Functional Medicine Clinic now open

Dr. Rob Downey, center, director of the Functional Medicine Clinic, poses for a photo with Dee Dahmann, left, clinic manager, and Mike Tupper, right, clinic supervisor, at an open house Jan. 7 for the new clinic. Not shown is clinic assistant Carol Comfort. The clinic opened last week. The painting behind them is by Homer artist Carla Cope, and the colors in it were used to come up with a paint scheme for the office. The Functional Medicine Clinic is a new health service provided by South Peninsula Hospital. Functional medicine is patient-centered health care that looks at not just disease itself, but the patient’s history, physiology and lifestyle connected to the disease. It also looks a prevention of disease through nutrition, diet and exercise. For more information on functional medicine, visit The clinic is located at 203 W. Pioneer Ave. The phone number is 435-3070.