Aszani Stoddard Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Lyme Literate, Lactation & Functional Medicine

Women's Health & Functional Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the artful use of traditional and modern  healing methods. Functional Medicine uses a whole body, whole person approach that focuses on wellness, and not just the suppression of symptoms. Using state of the art testing, and starting with the gut  (which is the heart of the immune system), healing occurs primarily  through removing toxic loads from the body, and increasing supportive  nutrition for body, mind and spirit. For complex issues, occasionally  medications or nutraceuticals are needed as well.


Functional Medicine is guided by six core principles:


  • An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human  being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  • Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than a disease-centered approach to treatment;
  • Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external body, mind, and spirit;
  • Interconnections of internal physiological factors;
  • Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the  absence of disease, and emphasizing those factors that encourage the  enhancement of a vigorous physiology;
  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.

A client-centered approach refers to health care that is respectful of and responsive to individual client preferences, needs, and values, and that ensures that patient values guide all clinical decisions. Client-centered care is the core of what the Institute for Functional Medicine calls the therapeutic partnership; the relationship that forms between a client and clinician that empowers the client to take ownership of their own healing. Clients who are active participants in the development of their therapeutic plan feel more in control of their own well-being and are more likely to make sustained lifestyle changes to improve their health.



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Annual Exams and Functional Medicine Consultations $150/hr

Annual Exam - 1 hr visit
This is the standard Women’s Health Exam that includes taking your health history, a physical exam and pap or other health screening. I have the capability to draw all needed labs.


Functional Medicine Initial Consultation - 2 hr visit
For complex health problems such as hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue  syndrome and IBS, The Functional Medicine model will be used.  If stool testing is needed, test kits will be provided at the visit. Any blood testing can be done at the time of the visit.


Follow Up Functional Medicine Visits - 1 hr

Our clinic does not bill insurance. Since I am an out-of-network  provider for many insurance companies, I can give you a Superbill to submit to your insurance company at every visit. However, you will have to do the legwork on getting reimbursement. I accept credit, debit and  HSA cards, checks and cash.