By addressing the root cause of internal imbalances, Functional & Eastern Medicine offer complementary paths to optimal health and well-being. This focus on restoring balance allows individuals to flourish and reach their full potential.


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What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is a personalized approach to healthcare, so the specific treatment plans will vary depending on the individual’s unique needs and circumstances. A thorough symptoms history is important to start with and we usually use two radical tools: the timeline and the matrix. 

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient‐centered, evidence‐based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.

It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, environmental, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

Considering Functional Medicine? You might be a good fit if:

  • You seek a holistic approach to transform your health, mind, and well-being.
  • Traditional medicine hasn’t provided answers for your health concerns.
  • You experience persistent symptoms or chronic issues.
  • You feel something is wrong despite normal test results.
  • Even if you’re healthy, you want to optimize your health and potential.

Functional & Conventional Medicine: Finding the Right Approach

Both Functional and Conventional Medicine play important roles in healthcare, but they take different approaches:

  • Functional Medicine: Focuses on identifying the root causes of health issues, often through in-depth testing and lifestyle analysis. It aims to prevent disease by optimizing overall health and well-being. This can be a great option for those seeking a proactive approach to manage chronic conditions or optimize their health potential.
  • Conventional Medicine: Excels at addressing acute illnesses, injuries, and emergencies. It uses medications, surgery, and other interventions to treat specific diseases. This is the go-to choice for urgent care and life-saving procedures.

Choosing the Right Path:

  • Functional Medicine: Ideal if you’re interested in a holistic approach to prevent disease and optimize health. Be prepared for a more involved process that may require lifestyle changes and commitment.
  • Conventional Medicine:  Best for immediate medical attention, treating acute illnesses, and managing specific diseases.


  • Functional and Conventional Medicine can complement each other for a more comprehensive approach to healthcare.
  • It’s important to discuss your needs with a qualified healthcare professional to determine the best course of action for you.

The Functional Medicine Journey: What to Expect

The Functional Medicine approach goes beyond a typical checkup. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

  • Preparation: You’ll receive detailed online forms to complete, outlining your health history and concerns. (Estimated time: 1-2 hours) This information is crucial for developing your personalized plan.
  • Initial Consultation: During a video or in person appointment, Dr. Kroner will review your forms and discuss your health goals. Based on this information, he may recommend additional lab tests which can be completed at home or at a nearby facility.
  • Lab Analysis: Once results are received (typically 2-4 weeks), you’ll have a follow-up video consultation. Dr. Kroner will explain the findings and identify potential underlying causes of your health imbalances.
  • Personalized Plan: You’ll receive a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This may include dietary adjustments, lifestyle changes, supplements, and other recommendations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The process is in-depth and requires upfront effort through detailed forms.
  • It involves a collaborative approach, with clear communication between you and Dr. Kroner.
  • You’ll receive a personalized plan designed to address the root causes of your health concerns.

The Functional Medicine Journey: Timeline

The time it takes to see results with Functional Medicine varies, but a typical intensive healing phase lasts around 3-6 months. This timeframe can be shorter or longer depending on individual circumstances.

Commitment is Key:

During this period, adhering to the treatment plan is crucial for success. Functional Medicine empowers you to take charge of your health, and requires self-discipline to maintain the recommended changes.

Following Up for Success:

After the initial healing window, there will be a follow-up appointment to assess progress and potentially order additional tests.  If needed, adjustments will be made to the plan.

The Goal: Optimal Health

The ultimate aim is for you to feel significantly better, potentially reaching your best health ever. Once goals are achieved, treatment may be completed, leaving you with newfound energy, clarity, and a positive outlook on life.

What to Expect During Your Functional Medicine Appointments with Dr. Kroner

The Process:

  • Initial Appointment ($350): You’ll meet Dr. Kroner to discuss your health history, symptoms, and goals. He may recommend lab tests for further investigation. No treatment plan will be provided at this point. (Up to 1.5 hour)
  • Follow-Up Appointment ($250): Dr. Kroner will review all the information and lab results collected and analyzed and will ensure the history and data are validated by you. In conjunction with your stated preferences, he will then present a personalized treatment plan including dietary recommendations, supplements, and lifestyle changes. (Up to 45 minutes)

Quick Follow-Up Times

These are optional appointments for existing patients who have questions, new symptoms, or want to discuss their progress.

