In conventional medicine, various specialists attend to different parts of your body. Cardiologists focus on the heart, gastroenterologists on the digestive system, neurologists on the brain and nervous system, endocrinologists on the thyroid and nephrologists on the kidneys. This specialist-based approach results in the  medical care that focuses organ systems is independently. This approach does not take into account the connectedness of human physiology. Instead, it labels symptoms, applies a disease diagnosis, and prescribes a corresponding drug.

In functional medicine, the body is viewed as a cohesive and interconnected entity, intimately connected to its surrounding environment. We acknowledge that treating one aspect of the body necessitates a comprehensive consideration of all other components. This approach dissolves artificial barriers that fragment the body’s functioning. By examining fundamental processes that transcend specific medical fields, such as inflammation, oxidative stress, toxicities, and cellular energy imbalances, functional medicine seeks to uncover the underlying causes of illnesses. Tailoring the appropriate interventions uniquely for each individual and applying them at the most opportune moments become paramount in this holistic approach.

The table below presents eight key distinctions between functional and conventional medicine:

About Liz

Liz Spicer, MS, DNP is an accomplished medical professional with a unique blend of knowledge and experience spanning over seven years in various health care settings, including Intensive Care Units and Urgent Care centers. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the esteemed Medical University of South Carolina, a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Forensic Science. Prior to her nursing career, she honed her analytical skills as a Forensic Scientist and in medical research roles.

Whether you're combating a chronic illness or seeking to optimize your overall health, you can count on her dedication to uncovering the root cause of your health concerns and her commitment to your wellness journey.

Expert Knowledge:

Beyond her wide-ranging qualifications, Liz has undertaken advanced coursework in pathophysiology, molecular, and cellular biology. This allows her a profound understanding of the intricate physiological foundations and pathways that underpin human health.

Comprehensive Care:

Liz's passion lies in unravelling the complexities of individual health conditions, taking a deep dive into the underlying causes rather than treating superficial symptoms.

Personalized Treatment:

With her patient-centric philosophy, Liz works collaboratively with you to craft customized treatment plans. Her goal is not merely to treat, but to restore balance to your body and life, fostering sustained wellness.

My Commitment:

I believe that each patient’s health journey is a unique and intricate story. Just as I’ve woven together diverse threads of medical expertise, research, and forensic science throughout my career, I aim to connect the dots within each individual’s health narrative to reveal the root cause of their health challenges.

In my practice, I leverage my extensive knowledge from the ICU and Urgent Care environments, as well as my investigative background in forensic medicine, to take a truly comprehensive, analytical approach to health care. Instead of just treating symptoms, I delve deep into understanding how your lifestyle, genetics, and environment influence your well-being. My forensic science experience has taught me the value of thorough, meticulous inquiry, and I bring this mindset to every patient interaction.

As a functional medicine practitioner, I strive to create a collaborative and compassionate space where your unique health story is heard and respected. Together, we’ll navigate the complexities of your health, formulating a personalized treatment plan to restore balance, enhance resilience, and guide you towards optimal wellness.

I am committed to empowering you with the knowledge and tools you need to reclaim control of your health and live your life to the fullest. I look forward to walking with you on your journey to improved health, balance, and vitality.

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