Frequently Asked Questions

Functional Health

What is Functional Health?

Functional Health is the evolution of conventional medicine that addresses the underlying causes of disease, not just the symptoms.  Rather than looking at the body as a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties, Functional Health views the body as one integrated system and addresses the root causes of disease. 

Is FH safe?

FH primarily utilizes diet and lifestyle to achieve health goals.  We will also prescribe a whole-food based supplement regimen to fill in nutritional gaps that your body needs but can’t get from most foods we eat. FH is very safe and has far fewer side effects than most any prescription on the market.

What conditions respond well to FH?

Many of our patients have been diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes, autoimmunity, GI dysfunction, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and many others. While we do not “treat” their specific disease or condition, the symptoms that they experience often disappear as a result of fueling their body correctly. 

How do I know if Dr. B can help me?

While Functional Health is highly beneficial for a very wide range of people and conditions, it may not be right for everyone. We do not accept every case.The program is about optimizing your health and requires dedication, motivation and responsibility on your part. Remember, you are part of the team to help create a healthier life for yourself and you must be willing to embrace nutritional and lifestyle changes. That is why we offer a free consultation to discuss your concerns and goals before making a financial commitment.

What qualifies Dr. B to practice FH?

Dr. Besuden is a Certified Functional Health Practitioner (soon to be Board Certified) and Doctor of Chiropractic. She graduated from Life College of Chiropractic in Atlanta in 1994 and has completed over 1,200 hours of postdoctoral education in Functional Health and Clinical Nutrition.

Do I still need a primary care physician?

We do not treat disease or provide acute care services. We do not replace the services that your current medical team provides. We provide a stand-alone service to help you create health, so we strongly recommend that you establish with a Primary Care Physician in your community.

If you need to be seen urgently or have a medical emergency you would need to visit an ER, urgent care center or your primary care physician.

Will you work with my pcp?

Yes! While our services differ greatly from that of a primary care physician, we will work with them to ensure all elements of your well-being are working together.

Do you prescribe or manage prescription medications?

We do not prescribe or make recommendations about prescription medications.  We do use whole food based supplementation to support the body’s health and physiology.

Our Practice

Where are you located?

We have locations in Eustis, downtown Winter Park and St. Petersburg, FL.

What can i expect from the free consultation?

The complimentary consultation is designed as a discovery interview.  We will talk about your current lifestyle and how we can support a healthier version for you.

How do I become a patient of Dr. B’s?

You can contact us via the contact page on this website or call the office at 407-647-3244.  Please indicate that you are requesting an appointment for Functional Health.  Our staff will make your appointment and will send you an email for additional information regarding your particular case.

Do I need a referral from my PCP to see you?

No, we are not replacing your PCP.  Our mission is to create a lifestyle that will create wellness and healthy aging.

How do I make or change an appointment?

Use the “Contact Us” form on the website or call the office at 407-647-3244.

What is your appointment cancellation policy?

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy.  Since we reserve blocks of appointment times for each patient, 48 hours notice will give us the opportunity to support other patients on the waiting list.

What if I have recent lab testing? Can you just use that?

Yes, if it is within 6 months. If there are additional lab protocols needed, that can be determined and requested.  

I want to use my insurance, can my medical Dr. order my bloodwork?

Yes, we can give you the lab panels needed.  If your deductible is high, we have the option of a co-op, which allows us to give you lab work at a discounted price.

What kind of supplements do you use?

We use certified, organic, whole food supplementation from Standard Process and the highest quality herbs from MediHerb.

How do I order supplements for my program?

You will be given a code to set up an account with Patient Direct.  You are able to order and receive products within 2-3 days.  

Can I order products if I’ve never been a patient?

Yes, we will send you to a website link which will allow you to order and have direct shipments.

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Can I purchase supplements from other places other than your website?

We stock Standard Process supplements at our Eustis and Winter Park offices.

The high quality of the ingredients of the products we use makes it difficult to find equal quality.  However, if you have current product, we are happy to review the label and determine if it is a good fit.


What forms of payment do you accept?

We gladly accept all credit cards, HSA credit cards, and Cash.

Can you bill me or my insurance?

We do not bill insurance.  All appointments are scheduled on a self-pay basis.  We can give you a superbill with proper coding to submit to your insurance.  We do not guarantee that your insurance will accept the billed services.  Some insurances may pay and some will not, depending on your policy.

Do you offer financing?

We have 6 and 12 month programs which can be billed monthly.

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