Functional Medicine Specialist

Gina Sam, MD, MPH -  - Gastroenterologist

Gina Sam, MD, MPH

Gastroenterologist & Wellness Center located in Midtown, New York, NY

Dr. Gina Sam, MD, MPH uses a variety of integrative and functional therapies to help men, women, and children in New York City with gastrointestinal disorders or disease. For expert care that addresses the root cause of your problem rather than just treating symptoms, you can depend on Dr. Sam. Call the office to learn more about how functional medicine can benefit you or book your appointment online.

Functional Medicine

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is science-based, patient-focused health care that focuses on the underlying causes of illness and dysfunction rather than medicating or treating only the symptoms. Dr. Sam works with you to optimize your overall health by eliminating the cause of your gastrointestinal distress.

Functional medicine bears in mind the whole person and not just the areas of the body that aren’t functioning properly. Dr. Sam uses functional medicine to address issues that affect your health, including:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Side effects of medication
  • Lifestyle habits and choices
  • Environmental factors
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Stress

Why should I choose functional medicine?

Functional medicine works to stave off chronic disease. Dr. Sam uses integrative therapies to treat a host of conditions like Crohn's disease, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Reasons that functional medicine may be superior to conventional approaches are:

  • Individualized assessment and care: Dr. Sam uses advanced testing to determine what’s going on behind the scenes of your illness. Some of the specialized tests you may need are a stool test, blood and urine analysis, hormone evaluation, food allergy panel, and serum test.
  • Whole body care: your mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and are treated as such.
  • Scientifically supported: functional medicine is evidence-based and uses the latest tests and research to benefit patients worldwide.

What should I expect during a functional medicine appointment?

You’ll notice right away that a functional medicine appointment is longer than your previous conventional appointments. This is because Dr. Sam wants to understand your current health condition as well as your whole medical history.

At a typical appointment, Dr. Sam will:

  • Discuss your personal health goals
  • Recommend lab work, blood panels, and other specific testing
  • Develop your custom treatment plan
  • Answer all of your questions and concerns

After your first appointment, your personal care plan includes treatment approaches and recommended appointment frequency so you know exactly what to expect as you begin to heal.

Dr. Sam has years of experience improving the digestive health of hundreds of men and women with functional medicine. For long-lasting results and relief from your chronic gastrointestinal problems, call Dr. Sam’s office to learn more. You can also book directly online with the scheduling tool.