About Carolina Center for Functional Medicine - Functional Medicine In Anderson

The Carolina Center for Functional Medicine was born from a vision of a happier, healthier, and stronger world.

At CCFM, we understand the frustration that goes along with having a chronic health condition or concern. Many of the people that we meet have actually come to believe that their problems are “normal.” They think that having no energy, GI issues, poor endurance, Migraine headaches, chronic pain, diabetes, and continued weight gain are just a part of life; unavoidable and inevitable circumstances that arise as we age. Others believe their condition was acquired as a result of being dealt a bad genetic hand. All of these things could not be further from the truth.

Fortunately, a change is sweeping across our nation, a mindset with a focus on disease prevention and maintenance of health. Although revolutionary in Western Medicine, this has been the tradition in Eastern Medicine for thousands of years. This changing perspective has lead some Western clinicians and researchers to develop a new approach focusing on the cause of and prevention of disease. This new approach is called Functional Medicine. Each patient that chooses Functional Medicine becomes an ally in that quest for true health.

When a patient comes to the Carolina Center for Functional Medicine with a health concern, our focus is not just on naming the condition and treating related symptoms, but on identifying what underlying nutritional imbalance; structural imbalance; toxin; emotion; food intolerance; lifestyle choice is causing the problem. Often there is a combination of causes, creating layers to the illness. It is our job to identify those causes, and by working with the patient, peel away the layers to discover ideal health.

We have helped countless people uncover the underlying cause of their chronic health concerns and become happy, healthy, and strong.

Our Core Values Of Care

An Integrative Approach

Unlike conventional medical care, we first help patients heal and then empower them with the knowledge and tools to avoid many of the pitfalls that created their illness in the first place. No matter where you are right now... with our expert guidance you can heal and lead a vibrant life!

Guided step-by-step by our care team, you will implement an integrative approach to your wellness, drawing from the most up-to-date nutritional science and lifestyle medicine, to significantly improve your health and alleviate symptoms.

Dedicated Attention

In your typical 7-minute doctor's visit, there is little time to understand the depth of your illness... let alone the contributing factors that may have caused it.

During your in-depth patient intake process, we take the time needed, one-on-one, conducting a thorough review to understand all the potential triggers for your illness. This review includes your past medical history, your past and present diet, environment, stress levels, and gut health. Your in-depth health history is the start to unraveling the root causes of you illness.

Personalized Care

Not only is each patient biologically unique, but their illness is unique too. There are so many factors that may be to blame for your illness – from lifestyle choices, food choices, allergies and even toxins in your immediate environment... plus let's not forget mindset (which plays a big role of your health).

After we do your intake, we may conduct further specialty lab tests. We may also use other assessment tools to get the full picture of your health so that with a precise analysis, we can come up with a precise "healing prescription".

Innovative Treatments

Did you know that it takes on average 17 years for clinical breakthroughs in the current medical literature to make their way into your conventional doctor's office? That means many health care practitioners are dispensing outdated advice and not using the best lab testing available for your case. Chances are they are not even aware of the proper testing that could make all the difference in your healing plan.

At Carolina Center for Functional Medicine, we are trained in up-to-date medicine – including the best, most advanced testing. Pairing that with current nutritional science, you can finally achieve your health goals.

Root Cause Resolution

Unlike conventionally-trained doctors, our care team always focuses on getting to the root causes of your illness, by examining the key cellular imbalances that are responsible for the symptoms you’re experiencing right now.

Also known as functional medicine, our care is effective because we focus on correcting the "up-stream" imbalances causing your chronic illnesses. This can include toxicity in your home or work-place, potential food intolerances and allergies, gut and hormonal imbalances, along with mindset issues that all contribute to a poor expression of health.

Co-Creating Health

Changing your lifestyle may seem daunting, but we teach you how to use mindset tools to overcome stubborn habits that aren't serving you any longer. We make the prospect of getting healthy "fun" and have a wide range of tools in place to support you during your health transformation and beyond.

We also leverage health coaching and online communities for support and accountability so your new healing lifestyle practices can become an integral part of your everyday life.

About Dr. Douglas Hanner

Dr. Hanner was board certified as a Chiropractic Physician in 1995. He later became a board-certified Fellow through the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and certified in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) through the Upledger Institute. For over 25 years, his practice concentrated on treating patients for their neuromusculoskeletal health complaints, with a focus on chronic pain.

Through many years of practice, Dr. Hanner became overly aware of the limitations of conventional methods for treating chronic pain and other chronic health concerns. As a response to this, Dr. Hanner began studying Functional (“root cause”) Medicine and now holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Functional Medicine Practitioner from the Kresser Institute in Functional Medicine and Ancestral Health. His studies also led him to the body-oriented psychotherapeutic method called Somatic Experiencing (SE). He is currently completing the SE Trauma Institute’s 3-year program to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).


"Within about 6 weeks of treatment, my headaches are gone”

I am so thankful to Dr. Hanner for his help with my severe headaches and cognitive impairment after a brain injury. I was under the care of a neurologist for 2 years who said that I had improved all that I was going to and just needed to manage my symptoms with medications. Dr. Hanner gave me some specific nutritional advice and treated me with CranioSacral therapy. Within about 6 weeks of treatment, my headaches are gone, and my family and friends started to comment on my obvious improvement. Thank you forgiving me my life back.

"I can attest that I am 85% improved in my symptoms”

When I first saw Dr. Hanner, I was always tired, had significant GI issues with bloating/pain and a very limited diet, had begun having pain in the joints of my hands, and began to have scaly patches on arms and legs. Through Dr. Hanner’s testing, we found out that I had Adrenal Fatigue, a serious imbalance in the bacteria of my gut, Leaky Gut (which means that the contents of the bowel could now enter the bloodstream), Vitamin B12 deficiency causing a mild anemia, and a parasite infection! After 4 months, I can attest that I am 85% improved in my symptoms and the scaly patches on my arms and legs are gone. Thank you for all you do!

"The pain in my legs was gone and hasn’t returned since”

I am 78 years old and had severe leg pain that returned every time I walked any distance. Even going to the grocery store was very difficult. After being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, I tried chiropractic, physical therapy, and steroid injections, to no avail. Dr. Hanner’s therapy was so gentle that I was not sure how it could possibly help. But after about 8 weeks, the pain in my legs was gone and hasn’t returned since. I even got to go on a trip with my family that involved a lot of walking and had no problems. Thank you!

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Do you have questions about our program and starting your path back to health? We are happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Carolina Center for Functional Medicine is right for you.

  • 864-900-4549
  • 864-900-4573
  • info@discoveridealhealth.com
  • 1115 Dunlap Road, Anderson, SC 29621
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