Comprehensive Consultation (Official)

Comprehensive Consultation Program

We offer Comprehensive Health Consultations for ADULTS AND CHILDREN. Whether you are looking for a medical detective who can provide deeper answers to a specific health issue or are just looking to improve or maintain your overall health, our aim is to gain a close understanding of your health and empower you with a personalized plan for restoration.

We offer in-person and distance healthcare. For patients traveling from a distance, we can see you once a year and still order labs or therapies in your home state.  For patients unable to visit us in person, Dr. Potter can offer private and secure video advisory consultations to any state. For patients across Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and Minnesota, Dr. Potter can serve as your full consulting physician through a secure video portal.

Connecting, Restoring, Cultivating Health in the Broken Body and Broken Heart

The hallmark of the functional medicine approach is to understand the underlying factors of a patient’s health. We do this by taking to time understand every aspect of a patient’s health story in a Comprehensive Health Consultation.

In this intensive consultation we spend two 90-minute visits with you, discussing your medical and family history and other key factors impacting your health, such as your lifestyle, genetics, nutrition, emotions, spirit and healthcare preferences. In addition to the standard lab work–testing your kidney function, liver function, electrolytes, cholesterol, and blood counts–we may also utilize a variety of specialty labs to dig into the root causes of your illness.

These specialty labs can measure hormone levels, toxins/heavy metals, your metabolic status or possible infections. We’ll determine which labs you may need from a thorough analysis of your medical history and physical exam. We personalize the testing approach for each patient, using what we believe will be most likely to provide answers. 

Examples of testing beyond standard labs:

  • OATS testing – Organic Acid Testing

  • Methylation Cycle Panels

  • Genetic Testing and Interpretation Services

  • Full Thyroid Panels

  • Food Sensitivity

  • Autoimmune Panels

  • Allergy Testing

  • Mold Toxicity Testing

  • Adrenal Fatigue Testing

  • Hormone Panels

  • Advanced Cholesterol Panels

  • Vitamin / Mineral Testing

  • Energy Cycle Testing

  • Organic Toxin Testing

  • Lyme Testing

  • Lyme Co-Infection Testing

  • Nutritional Evaluations

  • Heavy Metal Testing

The Second visit is spent explaining your test results and discussing your restoration plan. You end the visit with a summary of instructions regarding supplements, medications, therapies, and nutrition. Our physician assistant Hans then spends another 30 minutes the following week organizing your plan with you after you have had time to read through the report.

In the 3-5 months after Hans therapy review visit, you will have two other visits with medical staff and portal access through which you can ask short questions regarding therapy. Given the complexity of our patients we ask for this 6 month commitment as we know the deeper restoration you want is never quick. Should you need longer term therapy, we can discuss options at that time.

Read more »

DNA Analysis Program

We dig deep to shed light on your genetics.

Don’t settle for a quick, superficial, and ultimately unfruitful genetic interpretation by just anyone.

The hallmark of the functional medicine approach is to understand the underlying factors of a patient’s health. In the DNA Analysis Program, we do this by taking our comprehensive history followed by a screening physical exam.  We then combine this with an in-depth evaluation of your 23 and Me raw data in our special software.  While other reviews of your genetic data scratch the surface, we dig deep to determine how your SNPs may be affecting your health.

No lab testing will be performed in this process although we can review past testing.  You will leave with a online accessible report concerning your genetics.  Should you want to continue with a full consult, you may convert to the Comprehensive Consultation Program.

Sample SNPs that we will address:

  • MTHFR

  • PEMT

  • NAT2 and PON1 for Detox

  • CYP Cytochromes for Detox

  • Methylation Cycle

  • Cardiovascular Risk

  • Cancer Risks

  • APOE and other Alzheimers Risk

  • COMT

  • Hormone SNPs

  • Neurotransmitter SNPs

Read more »

Learn More About a Program Above

Steven will be glad to explain more about how one of our programs can serve you.

Patient Testimonials

See what our patients have to say about Sanctuary Functional Medicine.
M.R.
Spring Hill, TN

At one of the most confusing, difficult times in my life Dr. Eric Potter brought the hope and answers I needed. When we first met and he opened our appointment with prayer I knew I had found the perfect doctor for me. He was empathetic and listened carefully to every symptom I was feeling. He was devoted to digging deeper and finding the root cause to whatever was causing the problems I was facing.

Dr. Potter provided a 15-page wellness program and an over hour-long phone call thoroughly explaining the complicated diagnosis of MTHFR and other various genetic SNPs. He was attentive and answered every question I had. I am most appreciative that the wellness plan was not a “one-size-fits-all” protocol. He tailored it specifically to my issues and was devoted to restoring balance to my body naturally. For example, instead of jumping to prescribing thyroid medicine to treat my low hormones levels, he advised to take the necessary steps to restore hormone production naturally, and it worked. Now, a year later I am feeling better than I ever have. When I first met with him I was eating a very limited diet, probably under 20 safe foods, and now I am eating so many I can’t even count.

I am living a normal life without any symptoms I used to have, like excessive fatigue, joint pain, digestive issues, irregular and painful menstruation, food intolerances, and for that I am forever grateful.

H.G.
Spring Hill, TN

I am so thankful for the care I have received from Dr. Potter and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a competent, thorough and thoughtful doctor.

Dr. Potter clearly studies, enjoys and understands some of the more complex systems of the body. I feel like he has a good handle on how various systems of the body interact with one another. In other words, he doesn’t see our bodies as isolated parts; rather he is good at looking at how things work together. This is exactly the kind of mindset I have needed in a doctor during the course of my 14 year healthy journey and I’m so thankful to have finally found it.

In line with this holistic approach, he regularly asks the question, ”What is the root cause?” and will take the time and effort necessary to search out answers to this important question until he finds what is needed to begin the restoration process.  I often think of him as both a doctor and an investigator of sorts. He has helped me find answers to several complex mysteries through tenacious investigation and through prayer. 

I also really appreciate how Dr. Potter has made himself available to help answer questions.  He communicates with me on a regular basis. I don’t just see him once every few months for 15 minutes and go on my way. Through feedback on my symptom charts, thorough explanations of my test results, and responses to my follow-up questions, it feels more like a partnership and in this partnership, Dr. Potter has proven his value for good, regular doctor-patient communication. That is a rare element in today’s health care system and is a key benefit to being under Dr. Potter’s care. 

Whether your live in the Nashville area or overseas, like me, I highly recommend Dr. Potter to you. He has been an answer to many years of prayer!

D.B.
Spring Hill, TN

In February of 2015, I started seeing Dr. Potter. My health history is long and involved, but Dr. Potter spent about THREE HOURS at my initial new patient visit getting a thorough understanding of it! In thirty years of going to doctors to resolve my health issues, that has never happened.

My husband and I traveled six hours to visit Dr. Potter for several reasons:
  1. he believes in functional medicine (determining the root cause of medical issues verses prescribing pills and surgery.);
  2. he has been trained by Dr. Ben Lynch in MTHFR genetic defects;
  3. he does phone consulting with distance patients combined by occasional in person visits;
  4. he is reasonably priced; and,
  5. Dr. Potter, as a mature Christian who is pursuing seminary training, understands the interplay of a patient’s soul and body in the healing process.
Dr. Potter monitors my progress via a two week symptom tracker. He is quick to respond to my questions and concerns and makes the time to research issues that I am having. An example of this recently involved calling a compounding pharmacy several times to fine tune my thyroid medication.
If you want a compassionate, knowledgeable, and responsible physician . . .  I can confidently recommend Dr. Eric Potter.