Frequently asked questions

On this page, you'll find the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that's not answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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  • What is functional medicine nutrition, and how does it differ from traditional nutrition counseling?

    Functional medicine nutrition focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of health issues through a holistic approach to nutrition. Unlike traditional nutrition counseling that often targets symptoms, functional medicine nutrition involves a comprehensive assessment of your lifestyle, diet, and biochemical factors – utilizing specific functional medicine testing – in order to develop a personalized plan that promotes overall wellness.

  • Can functional medicine nutrition help with specific health conditions like autoimmune diseases or digestive disorders?

    Yes, functional medicine nutrition is particularly effective in managing and supporting treatment for various chronic conditions including autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders, metabolic issues, and hormonal imbalances. By tailoring dietary strategies to your unique health needs, it can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall health.

  • What can I expect during my first consultation?

    In your first consultation, Kristine will conduct a thorough review of your medical history, dietary habits, lifestyle factors, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. This comprehensive evaluation helps in creating a personalized nutrition plan aimed at improving your specific health concerns. She will then suggest and order any necessary tests to be conducted in the comfort of your home and sent to a lab for further analysis. Once the results are obtained, we will work together to form a comprehensive plan tailored to your needs.

  • How does a functional medicine nutritionist work with other healthcare professionals?

    A functional medicine nutritionist may collaborate with other healthcare providers to ensure a coordinated approach to your health. This team effort can include regular communication with your doctors (whether natural or conventional), the sharing of test results, and joint planning of complementary treatment strategies. Upon further assessment following your initial consult, Kristine may determine this is necessary to maximize your results and will communicate any further required steps to facilitate collaboration.

  • Are supplements a necessary part of functional medicine nutrition?

    Supplements are most often an integral part of your nutrition plan and recommended based on individual needs. The goal is to first maximize nutrition through food, and then use supplements to fill in any gaps or address specific deficiencies or health concerns. We recommend only the highest quality, nutraceutical-grade supplements to boost your results through functional medicine nutrition.

  • How long does it take to see results from a functional medicine nutrition plan?

    The time frame for experiencing results can vary depending on the individual and their specific health conditions. Some clients notice improvements within a few weeks, while others may see gradual changes over several months or even year. It’s a personalized journey, and regular follow-ups are key to adjusting the plan for optimal results. Your personal commitment and time investment toward implementation are also crucial components!

  • Will my dietary preferences and restrictions be considered in the nutrition plan?

    Absolutely. The nutrition plan is tailored to accommodate your dietary preferences, allergies, and intolerances. The focus is on creating a sustainable, enjoyable, and health-supportive eating plan that aligns with your lifestyle as much as possible, while ensuring you get the results you desire and expect.

  • Do you work with insurance companies?

    Yes, we are able to work with insurance for clients who reside in Massachusetts. We understand that navigating insurance coverage can be complex, and we are committed to making our services as accessible as possible.

    It’s important to note, however, that investing in your health is a long-term commitment. Viewing your health journey as an investment rather than an expense can lead to more sustainable and profound changes in your well-being.

    While insurance can help with some costs, we encourage our clients to embrace a holistic approach to health, recognizing that the benefits of a tailored, functional medicine nutrition plan can far exceed the financial investment.

    We are here to support you in every step of your journey towards a healthier, more vibrant life.

  • What diagnostic testing is used in functional medicine?

    Functional medicine utilizes a range of advanced diagnostic tests (many of which may be conducted in the comfort of your home and don’t require the use of needles!) The tests prescribed are tailored to each individual’s unique health profile and aim to uncover the root causes of health issues. For a comprehensive list of the tests I use and often recommend for my clients, click here.

  • Is functional medicine safe for anyone? 

    Functional medicine takes a holistic and personalized approach to healthcare that blends some traditional Western medical practices with natural healing methods. As such, it is generally considered safe – especially when utilized under the guidance of a trained professional like Kristine.