4 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Functional Medicine Doctor

  1. Don’t choose your doctor based on prices only.

You instinctively already know this…

Working with the best – the best lawyer…the best accountant…the best mechanic – usually comes with a bigger price tag.

The best Functional Medicine doctors come at a premium and are usually not the cheapest doctors.

But, understand that with a bigger price tag comes an immense amount of added value for their level of expertise and experience.


  1. Don’t choose your doctor based on a free consultation.

You’ve heard the saying:

“There’s no such thing as a free meal.”

Doctors that offer free consultations are usually desperate for patients.

That’s NOT the kind of doctor you should work with.

And, not the kind of doctor you should trust your HEALTH with.

A successful Functional Medicine doctor values their time and charges for it.


  1. Beware of the chiropractor that practices Functional Medicine.

In Canada, unless your complaint is specifically a musculoskeletal complaint…

Most chiropractors who practice Functional Medicine are actually practicing outside their scope of practice – knowingly (very unethical!) or unknowingly (very scary!).

I know this because I have two licenses – chiropractic and naturopathic medicine – so I am fully aware of the scope of practice for each of my professions.

Plus, chiropractors, per their scope of practice, cannot order any blood tests, urine tests, saliva tests, or stool tests.

This means they are extremely limited in being able to diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Doctors that aren’t testing…are guessing.

In order to get REAL Functional Medicine look for a doctor who is a naturopathic doctor (ND) or a medical doctor (MD).


  1. Don’t choose your doctor based on your insurance coverage.

In a perfect world your insurance would cover everything, right?

(C’mon, that’s a pipe dream that will never happen – you already know that!)

The truth is…

Insurance coverage is minimal at best and is only there to get you started.

Most insurance only covers your first one or two visits with a Functional Medicine doctor. That’s it. Frankly, the rest will be up to you.

Let’s get real for a moment: Your health is YOUR responsibility…NOT your insurance company’s responsibility.

Your insurance company doesn’t care how sick you are…or how much treatment you really need to get better.

(And, many patients don’t have any insurance coverage. So, even if you have a little bit of coverage, it’s better than none at all.)

Just accept that in order to get great healthcare you will have to pay for it from your own pocket.

The faster you just accept that fact, the faster you will be on the road to better health. Give yourself permission to take back control of your health. Invest in yourself. Invest in your health. You more than deserve it!

Make a promise to yourself starting today:

Stop feeling lousy…rotten…awful…crummy…miserable…terrible…crappy.

Find a good Functional Medicine doctor to help you get to the root cause of your health problems.

Like I always say:

Find the cause.

Fix the cause.

Feel normal again!


Dr. Carri Drzyzga, DC, ND – The Functional Medicine Doc

Find the Cause. Fix the Cause. Feel Normal Again!

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