Back to Basics Functional Wellness

Craig Binner DC, CFMP, FIAMA, DIP.AC

Functional Medicine Expert and Primal Health Coach

Stefani Wooldridge RDN, CLT

Functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Health Coach

our mission

At Back to Basics Functional Wellness it’s our goal to EDUCATE, INSPIRE & EMPOWER every MAN, WOMEN & CHILD to Live a healthier and more VITAL LIFE. This can only be down by educating as many that will listen on the fact that the body is designed to be healthy and vital and that it has the innate ability to heal itself if given the proper tools and the roadblocks are taken away.

It is not our goal to make you dependent on us, but to teach you how your body works, and implement optimal lifestyle habits. 

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

our commitment to you

We strive to fully understand the unique needs and concerns of our vitalistic community that is in search of their own optimal health. There is too many sources, protocols, opinions on how to achieve optimal health.  For this reason, it is our mission and goal to simplify the process, by delivering to you the most accurate, practical and actionable information to allow you to break through the confusion and learn what is truly valid to achieve optimal health and vitality.

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be overwhelming and complicated. We’re here to give you the tools you need to determine your own unique needs, to put a plan together, and to take consistent, simple steps to allow your body to heal itself. It is not implementing the complex things on an inconsistent basis that will bring you back to a state of vitality. It is the simple things on a consistent basis that will help you arrive at your destination.

Let us assist you, just like everyone else we’ve worked with, to sort through clutter, misinformation and confusion, and get “BACK TO THE BASICS” to achieve your optimal wellness. 

Are you ready to start your journey back to optimal health and vitality?

frequently asked questions

What is Functional Wellness/Medicine?

Functional Medicine is kind of a misnomer. Functional Medicine has nothing to do with the practice of medicine at all. For this reason, even though Dr. Binner is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, we prefer to use the definition of Functional Wellness.

Functional Wellness, rather than targeting individual symptoms, addressing disease or diagnosis’s, focuses on supporting the body’s natural healing process and functions of the entire body and its organs. It addresses the underlying root imbalances that may be causing the body to not function at its optimal level. By determining the imbalances that lead to various symptoms or imbalances, we use specific nutritional strategies, targeted supplementation as well as other lifestyle modifications to give the body, mind and spirit what it needs to heal and live optimally. Once this is achieved, we continue to be your partner in health to implement sustainable lifestyle habits to maintain your optimal state of well-being.

Are you a Medical Doctor?

No, we are not medical doctors. We do not treat or diagnose any disease via our services on this website.  As you can see above, my classical education is as a chiropractic practitioner, a functional medicine practitioner and health coach. Stefani is a holistic registered dietician and health coach. The true doctor is your body as it has the ability to heal itself if you give it the right tools and roadblocks that are unique to you. On your journey with us, we will not be establishing a doctor/patient relationship. I will not be guiding you as a chiropractic practitioner and or physician. Both of us will be guiding you as health coaches, via education, inspiration and accountability. We are your partners in health

Do you prescribe medications or diagnose?

No. we do not prescribe or make recommendations about prescription medications or controlled substances. Your prescribing medical doctor will manage all medications. Our mission is clear “ Educate, Inspire and Empower…..”  By performing our mission, we strive to guide and educate you about your own unique situation and advise you in supporting your bodies natural processes via nutrition, herbs, supplementation and lifestyle modifications. If you have a medical condition, it is of utmost importance that you stay in contact with your medical doctor.

Do you take insurance?

No, insurance does not cover the services rendered via our service. If you have a FSA or HSA, you can check into your individual program as to see if you can use those funds.  This program in general, is considered above the standard of care and therefore elective as far as the insurance industry is concerned. We do everything we can to make sure Functional Wellness is affordable, and available to everyone! The sad truth is that functional medicine has become to confusing, complicated and expensive for far too many. For this reason, we strive to All of our patients are working class, normal people who want to get healthy. We achieve this from staying away from the complicated that only confuses in most cases. Instead, we stay true to the foundational tenets of how the body is best served and heals.

Do you do diagnostic testing?

We do not do either medical testing or functional medicine testing that is intended to determine a diagnosis or detect disease. If we feel or you feel that there is a need for that level of testing, we will recommend you go to your MD or other Functional Medicine Practitioners that perform that testing. If after following the Back to Basics approach to supporting your system, if there is still some undetermined factor that is not allowing your body to heal, we would recommend at that time would be the appropriate time to reach out to the appropriate practitioner for a more indepth evaluation and diagnostics. We have great relationships with Functional Medicine doctors and M.D’s that we could refer you to at that time. It is our opinion and recommendation in every case, as an individual partners with us in their journey to optimal health, that they continue to see their MD for regular check ups and keeps them informed of the lifestyle modifications that you are incorporating. As they see your body heal, if they are truly there to assist your optimal health as well, they will become excited about your transformation.

