The Thriving Force Essentials Program

The Essentials Program is a comprehensive 6-8 month health and personal optimization program designed to eliminate blind spots and provide you with a step-by-step process to reclaim and own your health.

The Thriving Force Method

The Thriving Force Method is a step-by-step process that combines a root cause approach, health creating habits, and a personalized plan to help you maximize your health.

Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist practicing Functional Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

We start by listening to understand your story. Your experience combined with your health history and discussion of major life events helps us identify the causes of your health concerns.

In addition, we use functional lab testing to eliminate blind spots and personalize your treatment.

This approach, paired with health skill building, education, and support puts you in charge of your health to bust through limitations of annoying or painful health problems.

The Thriving Force Essentials Program includes:

Dr. Sara DeFrancesco is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist practicing Functional Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Your consultations include clinical appointments, lifestyle and nutrition consultations, acupuncture treatments, and lab results reviews. The type of appointments will be customized to your personal needs.

Your program length will vary from 6 – 8 months. Continuing care options are available after you have completed your Essentials Program.

8 Appointments with Dr. DeFrancesco including:

  1. Initial Consultation – 75 minutes
  2. Lifestyle & Nutrition Consultation – 60 minutes
  3. Flex Appointment (any time, any service)
  4. Lab Results Review – 60 minutes
  5. Clinical Follow Up – 60 minutes
  6. Clinical Follow Up – 60 minutes
  7. Flex Appointment – 60 minutes (any time, any service)
  8. Clinical Case Review – 60 minutes

Bonus: Return visits include acupuncture treatment as recommended so you can leave the office rested and refreshed.

Patient Materials

Your comprehensive patient education binder is included in the program as a self care resource for you and your family. It covers nutrition, digestion, detoxification, hormones, exercise, and mindfulness so you always have answers at your fingertips.

Email access to your doctor (fancy, HIPAA secure email)

Access to Dr. DeFrancesco between your appointments helps you achieve your goals, maintains momentum, and keeps on open dialogue throughout your program. Message us with any questions you have throughout your program.

Lifestyle and Nutrition Consultation

80% of your clinical outcome is based on your nutrition and lifestyle strategy. Because we realize the value of this and the impact it has on you and your family, we emphasize lifestyle and nutrition throughout the process. By taking better care of yourself, you can lead your family to better health.

Functional Lab Testing

Functional lab testing helps evaluate health on a cellular level. This testing is different from conventional testing because it helps evaluate the root cause(s) of your health challenges instead of just diagnosing you. This testing is done through urine, stool, saliva, and/or blood.

Video Lab Interpretations

Each lab test provides us with detailed clinical data and insight into your cellular function. We want to make sure that you fully understand your lab results and that you can easily share them with your healthcare team if necessary.

Most importantly, the video lab interpretation allows you to become more involved and engaged in your own care. We believe that an informed patient gets much better long-term outcomes and becomes an active participant in their health and wellness.

Direct Lab Pricing

To provide the most affordable care possible, Thriving Force has made special arrangements with all of our lab vendors to provide you with direct lab pricing. This ensures that you will get the lowest price possible on all lab testing.

  • Conventional blood tests may be covered by your insurance provider or ordered through our direct pay partner at up to 80% off standard lab prices.
  • Direct pricing on functional lab tests.

Customized Supplement Program & VIP Pricing

After reviewing your lab results and evaluating your mineral and nutrient demands, we will recommend a personalized supplement program. Our recommendations will include only the highest quality products to create more predictable outcomes.

  • Premium, medical-grade supplements and natural medicines at up to 35% off retail pricing.
  • Refill recommended supplements online and have them shipped directly to your door.

Facebook Community Group

Our private Facebook group allows you to stay connected with our Thriving Force community. This group consists of current and past patients along with other health seekers. In this group, we provide live Q&A every week along with exclusive content that we share with our most devoted followers.

This group provides a deeper level of engagement and helps you stay motivated and connected along the way.

Workshops, webinars, and web resources

Community and education are paramount to your long-term success. We offer LIVE workshops, LIVE Q&A, and are growing a library of online resources.


The Thriving Force Essentials Program is personalized for you to ensure that you get the results that you are looking for. Our promise is to do whatever it takes to help you find an answer. We promise to be cost conscious without compromising your outcomes.

Our Essentials program starts at $2499. Testing and supplements are customized based on your history and findings.

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Portland Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist - Dr. Sara DeFrancesco
Wow, a smart and compassionate doctor AND an acupuncturist? Dr. DeFrancesco has so much to offer just about any patient. Her fun and sassy spirit is a rare gem in the medical industry. I highly recommend her.

She’s vibrant, smart, and committed to helping people regain and restore their health! Dr. Sara absolutely rocks!
When people seek health care, they are seeking answers. No one wants to get tossed between practitioners and wind up with no root cause to their concerns or to just be told to take a medication. Dr. Sara is an incredibly detail-oriented practitioner who wants to make her current patients her former patients as efficiently and timely as possible, by helping them get and STAY well! As a busy, high-stressing individual, I try to be proactive in staying well, before anything goes wrong with my health, and Dr. Sara is the perfect doctor for this task! She leaves no leaf unturned!

Dr. DeFrancesco is spectacular. She is a talented, thoughtful, and supportive doctor. She makes healthy living and wellness fun and accessible. The combination of naturopathy and acupuncture is not to be missed. I highly recommend her for any and all healthcare needs. I found that she always had simple tips to improve whatever health situation and she was very informative and knowledgeable.

We’re currently accepting new patients in our Portland, Oregon office.

Is root cause medicine the right approach for you? Apply to work with Dr. DeFrancesco by scheduling a free phone consultation today.

Feel like somebody new tomorrow.