Functional medicine is comprised of a patient-centered approach that involves the patient working closely with a functional medicine practitioner to identify and treat the underlying or root causes of many diseases and illness. The practice is built to promote optimal wellness for the patient through the practitioners understanding of the patient’s individual genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors to guide the practitioners treatment plan. Functional medicine is focused on getting down to and treating the root causes, not just symptoms that present themselves, to target specific beginnings of disease or illness in each individual.