Functional Medicine

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Open houseSouth Peninsula Hospital’s Functional Medicine Clinic opened its doors on January 4, 2016. The clinic physician and director, Rob Downey MD, is excited to offer the community the opportunity to explore the benefits of functional medicine.

Dr. Downey’s practice involves understanding the origin, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. It is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on the biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore their health and vitality. He has ten years of training and clinical experience in functional medicine, and is recognized as a Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine.


Rob Downey, MD, IFMCP

Lifestyle is a very big factor in the practice of functional medicine. Research estimates that 70-90% of the risk of chronic disease is attributable to lifestyle. That means what you eat, how you exercise, what your spiritual practices are, how much stress you live with and how you handle it are all elements that must be addressed in a

comprehensive approach. One of the Functional Medicine Clinic’s goals is to help our patients improve their quality of life by leading healthier lifestyles. Working in partnership with the Functional Medicine Clinic team, patients make lifestyle changes and take charge of improving their own health and changing the outcome of disease. In addition, the Functional Medicine Clinic uses supplements, botanical medicines and/or certain medications to address individual physiological needs and imbalances.