Chicago Functional Medicine

With integrative and functional medicine, we solve health problems by getting to the root of them. We look deeper than other physicians have, evaluating nutrition, lifestyle, and comprehensive in-depth lab testing to understand your symptoms and create a personalized plan to help you feel better.

We combine the best of modern medicine and holistic care so you get results. We can help with:

✔️ Fatigue

✔️ Depression & anxiety

✔️ Hormone imbalance

✔️ Perimenopause & menopause

✔️ Infertility, PCOS & endometriosis 

✔️ Weight gain

✔️ Insomnia

✔️ Hair loss & thinning

✔️ Thyroid conditions

✔️ Digestive problems

✔️ Bloating, gas & constipation

✔️ Autoimmune disease

✔️ Fatigue

✔️ Depression & anxiety

✔️ Hormone imbalance

✔️ Perimenopause & menopause

✔️ Infertility, PCOS & endometriosis 

✔️ Weight gain

✔️ Insomnia

✔️ Hair loss & thinning

✔️ Thyroid conditions

✔️ Food sensitivities & digestive problems

✔️ Bloating, gas & constipation

✔️ Autoimmune diease

Serving The Chicagoland Area

You can receive care on your terms – without the commute, parking headache, and cold waiting rooms.

Our functional medicine doctors are licensed to practice telemedicine in Illinois, so you can get holistic care from the comfort of your home.

Whether you are located in the heart of Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, we invite you to book an appointment.

How Vytal Health Works

1

Initial consultation 

You will meet with your doctor via video from the comfort and privacy of your home or office. Dive into your symptoms, history, nutrition, and lifestyle.

2

Dig in with lab testing

Your doctor will create a personalized plan to gain detailed insights into your body and uncover what’s needed to get you feeling healthy now and in the long run.

3

Start your membership plan

Kick off your on-going relationship with your doctor by enrolling in a membership plan. Our plans are flexible and built around you. Cancel anytime.

Meet Our Chicago Functional Medicine Doctor

Dr. Hetal Shah, MD

Functional & Anti-Aging Medicine

Clinical Experience: 20+ years practicing medicine, certified functional medicine, board certified in internal medicine, obesity medicine, anti-aging medicine.

About Hetal

  • Medical Doctor from NHL Medical College, India
  • Completed residency at St. Joseph Hospital (Northwestern University), Chicago, IL
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Obesity Medicine
  • Board Certified in Antiaging and Regenerative Medicine
  • Certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine

Your health challenges are real. Maybe you have already been to several doctors and maybe you’ve been told “you’re fine”. Maybe you have even started to feel ashamed or embarrassed because of your complaints.

Like it’s “all in your head.”

Yet you continue to struggle with fatigue, lack of motivation, brain fog, insomnia, migraines, weight gain, digestive issues, and the list goes on…  Aging isn’t feeling the way you’d hoped.

Does it have to be this way?

 

I’ve been there myself

It took years for me to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder. I remember well the exhaustion leading up to it.

So often my patients will describe their chronic fatigue, and I am astounded. I ask them, “How do you do it? How do you get up every day, take care of your family, go to work, and keep on? How do you do it with this level of fatigue, with these nutritional deficiencies, with this battle?”

They are heroes to be respected. They’re not nuisances to be dismissed by the medical profession, just because their symptoms can’t be resolved with a quick visit and a pill.

There are many people struggling with health issues that they can’t even finish describing in a ten-minute doctor’s visit. There’s no time for the doctor to ask the questions needed to uncover the mystery.

 

Your journey is my journey

Your unsolved health concerns become my personal challenges. It’s similar to solving a mystery, and I’m not satisfied until we have answers.

I’ve been through a lot myself. I know what it feels like to have random complaints and no diagnosis. I understand when a patient complains of fatigue, migraines, weight gain, etc. I’m a doctor who really gets it.

We need to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Maybe it’s a hormonal imbalance. Maybe it’s stress. Or maybe you have an undiagnosed food sensitivity. There are so many possibilities.

Whatever the cause, it becomes my personal journey to get you well. I become quite determined to solve the mystery, and I keep digging until a clear picture starts to emerge.

