About Functional Medicine

Dr. Helene Pulnik ND
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor
IFM Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, functional medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Are you ready to restore your health?

If you would like to discover how Functional Medicine can help you with energy, hormone balance, heart health, gut health, sleep and more,
Book Your Free 30 Min. Functional Medicine Discovery Call

What is Functional Medicine?

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

As a certified Functional Medicine practitioner, Dr. Helene Pulnik looks at the interactions among your genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. The Functional Medicine model facilitates healing by restoring balance and bringing the mind and body back into alignment.

How is Functional Medicine different?

Functional medicine involves understanding the root cause of the condition, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease.

The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.

By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.

Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness.

The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

Are you ready to restore your health?

If you would like to discover how Functional Medicine can help you with energy, hormone balance, heart health, gut health, sleep and more,
Book Your Free 30 Min. Functional Medicine Discovery Call

One way to illustrate where Functional Medicine falls in the continuum of health and healthcare is to examine the Functional Medicine Tree as depicted below:

4 Steps to get started with Functional Medicine

Dr. Helene offers both in-person appointments in her office and Telemedicine appointments via Skype, Zoom and FaceTime, so you can receive cutting edge Functional Medicine care and treatment from the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Step 1: Schedule FREE 30 MIN. Phone Discovery Call
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Dr. Helene offers a FREE 15 min phone Discovery Call to review your Health Assessment that you completed online, and will provide insight as to how Functional Medicine can help you reach your wellness goals.

Step 2: Schedule your New Patient Telemedicine Visit

After your FREE 30 min phone Discovery Call the next step is to schedule your Initial New Patient Visit with Dr. Helene.

Prior to your New Patient Visit, you will be sent a comprehensive Functional Medicine Questionnaire to complete online, in the comfort of your home. We request that this is done at least two days in advance of the consultation to allow Dr. Helene an opportunity to review your information and prepare for your New Patient Visit.

Step 3: The New Patient Visit via Telemedicine, from the comfort of your home.

The New Patient Visit is usually 60 minutes long, and allows time for Dr. Helene to get to know your health history, current concerns, and unique needs.

After the initial visit, specialty Functional Medicine labs are typically ordered, and your Personalized Wellness Plan is created.

Step 4: Follow Up to Monitor and Support

Dr. Helene’s focus is to help each patient restore their health, vitality and live life to the fullest, using Functional Medicine, nutrition, stress management techniques, cutting-edge weight loss programs, hormone restoration, gut healing, and whole body wellness.

She will monitor your progress and provide follow up support for you.

Are you ready to begin restoring your health?

CLICK HERE to Schedule Your FREE 30 MIN. Phone Discovery Call

Disclaimer: Dr. Pulnik does not act as your primary care provider. Dr. Pulnik’s practice is focused on a complementary, functional and holistic approach to care, and therefore you should be in the care of a primary care doctor especially if you have a medical condition, disease or mental health disorder.