Dr. Doug Obermeyer

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Functional Medicine is a science based, patient centered, form of healthcare that uses advanced functional diagnostic testing and non-pharmacological treatments to find and treat the root cause of many chronic health conditions. The relationship between patient and physician effectively becomes a partnership; every aspect of a patient's medical history is reviewed in detail. Functional Medicine can successfully treat conditions such as:


Diabetes       Irritable Bowel Syndrome          Depression        Joint Pain           Rheumatoid Arthritis

High Blood Pressure         High Cholesterol          Fatigue         Fibromyalgia       Lupus        Acid Reflux

AutoImmune Disorders      Thyroid Disorders       Low Energy        Weight Loss       Multiple Sclerosis

Functional Medicine is a personalized and integrative approach to healthcare. Functional Medicine utilizes the most current scientific knowledge regarding how our genetics, environment and lifestyle interact as a whole system to diagnose and treat diseases based on patterns of dysfunction and imbalance. Functional medicine treats the person who has the disease, not the disease the person has.


To it's credit, Traditional Medicine is great at managing medical and surgical emergencies, acute infections and trauma, but falls way short when it comes to treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune diseases. This is where Functional Medicine really shines.

SPECIALIZED LABRATORY TESTING

As a Functional Medicine doctor, Dr. Obermeyer has a mastery of both traditional laboratory testing as well as advanced specialized labs.  Depending on your presentation, Dr. Obermeyer will choose which tests are right for you.  Some of the advanced unique tests performed by Dr. Obermeyer are listed below.  

Genetic Testing:  Because many illnessess can be contributed to by genetic variations, this type of testing is critical to help establish a treatment plan.  Some tests can be performed to identify how a person should eat.  Others can identify how well your antioxidant systems function, how you metabolize vitamins, detoxify chemicals, etc.

Vitamin and Mineral Testing:  Most traditional vitamin and mineral tests are flawed and yield questionable results because the lab values are based on “the average person”.  The flaw is:  who gets to define what the “average person” is?  Dr. Obermeyer uses intracellular analysis to determine a person’s nutritional needs.  This type of testing was developed based on 18 years of research at the University of Texas biochemistry department.  This process is highly advanced and allows for customization of supplementation and diet changes. There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease process including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.  Therefore, identifying nutritional deficiencies plays a crucial role in patient treatment.  

Food Allergy and Environmental Allergy Testing:  One man’s food is another man’s poison.  Identifying allergies can be a crucial component to restoring health.  Allergies are linked to autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, liver, skin, neurological diseases, and more.  Traditional allergy tests are performed on the skin.  These types of tests only identify acute allergy reactions.  Many chronic illnesses are associated with non-acute allergies (aka delayed hypersensitivity reactions).  These are difficult to diagnose because the immune system is very dynamic.  Many clinicians use IgG allergy tests to identify delayed food allergies.  These tests can be helpful, but they are incomplete because the immune system reacts in multiple ways.  Measuring IgG reactions checks only one possibility.  Dr. Obermeyer performs comprehensive testing that investigates more than 310 foods and environmental allergies.  This technology is patented and identifies all the known ways in which the immune system can react.

Advanced Lipid Testing:  Most standard lab tests look at total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), and triglycerides.  These values are very misleading and do not give an accurate picture about true cardiovascular risk.  Dr. Obermeyer performs advanced lipid testing that measures subfractions of cholesterol as well as multiple inflammatory biomarkers that contribute to cardiovascular (heart) disease.

Hormone and Neuro-Chemical Testing:  Hormones and neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that help deliver instructions to your DNA, cells, and tissues.  Hormone deficiencies have been linked to 100’s of disease conditions.  Many traditional hormone testing methods are incomplete and or misleading.  

Determining the root cause of an illness is the essential component of Functional Medicine. A physician who does not practice in this manner is not practicing Functional Medicine. The Symptom Suppression often utilized in Traditional Medicine is only a temporizing measure and will not lead to true healing. Seeking the root cause and treating it will optimize the function of the patient.....that's how Functional Medicine was named.