Healing Methodologies

Functional Laboratory Analysis

Functional Laboratory Analysis
Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and evaluating the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Laboratory Analysis
As part of your care at Resilient Roots, you will receive comprehensive blood chemistry testing assessing multiple critical areas of health including nutritional status, markers of immune function and inflammation, cardiometabolic health and hormone function. From this data, Dr. Abbott and the Resilient Roots team provide you with a personalized report showing you the key physiologic areas requiring greater support as well as your main health strengths. Dr. Abbott will work with you over time to follow key biomarkers as you implement new therapies including dietary, lifestyle, supplement or medication based treatments.

Functional and Ancestral Nutrition

Functional and Ancestral Nutrition
Our functional nutrition approach emphasizes meeting the body’s nutritional needs with an omnivorous, whole-foods-based way of eating that promotes health, vitality, and human flourishing. No supplement or tincture can replace the synergy of nutrients packaged together in real food. Utilizing an in-depth understanding of human physiology, we build individualized, therapeutic protocols to support each individual patient and his or her identified areas of need.

Focused Nutraceutical Supplementation


During times of healing, we employ focused supplementation to improve key systems, such as one’s gut, immune, or metabolic health, while also cultivating greater equanimity and resilience to a challenged nervous system. To accomplish these goals, we combine our lifestyle and food-first approach with personalized supplementation utilizing practitioner-grade products of the highest quality to ensure adequate forms and dosages of the desired components.


Not all supplements are created equal. Many of the most widely available products are made with low-quality materials and potentially harmful excipients and fillers. Many direct-to-consumer supplement companies use “proprietary” blends meaning the product may or may not provide adequate amounts of the touted active components. To counter these challenges, we utilize products from professional-grade supplement companies who provide third-party testing and adhere to GMP (good manufacturing practices) standards to ensure their products are consistent, pure, and of the highest quality. In addition, we regularly assess literature reviews and supplement testing from third party companies like ConsumerLab.com to best inform our supplement choices.

Lifestyle Medicine: The 8 Elements

In order to support a robust healing environment we utilize a framework called The 8 Elements that integrates core elements of the Human experience. We believe that the whole person must be held and treated to find true wellness, and we (plus the research) find these 8 Elements integral in our approach.

The 8 Elements are:

Physical Movement
Resilience to Stress
Connection to Nature
Circadian Rhythm