Austin, Texas; November 25, 2013 (PRWEB) November 28, 2013
Of total healthcare costs in the United States, more than 75% is due to chronic conditions.
The key to reversing the rapidly spreading epidemic of chronic disease is to address the underlying causes and solutions for chronic disease, which are primarily driven by the lifelong, daily interaction among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine not only incorporates the latest in genetic science and systems biology, but it also enables health care practitioners to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine while empowering patients to take an active role in their own health.
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in providing clinical education in functional medicine, is pleased to announce Dr. Liesa Harte as a member of the first graduating class of certified functional medicine practitioners.
As a graduate of The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Certification Program (IFMCP), Dr. Harte is uniquely trained in the functional medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. In order to achieve the designation of IFM Certified Practitioner, Dr. Harte, has completed 7 onsite training seminars and passed stringent written and case study evaluations.
Liesa Harte, M.D. joins an elite group of only 124 practitioners who are among the first graduates of IFM’s Certification Program across the United States.
About the Institute for Functional Medicine
The Institute for Functional Medicine believes that good health and vitality are essential to the human spirit. The mission of IFM is to serve the highest expression of individual health through widespread adoption of functional medicine as the standard of care.
Functional medicine is a personalized, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. The primary drivers of the chronic disease epidemic are the complex daily interactions among an individual’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Functional medicine addresses these underlying causes of disease and equips healthcare practitioners to help their patients manage this complex, interconnected web. For more information, please visit: http://functionalmedicine.org/.
About Functional Medicine
The rising rates of chronic disease are creating a huge burden on the economy and the current health care system is not adequately addressing the problem. Conventional health care is rooted in an acute-care model focused on rapid diagnosis and long-term pharmaceutical interventions. Functional medicine is a model for 21st century health care that focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of chronic disease by recognizing that each patient is biochemically unique, a product of the continuous interaction between their genes, their environment, and their lifestyle choices. Only by finding the specific causes of each patient’s disease and providing treatment that is individualized to that patient will we be able to reverse the epidemic of chronic disease.
About Dr. Liesa Harte
Dr. Liesa earned her MD at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Over the past 20 years, she has developed a passion for helping people prevent disease and live vibrant, healthy lives at every age. Dr. Liesa’s private Austin practice is the fulfillment of a dream to provide a unique healthcare experience and a deeper level of personalized care that makes a powerful, lasting difference in the lives of her patients.
Always the curious adventurer, Dr. Harte moved with her children to the south of France for six years where she enjoyed a unique perspective on medical care in Europe. She then returned to pursue her dream of opening her dream practice where she strives to incorporate the best aspects of European primary care. She is pleased to practice her unique style of medicine in her own clinic. In addition to the recent IFM Certification for Functional Medicine, she maintains her board certification in Family Medicine, and will soon complete her Cenegenics Age Management training.
Dr. Liesa is the founder of Elite Care by Dr. Liesa Harte, M.D., Austin Fibro and Fatigue.com,Austin IV Infusion Center.com, and The Austin Low T Institute.com.