness more than 15 years of experience as an RN specializing in integrative care for adults and children. To learn more about Kimberly, please see her profile here.

Vitamin Injections

Vitamin injections are administered anywhere from weekly to monthly to help with anything from immunity, energy, recovery, to adrenal stress reduction. We offer injections with B vitamins, vitamin C, glutathione, and more.

Injections are done at our office as well as several satellite clinics all through San Diego. No appointment is required, all places are walk-in basis for patients as well as the public.

Click here to view our B12 injection schedule.


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Prime Wellness will work with you to uncover the root causes of your health concerns and customize a treatment program to get you back to feeling your best – inside and out. Our team of naturopathic doctors and experts use advanced functional lab testing to uncover exactly what is causing your health concerns. This proven method takes the guesswork out of the equation so you get the right treatment program for you specifically, ensuring fast and effective results.


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