Dr Patrick Magovern - Functional Medicine Dublin

I qualified in 1980. After the usual postgraduate training, I spent several satisfying years working as a hospital and community-based family doctor in a remote setting in Northern Canada, doing emergency department work, in-patient medical care and GP obstetrics including deliveries. I was a strong devotee of ‘traditional, conventional medicine and viewed anything else as quackery.

I slowly realised that Western ‘conventional’ disease-based high-tech medicine is excellent in most situations, but had little to offer for those patients in whom I could not find a treatable diagnosis.

The most frequently-occurring complaints were low energy, digestive disturbances, female hormone problems, mood problems, sleep problems, non-cardiac chest pain, migraine, fibromyalgia and nonsurgical back pain. The tests were all normal: there was “nothing seriously wrong” which was welcome news to the patient, but what could be done to help them?



Dr. Magovern






Functional Medicine Dublin Dr. Magovern’s 360 approach to medicine involves looking at the body, its complex systems and how the environment, lifestyle and to some extent genetics influence health and wellbeing. Often patients suffering from conditions such as back pain, low energy and digestive disturbances will also suffer from underlying issues such as inflammation, poor digestive function causing poor absorption or hormonal disturbances.

Dr. Magovern’s approach at the Drummartin Clinic involves sitting down with the patient, learning their history which often takes up to an hour in the first visit. From there, Dr. Magovern will follow the 360 matrix used to model all of the symptoms experienced by the patient using some diagnostic techniques and putting together a comprehensive 360-degree view of the patient’s health in order to fully diagnose and treat not only the condition but also the symptoms experienced by the patient.

Generally, patients will have been fully investigated and checked out with their GP or a consultant before embarking on this treatment approach with Dr. Magovern.

Comprehensive history and symptom analysis which covers a broad range of areas including absorption, brain chemistry, hormonal fluctuations & digestion.

Initial investigations to clarify the diagnostic picture. These may include standard medical testing and hormonal, blood/saliva or urinary testing.

Draw up an initial treatment plan taking as many of the variables as possible into account.

Fine tune treatment plan, integrate any new diagnostic information and monitor progress towards patient’s particular health goals always aiming for optimal health and wellbeing.