Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine is a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), led by Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of IFM, founder of The UltraWellness Center, and New York Times best-selling author.
Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
Perhaps you have experienced being examined by your doctor, having blood tests done, x-rays or other diagnostic tests taken, only for your doctor to report back that “all your tests are normal”. Yet, both you and your doctor know that you are unwell
Unfortunately, this experience is all too common. Our physicians at the Center for Functional Medicine aim to reduce this problem by applying a new model that focuses on treating your body as a whole system, that treats the causes not only the symptoms, that sees the body as a whole organism, rather than simply a collection of organs. This emerging model of diagnosis and treatment – called Functional Medicine better matches the need to improve the management and prevention of chronic diseases.
By changing the disease-centered focus of medical practice to this patient-centered approach, our physicians are able to support the healing process by viewing health and illness as part of a cycle in which all components of the human biological system interact dynamically with the environment. This process helps to seek and identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may shift a person’s health from illness to well being.
What We Treat
Our physicians are highly skilled in evaluating, assessing and treating chronic problems such as:
- Adrenal Disorders
- Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cancer Prevention
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Detoxification and Healing
- Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Environmental and Food Allergies
- Fatigue syndromes
- Female Disorders (PMS, Menopause, PCOS)
- Inflammatory disorders
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Mercury and Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, Insulin Resistance
- Memory problems
- Migraine Headaches
- Mood and behavior disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Thyroid Disorders
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is the science of creating health, by treating the whole system, not just the symptoms. Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic diseases. Functional Medicine is a patient-centered approach that helps people achieve vibrant health.
What services are provided?
Our Functional Medicine team, that consists of physicians; health coaches; nutritionists; dietitians and medical assistants; collaborates and reviews the patient’s history, genetics and environmental and life-style factors that influence long-term health and complex chronic diseases. This process may shift a person’s health from illness to well being.
What do Functional Medicine providers treat?
Our physicians are trained in functional and nutritional medicine and our nutritionists are registered dieticians with specialized training in using food as medicine. We address and treat a whole range of conditions, such as: autoimmune diseases, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, healthy weight and metabolism, migraines and headaches, digestive disease and hormonal disorders. We also focus on mood and behavioral issues as well as heavy metal toxicity and environmental or food allergies. If you have any chronic symptoms or disease – we can help you.
Is Functional Medicine covered by insurance?
Physician visits are covered by most insurance plans. Coverage for visits with the nutritionist as well as some of the tests is determined by your insurance plan. You will talk to our financial counselor to review your coverage prior to your appointment.
*Appointments with Dr. Mark Hyman (one of the functional medicine physicians) are not billed through insurance. Dr. Hyman does not accept insurance or Medicare and we do not file insurance paperwork on your behalf. However, we will provide a detailed receipt for services performed.
To schedule an appointment, please call our scheduling office at 216.445.6900 or call toll-free at 844.833.0126. We will schedule you as soon as possible.
What should I expect?
Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to complete a new patient questionnaire regarding your health history. This needs to be returned before your visit and provides us with a detailed map of your story and will help us diagnose the root cause of your health concerns.
A new patient consult will last approximately four hours, that consists of a medical consult with the physician, nutrition counseling, education on laboratory testing and health coaching. We are committed to addressing all of your concerns and will provide recommendations as well as construct a personal health plan.
If you are traveling from out of town, please arrange overnight accommodations and be sure to fast prior to your appointment for same-day laboratory testing. You need to bring insurance cards, current medications and vitamins. It’s very important to also bring your medical records if they were not already sent.
What is a Health Coach?
The Center for Functional Medicine Health Coaching supports patients through a personalized mind, body and spirit approach to improving their total well-being.
What is Health Coaching?
- 1. Health coaching helps facilitate behavior change in a supportive and encouraging partnership where patients are empowered to reach their highest level of health.
- 2. Health coaching helps patients gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to reach their self-identified health goals.
- 3. Health coaching inspires change by helping patients reconnect with the ways in which their health supports their personal purpose and values.
What is the role of a Health Coach?
- The patient and health coach work in partnership to identify what the personal health and wellness issues are, how they intersect and affect them holistically and help them develop strategies to overcome them.
- The health coach helps create and sustain the mindset needed to make lifestyle changes by heightening personal awareness.
- The health coach provides continuous support, resources and encouragement for the adoption of habits that are conducive to a higher quality of life.
- Patients are held accountable for their commitments, and coaches empower them to identify lessons learned from whatever outcomes occur.
- A health coach doesn't tell patients what to do or what their goals should be, they collaboratively work with patients to determine their desired outcomes and move them forward. A health coach is not a therapist or counselor. Health coaches don’t diagnose conditions, modify dietary plans or advise on medications.
Can you describe the health coaching process?
