Our Functional Medicine Division, part of The Center for Life Enrichment (also known as the Ardent Center for Excellence) has been in existence for almost 3 years and has grown tremendously under the direction of Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf, MD, MS. We owe a great debt to Dr. Zielsdorf for her dedication to pursue the science of Functional Medicine. This pursuit requires significant additional levels of advanced training and education beyond that of traditional Medical Doctors.
In Traditional Medicine (Allopathic Medicine), doctors attempt to help patients live with their disease by alleviating their symptoms but do not necessarily address the root cause of illness. In traditional medicine, doctors tend to see 5 or 6 patients per hour. This is how these practitioners earn their living and insurance companies reimburse with this expectation.
Functional Medicine is the science and practice of Health Restoration and Disease Prevention. As opposed to only managing or alleviating symptoms, Functional Medicine investigates root causes of illness to attempt to reverse disease while restoring and optimizing health. In Functional Medicine we recognize the necessity of spending time and caring for patients and therefore we only see 1 – 2 patients per hour. Insurance companies have not yet recognized the necessity of Functional Medicine and as a result do not reimburse our practitioners accordingly. They expect that we see 5- 6 patients per hour. We are committed to devoting the necessary time with our patients to deliver an excellent level of care. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Sarah Zielsdorf, a leader in functional medicine, who is committed to excellence in patient care.
The Center for Life Enrichment and Dr. Zielsdorf aim to change how healthcare is administered to provide proactive mind, body, and spirit care for the entire person. We aim to develop a Center of Excellence for Functional Medicine unmatched in the Nation!