What is functional medicine and psychiatry?

Functional medicine and psychiatry is an approach to healthcare that embraces the best of both conventional and complementary medicine - to address both emotional and physical concerns.  This approach is frequently called Integrative or Holistic care.


Functional medicine and psychiatry uses the latest research to determine the underlying causes of emotional and physical symptoms, support the body nutritionally and hormonally, as well as look at environmental toxins and other issues that can affect the body. Lifestyle choices, nutrition, and relationships are always discussed.

This approach focuses on the whole person – mind, body and spirit as a means to understand and empower individuals and enhance the patient-provider relationship.

When left untreated many health symptoms lead to difficulties in relationships, school, and work, as well as a decline in functioning and quality of life. Children, adolescents, and adults struggling with fatigue, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, difficulties with concentration, gut symptoms, eating issues, and stress-related physical complaints benefit from functional medicine and psychiatry.


How is this approach different to traditional psychiatry?

The emphasis of traditional psychiatry is the assessment and management of presenting psychiatric symptoms, most commonly with psychiatric medications.

The emphasis of functional medicine and psychiatry is the identification and treatment of underlying issues which may be causing or contributing to symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues - as well as physical symptoms. This approach involves identifying core imbalances which affect the brain and body networks. Functional health practitioners realize that there is no separating the brain and the body. What affects your body affects your brain, and vice versa, thus we need to consider imbalances related to both your body and your emotional health. We are also interested in how your environment affects your health.


What is involved in assessment and treatment?

Our relational approach is based on taking a very careful history through talking and questionnaires, and targeted laboratory testing. Collaboration with you - and empowerment of you - is so important to us!

Examples of core imbalances we look for include: the impact of stress on the body, hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, immune system functioning, inflammation, digestive issues and gut functioning, allergies and food sensitivities, nutrition, toxicity, relationship and lifestyle issues, and psychological and spiritual concerns.

Your treatment plan is based on addressing core imbalances that we identify together. We work in partnership with you, advising you about the treatment options available, such as stress management, lifestyle and nutrition changes, herbal and nutritional supplements, detoxification, neurotransmitter and hormone balancing, referral for other complementary therapies, and sometimes the use of traditional medications.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you to improve your quality of life.

Dr. Zendi focuses on wellness and prevention rather than a disease orientation towards health care. We attend to the many dimensions that affect both distress and wellness in our clients, including a person’s physical, emotional, interpersonal, behavioral, nutritional, environmental and spiritual dimensions. We understand that the uniqueness of each client requires a highly individualized approach to achieving and maintaining excellent health.

Dr. Zendi specializes in children, adolescents, and younger adults.

Areas of Specialty Include:

  • Anxiety / Depression

  • ADHD and Learning Concerns

  • Spectrum Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • OCD & Habit Disorders

  • Effects of Trauma & PTSD

  • PANDAS and Lyme

  • Hormonal and Menstrual Disorders

  • Stress Related Conditions

  • Gut  and Digestive Issues

  • Gut-brain Disorders

  • Food Sensitivities

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Sleep Disorders

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