  • 15-minute Touch Base: $60
  • 30-minute Touch Base: $120

Important Notes:

  • The cost covers the appointment slot, regardless of the actual time used.
  • Dr. Kroner does not offer consultations via email, phone, or text.
  • This practice does not handle emergencies; contact your primary care physician or an emergency room for urgent needs.

Tips for Optimal Use:

  • Come prepared with a list of questions for Dr. Kroner to maximize your appointment time.
  • Fill the forms and questionnaire and upload to patient portal 48 hours prior the first consultation (for Dr.Kroner to have time to review prior to the visit, thus maximizing in person or video time)

Ready to Take Charge of Your Health?

Functional Medicine is a powerful investment in your well-being. It requires dedication, but the rewards can be life-changing.

This approach goes beyond quick fixes. It’s about creating lasting improvements through personalized plans that address the root causes of your health concerns.

Are you ready to:

  • Empower yourself with a deeper understanding of your health?
  • Invest time and energy in creating a healthier future?
  • Experience a transformation in your overall well-being?

If you’re committed to making positive changes, Functional Medicine can be a powerful tool. The effort you put in now will pave the way for a healthier, happier you.


What is eastern medicine?

Eastern medicine is a broad term for traditional medical practices that originated in Asia, particularly China and India. It’s a holistic system that focuses on the body’s natural balance and energy flow, rather than just treating symptoms of illness.

Here are some key aspects of Eastern medicine:

  • Focus on balance: Eastern medicine emphasizes the balance of yin and yang (opposing forces) and qi (vital life energy) within the body. Imbalances are believed to cause illness.
  • Variety of treatments: It encompasses a range of practices like acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, massage (tuina), and mind-body exercises like tai chi and qigong.
  • Preventative approach: Eastern medicine often aims to prevent illness by promoting overall well-being and maintaining balance.

Eastern medicine is considered complementary or alternative to Western medicine, which typically uses pharmaceuticals, surgery, and other interventions to treat specific diseases. Click here for PDF from National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles in specific points on the body to balance the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”). It is part of a complete medical system and integrated approach to health maintenance and treatment of disease. According to the National Institute of Health, over one million people in the US receive acupuncture annually.

How does acupuncture work?

Qi is the internal energy which circulates through the body along multiple pathways known as meridians. It initiates, controls and directs all activities, functions and processes in the body. We also know that Qi warms and protects the body, supports the tissues and holds blood and fluids within the body. The stagnation, obstruction or deficiency of Qi will therefore eventually lead to pain and illness. Acupuncture stimulates the points along the meridians to adjust and balance the flow of Qi and restore health.

Is acupuncture painful?

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are ultra thin and flexible, thereby permitting a nearly painless insertion. You may feel some heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. However, you should feel relaxed during and after the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a trained and licensed acupuncturist using sterile, disposable needles. We only use sterile and disposable needles. 

Are there any side effects of acupuncture?

Harmful side effects to acupuncture are very rare. Occasionally there may be a drop of blood when we remove the needles. Slight bruising may occur at the point of the needle insertion. This is not dangerous and it should not be cause for concern for most people.

How deep do the needles go?

The depth of the needles depends on the nature of the problem and the location of the points. Usually, needle insertion ranges from 1/2 to 1 inch in depth (1.2 to 2.5 cm).

Can I combine acupuncture treatments?

Acupuncture can readily be used alongside conventional biomedicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments. It is important that you inform your acupuncturist of all other treatments.

How long will treatments take?

An initial consultation and treatment can take one and a half to two hours. We take a complete medical history, make an oriental medical diagnosis and we administer a treatment. We also recommend an herbal or supplement prescription. Follow-up visits typically take a little less than an hour.

Do I need to prepare before a treatment?

Before you come into the clinic, make sure that you have a light meal and drink enough water. Wear comfortable clothes. Please bring a list of the medications you are using, along with dosages (you can do this during your initial electronic intake). Please do not have alcohol or take recreational drugs before (or during!) your treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Because each person is unique and types of conditions differ, the number of treatments varies. Generally, chronic conditions require one or two treatments per week for several months. Those with acute illnesses can expect a change within a few visits. You should discuss with Dr. Kroner how frequently you should come in and how many treatments are needed.

