Get to the root cause and regain your health. So you've experienced a decline in your health. You are tired, fatigued, and can't keep your eyes open. You've developed heartburn, burping, reflux or wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety. Maybe it's brain fog or body aches. Something isn't right. You know it. But all of the tests are normal. There's nothing wrong. The experts say it might be in your head. But you know it isn't. And the answer is another medication for symptom relief. I understand. I know the frustration. It was a similar experience for myself that led me to functional medicine. There is an answer. There is a reason.
Hello, I'm Dr. Robert Richart, D.C., CFMP. I'm a chiropractic physician who lost his health and regained it through functional medicine. I had a busy practice, a busy life, too much stress, and not enough rest. Over time, I developed fatigue, silent reflux, heartburn, and body aches. I was gaining weight and feeling lousier with each day.
I knew something was wrong. But my lab tests all came back normal. My doctor recommended some prescriptions and suggested that I lose some weight. Not the answers that I was looking for.
That's when I decided to explore another path. One that was not based only on the relief of my symptoms.
Seeking to find the reason for my complaints, the root cause, led me to functional medicine.
My lab tests showed that my adrenals were fatiguing, and I had acquired some nasty digestive bugs and my body was accumulating toxins faster than I could get rid of them. My Zonulin was high, an indicator of leaky gut, and I had Candida overgrowth.
Over time, using the same programs and processes that I use with my patients, I started to regain my health, and my energy, started to feel better, and enjoy life again. I got my life back! And now I help others do the same.
In functional medicine, we use science-based labs in conjunction with short-term supplement programs and lifestyle changes to improve health. Usually, we work together actively for six months to a year with most patients continuing with periodic health maintenance checks after completing their programs.
Dr. Dan Kalish is a chiropractic physician and a pioneer in functional medicine. His one-year mentorship program graduates include physicians from the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. In 2016, Dr Kalish along with two physicians from the Mayo Clinic conducted a study on functional medicine using the Kalish Method. The results were published in the May 2016 Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice issue.
We treat the effects of chronic pain and emotional, dietary, and/or inflammatory stress. There is commonly a stressful event that precedes a patient's decline in health. It can be a grief or loss, someone dies, or a divorce. It can be from losing a job or starting a new more stressful one. It can be from working too many hours over weeks and months.
Stress is probably the most common initiator of illness that we see in functional medicine. The second would be dietary: Blood sugar instability, gluten sensitivity, food allergies, skipping meals, and eating too many processed foods.
Commonly, patients present with fatigue, weight gain, digestive problems or anxiety, and depression. They state that they are tired all of the time, don't sleep well, and have heartburn, reflux, bloating, burping, coughing after meals, or stomach pain after eating. They might have constipation or diarrhea issues.
They're wired but tired. They are exhausted but then can't seem to fall asleep or then wake up in the middle of the night. They've gained weight that doesn't seem to come off easily. They've got chronic joint pain that doesn't go away.
Frequently, they state that they know something isn't right, but they can't figure it out. And the tests run by their primary care physician are normal. They are frustrated and concerned.... and they want answers!
We use simple to perform at-home lab testing, and short-term supplement programs combined with lifestyle changes. We discuss and teach effective ways to reduce stress, get better sleep, eat better, and be more active.
Our practice is primarily based on telehealth. We moved to telehealth with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and found that our patients preferred it as it saved them time and was more convenient for their busy lifestyles.
Initial consultations and follow-up visits are done using a HIPAA-compliant video portal. Lab tests are ordered using an online partner that sends the test kits directly to the patient and provides online support. W use an online supplement dispensary to fulfill recommendations.
Our process starts with a complimentary [hone consultation to review the patient's health history to determine if the patient has an issue that may be helped using functional medicine in our practice.
The next step is to schedule a 1-hour consultation at which time we go over in detail the patient's history and recommendations for lab testing, if necessary, are made. Most patients work with us for six to twelve months.
Costs vary depending on the complexity of the patient's case. We offer a free consultation to discuss the patient's case before accepting them for treatment and we discuss costs before proceeding.
Treatment costs include consultation fees, lab costs, and supplement purchases.
We don't participate in any health insurance plan networks. The company that fulfills our lab orders offers 90-day interest-free financing.
Functional Medicine services are usually reimbursable through HSA and FSA spending accounts.
