What is Functional Medicine?

Why should i see a functional medicine practitioner?

Chronically ill people often have multiple systems in the body which are affected. They are all interconnected, no system works alone and the reason behind the compounding issue is not always easily identified.

This is what functional medicine doctors are trained to do.

Traditional medicine usually deals with symptoms or presenting problems, not the reason why you developed them. Patients often stay on medications or supplements, but have difficulty getting off them or the problem keeps coming back, as the underlying problem is not addressed.

How Are We Different?

Our protocols are specific to the individual. We take into account:

We prefer to listen to your body’s signs and symptoms and address the underlying cause. When you do the right thing by the body, it tells you very quickly, usually in weeks to months, not years.

Meet the Doctors

Dr Stewart Gillespie

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Dr. Stewart Gillespie, DC, is a Chiropractor and Osteopath specializing in Functional Medicine, which is the ability to scientifically uncover the true underlying causes of chronic disease, and correct them through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is a virtual practice that allows him to treat clients all over the world. 

I have been in practice for 12 years. I consult patients in overcoming the factors that cause chronic disease, from digestion to hormones, to regulating the immune system, and enhancing brain function.  I accept and treat the cases that no other physician wants to touch. I consult patients who have been frustrated with their care from top hospitals and medical doctors in DC and the surrounding area, with a whole body approach, using the best scientific testing currently available. 

Dr Kate Smith

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Dr. Kate Smith, DC, is a Sydney-based Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner. She is a graduate of Macquarie University and has been teaching histology and human anatomy since 2010.

Fascinated by science and the human body, Kate has been teaching histology and anatomy at Macquarie University’s hospital and laboratories since 2010.

She has also been credited for her academic achievements in differential diagnosis and clinical practice by the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA).

Kate has had her own personal battle with chronic illness, a weak immune system, allergies, skin conditions such as eczema and chronic pain, all resolved with a functional medicine approach.

Her experience has made her passionate about helping others find their way through their list of symptoms to recover their own health.


Macquarie University, Australia
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
March 2005 – March 2007

Macquarie University, Australia
Master of Chiropractic
March 2008 – March 2009

Macquarie University, Australia
Histology and Anatomy Teacher
March 2010 – March 2019

Graduate of Functional Medicine University CFMP

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