Prior to an initial functional medicine consultation, Dr. Maren will review new patient forms, including in-depth medical, diet, and lifestyle questionnaires. It is best to fill these out before your visit because they will take some thought and research on your part. Please complete them at least 2 days prior to your visit so that she has time to review. You will be able to complete these in the patient portal after you have registered as a new patient.
Dr. Maren will spend 75-90 minutes with you reviewing your current health concerns and discussing your personal and family history in detail. This includes a review of any previous lab work, if applicable. It is also important to know all medications and supplements that you are taking, so please have these handy during your visit.
Based on your unique health concerns, she’ll discuss options for relevant lab testing. Dr. Maren orders a comprehensive diagnostic panel through conventional labs like Quest or LabCorp. She will also recommend specialized functional laboratory testing through GI Map, Doctor’s Data, Great Plains, Genova, DUTCH, CYREX and others. This includes but is not limited to comprehensive stool testing, urine organic acids, nutrient levels, food sensitivity, complete hormones, cortisol (adrenal), heavy metals, genetics, mycotoxins and environmental chemicals.
Orders for conventional labs (i.e. Quest, LabCorp) can be printed from your portal, and can be drawn at your local lab. These labs can bill insurance directly, but this should be done at your discretion. We encourage you to call the customer care number on your insurance card to make sure you are using an in-network lab, and that your insurance covers labs ordered by an out-of-network physician. We have negotiated cash pay rates through Quest for patients who are not using insurance, or for Medicare patients.
Advanced functional medicine lab kits will shipped directly to your house. These can usually be collected at home, and most include a prepaid envelope for return shipping from your doorstep. Functional medicine labs are largely cash-pay, but we offer the ability to bill through insurance when possible. Costs are transparent and Dr. Maren will discuss pricing of these labs during your visit, as they will require an investment on your part. Most patients invest an average of $500-$1500 in advanced lab testing at their initial visit.
Anticipate a 30 minute follow up visit 2 weeks after your initial consultation to review conventional biomarkers with Dr. Maren. At that visit she generally makes specific supplement and dietary recommendations. Supplements can be purchased at 10% off through our online dispensary and delivered to your door with free shipping over $49. If prescription medication is recommended, Dr. Maren will send these directly to your local pharmacy.
We also encourage you to follow up with our holistic nutritionist, Jessica Doyle CNTP, for more intensive nutrition counseling and to review your Nutrition Genome report, if available.
A second 30 minute follow up with Dr. Maren is scheduled ~6 weeks from the initial visit to review functional medicine labs, evaluate progress and make adjustments to your plan. This is based on the assumption that you can collect and submit your functional medicine lab kits within 2 weeks of your initial visit. If this is not possible, please let us know.
How often you follow up with Dr. Maren and/or Jessica Doyle after that will depend on why you are being treated. Some healthy people see us only once a year for nutrient and functional medicine testing. Many people who have more complex issues are seen more often depending on their condition. These visits usually last about 30 minutes depending on complexity and time to review lab work, but brief 10-15 minute check ins are also an option.
Expect an actionable, personalized health plan following each visit – including key points from our discussion, specific supplement recommendations, nutrition guidelines and appropriate referrals. You’ll have direct access to our team through portal messaging between visits, which we use for simple clarifications and questions.
Please read Frequently Asked Questions for more information, or feel free to contact us with questions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.