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Center for Functional Medicine

The foundation of functional medicine is the use of food as a first-line therapy. The right nutrition, combined with lifestyle and behavioral interventions, will help you take charge of your health.
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Why Choose the Center for Functional Medicine?

Our team has helped countless people lead healthier lives by reducing the burden of living with chronic disease. Our functional medicine program focuses on lifestyle influences, genetics and the environment to determine what is causing your disease or chronic conditions.

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Our Team

We can help you choose the top specialist from our pool of Functional Medicine physicians and other health care team members.

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Patient Programs

Offering programs intended to identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors shifting health from illness to well-being.

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We offer in-person and virtual options for one-on-one and shared medical appointments. Learn more about how to start the appointment process.

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Online Virtual Visits

You can stay connected to your healthcare team though virtual visits, using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Ask your provider about what options are available.

Functional Medicine Resources

Functional Medicine Resources

Patient Education

View our instructional videos for each test kit and download detailed written instructions.

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Support Functional Medicine

Find more information about how you can support healthcare transformation through research, community outreach and education programs at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.

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WELL Building™

Our Commitment to Sustainability, Health & Wellness

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine puts patients first by providing personalized Functional Medicine services and a therapeutic experience within an optimal healing environment.

Our environment affects our health. Special care has been taken to embrace WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) features in the design, building systems and selection of all finish materials and artwork. This includes everything from building materials to air quality to lighting and ergonomics.

The Cleveland Clinic Q2 Functional Medicine Suite located in Q2 on Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus is WELL Certified™ Silver.

WELL certification is a natural fit for the Center for Functional Medicine

Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to constructing healthy and environmentally sustainable buildings because we understand that environmental health and human health are linked. Cleveland Clinic takes a proactive approach to environmental stewardship and community health through our operations and construction standards. This philosophy led the Center for Functional Medicine to pursue WELL as an early adopter and to achieve WELL Certified™ Silver level certification in 2018 through the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™).

WELL strategies have been incorporated into the overall design and operation of the suite. This includes providing optimal lighting (both outside access to light and use of circadian lighting design), use of nontoxic building materials and cleaning products and inclusion of ergonomically correct furniture. Cleveland Clinic chose to pursue WELL Certification because we, like IWBI™, believe that elevating human health and comfort should be at the forefront of building practices to create environments that are not only better for the planet, but better for people.

The WELL Building Standard focuses on the people in the building.

The WELL Building Standard™ is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring all building features, including air and water quality, nourishment, lighting, fitness, comfort and mind.

WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between health and well-being and the environments where we spend more than 90 percent of our time.

It focuses on how buildings support human health and productivity by marrying best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions. Certification confirms that the space is promoting health and well-being as it was intended.

  • IWBI™ identifies performance metrics, design strategies and procedures that can be implemented by the owners, designers, engineers, contractors, users and operators of a building to advance health and wellness.
  • WELL Certification is based on a thorough review of the existing research on the effects of indoor spaces on individuals, and has been advanced through a comprehensive peer review.
  • To achieve certification, there is rigorous onsite assessment and performance testing administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to ensure that feature requirements are met.
Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Woman Loses 130 Pounds and Reverses Heart Failure by Using Food as Medicine

Woman Loses 130 Pounds and Reverses Heart Failure by Using Food as Medicine

Oct 3, 2019

“Once you understand how food affects your body, you won’t go back to eating a standard American diet. I have a whole new life now. Before, I couldn’t climb stairs. Now I run up them.”
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Mitchell Wax lost 53 pounds and changed his insulin use during the 10-week Ketogenics program. (Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic)

Beyond Weight Loss, Functional Ketogenics Program is Life-Changing for Cleveland Psychologist

Apr 4, 2019

"I’ve had to relearn everything I thought I knew about food. I do have to grocery shop and cook more often than I did, but it’s worth it."
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Functional Medicine Helps Woman Regain Her Life After 44 Years of Chronic Pain | Cleveland Clinic Patient Story

Functional Medicine Helps Woman Regain Her Life After 44 Years of Chronic Pain

Sep 4, 2018

“I can’t tell you how many doctors I’ve visited over my lifetime, probably 25-30. They would treat each individual symptom, but no one knew how to cure me.”
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