Call our office today at (520) 539-8001 or make an appointment through our website to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your case to determine if you might benefit from functional medicine.
Please spend some time visiting our website to learn more about us and our practice. If you have any questions about our practice or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.
We currently see patients who reside in Arizona and Illinois, the states where Dr. Richart holds licensure as a chiropractic physician.
Dr. Robert Richart D.C., CFMP is a chiropractic physician with over 30 years of experience. He is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. He holds active licenses as a chiropractic physician in Illinois and Arizona. He is not a medical doctor.
He has trained extensively in the Kalish Method. This method is the same one used by the Mayo Clinic in their study on women with complaints of fatigue, digestive problems, anxiety/depression, weight gain, and hormone issues.
Functional medicine can help treat many types of symptoms and conditions. If you're tired of treatment with prescriptions that seem to only mask your symptoms functional medicine may be able to help.
Dr. Richart has completely changed my daughter’s life! We cannot say enough about him and how much he cares for us and our wellbeing. He has truly been a blessing and I highly recommend seeing him.
I initially visited Dr. Richert last Spring out of curiosity. I don't have any serious health complaints. Since going, I have lost 20 lb., and I feel like I have more energy. I got the needed momentum also to make changes to my diet and begin looking into mindfulness practices. The cost of the program is substantial, but he was very upfront about it, and I would encourage others to go for it. Here is what to expect, if you are on the fence about doing this. He had me fill out a lengthy questionnaire about all aspects of my physical and mental health, my complaints and goals, then followed up in a lengthy interview. He prescribed at-home clinical tests of my stress hormones, my gut and my other hormones. Based on all of this information he prescribed various rounds of supplements to shore up those systems. The effects of these supplements are subtle, but real and accumulate with time.
Dr. Richart has been my chiropractor for several years. I recently did functional medicine with Dr. Richart because as I'm aging I wanted to stay in good health. After testing I was surprised to find my body needed a little tweaking. After just a couple of weeks I'm no longer tired at 3 o'clock in the afternoon my day now starts earlier and I find I'm up later. I wake up refreshed every morning and sleep throughout the night. I'm so impressed with Dr. Richart and his knowledge of the human body. Thank you Dr. Richart for keeping well
I have been a patient for 11 years. Dr. Richart has made my life worth living. My overall experience has been great. He has helped me in every way spirit, soul and body not only me but my family also. Last year I had complications from adrenaline administered during skin cancer surgery. Today I am healthy because he treated me properly. Also from the surgery my neck was misaligned and I needed it corrected. I was so bad it was necessary for him to see me as an emergency patient outside of his usual office hours. I am eternally grateful for his kindness and generosity.
Dr. Richart has been a god-send to me - after five years of self-neglect, I began seeing him for Functional Medicine, and it's been life-changing. His kind, compassionate care and demeanor is so healing! I feel so fortunate to have him on my side.
I am almost 30 years old and have been seeing chiropractors regularly for my back/neck since I was 10 year old. Over that time I've seen a dozen different chiropractors, and none of them have come close to the results I've gotten from the work done by Dr. Richart. My back/neck/spine alignment had never felt "normal" or "right" until I started seeing Dr. Richart. He even helped my jaw/TMJ issues. His goal is to heal you so that you don't have to come in anymore or as often, rather than wanting you to keep coming in with problems and viewing you as a dollar sign. My quality of life has noticeably improved thanks to Dr. Richart.
Dr. Richart and his staff are great,and while receiving outstanding care, treatment on a personal level to recoup or maintain your personal freedom. They are a outstanding team and glad they are on my side!
If you are in need of chiropractic services Dr. Richart is the person you need to see. If you are experiencing chiropractic issues his knowledge and innovative techniques/equipment will enable you to get back to where you need to be physically. Office personnel really care about your health concerns. They go out of their way to make sure you see Dr.Richart as quickly possible in order for him to address your concerns. New location in Northfield on Frontage Road, 2 Northfield Plaza,#204. Easy to get to and it is located right next door to Fields Land Rover. 5 Stars
There is no better partner I've found for chiropractic and functional medicine. Dr. Richart and his team are professional, educated, and a joy to be around. My health and overall well-being has improved dramatically since I became a patient. I would recommend Dr. Richart to anyone and everyone
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