Practitioner Course

Metabolic Laboratory Assessment - A Functional Medicine Approach

Metabolic testing using a Functional Medicine lens.

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


3 hours total


Lara Zakaria

About this course

The first step in designing a personalised protocol for a client is conducting a thorough assessment. That includes detailed intake questionnaires, diet and lifestyle diaries, asking open-ended questions, and of course, evaluating relevant laboratory data. When we apply a functional lens in interpreting foundational metabolic labs, the patterns that emerge can help us piece together valuable clues. 

We’ll begin by laying the groundwork for the most common tests used in clinical practice. Then we’ll layer on “better” testing options and discuss the rationale behind those recommendations. This course will help you feel more confident in recognising patterns related to various metabolic conditions, including dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance, thyroid, and nutritional deficiencies and insufficiencies.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

This course will cover

  • What metabolic testing using a Functional Medicine lens means
  • CBC and complete iron 
  • Lipid testing 
  • Blood sugar assessment 
  • Liver function tests
  • Thyroid assessment
  • Nutritional deficiencies and insufficiencies

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Lara Zakaria PharmD MS CNS 

Dr Zakaria is a Functional Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist based in New York City. A graduate of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, at Rutgers University (BSpharm) and the University of Colorado Skaggs College Of Pharmacy (PharmD), she spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice. After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned a MS in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and subsequently qualified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) as well as an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).

Lara currently practices as part of a multi-disciplinary Functional Medicine clinic and supervises a professional mentorship program under the Medical Directorship of Dr Kara Fitzgerald. She is also adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics at the University of Bridgeport and George Washington University, as well as guest instructor for Functional Medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy.

Lara is passionate about gut health and the prevention and reversal of metabolic, kidney, and autoimmune disease and working with pharmacy professionals to leverage their unique expertise in medication management, drug-drug/drug-nutrient interactions, and genomics to optimize patient medical and nutritional programs.