What Sets Us Apart
“What I want for my patients is what I want for my family- a doctor who listens to my goals, concerns, and fears and addresses them all in a kind and compassionate way. I want to know what holistic, alternative and proactive measures are available to my family and myself – empowering me to build and support my health throughout the different stages of my life, preventing any need for prescription medicine or surgeries. I want a doctor who believes in the body’s intrinsic ability to heal. I want a doctor who courageously seeks to discover the root causes of my ailments when they are unclear. I want a doctor who collaborates with me to achieve and maintain my highest health potential.” ~ Dr Sarah Scharf, Apex Functional Medicine
What is an integrative health clinic?
An Integrative health clinic is a healing-oriented approach that takes account of the whole person- mind, body and spirit. It delves deep into the patient’s life, and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.
• Educational & Empowering
How did it begin?
The integrative medicine model stems from a growing dissatisfaction with the current medical system. From an over reliance on pharmaceuticals, invasive technology, and a hurried and fragmented approach to health care, patients and health practitioners have been actively seeking a better model.
How does it differ?
Educational & Empowering
We don’t simply discover what’s wrong in the body and fix it. One of the most important and crucial aspects of our clinic are the wellness workshops we deliver to our patients. From grocery tours, juicing classes to nutrition and hormone education classes, our goal for all of our patients is simple – health independence and we do this by teaching and educating our patients, no matter how educated they come to us (and it varies!) we meet people where they’re at and bring them to a new level and understanding of how to take care of themselves and their family, for a lifetime of optimal health.
Integrative medicine is a preventive model. Its basic intent is to protect and enhance the body’s innate capacity for healing by minimizing the conditions for disease to develop. This approach involves assessing and utilizing the core components of lifestyle- nutrition, exercise, education, and mind/body practices, in order to create optimal health.
An Integrative clinic takes a total care approach; it encompasses the whole person, and takes into account all factors such as environment and lifestyle, relationships, and knowledge. This view recognizes the need for balance in all aspects of life. Healing requires an expanded vision that addresses primary stressors and root causes in order to return the body to a state of health.
Collaboration is an important component to integrative medicine. A collaborative model creates an atmosphere of open communication between different practitioners and health care providers in order to provide the best patient care.
Safety is paramount to patient care. Integrative health applies a rational framework at all times, offering treatment plans based on solid evidence of safety and efficacy from both conventional and complementary approaches. The most appropriate care options are presented to the patient. The goal is to employ natural and less invasive therapies whenever possible, while ensuring that necessary conventional treatments are not excluded. All of our patients are required to be in a relationship with their primary drug-prescribing MD, where often times we are in collaboration and dialogue with concerning mutual patient care.
The integrative health model seeks to build a relationship with the patient that is respectful and empowering. It views the patient as the expert in their own health journey. This is an approach that honors the patient’s needs, is non- judgmental, and is based on empathy and trust.
Why is it needed?
Medicine is at a crossroads, and it’s clear that the current system is not meeting the needs of a discerning public. Despite all the money and resources being spent in the today’s healthcare system, preventable diseases are ever more prevalent, and are alarmingly on the rise. Patients today want to be more involved in their health care; they are looking to supplement conventional medicine with well-researched holistic and less toxic therapies.