The Functional Medicine Approach...
"Health Is A Positive Vitality, Not Just The Absence Of Disease"
Are you struggling with any of these common symptoms?
- Low Energy
- Skin Concerns
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Poor Sleep
- Stubborn Body Fat
- Food Allergy And Intolerance
- Mood And Anxiety Disorder
The Path To Wellness Begins By Addressing The Core Clinical Imbalances Through Functional Diagnostics Testing
Step 1. Medical History and Timeline
Past Medical And Surgical History
Current and Past Medications
Food and Supplement History
Step 2. Targeted Systems Review
Psychological Function and Mood
Step 3. Testing and Interpretation
About Dr. McHale
Fionnula began to pursue her love of science by studying Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, during which time she secured prestigious research posts at the University of Ulster, Regenerative Medicine Institute in Galway, the University of Miami and the illustrious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She went on to work in a variety of fields including Orthopaedic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Psychiatry. However, Fionnula’s passion lies in healthcare, how to achieve health, how to maintain health and ultimately how to optimize existing health; health as a positive entity, rather than simply the absence of disease. Enthralled by her studies with the Institute for Functional Medicine, she now runs her own private Functional Medicine Clinic in Dublin City Centre and lectures extensively in Universities and private colleges in Ireland.
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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What is the cost?
Initial consultation: €425 Office/Phone/Skype Follow-Up : €175 LABORATORY TESTING Cost of laboratory testing varies depending on what tests are indicated by the doctor. For straightforward cases, testing fees are generally €250-€750. For more complex cases, testing fees can be up to €2,000.
When is payment due?
Payment in full is required at the time of booking via PayPal. We require 1 week notice for cancellations. Fees for testing are due following your consultation when your required tests have been determined by the physician.
Is Dr. McHale a medical doctor?
Yes, Dr. McHale is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds general registration with the Irish Medical Council. Although we do liaise with your primary care physician in regard to your progress, testing and any interventions, we do not provide GP or acute medical services.
Do I have to see the physician in person for my consultation?
No, we also provide Skype consultations for our international clients.
Does Dr. McHale prescribe medicines?
Dr. McHale can and does prescribe medications whenever necessary. She is fully licensed with the Irish Medical Council
Is the service covered by my health insurance provider or medical card?
Invigorate Clinic does not accept insurance or medical card and we do not file insurance paperwork on your behalf. However, we will provide a detailed receipt for services performed for you to submit to your insurance carriers. Some insurance carriers may cover medical services and laboratory tests performed by the physician. Payment in full by cheque, cash or credit card is due at the time services are provided.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
You should bring all your vitamins and medicines in their original containers if possible. Old medical records are also very helpful, but if possible, these should be sent prior to the appointment.
Where are you located?
We are located at 44 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2, Ireland and 10 Harley Street, London
Your location is inconvenient, what do I do?
You only need to come to the office for the first visit. After that you can do your follow-up appointments by phone or Skype.
How is Invigorate Clinic different from my GP surgery?
The current system of medicine is orientated toward acute care. Doctors apply specific prescribed treatments such as medications or surgery to treat an immediate problem or symptom e.g. in the case of a broken leg or appendicitis. However, this approach lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex chronic diseases. At Invigorate Clinic we focus on the individual’s unique genetic makeup and factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and aspects of today’s lifestyle which are directly linked to the frightening surge in chronic disease in our society. Dr. McHale endeavours to understand the origins, prevention and treatment of these complex, chronic diseases. It is patient-centered care rather than disease-centered. She focuses on health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. Ultimately, functional medicine bridges the gap between traditional Western medicine and what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet and exercise.
What is the difference between the diagnostics tests at Invigorate Clinic and those I get done with my GP?
Standard GP tests don’t offer any insight into your health, they only test for markers that indicate a specific disease or absence thereof. Reference ranges are based on a severely unhealthy population and only indicate the levels at which you do not have the disease/illness rather than looking at what is your basic requirement for optimum health.
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