The health coach collaborates with the patient inviting insights and clarity through inquiry and personal discovery. The focus is on the patients desired outcomes, challenges and action plans for implementing lifestyle changes. Any changes the patient chooses to integrate in the areas of stress reduction, improved sleep, incorporating movement and mindset strategies are introduced one step at a time so that patients can slowly make changes that support a healthier lifestyle.
The Center for Functional Medicines approach to health coaching is more about asking the right questions while empowering patients to discover their own solutions and determine their own path for creating the health they desire themselves. The underlying belief is that all of us have the answers within and that there are inner blocks that get in our way of achieving our goals. Some of the approaches used in health coaching include intuitive listening, clarifying, empowering questions, brainstorming, creating action plans and accountability.
Why must I see a nutritionist?
Our Nutritionists help eliminate foods that cause disease and help manage food sensitivities. They are our personal nutrition and food specialists.
Can All the Tests be Performed at the Cleveland Clinic?
Most of the testing can be performed at the Cleveland Clinic (G-10 lab). During your medical consultation, your physician will determine which tests are needed and then our nurses will review testing recommendations, instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs, if applicable.
Your financial resources and how much testing you want to do are taken into account and the plan for testing is reviewed with you. Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status including amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food allergies, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available, including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function and many others. Some testing can be performed at home with test kits to collect urine, saliva or stool. Our nurse will review the instructions for completing these tests at home.
While the testing gives a more complete picture of your status, effective care can be implemented without it, or testing can be done over time. You should not let this prevent you from seeing one of the doctors.
Do you communicate with my other healthcare providers?
Yes, we will collaborate with your other healthcare providers to achieve optimal health.
Will I be prescribed nutritional supplements or medications?
Along with diet, nutrients and supplements may be prescribed to accelerate healing process. We want to help you restore balance and health and will determine next steps and or therapies.
How long is treatment?
This depends on the individual patient’s health – some treatments may take longer than others; healing is a journey, and we are your guides to support you on your path to wellness.
Have more questions?
For general inquiries and to request additional information, please email us at:
The Center for Functional Medicine Physicians and Team Members
Kylene Bogden, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Kylene Bogden is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds a bachelor's degree in nutritional science from the University of Dayton, a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Akron and her accredited dietetic internship was completed at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Kylene specializes in nutrition for those hoping to lead a more active lifestyle while taking into account weight loss/gain, autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, diabetes, eating disorders, and cardiovascular health. By creating personal fueling strategies, she has helped to improve the overall health and performance of a wide variety of patients.
Kylene has been quoted as an expert source in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, O Magazine, Time, Prevention, The Huffington Post, CBS.com and Women’s Health Magazine. Additionally, she has been invited to speak on the local, regional and national level.
Her interests include world travel, fitness, and exploring the Cleveland food scene.
Anna Cortes, Health & Wellness Coach
Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from Cleveland State University. Transformational Coaching is her passion. She studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She also received training in coaching families and teens through The Academy of Family Coach Training. She is an ISSA certified Personal Trainer and holds numerous Health and Wellness certifications.
Anna is dedicated to helping patients improve their total well-being. She is committed to forming an encouraging partnership where patients are empowered to reach their highest level of health.
The Center for Functional Medicines approach to health coaching is more about asking the right questions while empowering Patients to discover their own solutions and determine their own path for creating the health they desire themselves. Anna’s underlying belief is that all of us have the answers within and that there are inner blocks that get in our way of achieving our goals. Some of the approaches used in Health Coaching include intuitive listening, clarifying, empowering questions, brainstorming, creating action plans and accountability.
In her free time, Anna enjoys fun in the sun with family and friends and all things relating to personal development, fitness and entrepreneurship.
Liz DeJulius, RDN, LD
Liz DeJulius is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. She obtained her Bachelor’s of science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Liz completed her 45-week accredited dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic where she rotated in specialties including neurology, hepatology, surgical intensive care, pediatrics, cardiology, outpatient nutrition, wellness and functional medicine. She is currently acquiring a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education through Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Additionally, Liz is in process to become a certified Functional Medicine practitioner as she recently attended the Institute for Functional Medicine’s 5 day intensive course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP). To continue her educational pathway, Liz is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ practice group Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Liz specializes in providing nutrition interventions to treat autoimmune disease, food sensitivities and allergies, picky eating, and weight management. Through functional medicine approaches, Liz has been able to successfully help patients of all ages combat problems such as leaky gut syndrome and candida overgrowth to begin a more comfortable, nourished life.
Liz is devoted to a life of wellness as she enjoys cooking, Pure Barre, reading and traveling.
Lindsay Malone, MS, RD, CSO, LD
Lindsay Malone is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. After working for several years and training for a marathon she became interested in nutrition and went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.