 

I got here through conventional medicine first

In my youth, growing up in India, I experienced several life-threatening infectious diseases: malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis. Strong western drugs saved my life, but they left their mark on me. My journey back to health had to go beyond conventional medicine.

I didn’t come to this realization all at once. I didn’t stop to reflect. Instead, I jumped right into the intense training of medical school, residency, and over 90-hour workweeks.

My journey to functional medicine began many years after graduating from medical school.

It started with a quest in my mind. I simply knew there had to be a better explanation for how I was feeling. Maybe you can relate

I was having so many problems. Fatigue. Iron deficiencies. Chronic gut issues. I was gaining weight and struggling with sleep. There were limitations of what I could eat, and then an autoimmune condition set it

All those medications in my youth and young adulthood, which had saved my life, had also triggered new problems in my health. I began asking questions and reading the scientific evidence.

I realized I had to get beyond treating symptom after symptom. I needed to find out what the underlying causes were. I discovered I was highly reactive to wheat and dairy, and I had several nutritional deficiencies. My lifestyle had to change to bring about real healing. But, now, I’m enjoying living life to the fullest.

This is functional medicine.

 

Let’s do this

Reaching out takes courage. But, as I said, your journey to health becomes my personal journey as well. I want you to experience hope and to have the energy to enjoy your life again. Let’s find what balance looks like in your life.

Reach out to me, tell me your story, and let’s start the journey.

Hetal's Patients Love Her!

FAQ

Vytal Health

Vytal Health is a telemedicine company that brings you whole person health to the comfort of your home or office. Our model allows you to say goodbye to the waiting rooms, rushed appointments, and leaving without answers. All our physicians are trained in functional medicine and in creating personalized treatment plans specific to you and your needs. Our services include virtual appointments, in-home lab testing and personalized supplements. We help get to the root cause of your health problems, find you answers, and partner with you to help you feel good and stay healthy.

We approach whole person health through Functional Medicine. This is an approach to health care that focuses on solving your health problems by identifying the root cause, rather than covering your symptoms with prescriptions. It requires a detailed understanding of your health history, along with personalized, in-depth testing. Treatment approaches address lifestyle factors and use natural approaches first, then medications if needed.

Finding the right doctor is the first step in the process of getting started with Vytal Health. You’re more than welcome to view our clinicians profiles to learn more about them and to see if they are a good fit. We recommend setting up a call with one of our care concierge specialists who can help direct you in selecting the right doctor for you. Simply book a call with them using this link and they’d be happy to help answer your questions!

All our consultations are done over video visits (much like FaceTime or Skype). We respect your time. There is no need for you to drive long distances, interact with multiple clinic staff, and sit in a crowded waiting room.

The most important skill that functional medicine physicians have to uncover the underlying root causes of your health problem is their ability to listen, and this can be conveniently completed via video visits.

In order to keep our price for care as low as possible, we forgo those crowded waiting rooms and multiple staff.

And another perk of video visits is that you get living-room access to experts from across the country who have years of experience helping people, just like you, regain their energy, improve their sleep, get rid of their brain fog, lose weight, and feel healthy! If your physician believes you need to be seen in person for an exam, they will help you arrange for this form of care.

Yes! Vytal Health is a great space for both men and women to receive whole person care. All of our physicians are able to treat men, however, Dr. Ash May is our men’s health specialist.

Memberships

When it comes to your health, we know that an on-going relationship with the right doctor makes all the difference. We want to encourage you to meet regularly with your Vytal Health physician and get the attention you deserve. For that reason, we designed a 12-month membership so you and your doctor can define your care plan over a year. There is no cancellation fee, cancel anytime.

Yes! We understand this is a new way to experience health care for many people and we want you to feel confident this is the right option for you.

If you don’t love your initial consultation, we’ll refund it 100%.

After your initial consultation, you can decide whether you want to proceed with a membership. If you decide to join, we’ll help you pick the best plan for your needs.

You can cancel your membership at any point during your one-year subscription. Simply notify your care concierge of your desire for cancellation. There is no cancellation fee.

