Functional Medicine


Functional Medicine addresses the root causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach that brings together both patient and practitioner in a health and wellness partnership. The practice of medicine has evolved to better address the healthcare needs of the 21st century. That is functional medicine. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of healthcare to a more patient-centered approach, personalized functional medicine aims to address the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners like those at The FuncMed Lab spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. By doing this, functional medicine supports the individual expression of health and vitality for everyone.

Taking a common condition such as arthritis, for instance, we can see how functional medicine can be the wave of the future. The root of all chronic disease, even “arthritis”, can be linked to systemic inflammation. If we have systemic inflammation, our tissues will be subject to continued wear and tear and, eventually, our muscles and joints will be subjected to what we call “arthritis”. If we can reduce systemic inflammation through diet, supplementation, exercise, and evaluating genomic risk we can reduce our chances of expressing this common disease.

Functional medicine is a revolution in the treatment for common chronic illnesses including diabetes, thyroid disorders, anemia, arthritis, autoimmune, obesity, and many others. The FuncMed Lab looks forward to helping you achieve better health through a more thorough, functional approach to medicine.

Dr. Vinny Tagliaferro spent a lifetime destroying his body in light of athletic pursuits. As a high school gymnast, college ice hockey player, and elite Olympic weightlifter, Dr. Vinny has suffered a multitude of minor and major injuries throughout his life, including multiple concussions and head trauma. The constant strain of pushing his body to its breaking point led him down the path of becoming a sports rehabilitation-focused chiropractor.

Always interested in improving movement and sports performance, he began his career by teaching gymnastics to toddlers and eventually coaching gymnasts at the collegiate level. Dr. Vinny began college at The Ohio State University where he played for the Columbus Junior Blue Jackets in the USHL. After suffering a career-ending injury he moved on to Temple University in Philadelphia where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. 

Following undergrad, Dr. Vinny moved on to New York Chiropractic College where he completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic as well as his Advanced Degree in Human Movement Sciences. While at New York Chiropractic College he acted as Treasurer of the Rehabilitation to Performance Club, Representative of the Motion Palpation Club, and was a tutor for Radiographic Imaging and Diagnostic Studies. During his residency, Dr. Vinny was awarded two separate honors internships while functioning as a CrossFit instructor and Crunch Master Trainer. 

After graduating from NYCC in 2015, Dr. Vinny began practicing chiropractic in New York City where he had the honor of being the chiropractor for the Martha Graham Dance Company as well as Ballet Hispanico. He has treated everyone from desk jockeys to broadway actresses and professional bodybuilders. During his tenure in New York City, Dr. Vinny competed as an Olympic weightlifter finishing in the top 100 lifters in the country. 

Following a personal experience with multiple head traumas and a lengthy history of Major Depressive Disorder, he began to shift his focus on improving his patients’ health by incorporating functional medicine to address the root cause of disease and illness. Dr. Vinny completed a post-graduate study in Nutrition and received his certificate as a Functional Medicine Practitioner from FMU in 2021.

BFS Performance & Rehab
Chiropractic/Acupuncture/Active Rehabilitation
21 Fadem Rd., Unit #12A
(inside GameChanger Gym)
Springfield, NJ 07081

Phone: (201) 898-5204
Email: [email protected]

Service Areas

  • Union, NJ
  • Summit, NJ
  • Maplewood, NJ
  • Madison, NJ
  • Chatham, NJ
  • Short Hills, NJ
  • Westfield, NJ
  • Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Mountainside, NJ
  • & surrounding areas

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