In order to determine the underlying cause of ongoing symptoms or conditions, it is important to fully understand all of the factors that can impact health. This requires in-depth history taking, comprehensive physical examination, and sometimes advanced laboratory testing.
At Fx Med @ CMI, we are here to help you optimize your health by getting to the root cause of your condition(s).
We dig deep into your history to determine the underlying dysfunction, and use an individualized,
holistic approach to creating better health. We would love to lead you down your healing path.
How does Functional Medicine at CMI differ?
Unlike conventional medicine, functional medicine aims to address the patient as a “whole” person and treat the root cause of conditions. This requires an in depth assessment of various health factors including nutrition, exercise, exposure to toxins, and genetic influences. After gathering as much information as possible, individualized therapeutic plans are developed to help the patient achieve their specific health goals.
What conditions are treated?
Individualized, holistic care that addresses the root cause of different conditions while optimizing overall health.
Use of different modalities to provide relief from various ailments and synergistically optimize the healing potential of the body.
An integrative modality, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to enhance treatment of pain, sleep issues, stress and more.
A personalized approach to fitness and movement that builds the foundation for achieving optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.
Personalized and targeted support from a trained health coach to develop trackable goals and boost motivation.
Specific, individualized recommendations about nutrition and diet that can transform all aspects of health.
Advanced laboratory testing to dig deeper into root causes of issues including genetic factors, toxins, deficiencies, hormone levels and more.
High-quality and research-backed vitamin and botanical supplement protocols that are used to boost efficacy of therapeutic treatment plans.
Natalie Branton, DO, is an experienced family medicine physician who offers a variety of primary care and integrative medicine services at the Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, New Jersey. Dr. Branton is board-certified in family medicine with additional training and certification in medical acupuncture and functional medicine.
After earning her osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Branton completed her family medicine residency training at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir, VA while also serving as a captain in the US Air Force. She continued her Air Force career at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada where she also served as the Primary Care Pain Champion for seven primary care clinics across Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases. Over the course of her four years at Nellis, she attained the rank of Major and travelled to many places including Germany, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria. She additionally completed training in medical acupuncture through Acus/Helms Medical Institute, frequency specific microcurrent, Calmare® Pain Therapy, Alpha-Stim Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation, and functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Dr. Branton has honed her osteopathic manipulation skills over the course of her career, using OMT to treat many different conditions. She has special interest in treating patients in a functional way, emphasizing lifestyle modifications to improve health and promote wellness. She’s passionate about disease prevention, and providing holistic care while offering non-traditional treatment approaches to a wide variety of conditions including chronic pain, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, anxiety/depression, insomnia, menopause and hormone imbalances, irritable bowel syndrome, and autoimmune diseases.
We strive to provide the safest possible environment for patients and staff. We follow CDC guidance for use of masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and physical distancing. We also offer telehealth appointments. Please contact us prior to your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms so we can best assist you.
Three steps toward better health:
• Sign up to receive our Welcome Email with more information and several forms to fill out electronically.
• Complete the required forms and questionnaires you receive via email and send them back.
• Once you send the forms and questionnaires back, you’ll receive a call or email to get scheduled!.
We take most major commercial insurance plans and Medicare for office visits. Some plans will cover other services we offer like acupuncture, nutrition counseling, health coaching and personal training however you should check with your specific plan to find out what exactly is covered. If you aren’t covered, don’t worry! We have packages and payment plans that work for any budget.
Functional medicine practitioners dive deep into each patient's history, physiology, and lifestyle to prevent and treat illness. The genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect overall health. A functional evaluation often demonstrates how one condition can have many causes or contributing factors, and one issue or cause can lead to many conditions or symptoms.