Our Functional Medicine Approach
We take a functional approach to your healthcare. This means we focus on identifying the root causes of your health issues and develop personalized treatment plans that correct these imbalances to improve overall health long-term.
We use proven techniques including a thorough analysis of a patients's history, laboratory testing and nutritional interventions. We find ways to improve our patient’s health without always relying on expensive and unnecessary medications that may alleviate the symptoms but do not cure the underlying cause.
Functional First was founded by Debra Brunk, FNP-BC as a healthcare clinic that takes a Functional Medicine approach and provides individualized patient-oriented care.
Debra achieved certification from The Institute for Functional Medicine and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of experience. She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Virginia and a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois Chicago.
"I had a rash that kept getting worse. The dermatologist prescribed a series of powerful drugs, none of which improved the situation.
Desperate, I went to Dr. Brunk who suggested an elimination diet. In 3 weeks the rash had significantly mellowed and in 4 weeks it was gone!
My problem had been food sensitivities. Easily fixed without dangerous drugs. Thanks!"
Conditions We Treat
As a Functional Medicine provider, we treat a wide range of chronic health issues. Some of the conditions we specialize in treating are below.
Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Joint and muscle pain
Phone: (847) 868-0397
1818 Dempster St.