The first appointment includes an interview and intake, physical exam and time to discuss laboratory testing. Most people who have not worked with a functional medicine doctor find the process more comprehensive than other experiences. This appointment is essential to the doctor to gather extensive information that is used to determine the underlying imbalances and influences that are a unique combination of genetic, environmental, lifestyle and psychosocial factors. These unique factors in each person influence and create disease, symptoms, or dysfunction. The doctor uses the information gathered at the initial visit, the physical exam, and comprehensive laboratory testing to customize a personalized, science-based, natural treatment plan and interventions to reestablish the body’s self-healing capacities and bring balance and functionality to the body’s systems. The body deserves to be treated in its entirety and not treated as “picked- apart” systems and symptoms.