Does insurance pay for acupuncture treatments?

A number of insurance companies cover a portion of the cost of acupuncture treatments. We are in network only with the ethical US insurance companies. We can verify your eligibility for acupuncture within less than 24 hours. Most plans have low co-pay. Insurance companies usually do not cover other services and you should expect an out-of-pocket expense.

Will acupuncture help me?

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:

    • Respiratory Disorders: e.g., emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis.
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders: e.g., food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, and gastritis.
    • Urogenital Disorders: e.g., stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
    • Gynecological Disorders: e.g., irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, infertility, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
    • Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System: e.g., arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back pain, neck and should pain.
    • Circulatory Disorders: e.g., hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia.
    • Emotional and Psychological Disorders: e.g., depression and anxiety.
    • Addictions: e.g., alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
    • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.

What are herbal medicine and supplements?

Herbal medicine is one of the most important treatments used in TCM. An herbal medicine or supplement prescription is often a combination of many herbs or other natural compounds. One or two main ingredients target the illness and other ingredients individualize the formula to the patient’s specific condition. The balance and interaction of the herbs and compounds are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients.

Chinese herbal medicine often incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals. Please inform Dr Kroner of dietary or religious / spiritual restrictions. We only use materials known to be safe and effective. We do not use endangered species and toxic substances. 

Is herbal medicine safe?

Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective and safe. It requires a considerable amount of training to understand its complexities and uses. Because medicinal herbs are whole substances rather than isolated compounds, they naturally contain properties that mitigate possible side effects. Chinese herbal medicine can safely be taken in conjunction with pharmaceutical drugs under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. You should also notify your prescribing physician of your desire to include herbal medicine or supplements into your health care plan. All products in our clinic are GMP certified and organic or wild harvested when available. Our Chinese herbs are sourced in Taiwan and not mainland China. We also prescribe through which is the safest source of practitioner-grade supplements.

Should I be taking herbal medicine?

Your doctor will determine if you should be taking herbal medicine. Do not self prescribe any kind of medication to yourself if you are not trained to do so.

How much does herbal medicine cost?

A one week supply will vary depending on the specific herbs, compounds, dosage and place of purchase. A week of herbs will cost approximately $15-$35.

What is ear acupuncture?

Ear acupuncture views the ear as a microsystem of the body and is proven to be effective in treating pain, indigestion, PMS, stress, anxiety and insomnia. It also provides addiction and weight loss support. In an ear acupuncture treatment, we perform a brief medical intake and diagnosis. Then we insert thin acupuncture needles at points in the ear. You retain the needles for approximately 15 minutes with total appointment time lasting 20-25 minutes. Ear acupuncture is also effective for pain and trauma using the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol developed by the US Army (We use semi permanent needles and they are retained for a couple of days).

What is tuina?

Tuina is a hands-on body therapy that utilizes techniques such as brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing, stretching and massage. It treats musculoskeletal problems, range of motion issues, headaches and organic diseases.

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb called mugwort which we hold above an acupuncture point or occasionally set to rest on an acupuncture point. It is effective in treating arthritic pain, stiffness, menstrual cramps and reversing breached fetuses. Dr Kroner only uses smokeless moxibustion.

What is electro-acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is a technique where the ends of acupuncture needles are attached to a small device which transmits gentle electrical currents through the needles. This painless technique is frequently used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and has been shown to effectively control chemotherapy induced nausea.

What is gua sha?

Gua sha involves rubbing of the skin with a round edged object to stimulate circulation at the site and enhances metabolic processes. Gua sha has a similar effect to cupping.

What are tai chi and qi gong?

Tai chi and qi gong are the Chinese equivalents to yoga, focusing on internal health and wellbeing. The slow, gentle, meditative movements are appropriate for people of all ages and all ability levels. Acupuncturists often encourage patients to incorporate tai chi and qi gong exercises into their daily lives. The gentle, low-impact alternatives to competitive sports promote circulation, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, improve equilibrium, enhance immune functioning and reduce stress.

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