Welcome to Restorative Health Care Functional Medicine!

We are excited to introduce our functional medicine model for the management and treatment of chronic disease to southwest Michigan. Over the years we have seen a growing number of patients come through our general surgery practice with abdominal complaints and no significant abnormal findings on testing. This became increasingly frustrating as we felt very limited in our ability to help these patients that were clearly experiencing significant symptoms that were “not normal”.

Through investigation and our own research after becoming frustrated with our inability to help these patients, we came upon the field of functional medicine. This approach for medical care focuses on treating the whole patient, rather than focusing on an individual disease. This allows us to look for the root cause of an illness instead of treating symptoms or lab values with an increasing number of medications.

With this approach, we have been able to make a significant change in the health of many of our patients, without any surgery! We are eager to help anyone suffering with chronic health or gastrointestinal problems help find health and vitality once again.

Why are we different?

In order to find the root cause of any health problem, we need to look not only at recent symptoms and events but also look extensively into your past history to search for triggers leading to disease and dysfunction.  Therefore we spend at least 90 minutes with you at your first appointment to go over your complete medical and personal history and look for clues to determine how best to restore well-being.  We will then discuss a variety of interventions including dietary and lifestyle changes, vitamin and mineral replacement as well as more traditional medical therapies when necessary.  All treatment plans are tailored to each individual patient.  Our goal is to work closely as a team with each patient to help you regain control of your health and well-being.

Your Functional Medicine Team

Carrie Palmer, PA-C CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Carrie Palmer, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Dr. John Koziarski BOARD CERTIFIED GENERAL SURGEON
Dr. John Koziarski

Board Certified General Surgeon

What is Functional Medicine?

Rather than identify and treat specific and separate diseases or symptoms largely with medications, minor procedures or surgery as is done in most traditional medical practices, we practice with a patient-centered approach, focusing on signs and symptoms of malfunction throughout the body and how the different areas of dysfunction all relate to the patient’s health as a whole.  This allows us to address the root cause or core difficulties that then lead to a variety of health problems or troubling symptoms, rather than just addressing  one or two symptoms.  Functional Medicine practitioners spend a lot of time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking for interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practice with “alternative” or “integrative” approaches to develop a science-based healthcare approach  based on up-to-date scientific research as well as human pathophysiology, or how your body’s cells, DNA and messaging systems work together to help every part of your body function at it’s best.

Many chronic diseases are diet and lifestyle-related diseases.  Therefore treatment of these often necessitates long-term changes in these areas.  This is a fundamental aspect of treating from a functional medicine perspective.

What is Functional Medicine?
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What We Treat

The field of medicine is always changing. For the last 22 years, Dr. Koziarski has provided general surgical care, phlebology (vein) care, and cosmetic services to Southwest Michigan residents. Over the last 5 years the field of Functional Medicine has taken an increasingly prominent role in the care of his patients.
Applying the principles of Functional Medicine, we have seen patients with severe, chronic illness get back to healthy, productive, pain-free lives; all without surgery! This excitement has lead Dr. Koziarski and Carrie Palmer, PA-C, providers at Family Surgical, to pursue certification by The Institute of Functional Medicine. We are the first practice in Calhoun County to offer these services.

Anti-aging

Maximize your ability to age gracefully and beautifully by addressing current health issues and optimizing factors known to aid in longevity.

Cardiovascular Disorders

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Dyslipidemia (Abnormal Blood Lipid Levels), Prevention of Heart Attacks and Strokes

Chronic Inflammation

Infections, Allergens, Environmental Exposures, Mold exposure

Energy Disorders

Pain, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Cognitive Dysfunction

Gastrointestinal Dysfunction

Diarrhea, Constipation, GERD, Imbalance in Gut Bacteria, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Digestion, Bloating and Gas and Nutrient Absorption Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky gut, SIBO, Yeast (Candida) overgrowth

Genomics

Managing risk factors for diseases using personalized medicine that incorporates your own genetics and family history. 

Healthy Weight Loss

Evaluate and optimize factors related to weight loss resistance, including genetics, hormones, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and personalized exercise and nutrition.

Hormonal Balance

Thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s and Graves, hypothyroidism and Adrenal dysfunction or “adrenal fatigue”

Immune Dysregulation & Autoimmune Disease

Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroiditis, Lupus, Immune deficiency, inflammatory bowel diseases such as crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Metabolic Conditions

Diabetes, Low Blood Sugar, Obesity, Nutritional Deficiencies

Neurological & Psychiatric Conditions

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative processes.

Toxicity and Detoxification

Evaluation of the build up of chemicals, pollutants, and heavy metals and their potential effects on your body, as well as provide a safe detoxification

Sleep

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, poor quality sleep, and sleep wake cycle disorders.

Ready to Get Started?

Schedule an appointment today: (269) 979-6200