Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend more time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions between environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors which influence health. The Functional Medicine practitioner will consider multiple factors, including:
Environmental inputs: The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical activity, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
Mind-body connections: Psychological, spiritual, and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the Functional Medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
Genetic makeup: Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed.
I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a Master’s in Clinical Nutrition (MSc) who is practicing through the scope of Functional Medicine. I am NOT a Medical Doctor (MD). Functional Medicine is not considered a standalone area of medicine and is reliant on conventional medical education and licensure. It is outside of my scope of practice to diagnose conditions or prescribe medication. I will gladly work with your medical practitioners to bring my perspective when appropriate. My tools of working with you are nutrition, lifestyle changes and quality supplementation.
The Functional Medicine Timeline is a tool that allows me to visualize your story chronologically by organizing important life events and health issues from pre-conception to the present.
The Functional Medicine Matrix is the graphic representation of the functional medicine approach, which displays the seven nodes of clinical imbalance, as well as antecedents, triggers, mediators, modifiable lifestyle factors, and mental, emotional, and spiritual considerations. I use the matrix to help organize my thoughts and observations about your health and decide how to focus therapeutic and preventive strategies.
CONDITIONS I WORK WITH
I have worked with people for the following chronic health concerns (but not limited to):
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD
Depression and Anxiety
Detoxification and Healing
Digestive Disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
Environmental and Food Allergies
Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)
Healthy Weight and Metabolism
Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
Migraines and Headaches
Restless Leg Syndrome
Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders
Yes, I work with clients who have Autoimmunity and have seen great improvements using my Functional Medicine approach.
As stated above, I am not a medical doctor (MD) and I cannot treat or diagnose disease. I can work with cancer patients to help create an environment in their body where cancer is less likely to grow. For those who are in treatment I can work with the oncologist team and focus on nutrition and lifestyle modification to strengthen the immune system, enhance detoxification and support the patient through their treatment. Post treatment, I work to decrease the risk of recurrence.
I have worked with children of different ages, together with their parents when necessary, helping them to create optimal internal and external conditions for growth and health.
BECOMING A CLIENT
The first step to become my client, is to schedule your free 15-minute Discovery call in which we will discuss about your main symptoms and health challenges and how working together can help you achieve your health goals.
I am committed to helping you reach optimal health and vitality no matter where you’re located. I work online with clients all over the world. Remote Consultations are available via your personalized Client Portal using your computer’s, tablet’s or phone’s camera and microphone.
If you are located in Athens, Greece, we can do our appointments from my office in person.
I am determined to provide you the best experience in your health journey, so I use Practice Better, an online platform in which you will have your own unique Client Portal from where all our communication will take place (diet and lifestyle recommendations, supplement recommendations, bookings & payments, tracking of your progress, form and food journal submission, lab test organization, online video calls). You can see here how your Client Portal will look like if you work with me.
Your Client Portal is easily accessible from you computer, android or iOS.
After our free 15-minute Discovery call you will gain access to your personal Client Portal, in which you will have to fill out the health history forms I will provide you and gather and upload your past medical records and lab tests.
Review of your health history questionnaires
Review of your ATM’s (antecedents, triggers, mediators)
Completion of your Functional Medicine Timeline (your health organized in chronological order)
Completion of your Functional Medicine Matrix (your health’s map including your story, your physiology and your lifestyle)
Assessment of conventional or functional medicine lab testing, if applicable
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, if applicable
Fully individualized nutrition and lifestyle plan
Targeted high quality Functional Nutrition Supplementation program, if appropriate
Recommendations for conventional or Functional Medicine Testing, if appropriate
Reassess your nutrition and lifestyle plan
Optimize your Functional Nutrition Supplementation program, if appropriate
Talk about any remaining symptoms
Counseling around your health goals
Expand your Timeline and Matrix
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, if applicable
Recommendations for conventional, Functional Medicine or Genetic testing, if appropriate
I see most people once or twice a month, until their goals are achieved and their symptoms are resolved.
A 3 to 6 month time frame most of the times is enough for someone to feel major differences in their health and vitality.
After that, we meet once or twice a year so I can support their ongoing healing journey, assess their progress and also analyze any available new testing.
Click the “Client Portal” link on the top of this page or log into the mobile app using your email address and password you set up on the activation page.
You will need to activate your account before you can access your client portal. Once accepted as a client, you will receive an email with a subject line asking you to join me on Practice Better.
Here is a walkthrough of the client portal:
In the following link you can find instructions on how to best use your journal and its tools:
RATES & POLICIES
The following rates are for all my international clients:
Initial Consultation (120 minutes) – 220 €
Follow-up Sessions (50 minutes) – 120 €
I understand that there are times when you must miss an appointment due to emergencies or obligations for work or family. However, when you do not call to cancel an appointment, you may be preventing another client from getting much needed assistance. Conversely, the situation may arise where another client fails to cancel and I am unable to schedule you for a visit, due to a seemingly “full” appointment schedule.
All sessions have a 72-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations or rescheduling within 72 hours will incur the full appointment fee.
I appreciate your understanding.