Functional Medicine Specialist

Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine

Wellness Center located in Ridgewood, NJ

When it comes to disease management, traditional medicine often focuses on the symptoms or disease, not you. Amita Kalia, MD, and the team at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine in Ridgewood, New Jersey, take a more holistic, evidence-based approach to care with functional medicine, providing treatments that address the root cause of your disease or symptoms to resolve the health issues altogether. To schedule your functional medicine appointment, call the office, or book online today.

Functional Medicine Q & A

Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to medical care that focuses more on the underlying issues that cause health conditions and disease, rather than focusing on the disease itself. 


At Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine, the team considers your symptoms or disease the end result of the interactions between your unique genetic profile and your diet, lifestyle, and environment. Instead of prescribing medications or referring you to specialists, the team works one-on-one with you to develop personalized treatment plans that addresses your unique health needs and the root cause of your health issues. 


In addition to more personalized care, functional medicine also focuses on putting you back in control of your health. The professional team at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine considers your patient-doctor relationship a partnership. They provide you with the education, tools, and ongoing guidance you need to address your health issues and optimize your overall health and wellness.

What can I expect during a functional medicine consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive and personalized evaluation when you come in for a functional medicine consultation at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine. The team takes a holistic approach to care and asks detailed questions to better understand your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  


During your consultation, the team reviews your health concerns and symptoms, medical history, family history, diet, work life, relationships, and daily stresses. They also conduct a physical exam.


Based on the information gathered during your exam, the team requests diagnostic labs to further evaluate your health and identify the root cause of your health issues. Testing may evaluate:


  • Hormone levels
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Function of organ systems
  • Food allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Genetics


For your convenience, the full-service wellness center performs many specialized labs in-house.


The team uses the information gathered during your consultation, including the results of your diagnostic testing, to develop your personalized treatment plan. 

What are functional medicine treatments?

The team at Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine takes an integrative, natural, and evidence-based approach to care and develops individualized treatment plans aimed at addressing the root cause of your health issues. Your treatment plan may include:


  • Nutrition therapy
  • Fitness program
  • Stress management
  • Nutritional or herbal supplements
  • Prescription medication
  • Mindfulness coaching


Once your treatment plan is in place, the team has you return to the office, so they can monitor your symptoms and adjust your plan, as needed. Follow-up lab tests may also be requested to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment plan. 


For a more personalized approach to care that puts you back in control of your health, call Functional, Integrative and Obesity Medicine, or book your functional medicine consultation online.