About Our Practice

Nutrition is more than just calorie counting for weight loss.

Conventional medicine tends to put a band-aid on many nutritional related diseases. Doctors rarely talk to their patients about the role of nutrition in blood sugar management, food allergies, inflammation and many other heart-health and brain-health related issues.

In Functional Nutrition we shift the focus to nutrition as a first line of defense for combating and preventing these symptoms versus masking them with temporary solutions. 

We are a group of highly trained and experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionists that are dedicated to improving access to high quality nutrition counseling through the first ever all-virtual Functional Nutrition platform.

 

What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition is rooted in the Functional Medicine framework.

Functional Medicine is a new operating system in medicine that focuses on getting to the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms. The approach is patient-centered rather than disease-centered, making it very individualized. The Father of functional medicine, Dr. Sidney Baker explains that “it is the individual, not the disease that is the target of our therapeutic efforts”. When the patient meets with the doctor they review the patient’s story and their life timeline in order to identify antecedents, triggers and mediators that may be intertwined with the onset or progression of disease. From this information, the doctor is able to conduct a root-cause analysis in order to identify why the patient became ill. 

 If you picture each of us to be a tree, functional medicine therapeutic efforts begin in the trunk and at the roots of the tree. The roots of the tree include sleep, stress, nutrition, physical activity, environmental pollutants and toxic exposures.

A major component of functional medicine is focused on the nutritional status of each patient. Functional medicine uses a food first approach by removing inflammatory foods and incorporating mostly plant-based phytonutrients with healthy fats and oils and lean sources of protein. Patients are assessed for their nutritional status looking at food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies and insufficiencies, and digestive function. This way of practicing medicine is the way of the future as it has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for patients and decrease healthcare costs long term.

Meet Our Team

Our team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are Board Certified in Integrative and Functional Nutrition through the The Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy.

Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD, IFNCP

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 
  • Functional Nutrition Board Certified with IFNA
  • IFM Trained (AFMCP + 6 modules)
  • Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University
  • Former Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
  • Masters in Public Health Nutrition & Dietetic Internship at Case Western Reserve University

Natalie Hill Lussier, MS, RDN, IFNCP, CLT

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Functional Nutrition Board Certified with IFNA
  • Nineteen years of clinical experience
  • Dietitian at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron
  • Student preceptor for University of Akron and Kent State University
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and Master’s of Science in Health Education at The Ohio State University, School of Allied Medicine