At Flourish Clinic, we don’t believe in treating symptoms. Your body functions as a whole and we believe it should be treated as such.
That’s why we are one of Alberta’s only Functional Medicine clinics. And the only functional medicine clinic in the Calgary area that combines heartfelt patient care with the latest and most advanced laboratory testing.
We strongly believe Functional Medicine represents the future of medicine.
Functional Medicine takes a 30,000-foot view of your health, looking to see how all of your symptoms and illnesses are connected. It is guided by the principle that in order to heal one part of the body, all other parts must also be considered. Your body is an interconnected whole that interacts with its environment.
This ethos is often ignored in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, you end up visiting a specialist for each part of your body:
- A gastroenterologist for your gut issues,
- A rheumatologist for your pain,
- A psychiatrist for your anxiety.
No one is looking at your body as the interconnected whole it is.
Contrary to conventional medical care, functional medicine looks at your underlying conditions in order to understand the root cause of your illness. This way, you can receive specialized and individualized care. Functional Medicine is a new model of diagnosis and treatment. It’s a combination of the best elements of both conventional and alternative medicine.
Why you should consider Flourish for your Calgary Functional Medicine clinic
At Flourish Clinic we are fortunate to have two Functional Medicine practitioners. Mark Volmer, R.AC and Dr. Henstock-Zapf, MD have different backgrounds, but both of their paths have led them to the decision that Functional Medicine offers their patients the best opportunity to recover their health.
Welcome to Flourish Clinic – the premier Functional Medicine clinic in Calgary & Cochrane.
What exactly is Functional Medicine? And, more importantly, can it help you?
Functional Medicine is:
- Focuses on the underlying cause of the problem rather than the symptoms, which leads to longer-lasting results.
- Recognizes that the body’s health and illness is connected to its environment
- Treatments have mild or no side effects, and other unrelated complaints often improve on their own
- Treats the patient, not the disease. Every patient experiences disease differently and treatments reflect this.
- The patient is respected, empowered, educated and encouraged to play an active role in their healing process
- Combines the best of both modern and traditional medicines and emphasizes the importance of diet and lifestyle
- Tests and treatments are designed to prevent and reverse disease and improve quality of life
- Guided by the ancient Chinese saying, “The superb physician treats the disease before it occurs.”
- Based on the latest research from peer-reviewed medical journals, and not influenced by corporate and political interests
On average, patients of our clinic have visited 5 doctors before finding us. Like you, our patients have seen specialist after specialist including naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, energy healers, and shamans – none of whom could uncover the root cause of their symptoms.
Like you, our patients are incredibly frustrated with the healthcare system – both conventional and alternative medicine have let them down. They’ve spent countless hours trying to get better and thrown thousands of dollars at expensive lab tests and supplements that never seemed to help.
If this describes you, you’re in the right place. At Flourish Clinic, our specialty is those so-called mystery illnesses. We practice Functional Medicine locally in the Calgary area but also consult with patients all over Canada.
I have been begrudgingly adapting to living with unhappy changes in my body and feeling less than my best for roughly 1.5 years, settling on some levels simply because my doctors could find nothing wrong.
I knew things were not right, but could get no answers, so for the sake of life, forged on. Yet, these changes, I could not accept, which led me to at long last seek out and find Flourish Clinic. And to them, to Mark Volmer in particular.
I cannot express enough appreciation, gratitude, sincere thanks, and my elated happiness with my new condition, which is really quite simply rediscovering my old self.
I’ve backtracked to before all the negative changes that made me unhappy and have uncovered the old me (joy!), all by what seems now to me such a seemingly simple answer, but one that no one else could determine, or even entertain.
Thank you Mark!
What conditions do we treat?
In conventional medicine, there’s a doctor for every part of your body: cardiologists for the heart, gastroenterologists for the digestive system, neurologists for the brain and nervous system, podiatrists for your feet, and ophthalmologists for your eyes. But in Functional Medicine, we see the body as an interconnected whole within a larger environment. We recognize that in order to treat one part of the body, all of the other parts must also be considered.
At our Cochrane Functional Medicine clinic, we take a step back and try to see common features that might link all the health conditions that you are experiencing. By looking for the common factors and patterns, we can offer treatments that affect multiple symptoms, helping you recover your health faster and more completely.
