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Functional & Holistic Medicine


Functional & Holistic Medicine

Incorporating conventional medicine with her training in holistic and functional medicine, Dr. Sarah Washatka provides preventative and holistic care for the entire family. She specializes in adrenal, hormone, and neurotransmitter dysfunction in men, women, and children. Dr. Washatka uses her training in Applied Kinesiology as well as Conventional and Functional medicine to tailor a specific treatment protocol for every single patient.


Who can Benefit?

  • Women’s Health
  • Cognitive & Mood Disorders
  • Hormone Imbalance (Men & Women)
  • Fatigue: Chronic & Acute
  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Issues
  • Holistic Pediatric Care
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Pediatric and Adult Mood Disorders

Functional & Holistic Medicine | Longevity Effect

Functional & Holistic Medicine is commonly misunderstood. Most people wonder how Functional & Holistic Medicine really works.

About Functional & Holistic Medicine | Longevity Effect

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Functional & Holistic Medicine is a form of alternative medicine that encompasses a number of methods, techniques, and treatments from supplements & herbs to diets, to mind-body techniques such as yoga and tai-chi to hands on techniques like massage therapy, foot massage called reflexology, as well as the ancient technique of acupuncture and transcendental meditation. Functional and holistic medicine helps to empower the patients to heal their bodies beyond traditional medicine.


Many of us understand and have experienced how pain in our bodies can increase stress. When our back hurts or our head is throbbing or our stomach is tied up in knotts, it can increase our stress levels. However, some may not know that the reverse is also true. Since our bodies and minds are intertwined, it makes sense that stress would affect our bodies ability to heal.


Our bodies have a stress response system called the sympathetic nervous system. This is what controls our fight, flight or freeze response. When the sympathetic nervous system is activated by stress, it becomes harder for the body to heal itself. The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response. All of the negative things that come with stress have a polar opposite, positive effect that helps our bodies heal themselves.

The Fundamental Organizing Systems and Core Clinical Imbalances


Digestion, Absorption, Microbiota/GI, Respiration


Defense and Repair

Immune system, Inflammatory processes, Infection and microbiota



Energy regulation, Mitochondrial function


Biotransformation and elimination

Toxicity, Detoxification



Endocrine, Neurotransmitters, Immune messengers, Cognition



Cardiovascular, Lymphatic systems


Structural Integrity

From the subcellular membranes to the musculoskeletal system

Functional & Holistic Medicine FAQ | Longevity Effect

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View these Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between going to a Functional & Holistic Doctor & going to a regular doctor?

As Holistic medicine practitioners, we believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts. In this, we believe that if one part is not functioning properly, all the other parts will in one way or another, be affected. In this way, if anyone has an imbalance or imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.

As holistic doctors, we use many different forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat our patients. For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to us, instead of walking out simply with medications, we will likely take a look at all of the potential factors that could be causing the headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan may involve drugs to relieve symptoms, but also lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring.

How is Functional & Holistic Medicine Different?

Functional & Holistic medicine is based upon understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complicated, chronic disease. A large part of a functional & Holistic medicine approach includes:

  • Patient-centered care. Our focus as functional & Holistic medicinal practitioners is on patient-centered care, promoting exponential health. Not just the absence of disease. By listening to our patients and learning his or her story, we walk our patients through the discovery process and tailor treatments that address each individual’s unique situation.
  • Integrating the best medical practices. Functional & Holistic Medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention. Data is generated through the use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques. A comprehensive plan is then prescribed for the individual patient which may include hormonal balancing, medications, botanicals, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques.
  • An integrative, scientific healthcare approach. As Functional & Holistic medicine practitioners, we consider the complicated web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique makeup of each person is brought to consideration, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical, social and environmental) factors that affect total functioning.

How Effective is Functional & Holistic Medicine?

Generally, this will depend on the diligence of each person in following their daily treatment plan and making lifestyle changes that only they can implement and stick to. We are committed to assisting and releasing each client to take back their health and experience life changing results if they are committed to doing so.

How long will it be before I see results from Functional & Holistic Medicine?

Results vary with each of our patients. Some people feel dramatic improvement within the first month or even sooner. Others take a longer amount of time. Our standard treatment plans are generally of 3 to 6 months long. Typically, your condition didn’t develop in just a single day. Years of stress and illness take usually their toll and a proper amount of time is necessary to restore the body back to its proper functioning state. On average it takes approximately one month of repair for each year you’ve suffered from a specific problem.

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More about Functional & Holistic Medicine at Longevity Effect


To determine HOW and WHY disease and illness occur and to address the ROOT cause to restore health for each individual. To continue to SEEK out top of the line treatments and cutting edge science in the field to ensure comprehensive care for all.


Understanding that blood serum testing is no longer the only diagnostic test to determine the ROOT cause of illness, Dr. Washatka also utilizes the most up to date diagnostic testing to determine the best treatment plan and ensure a one of a kind approach for her patients.


Patients can expect to address their chemical, emotional, and structural needs when establishing care with Dr. Washatka. Not only will they be treating their main complaint, they will understand how lifestyle stress, chemical stress, and mental stress also contribute and need to be addressed in order to achieve optimal health.

Functional & Holistic Medicine Symptoms | Longevity Effect

If you suffer with any of these symptoms, functional medicine may be for you.

Women’s Health

Functional & Holistic Medicine can be a great treatment plan for many women’s health issues. If you have any common women’s health issues, a functional/holistic approach may be right for you
Cognitive & Mood Disorders

Cognitive & Mood Disorders have been successfully treated through Funcional & Holistic Medicine. At Longevity Effect, with our personalized treatment plans, your cognitive or mood disorder can be in your past.
Hormone Imbalance

Here at Longevity Effect, we can treat an assortment of Men’s or Women’s Hormone Imbalance issues. Visit us to see if our Functional & Holistic approach could be your solution.
Fatigue: Chronic & Acute

Chronic & Acute Fatigue can be a grueling and frustrating issue to deal with in everyday life. Our Functional & Holistic Medical approach could be the solution to your chronic or acute fatigue issue.
Chronic Pain

Our Functional & Holistic Medicine practice has had success in treating chronic pain for a number of patients in the past. Functional & Holistic Medicine at Longevity may be right for you
Sleep Issues

Not being able to sleep at night can put an excess of stress on one’s life. If you struggle with sleeping at night or reaching deep sleep, a functional & holistic approach may be right for you.
Holistic Pediatric Care

Our Functional & Holistic approach is not just for adults, but can be used to treat pediatric issues as well. We at Longevity Effect can help treat your whole family
Difficulty Concentrating

If you struggle with concentrating, a Functional & Holistic approach to medicine may be right for you. Dr. Washatka here at Longevity Effect has had success treating other patients with the same symptoms
Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders can be a very trying issue to deal with in everyday life. If you have gone the traditional route and are ready for a new perspective, Functional & Holistic Medicine may be right for you.