Am I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM?

The best way to determine whether you would be a good fit is to schedule an initial free webcam or phone evaluation. This allows us an opportunity to learn more about your own individual and unique health concerns and goals, and gives you the chance to ask us any questions you might have. There’s no obligation. During this initial evaluation with me we would go over your health history in detail. I would also review a very detailed symptom questionnaire that you would fill out and get back to me before we speak. We would also find out if our approach to Functional Wellness is right and optimal for you. It is our goal to be your partner in your journey to optimal health. If for any reason, we feel that we are not the optimal team to assist and guide you on that journey, we will let you know. It is simple, we have only one reputation and your optimal wellbeing is of utmost importance. For this reason, if we feel that our knowledge, expertise and the tools in our tool box will not optimally serve you, we will steer you in the right direction to someone that will. We always keep your needs and desires front and center.

How long are your programs?

As each individual is unique, we have programs that range from 3-12 months. In reality, staying healthy takes effort and the proper decisions to be made over a lifetime. For this reason, we have a Lifetime Wellness Program available to those that feel they need continued coaching as they continue on their journey.

Functional Wellness, rather than targeting individual symptoms, addressing disease or diagnosis’s, focuses on supporting the body’s natural healing process and functions of the entire body and its organs. It addresses the underlying root imbalances that may be causing the body to not function at its optimal level. By determining the imbalances that lead to various symptoms or imbalances, we use specific nutritional strategies, targeted supplementation as well as other lifestyle modifications to give the body, mind and spirit what it needs to heal and live optimally. Once this is achieved, we continue to be your partner in health to implement sustainable lifestyle habits to maintain your optimal state of well-being.

How long will my program last?

Each individuals needs and situation is different. This is the reason are programs are different lengths and are modifiable depending on the individuals own needs. If you start on a program and find that you at the end you have not fully achieved your goal, no worries, we can extend your program appropriately to continue until we fully achieve the needed healing and success. If for any reason your body would not be responding, which is rare, we may suggest that you have a medical evaluation that may uncover some unidentified road blocks. As your health coaches, we strive to make your journey back to optimal health as simple and complete as possible. Your body has it’s own pace of healing though, and we have to respect that.

I do not live in Austin. Can you still help me.

Yes, as health coaches, we do not necessarily have to have you come into our office. We can communicate and guide you in the comfort of your own home via telephone or webcam (Zoom or Google Chat). We realize that no matter where you are, you deserve the optimal guidance if you desire to regain your vitality. Functional Wellness, rather than targeting individual symptoms, addressing disease or diagnosis’s, focuses on supporting the body’s natural healing process and functions of the entire body and its organs. It addresses the underlying root imbalances that may be causing the body to not function at its optimal level. By determining the imbalances that lead to various symptoms or imbalances, we use specific nutritional strategies, targeted supplementation as well as other lifestyle modifications to give the body, mind and spirit what it needs to heal and live optimally. Once this is achieved, we continue to be your partner in health to implement sustainable lifestyle habits to maintain your optimal state of well-being.

Why do I need two health coaches?

You don’t, but there are advantages. Dr. Binner and Stefani share the same passion for life and spreading the word living life to its fullest. They have extensive training in the healing arts and continue to increase their knowledge every year as to best serve you, their families and communities. Since the first time they met, they realized that they have a synergistic way of approaching health and wellness that goes beyond each individual. This collaborative synergy is rare, and to be treasured. This allows them to deliver a level of knowledge, expertise, common sense, passion and devotion to our partners in health serves them at the most optimal level.

benefits of virtual care

Convenience and Comfort

Stress and anxiety all  are common when you have to rush from one place to the other to complete your daily to do list and then make your office appointment. With our virtual platform, you can enjoy learning how to become optimally healthy and restore your vitality from the comfort of your home.

No Waiting Rooms

Gone are the days of having to wait in a waiting room while reading outdated magazines and staring at blank walls. You’ll be able to access your information, instruction and Back to Basics Vitality Group when it fits in with your schedule. A large part of being healthy is reducing our stress from being in the rat race. We want to assist you in achieving your vitality by reducing your stress, not feeding into it.

No Commute Necessary

Who enjoys being in traffic for hours, breathing in the toxins from car exhaust and then having to fight for a parking space only to arrive late at your appointment?  Our virtual health programs/platform can be done anywhere/anytime with an internet connection and a computer. No driving necessary and no expense for gas. What is not to like about that?

No Need For Childcare

For those who are blessed to have KIDDO’s, it can often be a hassle to get a nanny or drop them off at childcare. Now, you can enjoy our health services at home so you can spend more time with your little ones.

Ready to start your journey?

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Whether you’re looking for a complete lifestyle change or simple tips to take your wellness to the next level, we’re here to help you in any way we can!