Functional Medicine
 Dr. Donna Ficaro


Would you like an alternative approach that connects your symptoms to their causes?

Would you like to learn how your health can be optimized so you won't experience disabilities as you age? 

Would you like to improve your aging process?  Have a leaner body, better memory, more strength, stamina, balance and agility?

Are you tired of taking medications that aren't making improvements to your health?

You will get answers working with Dr. Donn

Hello, I'm Dr. Donna

I Believe . . .

Never in my wildest dreams. . .

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could lose my gut. With Dr. Donna's encouragement, I diligently followed every instruction. After just 3 weeks a repeat blood test revealed that my fasting glucose dropped down from 170 to 99; my weight went from 226 to 203; blood pressure also dropped to a level that I was able to stop my blood pressure medication. Even my shoulder and knee are better. I can honestly say how grateful I am to Dr. Ficaro for making me a new me. If I was a betting man, I’d bet on Dr. Ficaro making a healthy me.”
Jerry C., Chicago, IL



"I believe health embodies living with energy and vitality, having control over pain or discomfort – mentally, physically, emotionally; and aging gracefully without disabilities".
Dr. Donna

Functional Medicine is a powerful tool to answer WHY you may have health problems. Then I can provide solutions to solve your health issues.

Like a spider web, there are connection within these disorders

Anxiety  Insomnia

These three conditions can overlap.  Each of these individually can precipitate the other.

You may experience:
> Depression
> Sleep issues
> Panic Attacks
> Substance abuse
> Concentration issues, and  even Physical ailments. 

These may be due to chemical imbalances or toxic exposure, pathogens, hypothyroid, shift work, trauma, and more.

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You may have struggled all of your life with a weight issue

Or, this may be something new especially for a woman in perimenopause or mesopause. 

You may eat right, or not; you may exercise with vigor, or not at all. 

Yet you continue to struggle with weight problems.

You may have been successful with a program but then the weight just comes back and then some.

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Fatty Liver
Lipid Issues

The liver is the organ responsible for filtering blood coming from the digestive track where it is responsible for: 

   > Metabolism 
   > Detoxification
   > Protein synthesis
   > Bile Production (Think Gallbladder)

The Liver can be adversely impacted in its functions by:

   > Digestive problems
   > Drugs
   > Diet
   > Hormones
   > Toxins
   >  Genetic SNPs

Read more to learn about silent fatty liver disease and how you can know if you have it and what you can do about it.

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Hormonal Issues

Estrogen levels, for example, can rise and fall in an uneven manner during perimenopause. 

Some women can experience very uncomfortable symptoms for 10-15 years prior to menopause.

10 potential symptoms of estrogen dominance.

1.  Abnormal periods
2.  PMS, bloating, breast swelling or tenderness
3 Mood swings, anxiety, depression
4. Loss of sex drive
5. Fatigue
6. Weight gain especially in the abdomen / hip area
7.  Poor concentration
8.  Thyroid imbalances
9. Sleep disturbances
19. Hair Loss

These are only estrogen challenges.  Read more about this, other hormones, how I can help you, and what you can do about it in a natural manner.  Men can also experience hormonal problems.

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Did you know that autoimmunity affects more than 24 million Americans and 80% of these are Women.

Autoimmunity is a leading cause of death and disability.

It is now estimated that cases of autoimmune diseases are rising by between 3% and 9% per year.

Some of the most common autoimmune conditions are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and Type 1 Diabetes.

Your genes, lifestyle,  chemical exposures, pathogen exposures, frequent use of antibiotics, and the health of your microbiome are some of the interwoven issues that can provide clues to why YOU may have an autoimmune condition. 

Read more.  What are your underlying causes? 

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(Insulin Resistance)

Chances are that you know someone with diabetes.  It could be a family member, friend, or even you.

37 million Americans - about 1 in 10 - have diabetes and almost 1 in 5 people with diabetes don't know they have it.

96 million American adults - more than 1 in 3 - have prediabetes.  More than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes don't know they have it.

For those with longer standing diabetes along comes high blood pressure  (69%), chronic kidney disease (39%), and 12% have vision impairment or blindness.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.

Insulin Resistance is the precurer to these cascading events.  Yet it is seldom evaluated.

Diabetes and prediabetes are silent and may be raging out of control before you know it's there.  Find out more Now!

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Nearly everyone at some time has experienced some type of gut issue.  This topic of the get includes any condition beyond the stomach upset from eating a meal that doesn't agree with us or eating too much or a stomach flu.

Digestive problems are extremely common - 62 million Americans are diagnosed with a digestive disorder.

The incidence and prevalence of most digestive disorders increase as a person ages.

Some of the more common conditions of digestive disturbance include diarrhea, constipation, gall stones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac, Fatty liver, but there are more.

One element is common to all of these conditions and that is the microbiome. Every person has an unique microbiome, just as everyone has an unique fingerprint.

Find out how to correct your digestive issues with
Dr. Donna's comprehensive and highly personalized plan.

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We generally don't give much thought about our brains until . . .

Anxiety strikes - 19% of the population is afflicted with an anxiety disorder

Depression occurs - at least 8.4% of all U. S. adults have had at least 1 major depressive episode

Mild Concussion -


Mild Concussion-


Stress Disorder -

Did you know that there is direct and indirect messaging between the brain and the gut and vise versa?

What is driving your condition?  

Learn more or enroll into  Dr. Donna's inclusive brain health program.  Be sure to Read more.

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Services are Medically supervised with  Personalized Programs
to Fit Your Health Needs 

No two people are alike and so no two programs are alike.

Dr. Donna utilizes a Personalized Lifestyle Model of health care. The Functional Medicine approach is an important component of this model. This Personalized Lifestyle Model encompasses a collaboration with you to identify the underlying cause(s) of your health problem(s). Dr. Donna addresses these causes with specific and targeted solutions. This approach is different from the typical crisis-oriented “disease care” approach used in medicine today.

HIPAA compliant Virtual Visits and messaging, with messages answered within a 24-hour period.

Close daily Medical oversight of your program.

Traditional Lab Testing
Functional Lab Testing 
Specially designed food plans 

Specific Exercise Plans

Stress Management techniques

And More


Virtual Business Hours         Appointment Only

Monday - Friday

Appointments only

Saturday - Sunday


This information is being provided to you for educational and informational purposes only. It is being provided to you to educate you about healthy eating and healthy living and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not medical advice and it does not create a physician-client relationship. This information is to be used at your own risk based on your own judgment. For my full Disclaimer, please go to https://drdonnaficaro/