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Functional Medicine
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Medical Acupuncture

When was the last time your doctor spent an hour with you?


We all know how rushed doctor's appointments can be. Most follow up office visits are 10 minutes and usually limited to 1 complaint per visit. At the Center for Holistic Medicine we change that approach by taking time to get to know you. An average initial functional medicine visit may take 90 minutes. We take the time to hear your medical concerns and also to understand the path that you travelled to get to your current health. We inquire about your diet and nutrition, your exercise and wellness routines, stresses and sleep. We also learn about your personal family history and lifestyle choices that can be contributing to your physical condition. After we have explored your concerns and any contributing factors, a thorough physical exam including nutritional exam is performed.

Most clients leave empowered, having an understanding of the changes that are needed to get them on the path to wellness. They are given a nutritional plan, detailed labs to explore causes for their conditions and supplements, exercise plans and other therapeutic modalities such as acupuncture and microcurrent to improve their symptoms. This approach allows the practitioner and the patient to work together in reaching their wellness goals.

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a science based and personalized healthcare approach that assesses and treats the underlying causes of illness. Rather than just treating the symptoms of a disease, an upstream approach is used. Functional medicine changes the what (your diagnosis) you have to why (what lead you to your condition). Some of the systems that can be troubled include; your body's immune function, structural status, energetic and digestive capacity, detoxification ability, genetic predispositions and hormonal imbalances. With these in mind, individually tailored therapies are used to restore health and improve function and wellness.  


A Patient Centered Approach

Every individual is unique. This is what makes functional medicine so useful. Traditional medicine frequently involves a diagnosis to define your condition, and prescription medications to decrease your symptoms. The functional medicine approach, however, is an upstream approach, looking at the underlying causes of your condition, incorporation of lifestyle modifications, including, nutrition, exercise, stress management as well as traditional medications and supplements to modulate them.

Functional medicine integrates traditional medical practices with what are sometimes considered "alternative" or "integrative" medicine. There is a strong focus on prevention and the use of lifestyle approaches to modify wellbeing. One of the principles of functional medicine is to "remove what harms and give what heals" to promote optimal wellness. Treatment plans are individualized with the use of the latest laboratories, detailed history taking and physical exams.

A combination of supplements, prescriptions and lifestyle interventions are considered based on your individual evaluation. At the Center for Holistic Medicine we use many different therapeutic approaches including; mild hyperbaric oxygen, medical acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent as well as traditional and functional medicine to treat a range of conditions from Autism Spectrum Disorders to Zinc deficiency.

We look forward to working with you on your journey to health and wellness.  

Meet Doctor Kathy

  • Dr.
    Katarzyna (Kathy) Ferraro

    Dr. Kathy ( Katarzyna Ferraro MD FACEP ABIOM) is  trained and experienced in emergency medicine.  She is double boarded by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic medicine as well as the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She has received extensive training through the Autism Research Institute and now is active with the Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs(MAPS). Some of Dr. Kathy's other training and offerings include medical acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent and craniosacral therapy.


What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "Dr. Kathy is the kind of person you want for a neighbor; she is thoughtful, polite and compassionate. She is a great listener and astute mental "processor". She very clearly has a keen intellect and an amazing mental/medical database. Her support staff is equally as pleasant and courteous. I have repeatedly recommended her to friends."
    Dan R.
  • "I have seen Dr. Kathy for a few years and for various reasons - allergies, arthritis, back pain, joint pain, and for my overall general well-being. Dr. Kathy always takes as much time as is needed to talk to me and listen to my concerns. She also discusses any potential treatments with me and explains exactly what the purpose is. I have received various treatments - from microcurrent to acupuncture - and can honestly say I find relief from my pain every single time. I have been a patient of acupuncture for over 20 years and have never experienced the results I have from Dr. Kathy."
    John E.
  • "I was hopeful that acupuncture would help me and I was very pleasantly surprised that it helped me more than I expected. Dr. Kathy has been very interactive and together we have significantly improved my health."
    Mary F.
  • "Dr. Kathy provided me with excellent care when I needed it the most."
    Jennifer R.
  • "My knees and legs are still feeling great! Thank you again, after all the years of pain and numbness - it's great! I can even sleep better."
    Patricia N
  • "Dr. Ferraro is a very dedicated professional with a commitment to the patient. She has been a wealth of knowledge and I would certainly recommend her to a potential future patient."
    Steve Z.
  • "I feel a lot better after seeing Dr. Kathy regularly and seeing which foods agree and do not agree with my system, I now receive supplements that make up for my nutritional deficiencies I had, which has increased my energy and mental focus. I feel the best I have in a long time."
    David Z.

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