About Functional Health Edmonton
Everything we do at Functional Health Edmonton is centered around you, the patient – because you hold the keys to so many aspects shaping your health. And without your active participation in your journey to health, none of our wisdom will create longterm health.
Our Core Values Of Care
An Integrative Approach
Rooted in our focus on participatory patient care, it’s our mission to empower you with the knowledge and collective wisdom to create health yourself, no matter where you are right now.
With structured guidance, you will embark on an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the best and most advanced functional tests and lifestyle strategies – including smart lifestyle modifications that will significantly improve your health and symptoms.
You’ll receive dedicated attention from our team, through coaching, educating and empowering.
During your exploratory consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors to chart the course for your package of care.
The subsequent treatment will be handled by our care team based on your individual needs, supervised by your functional health practitioner.
No patient is exactly the same, and yet there are 9 factors that affect your health. Guided by our team, we will get to the root cause of your biggest health problems – using diagnostic tests that your current doctor may not even know about.
We’ll explore your situation strategically, uncovering mediators in your home, at work, and your mental state to arrive at a “lifestyle prescription” that puts you back on the road to health.
Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs to make their way into the standard of care? At Functional Health Edmonton, our team is deeply committed to shortening that lag.
Our practitioners are life-long learners, continuously upgrading their wisdom through sharing best practices and seeking out innovative, out-of-the-box ideas to help our patients achieve their health goals.
Root Cause Resolution
Unlike traditional approaches, our practitioners always focus on root cause resolution – isolating the key imbalance that is responsible for virtually all symptoms you’re experiencing right now.
Also known as functional medicine, we seek to give you solutions, not more bandaids to cover up the symptoms (or treating side effects of drugs with even more drugs).
Just like your gut bacteria thrive on symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationships, your desired health outcome is much easier to achieve through the power of community.
We leverage group structures for patient education, peer-to-peer support, and accountability – with both your care team and your fellow patients rooting for your success.
Are You Ready To Transform Your Gut Health In The Next 10 Days?
The Philosophy That Drives Us
The philosophy that motivates us at Functional Health Edmonton is pretty simple:
“Do whatever it takes to effectively, comfortably, and safely conditions cared for your patient. Whatever that ‘whatever’ is.”
Dr. Elkassem founded Functional Health Edmonton on the belief of participatory care where the patient is an instrumental partner in returning their body back to health (or keeping it healthy). And that it’s not about pre-determined ideas about a diagnosis without a full understanding of a patient’s situation.
That’s why we at Functional Health Edmonton will leave no stone unturned when it comes to getting to the root cause of your health problems,especially your gastrointestinal problems. In fact, the medical community finally realizes that all disease starts in the gut, and without taking the gut into account, no inflammatory processes can be properly addressed. It is a huge part of the ROOT cause.
We will integrate findings from the most recent research along with literally decades of knowledge that our team has accumulated. As it is stated in our Core Values of Care, you will always be first in line for innovative, integrative treatment methods that draw from the best and most advanced functional tests and lifestyle strategies.
About Functional Health Edmonton
Functional Health Edmonton was founded by Dr. Mohammed Elkassem. Dr Elkassem has more than 15 years of clinical experience.His clinical passions were rooted in nutrition, functional medicine and education. Dr. Elkassem became more and more discouraged over the years as he saw the patients that walked into his clinic for musculoskeletal pains were developing chronic metabolic conditions, with no resolution. He saw each patient being bounced around from specialist to specialist, and being put on a laundry list of medications. This approach was not fixing their problems, rather just covering up the symptoms and his patient’s were just feeling worse. With that Dr. Elkassem went back to school and became a Functional Medicine Practitioner. He took it as a personal journey to bring Functional Medicine to his community so that his patients would finally have a more impactful option when dealing with their health issues.
Since Dr. Elkassem’s clinical studies began in functional medicine, he has been involved in empower hundreds of patients to take charge of their health and resolve many chronic conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and many autoimmune-related symptoms.
About Dr. Mohammed Elkassem
Dr. Elkassem completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Human Biology. Following that, he graduated with honours from NYCC in 2005 with a designation of cum laude. Dr. Elkassem was honoured with numerous academic awards including being a 5-time recipient of the NYCC Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholarship, a 5-time recipient of the NYCC International Scholarship award and culminating with his induction into the Phi Chi Omega Honours Society. Dr. Elkassem then spent over 15 years practicing and growing 2 clinics in the Edmonton Area. Within this time, while treating thousands of patients and seeing time and time again how many chronically sick people there were coming into his office, all the while there were none that were heading towards better health, and all had lingering health issues that were worsening. Dr. Elkassem was very underwhelmed with how the current methods for treating chronically ill patients was lacking results, his community was getting sicker and their quality of life was worsening by the day. Dr. Elkassem began to embrace his passion for nutrition, genetics, cutting edge medical health sciences, and began his training in Functional Medicine. Now a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP), Dr. Elkassem works as a Health Consultant and follows the latest evidence based research, and uses top of the line medical laboratory tests to help his patients find the ROOT CAUSE of their chronic health issues.
Dr. Elkassem lives in Edmonton with his wife Dema and their three children Ayah, Zack and Alisa. They enjoy spending time skiing, skating, and golfing.
“Dr. Elkassem Has Definitively Changed My Life For The Better…”
I’ve had stomach problems for as long as I can remember. No matter where I went, no one could seem to help me. However, after meeting with Dr. Elkassem I knew his refreshing approach would change things. His comprehensive health assessment gave me the tools to finally improve my stomach health for good!
“Meeting Dr. Elkassem At Functional Health Edmonton was Life-Changing…”
From the moment I walked through the doors at Functional Health Edmonton, the entire staff and clinicians were SO helpful in addressing and finding out what was wrong with me! From helping me schedule my initial appointments to answering any questions I had about my case, they always knew exactly what to say, and how to help.
After Years Of Searching, My Stomach Problems Are Solved…
For as long as I can remember, medical “experts” had told me I was lactose intolerant and that was what had been causing my stomach pain. Dr. Elkassem looked beyond the initial diagnosis to figure out the REAL cause of my ailments. 8 months,my stomach problems are finally solved.
Take The First Step Today On Your Journey Back To Health
Maybe you have some questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision on becoming a patient. Our patient coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to see whether or not Functional Health Edmonton is right for you.