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There are so many aspects of Family Health, from vaccinations to simple problems such as an ear infection, where rapid access to a GP is vital. At Shilpa Dave Health we understand that a responsive and caring practice is at the core of keeping you well, but we want to do more than that.

Many of my patients tell me there just isn’t enough time when they see their GP. Many of them want to begin a journey to better health and want to have someone to guide them and listen to them. They do not want to be labelled with a disease but want to understand and explore the underlying causes of their symptoms.


Functional Medicine looks at optimising, not just maintaining your health so you can live well. Preventing disease by screening and testing, maintaining your health by eating well and exercising and looking after your mental health, and restoring your health by replenishing nutrients, reducing inflammation and stress.

By putting these together into a personalized journey supported by a team of passionate health professionals you will achieve more balance, feel better and reach your health goals, supported by us. 


You can find out whether a Functional Medicine approach is right for you by completing the LIVING MATRIX QUESTIONNAIRE by clicking on the link here 

Living Matrix Questionnaire


Watch our animation guide to functional medicine

Functional Medicine Tree


Absolutely it is very common for patients to undertake a normal health screen to exclude serious medical conditions and have standard blood tests and then use a functional medicine approach to improve and optimise their health. This sometimes involves additional scientific testing for gut health or for hormones or biomarker blood tests such as FDX. More information around these additional tests can be found in the information links on this page.

Functional medicine can be very suitable for conditions that relate to inflammation and more fundamental body systems good examples include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Human issues such as menopause polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Skin issues such as eczema
  • Mental health problems
  • Thyroid disease
  • Fatigue and burnout

Before you undertake a functional medicine appointment we send you a very detailed questionnaire which will cover many aspects of your lifestyle nutrition exercise and sleep concerns. At your appointment you will have a very detailed history taken and physical examination. Access to advanced functional testing and interpretation allows insight into the root causes of chronic illness and allows our doctors to create a tailored plan and also to track the progress of any health advice or treatment.

There are three main areas where advanced functional testing can be performed

  1. FDX biomarker blood testing - click here for more information
    We an accredited FDX blood testing provider and fdx algorithmics biomarker blood testing allows and enhanced and detailed view of body systems by grouping together blood tests and using predictive algorithms to help understand the future risks of disease
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  2. Genova Diagnostics

    Genova diagnostics comprehensive stool test is an advanced test that provides information around your gut health and offers valuable insight into inflammation and the intestinal microbiome which is the bacteria and parasites that colonise the gut system.
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  3. DUTCH Hormone testing for some patients see those with fatigue syndromes or menopause issues a more detailed hormone analysis can be undertaken this is known as the DUTCH Hormone test
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    Click here for more information

Our Functional Medicine Testing Partners

FunctionalDX Genova Diagnostics Precision Analytical Inc


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Contact Us

Dr Shilpa Davé Health

Private General Practice
C/O Kirby Chemist
53 High St Teddington, TW11 8HD

0203 303 0326


Clinic Times

  • Monday - Friday 9am-6pm
    (2pm-6pm available on request)
  • Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm

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