Why Choose Functional Medicine Center of Montana?

Many people are seeking to improve their health and well being. They may suffer from a debilitating illness and pursue medical attention hoping to improve their overall wellness, but become frustrated when they continue to fall short of their goals.

After having a similar experience, Dr. Thorn wanted to develop a medical program where the concept of treatment was completely different. Instead of diagnosing a patient based on their symptoms and prescribing treatment, Dr. Thorn adopted a functional medicine approach to get to the bottom of why they are ill. Her approach is unique and addresses the root causes of illness and thereby strives to restore the health and vitality of each individual. After being evaluated at the Functional Medicine Center of Montana, patients will have acquired the necessary tools to continue their progress towards optimal health long after they have completed their medical program.

At Functional Medicine Center of Montana, we spend time with our patients so we can take a careful history, perform a physical exam, and use the latest tested and proven lab testing to get to the bottom of why they are ill.

The medical programs at Functional Medicine Center of Montana are designed to eliminate band aid treatments and quick fixes, and reverse your path of illness to optimal health. Our goal is to make your future years the healthiest of your life.

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and freedom.
– Viktor Frankle

Discover How The Functional Medicine Center of Montana is Different

  • Partnership: We focus on forming a partnership with you in your journey to optimal wellness. 
  • Patient Centered: We recognize that everyone has different triggers. By addressing root cause, treatment is modified based on an individual’s needs.
  • Restorative: We aim to restore proper function of the body to reverse disease and prevent illness.
  • Comprehensive: We combine the best of conventional and root-cause medicine to provide in-depth treatment.
  • Evidence Based: We use the latest tested and proven research in combination with clinical observation.

A Functional Approach To Health

Digestion:  Are you tired of bloating, excessive gas or diarrhea after each meal? This is a sign that your gut needs healing. Leaky gut syndrome is very common and can be linked to a number of GI illness’s including irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and GERD.

Anxiety or depression:  Do you feel depressed or anxious most of the time? Are your medications making you feel tired and less focused? Dr. Thorn can work with you to choose the right foods and correct any nutrient deficiencies you may have. She can recommend mind-body practices and help you improve your connection with community and spirituality. This can lead to improvement of your depression and anxiety symptoms. 

Autoimmune conditions:  Do you struggle with joint pain and swelling, rashes, or chronic fatigue? Understanding the role inflammation plays in your chronic illness is critical to begin healing.  Dr. Thorn will work with you to discover what the sources of your inflammation are and help you minimize them so your immune system can function more normally.  With proper nutrition and immune balancing, natural supplements,  you can heal and reverse inflammatory symptoms and diseases.

Energy and vibrancy:  Wouldn’t it feel good to wake each morning feeling rested and refreshed? And better yet, carry this energy throughout your day without crashing mid way through? By being mindful of the necessary nutrients your body needs for healthy energy production, as well as lifestyle change, you can improve your energy and feel more vibrant!

Allergies and acute illness:  Are you wondering what you can do to decrease the allergies, colds or sinus infections you suffer from? Believe it or not, becoming more aware of the foods you are reacting to, getting proper sleep, and using a few key nutrients will decrease your likelihood of contracting these conditions.

Weight loss:  Are you frustrated with trying to lose weight? Are you tired of trying the latest diet only to find that you readily gain the weight back just weeks after finishing the program? Dr. Thorn will work with you to lose weight and keep it off. She will reset your metabolism using a combination of intermittent fasting, guidance on food choices and quantity, and supplement support. This reset is key in insulin regulation and reversing metabolic syndrome.

Hormone health:  Did you know that hormones affect all of our body functions, from growth and sexual development, to mood and how well we sleep, how we manage stress, and how our body breaks down food? When our hormones are in balance our body thrives!  Some of the conditions associated with hormone dysfunction include diabetes, hypothyroidism, PMS, and adrenal fatigue.

Pediatric Nutrition:  Are you concerned that your child is not getting exactly what he needs for healthy mind and body development?  It can be stressful trying to figure out the best foods to feed your child. Dr. Thorn will evaluate your child’s current diet being mindful of possible food intolerances and recommend natural supplements and botanicals that will optimize healthy mind and body development. Avoiding certain foods can not only promote healthy development but also lead to fewer infections and negative behavior.

The functional medicine approach to your health exceeds what conventional medicine offers because it seeks to reverse the etiology of your symptoms rather than cover them up with pharmaceutical products. Functional medicine provides a way for you to heal from the inside out.

I want to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the
Functional Medicine Center of Montana!

I am very eager to serve you! My own journey over the past several years has been a personal revolution and extremely rewarding.

When I was 30 years old I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I adhered to a gluten free diet and noticed significant improvement in chronic diarrhea and anemia, energy level, and felt much happier and content overall.  

Fast forward to the past several years when my GI symptoms and other conditions reoccurred, and after multiple ‘normal’ work ups and medication that did not work, I found the answer about why I was so ill, even though I had been consistent with my diet. While training with the Institute for Functional Medicine I finally realized how detrimental my lifestyle of travel and shift work was to my health.

My eyes also opened to an entirely different way to practice medicine that my 7 years of postgraduate training had failed to teach me. After 20 years of shift work, seeing patient after patient with concerns that at one time had no relevance, I finally saw a pattern emerging. With this new found knowledge, it became a conflict for me to continue treating patients the way I always had and I realized I had to change the way I was practicing medicine.

Opening the Functional Medicine Center of Montana is my sincere attempt to provide a more comprehensive and natural way of healing for my patients.

My personal journey and healing continue today.  And I would love to partner with you in your own journey towards optimal health and vitality.

What people are saying about Functional Medicine Center of Montana

We have had multiple medical issues with our young daughter. As far back as I can remember Dr. Thorn has been there to listen to our concerns and offer much-needed support. As Dr. Thorn transitioned to functional medicine she has opened up doorways for our daughter’s epilepsy control, gut health and has helped us live more stress-free.

Dr. Thorn continues to be compassionate and patient when listening to concerns. We are very grateful to have her as part of our family medical care.

I was diagnosed with Stage 3A Breast Cancer over 5 years ago. I traveled down the conventional path of medicine to help “get rid” of the bad cells.

Dr. Thorn and I crossed paths last winter. She introduced me to OGX Spore Powder and assisted me trying to dig a little deeper in strengthening my digestive and immune system to counteract the cancer meds I am on as well as help fight the war against those “bad” cells in my body.

I respect and appreciate Dr. Thorn’s knowledge and ability to help better my life.

Are You Ready to Find Your Optimal Health?!

I look forward to helping you be the change you want to see in your health! If you have any questions you’d like to ask before you are ready to take the first step in your journey to health, I am happy to answer them.