After my training, I did a post doc and residency where I had smart colleagues around me and was mentored closely. During that time, we had regular grand round meetings, brought in clinical experts and we nurtured each other. This allowed me to develop confidence to work even with puzzling cases and led to incredible job satisfaction. That early influence became a cornerstone of the model I wanted to develop in my own clinical world.

The Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion grew out of our inability to meet the demand from practitioners wanting to shadow at our clinic. We developed an experience that mimics the early days of my career. It provides clinicians with mentorship, live discussions and community, just like I had.

What we’ve created is rich, engaging access to a community of inspired practitioners, experts and scientists. Ultimately, our goal is to support you as a Functional Medicine colleague, and in doing so keep moving the paradigm of Functional Medicine forward.

– Kara Fitzgerald ND

I am proud of our vision, mission and guiding principles, which inform all that we do – from our day-to-day clinic to our education and outreach programs. 


The widespread adoption of a healthcare model that reverses the global epidemic of chronic disease and supports the development of vibrant longevity.

  • To shape and mobilize the next generation of Functional Medicine for both patients and practitioners through innovation, education, inspiration, collaboration and empowerment
Guiding principles
  • The patient must be at the center of any health care approach
  • Healthcare requires a collaborative care team, with the patient and his support group at the center
  • We need the best of allopathic, integrative and systems approaches to optimize patient health
  • Understanding and addressing root causes can prevent or reverse chronic disease
  • Dietary and lifestyle factors are major determinants of health
  • Human ecology—including social, built and natural environments—is an integral part of creating lasting human health
  • The health of future generations will be determined by how we act today

Through our Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion Programs you get unique access behind the scenes to how we work with patients at our combination brick-and-mortar and virtual clinic.

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