Discover the Power of Functional Medicine

At Linden & Arc Vitality Institute, we bring an unprecedented focus to Functional Medicine, identifying and addressing the root cause of your symptoms or illness. Through detailed quantitative testing and in-depth analysis, we assess how your interconnecting biological functions – the relationships between genetics, lifestyle, and environments – influence your health. We’ll empower you with proactive, individualized, and scientific-based treatments that restore and improve your overall vitality and well-being.

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Functional Medicine Physician Services
Functional Medicine Physician Services
Our Approach to
Functional Medicine

Nutrition, exercise, stress, relaxation, relationships, and environmental exposures – each of these factors affects your key biological functions: gut health, brain power, heart vitality, immune system, hormone balance, and energy. Our approach is to observe the overall efficiency of each biological function in-depth, determining the imbalances that cause your illnesses. With a comprehensive timeline of your medical history, including genetics, symptoms, triggers, and mediators, we create a “matrix” map that focuses on the best course of individualized treatments that goes beyond the immediate symptoms to improve your physical and mental health.

The Best Functional Medicine
Doctors in Calgary

Dr. Lynne Murfin

Founder and Medical Director
Whole-heartedly focused on helping patients heal and achieve extraordinary outcomes, Dr. Murfin leaves no stone unturned to uncover the origin of your illness. She offers tailored precision medicine that improves your overall health.
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Dr. Michelle van der Westhuizen

Functional Medicine Physician
Dr. Michelle’s passion is to help people help themselves. By thoroughly searching for the root cause of your current illness, she can guide you with proactive functional treatments that restore balance in the system.
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Dr. Daniel Ruttle

Functional Medicine Physician
Dr. Daniel is passionate about pursuing the fundamentals of disease, helping people lift their well-being to unimaginable levels. He appreciates the uniqueness of your health journey and thinks outside the box in managing your wellness.
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Experience Transformative
Care with our Functional
Medicine Doctors

As pioneers of science and transformative care, we bypass the one-size-fits-all approach to medical practices; instead, we focus on precision medicine, a new discipline for personalized healthcare. This innovative approach takes into account the individual variables in your genes, environments, and lifestyles. Through advanced testing in next-generation laboratories, we will provide you with a cutting-edge tailored treatment strategy that targets specific genetic characteristics, eliminating the core cause of illnesses while rejuvenating and restoring your health. Scientific, ground-breaking and accurate, you’ll experience the individualized care you deserve with our Functional Medicine Doctors in Calgary.  

Functional Medicine Physician Services
Frequently Asked Questions

Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of patients. The approach is focused on determining and addressing root causes by focusing on the interconnecting web between genetics, social factors (such as diet, relationships, and lifestyle) and environmental exposures (such as airborne toxins) that influence your health and well-being. This discipline focuses on treating, improving and healing chronic conditions through a multidisciplinary treatment approach, resulting in complete health.

Mainstream medical practice does not focus on finding the root cause of problems; instead, it focuses on treating symptoms. Typical tests do not uncover food sensitivities, food allergies, inflammation, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, and metabolic imbalances. Functional Medicine works differently. It focuses on addressing the whole person, not just the symptoms. Our access to modern genetic testing can help identify underlying genetic risks, modifying them through diet, supplements, medications, and other evidence-based treatments.

At Linden & Arc Vitality Institute, we base our practice on the Core Nodes of Healing Model. The model focuses on the patient as a whole, peeling back the layers of your health to expose the core of your health challenges. We use the seven core nodes, which are particular biological functions that work together to form a plan for health and healing. The seven nodes are: improving gut health; boosting brain power and mood; balancing hormones; enhancing detoxification; restoring heart vitality; optimizing immune balance, and increasing energy.

Yes! If you are suffering from chronic medical conditions, and taking too many prescription drugs, or want to optimize your health, Linden & Arc Vitality Institute can help. Our Calgary Functional Medicine doctors can provide you with an individualized treatment plan that is based on your unique medical scenario, so you’ll receive the care you deserve.

Our in-depth and detailed intake process builds a timeline of your history and health for us to address the origins of your health challenges. We use targeted questions centred on Mind-Body-Soul-Spirit wellness, gathering information related to your individual antecedents (i.e. genetics), triggers (i.e. stressful events) and mediators (i.e. ongoing perpetuating factors) while utilizing innovative diagnostic testing and a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. We will display which nodes must be addressed and what changes are needed to promote and restore complete health.

Yes, since the pandemic, virtual meetings have been more common with professional business platforms, such as Zoom. Even though we can do initial consultations virtually, we do not diagnose or treat without the patient travelling to Calgary to undergo a thorough assessment by the team. Once you have done the in-person assessments in Calgary, our team may offer advice and consultation via Zoom. You must visit the office once per calendar year in order to remain a patient of the clinic.

 

Alternatively, we can offer health coaching services that offer health advice but not medical care, diagnosis or treatment. The health coaching services we offer do not take the place of medical diagnosis and treatment.

We support all Canadians seeking better health. However, each provincial regulator (e.g. the provincial medical regulators) has different licensing requirements for clinicians providing telemedicine outside of their own licensing jurisdiction. Depending on the province you live in, our clinicians may be able to provide care to you virtually, subject to the following caveats.

 

While we may be able to offer initial consultations virtually, we cannot diagnose or treat without the patient travelling to Calgary to undergo a thorough assessment by the team. Once you have done the in-person assessments in Calgary, depending on where you live in Canada, our team may be able to offer advice and consultation via Zoom.

 

Alternatively, we can offer health coaching services that offer health advice but not medical care, diagnosis or treatment. The health coaching services we offer do not take the place of medical diagnosis and treatment.

Yes, you must visit the office once per calendar year to remain a patient of the clinic. Alternatively, our health coaching services do not occur in the clinic, meaning you can continue receiving the treatment you need.