Functional Medicine in Reno, Nevada

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About Our Functional Medicine Philosophy

At Sierra Integrative Medical Center, we embrace functional medicine as a cornerstone of our healthcare philosophy, offering a patient-centered approach that goes beyond the conventional disease-centered focus. Functional medicine is a holistic discipline that addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting from a traditional disease-centered focus to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine at Sierra Integrative Medical Center addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Here, we explore the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease

Conditions We Treat with Functional Medicine

At Sierra Integrative Medical Center, our functional medicine approach is designed to treat a broad spectrum of conditions by addressing their root causes. Our comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment plans aim to optimize health and alleviate symptoms across various conditions.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a complex tick-borne illness that can affect multiple body systems. Our functional medicine approach focuses beyond just the immediate infection, addressing the diverse symptoms and long-term impacts that Lyme disease can have on your health. We look at immune system function, potential co-infections, and systemic inflammation to tailor a treatment that supports your body's ability to heal and recover.

Environmental Sensitivities & Allergies

Environmental sensitivities and allergies are increasingly common and can severely impact one's quality of life. Our team uses functional medicine to uncover the underlying causes of your body's heightened responses to environmental triggers. Through detoxification, dietary adjustments, and immune system support, we aim to reduce sensitivities and build a more resilient body.

Chronic Fatigue & Depression

Lyme disease is a complex tick-borne illness that can affect multiple body systems. Our functional medicine approach focuses beyond just the immediate infection, addressing the diverse symptoms and long-term impacts that Lyme disease can have on your health. We look at immune system function, potential co-infections, and systemic inflammation to tailor a treatment that supports your body's ability to heal and recover.

Chronic Pain Treatment

Chronic pain can stem from a variety of sources, such as inflammation, injuries, or nerve damage. Functional medicine seeks to identify and treat the underlying causes of pain rather than just managing symptoms. By integrating techniques such as anti-inflammatory nutrition, therapeutic exercises, and stress management, we help patients achieve pain relief and improve their quality of life.

Toxicity Treatment

Exposure to toxins—whether chemical, biological, or environmental—can lead to a range of health issues. Our functional medicine protocols for toxicity involve detailed assessments to identify toxins affecting your health and effective detoxification strategies. These may include nutritional supplements, dietary changes, and other lifestyle adjustments to support the body's natural detoxification processes.

Our Holistic Approach

At Sierra Integrative Medical Center, located in Reno, we embrace a holistic approach to health by combining the best of conventional and alternative medicine. This integrative strategy allows our team of specialists to achieve remarkable results, addressing a wide array of debilitating illnesses, chronic pain, and conditions often considered incurable. By leveraging the comprehensive knowledge from various medical disciplines, our integrative medicine practitioners are dedicated to finding the most effective treatments tailored to each patient’s unique health needs.

Choose Sierra Integrative Medical Center for cutting-edge integrative care and experience unparalleled excellence in health management through functional medicine.

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Personalized Treatments

At Sierra Integrative, every treatment plan is uniquely designed to address the individual challenges our patients face. Our approach often involves a blend of alternative therapies customized to optimize health outcomes. Here are some of the key treatments we offer:

IV Therapy: Administers vital nutrients directly into the bloodstream for maximum absorption and efficacy.
High-Dose Vitamin C: Utilizes large doses of Vitamin C to support immune function and combat viral infections.
Detox Protocol: Offers various methods to cleanse the body of toxins, enhancing overall health and vitality.
Immune Peptide Therapy: Employs peptides to potentially boost immune system effectiveness and manage autoimmune disorders.
Glyoxal (Oxygen Shots): Provides oxygen-rich injections that may help improve oxygen levels in the tissues, promoting better cellular function.

Our Treatment Success Stories

“I am incredibly grateful for Dr. Fong and the entire team at Sierra Integrative Medical Center for helping me get my life back. After 10 years of searching for answers, and being dismissed by countless doctors, Dr. Fong took the time to really review my story and was the first doctor to see me, believe me, and help me get a diagnosis. Dr. Fong showed me that you CAN get better and have symptom free days again! Thank you, Dr. Fong, for everything!”

- Christa Nannos, Author of Tick Tock, It’s LYME O’clock


"I feel better than I have in years. I have energy, I can think clearly again, and my body continues to feel stronger each day. I thank God and Sierra Integrative Medical Clinic for giving me my life back. Now that my treatment is over, it’s up to me, to stay healthy, exercise and eat right. But most of all take what I have learned about the realities of Lyme’s Disease and use my story to help others.
Thank you Sierra Integrative Medical Clinic."

- Danella C., Lyme Disease Patient

Meet Our Team

Dr. Fong

Dr. Bruce Fong, DO, HMD

From a young age, Dr. Bruce Fong was immersed in the principles of natural and homeopathic medicine. As the Founding Medical Director of Sierra Integrative Medical Center, Dr. Fong has pioneered the use of alternative therapies for immune-related diseases since the 1990s. His approach is deeply rooted in addressing the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely managing symptoms with conventional pharmacological treatments. Dr. Fong is a staunch advocate for Integrative Medicine and plays a critical role in crafting personalized treatment plans for our patients, utilizing a rich blend of homeopathic, traditional Chinese medicine, and modern medical practices.

Sammy Valera, RN, APH

Sammy Valera brings a wealth of experience as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practitioner of Homeopathy, having earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Manila Central University in the Philippines. With over 25 years of experience in integrated medical settings, including 12 years in the Surgical/PACU units at Renown Medical Center, Sammy provides invaluable expertise to our team. His extensive background enables him to deliver highly effective treatment plans at Sierra Integrative Medical Center, ensuring that each patient receives care that is as effective as it is compassionate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that aims to identify and address the root causes of diseases rather than simply treating the symptoms. It focuses on understanding the unique biochemical processes of each patient, considering factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and environmental influences.

What conditions can be treated with functional medicine at Sierra Integrative Medical Center?

At Sierra Integrative Medical Center, functional medicine can be used to treat a variety of chronic conditions, including Lyme disease, environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue, depression, chronic pain, and toxicity issues. It is also effective in managing autoimmune diseases and complex health issues that require a multifaceted approach.

What should I expect during my first functional medicine consultation?

During your first consultation, you can expect a detailed discussion about your medical history, lifestyle, and any current symptoms or health concerns. This may also include a physical examination and lab tests to gather comprehensive information about your health status. The goal is to develop a deep understanding of your unique health needs.

Can functional medicine be integrated with other medical treatments?

Yes, functional medicine is highly integrative and can be coordinated with other medical treatments. It is designed to complement and enhance traditional medical practices by focusing on the patient's overall wellness and addressing multiple factors that contribute to their health.