In this workshop, Dr. Bianca Chiara, MD IFMCP from PALM Health at the Chambers Center in Morristown, NJ will talk about the growing field of Functional Medicine and how it differs from traditional medical practice. Attendees will also learn the basic yet crucial practice of incorporating a healthy array of micronutrients in their daily diets and walk away with a grocery list of “rainbow” foods that can positively affect their body’s natural defenses, aging and disease.
Dr. Bianca Chiara is a board-certified Family Medicine physician, who recently joined the staff of PALM Health at the Chambers Center in Morristown NJ. Raised by a chiropractor father and homemaker mother who cooked three meals a day from scratch, she was exposed to integrative healthcare practices and learned about the importance of nutrition and “food as medicine” at a very young age. As she began her private medical practice in 2004, she felt her conventional medical training left her feeling void of the ability to truly help those with chronic illness and provide substantial preventative health strategies. In 2010, she started her journey with The Institute for Functional Medicine, an AMA accredited organization, offering evidence-based training for physicians in the field of Functional Medicine – a personalized, systems-oriented model where patients and practitioners work in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease. With Functional Medicine, physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease. Chiara soon realized that Functional Medicine was the path to answer the questions her traditional medical training had failed to address.