As Functional Medicine practitioners in Calgary, we are able to treat a wide variety of health problems, including (but not limited to):
|Acne||Environmental and food allergies|
|Anxiety||Female disorders (PMS, Menopause, Infertility, PCOS)|
|Biotoxin illness/Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS||Interstitial cystitis|
|Cardiovascular disease||Mercury and heavy metal toxicity|
|Chronic fatigue||Metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, insulin resistance|
|Chronic sinusitis||Migraines and headaches|
|Chronic infections||MS (Multiple Sclerosis)|
|Diabetes||Mercury and heavy metal toxicity|
|*Low back pain||Migraines and headaches|
|Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance||Overweight and obesity|
|Digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, GERD/Reflux)||Sleep disorders and insomnia|
|Elevated Cholesterol||Thyroid disorders|
|Environmental and food allergies|
What conditions do we specialize in?
While Mark and Dr. Henstock-Zapf are confident that they can help most people with the conditions listed above as well as others, not on the list, they individually have particular experience with and training in:
Mark Volmer, R.AC:
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Toxic mold illness and CIRS
- Mast cell activation disorder
- Celiac disease and gluten-related illness
- Keto & Paleo nutrition plans
Dr. Cathryn Henstock-Zapf, MD:
- Alzheimer’s disease and the Bredesen Protocol
- Metabolic disorders
- Insulin resistance
- Syndrome X
- High cholesterol
- Ketogenic lifestyle
I had seen numerous doctors, chiropractors, specialists, naturopaths, massage therapists, acupuncturists, reflexologists, physiotherapists, mental health therapists and everything in between. They all helped to some degree treating symptoms rather than addressing or investigating the root cause. I never could fully recover.
Now in my early 40s and never completely satisfied, I started frantically searching the web for clinics that were within a reasonable travelling distance, that treated without the use of pharmaceutics and that specialized in adrenal fatigue. I scoured several sites but there is only one that stood out for me and that is Flourish Clinic. Mark and Ali’s bios intrigued me. The reasons they chose the professions they have alone were enough for me to take a chance and go to yet another appointment. I have never looked back.
Within three visits with Mark we went through a detailed look at my past medical history, my current lifestyle, hormone lab testing, diet changes and set some attainable health goals and I couldn’t be happier with the progress. I already have gained more energy and can go an entire day without having a nap. That is huge! I have the stamina to keep up with my kids and my mood has improved immensely.
From the moment you walk thru the door you feel welcomed, like old friends picking up right where you left off. You never feel rushed and you continue to be fully supported outside of regular office hours. The lines of communication remain open to allow for any addition concerns or questions. This is worth its weight in gold.
They continue to share their knowledge through a blog and send out regular emails with encouraging and thought provoking information. I love it all. They have thought of absolutely everything to help guide you back to health.
I would recommend this clinic to all my family and friends!
How do you work with patients?
At Flourish Clinic, we are guided by two core values:
Care & Mastery.
Everything we do is designed with your health and well-being in mind. From open communication with your practitioner throughout your treatment plan to punctual appointment times. Ensuring you feel cared for throughout your time with us is always front of mind.
Combined with care, the practitioners at Flourish Clinic are constantly working towards mastery in their given domains. Mark and Dr. Henstock-Zapf have dedicated hundreds of hours to staying abreast on the latest research. Both clinicians are continually advancing their skillsets by pursuing training with world experts in given domains. Rest assured that your clinician will be well-informed on the latest medical information pertaining to your illness.
Learn more about how we specifically work with patients.
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Flourish Clinic – Calgary’s premier Functional Medicine clinic
If you feel like you’ve tried just about everything and are at a loss for what to do next, you’re in the right place.
Our clinic is located in the heart of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Cochrane, Alberta. We provide the Calgary, Cochrane, and Southern Alberta community with Functional Medicine services.
I had reached a plateau in my health when I was fortunate to find Mark Volmer. He recommended testing of my hormone and cortisol levels; provided valuable health information; and recommended changes to my diet and supplement regime. I now enjoy a solid night’s sleep; my libido has been restored; and I feel a renewed sense of energy. I highly recommend Mark. He is a supportive, knowledgeable and gifted functional medicine practitioner. Thank you for helping me regain my vitality.
If you have specific questions, please contact us here.