She served as the primary dietitian for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center for 5 years and has a special interest in cancer and the role that food plays in prevention, treatment and survivorship. She firmly believes that good food is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and in times of illness, can serve as the perfect medicine.
Outside of work, she enjoys running, cooking and reading.
Mary E. Miller-Wilson, Adult Nurse Practitioner
Mary E. Miller-Wilson, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, became a registered nurse in 2006 and went on to complete her master's degree in 2010 at the University of Michigan. She worked on a cardiothoracic unit at the Detroit Medical Center while completing graduate school. Upon graduating as a nurse practitioner, she worked in a suburban hospital setting as a hospitalist. It was in this traditional healthcare environment that she began to experience a profound paradigm shift in the way she viewed illness, wellness and the treatment of chronic disease conditions. Because the cornerstone of the nurse practitioner profession is that of health promotion and disease prevention, she soon became disillusioned with the traditional healthcare model.
While in graduate school, Mary became a patient in a local Functional Medicine practice where she was exposed firsthand to the tenets of Functional Medicine; an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices, sound nutrition, daily exercise and stress reduction. She ultimately joined this practice and has undergone extensive training in Functional Medicine for the last four years.
Mary's personal interests include public speaking, spinning, pilates and running after her three grandchildren!
Erica Stepteau, MPH, CHC
Erica is very passionate about Health & Wellness. It all started for her in 2009 when she lost over sixty pounds through a lifestyle change, so she knows what it takes to reach a lofty personal health goal. Couple that with nearly 5 years of experience helping others get in the driver’s seat of their wellness, and she’s an ideal personal advocate for health. Erica received her Master’s in Public Health and became a certified Health Coach. She specializes in Mind-Body Nutrition, Positive Coaching, Weight-Loss, Kinesiology, and Stress Management.
During her free time she enjoys implementing HGTV various interior design ideas in her home and site seeing. Erica’s quote: “When you feel healthy, strong and pampered, your brain automatically thinks abundant thoughts, and you start attracting more goodness into your life”! Her daily focus is to keep the Mind Right. Body Tight. Soul Light.
Brigid Titgemeier, RDN, LD
Brigid Titgemeier is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She holds a master’s of science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a bachelor’s of science in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Brigid began her nutrition career at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. In its Center for Lifestyle Medicine, she contributed to writing and research initiatives for local and national media outlets, developed presentations and created patient educational materials. Brigid also provided corporate wellness services to clients of Cleveland Clinic’s wellness enterprise, creating nutrition strategies, analyzing cafeteria menus and presenting on nutrition-related topics.
Brigid is a published author and co-author for dozens of health and nutrition articles for U.S. News & World Report, the Huffington Post, Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, YouBeauty, ivillage and Stack magazine.
Her personal interests include cooking, practicing yoga, boating, babysitting, and relaxing.
For NEW patients
Please complete the following forms and send the completed package to the Center for Functional Medicine prior to your appointment by mail, email or fax:
Mail: Center for Functional Medicine, 9500 Euclid Avenue, H-18, Cleveland, OH 44195
For CURRENT patients
Please complete the following forms and send the completed package to the Center for Functional Medicine prior to your appointment by mail, email, or fax:
Mail: Center for Functional Medicine, 9500 Euclid Avenue, H-18, Cleveland, OH 44195
Healthy Living Shop
Your Functional Medicine physician may recommend supplements as part of your treatment plan. During your initial visit, you will be given a passcode and log in information to access our healthy living supplement site.
Dr. Hyman’s New York Times best-seller:
The Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox Diet
The latest book:
Eat Fat, Get Thin
What does a Functional Medicine appointment look like?
The initial visit
The initial visit is usually seventy-five minutes with our Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine physicians. Additional time is needed for the whole team to perform the evaluation and this may take most of the day; the patient will have spent time beforehand completing some basic questionnaires that were sent to them in the mail prior to the appointment. Follow-up visits vary from 30-45 minutes, depending on the patient's situation.
Completing vital questionnaires
Questionnaires do vary, but they are likely to include questions about medical symptoms, diet, exercise patterns, traumas, lifestyle history, and toxic exposures.
Prior to your appointment you will be asked to complete questionnaires and submit to our offices at least 7 days in advance. Questionnaires can be quite lengthy so please allow enough time to complete them and submit.
Our Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine physicians will then read through the completed questionnaires BEFORE seeing the patient. We request that you return the questionnaire at least 7 days before your visit to allow our team to review.
Meeting with medical nutritionists
Meeting with one of our medical nutritionists and health coaches is often a vital component of our follow-up visits.
Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, please call 216.445.6900 or toll-free at 844.833.0126.
The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine is located in the H Building at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus.
H Building, Desk H1-140 to H-18
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Center for Functional Medicine – Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
551 E. Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Phone: 800.232.0263 | 440.893.9393
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