Have you heard of Functional Medicine?
I’ll be honest: I’ve heard of it over the years and didn’t really pay much attention. I mean, if you’re a PT, OT, or other allied health provider, I’m sure you’ve been bombarded with the Facebook ads about how to integrate functional medicine into your treatment. And that’s probably why I never looked into it. It seemed a bit hokey, to be honest.
Well, the more research I’ve done into all of the other factors that affect a patient’s diagnosis, the more I’ve started to pay attention. And, luckily enough, a contact of mine, Cheryl Borchardt, is a functional health coach. I was able to sit down with her to talk a bit about what functional medicine is and why someone may want to work with a functional health coach.
What we cover in this Episode:
- What is functional medicine?
- What type of person or patient would benefit from functional medicine treatment?
- The role of a functional medicine health coach
- When to make a referral to functional health coaching
- How every patient is different
Connect with Cheryl:
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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.