Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Foundation

We help you reach your optimal health and vitality with a functional medicine approach. A foundation developed by Dr. Thomas Lewis, a medical scientist, that conducted research on the root causes of chronic disease over a 15-year period at Harvard and MIT.

We identify and resolve underlying causes of poor health and disease. We treat the whole body as one integrated system. Not a collection of individual organs divided by medical specialties. It’s the future of healthcare.

Today’s standard of care is reactive and focused on acute and immediate health problems, a “raging fire.” We also detect “smoldering fire” that often shows no symptoms. You can avoid sudden and future chronic conditions by testing and treating at this early stage.

Most chronic conditions cause a similar response from your body. It doesn’t matter whether it’s diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis. We develop a functional health plan based on precision diagnostics. It serves as a roadmap to optimize your health and reverse disease progression.

Health Risks Drive Chronic Disease

Chronic disease evolves from health risks, to physiological and pathology changes, and ultimately to disease. Biomarkers answer the “what” and objectively positions an individual on the health/disease continuum. However, a robust functional health assessment answers the more critical “why” and drives the care plan. Our program is designed to reverse deteriorating health and disease progression regardless of where you are on the health/disease continuum.

Chronic Disease Mechanisms

Traditional primary care navigates nearly 70,000 diagnostic codes – each tied to a drug or procedure. Dr. Tom Lewis, a renowned medical scientist and collaborator, has determined that 4 mechanisms drive most chronic and acute disease.

  1. Poor nutrition or absorption that slows repair and recovery.
  2. Sensitivities that go undetected.
  3. Constant stress that slows repair and makes you vulnerable.
  4. Chronic infections or toxicity causing inflammation.

Focusing healthcare interventions based on these mechanisms results in tremendous care efficiencies and superior outcomes. It’s a recognition that most diseases stem from a limited set of risk factors.

Hierarchy of Health

Our hierarchy of health prioritizes the more important interventions to lesser importance. When you build a house, what’s most important. The integrity of the foundation or the windows you choose? The hierarchy of health is a step-wise process of interventions in order of importance.

Functional Assessment (FA)

  • Functional assessment (FA) guides a preliminary personalized care plan. Answers the “why”.
  • Precision biomarker diagnostics measures an individual’s position on the health/disease continuum. Answers the “what”.
  • Personalized care plan developed by integrating (FA) and precision diagnostics.
  • One health coaching session to review and engage care plan.

Virtual Functional (VF)


Functional Medicine Programs

Advanced Primary Care (APC)

A personalized, proactive primary care program with a functional medicine foundation. Comprehensive primary and acute care. A personalized functional health plan to optimize your health and reverse chronic disease. Care coordination to reduce costly specialist referrals.

Functional Medicine (FM)

All services provided in APC membership. Plus additional provider/health coach time to address complex and challenging conditions to root cause resolution.

Functional Health Plan

A personalized care plan developed from precision diagnostics comprised of a functional risk assessment and biomarker analytics. Includes one health coach consultation.

Virtual Functional Medicine

A virtual program to augment your PCP with functional medicine support. Includes functional health plan and ongoing health coaching and functional medicine provider support. 

Why People Love Us

Angela Hargrove
Angela Hargrove
LOVE VERVE HEALTH DPC and My Provider!!! Debi Fehrman is Amazing! I could not ask for a better Functional Medicine Provider. Debi goes above and beyond to care for her patients. She works incredibly hard at finding answers to your health issues. She doesn't just throw a band aid on the problem. She has a lovely personality and is very thoughtful. She corrected my iron deficiency and reset my thyroid. I am thrilled that I no longer have to take medications for either of these conditions. Now I know that this may not be true for everyone regarding thyroid medications but for some it does work. But she went the extra mile to reduce my medications, because I don't like to take medications(who does) and she likes to try and limit the medications a patient takes if possible. Using the Verve Health DPC program I have access to Debi 24/7, 365 days for the year for a very minimial fee. It is so worth every penny and gives me peace of mind to know that I always have medical coverage day or night. I highly reccommend the Verve Health DPC and Debi Fehrman.
Hannah Soto
Hannah Soto
Debi has been such a wonderful practitioner. She is an amazing listener who always makes me feel like she has time for me, unlike most doctors who seem to have a 15-minute window for any patient. And most importantly she doesn’t just slap on a diagnosis to check the box; she diligently looks for the cause and treats that.
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