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Using Partnerships and Lab Testing to Improve Client Care

May 2, 2024

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In today’s world of functional healthcare, personalization is key. Practitioners like Amy Campbell are leading the charge by utilizing functional labs alongside other tools to create individualized protocols for their clients. In this interview, Amy dives deep into her experience using labs to not only improve her own health but also to unlock deeper levels of well-being for her clients.

🩺From Personal Journey to Passionate Practitioner

Amy’s own journey with functional medicine began with a desire to understand her own health challenges. Through functional lab testing, she gained crucial insights that traditional blood work simply couldn’t provide. This experience sparked a passion for helping others achieve optimal health through a more holistic approach.

🧪Utilizing Functional Lab Testing to Guide Clinical Decisions

Functional labs offer a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the body, providing invaluable information that traditional blood tests often miss. These tests go beyond standard parameters, revealing potential imbalances that can be the root cause of a variety of health concerns.

Amy highlights two of her favorite functional labs:

  • The Dutch Test: This test provides a detailed picture of hormonal health, uncovering potential imbalances that can contribute to symptoms like fatigue, mood swings, and irregular menstrual cycles.
  • The GI Map: This test delves into the gut microbiome, a complex ecosystem that plays a critical role in overall health. By identifying gut imbalances, practitioners like Amy can develop targeted plans to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and support immune function.

🌟Case Study: A Lesson in Unexpected Results

The power of functional labs is beautifully illustrated by a case Amy shared – a new client struggling with heavy menstrual bleeding and low iron levels. Based on these symptoms, an initial treatment plan might have focused solely on iron supplementation. However, Amy knew the importance of digging deeper.

Functional lab testing revealed a surprising twist: the client’s iron levels were actually high, while estrogen levels were normal. 

The culprit? Poor gut health. 

This scenario underscores the importance of lab tests in revealing critical health insights that can challenge and refine preliminary clinical assessments, steering protocols in directions that are truly aligned with the individual’s specific health needs.

🔁Taking a Holistic Approach to Client Intakes and Lab Testing

Another key takeaway from Amy’s practice is the critical importance of separating client intake and health history from lab testing analysis. By doing so, practitioners can avoid potential biases that might influence the interpretation of lab results. Amy’s method involves a thorough intake process that provides a deep understanding of a client’s health background before any lab tests are reviewed. 

This approach ensures that recommendations are not just based on lab results but are also deeply informed by a detailed personal health narrative, leading to more personalized and effective care.

💫Collaboration is Key to Long-Term Success

Beyond lab testing, Amy ensures client success and comprehensive care by partnering with other similar practitioners, like life coaches and movement specialists. This comprehensive approach combines various expertise and ensures the clients receive all the support they need. This not only significantly improves client care but also greatly enriches a practice’s service offerings and value.


This discussion with Amy Campbell not only sheds light on the technical aspects of functional lab testing but also illustrates the broader implications for client care. Her strategic use of partnerships, holistic intake methods, and insightful application of lab testing provides a valuable framework for health practitioners aiming to enhance their practices. This integrative and thoughtful approach ensures that patients receive care that is not only based on sophisticated diagnostics but is also empathetically tailored to their unique health situations.

Did you love this episode as much as we did? Follow Amy for more at @amyraeco

If you’re interested in learning more about functional lab testing, how to interpret them, and how incorporating labs can help boost your confidence, make sure to check out our podcast and stay informed about the latest developments and insights in the healthcare industry!

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