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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a patient centered health care model that focuses on the root cause of the problem rather than just addressing the symptoms. The main pillars of Functional Medicine are nutrition, stress, sleep, relationships and exercise. By making lifestyle changes clients take charge of their health; physically, emotionally and mentally.  Finding how to balance all these pillars is key to optimal health. Functional medicine providers work with clients to optimize their health by addressing gut health, hormones, inflammation, environmental factors (including heavy metal exposure) among other factors. Expect higher level of attention and a custom tailored plan.

Functional Medicine is provided by Carmen Marti FNP
                    @ Sam Ross MD via telehealth


Carmen Marti NP is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has been working with Dr. Samuel Ross for four years. Her nursing journey began when she graduated with her RN degree from Pierce College Community College and received a prestigious award as President of her class. She then worked at LAC-USC Medical Center for 5 years in Pediatric Acute Care and the Medical Surgical Unit. During her LAC-USC journey, she finished her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at University of Phoenix in Pasadena. She worked five years as a Nurse Practitioner in a private practice in Glendale where she tended to clients in the office, hospital, rehab, assisted living and their homes. She continued to pursue her dream of helping others by studying Functional Medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine, is a current member and candidate for certification. 


Carmen is well versed in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement for women, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, Covid 19, Long Haul Covid, hypothyroidism among many other diseases.

Carmen enjoys spending time with her husband and her two boys, going to the beach and volunteering.​ She has served in medical missions and helps in her church by feeding the needy through various groups.


Carmen is known for being dedicated to her patient's overall health and bringing balance to their lives. 

Carmen Marti | The Institute for Functional Medicine (

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