 

Yes! If you select the Partner Plan, your Vytal Health physician will be your go-to for everything, including your primary care and urgent care needs. Please note that all of our physicians are not able to be primary care physicians, but you’ll know that up front when you select your plan and your physician. Because we are telemedicine-only, there may be circumstances when your physician may need to send you to be evaluated in person, such as to your gynecologist, or to Urgent Care.

You can directly and securely message your physician through our patient portal. However, if the question or request is deemed too complicated to be addressed via messaging, your physician may prefer that you schedule an appointment. 

Our physicians typically respond to messages within 24-48 business hours, and your support team responds even quicker.

Financial

We believe it is important to work for our patients, not for their insurance companies. That’s why we do no accept insurance and are able to provide the level of care that our patients want. Many of our patients choose to pay for their care using HSA/FSA dollars.

We will however, work to find ways to utilize your insurance when we can for things like labs, ultrasounds, prescriptions, and referrals.

With telemedicine on the rise, some individuals are finding coverage for telemedicine services and we are happy to provide you a superbill (paperwork to submit to your insurance) to file a claim. Just let your care concierge know you would like a superbill for your services after your visit with your Vytal Health physician.

Absolutely! If you have an HSA or FSA plan as part of your high-deductible health plan, you can use these funds to cover our lab tests for a variety of conditions, supplements, and your monthly membership payment.

If you aren’t sure if you have an FSA or HSA account, contact your employer human resources department.

With our personalized approach to providing you care, our lab costs will range. Our patients typically spend $100-$500 on in-home lab testing, however, some lab testing can be done at your local lab, using your insurance. 

Our care concierge team is ready to assist you in finding the most affordable option for you with your lab testing. 

Note: We know lab results are important in finding answers to your health concerns so we include a credit that can be used towards at-home lab test kits as a part of your membership with Vytal Health.

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. You can cancel or reschedule your appointment right from your appointment confirmation email. You can also send a message to your care concierge, email us at hello@vytalhealth.com, or call us at (855) 998-4900. 

If prior notification is not given, you will be charged $100 for your missed appointment or if you are a member, we will deduct scheduled duration of your appointment from your annual total time. 

General

If you’ve ever tried to discuss your fatigue, mood changes, gut issues, or difficulty sleeping with your doctor and walked out with a stack of prescriptions, you are not alone. There is simply not enough time in a rushed medical visit to be helpful for many kinds of health problems, especially those that require digging a little deeper. 

Many doctors simply aren’t trained to provide this level of care. We find this approach as frustrating as you do–so we set out to fix it. At Vytal Health, our physicians have the training, compassion, and curiosity to understand your symptoms in depth, take the time to listen, and get you on the path to feeling healthy again.

All our consultations are done over video visits (much like FaceTime or Zoom). We respect your time. There is no need for you to drive long distances, interact with multiple clinic staff, and sit in a crowded waiting room.

If your physician believes you need to be seen in person for an exam, they will help you arrange for this form of care.

Our doctors are able to prescribe most traditional medicine prescriptions and are happy to review what kind of support your body might need from prescription drugs. Many of our physicians have obtained extra training in the appropriate prescribing of hormone replacement treatments, including bioidentical hormones. Vytal Health physicians also approach thyroid prescribing in a personalized fashion, and include medications like Armour Thyroid, NP-Thyroid, and Nature-Throid, as well as compounded thyroid medications in their practices. Other compounded medications like Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and allergen-free medications are commonly prescribed by Vytal Health physicians.

Note: Our Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are sometimes unable to prescribe medications due to licensure restrictions in some states. We can help you navigate this situation if a prescription is needed.

We happily offer testing for a variety of conditions including thyroid, fertility, adrenal fatigue, hormones, food sensitivity, GI (gastrointestinal) comprehensive evaluations, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), neurotransmitters, COVID-19, mycotoxins, mold, and more. Most of these tests can all be done in the comfort of home with our lab kits. Our kits come with all the shipping materials to send to the appropriate labs making testing easy and convenient. Some lab testing can be done at your local lab, using your own insurance and if needed, your care concierge can help you find a lab for you for this testing.

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